Apple just announced the iPhone 12 lineup, and it’s packed full of features and new capabilities, at a range of price points.
The iPhone 12 lineup is here. Well, almost here, but it’s finally official. After months of rumors and speculation about what Apple would and wouldn’t include in its latest iPhones models, the company announced four iPhone 12 models on Tuesday.
So what do we know about the new iPhone so far? Not everything, but quite a lot. The company has confirmed that it’ll be 5G-ready, allowing you to enjoy super-fast download and browsing speeds on your phone.
Below we’ll run you through everything we’ve learned about the new iPhone including its price, release date, specs and the new features that Apple has shown off so far.
iPhone 12 key facts
- iPhone 12 Mini: Nov. 6 preorders, Nov 13 availability
- iPhone 12: Oct 16 preorders, Oct. 23 availability
- iPhone 12 Pro: Oct. 16 preorders, Oct. 23 availability
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: Nov. 6 preorders, Nov 13 availability
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.
What will the phone cost in your market? We have the iPhone 12 prices for the US, UK and Australia below.
All four iPhone 12 models are capable of connecting to 5G networks. In the US, that means they include Sub6 and mmWave compatibility. The phones will have a Smart Data Mode that will decide whether or not a 5G connection is required for a task, and when it’s not, it will use a 4G LTE connection instead. Doing so will save battery life.
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 colors 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. We can’t say for certain yet, but it seems to be the same front-facing selfie shooter that was on the iPhone 11, and we found that to take good shots and work well for video calls.
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
We’ve yet to hear how big the battery is in the iPhone 12, and it’s unlikely that we’ll learn that stat until someone gets the phone in their hand and does a teardown.
The company claims it’ll last for 16 hours of video playback (that’s video stored on the phone’s memory rather than being streamed) but we won’t know the battery life for certain until we’ve tested the phone.
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.
Why would it do that? It’s to make sure your phone doesn’t slip off of said charger and stop charging when you’re using it.
MagSafe charging seems to be faster than Qi wireless charging too. According to Apple’s website, MagSafe will use 15W charging, which Qi wireless charging on the iPhone 12 is limited to 7.5W.
The technology also allows accessory manufacturers to make in-car products, cases and more too.
Apple says it’ll be creating its own accessories, but we can also expect to see new products from third-party manufacturers, with the company confirming that Belkin is working on accessories already.