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The iPhone 12 is the successor to last year’s iPhone 11. Like the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 has a dual camera and comes in an array of colors: This year’s lineup includes black, white, red, green, and blue.
But the new device differs from than last year’s model in a few key ways. While the iPhone 11 had the rounded design Apple has employed since the iPhone 6, the iPhone 12 has a sharper edge similar to older iPhones like the iPhone 4 and the new iPad Pro. Apple says the iPhone 12 is 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.
Unlike the iPhone 11, the new device will also be 5G enabled and will have a 6.1-inch OLED display (last year’s model had Apple’s liquid retina display). Apple says the iPhone 12 has four times better drop performance thanks to a new step in the glass-making process called ceramic shield.
The iPhone 12 will run on Apple’s new A14 Bionic chip, which Apple says will provide increased performance with better energy efficiency.
While last year’s version had wireless charging, Apple added a new way to make wireless charging easier with the iPhone 12: the phone will have MagSafe built in, meaning that any MagSafe accessory will automatically snap to the back of the device which should make it easier to wirelessly charge.
The iPhone 12 will start at $799. It will be available to preorder on October 16 and will ship on October 23.
The iPhone 12 Mini will contain all of the same specs as the iPhone 12, but in a smaller size — rather than a 6.1-inch OLED display, the Mini will have a 5.4-inch OLED display, making it what Apple says is the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G phone on the market.
Otherwise, the iPhone 12 Mini will come in the same five colors, have the same squared-off design, identical cameras to the iPhone 12, the same A14 Bionic chip, and features like 5G and MagSafe.
The iPhone 12 Mini will start at $699. It will be available to preorder on November 6 and will ship on November 13.
The iPhone 12 Pro is the upgrade to last year’s iPhone 11 Pro — Apple’s higher-end device that contains pro-level photography tools.
The iPhone 12 Pro has a similar design to the iPhone 12, but with a stainless steel band on the outside that give it more luxury look and feel. The device will come in silver, graphite, gold, pacific blue. The Pro will have a 6.1-inch OLED display, Apple’s new A14 Bionic chip, and a three-camera array that includes a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. Apple has added pro-level controls for the camera, including a new feature that will allow for RAW photos coming later this year.
The iPhone 12 Pro will start at $999. It will be available to preorder on October 16 and will ship on October 23.
The new iPhone 12 Pro Max contains the largest display ever on an iPhone at 6.7 inches. Otherwise, the device is identical to the iPhone 12 Pro, containing the same high-end camera specs and coming in four colors.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be 5G-enabled and will contain Lidar, a sensor that can build a depth map of a scene. Lidar will allow for faster autofocus and improved low-light performance.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1,099. It will be available to preorder on November 6 and will ship on November 13.
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