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The iPhone 13 is half price, but here's why it could be a bad time to upgrade


There are some blockbuster iPhone 13 deals on the market right now that make owning this latest Apple flagship seriously tempting. Three Mobile is currently offering this feature-packed device – which includes an improved processor, camera and battery life – for half the usual price, which means you can pop one in your pocket for just £31 per month.

This 50% off deal is also available on the more premium iPhone 13 Pro and bigger Pro Max right now. The half price discount only lasts for the first six months of the contract, but that still works out at a huge saving.

Not to be outdone, O2 has also launched a deal that features totally free calls, data and texts. That means for the first six months of the contract you’ll pay just £20.99 per month to own this device which is a bit of a bargain.

Both of these deals offer huge incentives to upgrade to the new iPhone 13 – but before you rush out to buy one it’s worth being aware of what could be launching soon. Rumours are rife that Apple is readying the release of a new smartphone that will arrive packed with features but at a much cheaper price. Apple already offers fans the iPhone SE which starts from just £389 and it’s this phone that is expected to get a big reboot in the spring.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a track record of getting all things Apple correct, the new iPhone SE 3 could bring the latest 5G data speeds to this cut-priced device which would allow owners to access the web at speeds in excess of 300Mbps when away from their fixed-line broadband.

It’s also thought that the refresh will bring a faster processor to this phone and there could be a boost to the front and rear cameras for better photography.

When Apple launched the flagship iPhone 13 back in September, the US firm boosted the entry-level memory that’s packed under the shell with things now starting from 128GB as standard. The current SE starts with a meagre 64GB of built-in memory, so a boost to this storage would also be hugely welcome.

Sadly, one thing that looks unlikely to change is the design with most reports suggesting that the SE3 will stick with its current look. That means owners will still get the chunky bezels at the top and bottom of the screen and there’s no clever Face ID technology with the screen being unlocked via the old-fashioned Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

If the rumours are true, Apple could unveil this new device at an event in March or April. Watch this space!





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