IPhone 12 is finally official and was presented along with the new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max during the company’s virtual event in October, this new device will be launched next October 23rd.
The company has confirmed that the entire range of iPhone products in 2020 will be ready for 5G, allowing you to enjoy super-fast browsing and download speeds on your phone.
All four phones have a new design, including new colors, and there are a variety of changes to the camera on the back, the power inside each phone, and other features.
iPhone 12 launch date and price
The launch date of the iPhone 12 is scheduled for October 23rd and you will be able to reserve the phone starting this Friday, October 16th. You will not be able to reserve the iPhone 12 mini until November 6th, and the phone will be released on November 13th.
Apple has confirmed that the price of the iPhone 12 will start at $799 in the U.S., $100 more than the range of the iPhone 11.
Design and screen of the iPhone 12
The new iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches with a cut on the top of the screen. If you are looking for a phone with a smaller screen, you will be interested in the iPhone 12 mini.
The iPhone 12 comes in five colors: black, white, red, green, and blue. You can see all those shades in the image below.
The back of the phone is made of glass, but Apple wanted to make it clear that this phone is more durable than previous iPhones. It is using a new technology on the front called Ceramic Shield, which will ensure that your screen is much more durable.
The iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. That means it measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm and weighs 162 grams.
That 6.1-inch screen is a Super Retina XDR display, and has twice as many pixels as the iPhone 11. It also has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits, which should mean you get a brighter screen than previous iPhones.
As with previous iPhones, iPhone 12 is water and dust resistant to IP68. There are volume buttons on the left side of the phone, with a mute switch just above them, while the power button is on the right side.
iPhone 12 5G and specifications
The iPhone 12 is 5G-ready, which means you can connect to next-generation Internet networks from your iPhone for the first time. This is now a common feature on Android’s flagship phones, but this is the first time we’ve seen 5G on an iPhone.
The company has also confirmed that 5G technology here is sub-6 and mmWave, which means that the iPhone 12 will work on Verizon networks in the US. In other markets, it will also use sub-6 technology, so it should work with all carriers around the world that provide 5G connections.
What does 5G mean for the iPhone 12: answer to your questions
Another element is that there is a smart data mode that evaluates whether you need 5G speeds and can switch back to 4G if you think you don’t. If that’s the case, your phone can save battery power by not connecting to the 5G network. It’s a smart idea and we’re excited to see how it works in practice.
The iPhone 12 works with the A14 Bionic chipset; it is a chipset that we have already seen confirmed for the iPad Air 4, and it is the first 5nm chipset in the world. Apple says it will be almost 40% more powerful than the A13 chipset in the iPhone 11 range.
Apple calls it the “fastest chip ever seen in a smartphone”. That’s a big claim, and it’s one we’ll be sure to try when we get the iPhone 12 for review.
You’ll have a choice of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage models; we recommend you opt for one of the larger sizes, since 64GB isn’t much space on your phone and there’s no microSD support here, so you can’t extend that.
The phone also comes with iOS 14 from the factory, so you can enjoy all the features that were introduced in last month’s big software update.
The cameras of the iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 comes with a dual rear camera. There is a 12MP wide camera with an aperture of f/1.6 and a 12MP ultra-wide shutter with an aperture of f/2.4 and a field of view of 120 degrees.
There is a greater focus on computer photography with this generation of iPhones, including the new Smart HDR 3 technology to help you capture photos with enhanced color and contrast, as well as improvements in night mode.
Apple claims that the cameras offer a 27% improvement in low light performance, which would be quite remarkable considering that the iPhone 11 range already offers strong low light performance.
Existing features of previous iPhones, such as portrait mode, 4K video recording at 24, 30, and 60 frames per second, and up to 5x digital zoom, also return here for iPhone 12.
On the front of the phone is a 12MP selfies camera with an aperture of f/2.2. We can’t say for sure yet, but it appears to be the same front selfies shutter that was on the iPhone 11, and we found it takes good pictures and works well for video calls.
This also comes with Face ID technology to help you unlock the phone quickly, as there is no fingerprint scanner on this phone.