New iPhone 12 specs, price, release date, and more

Apple is announcing more and more iPhone models at the same time in recent years. A few years earlier, Apple usually offers a single model of new iPhone and consumers only choose color and storage size.

This year, the tech giant has officially announced 4 new iPhone models at the “Hi, Speed” conference: iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, all support 5G which matches the “Hi, Speed” theme.

New design and 5G connectivity

The new flat edges design announce the departure of rounded edges in prior models, with the use of aluminum on the frames and glass on both front & back, similar to the iPhone 4 flat design.

All iPhone 12 models support 5G connectivity for faster downloads and uploads to enhance daily user experience in different aspects, like better streaming quality and improved gaming latency.

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A14 Bionic chip

It’s the latest silicon chip built by Apple with a 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU , Apple states that it performs up to 40% faster than A12 and 16% faster than A13. It also includes a 16-core neural engine and new machine learning matrix accelerators.

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New OLED Display

It is the first time all new iPhone models feature Super Retina XDR OLED displays. The 12 Pro Max has the largest iPhone screen ever at 6.7 inches with 2,778 x 1,284 pixels, 0.2 inches larger than the 6.5 inches 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both have 6.1 inches screen with 2,532 x 1,170 pixels, while iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4 inches screen with 2,340 x 1080 pixels.

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In addition, the new iPhone lineup has “Ceramic Shield” screen protection infused with nano-ceramic crystals. It’s “tougher than any smartphone glass”, with four times improved drop performance, according to Apple.

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Camera

Every new iPhones has significant camera improvements than prior generation, and there is no exception for iPhone 12.

With that said, iPhone 12 and 12 mini features a new dual camera setup. There’s a 12-megapixel ƒ/1.6 aperture wide camera, and a f/2.4 Ultra-Wide camera with 120° field of view. The combo lets in 27 percent more light for better performance in low-light conditions, along with 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom.

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The Pro models features a triple camera setup, with an additional telephoto lens. With the new A14 chip, Pro models add in cinematic video stabilization and Night mode Time-Lapse, along with Dolby Vision selfie videos using the TrueDepth camera.

It also supports Smart HDR 3, adjusting the white balance, contrast, texture, and saturation in photos for more natural-looking images.

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All the iPhone 12 models can capture 30fps HDR video with Dolby Vision, in which cinema-grade videos can be captured, edited, and shared right on the phone. It also supports 4K video recording at up to 60fps.

Both Pro models have liDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which helps AR apps on detecting objects.

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Pricing and preorder

Pre-orders for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are open now on Apple official website and will start delivering to customers on October 23. iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini will be open for preorder on November 6 with launch date being November 13.

You might also grab older models like iPhone 11 at a discounted price right now.

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The iPhone 12 comes in three storage capacities: 64GB for $799, 128GB for $899 and 256GB for $999. There are four colors you can pick from Black, White, (PRODUCT) RED, Green and Blue. The iPhone 12 Pro is also available in three storage capacities as well: 128GB for $999, 256GB for $1,099 and 512GB for $1,199, and in four colors: Graphite, Silver, Gold and Pacific Blue.

IPHONE 12 SPECS VS. IPHONE 12 MINI, IPHONE 12 PRO AND IPHONE 12 PRO MAX

Apple iPhone 12Apple iPhone 12 MiniApple iPhone 12 ProApple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels5.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels
Pixel density460ppi476ppi460ppi458ppi
Dimensions (inches)5.78×2.82×0.29 inches5.18×2.53×0.29 inches5.78×2.82×0.29 inches6.33×3.07×0.29 inches
Dimensions (millimeters)146.7×71.5×7.4mm131.5×64.2×7.4mm146.7×71.5×7.4mm160.8×78.1×7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams)5.78 oz.; 164g4.76 oz.; 135g6.66 oz.; 189g8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile softwareiOS 14iOS 14iOS 14iOS 14
Camera12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera12-megapixel12-megapixel12-megapixel12-megapixel
Video capture4K4K4K4K
ProcessorApple A14 BionicApple A14 BionicApple A14 BionicApple A14 Bionic
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAMUndisclosedUndisclosedUndisclosedUndisclosed
Expandable storageNoNoNoNo
BatteryUndisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playbackUndisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playbackUndisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playbackUndisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensorNo (FaceID)No (FaceID)No (FaceID)No (FaceID)
ConnectorLightningLightningLightningLightning
Headphone jackNoNoNoNo
Special features5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD)$829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB)$729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB)$999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB)$1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP)£799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB)£699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB)£999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB)£1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD)AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB)AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB)AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB)AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)