360 'iPhone 12' stories
December 2019 - September 2021
The iPhone 12 is Apple’s flagship smartphone introduced in the fall of 2020. The iPhone 12 lineup consists of four devices ranging from 5.4-inches to 6.7-inches in screen size, with flagship features including 5G connectivity, OLED displays, and more.
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5G and A14
One of the flagship features of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is support for 5G connectivity. 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.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are also both powered by a new 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. The iPhone 12 also includes a new 4-core GPU, which is up to 50% faster than the competition.
Design and display
The iPhone 12 features a flat-edged design with aluminum edges. The iPhone 12 mini packs a 5.4-inch display while the iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch display.
Compared to the iPhone 11, the 2020 iPhone is 11% thinner and 15% smaller in volume. Apple has adopted OLED displays across the board, improving contrast and brightness over last year’s LCD display iPhone 11 model. The display itself is a Super Retina XDR panel with a “Ceramic Shield” cover for improved durability and 4x better drop performance.
The iPhone 12 features a 2532×1770 pixel resolution display at 460 pixels-per-inch. The mini display is 2340×1080 in terms of resolution, equating to 476 pixels-per-inch.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini feature 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. There is also a new Night mode Time-lapse feature on the iPhone 12.
iPhone 12 colors
Both the iPhone 12 and the mini were initially available in five colors: blue, green, black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED. In April, Apple launched a new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini in an all-new purple color variant. Here it is:
Pricing and release
Apple has secured special deals with Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon to offer the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 at $699/$799, respectively. If you’re buying for any other carrier, or buying the unlocked version, you’ll pay $729 for the iPhone 12 mini and $829 for the iPhone 12. That’s a $30 price increase based on your carrier.
The iPhone 12 mini was released on November 13, 2020 while the iPhone 12 was released on October 23.
iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max feature a glass and stainless steel edges. The iPhone 12 Pro measures in at 6.1-inches in terms of screen size, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch display.
Apple says the form factors of the larger iPhone 12 Pro devices are “nearly the same” than the smaller iPhone 11 Pro models they replace, even though the screen sizes have increased. The frame of the iPhone 12 Pro is made out of a durable and shiny stainless steel material available in four different finishes.
As has become the norm over the last several years, the camera hardware is what differentiates the iPhone 12 Pro from the iPhone 12. The iPhone 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 percent 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 iPhone 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 offer 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, both devices 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 auto focus and improving capture time.
Both devices are available in four colors, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.
Pricing and release
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 for 128GB of storage, $1,099 for 256GB of storage, and $1,299 for 512GB of storage. The iPhone 12 Pro Max goes for $1,099, $1,199, and $1,399 for the same storage configurations.
The Pro was released on October 23, 2020 and the Pro Max was released on November 13.
iPhone 12 Accessories
Citing environmental concerns, Apple is no longer including headphones or a charging brick in the iPhone 12 box this year. Here are some accessories you might consider picking up to help fill that gap.
Best charging accessories:
- Native Union Drop 10W Qi Charger
- Anker 30W USB-C wall charger
- USB-C to Lightning cable
- Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter or cable
Best iPhone 12 cases: