Apple has finally, officially confirmed the iPhone 12, or to be more specific, iPhone 12s (there are in fact four models in the new iPhone 12 range) – and we have all of the information you need.
The headline grabber is that iPhone 12 is indeed the first 5G iPhone, meaning that those with the necessary contract and coverage will get a much faster data connection than with any previous iPhone.
Where the iPhone 11 was more a case of ‘evolution’ rather than ‘revolution’, the iPhone 12 features an all-new aesthetic and is packed with plenty of ground-breaking tech.
Read on for all the details…
New iPhone 12: key details
- Four new iPhones, three sizes
- OLED screens with Dolby Vision support and new angular design
- Release date: from 5am (PST) on 16th October for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 (available on 23rd)
- Price: iPhone 12 pricing starts at $700 (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
iPhone 12: release date
iPhone 12 Pro pre‑orders start at 5:00 am PST (8am EST, 1pm BST) on 16th October, for availability on 23rd October.
iPhone 12 Pro Max pre‑orders start at 5:00 am PST on 6th November, for availability on 13th November.
iPhone 12 pre‑orders start at 5:00 am PST (8am EST, 1pm BST) on 16th October, for availability on 23rd October.
iPhone 12 mini pre‑orders start at 5:00 am PST on 6th November, for availability on 13th November.
iPhone 12: price
iPhone 12 Mini 5G (5.4in)
64GB £699 ($699, AU$699)
128GB £749 ($749, AU$1479)
258GB £849 ($849, AU$1449)
iPhone 12 5G (6.1in)
64GB £799 ($799, AU$1349)
128GB £849 ($849, AU$1429)
256GB £949 ($949, AUS$1599)
iPhone 12 Pro (6.1in)
128GB £999 ($999, AU$1699)
256GB £1099 ($1099, AU$1869)
512GB £1299 ($1299, AU$2219)
12 Pro Max (6.7in)
128GB £1099 ($1099, AU$1849)
256GB £1199 ($1199, AU$tbc)
512GB £1399 ($1399, AU$tbc)
As a comparison, the current iPhone 11 prices are as follows:
– £729/$699 for iPhone 11
– £1049/$999 for iPhone 11 Pro
– £1149/$1099 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 12 5G: design
As expected, Apple launched not one, but four iPhones for 2020, including the standard iPhone 12, an iPhone 12 Mini, an iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max handsets. The range also includes three display sizes: 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch – all with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG.
The series starts with the iPhone 12 with 5G, which shows off the first iPhone aesthetic redesign since 2017. The rounded edges of the iPhone 11 have been replaced by straight edges, and the iPhone 12 is more compact than its predecessor: 11% thinner, 15% smaller, 14% lighter.
While the chassis is smaller, the screen is the same size as before, measuring 6.1in on the diagonal. What’s more, it’s both twice as sharp and twice as bright as the iPhone 11, with a pixel density of 460ppi and a peak brightness rating of 1200nits, which should make it a great handset for watching HDR movies and TV shows.
The iPhone 12 with 5G is powered by the new A14 Bionic chip, which Apple promises is the fastest chip ever put in a smartphone. Apple is promising console-quality gaming, with the company singling out League of Legends: Wild Rift for mention. This online game apparently utilises both the A14 Bionic and the 5G connection to deliver a hardcore gaming experience.
iPhone 12 Mini
While most predictions pointed towards there being an iPhone 12 Max, Apple has surprised everyone by going smaller, instead announcing the iPhone 12 Mini. This is simply the iPhone 12 scaled down to an iPhone SE-like form factor.
As mentioned, prices for the iPhone 12 Mini start at £699 ($699, AU$1199) but you’ll have to wait until 6th November to order one, with the first deliveries taking place on 13th November.
iPhone 12 Pro
The rumours were right: Apple has indeed announced two new Pro iPhones, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Predictably, these are practically the same phone in two different sizes. Physically, they’re more or less the same size as the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, but the bezels are thinner and the screens larger: the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1in screen (up from 5.9in), while the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets a 6.7in screen (up from 6.5in).
The screens aren’t only bigger, they’re better, too, with the same 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio as the standard iPhone 12 and a total of 3.5 million pixels.
Like the iPhone 12 models, the iPhone 12 Pros have straight edges, but here they’re wrapped in a surgical-grade stainless steel band. They’ll be available in four finishes: Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific Blue. An IP68 rating ensures the iPhone 12 Pros are waterproof down to six metres, while the so-called Ceramic Shield glass is said to make the screen tougher than that of any smartphone before it.
iPhone 12: cameras
The standard iPhone 12’s rear camera away consists of two lenses: Apple’s existing Ultra-wide lens and a new 12MP wide lens with an f/1.6 aperture that allows in more light and allows for better low-light photography.
The rear camera array of the iPhone 12 Pro, meanwhile, consists of three lenses; the Ultra Wide and Wide lenses of the iPhone 12, plus a Telephoto lens. But perhaps the biggest news is the addition of a LiDAR scanner. As well as opening up new augmented reality opportunities, this LiDAR scanner enables faster autofocus in low light and introduces Night mode portraits.
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