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Apple has definitely put to bed all skepticism with the reveal of the new iPhone 12. All major changes were actually default changes like better cameras, faster processor, and new colors. In reality, we get a very tough smartphone that’s very satisfying to keep in your hand. Of course, don’t forget about 5G support because all novelties are circulating around it. 

For the new iPhone 12, Apple has given a pretty predictable price tag of $799 for the default 64GB model. We don’t even move an eyebrow to express surprise. The iPhone 12 is better than the iPhone 11 indeed, but you don’t actually need to rush into the fray to buy a new model because you will not even notice the upgrade you got in exchange. Oh, sorry, iPhone 11 has no 5G; you’ll notice that fact. 

However, the new iPhone 12 has a lot of stuff that’s likely to be more pleasing than previous models. If you’re looking for a new smartphone and don’t know where to spend $799, this one is a choice for a million. You’ll like it, I swear.

Boxed Design

The best and perhaps the most eye-catching thing is a new boxed design. Apple has cut a small piece off the iPhone 12 so it looks more space-efficient in comparison with the iPhone 11. Also, personally, I’m in love with this design. Its sharp edges and flat sides resemble my iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models which takes me back to good times when nobody knew what to expect next.

The new design is more boxed with flat sides. Image credit: techradar.com

Flat edges don’t overcome the thing I don’t quite understand: why Apple mixed the design for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models? iPhone 12 has matte aluminum rails while its back is made of glossy glass that can pick fingerprints so easily I can actually draw a picture on it. While I’m complaining about glossy glass, iPhone 12 Pro models don’t have such trouble but the company awarded them with glossy flat sides. Don’t pay attention to my grumpy comments because everybody will put the phone in a case.

Apple also mentioned in its presentation that the iPhone 12 has got a glass-ceramic screen which is called “Ceramic Shield”. It technically looks the same as common glass but with four times better drop resistance than the iPhone 11, the company noted. For consumers, that means a slight fall in screen repair costs. For example, when you’ve smashed the iPhone 11 Pro you are welcome to pay $329 to restore it. The situation is slightly better with iPhone 12 Pro – you’d pay only $279.

The iPhone 12 looks so gentle even with that huge eyebrow, but it is habitual and I don’t even notice that. There is almost no camera bump, though you can still see a tiny blob.

OLED Screen

Image credit: techradar.com

Apple has made a decision to swap LCD screens for OLED. This step was made to diminish the bezels together with the iPhone 12 size. The phone looks more structured right now, but at what cost? The iPhone’s 12 refresh rate still can’t match with Samsung’s Galaxy S20 that’s got a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s preferable or pleasing to swipe the phone with a more smooth refresh rate rather than with the iPhone’s 12 60Hz.

This is a thing people won’t even take as an advantage when buying it. 2020 kicked off the higher refresh rate trend for flagship phones and it’s awkward not to take it into consideration. But, Dieter Bohn pointed out a nice argument for The Verge – “the iPhone 12 gets away with leaving it out for two reasons: one, iOS already feels smooth and fast natively, and two, this is the lower-cost iPhone.”

Generally speaking, Apple has done a good job of replacing LCD with OLED. You’ll mention the better screen brightness, the lack of blacker spots, improved contrast, and HDR. 

MagSafe

MagSafe is not a service or a new feature; it’s about the new smartphone construction. It’s a system that helps you attach things with a magnet to the iPhone: wireless chargers, cases, car mounts, and even wallets. The second NFC inside the iPhone 12 is for MagSafe and it’s like a face control for a thing you attach to the back of the phone. 

MagSafe case and wallet
Image credit: theverge.com

All MagSafe accessories have a magnet that connects with the iPhone’s magnet. When you put on a MagSafe case, the NFC identifies it as a case. At the same time, you can attach a MagSafe charger without replacing the case. MagSafe chargers provide your phone with 15 watts wireless charging instead of 7.5 watts. This fact cannot leave me without humble satisfaction.

The other mood comes together with a MagSafe wallet. You know these magnets are good but not that good to trust my wallet with driver license and my ID. When you put on the wallet, it slides on the surface of the phone every time you want to hide it in your pocket. 

What about 5G?

Almost half of Apple’s show was dedicated to 5G. We’ve a lot to say about the faster download speeds on the new models, but what does 5G mean for you? 

5G is a tricky thing that’s harder to catch than a Pokemon in the game. If you really want to receive higher speeds, you’d better be in the right place and at the right time. I mean that 5G networks are not as good as Apple paints them in their presentation. It requires some time to get to the expected levels. Read the original article from The Verge for a more detailed test of 5G.

The iPhone 12 has got a “Smart Data mode” function enabled. It means that your phone cuts your 5G connection to LTE speeds and will come back to higher speeds when the software really needs it. 

It’s important to note that 5G has got some “blind spots”. The iPhone 12 has dual SIM card support, and that means you can have a physical SIM and eSIM. It turns out, however, that the phone can’t handle two networks that have 5G connections simultaneously. As a result, you’ll get 4G. You can switch one network off and get a 5G connection, though. 

Sweet Camera

Image credit: techradar.com

The iPhone 12 doesn’t have a threenumberMP camera, but it does have a wider angle for the main sensor and some software peculiarities powered by the A14 Bionic processor. It gives access to the night mode for every camera on the iPhone 12. Also, the new system called Smart HDR 3 takes multiple frames combining them in one shot that makes images more detailed compared with the iPhone 11.

iPhone 12 Performance

It’s kinda obvious, but the new iPhone 12 is really fast thanks to the new A14 Bionic chip. You can enable multiple apps and run games without any lags or freezing. Again, you don’t even mention that speed during your normal day; a new year gives a new phone with slightly better performance. All changes we will see in the contrast of time, perhaps in four years.

The battery life on the iPhone 12 is a bit smaller than on the iPhone 11. Don’t worry; it is not that bad at all. A full day of use won’t harm your battery life fully.

iPhone 12 Specs

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

Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in. 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-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 camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (FaceID) No (FaceID) No (FaceID) No (FaceID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G 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)
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