iPhone 12 Release Date, Prices, Specifications – Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 12 launch event which was pushed back due to the Coronavirus pandemic, finally took place yesterday and the company unveiled the next-gen model of the iPhone.
The event was held at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, as a virtual event-only that was a first in the company’s history. The event confirmed four new iPhones and a smaller HomePod smart speaker.
The four new models are:
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Here is everything you need to know about the new iPhone 12 including its release date, price, and specifications.
iPhone 12 Release Date and iPhone 12 Prices
iPhone 12, Pro, and Pro Max release date has been set to October 23 and you can pre-order them from October 16th onwards. The smaller iPhone 12 Mini would be out on November 13.
Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 12 price in the US will start from $799. This is $100 more than the iPhone 11 range which is mainly because of the introduction of 5G technology.
iPhone 12 Design and Display
The latest iPhone 12 would feature a 6.1-inch display screen and seems to be of the same size as the previous models. If you are looking for an iPhone 12 model with a smaller display screen, then you need to check out iPhone 12 mini.
The phone would be available in five colors:
There is an aluminum frame on the outside and the edge seems less rounded than the previous models. It has more of the iPhone 5s rounded corners. The rear of the iPhone has been made with glass but is tougher than the previous models owing to a new Ceramic Shield. The new iPhone 12 is expected to be 11% thinner and 15% smaller than the iPhone 11.
The phone’s screen is a Super Retina XDR display and has double the number of pixels as iPhone 11. It also has 1200-nits peak brightness ensuring a brighter display screen in comparison to previous models.
The iPhone 12 is also dust and water-resistant and comes with IP68 certification. The volume buttons are on the left with the silence switch just above them. the power button is present on the right side.
iPhone 12 Specifications
iPhone 12 is 5G ready and features a faster A14 Bionic processor. The cameras have been updated with better computational photography and lens.
There is a new MagSafe wireless charging system designed to make wireless charging faster and easier.
iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are equipped with a powerful camera system and optical zoom. You will have to pay more for the LiDAR sensor and the sophisticated stainless steel design.
The Smart Data mode helps you assess whether you require 5G speeds or if you want to switch back to 4G. You can save battery by not connecting to the 5G network which is actually a smart idea.
iPhone 12 is powered by an A14 Bionic chipset which has already been seen in the iPad Air 4. Apple claims that it is 40% more powerful than the A13 found in iPhone 11 series. In fact, the company is claiming it to be the fastest chip ever in a smartphone.
You have the choice to choose from three storage models: 64GB, 128GB, and 256 GB.
iPhone 12 Camera Specifications
iPhone 12 comes with a dual rear camera with a 12MP wide camera with f/1.6 aperture and a 12MP ultra-wide camera offering a 120-degree field of view.
The main focus is on computational photography in the 12 series. The new Smart HDR3 tech helps you capture your photos with better contrast and improved colors. There are improvements in the Night Mode as well.
Apple claims that the new models will offer a 27 percent improvement in low light performance. The 12MP selfie camera has an f/2.2 aperture.
iPhone 12 Battery life
There is not much info available on how big the battery is in the iPhone 12 series. The company claims that the phone can function for 16 hours of video playback.
Quick charging is available and the battery can go from 0% to 50% in half an hour.
However, you will have to purchase a separate 20W charger to avail this feature.
Apple has worked on its wireless charging here. The big improvement is called MagSafe which is a magnet within the phone that allows you to connect a wireless charging pad to your device.
iPhone 12 Accessories
You won’t be getting a pair of Earbuds or charging brick with your phone.
You need to be content with the USB-C-to-Lightning cable that you can use to charge your phone. The box will be slimmer with just the device, charging cable, and the necessary documents.
iPhone 12 Prices
- iPhone 12 Mini will be available at a starting price of $699 for the 64GB variant.
- iPhone 12 would cost you $799 for the basic model.
- iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max with 128 GB storage are priced at $999 and $1,099 respectively.
iPhone 12 Model Comparison Sheet
|Feature||iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Mini||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Display||6.1 inches OLED (2532 x 1170)||5.4 inches OLED (2340 x1080)||6.1 inches OLED (2532 x 1170)||6.7 inches (2778 x 1284)|
|Camera (Rear)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide f/2.4)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide f/2.4)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0)||12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0)|
|Camera (Front)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)||12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)|
|Battery||Up to 11 hours of video streaming||Up to 10 hours of video streaming||Up to 11 hours of video streaming||Up to 12 hours of video streaming|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
HomePod Mini gets an Upgrade
Apple’s smart speaker has been given a makeover. The model was earlier shaped like a small barrel and is now designed in a spherical shape with mesh fabric covering. The device is 8.5cm tall and has a flat top with a backlit touch surface for controlling the audio, volume and to indicate when smart assistant Siri is listening to your requests.
Multiple HomePods can work in sync to play music. The new Intercom feature allows people in the same home to communicate from different rooms by speaking aloud. It will be available in space grey and white finishes and will go on sale on 16 November.
The iPhone 12 series doesn’t seem to be packed with a lot of surprises. It looks like the company has just focused on enhancing the features that existed in the previous models. Although we must admit the better camera, 5G compatibility, and Ceramic Shield display seem quite compelling.
The iPhone 12 Mini version is going to appeal to people who don’t like carrying around large models. Both iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max do have better camera upgrades with an added telephoto sensor. The camera sensor and the powerful optical zoom make these seem like better camera phones in the market.