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Sept. 24 wasn't just an ordinary Friday. The iPhone 13 Launch Day was the big in-store reveal for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Lines were wrapped around stores across the country and Apple caught all of the action in photos and art from the big day. But some limited time offers are still available online if you want to avoid the crowds. AT&T, T-Mobile and other carriers are slashing hundreds off the retail price with eligible trade-ins. But there is one downfall: Shipping delays are now into late October and early November for some models. 

So what's the big deal about the iPhone 13? Compared to the iPhone 12, it's all about the camera. You'll get 3x zoom, better lighting and better photo processing. And the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have a new macro mode that automatically switches to ultrawide angle and locks focus when you're a few centimeters away. You'll also get a faster phone using A15 Bionic chip and storage that starts at 128GB starting capacity. (Finally, Apple stacks up against other Android phones like the base-level Google Pixel 5A.) 

We'll break down the best deals and one common theme across the board -- trade-ins. Here's the latest on the iPhone 13 storage size, colors and prices to give you the biggest savings (and hopefully, the phone sooner than November). We recently updated this story. 

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When can I get my iPhone 13 online and in stores?

The iPhone 13 hit stores last Friday, Sept. 24. You can buy the phone at your nearest Walmart, Target or other retailers to avoid shipping delays -- depending on your store's availability. Since the phone is popular, be prepared for long wait times at your local carrier. If you ordered the phone in the preorder window, the first batch of purchases should have arrived on Friday. 

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How much does the iPhone 13 cost based on storage size? 

As with previous iPhones, pricing will depend on the model and storage capacity. The cost also does not include activation fees or taxes. US prices for the base models for each are below:

  • iPhone 13 starts at $799
  • iPhone 13 Mini starts at $699
  • iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099

iPhone 13 prices by model and storage capacity


128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
iPhone 13 $799 $999 $1,099 N/A
iPhone 13 Mini $699 $799 $999 N/A
iPhone Pro $999 $1,099 $1,299 $1,499
iPhone Pro Max $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $1,599

Which colors do the iPhone 13 come in?

A few popular colors are still around, including midnight and Product Red. But Apple added a few new colors to the phone's lineup. You'll also notice new colors such as pink and Sierra blue. Keep in mind that the color depends on your phone choice. 

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini color choices 

  • Starlight (white)
  • Midnight (black)
  • Blue (not the same as Sierra blue, below)
  • Pink
  • Product Red

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max color choices 

  • Sierra blue
  • Silver
  • Graphite
  • Gold

What's the big difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13?

We reviewed the iPhone 13 and found a few notable differences. The newest model has a camera layout to give your photos and videos more light. And the new phone has Cinematic mode to give a clear focus on people in videos. You've also heard about the A15 bionic chip, faster charging and the new colors. But if you have an iPhone 12, it might not be worth upgrading quite yet, especially if you upgraded to iOS15, which has a few new features that may make your phone feel brand new. If you're upgrading from older iPhone models, you'll find an excellent all-around device that performs at the top of the smartphone class (alongside our favorite Android phones).

What are the best iPhone 13 deals at carriers and retail stores?

It's safe to say that existing Apple retail partners that sold the iPhone 12 will sell the newest model. That includes Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and other mobile carriers. Walmart, Target, Amazon and Best Buy will also sell the new models. 

Most wireless carriers have deals on the latest iPhone 13 models, and even though you may not be able to get the phone for free, trading in your device can reduce the upfront cost by a good amount and is the best deal to avoid paying full price for the phone. 

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Deals from retailers and carriers selling the iPhone 13

New and current customers can get the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Mini for free, depending on trade-in, plan and financing. AT&T will also offer $800 off the iPhone 13 and $1,000 off the iPhone 13 Pro Max with qualifying trade-ins under a few conditions. 

The deal only applies to those with an unlimited plan and a 36-month installment plan. You must have an eligible trade-in that's in good, working condition. The iPhone 11 and 12 lines (and XS Max), as well as recent phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20, S21, Note 20, Google Pixel 5 and LG Wing, are among the phones that can get you the full discount on the iPhone 13 Pro. Others, like the iPhone X, XS and XR, Galaxy S10 line, Pixel 4 line and OnePlus 8 line are among the phones tradable to get the iPhone 13 Mini for free. You can check how much your device is worth at AT&T's trade-in site

As with other carrier deals, you won't get the full value upfront; AT&T is dishing out the discount as a monthly bill credit for three years to keep you on its network. If you switch carriers or cancel service early, you'll be responsible for the phone's remaining balance.

Apple customers can trade in an eligible device to get the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max for free or less than the retail price -- depending on your trade-in value. You can select your wireless carrier from Apple's website to get special deals, or you can trade in your device and select one later. 

Apple's deal lets you get up to $790 off the new iPhone 13 models when trading in the iPhone 8 or a newer model. Other phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 3 and LG G8 ThinQ, are also eligible as trade-ins.

Best Buy customers can save up to $1,000 on the iPhone 13 Pro and up to $720 off the iPhone 13 with a qualifying trade-in. The $1,000 discount is only applicable when trading in an iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max from AT&T. and Verizon The phone must also be in good, working condition. 

But there's a catch for those preordering the iPhone 13. Customers can only get $720 off the iPhone 13 if they trade in an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max from T-Mobile. 

T-Mobile is also offering up to $1,000 off a new iPhone 13 Pro (or the full amount off an iPhone 13 series) with 30 monthly bill credits on the company's zero-interest Equipment Installment Plan when trading in an eligible device. The deal only applies to unlimited T-Mobile or Sprint plans, specifically those with Magenta Max or Sprint Max. 

You can still get the iPhone 13 and enroll in the Forever Upgrade program if you don't have a qualifying trade-in device right now. You'll get up to $800 off your next upgrade after two years if you want to upgrade and your phone is in good, working condition.

Verizon's best deal is for the 128GB iPhone 13 Pro, which new and existing customers can get for free with selected trade-ins alongside an unlimited plan. For all other models, new and existing Verizon customers can get up to $1,000 off with an eligible trade-in. Verizon will also cover up to $500 for new customers to switch and the two offers can be combined. So if you're thinking of switching to Verizon, you can get up to $1,500 off the new iPhone 13. However, the deal only applies to select unlimited plans. 

If you're already leaning toward Verizon, note that the carrier offers discounts for iPads and Apple Watches alongside an iPhone purchase. Apple Music is also included with the Get More Unlimited plan.

New customers who buy one of the iPhone 13 models can get a HomePod Mini and a $200 Visible gift card after switching from an eligible carrier to Visible. The HomePod Mini is available while supplies last.

Customers will be eligible for the HomePod Mini after one payment and will qualify for the gift card after three payments.

New and existing Xfinity customers can get $300 off when they preorder the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max. Existing customers can add a line to their plan to get the deal or upgrade without adding a line and get a $300 Visa prepaid card and up to 40% off. Here's how much you can expect to pay with Xfinity's preorder promotion. Keep in mind that the phone's pricing may vary depending on storage. 

  • iPhone 13 Mini: $429.99
  • iPhone 13: $529.99
  • iPhone 13 Pro: $699
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: $799

Spectrum Mobile will be carrying the iPhone 13 lineup and the new iPad and iPad Mini. You can also trade in your old phone to get a discount on the new iPhone 13 models. You may qualify for $100 off if you trade in an eligible device, add a new line and get a new phone.

CNET Associate Writer Katie Teague contributed to this article.