Apple introduced the world to its new iPhone 12 range earlier this month and the devices are now finally available for purchase in the US. As of today, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro can be purchased, but the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be made available for pre-order starting November 6. If you’ve readied you cash for a purchase of one of the four devices, you might very well know what they have on offer. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Apple handsets.
Features Common To All Phones
All the new iPhones come with support for 5G networks, which is no surprise at all since every other company is rushing to do the same right now. They have been equipped with the new ultra powerful 5nm Apple A14 Bionic chip which happens to the be fastest mobile chipset available in the market right now. Moreover, although their display sizes vary, all the iPhone 12 models ship with OLED panels, which is always great news for visual clarity and battery efficiency. Unlike other flagships in the market, however, these displays don’t offer fast refresh rates.
All the new models have gone for IP68 dust and water resistance, while they’ve even been equipped with Face ID support that’s given to them by the advanced hardware that sits inside their display notches. 15W wireless charging is supported by all four models, while wired charging is capped at 20W. All the new iPhone models can record 4K HDR videos with Dolby Vision, which is a big deal and it also makes them the first phones in the world to offer this ability. They also ship with 12MP front cameras.
The iPhone 12 models have benefited from a fresh design. Instead of curved edges, these models espouse a boxy design that’s more akin to that of the iPad Pro tablets. This allows them to be 11 percent thinner, 15 percent smaller and 16 percent lighter. They are also equipped with a Ceramic Shield screen protector that offers 4 times better drop performance than previous-gen models.
The main iPhone 12 ships with a 6.1-inch display and carries just two cameras on its back. The main camera is a 12MP unit with a wide lens, while the other one is also a 12MP unit with an ultra-wide lens. So, if you buy the iPhone 12, you’ll be missing out on the telephoto lens that grants the other phones their optical zooming capability. The 64GB storage option of the iPhone 12 costs $799, while the 128GB and 256GB variants go for $849 and $949, respectively. The battery on the iPhone 12 is a 2815mAh unit.
iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro starts for $50 more. So the 128GB model costs $999, the 256GB version goes for $1099 and the 512GB model is priced at $1299. That said, the Pro version offers the same display as the non Pro version, but adds two more cameras to the mix. One is a 12MP telephoto camera, which grants 2x optical zoom support and the other is a LiDAR camera that’s aimed at improved augmented reality support. Like the iPhone 12, the Pro model also grabs a 2815mAh battery.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
The largest one among the lot, the iPhone 12 Pro Max carries a 6.7-inch display and boasts of four rear cameras, just like the regular Pro model. In fact, these are the same cameras that are present on the said device. It’s clearly a phone targeted towards people who prefer large screens. The price of this phone is rather steep though. The base 128GB model starts at $1099, while the 256GB model is placed at $1199. As for the 512GB model, it can be purchased at $1399. Inside the iPhone Pro Max is a massive 3687mAh battery.
iPhone 12 Mini
The iPhone 12 Mini is a better alternative than the iPhone SE for those who like smaller devices. And predictably, its better features also warrant a higher price tag. The phone will start at $699, which is the price of its 64GB model. Its 128GB model will cost $749 and its 512GB model will go for $849. The phone comes with an edge-to-edge 5.4-inch display and offers dual cameras, one wide and the other ultra-wide. Its battery is a 2227mAh unit.
No Chargers And No Headphones In The Box
These are the first iPhone models to ship without headphones and charging bricks in their boxes. Apple says it has done this keeping the environment in mind. Whatever the reason, you will need to make sure that you have a charging brick of your own. In the box, Apple will only provide a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, so if you wish to use it, you’ll need to have a charger that came with the iPhone 11 range, otherwise that cable is useless.
And if you wish to take advantage of the wireless charging capabilities of the new iPhone models, you can buy the new MagSafe Charger from Apple which snaps onto the back of your device with the use of magnets. These magnets have also resulted in various accessories like a card holder to have been developed. Moreover, third-party accessories are also expected to start popping up soon. The MagSafe Charger for iPhones is being sold separately at $59. Do note that you’ll only get 15W charging through this device, so if you wish to harness the 20W fast charging capabilities of the new iPhones, you’ll need to get a 20W wired charging brick.