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iPhone 12 Specs and Features: Comparing the New iPhone 12, Pro, Pro Max, and Mini Models

The latest Apple iPhone 12 lineup is finally here, confirming most of the rumors and even putting some out. Here’s everything you need to know about the entire iPhone 12 series lineup of 2020, including all the iPhone 12 specs and features, so you can pick the one that suits you best.

The month of September is nothing short of Christmas for Apple fanboys, who wait eagerly to witness the miracle that is the iPhone. Even if you’re not the biggest Apple fan in the world, unveiling the latest iPhone is enough to make your head turn. The iPhone 12 took its sweet time coming out, missing the September launch date on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Better late than never, the iPhone 12 is finally out and about, showcased in 4 different variants that are focused towards the 5G future we’re soon to embark upon.

Featuring an addition to the lineup from last year, the latest iPhone 12 is available in a brand-new iPhone 12 Mini version, the standard iPhone 12, the premium iPhone 12 Pro, and finally, the phablet flagship iPhone 12 Pro Max. On the contrary to what Apple might have to say about the next-generation iPhone, it isn’t redefining the standard for smartphones in the very sense of it. But it’s hard to argue that Apple isn’t stepping up its game, especially with advancements in 5G connectivity and design upgrade.

The Entire iPhone 12 Lineup – Complete Breakdown

A quick comparison of the iPhone 12 to the previous generation iPhone 11 is what puts things in perspective. Apple has finally ditched the LCD screen in favor of making all iPhone 12 variants sport an OLED display. The upgraded processor is expected to push performance significantly ahead and now supports 5G networks just like most current generation Android devices. The iPhone 11 now costs $200 less, which is going to be a significantly pulling factor, but there’s no question that Apple has prepared the iPhone 12 to be a worthy upgrade for 2020.

Let’s take a closer look at what are the key differences between the iPhone 12 models, so you have a better understanding of what works for you.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Specifications:

  • Display: 6.7 inches OLED 2778 x 1284 pixels
  • Dimensions: 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 228gm
  • Camera: 12 megapixel (wide), 12 megapixel (ultra-wide), 12 megapixel (telephoto)
  • Processor: Apple A14 Bionic
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Battery: 3687mah
  • Colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

The iPhone 12 Pro Max with its largest display ever on an iPhone, rests at top of the food chain. There is a shift in the design that Apple has kept standard since the iPhone 6, with those rounded corners. The entire iPhone 12 series still pretty much keeps the center notch design alive, but takes inspiration from the original iPhone 4, with curved, yet sharper edges all around. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a chassis made out of stainless steel which doesn’t scratch easily and provides the device with a rigid structure.

Although all 4 variants of the iPhone 12 come with an OLED display, the Super Retina XDR screen is left exclusively for the Pro variants. The superior video quality brings HDR video and a wide color gamut that offer plenty of brightness at 1,200 nits and excellent color reproduction. Apple was also quick to flaunt the Ceramic Shield screen, which supposedly makes the phone screen even more shatterproof.

The camera is a highlighting feature of the Pro Max, with a triple-camera setup adopted from the previous generation iPhone 11 Pro series. You get three 12-megapixel Wide, Ultra-Wide, and Telephoto lens cameras with the addition of Sensor Shift optical image stabilization. Apple is also reinventing RAW photography with the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max by introducing ProRAW, which introduces Deep Fusion and Smart HDR for some A.I. powered photography that goes toe to toe with Google.

At the heart of the action is Apple’s prized A14 bionic processor, which first debuted with the iPad Air 4 last month. The 5nm processor is yet to hit the benchmark tests, but if we were to take Apple’s word for it, you can expect a 50% performance gain in single-core processes with the newer chip. Partnering with Qualcomm to bring 5G modems to the iPhone 12, the latest generation iPhone will feature a Smart Data Mode that will keep the battery usage to healthy levels by switching back to 4G LTE when 5G isn’t needed.

Pricing:

  • 128GB $1099 (£1099, AU$1849)
  • 256GB $1199 (£1199, AU$2019)
  • 512GB $1399 (£1399, AU$2369)

Release Date:

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro Max begin on November 6, with November 13 set as the launch date.

iPhone 12 Pro

Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1 inches OLED 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Dimensions: 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 189gm
  • Camera: 12 megapixel (wide), 12 megapixel (ultra-wide), 12 megapixel (telephoto)
  • Processor: A14 Bionic
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Battery: 2775mah
  • Colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

The iPhone 12 Pro matches its larger sibling in design and style to the very last detail, with the same OLED Super Retina XDR display on the front. The display is covered by the Ceramic Shield screen for shatterproof protection, along with a stainless steel body frame that offers a hefty and premium feel in the hands. Where the iPhone 12 Pro differs from the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the display size, which measures up at 6.1 inches.

The triple-camera 12-megapixel Wide, Ultra-Wide, and Telephoto lens setup remains the same not just between the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but the older iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max as well. A new era of videography is beginning with the iPhone 12 Pro series, as it becomes the first to showcase 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision HDR recording. Taking a page out of the iPad Pro notebook, Apple brings the LiDAR sensor to the iPhone 12 Pro for time-of-flight calculations for 3D image mapping. The software and hardware features along the two Pro models remain the same, with the same Apple A14 Bionic chip and 6GB of RAM capacity.

We will have to wait and see independent benchmark test results for the iPhone 12 Pro, but the latest A-series chipset will be the first of its kind to cross 3GHz processing speeds. Although the world and the Apple ecosystem is excited to see 5G connectivity come to all variants of the iPhone 12, it will take a toll on the battery life. Apple promises a runtime of 17 hours on battery life. Featuring a wireless magnetic MagSafe charger that puts out up to 15W of power, Apple is trying to make up for the missing charger in the box.

Pricing:

  • 128GB $999 (£999, AU$1849)
  • 256GB $1099 (£1099, AU$2019)
  • 512GB $1299 (£1299, AU$2369)

Release Date:

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro begin on October 16, with October 23 set as the launch date.

iPhone 12

Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1 inches OLED 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Dimensions: 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 164gm
  • Camera: 12 megapixel (wide), 12 megapixel (ultra-wide)
  • Processor: A14 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 2775mAh
  • Colors: Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue

The base version of the iPhone 12 comes in a slew of colorful variants, unlike the Pro versions that deviate towards the industrial colors. Featuring a new design that takes pointers from the bolder iPhone 5 series, you get the crisp and vibrant OLED display even on the base model of the iPhone 12, which is an upgrade from the LCD panel from last year.

The Ceramic Shield display has been engineered in association with Corning through a temperature crystallization process, claiming to be 4 times more durable than tempered glass. Unlike the uber-premium Pro models which come in Stainless Steel chassis, aerospace-grade aluminum has been used to craft the iPhone 12. Impressively enough, the dual-camera setup receives an upgrade with the iPhone 12, with an improved f/1.6 aperture Wide Camera lens, and another 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide lens.

Simply put, you can expect better night photography on the newer iPhone, while Smart HDR 3 on the software side uses Machine Learning to improve every shot. You get the same A14 Bionic chip in the iPhone 12 as well, and Apple claims that the 5nm is “50% faster than any other smartphone chip”. The faster GPU should also result in better gaming performance all over, while the alleged 2775mAh battery should put it over its predecessor.

Pricing:

  • 64GB $799 (£799, AU$1849)
  • 128GB $849 (£849, AU$2019)
  • 256GB $949 (£949, AU$2369)

Release Date:

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro begin on October 16, with October 23 set as the launch date.

iPhone 12 Mini

Specifications:

  • Display: 5.4 inches OLED 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Dimensions: 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 135gm
  • Camera: 12 megapixel (wide), 12 megapixel (ultra-wide)
  • Processor: A14 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 2775mAh
  • Colors: Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue

If you thought the iPhone SE was cute, wait till you get a load of the newest and smallest flagship iPhone. The iPhone 12 Mini packs an impressive Super Retina XDR 5.4-inch OLED display in the small form factor, going edge-to-edge for a surreal viewing experience. Made from a combination of Ceramic Shield screen and aerospace aluminum body all over, the flat edges will take you back to the iPhone 5 era.

Essentially a smaller brother to the iPhone 12 base variant, the iPhone 12 Mini fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The front notch integrates Face ID with the TrueDepth sensor, which helps to add more real estate on the front side. The upgraded dual camera makes it to the iPhone 12 Mini as well, features an Ultra-Wide angle that improves night photography. Although you don’t get a third Telephoto lens or Sensor Shift OIS like the Pro models, you still enjoy Dolby Vision software processing for filmmaking-style HDR quality.

Despite being significantly smaller than the largest iPhone Pro Max, you still get the same rock-solid A14 Bionic chipset at the heart of it all, clocking over 3GHz to give you high definition processing and gaming performance all over. The biggest news is the return of MagSafe to the Apple world, and even though it is the cheapest one on the list, you get the magnetic wireless charging on the iPhone 12 Mini as well.

Pricing:

  • 64GB $699 (£699, AU$1849)
  • 128GB $749 (£749, AU$2019)
  • 256GB $849 (£849, AU$2369)

Release Date:

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro begin on November 6, with November 13 set as the launch date.

Wrapping up

There were plenty of speculations around the upcoming iPhone series, with rumors of Apple finally ditching the Lightning Cable for USB-C like the iPad Pro. However, some rather unfortunate rumors were true instead, like Apple doing away with the EarPods and charging adapter in the box. With the iPhone 12 preorders being sold out in less than 45 minutes in Taiwan, it doesn’t seem like the Coronavirus pandemic is going to have a sizable impact on the sales for 2020. The addition of MagSafe is also opening up a world of accessories such as stands and wallets, apart from the wireless chargers that will be sold dime a dozen.

Was the Apple iPhone 12 series launch worth the wait, or would you rather grab the iPhone 11 which will be significantly cheaper now? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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