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New iPhone 12: price, release date and specs

New iPhone 12 (2020): price, release date and specs
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Apple has finally, officially confirmed the iPhone 12, or to be more specific, iPhone 12s (there are in fact four new models) – and iPhone 12 pre-orders are now open! We have all of the information you need. 

The headline grabber is that iPhone 12 is indeed the first 5G iPhone, meaning that those with the necessary contract and coverage will get a much faster data connection than with any previous iPhone.

Where the iPhone 11 was more a case of 'evolution' rather than 'revolution', the iPhone 12 features an all-new aesthetic and is packed with plenty of ground-breaking tech.

Read on for all the details...

New iPhone 12: key details

  • Four new iPhones, three sizes: iPhone mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • OLED screens with Dolby Vision support and new angular design 
  • Release date: from 5am (PST) on 16th October for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 (available on 23rd)
  • Price: iPhone 12 pricing starts at $700 / AU$1199 (UK pricing TBC)

iPhone 12: release date

iPhone 12 Pro

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iPhone 12 Pro pre‑orders started at 5:00 am PST (8am EST, 1pm BST) on 16th October, for availability on 23rd October.

iPhone 12 Pro Max pre‑orders start at 5:00 am PST on 6th November, for availability on 13th November. 

iPhone 12 pre‑orders started at 5:00 am PST (8am EST, 1pm BST) on 16th October, for availability on 23rd October. 

iPhone 12 mini pre‑orders start at 5:00 am PST on 6th November, for availability on 13th November. 

iPhone 12: price

iPhone 12 Mini 5G (5.4in)
64GB £699 ($699, AU$1199)
128GB £749 ($749, AU$1479)
258GB £849 ($849, AU$1449)

iPhone 12 5G (6.1in)
64GB £799 ($799, AU$1349)
128GB £849 ($849, AU$1429)
256GB £949 ($949, AUS$1599)

iPhone 12 Pro (6.1in)
128GB £999 ($999, AU$1699)
256GB £1099 ($1099, AU$1869)
512GB £1299 ($1299, AU$2219)

12 Pro Max (6.7in)
128GB £1099 ($1099, AU$1849)
256GB £1199 ($1199, AU$2019)
512GB £1399 ($1399, AU$2369)

As a comparison, the current iPhone 11 prices are as follows:

- £599/$599 for iPhone 11

- £1049/$999 for iPhone 11 Pro (now discontinued)

- £1149/$1099 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max (now discontinued)

iPhone 12

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iPhone 12 5G: design

As expected, Apple launched not one, but four iPhones for 2020, including the standard iPhone 12, an iPhone 12 Mini, an iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max handsets. The range also includes three display sizes: 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch – all with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG.

The series starts with the iPhone 12 with 5G, which shows off the first iPhone aesthetic redesign since 2017. The rounded edges of the iPhone 11 have been replaced by straight edges, and the iPhone 12 is more compact than its predecessor: 11% thinner, 15% smaller, 14% lighter.

While the chassis is smaller, the screen is the same size as before, measuring 6.1in on the diagonal. What's more, it's both twice as sharp and twice as bright as the iPhone 11, with a pixel density of 460ppi and a peak brightness rating of 1200nits, which should make it a great handset for watching HDR movies and TV shows.

The iPhone 12 with 5G is powered by the new A14 Bionic chip, which Apple promises is the fastest chip ever put in a smartphone. Apple is promising console-quality gaming, with the company singling out League of Legends: Wild Rift for mention. This online game apparently utilises both the A14 Bionic and the 5G connection to deliver a hardcore gaming experience.

Apple's iPhone 12 features the first camera to shoot HDR video with Dolby Vision, too... 

iPhone 12 Mini

While most predictions pointed towards there being an iPhone 12 Max, Apple has surprised everyone by going smaller, instead announcing the iPhone 12 Mini. This is simply the iPhone 12 scaled down to an iPhone SE-like form factor.

The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini boast an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance, meaning you can submerge the devices in up to 6 metres of water for up to 30 minutes and they should survive. 

Keeping the screen safe is something Apple refers to as a 'Ceramic Shield', which is apparently tougher than any smartphone glass. The company says it's four times more likely than the iPhone 11's screen to survive a fall without cracking.

As mentioned, prices for the iPhone 12 Mini start at £699 ($699, AU$1199) but you'll have to wait until 6th November to order one, with the first deliveries taking place on 13th November.

iPhone 12 Pro

The rumours were right: Apple has indeed announced two new Pro iPhones: the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Predictably, these are practically the same phone in two different sizes. Physically, they're more or less the same size as the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, but the bezels are thinner and the screens larger: the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1in screen (up from 5.9in), while the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets a 6.7in screen (up from 6.5in).

The screens aren't only bigger, they're better, too, with the same 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio as the standard iPhone 12 and a total of 3.5 million pixels.

Like the iPhone 12 models, the iPhone 12 Pros have straight edges, but here they're wrapped in a surgical-grade stainless steel band. They'll be available in four finishes: Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific Blue. An IP68 rating ensures the iPhone 12 Pros are waterproof down to six metres, while the so-called Ceramic Shield glass is said to make the screen tougher than that of any smartphone before it.

iPhone 12: cameras

iPhone 12

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The iPhone 12 Mini and standard iPhone 12's rear camera array consists of two lenses: Apple's existing Ultra-wide lens and a new 12MP wide lens with an f/1.6 aperture that allows in more light and allows for better low-light photography.

The rear camera array of the iPhone 12 Pro, meanwhile, consists of three lenses; the Ultra Wide and Wide lenses of the iPhone 12, plus a Telephoto lens. But perhaps the biggest news is the addition of a LiDAR scanner. As well as opening up new augmented reality opportunities, this LiDAR scanner enables faster autofocus in low light and introduces Night mode portraits.

iPhone 12 Pro's new seven-element lens Wide camera, with f/1.6 aperture, is the fastest ever on an iPhone, for 27 percent improved low-light performance in photo and video and a 4x optical zoom range.

Apple assures us that the iPhone 12 Pro Max takes the pro camera experience even further, however. The f/1.6 aperture Wide camera boasts a 47 percent larger sensor with 1.7μm pixels, boasting a massive 87 percent improvement in low-light conditions. It also includes the expansive Ultra Wide camera and a 65 mm focal length Telephoto camera for increased flexibility with closer shots and tighter crops. Combined, this system offers 5x optical zoom range. 

The iPhone 12 Pro models are the first cameras and only devices in the world to enable an end-to-end experience for HDR video with Dolby Vision too, up to 60 fps. Dolby Vision takes advantage of the devices' Super Retina XDR display, and users can share their videos with support for AirPlay up to 4K Dolby Vision to external devices.

iPhone 12

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