Apple’s iPhone 12 series may have been unveiled some time ago at this point, but all iPhone 12 models are still among the best phones. The kit usually offers a whole new design, a better processor, an improved camera, and more. This is true for all iPhone 12 devices.
There are four different iPhone 12 models: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Each model has its own unique features and characteristics, and there should be something for everyone. Not sure how big the size varies between all models? Be sure read the size comparison article. Here is everything you need to know about the new 5G phones.
iPhone 12 pricing and availability
All four iPhone 12 models are now widely available. You can get them from your carrier or lock them from Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, and other resellers. In fact, for the few months that the iPhone 12 has been available, Counterpoint study says it is the best-selling 5G phone, and it became it in the first two weeks.
The iPhone 12 Mini starts at $ 699, and is a small and inexpensive configuration option. The iPhone 12 starts at $ 799 and rises up to $ 949 for the top storage option. We recommend that you select at least 128 GB of storage.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $ 999, which gives you 128GB of storage and exceeds $ 1299 for the top storage option. At the top The iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $ 1,099.
If you are going to possibly get one as part of the contract, here is a different ways to buy them. Or if you’re not sure if you should get an iPhone 12 or an iPhone 12 Pro, check out our comparison.
Reviews of the iPhone 12 series
Now that the iPhone 12 models have been gone for a while, we’ve had the opportunity to put them all through the pace. It starts with the basic iPhone 12 and its size with the sister iPhone 12 Pro, which are popular choices due to size and pricing. The iPhone 12 is a great value and brings a great experience to anyone who is not going to cross borders. The 12 Pro goes a step further with a stainless steel body, more memory for a few advanced features and a couple of extra camera features.
Then you have Mini and Pro Max, booking a group. 12 Mini is delightfully small, fit in anyone’s hand, yet still has the full range of iPhone 12 features and the perfect camera experience. 12 Pro Max is really massive, with a great display and very long battery life – plus, a main camera cut above the 12 Pro in low light.
Read the iPhone 12 Mini review
Read the iPhone 12 Pro Max review
Should you upgrade to an iPhone 12?
The iPhone 12 is, of course, the best iPhone ever – and as such, if you’re in the market for a new iPhone, something from the iPhone 12 series is probably the right way to go. However, not everyone should buy it. For example, if you already have an iPhone 11, then the iPhone 12 probably isn’t such a big upgrade. Save it iPhone 13 or iPhone 14.
We have compared the iPhone 12 to several other phones. Do you decide between the latest iPhone models? Check out the comparison iPhone 12 and iPhone 11and our comparison iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro. Or if you’re one of the (very) few people who still decides between iOS and Android, you might want to read on iPhone 12 Pro and Galaxy S20, and iPhone 12 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, or by exploring newer models such as iPhone 12 against Galaxy S21.
The iPhone 12 is at its best a list of the best smartphones you can buyBut there are many great options.
How to Use an iPhone 12 |
Did you finally get your hands on the iPhone 12 and want to make the most of it? We have lots of guides on iPhone 12 and iOS 14 to help you. For example, here is ours guide to iOS 14 tips, which should help you get up to speed with Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system. By the way, you don’t need an iPhone 12 to get iOS 14 and this way you can download it if you do not have an iPhone 12.
If you are dealing with a 5G iPhone, you can also look at our guide how to turn off 5G when you do not want to use your information.
iPhone 12 design and display
The title for 2020 is that Apple finally made a dramatic change in overall hardware design after evolution iPhone X design for three generations. The latest design calls back iPhone 5 and drops the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air.
The pages are now flat, matte on the iPhone 12 and glossy on the iPhone 12 Pro. There are also sharper edges that move to the front and back of the glass. The look is finished with smaller frames around the entire screen, although there is still a front camera and Face ID technology at the top. The design is complemented by a number of new colors, especially the distinctive deep blue variant.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are black, blue, green, white and red, while the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are black, blue, gold and white.
The second most attractive part of the iPhone 12 line includes the available screen sizes. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro now offer a 6.1-inch screen that is 5.8 inches, although phones with smaller frames are not significantly larger. New to the model is the iPhone 12 Mini (yes, that’s a real name) with a 5.4-inch screen that places it just above the iPhone SE in Apple’s lineup. For those who want a large screen, there is an iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch screen.
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have slightly different finishing sets in addition to different colors. The body is made of stainless steel, not aluminum, and the textures of the body and glass are reversed – the frame is polished brilliantly, while the glass has a matte surface like the iPhone 11 Pro.
The display has a big improvement in durability: ceramic safety glass. Apple partnered with glass maker Corning to create a new glass case for the iPhone 12, called Ceramic Shield, the strongest display currently commercially available. Apple claims that the performance of the drop is fourfold, which means it is much more likely to withstand a typical drop without cracking or breaking. We have to wait and see how it means scratches and other indicators of durability. Early drop tests seem to suggest that the ceramic plate is indeed very strong, which is promising.
None of the displays, even on the Pro models, have a refresh rate of 120 Hz or what Apple would call “ProMotion” technology. While the screens are beautiful, it’s still disappointing a year when almost every Android phone released has a refresh rate of at least 90 Hz – and trust me really affects the appearance of the screen.
All four iPhone 12 models offer 5G connection, which is the first for Apple, but the feature can be found on most Android phones over $ 500. Apple decided to include both generic Sub-6 5G and less used mmWave 5G radios in its phones, ensuring wider compatibility, especially in the US, Verizon uses mmWave exclusively, while AT&T and T-Mobile are primarily based on Sub-6 and are slowly adding mmWave.
iPhone 12 cameras
The iPhone 12 again has only two cameras, a main lens and an ultra-wide lens, but Apple has improved the main camera compared to the iPhone 11. The main camera has a new 7-element lens and a wider f / 1.6 aperture. improve low light photography – Apple claims a 27% improvement in low light.
Apple has now introduced night mode all cameras, so you can shoot in low light with both the rear ultra-wide camera and the front selfie camera. This means less chance of blinding or blowing the subject with the flash. And all four iPhone 12 models have an enhanced main camera OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) that stabilizes at 5x the sample rate, allowing for better long exposures – up to 2 seconds without loss of sharpness.
In the iPhone 12 Pro, the cameras are taken to a new level. First, you get three sensors with a 52mm “telephoto lens” added, which provides 2x optical zoom over the main camera. The main camera has also been improved, like the iPhone 12, with an f / 1.6 aperture and a new 7-element lens for clearer photos.
Apple is making even more improvements to mainframe and TV cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The main sensor has a new DSLR-type OIS system, called sensor transfer, which stabilizes the sensor itself instead of the lens. This new sensor system improves performance in up to 12 Pros in low light. The telephoto lens has a longer focal length of 65mm or 2.5 times the main lens, which makes you little closer to the subject and reduces the amount of digital zoom required.
With the new A14 Bionic processor, Apple can bring advanced Deep Fusion camera processing to all four cameras, including a selfie camera, to solve even better computational photography in difficult scenes, lighting and textures. And as usual, you can edit all your photos Apple’s awesome imaging technology. Not only that, but with iOS 14.3, Apple has finally enabled support for ProRAW image capture, designed to make RAW images more editable on the iPhone.
Return of MagSafe download
There is a huge curved ball in the iPhone 12 The resurrection of the MagSafe brand – Previously used for Apple portable chargers that were attached with magnets. The new system integrates strong magnets on the back of iPhone 12 so you can attach accessories – and no, it’s not limited to chargers.
With the MagSafe, you can attach all kinds of accessories – cases, small cases such as a wallet bag, car dashboard mounts and chargers – to the back of your phone with one click. Apple also introduces a wireless charging cradle with magnets, so you can throw in your iPhone 12 and know it charges every time.
Better yet, MagSafe isn’t going to be exclusively with Apple’s own accessories. Other companies can make MagSafe-compatible accessories, and Belkin has the first new accessories. Given how solid the market is at the moment for accessories that use magnets in existing cases, we can expect this to really rise to the iPhone 12 series.
Of course, as with other magnetic objects, Apple is recently confirmed that you should not put your iPhone too close to a pacemaker or other medical devices that may react to magnets.