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iPhone 12 revealed: 5G, price, release date and specs

The new iPhone range has finally been revealed and you can now get your hands on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, with iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max coming later. If you still aren’t aware of all there is to know about the new Apple devices, we’ve got all the important information on what you can expect.

Apple’s new flagships offer a range of improvements across the board on last year’s devices. In particular, the design and new processor stand out. While there’s also some big changes for the camera, with their impact differing from regular iPhone to the Pro models. Of course, we can’t forget about 5G too.

During the reveal, Apple was keen to stress its new move towards improving its environmental impact. Apple has decided to remove the EarPods and power adapters from iPhone boxes this year. Thankfully, you’ll still be getting  a USB-C to lightning cable in the (much smaller) box.

Scroll down to discover everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 2020 range.

Related: iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 Pro

 

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iPhone 12

The 6.1-inch iPhone is the latest update to Apple’s standard flagship phone. The phone features an industrial design with “aerospace-grade aluminium edges” and a shape reminiscent of the iPhone 5. The phone’s IP68 rating means it is splash, water and dust resistant and the new Ceramic Shield offers four times better drop performance compared with the iPhone 11.

The 60Hz display on the regular model has been upgraded to the Pro’s Super Retina XDR. The OLED panel has a resolution of 2532×1170 and a pixel density of 460 ppi.

iPhone 12

The camera setup features a dual-sensor for improved photo-taking capabilities. There’s a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens with an aperture of f/2.4 and a 12-megapixel wide lens with an aperture of f/1.6. Both cameras include 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. Night mode has seen improvements and you’ll now find Smart HDR with Scene Detection and Deep Fusion on the standard iPhone model.

You’ll be able to record HDR video with Dolby Vision up to 30fps, 4K at 24/30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60fps. There is also cinematic video stabilisation.

The A14 chip powering the new iPhone is both the first Apple chip to use the 5nm process, and “the fastest CPU and GPU by up to 50 percent” compared with its competitors. There’s also the long-awaited upgrade to 5G and supports mmWave 5G in the US.

The new iPhone includes 4GB RAM and the battery can handle up to 17 hours of video playback and 65 hours of audio playback. The phone is compatible with 20W wired charging and 15W wireless charging via MagSafe.

The phone comes in black, white, red, green and a stunning new blue colour.

iPhone 12 release date – when will it be available? 

The iPhone 12 will be available to pre-order from October 16, though it won’t officially be released until October 23.

iPhone 12 price – how much will it cost? 

Apple has set the price at £/$799 (64GB), £/$849 (128GB) and £/$949 (512GB) for the standard new iPhone.

Related: iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 12 mini

The mini shares a lot of similarities with the standard iPhone 12 model in a smaller form factor (and for £/$100 less).

The new mini device is the smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone in the world, according to Apple. The cheaper phone packs many of the perks of the new regular 12 model into a more compact 5.4-inch body.

iPhone 12

Some key differences between the mini and the regular include a reduced display and battery. The mini has a resolution of 2340×1080 and a pixel density of 476 ppi. The compact phone can last for 15 hours playing video and 50 hours audio, compared with the regular 12 model’s 17 and 65 hour battery.

Related: Does the iPhone 12 Pro have a 120Hz display?

iPhone 12 mini release date – when will it be available? 

The new mini will launch slightly later than the standard iPhone model on November 13, with pre-orders open from November 6.

iPhone 12 mini price – how much will it cost? 

The 12 mini is £/$100 cheaper than the iPhone 12 at £/$699 (64GB), £/$749 (128GB) and £/$849 (512GB).

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iPhone 12 Pro – Screen, camera and specs

The Pro and Pro Max models sit at the top end of Apple’s 2020 iPhone range. The Pro includes many of the same features as the regular 12 and 12 mini, along with an upgraded design and cameras.

Both Pro devices feature a familiar iPhone 5-like design with flat, stainless steel sides. It also includes the Ceramic Shield glass and IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

The 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display is OLED, includes full HDR support and can hit 1200 nits peak brightness.

The rear camera setup includes a seven-element wide lens with an aperture of f/1.6, promising a 27% improvement in low-light performance, an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view, and a 52mm telephoto camera for 4x optical zoom. There’s also a LiDAR scanner for immersive AR and the new Apple ProRAW for more creative control when taking photos.

The phone is powered by the same A14 chip as the rest of the line up, with an increased 128GB base storage.

The Pro models are available in graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.

iPhone 12 Pro release date – when will it be available? 

The iPhone 12 Pro will be released on October 23, but you’ll be able to pre-order the phone from October 16.

iPhone 12 Pro price – how much will it cost? 

The more premium Pro model is more expensive than its standard and mini counterparts. The smartphone is priced at £/$999 (128GB), £/$1099 (256GB) and £1/$299 (512GB).

Related: What is Apple MagSafe?

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The 12 Pro Max is very similar to the regular 12 Pro, with a larger display and additional camera capabilities.

iPhone 12

The Pro Max features a 6.7-inch screen (the largest ever on an iPhone) and a new f/1.6 aperture wide camera with a 47% larger sensor for an 87% improvement in low-light photography. The Pro Max also includes the Pro’s ultra-wide camera and 65mm telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom.

iPhone 12 Pro Max release date – when will it be available? 

Pre-orders for the Pro Max open on November 6, with the phone set to arrive on shelves on November 13.

iPhone 12 Pro Max price – how much will it cost? 

The new Pro Max is naturally the most expensive of the bunch at £/$1099 (128GB), £/$1199 (256GB) and £/$1399 (512GB).

The Trusted Reviews View – Dep Ed Max Parker

“The thing that stood out most for me with the new phones is just how much the new iPhone improves over the 11. Yes, the cameras on the Pros sound intriguing – especially the improvements to low-light and Dolby Vision recording – and the A14 is sure to be the fastest chip on the market, but it’s the £799 device that catches my eyes the most.

With the new iPhone, Apple has a truly tempting prospect at a price that should make the competition think twice. You’re no longer getting an inferior LCD display as the 12 now has OLED, and you’re not really sacrificing design. The new iPhone is a lot lighter and slimmer than the 11, and it has the same overall iPhone 5 inspired industrial design as the 12 Pro.”

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