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Best iPhone 2024: every available Apple smartphone compared

How to pick your perfect Apple handset

iPhone 15 line-up lead

Knowing which iPhone to pick used to be easy: you just had to choose the colour and the storage capacity. It was guaranteed to be among the best smartphones on sale. Things are not so simple now.

From Mini to Plus to Pro to Pro Max, Apple’s flagship phones ship in more variants than ever before. And just to muddy the waters further, the mobile maker still sells a few of its former headline handsets from previous generations, as well as the entry-level SE for buyers on a budget.

So there’s an Apple smartphone for everyone. The tricky thing is knowing how to pick it. Not sure where to start? We’ve set out the good, the bad and the things to note about the key iPhone models currently available to buy from Apple to help you decide.

iPhone 15 Pro lineup

1. iPhone 15 Pro

Stuff Verdict

More camera cleverness, USB-C support and a new Titanium build help this year’s Pro stand apart from the mainstream iPhone.


  • Stupidly powerful for a phone
  • Takes fantastic photos
  • USB-C connectivity is long overdue


  • Misses out on Pro Max’s telephoto skills
  • USB 3 rather than Thunderbolt
  • Not the most exciting colour options
iPhone 15 Pro specs
Display6.1in Super Retina XDR OLED, 2556×1179, 120Hz
ProcessorApple A17 Pro
Memory8GB RAM
SoftwareApple iOS 17
Camera48MP + 12MP + 12MP (rear) 12MP (front)
Dimensions147x71x8.3mm, 187g

You’d expect a lot from the iPhone 15 Pro. You’d want a competitor-crushing display, a powerful chip, and a camera that could feasibly shoot the next Avatar movie. For the most part, the iPhone 15 Pro really does pack a lot into its expensive Titanium frame.

The three rear snappers improve on the already stellar camera offering the iPhone 14 Pro gave us, with genuinely impressive zoom abilities up to 3x – but you’ll need to step up to the Pro Max to get a 5x optical lens. The customisable action button adds a host of new ways to interact with apps, and swapping Lightning for USB-C should simplify your cable collection. Open up the bonnet and you’ll find a host of upgrades, including an A17 Pro chip which makes the Pro run as smooth as silk. Battery life remains largely the same as the iPhone 14 Pro, though.

iPhone 15 Pro Max face-on

2. iPhone 15 Pro Max

Stuff Verdict

The kind of advance that more makes you sagely nod approval rather than whoop for joy, but you’d have to be joyless yourself to not love the new camera smarts and the potential from USB-C


  • Great camera improvements
  • USB-C connectivity


  • No desktop mode
  • USB 3 rather than Thunderbolt
iPhone 15 Pro Max specs
Display6.7in Super Retina XDR OLED, 2796×1290, 120Hz
ProcessorApple A17 Pro
Memory8GB RAM
SoftwareiOS 17
Camera48MP+12MP+12MP rear, 12MP front
Dimensions160x77x8.3mm, 221g

On paper, the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is the firm’s best phone. It moves things on with a titanium body, customisable action button, and an impressive camera revamp led by a 5x optical zoom telephoto – all of which further differentiate this most premium of phones from the standard iPhone. But it’s also big, heavy and expensive.

Do the new features make the iPhone 15 Pro Max worth the cheddar? In truth, it depends. If you own an existing 14 Pro or Pro Max, then you should probably hang on to it. You’ll find little difference here. If you’re on a 13 Max or earlier, though, then there is enough in the iPhone 15 Pro Max to make it a worthwhile purchase.

iPhone 15 lineup

3. iPhone 15 / 15 Plus

Stuff Verdict

The best iPhones of 2023 are found at the top and bottom of the range. Most people will be well served with the regular 15, while those after more screen should pick up a Plus.


  • Dynamic island across the range
  • Corking cameras
  • Ample performance and decent battery life


  • Screen stuck at 60Hz
  • USB 3 rather than Thunderbolt
  • Recharging speeds sluggish compared to Android world
iPhone 15/ 15 Plus specs
Display6.1in/6.7in Super Retina XDR OLED, 2556×1179/2796×1290, 60Hz
ProcessorApple A16 Bionic
Memory6GB RAM
SoftwareiOS 17
Camera48MP+12MP (rear), 12MP (front)
Dimensions148x72x7.8mm, 171g / 161x78x7.8mm, 201g

Comfortably the sweet spot of the 2023 iPhone line-up for most people, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus bring the A16 Bionic CPU from last year’s Pro models so aren’t short on power. They also gain a Dynamic Island in place of the old notch, and make the switch from Lightning to USB-C.

The rear cameras have been upgraded with a much higher pixel count on the main snapper, and the display brightness has been boosted too. Battery life has climbed a little, but not dramatically. If you want a bigger display and battery the iPhone 15 Plus looks like good value compared to the smaller iPhone 15 Pro, and everyone else will find the standard iPhone 15 perfectly pocketable. It’s a shame Apple hasn’t upped the screen refresh rate from 60Hz, though – you’ll still need to step up to a Pro for that.

iPhone 14 smartphone in hand

6. iPhone 14 / 14 Plus

iPhone 14/ 14 Plus specs
Display6.1in Super Retina XDR OLED, 1170 x 2532 pixels
ProcessorApple A15 Bionic
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
SoftwareiOS 16
Camera12MP+12MP (rear) 12MP (front)
Dimensions146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm, 172 g

Now the middle child in Apple’s mainstream iPhone line-up, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus were minor upgrades over the previous generation. Both kept the same A15 Bionic CPU, both offered the same three storage tiers, and both had a pair of camera lenses at the rear. Wider aperture lenses and improved image processing means it takes a better picture than the iPhone 13, though.

The biggest addition was emergency satellite communication, which is more a nice to have if you plan on adventuring into the wilderness than a reason for most shoppers to buy one. We’d suggest staying away from the regular iPhone 14 now if you’re on a budget – the iPhone 13 is the better buy – but the iPhone 14 Plus is still worth considering if you want a bigger screen, as the iPhone 13 Plus has been discontinued.

14) 13 (2021)

8. iPhone 13

iPhone 13 specs
Display6.1in Super Retina XDR OLED, 1170 x 2532 pixels
ProcessorApple A15 Bionic
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
SoftwareiOS 15
Camera12MP + 12MP (rear) 12MP (front)
Dimensions146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm, 174 g

Following the iPhone 12 was always going to be a tough act. The iPhone 13 brought several technical improvements over its predecessor, but besides a slightly wider notch, it looked identical. Now, though, it’s the entry-point for the main iPhone range, with Apple having discontinued everything older bar the budget-minded iPhone SE (more on that below).

You get great performance from the A15 Bionic chip, respectable battery life, a brighter screen and a minimum of 128GB of storage. A lead camera sensor with larger pixels also mean the iPhone 13 takes better photos than older-gen iPhone models.

If you’re buying your first Apple handset, you’ll find very little to be disappointed about.

23) iPhone SE (2020)

11. iPhone SE

iPhone SE specs
Display4.7in Retina IPS LCD, 750 x 1334 pixels
ProcessorApple A15 Bionic
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB
SoftwareiOS 15.4
Camera12 MP (rear) 7MP (front)
Dimensions138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, 144 g

A minor upgrade for Apple’s entry-level option, the third-gen SE is still styled like an iPhone 8 – complete with a dated 4.7in LCD display, plus chunky bezels above and below. Security continues to be handled by a Touch ID sensor in the Home button and the shell remains an aluminium and glass affair, although the back panel is tougher than before.

Inside is Apple’s A15 Bionic chip – shared with the iPhone 13 – which gives the updated SE plenty of power to zip through apps, games and imaging tasks. The camera kit is still limited to a single 12MP sensor on the rear, but that fresh silicon translates into computational improvements, including support for Smart HDR 4, Live Text content detection and improved low-light video.

Apple has thankfully addressed one of the biggest drawbacks of the second-gen model: battery life. The latest SE is good for up to 15 hours of video playback. Also new is support for 5G, which brings the cheapest iPhone’s connectivity bang up to date.

Provided you don’t mind the overfamiliar form factor and mediocre display, the SE offers a lot of handset for the cash – especially if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 8 or earlier.

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Formerly News Editor at this fine institution, Chris now writes about tech from his tropical office. Sidetracked by sustainable stuff, he’s also keen on coffee kit, classic cars and any gear that gets better with age.

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