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.
- This phone is unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice on GSM and CDMA networks (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket, Metro, Tracfone, Mint Mobile, etc.).
- Please check with your carrier to verify compatibility.
- When you receive the phone, insert a SIM card from a compatible carrier. Then, turn it on, connect to Wi-Fi, and follow the on screen prompts to activate service.
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a generic (Mfi certified) charger and charging cable.
- 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 12.5.4 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.5.4 right away.
iOS 12.5.4 includes three important security upgrades for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you're interested in the particulars, head on over to Apple's website for more.
If you skipped iOS 12.5.3, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. Both of its patches were related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, head on over to Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.5.2, you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you also skipped iOS 12.5, you'll also get its patch with your upgrade. Apple's outlined the update's patch in detail on its security site.
If you missed iOS 12.4.9, you'll also get its four security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you also get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.5.4.
If you're running software that's older than Apple's iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.5.4 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're running software older than iOS 12.4.2, you'll get an its patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 right here.
If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.4.1, you'll get iOS 12.4.1's security patch with your iOS 12.5.4 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.4, you get iOS 12.4's patches with your iOS 12.5.4 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're running software older than iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.5.4 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're on software that's older than iOS 12.2, you'll get iOS 12.2's security patches with your version of iOS 12.5.4.
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 12.5.4 soon.
If you're on software older than 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're on software older than iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.5.4. 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're on software older than iOS 12.1.1, you should install the iOS 12.5.4 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're running software older than iOS 12.1, you'll get 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.5.4.
If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.5.4 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
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 12.5.4 today.
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