The iPhone 12 is finally official, and it was unveiled alongside the new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max during the company’s virtual October event.
The company has confirmed that the whole range of iPhone products in 2020 will be 5G-ready, allowing you to enjoy super-fast download and browsing speeds on your phone.
All four handsets feature a new design, including new colours, and there are a variety of changes to the camera on the rear, the power inside each phone and other features.
Below is everything you need to know about the iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 release date is set for October 23, and you’ll be able to pre-order the phone from this Friday, October 16. You won’t be able to pre-order the iPhone 12 mini until November 6, and the phone will be out on November 13.
Apple has confirmed the iPhone 12 price will start at $799 in the US, which is $100 more than the iPhone 11 range. That’s likely because of the introduction of 5G technology.
iPhone 12 design and display
The new iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch display size with a notch at the top of the display. It seems to be the same size notch that we’ve seen on recent iPhone products. The iPhone 12 comes in five colours: black, white, red, green and blue.
There’s an aluminium frame around the outside of the iPhone 12, and the edge looks to be less rounded than on recent iPhones – it’s more reminiscent of the iPhone 5S, rather than the iPhone11 with its rounded corners. The rear of the phone is made of glass, but Apple was keen to make it clear that this phone is tougher than previous iPhones.
The iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. That means it has dimensions of 146.7x 71.5 x 7.4mm, and it weighs 162 grams. As with previous iPhones, the iPhone 12 is IP68 water and dust resistant.
There are volume buttons on the left side of the phone, with a silence switch just above those, while the power button is on the right side.
The right-hand side of the phone features a small indent below the power button too, which is a 5G antenna so the phone can connect to networks through its aluminium frame.
iPhone 12 5G and specs
The iPhone 12 is 5G-ready, which means you’ll be able to connect to next-gen internet networks from your iPhone for the very first time.
This is now a common feature on flagship Android phones, but this is the first time we’ve seen 5G on an iPhone.
The company h a s a l s o confirmed that the 5G tech here is both sub-6 and mmWave, meaning the iPhone 12 will work on Verizon networks in t h e U S. I n other markets it’ll also use sub – 6 technology, so it should work with all carriers around the world that provide 5G connections.
You’ll have the choice of either 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage models. The phone also comes running iOS 14 out of the box, so you’ll be able to enjoy all of the features that were introduced in last month’s big software update.
iPhone 12 cameras
The iPhone 12 comes with a dual rear camera. There’s a 12MP wide camera with an f/1.6 aperture, and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter with a f/2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view.
There’s a bigger focus on computational photography with this generation of iPhones, including new Smart HDR 3 tech to help you capture photos with improved colours and contrast, as well as Night Mode improvements.
Apple claims the cameras offer a 27% improvement in low-light performance, which would be quite remarkable considering the iPhone 11 range already offers strong low-light performance. On the front of the phone is a 12MP selfie camera with a f/2.2 aperture.
This also comes with Face ID technology to help you unlock the phone quickly as there isn’t a fingerprint scanner on this phone.
iPhone 12 battery
The company claims the battery will last for 16 hours of video playback (that’s video stored on the phone’s memory rather than being streamed) but it will be difficult to know the battery life for certain until it has been tested.
Fast-charging is available on the phone that can get the battery from zero to 50% in half an hour, but you’ll need to buy a separate 20W charger to be able to get that feature.
We do know that Apple has improved its wireless charging offering here. The big improvement is called MagSafe, which is essentially a magnet within the phone that allows you to attach a wireless charging pad to the device.
iPhone 12 accessories
You won’t get a charging brick or a pair of Apple Earbuds – those small free headphones 0 in the box with your iPhone 12. Instead, the company is just including the USB-C-to-Lightning cable that you’ll use to charge the phone.
You’ll be able to use existing charging bricks, buy one separately, or use wireless charging, with Apple aiming to reduce the amount of e-waste that’s generated when you buy a new iPhone.
The box itself will also be slimmer too with the device, charging cable and documentation on the phone being the only things Apple needs to include in the packaging.