iPhone 12 Overview Updated October 30, 2020

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December 2019 - October 2020


On October 13th, 2020, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max at a special virtual event.

5G Connectivity

The 12 is the first iPhone to feature support for 5G connectivity across the entire lineup. There is support for mmWave 5G in the United States exclusively, and support for sub-6GHz 5G in other countries as well as in the U.S.

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iPhone 12

The first new model officially introduced by Apple was the 6.1-inch iPhone 12. Tracking with the rumors, the 12 features a flat-edge design similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

The 12 is powered by an A14 Bionic processor that uses a new 5-nanometer process to reduce transistor size. Apple says the new six-core CPU is up to 50% faster than any other smartphone. It also includes a new 4-core GPU, which is up to 50% faster than the competition.

Compared to the year-old iPhone 11, the 12 is 11% thinner and 15% smaller in volume. Apple has adopted OLED displays across all of the iPhones this year improving contrast and brightness over last year’s lower-cost LCD display iPhone 11 model.

The display is a Super Retina XDR panel with a “Ceramic Shield” cover for improved durability and 4x better drop protection. The iPhone 12 features a 2532×1770 pixel resolution display at 460 pixels-per-inch.

iPhone 12 features a dual-camera setup with wide and ultra-wide lenses, alongside more capable Smart HDR and improved Night mode with support for the selfie camera and the ultra-wide for the first time. A new time-lapse feature is exclusive to the new iPhone.

iPhone 12 mini

Next up, Apple introduced the iPhone 12 mini. It’s a smaller version of the new iPhone with a 5.4-inch OLED display. The mini has all of the same features as the iPhone 12, just in a smaller form factor.

Apple touted during the event that the 12 mini packs a much larger screen than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE, but is actually physically smaller because of its edge-to-edge design.

Both of the new iPhones will be available in five colors: blue, green, black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED. Pricing will start at $699 for the 12 mini and $799 for the 12 if you’re buying the AT&T or Verizon versions. Otherwise, it will start at $729. Apple has a special deal with AT&T and Verizon to offer both phones at $699/$799. If you’re buying for any other carrier or buying the unlocked version, you’ll pay $729 for the mini and $829 for the iPhone 12.

The base storage configuration is 64GB and you can upgrade to 128GB or 256GB.

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The 12 Pro measures in at 6.1-inches, while the 12 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch screen.

Apple says the form factors of the larger 12 Pro devices are “nearly the same” compared to the smaller iPhone 11 Pro models they replace, even though the screen sizes have increased. The frame of the 12 Pro is made out of a durable and shiny stainless steel material available in four different finishes.

As usual, the camera hardware is what differentiates the 12 Pro from the 12. The 12 Pro features a triple-lens camera setup on the back with a telephoto lens, an ultra-wide lens, and a wide lens.

Apple says that the new wide camera features the fastest ever aperture on the iPhone, for 27% improved low-light performance in photo and video. The ultra-wide features a 120-degree field of view, which Apple says is even better for expansive landscape shots.

The 12 Pro Max features an even larger wide camera sensor, making for an 87 percent improvement in low-light photography. Combined, the ultra-wide and telephoto lens system offers 5x optical zoom range, Apple says. You also get all of the same software improvements as the iPhone 12, including Dolby Vision video recording, 10-bit HDR video recording, improved Smart HDR and Night mode, and more.

Finally, the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also feature an all-new LiDAR Scanner on the back. The LiDAR Scanner enables object and room scanning, AR features, and more. The LiDAR Scanner also contributes to low-light autofocus and improving capture time.

The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be available in four colors, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.

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iPhone 12 Stories Today

iFixit has found that an iPhone 12 camera repair or replacement cannot be made without access to a proprietary Apple tool which is only available to technicians authorized by the company.

The company says this appears to prevent DIY repairs at home, as well as those by third-party companies who do not have access to the online software tool …

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One of Apple’s intriguing new accessories this year for iPhone 12 is the MagSafe Leather Wallet. While we saw some strange initial delays for early preorders, arrival times have come back to the original estimates and have begun shipping to customers.

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Delayed iPhone 12 sales meant that the fiscal Q4 earnings Apple reported yesterday were massively better than the headline number suggested.

Apple reported revenue of $64.7B, making it flat against the $64B the company brought in during the same quarter last year. But the delayed availability of this year’s flagship iPhones mean that the two quarters are not remotely comparable …

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iPhone 12 Stories Yesterday

Get a look inside your iPhone 12 with iFixit’s new X-ray and internal wallpapers

After tearing down the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in great detail, iFixit is back with its impressive internal and X-ray wallpapers. Now an annual tradition, these wallpapers offer a fun way to see the inside of your iPhone 12 as you use it.

T-Mobile expands iPhone 12 5G coverage to ~200 more cities, Verizon boosts 5G Home Internet

Along with the iPhone 12 lineup debuting with support for the next-generation cellular network, 5G is starting to expand in meaningful ways across all the major US carriers. Now T-Mobile has shared that it has almost doubled the cities where its mid-band 5G is available to over 400 and Verizon is bringing its 5G Home Internet option to more major cities.

Air pollution in China has spiked in Zhengzhou, colloquially known as ‘iPhone city’ as it is the center of assembly operations by Apple’s key iPhone suppliers.

Analysts say that the increase in pollution can be directly linked to iPhone 12 production …

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