The iPhone 12 range has finally arrived. This year, Apple has announced four new models: the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Read on to find out more about each smartphone, including specs, features, prices and release dates.
The series offers some serious upgrades from last years range, including flashy new camera capabilities, a more durable design, the A14 processor and that all-important upgrade to 5G.
Apple also revealed new commitments to the environment by removing the EarPods and power adapters from its iPhone boxes. This move didn’t come as a surprise after Apple did the same for its Apple Watch in September. Thankfully, you’ll still find a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.
Scroll down to discover everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 2020 range.
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The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 is the latest update to Apple’s standard flagship phone. The phone features an industrial design with “aerospace-grade aluminium edges” and a shape reminiscent of the iPhone 5. The phone’s IP68 rating means it is splash, water and dust resistant and the new Ceramic Shield offers four times better drop performance compared with the iPhone 11.
The 60Hz display on the regular model has been upgraded to the Pro’s Super Retina XDR. The OLED panel has a resolution of 2532×1170 and a pixel density of 460 ppi.
The iPhone 12 features a dual-sensor camera for better photo-taking capabilities. There’s a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens with an aperture of f/2.4 and a 12-megapixel wide lens with an aperture of f/1.6. Both cameras include 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. Night mode has seen improvements and you’ll now find Smart HDR with Scene Detection and Deep Fusion on the standard iPhone model.
The iPhone 12 can record HDR video with Dolby Vision up to 30fps, 4K at 24/30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60fps. There is also cinematic video stabilisation.
The A14 chip powering the iPhone 12 is both the first Apple chip to use the 5nm process, and “the fastest CPU and GPU by up to 50 percent” compared with its competitors. The iPhone 12 has also been given a long-awaited upgrade to 5G and supports mmWave 5G in the US.
The iPhone 12 includes 4GB RAM and the battery can handle up to 17 hours of video playback and 65 hours of audio playback. The phone is compatible with 20W wired charging and 15W wireless charging via MagSafe.
The phone comes in black, white, red, green and a stunning new blue colour.
iPhone 12 release date – when will it be available?
The iPhone 12 will be available to pre-order from October 16, though it won’t officially be released until October 23.
iPhone 12 price – how much will it cost?
Apple has set the price of the iPhone 12 at £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB) and £949 (512GB).
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iPhone 12 mini
The iPhone mini shares a lot of similarities with the standard iPhone 12 model in a smaller form factor (and for £100 less).
The iPhone mini is the smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone in the world, according to Apple. The cheaper phone packs many of the perks of the iPhone 12 into a more compact 5.4-inch body.
Some key differences between the mini and the regular include a reduced display and battery. The mini has a resolution of 2340×1080 and a pixel density of 476 ppi. The compact phone can last for 15 hours playing video and 50 hours audio, compared with the iPhone 12’s 17 and 65 hour battery.
iPhone 12 mini release date – when will it be available?
The iPhone mini will launch slightly later than the standard iPhone model on November 13, with pre-orders open from November 6.
iPhone 12 mini price – how much will it cost?
The iPhone 12 mini is £100 cheaper than the iPhone 12 at £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB) and £849 (512GB).
iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max sit at the top end of Apple’s 2020 iPhone range. The Pro includes many of the same features as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, along with an upgraded design and cameras.
The iPhone 12 Pro features a similarly iPhone 5-like design with flat, stainless steel sides. It also includes the Ceramic Shield glass and IP68 water and dust resistance rating.
The 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display is OLED, includes full HDR support and can hit 1200 nits peak brightness.
The rear camera setup includes a seven-element wide lens with an aperture of f/1.6, promising a 27% improvement in low-light performance, an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view, and a 52mm telephoto camera for 4x optical zoom. There’s also a LiDAR scanner for immersive AR and the new Apple ProRAW for more creative control when taking photos.
The phone is powered by the same A14 chip as the rest of the line up, with an increased 128GB base storage.
The iPhone 12 Pro is available in graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.
iPhone 12 Pro release date – when will it be available?
The iPhone 12 Pro will be released on October 23, but you’ll be able to pre-order the phone from October 16.
iPhone 12 Pro price – how much will it cost?
The more premium iPhone 12 Pro is more expensive than its standard and mini counterparts. The smartphone is priced at £999 (64GB), £1099 (128GB) and £1299 (512GB).
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iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is very similar to the iPhone Pro, with a larger display and additional camera capabilities.
The Pro Max features a 6.7-inch screen (the largest ever on an iPhone) and a new f/1.6 aperture wide camera with a 47% larger sensor for an 87% improvement in low-light photography. The Pro Max also includes the Pro’s ultra-wide camera and 65mm telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom.
iPhone 12 Pro Max release date – when will it be available?
Pre-orders for the iPhone Pro Max open on November 6, with the phone set to arrive on shelves on November 13.
iPhone 12 Pro Max price – how much will it cost?
The iPhone Pro Max is naturally the most expensive of the bunch at £1099 (64GB), £1199 (128GB) and £1399 (512GB).
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