The iPhone 12: Everything you need to know

The iPhone 12 range was released in October 2020 and is currently Apple’s most recent smartphone family (replacing the much loved 11 series). Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 12, from its cost, to its portability, to its range of features.

As the newest range of iPhones available on the market, they boast some of Apple’s best features so far, with speedy processors, large OLED display screens, crystal clear resolution, and multi-lens cameras. 

Take a look at all four models on offer to find the best one for you.

iPhone 12

This is the original model for the iPhone 12 range, the ‘flagship’ of the series that all of the other models springboard from. 

Price

Prices vary depending on the amount of storage you want, with larger storage options increasing the overall cost of the smartphone. You can purchase the iPhone 12 from £799 to £949 from Apple

Size

The iPhone 12 isn’t as large as some of the 11 models, so is a good choice for people who want something a bit more portable.

Height = 5.78 inches

Width = 2.82 inches

Display 

In terms of its display, the iPhone 12 has a 6.1 inch OLED screen with a clear 2532 x 1170 pixel resolution. This means you’ll enjoy a large, bright screen with vivid colours.

Camera

You have two cameras on the iPhone 12: an Ultra Wide and a Wide, both 12MP. This is an average-performing camera compared to many other handsets out there, but with 4K video, anything you record will be clear and blur-free. 

Storage

You can choose from 64GB, 128GB or 256GB inbuilt storage on your 12, with the option to expand using cloud storage if necessary. Before deciding on your storage, you should research how much you’ll need to avoid overpaying or exceeding your limit.

Battery

The 2,815mAh battery can last you all day if you take care of it, offering 17 hours of video playback and 65 hours of audio. 

However, if you’re here looking for a larger battery, there are a whole host of smartphones available with batteries exceeding 4,000mAh for high usage. 

Additional features

The iPhone 12 range are all compatible with 5G technology, which is becoming more and more widespread in the UK. 

Apple has also launched MagSafe technology with the iPhone 12s, which introduces a new method of wireless charging.

Other features include unlocking your phone with Face ID, rather than just your fingerprint, and a water resistant rating of IP68, which protects your device from underwater damage up to six metres for 30 minutes. 

iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro is a small step up from the 12, with three cameras instead of two, and a larger storage.

Price

The cost of the iPhone 12 Pro is considerably higher than the 12, ranging from £999 to £1,299 depending on which storage option you choose. The Pro, alongside the Pro Max, are the most expensive Apple models currently available on the market. If you’re a photography fanatic and need a top-spec phone, you might see the Pro as worth the cost.

Size

The 12 and Pro have exactly the same size display, as well as overall dimensions. 

Height = 5.78 inches

Width = 2.82 inches

Display = 6.1 inches

Resolution = 2532 x 1170

Camera

The 12 Pro has three 12 MP cameras: Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto. This means it can capture greater depths, and zoom into images for higher clarity. With a 4x optical zoom range and 10x digital zoom, it can maintain focus on all your photo’s features from quite the distance. 

It also supports 4K video recording. 

Storage

The lowest storage size available for the Pro is 128GB, with 256GB and a whopping 512GB making up the other two options. 

Battery

The Pro offers the same size battery as the original 12 at 2,815mAh, which allows 17 hours of video playback and 65 hours of audio. Although this isn’t the best battery life out there, if you follow the right tips, your phone will stay alive for longer.

Additional features

5G compatibility, MagSafe, Face ID, Bluetooth 5.0, wireless charging and a waterproof rating of IP68 are all included in the iPhone 12 Pro. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest in the series, so if you’re looking for the biggest and most powerful iPhone, this is the one for you. 

Price

To own this model, it will cost you from £1,099 to £1,399. At this price it’s no surprise that the Pro Max is the most expensive iPhone on the market.

Size

The Pro Max boasts the largest display of any iPhone so far, at a huge 6.7 inches with 2778 x 1284 resolution for the biggest and clearest picture. If visuals are most important to you, then the Pro Max is here to deliver. 

Height = 6.33 inches

Width = 3.07 inches

It’s considerably bigger than the iPhone 12 and Pro, which both stand at only 5.78 inches in height. Needless to say, you might struggle fitting this iPhone in your pocket. Whilst it’s less portable, it’s great for gamers and vloggers who want a bigger display. 

Camera

Similar to the Pro, the Pro Max has three 12MP cameras: Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto. It offers more zoom than the other two models, capable of 5x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom for crystal-clear images from afar. 

4K recording is also available on this model to create bright and stable videos. 

Storage

You can choose from 128GB, 256GB or 512GB, giving you plenty of storage to save all of your files, photos and videos. 

Battery

The Pro Max has a battery capacity of 3,687mAh, the second largest on an iPhone (just behind the 11 Pro Max of 2019). 

This will allow you to play videos for an average of 20 hours, and audio for 80 hours. 

Additional features

5G compatibility, MagSafe, Face ID, Bluetooth 5.0, wireless charging and a waterproof rating of IP68 are all included in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. 

iPhone 12 Mini

The iPhone 12 Mini is proof that Apple hasn’t forgotten about their loyal SE fans, who prefer smaller phones over the larger models that dominate the market. If you’re wishing for a portable handset like the old iPhone 6s and 7s, then the 12 Mini is your best new option. 

Price

Due to its size and hardware, the Mini is the cheapest phone in this series, ranging from £699 to £849.

Size

With a 5.4 inch OLED display, the 12 Mini is a similar size to the iPhone 7 and 8. Despite its smaller screen, the 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution means images are still bright, detailed and colourful. 

Height = 5.18 inches

Width = 2.53 inches

The pocket-friendly size makes the iPhone 12 Mini much easier for travelling. 

Camera

The Mini has the same camera capabilities as the iPhone 12, with a dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide lenses on the rear. You can benefit from 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom, as well as 4K recording. 

Storage

You can choose from 64GB, 128GB or 256GB, which should be large enough for most users. 

Battery

The Mini has the smallest battery of the lot at 2,227mAh, but it can still last for the whole day with 15 hours of video playback and 50 hours of audio. 

Additional features

5G compatibility, MagSafe, Face ID, Bluetooth 5.0, wireless charging and a waterproof rating of IP68 are all included in the iPhone 12 Mini.  

Other features to know

  • The iPhone 12 range has removed the Home button from the display screen, so you have to swipe the screen to complete many actions now (such as unlocking and closing apps)
  • Like the iPhone 7 and above, the iPhone 12 only has a Lightning port for charging and plugging in any compatible headphones, so you may want to consider investing in a pair of Apple AirPods.

Related posts

You may also be interested in reviewing our full comparison of the features on iPhones 8 to 12, or learning about all the new features that iOS14 has to offer.

If you’re curious to how Android phones stack up in comparison, check out our various guides:


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