Today is Presidents Day, one of the few notable holidays of the early part of the year and — in true American form — a big day for shopping for everything from discounted laptops to Presidents Day iPhone deals. The 2021 Presidents Day sales actually got off to an early start this year, but if you’re in search of a new phone, you’ve still got time before the three-day weekend is over to shop before the offerings dry up. To give you a leg up on other online bargain-hunters, we’ve smoked out all the best picks from ongoing Presidents Day iPhone sales and corralled them into one up-to-date list.
Best Presidents Day iPhone sales 2021
Should you buy a iPhone on Presidents Day?
Presidents Day falls on the third Monday in February, which is usually towards the middle or end of the month. After that, there aren’t really too many holidays that bring big tech sales with them, meaning that these Presidents Day iPhone deals could be your last chance before April comes around to shop for seasonal discounts on pricey tech like smartphones and laptops.
All that goes to say that if you need a new phone, it’s better not to sleep on these Presidents Day iPhone sales. Just make sure you do some quick comparison shopping to guarantee that the listed discount on an item you’re eyeballing is accurate and that you’re getting the best price. We’ve already taken care of the hard part for you, though, as we keep this roundup updated with the best Presidents Day iPhone deals available across all the big retailers and mobile carriers.
How to choose a iPhone on Presidents Day
There are a plethora of iPhones to choose from, which is something you’re likely already aware of if you’ve been shopping for one of these mobiles lately. Apple rolled out five new devices in 2020 — the second-gen iPhone SE earlier in the year followed by the the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the fall — and that’s not counting the many last-gen models that are still on the market (and you can bet you’ll be seeing plenty of them during the 2021 Presidents Day iPhone sales).
Prior to the 2020 12th-generation release, Apple rolled out the iPhone 11 series, with the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max preceding those. In 2021, we don’t recommend going with a device older than these, as the iPhone XR and 2020 iPhone SE are already very well-priced and anything older than the XR is likely to feel more than a little dated by today’s standards. Between the 2018, 2019, and 2020 iPhone generations, you’ve got almost a dozen devices to choose that span a very wide spectrum of price points.
If you’re on a budget, consider the iPhone XR, 2020 iPhone SE, or — if you get lucky — a heavily discounted iPhone XS or XS Max (perhaps a professionally refurbished model if you’re not opposed to buying reconditioned pre-owned tech). These are all great phones even by modern benchmarks. The second-gen iPhone SE, despite looking older than it is due to its large bezels, actually runs on the same A13 Bionic chip as the iPhone 11, so it’s a great performer that punches well above its weight — or should we say below — when it comes to price.
If your budget is a little higher, then check out the iPhone 11 family. Apple’s 11th-gen mobile stable is comprised of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max (the 2020 iPhone SE also technically falls into this generation, as it runs on the same chip), and following the release of the iPhone 12 lineup, now’s the perfect time to look for Presidents Day iPhone deals on these still-great 2019 models. However, don’t think that all the iPhone 12 variants are out of your reach — the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are also quite competitively priced, and Presidents Day iPhone sales might be your chance to score one at the lowest price since its late 2020 release.
At the top of the heap are the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which are Apple’s premium flagships. If you want the latest and greatest phones with the best displays, most advanced camera modules, and fastest hardware, these are for you. The high-end iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are also going to be up there in price — arguably even more costly than the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini — but as the most expensive models, the Pro and Pro Max devices also present the opportunity for you to save the most cash during these Presidents Day iPhone sales.
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