After plenty of rumors and anticipation, the new iPhone 12 is in stores now. Starting at $799 for 64 GB of storage, it’s a relatively affordable addition to the Apple family. It also comes with some great new features and improved performance, so if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your phone to a newer model, now may be a good time.
A few of our favorite things about the iPhone 12:
New iPhone Design
The rumor you may have heard over the summer turned out to be true: the iPhone 12 has a flat edged design, similar to the iPad Pro. The bezels are also smaller compared to previous models, giving you some more space to enjoy the new Super Retina XDR OLED display. And here’s some good news for anyone prone to dropping their phones: the glass cover has been replaced with a Ceramic Shield, which is 4 times more drop-resistant than glass.
The iPhone 12’s design is also visually appealing, with anodized aluminum sides as a glossy back. Buyers have 5 colors to choose from: black, white, blue, green, and red.
After Apple phased out MagSafe chargers for MacBooks, they’ve brought it back for the iPhone 12. It includes a ring of magnets on the back so it’s easy to attach to a wireless charger. You’ll be able to use it with your current Qi wireless charger if you already have one, but Apple will also be rolling out a new line of MagSafe accessories for fast and convenient wireless charging.
If you’ve been dying for a chance to see what 5G performance can do, the iPhone 12 is here for you. While some of Apple’s competitors may have gotten to 5G sooner, Apple has done it better by running on more 5G bands than any other smartphone. This means that you won’t have to worry about connecting to a specific network when you’re out and about, increasing your chances of getting a connection.
There is one tradeoff for using 5G: while you’re enjoying your faster download times and crystal-clear video streaming, it does consume more of your battery life. But the iPhone 12 has a solution for that: the new Smart Data Mode. When this feature is enabled, it will automatically switch your phone down to LTE when you’re not using it and switch on 5G when you start browsing the internet or open FaceTime.
The iPhone 12 features 2 12-megapixel cameras with some major improvements over previous models. The main camera has 7 elements and an improved lens that lets in more light, creating brighter, clearer pictures. The second camera has 5 elements and an ultra-wide lens. Both cameras feature Deep Fusion, the AI system for taking better photos that was first introduced with the iPhone 11.
Night mode is now available for both the dual camera system on the back of the phone and the front-facing camera, meaning you can take great photos or selfies in low light conditions. You can also shoot and edit HDR video with Dolby Vision.
The A14 Bionic Chip
This is the first iPhone that runs on the A14 Bionic chip, which you’ll also find in the newest iPad Air. According to Apple, this is the first chip ever made with the 5 nm process, which allowed them to pack more transistors into such a small space. The A14 contains 11.8 billion transistors, compared to the A13’s 8.5 billion, allowing it to do more with less power.
The CPU has 6 cores, like previous chips, but with improved performance and faster processing speed. It delivers improved graphics performance with a new, 4-core GPU. Its 16-core Neural Engine can perform 11 trillion operations per second.
What this all means is improved performance over older models. The iPhone 12 also has an improved capacity for AI, which we expect app developers will be taking advantage of.
All in all, the iPhone 12 is a great new addition to the Apple family. It’s true that a charger isn’t included in the box, but it’s hard to find much else to complain about.
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