The iPhone 12 is here, with four 4 new models to choose from, you will be able to get the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
All four iPhone 12 models offer 5G, a faster A14 Bionic processor and a sleek new design. In addition, the cameras have been updated respectively, with better computational photography and a upgraded 7-element lens.
To make the iPhone 12 durable, there is a new Ceramic Shield glass display that Apple claims is the toughest in the industry. Apple is also introducing MagSafe; a new charging system that’s designed to make wireless charging easier and faster. As in the past, the Pro series will deliver a more powerful camera system with better optical zoom, a stainless-steel design and a LiDAR sensor for faster autofocus.
iPhone 12 release date
The iPhone 12 will be available for pre-order October 16 and the release date is Oct. 23. The iPhone 12 Pro has the same release date. Meanwhile, you’ll have to wait for the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Those two phones will be up for pre-order Nov. 6 with a release date of Nov. 13.
iPhone 12 prices
The iPhone 12 mini has a starting price of $699 for 64GB, while the larger iPhone 12 costs $799. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max up the starting storage to 128GB and are priced at $999 and $1,099 respectively.
iPhone 12 technical specifications: models compared
|iPhone 12 mini||iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Display||5.4 inches OLED (2340 x1080)||6.1 inches OLED (2532 x 1170)||6.1 inches OLED (2532 x 1170)||6.7 inches (2778 x 1284)|
|Colors||Black, White, Red, Green and Blue||Black, White, Red, Green and Blue||Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue||Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Rear camera||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide f/2.4)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide f/2.4)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.2)|
|Zoom||5x digital||5x digital||2x optical/10x digital||2.5x optical12x digital|
|Front camera||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)|
|5G||sub-6Ghz, mmWave||sub-6Ghz, mmWave||sub-6Ghz, mmWave||sub-6Ghz, mmWave|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours video streaming||Up to 11 hours video streaming||Up to 11 hours video streaming||Up to 12 hours video streaming|
|Size||5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inches||5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches||5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches||6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches|
|Weight||4.76 ounces||5.78 ounces||6.66 ounces||8.03 ounces|
iPhone 12 ($799)
Starting at $799, the iPhone 12 will feature 5G connectivity, a 6.1-inch OLED display an A14 Bionic processor and a new design. The phone comes in black, white, red, green and blue colors.
Apple has reduced the display borders on the iPhone 12 while still using a 6.1-inch screen. The handset is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter. The Super Retina XDR display has twice as many pixels as iPhone 11, and the panel is rated to hit a peak 1,200 nits of brightness.
Apple states that the iPhone 12’s glass is the toughest in the industry. Ceramic Shield technology, co-developed with Gorilla Glass, offers 4x better drop performance.
Regarding 5G, the iPhone 12 features a new Smart Data Mode, which can automatically drop back to 4G LTE to save battery life. And if the app demands it, you’ll get faster 5G speeds of course once available. The iPhone 12 (and the iPhone 12 Mini) will be able to work on all 5G networks, despite some rumors that predicted only the Pro models would work on high-speed 5G.
The iPhone 12 features dual cameras, including Apple’s first 7-element lens that delivers low light performance. Apple is adding Night Mode Time-lapse as well. There’s a 12MP wide lens with a f/1.6 aperture and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with a f/2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view.
Apple has also introduced a new MagSafe charging system to make wireless charging easier. The idea is to snap the charger on the back of the phone, like the Apple Watch. Apple is also introducing a dual charger that charges the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch simultaneously.
Each iPhone 12 will come with a USB-C to Lightning cable, but there won’t be a charger or headphones in the very thin box.
iPhone 12 mini ($699)
The iPhone 12 mini will include the same features as the regular iPhone 12 but in a more compact form. In fact, Apple states that the iPhone 12 mini is the smallest, lightest and thinnest 5G phone in the world.
This provides users the superfast A14 bionic chip, Ceramic Shield for better drop protection and MagSafe charging but with a smaller 5.4-inch display. In fact, you get a bigger display than the iPhone 8 but in a smaller design.
The price is smaller also, as the iPhone 12 mini starts at $699. It features the same five color options as the iPhone 12.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max ($999, $1099)
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are here with larger displays. The iPhone 12 Pro offers a 6.1-inch screen, up from 5.8 inches, and the iPhone 12 Pro is 6.7 inches. That’s huge! The good news is that these phones are about the same size as their predecessors. You get more real estate in the same physical form.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro come in a range of new colors with an aluminum band. This includes silver, graphite, gold and blue. The A14 Bionic processor enables powerful computational photography, such as with Deep Fusion. This feature is now available on all four cameras.
The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max both have better main wide cameras with a f/1.6 aperture. While the iPhone 12 Pro lets in 27% more light, the larger sensor on the Pro Max lets in 87% more light.
The iPhone 12 Pro offers a 2x optical zoom (10x digital) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max ups that to 2.5x optical zoom (12x digital). These are still behind some of the top Android camera phones, including Samsung’s latest flagship devices such the S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra.
The Pro series can capture HDR video. Apple states they are the world’s first camera to record in Dolby Vision HDR. The phones can complete this in 4K at 60 fps, and you can edit in Dolby Vision HDR as well. The LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can improve autofocus speed up to 6 times. And you’ll get better performance in low-light portrait shots. This in addition to the advantages that LiDAR brings to augmented reality apps.
Whoa that was a lot. If you are still reading this, you really must want this new iPhone really bad! And we can’t blame you, it looks surreal and will perform to match. And if you are a power reader, don’t worry we have you covered. Below is a summary of things you must know about the new iPhone 12.
- iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro release date: October 23
- iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max release date: Nov 13
- Models: iPhone 12 mini (5.4 inches), iPhone 12 (6.1 inches), iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 inches), iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inches)
- Prices starting point: $699 (iPhone 12 mini), $799 (iPhone 12), $999 (iPhone 12 Pro), $1,099 (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
- Processor: A14 Bionic (all models)
- Screens: OLED (all models)
- Biggest upgrades: 5G, Ceramic Shield displays, MagSafe wireless charging, LiDAR on Pro models
- iPhone 12 series and Pro series color breakdown here.