iPhone 12 Overview Updated July 6, 2021

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iPhone 12

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.

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.

iPhone 12

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.

iPhone 12 production ramping up in India

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.

Camera

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

iphone 12 mini

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

Design

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.

Camera

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.

iPhone 12 Pro

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.

Colors

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:

Best iPhone 12 cases:

iPhone 12 Stories September 20

The upcoming Ikea Sjömärke could be an attractive wireless iPhone charger for the minimalists among us. It’s designed to keep the charging pad invisible by placing it beneath a desk or table.

It’s very attractively priced too, at just $40 …

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iPhone 12 Stories September 14

Apple Trade In adds iPhone 12 models: up to $790 for 12 Pro Max

Apple Trade In is one of the best ways to trade in your old device, and every year, Apple waits until the newest iPhone models are announced before accepting models from the previous year. Apple just added iPhone 12 models to the trade in program.

During the “California Streaming” event, Apple announced new cases and accessories for the iPhone 13. Alongside it, the company unveiled a new MagSafe Wallet that now integrates with the Find My app and network.

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iPhone 12 Stories September 8

How much is your iPhone 12/Pro worth right now?

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are still the best iPhones you can buy as of this writing, but within a matter of months they no longer will be. Whether you’re looking to sell your iPhone 12 to upgrade to the upcoming iPhone 13 or downgrade to a smaller iPhone SE, you’ve come to the right place. First, let’s find out how much it’s worth and how to get the most value for your trade-in.

iPhone 12 Stories September 5

How to use the ultra wide camera on iPhone 11 and 12

One of the great additions with the iPhone 11 and 12 lineups is an ultra wide camera that allows users to capture a much greater field of view without needing an external lens. Read on for how to use the ultra wide camera on the iPhone 11 and 12, including how to manually dial in your focal length.

iPhone 12 Stories August 31

Nomad has launched an improved version of its leather and aluminum Base Station Mini today by bringing MagSafe compatibility to the sleek wireless charger. Read on for a closer look at what you’re getting with the upgraded Base Station Mini for iPhone 12 users.

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iPhone 12 Stories August 30

How to check if your iPhone 12 is eligible for the no sound recall

Just under a year since launching the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, Apple has started a service program for devices that see their speakers fail. Here’s how to check iPhone 12 no sound recall eligibility.

iPhone 12 Stories August 27

Apple today has launched a new service program for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro users who are facing issues with their device’s speakers. Apple says that the affected devices “may experience sound issues due to a component that might fail on the receiver module.” This marks the first service program for the iPhone 12 lineup.

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iPhone 12 Stories August 19

Alongside the iPhone 12 last year, Apple unveiled its new MagSafe wireless charging technology. The MagSafe ecosystem has grown to consist of a variety of accessories, including the MagSafe Duo two-in-one charger with one MagSafe puck and an Apple Watch charging puck.

When unveiled, the MagSafe Duo was mocked by many as a less-ambitious version of Apple’s failed AirPower all-in-one charger. Since it was released in December, however, the MagSafe Duo has turned into a go-to accessory for me.

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iPhone 12 Stories August 12

The Zens 4-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger was announced last month as a complete charging solution for iPhone 12, Apple Watch, AirPods, and iPad.

At $150, it’s not a cheap option, so raises the question: Is it worth it … ?

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iPhone 12 Stories July 26

Apple highlights iPhone 12 film techniques to get forced perspective, DIY crane shot, more [Video]

Apple has shared a new short video demonstrating several easy ways to get creative with iPhone 12 to achieve cinematic shots. The latest Shot on iPhone campaign video highlights the use of the ultra-wide lens, slo-mo, and objects you probably have around your house to replicate cinematic shots that usually require more hardware.

iPhone 12 Stories July 22

An astronomer has shown a highly impressive Milky Way iPhone photo, taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max using the camera’s ProRAW mode.

Tom Kerss says that this image isn’t even the best result possible with the phone …

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iPhone 12 Stories July 19

Apple’s iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack is set to start arriving to customers later this week after being announced last Tuesday, but one lucky buyer has managed to get their hands on one early. Images posted to Reddit offer our first real-world at the MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12, with details on fit, finish, and thickness.

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iPhone 12 Stories July 15

Mophie is further expanding its multi-device charging lineup today with a new 3-in-1 Wireless Stand for MagSafe Charger. This new Mophie charger features a built-in Apple Watch charging puck, a charging spot for your AirPods, and a spot to place your own MagSafe charger as well.

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Apple could soon be hit with another lawsuit over alleged iPhone planned obsolescence. The Spain Consumer Protection Organization has sent a letter to the Cupertino company on behalf of users who say Apple is slowing down iPhones 12, 11, XS, and 8 with recent iOS 14.5, 14.5.1, and 14.6 updates.

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A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners says the iPhone 12 line accounted for 63% of US iPhone sales in the quarter ending June 2021. The report also continues to corroborate that the iPhone 12 mini is selling at lower numbers than the rest of the lineup.

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Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan have both raised their price targets for AAPL, citing both continued strong sales of the iPhone 12 and expected high demand for the iPhone 13 – among other factors.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has raised her target price for the stock twice in three weeks, most recently to $166 …

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iPhone 12 Stories July 14

Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is here with a clean design and seamless integration with iPhone 12 and iOS. But is it worth the $99 price tag? Follow along for a detailed comparison of the Apple MagSafe Battery vs. Mophie and Anker’s solid alternatives at half the price.

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iPhone 12 Stories July 13

Apple unexpectedly introduced on Tuesday a new MagSafe Battery Pack, which is basically an official power bank for the iPhone 12 lineup. The accessory, which is now available to order from Apple’s online store, seems to confirm a long-standing rumor about iPhone 12 being capable of reverse wireless charging.

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In a surprise launch, Apple debuted its MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 lineup with a clean white design. Let’s dive into all the details on the new accessory like the capacity and how much charge it might offer, charging speed, simultaneous and reverse charging, what’s in the box, and more.

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iPhone 12 Stories July 10

In recent years, there have been two “takes” I’ve made on a quick judgment. They were that the AirPods wouldn’t be a product hit and that MagSafe was a solution in search of a problem. I couldn’t have been more wrong on both of them. AirPods have gone to become a massive hit, and MagSafe has become the key feature that I think we will remember from the iPhone 12 release cycle. Let’s dive into what has made MagSafe the future of charging for Apple devices.

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iPhone 12 Stories July 9

Earlier today, Apple introduced a new advertisement promoting the interaction between the iPhone and Apple Watch. Now, the company has released another ad on its YouTube channel, this time highlighting selfies in Night Mode with the iPhone 12 Pro.

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iPhone 12 Stories July 2

On the surface, the iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro are very similar phones. They both feature 6.1-inch OLED displays with flat-edge designs and Apple’s A14 Bionic processor inside, but look a little closer, and there are several notable differences worth exploring.

If you’re shopping for a new iPhone 12 in 2021, here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro. Plus, should you wait for the iPhone 13?

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iPhone 12 Stories June 30

The iPhone 12 lineup has hit a major milestone less than a year after its introduction: sales of over 100 million units. According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, iPhone 12 sales crossed the 100 million unit mark in April 2021, two months earlier than the iPhone 11 and nearly in line with the iPhone 6.

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