Apple announced on October 13, 2020, the release of the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are priced at an affordable price tag with super retina XDR OLED display. Aside from the screen size and battery size, the two phones are technically identical. The iPhone 12 mini will be ideal for those who prefer an iPhone that can be used one-handed. There is also no difference in display quality between the standard iPhone 12 models and the Pro.
The design introduces flat edges that are a departure from the rounded edges of prior models and are similar in design to the iPad Pro. The front of the iPhone is protected by a new ceramic shield cover that replaces the standard cover glass. The ceramic shield is infused with nano-ceramic crystals and offers 4x better drop performance.
The back of the iPhone continues to be made from glass and comes in five colors: blue, green, black, white, and red. The iPhone 12 models offer IP68 water and dust resistance and can hold up to submersion in 6 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.
All models support 5G connectivity for faster downloads and uploads, better quality video streaming, improved gaming, and higher-definition 1080p FaceTime calls. 5G coverage is available worldwide, but only iPhone 12 devices sold support mmWave 5G, which is the fastest 5G technology available.
There is a new A14 chip inside the iPhone 12 models, and it is the first chip in smartphone industry built in a 5-nanometer process for performance and efficiency improvements. Apple says the 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU in the A14 are 50 percent faster than the fastest competing smartphone chips. The A 14 chip offers an 80% increase in performance for machine learning tasks.
The iPhone 12 and 12 mini are similar to the Pro models, but the camera is a major differentiating factor. The pro models include a triple-lens camera setup with LiDAR Scanner, and the iPhone 12 and 12 mini have a simpler and less advanced dual-lens camera setup. There is also an ultra wide camera and wide camera that has a new aperture that lets in 27% more light for better performance in low-light conditions along with 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. The selfie camera now supports Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion, Night Mode, and Night Mode Portrait Shots.
The iPhone 12 offers up to 17 hours of video playback, 11 hours of streaming video playback, or 65 hours of audio playback. The iPhone 12 mini offers up to 15 hours of video playback. 10 hours of streaming video playback or 50 hours of audio playback.
The iPhone 12 is available in 6.1 inch size that’s similar to the 6. Inch size of the iPhone 11, while the iPhone 12 mini features a 5.4 inch display.
Compared to the iPhone 11, the 6.1 inch iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter, while the 5.4 inch iPhone 12 mini has no comparison because it is the smallest, lightest iPhone Apple introduced since the 2016 iPhone SE.
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