If you’re dire need of a new iPhone, you might be tempted to buy one right now. That said, if you can wait a few more weeks, you should.
The company’s iPhone SE 2 is the latest budget model and it appeals to those who want an up-to-date phone without putting a huge dent in the bank.
The iPhone XR is the company’s colorful budget model from 2018 and it appeals to those who want a good camera, a big screen, Face ID, and outstanding performance without having to pay top dollar.
Retailers are also selling the 4-inch iPhone SE, an option for those that don’t want a large screen. Like the others, the iPhone SE’s also moved to iOS 14.
If you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone this month, you’ve got plenty options. However, we can’t recommend buying any of these devices in right now unless you’re truly desperate.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
iPhone 12 Launch
Apple is reportedly planning to launch four new iPhone models in October.
The company hasn’t confirmed a media event yet, but we expect one to take place in the first half of October. There, the company will detail the iPhone 12 series for the first time.
We expect the iPhone 12 release date to fall in the second half of next month which means we only have a month to go before these devices are out on shelves.
Before you go out and buy last year’s models or an older iPhone model, you’ll want to dig into the latest details about the 2020 iPhone models. Here are the basics for those that haven’t been paying attention to the rumors:
- The first iPhone models to support 5G networks.
- Upgraded cameras.
- OLED screens across the board.
- New processor.
If any of that sounds good to you, and your phone isn’t failing apart at the seams, we recommend holding out for Apple’s annual iPhone event.
Even if you aren’t enamored with the rumors, you should still hang around and wait for Apple to announce its new phones.
When Apple announces the 2020 iPhone models, it’ll switch up the prices of its current iPhone lineup.
If Apple continues to sell the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can expect their prices to drop. Retailers around the world will respond in kind. We should see some nice price cuts that don’t require a trade-in.
If you aren’t in a hurry, you might think about holding out until November for Black Friday or December for additional holiday deals. We should see some deep discounts on popular iPhones.
New iPhones only come around once a year. And with the iPhone 12 launch and guaranteed price cuts just days away, those of you in need of a new iPhone would be wise to control those urges and hold onto your current phone for a little while longer.
Install iOS 12.4.8 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.8.
Apple says iOS 12.4.8 provides important security updates. Unfortunately, the company hasn't outlined those updates in the detail and it probably won.t
That said, if you value your device's security, you'll probably want to download the iOS 12.4.8 update right now.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.4.8.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.6 and iOS 12.4.5, you get their security updates (unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.8 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.3, you get its security patches (also unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.4.8 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.8 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.8 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.8.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.8 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.8. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.8 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.8. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.8 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.8 update comes with an even longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.8 today.
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