November 17, 2020
The iPhone 12 is a leap for the most popular smartphone brand, iPhone.
The smartphone sports an industrial angular design, OLED display, full 5G support, great cameras and even better performance. However, the lack of a charging brick in box and limited base storage are drawbacks.
Design and Display
The iPhone 12’s design feels like it greatest hit, dubbed as “blast from the past” merging the notched, all-screen front first introduced on the game-changing iPhone X, with squared-off edges and flat sides that are highly reminiscent of the iconic iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 combo, as well as the iPad Pro of 2018.
The build consist a of a shiny glass front and back wrapped by matte finish Aerospace-grade aluminum band with near-flush volume and power buttons placed on the sides.
The rear glass is super glossy, super attractive to fingerprints, with a raised camera bump and apple logo sitting on it.
The new flat-edge aesthetic is one of it’s modest revisions, feel more secure in hand than it’s curved counterpart.
Apple switched over to OLED with its 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, which fits seamlessly around the aluminium frame with no gap or bump, with the bezels considerably shaved down compared to the iPhone XR, though a slightly reduced notch would have been appreciated.
The display packs 1170 x 2532 pixel resolution, 460ppi density, peak brightness of 1200 nits, HDR compliant and yet still locked to the same 60Hz and Face ID it’s always been.
The flush display is coated in Ceramic Shield – an ultra-tough Gorilla Glass with nano-ceramic crystals infused in glass to offer a tougher and less shatter-prone display.
The company claims the Ceramic Shield and new aluminium frame, offer a 4x improvement in drop performance compared to the iPhone 11. Please note, it doesn’t include scratch protection.
The IP68 rating, has been improved to survive a dunk in up to 6 meters of water for 30 minutes which far exceeds other handsets on the market.
At 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm and 164g heft, it is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than iPhone 11.
The device s available in Black, White, Red, Green, Blue colorways.
MagSafe for iPhone
While the miracle of magnets is gradually gaining recognition, Apple has made it a key feature of the iPhone 12’s design. MagSafe first featured on Motorola’s Moto Mods and previously used on MacBooks use snap-on technology to connect the power adapter.
This is made possible with the magnetic disc placed inside the device while polycarbonate, a charging coil, copper graphite, e-shield and NFC component play supporting roles.
A ring of magnets centrally placed on the back near the Apple logo to enable Apple’s new MagSafe ecosystem of accessories, from wireless chargers to wallet attachment and cases and that simply snap on and off – the future of iPhone looks portless entirely and with 15W speed, it charge faster than standard Qi wireless.
The camera system here, is more of a refinement than a redesign, with improvements aimed on low-light conditions.
Like the iPhone 11, the 12 packs a dual-camera setup like the Google Pixel 5, consisting of a 12MP wide-angle main snapper and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with 120° Field of View. The main camera has an upgraded f/1.6 aperture and Apple’s first 7-element lens to further enhance low-light photography.
For more natural look, there’s an automatic lens correction, that reduces fish-eye distortion present around the edges of images taken on the ultra-wide.
The ultra-wide can capture 4x the scene of the main lens but lack of telephoto lens, gives the iPhone 12 Pro an obvious photographic advantage.
For videos, it can record Dolby Vision 4K HDR content at 60fps and 240fps at 1080p slow-mo which is let down considering Samsung Galaxy S20 plus and S20 Ultra can capture 8k video.
The front camera maintains the same 12MP TrueDepth shooter with ƒ/2.2 aperture as the iPhone 11, however, you can use night mode feature here unlike iPhone 11.
Hardware and Software
It is powered by Apple’s fastest chip in a smartphone, Apple A14 bionic chip coupled with Apple’s quad-core GPU and Neural Engine capable of running11 trillion operations per second.
The chip also powers Apple iPad Air 2020 as well as the iPhone 12 Mini and it’s dubbed as the world’s first 5nm built on the 5nm process.
It runs on the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS, iOS 14 with lots of updated features.
It offers a single 4GB RAM on triple in-built storage options, which include 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of internal storage.
It comes with Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 2.0, lightning port, Wi-Fi 6 and as usual, no headjack.
5G at last
The iPhone 12 comes in as the first Apple product to boast 5G support, though the coverage is pretty limited for now but going forward it’s a great futureproofing option as 5G coverage expands over years.
To conserve battery consumption Apple baked a new Smart Data mode into iOS 14 which allows it to automatically switch between 4G and 5G depending on when it’s needed.
It is fuelled by 2,815-mAh power pack, which translates to roughly 200mAh less of iPhone 11 Pro battery and doesn’t quite live up to the iPhone 11.
An iPhone Without a Charger in the box
You will notice that the packaging is significantly thinner than that of it’s predecessor. This is because apple has ditched the EarPods and charging bricks as part of its ongoing environment-saving quest.
This move is geared to sell it’s MagSafe charger. So in the box we are with Lightning to USB-C and MagSafe.
Since there’s still a USB-C port, you’ve to cough up an additional £19/$19 for Apple’s 20W wired charging brick which can juice 50% charge in 30 minutes.
iPhone 12 Price and Availability
The price of the iPhone 12 starts at £799/$799, which is £70/$100 increase against the iPhone 11 range.
The iPhone 12 Mini takes the price of iPhone 11, £699/$699, while the pro-models goes for £999/$999 for iPhone 12 Pro and £1099/$1099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
In other climes the price translates to about 305,000 Naira in Nigeria, 86,809 KSH in Kenya and 4,643 GHC in Ghana.