Apple iPhone 12

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Apple iPhone 12
Last updated on January 17, 2022 12:51 am

Description

Apple on October 13, 2020, introduced the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, which offer powerful features at an affordable price tag. Originally sold alongside the more expensive and now-discontinued iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 and 12 mini remain ideal for anyone who doesn’t need pro-level camera features.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 was a successor to the iPhone 11 from 2019, while the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 was an all-new size and marked the smallest iPhone Apple had introduced since the 2016 iPhone SE. Aside from screen size and battery size, the two phones are technically identical. With its small size, the iPhone 12 mini is ideal for those who prefer an iPhone that can be used one-handed.

As with other recent models, the back of the iPhone 12 is made from glass, with the two halves of the device sandwiching an aerospace-grade aluminum enclosure that comes in six colors: blue, green, black, white, (PRODUCT)RED, and purple, an extra color added in April 2021.

The iPhone 12 models offer IP68 water and dust resistance and can hold up to submersion in 6 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

Key Features

Release Date2020, October 23
Body Dimentions164g, 7.4mm thickness
Display Size and Resolution6.1″, 1170×2532 pixels
Camera: Photo & Video12MP, 2160p
RAM & Chipset4GB RAM, Apple A14 Bionic
Battery Capacity & Technology2815mAh, Li-Ion
Operating SystemiOS 14.1, up to iOS 15.1
Storage64GB/128GB/256GB storage, no card slot

Display

The iPhone 12 feature Super Retina XDR OLED displays, with an edge-to-edge design with the exception of the Face ID notch and small bezels around the edge.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 has a resolution of 2532 x 1170 with 460 pixels per inch. The displays offer HDR support with 1200 nits peak brightnessWide Color for vivid, true-to-life colors, Haptic Touch for feedback, and True Tone to match the color temperature of the display to the ambient lighting for a more natural viewing experience.

Apple overhauled the design of the iPhone 12 lineup in 2020, introducing flat edges that were a departure from the rounded edges of prior models and are similar in design to the iPad Pro. The front of the iPhone is protected by a Ceramic Shield cover that replaces the standard cover glass of previous models. Apple says the Ceramic Shield is infused with nano-ceramic crystals and offers 4x better drop performance. Apple largely carried over the iPhone 12 design and Ceramic Shield for the iPhone 13, and the two generations look very similar to one another.

Camera

The regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models are similar to the Pro models in most respects, but the camera is a major differentiating factor. While the Pro models include a triple-lens camera setup with a LiDAR Scanner and other bells and whistles, the iPhone 12 and 12 mini have a simpler and less advanced dual-lens camera setup.

That said, there are still significant camera improvements in the new iPhone 12 models compared to the iPhone 11. There’s an ƒ/2.4 Ultra Wide camera and a Wide camera that has an ƒ/1.6 aperture that lets in 27 percent more light for better performance in low-light conditions along with 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom.

The A14 chip powers computational photography features with better than ever Deep Fusion for improved photos with more texture and less noise, and improved Night mode with better contrast in images. There’s a Smart HDR 3 feature that adjusts the white balance, contrast, texture, and saturation in photos for more natural-looking images.

The iPhone 12 models can capture 30fps HDR video with Dolby Vision, enabling cinema-grade videos to be captured, edited, and shared right on the iPhone. It also supports 4K video recording at up to 60fps. There’s improved cinematic video stabilization and a Night mode Time-Lapse feature, along with Dolby Vision selfie videos using the TrueDepth camera.

Speaking of the TrueDepth camera, it continues to enable the Face ID facial recognition biometric authentication feature in the iPhone, and it offers a 12-megapixel selfie camera. The selfie camera supports Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion, Night mode, and Night mode Portrait shots.

Performance and A15 Bionic

There’s an A14 chip inside the iPhone 12 models, and it was the first chip in the smartphone industry built on a 5-nanometer process for performance and efficiency improvements. Apple said at launch that the 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU in the A14 were 50 percent faster than the fastest competing smartphone chips, although the A15 chip in the latest iPhone 13 models has pushed things even further. The A14 chip also includes a 16-core Neural Engine that offers an 80 percent increase in performance for machine learning tasks compared to the previous A13 chip.

Network

The iPhone 12 models were the first to support 5G connectivity for faster downloads and uploads, better quality video streamingimproved gaming, and higher-definition 1080p FaceTime calls. 5G coverage is available worldwide, but only iPhone 12 devices sold in the United States support mmWave 5G, which is the fastest 5G technology available.

iPhone 12 models sold in other countries are limited to the slower but more widely available Sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. In the U.S., 5G speeds can be as high as 4Gbps, even in highly populated areas.

Gigabit LTE is supported when 5G isn’t available, and to preserve battery life when using 5G, a Smart Data Mode reverts to an LTE connection when 5G speeds aren’t necessary.

The iPhone 12 and 12 mini support WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, plus they include a U1 Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness and interactivity with other devices that include the U1 feature such as the HomePod mini.

Battery life and charging

Apple eliminated the power adapter and EarPods from the iPhone 12 box, and these accessories must be purchased separately. All iPhone models now ship with a USB-C to Lightning cable by default, with Apple doing away with the USB-A version.

9Expert Score
iPhone 12 Review
Of the four members of the new iPhone 12 family, the base iPhone 12 might be easy to overlook. It isn't a radically different size, it doesn't have the highest-end camera system, and it is perhaps the most iterative in terms of updates in the new portfolio. This isn't a simple upgrade to the iPhone 11 though; launching at a much higher starting price, it creates a new tier in Apple's lineup. You could see it as a step up from the iPhone 12 mini, but much like there are two sizes of Apple Watch, the differences between these models are more to do with personal preference than capabilities.
Design
9
Display
10
Software
9
Performance
9
Battery Life
8
Camera
8
PROS
  • Excellent camera
  • Elegant design
  • Promising MagSafe ecosystem
  • Upgraded display
  • Colorful OLED display
  • Future-proofed with 5G
CONS
  • Cameras are similar to last year
  • Battery life only okay
  • Hike in price over iPhone 11
  • Digital zoom could still use work

Price History

Price history for (Renewed) Apple iPhone 12, 64GB, Blue - Fully Unlocked
Latest updates:
  • $627.99 - January 15, 2022
  • $640.00 - January 12, 2022
  • $644.50 - January 10, 2022
  • $633.03 - January 9, 2022
  • $633.03 - January 9, 2022
  • $634.07 - January 7, 2022
  • $645.00 - January 5, 2022
  • $649.00 - January 4, 2022
Since: October 21, 2021
  • Highest Price: $709.99 - November 30, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $627.99 - January 15, 2022

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