Hands-on with the purple  iPhone 12

By Jeff Benjamin

May 10, 2021

Purple iPhone 12

This is not the first time that we’ve seen a purple colorway grace the iPhone. Just last year, the iPhone 11 launched with a purple color option, although the design of the iPhone 12’s flat iPhone 4-era antenna bands makes the purple contrast and stand out more than it did on the iPhone 11.



The iPhone 12 takes all of the good elements from the iPhone 4-era and combines them with the body of a modern iPhone. The flat aluminum band that wraps around the exterior is decidedly on brand, and the color-matched glass back tops off a classic look. The iPhone 12 is a smaller device than its predecessor, while retaining the same 6.1-inch display size.


A Beautiful OLED Screen

Revisiting the iPhone 12 has given me another opportunity to appreciate just how good the Super Retina XDR display is. A True OLED display, it features a ridiculous 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for inky blacks, and eye-poppingly gorgeous HDR. It’s a night-and-day difference when comparing the iPhone 12’s OLED display to the LCD display found in the iPhone 11.


Ceramic Shield Display

In addition to the under-the-hood improvements to the display, Apple has gone to great lengths to protect the outer surface of the screen from damage. Ceramic Shield technology, which infuses the display glass with nano-ceramic crystals, results in increased drop performance and toughness.


Fast CPU Performance

A14 Bionic features two high-performance cores paired with four efficiency cores. Built on a 5nm process, the chip is unsurprisingly good at handling demanding tasks when needed, but can also sip power to help iPhone 12 achieve its rated 17 hours of offline video playback/11 hours of streamed video playback.


MagSafe Charging

Not only does wirelessly charging via MagSafe ensure a proper connection every time due to the auto-aligning magnet system, but charging is faster as well. Wirelessly charging via the MagSafe Wireless Charger yields improved charging performance, up to 15W versus 7.5W that you get from a standard Qi charger.


Great Cameras

The updated camera features some noticeable enhancements over the iPhone 11. The wide angle camera gains a faster aperture that takes it from f/1.8 in the iPhone 11 to f/1.6 in the iPhone 12, resulting in better low light performance, less noise, and shallower depth of field in photos and videos.


I wouldn’t recommend buying the iPhone 12 simply because it’s now available in a purple colorway. However, there are several compelling reasons to upgrade, depending on the smartphone that you currently have.