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The new iPhone 12 lineup arrived a bit later than usual this year, but all four phones are now available just in time for holiday shopping. You might want to hurry: Delivery dates are already slipping into the middle of December based on the model, so it's a good idea to start shopping around for deals right now. The new Apple lineup includes the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four are tremendous phones, bringing their own suite of features and capabilities, such as 5G connectivity, tougher screens and new camera tricks

We've streamlined this story to highlight the top current deals from US carriers and retailers, including most of the early Black Friday promotions. That said, some of these are merely extensions of the offers that originally started when the first iPhone 12 models were released. As always, the deepest discounts generally require you to commit to a service contract, move a number to a new carrier or add a line to your existing service. And you can often amp up your savings by trading in old handsets, with recent models offering the best discounts.  

We'll update this as more deals go live leading into Black Friday.

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Four new iPhone 12s, four different prices. And not every iPhone will arrive at the same time.

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Wireless carriers

Buying the new iPhone through a wireless carrier can have the added benefit of deals and promotions, but often the deals require you to switch carriers or add lines to your account.

You can get up to $700 off an iPhone 12, which amounts to a free iPhone 12 Mini when you add a line or upgrade an existing line of service, while on an unlimited plan and with an eligible trade-in. You can also get a free Apple Watch SE when you buy an Apple Watch SE and add a new line. 

Verizon's offering a BOGO -- buy one, get one -- promotion for a free iPhone 12 Mini with the purchase of any iPhone 12 model. You'll need to add a new line to your account to take advantage of the up to $700 credit, which can be applied to another iPhone 12 model if the Mini isn't your speed. You'll also need to sign up for or be on one of the Above, Beyond, Do Play or Get More unlimited plans. 

New and existing customers can take advantage of several different offers during this time of year. New customers can get a free iPhone 12 or 12 Mini when porting in a number and trading in an eligible iPhone. On Nov. 25, existing customers can get an iPhone 12 Mini for free with an iPhone trade-in. 

Other promotions include a buy one, gift one that allows you to gift an iPhone when you purchase an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11 with a new line of service. Want an Apple Watch? You can get two Apple Watch SEs with cellular for $10 a month when you activate them with a cellular plan. 

Finally, T-Mobile has bundled two iPhone 12s and two Apple Watch SEs for $10 a month over 30 months with two eligible iPhone trade-ins and new lines of service for the phones and the watches. 

New customers who port their number over to Xfinity Mobile will get $250 off an Apple device, while existing customers will get a $250 prepaid debit card.

When you buy any iPhone 12 model and port your number in from another carrier, you'll get a free pair of Bose headphones. In addition to the headphones, you'll get up to $200 via a MasterCard virtual account depending on which iPhone 12 model you buy. The Pro Max, for example, gets you that $200 credit. While an iPhone 12 Mini will net you a $50 credit. 

Red Pocket Mobile is offering $399 off any iPhone model, including the iPhone 12, when you sign up for the company's $40-a-month plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and data. 

Retailers 

Sometimes big-box retailers like Best Buy or Walmart offer the best deals and promotions. If nothing else, they serve as a backup plan if you're looking to buy a phone and having a hard time finding one in stock.

Walmart is offering $200 off of any iPhone 12 model with activation on AT&T or Verizon. That deal can be combined with a trade-in that's worth up to another $250, netting you $450 off of any iPhone 12 model. 

Best Buy's iPhone 12 promotions vary based on your wireless carrier. For example, AT&T customers can get up $800 worth of credits when trading-in a phone and adding a new line on an unlimited plan. Verizon and T-Mobile customers can save up to $440 with an eligible trade-in of an iPhone X or newer. 

AT&T customers can get up to $50 off any iPhone 12 with an upgrade when you're on an Unlimited plan. In addition to the $50 credit, you can get another $700 off with a qualifying trade-in for a new line or upgrade. 

Our original story continues below.

After weeks of waiting and anticipation, Apple's entire 2020 iPhone lineup -- the iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max -- are finally available to buy in stores and preorders are arriving. 

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were released in October, shortly after Apple announced the four new iPhone models. Those two phones are among CNET's highest-rated phones ever, thanks to the addition of 5G, several camera upgrades, MagSafe accessories and a new design. The 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max offer all of the same features, but in different sizes. 

Apple has staggered iPhone releases in the past, but this is the first time we've seen different prices for specific models, based on whether you're buying it SIM-free from Apple or specific to a carrier. With so many models (here's how to tell them all apart) and different sale dates, this is certainly Apple's most confusing iPhone launch yet.

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We lay out everything you need to know about buying an iPhone 12, including the full pricing options across carriers, models and configurations. And if you're switching to a new iPhone 12, make sure you go through our checklist on your current iPhone

iPhone 12 pricing: All four new models


64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 Mini (Carrier model) $699 $749 $849 N/A
iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple) $729 $779 $879 N/A
iPhone 12 (Carrier model) $799 $849 $949 N/A
iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple) $829 $879 $979 N/A
iPhone 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
iPhone 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

When can I buy the iPhone 12?

This year, Apple is staggering the release of all the iPhone 12 models. That means the timing of preorders has been based on the model you want, but now all of them should be available to order. 

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro: Right now. However, shipping time for either model is slipping to early December, if not a little later, depending on the specific model. 

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max: Right now. Depending on the model, shipping times are currently mid-December at the latest.

What are my iPhone 12 color options?

  • iPhone 12 Mini: Black, red, white, green, blue
  • iPhone 12: Black, red, white, green, blue
  • iPhone 12 Pro: Gold, silver, graphite, blue
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: Gold, silver, graphite, blue

How much does the iPhone 12 cost?

iPhone 12 Mini 

The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest of the lot, with a 5.4-inch display. It's also the least-expensive model.

  • 64GB: $699 
  • 128GB: $749
  • 256GB: $849

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iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen and two rear-facing cameras and is available in a handful of bright and fun colors.

  • 64GB: $799
  • 128GB: $849
  • 256GB: $949

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iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro also has a screen size of 6.1 inches, but it has a stainless-steel housing, three rear-facing cameras and a lidar sensor for improved AR functions.

  • 128GB: $999
  • 256GB: $1,099
  • 512GB: $1,199

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iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen, the largest ever in an iPhone. Like the smaller version, the Pro Max also has three rear-facing cameras, and a lidar sensor for improved AR.

  • 128GB: $1,099
  • 256GB: $1,199
  • 512GB: $1,399

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Buy from Apple in just a few taps

Naturally, you can buy directly from Apple. Pro tip: Use the Apple Store app on your iPhone to speed up the process. You can pick out your exact model, go through the approval process with your carrier for the upgrade, and even sign up for an Apple Card or agree to the iPhone Upgrade Program terms. It's a smooth experience all around.