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iPhone 12 Review: The Exciting Features of this New Apple Device

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The iPhone 12 is a more expensive phone than last year’s iPhone 11, with Apple adding $100 more to the price; it does, however, bring a number of new exciting features.

What’s New

The IP68 rating has been enhanced in 2020, allowing the iPhone 12 to be submerged down to six meters for 30 minutes before things start to get wet inside, but we wouldn’t suggest doing so unless really necessary as water damage isn’t covered in the warranty! Generally, day-to-day water damage is less likely to occur.

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The iPhone 12 Pro Box Contents l Source: Unsplash

In this year’s iPhone, the charging block and EarPods have been omitted from the box, with Apple highlighting the environmental benefits as well as the shipping efficiencies resulting from the boxes being slimmer.

On its new iPhone page they stated;

As part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini do not include a power adapter or EarPods. Please use your current Apple power adapter and headphones or purchase these accessories separately.

Apple

Apple is including a Lightning to USB-C cable, not the Lightning to USB-A connection (USB-A being that ‘stereotypical’ USB connection over the years) the ‘current’ adapter many have won’t be right, so you’ll need to use an old Lightning cable and charger if you buy the new iPhone 12 – and if this is your first iPhone, you’ll almost certainly need to pay extra for a charging brick you can use.

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iPhone 12 | Source: Unsplash

Design

Since 2014, every iPhone except one (the original SE) has followed largely the same curvaceous design. But those days are over. The iPhone 12’s revamped design feels reminiscent of the iPhone 4.

In addition to being smaller and lighter than the iPhone 11, it has flat sides and a flat screen, with a matte finish on the iPhone 12 and a glossy finish on the 12 Pro. There are also sharper edges that transition to the glass front and back. The look is completed with smaller bezels around the entirety of the screen, though the top notch still houses the front-facing camera and Face ID tech. The design is complemented by a range of new colors, most notably a standout deep blue variant.

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iPhone 12 Colour Variant | Source: Apple Event

The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini come in black, blue, green, white, and red, while the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max comes in black, blue, gold, and white.

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iPhone 12 Screen | Source: Techradar

Screen

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro comes packed with a 6.1-inch display, while the 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch display and there’s the 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display.

The iPhone 12 has an OLED display, a jump from the iPhone 11’s LCD screen. This means the display on the 12 is identical to the 12 Pro, which also uses a Super Retina XDR display with True Tone technology. 

OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. Without stating the technical details, OLED screens produce a perfect black and better contrast ratio. An LCD display can’t match an OLED display

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iPhone 12 | Source: Techradar

The iPhone 12’s 2532 x 1170 display is extremely sharp and vibrant, and it does look simply stunning. Whether you are a movie buff, a content creator or someone who loves to play mobile games, you will appreciate the 12’s OLED screen.

The iPhone 12’s screen lacks a high-refresh-rate display, which makes scrolling and animations smoother, or “ProMotion” as Apple would call it. This isn’t such a big deal even though most mid / high-range Android phone comes packed with 90Hz / 120Hz, the iPhone 12 works just fine at 60Hz.

The iPhone 12 Pro does have one screen advantage over the rest of the iPhone 12s; it can reach a higher level of brightness in regular use.

The iPhone 12’s screen also has a new form of protection that Apple calls Ceramic Shield. The firm claims the use of nanoscale crystals in the glass makes this phone four times more resistant to damage from drops than previous iPhones.

5g on the iPhone 12 | Source: imore

5G Connectivity

All four iPhone 12 models offer 5G connectivity, which is a first for Apple but a feature found on most mid and high range Android phones. Apple chose to include both the widespread Sub-6 5G and lesser-used millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G radios on its phones, ensuring wider compatibility.

The 12 picks up the signal without issue, It does get hot on mmWave, and it does impact battery life significantly over prolonged use. Apple is, however, doing a lot of work under the hood in iOS to tweak the 5G experience.

By default, every 5G phone will have a “Smart Data mode” enabled. It drops the 12 down to LTE speeds unless Apple’s software believes you really need them. It’s a little unclear what circumstances will trigger a bump up to 5G speeds, but it’s some combination of what kind of data you’re downloading and perhaps what app you’re using.

Though the iPhone is limiting you to LTE speeds, it will still display the 5G icon in the status bar. It’s now an indicator of the best speed available to you, not the actual type of connection that’s actively in use. You can turn Smart Data off in the settings, if you like.

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Camera Lens | Source: Android Authority

Camera

The most visible difference between the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro is the number of camera lenses on the rear. The 12 has just two cameras on its rear, while the 12 Pro has three, which comes with LIDAR, for low-light focusing and depth calculations, and some more encoding options for photo and video, (also measure one’s height too like we explained in our previous post)

The 12 Pro Max has a bigger upgrade with a larger main camera sensor and improved image stabilization.

iPhone 12 Camera Screen | Source: Cnet

The 12 misses out on telephoto. (Both 12-series handsets get wide and ultra-wide lenses.) This means, among other things, a reduction in optical zoom capabilities.

The TrueDepth sensor on the front houses a 12MP camera for selfies and video calls. For the first time, Apple’s Night Mode can be used on all three cameras, including the front-facing camera.

The video capabilities, including the ability to record in Dolby Vision in 4K which sounds impressive.

A14 Processor Breakdown | Source: Techradar

Performance

The iPhone 12 gets the new A14 Bionic processor, the latest and fastest (thanks to the 5nm process, one of the most power-efficient) of Apple’s proprietary chips.

Apple says that the A14 Bionic is one of the fastest chips ever made, even besting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865. It matches exactly the 12 Pro, although the Pro accompanies the A14 with 6GB of RAM, to the 12’s 4GB.

Benchmarks show the iPhone 12 Pro besting the iPhone 11 Pro by a considerable amount. iPhones usually lead the industry in performance, and that remains true here. They also tend to maintain great performance for years, partially due to the sheer amount of version updates they receive. Many iPhones get five full version updates before they’re no longer supported by Apple.

Battery Life

Apple claims the iPhone 12 is good for 11 hours of streamed video playback, or 17 hours of non-streamed. That’s the same estimate the company gave for last year’s iPhone 11, despite battery capacity having dropped from 3,110mAh to 2,815mAh.

iPhone 12 Magsafe components | Source: Techradar

According to several tests on the internet, this was proven to be true as average use on the new iPhone 12 got around 17-18 hours at a push.

The new MagSafe connector on the rear of the iPhone 12 is a really interesting proposition.

This magnetic connection tech enables you to attach things to your phone, such as a charger or a case, wallet pouch, car dashboard mounts, and chargers to the back of the phone with a snap. It can also tell what’s been connected through a special chip.

Magsafe | Source: Unsplash

Apple is also introducing a wireless charging pad that has magnets in it, so you can toss an iPhone 12 on it and know it’s charging every single time. The charging pad is thin, light, and can power the iPhone 12 at 15W.

Pricing & Availability

  • The iPhone 12 starts at $799, and goes up to $949 with the top storage option.
  • The 12 Pro starts at $999, which is capped at 128GB of storage, and goes up to $1,299 for the top storage option.
  • The 12 Mini, starts at $699, while, the 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are available for purchase, while the 12 mini and 12 Pro Max will be out November 13.

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