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Buyer's Guide

This page provides a product summary for each Apple model. The intent is to provide our best recommendations regarding current product cycles, and to provide a summary of currently available rumors for each model.

This page is based on rumors and speculation and we provide no guarantee to its accuracy.

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iPhone 12

iPhone 12

Neutral
Mid-product Cycle

  • The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are Apple's mainstream flagship iPhones for 2020. The phones come in 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch sizes with identical features, including support for faster 5G cellular networks, OLED displays, improved cameras, and Apple's latest A14 chip, all in a completely refreshed design. The iPhone 12 went up for pre-order on October 16 ahead of an October 23 launch, while the iPhone 12 mini became available for pre-order on November 6 ahead of a November 13 launch.


iPhone 12 Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
371

Recent releases

iPhone SE

iPhone SE

Caution
Approaching End of Cycle

  • The original iPhone SE was a budget 4-inch iPhone before being discontinued in 2018, but Apple revived the name in April 2020 with a new 4.7-inch model that looks like an iPhone 8 with internals similar to those of the iPhone 11. It features an A13 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, and a low starting price of $399. Comes in white, black, and red, and comes with 64, 128, or 256GB of storage.


iPhone SE Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
495

Recent releases

1123
11

11" iPad Pro

Caution
Approaching End of Cycle

  • The 11-inch iPad Pro was updated in March 2020 with a faster A12Z Bionic chip, a new 10MP Ultra Wide camera to complement the traditional 12MP camera, a LiDAR depth scanner for improved augmented reality experiences, and more. There's also a new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad coming in May, and the new iPad Pro models continue to work with the Apple Pencil 2.

  • 11" iPad Pro Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
485

Recent releases

12.9

12.9" iPad Pro

Caution
Approaching End of Cycle

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro was updated in March 2020 with a faster A12Z Bionic chip, a new 10MP Ultra Wide camera to complement the traditional 12MP camera, a LiDAR depth scanner for improved augmented reality experiences, and more. There's also a new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad coming in May, and the new iPad Pro models continue to work with the Apple Pencil 2.

  • 12.9" iPad Pro Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
530

Recent releases

Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Buy Now
Just Updated

  • The low-end and middle-tier Mac mini models were updated on November 10, 2020, with new M1 chips from Apple. The high-end configuration continues to be based on 8th-generation Intel processors from October 2018.


Mac Mini Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
634

Recent releases

13

13" MacBook Pro

Don't Buy
14" Redesign Later This Year

  • New lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro models were introduced on November 10, 2020, bringing a new Apple M1 chip in place of Intel processor and graphics options. Higher-end models have not been updated since May 2020 and continue to be equipped with Intel's 10th-generation processors and up to 32GB of RAM. We're expecting redesigned 14" models with Apple silicon at the high end later this year, so we recommend waiting to buy until those are available.


13" MacBook Pro Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
346

Recent releases

iMac

iMac

Caution
Only 27" Model Is New

  • Apple's iMac is an ultra-thin all-in-one desktop computer, and there's a major revamp in the works with new size options, reduced bezels, and other design changes. Apple silicon chips are expected, and with such a big update on the way, it's best to hold off on buying an iMac for now.


iMac Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
418

Recent releases

iMac Pro

iMac Pro

Don't Buy
Discontinued

  • At launch, the iMac Pro was the most powerful iMac, but it never received a major update following its 2017 launch and has been discontinued as of March 2021. At the time of its discontinuation, the standard 27-inch iMac offered a much better value, while the most demanding pro customers should look to the Mac Pro.


iMac Pro Roundup

Days since last release

1216

Average

 

Recent releases

HomePod

HomePod

Don't Buy
Discontinued

  • The original HomePod was Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo, but with more of a focus on music and sound quality. After three years on the market, Apple discontinued the original HomePod as of March 12, 2021, and will focus its efforts on the smaller and cheaper HomePod mini launched in November 2020. For more information on that device, see our HomePod mini roundup.


HomePod Roundup

Days since last release

1173

Average

 

Recent releases

iPod Touch

iPod Touch

Don't Buy
Updates Soon

  • The iPod touch is Apple's only iPod running iOS, offering access to the App Store and the same 4-inch Retina display found on the company's iPhone 5 and 5s. The iPod touch was updated on May 28, 2019, with an A10 Fusion chip and storage options up to 256 GB.


iPod Touch Roundup

Days since last release

Average

 
404

Recent releases