Since Apple launched its original iPhone in 2007, there have been 20 different models, each more advanced than the one before it. Believe it or not, the first iPhone didn’t have basic features we take for granted today, like 3G, apps, and even copy and paste! Fast forward to 2020, and the tech giant has released its latest model – the iPhone 12. With a new design and a wealth of exciting features, it’s a must-have for technophiles everywhere. If you’re wondering whether to splash the cash on Apple’s new flagship iPhone, read our buyers guide for everything you need to know.
A fresh new design
The iPhone 12 looks fresh, combining the designs of the iPhone X and the illustrious iPhone 4. With an all-screen design and flat aluminium sides, it’s a considerable upgrade on the design of 2019’s iPhone 2011. Whilst the iPhone 12 has the same-sized screen than last year’s model, measuring 6.1in, it has thinner bezels. This makes it shorter, narrower, thinner, and lighter. It also has a grippy surface on the glass back, making it easier to hold.
A vibrant and crisp display
The iPhone 12 benefits from a significantly upgraded screen. Whereas previous models had LCD screens, this model features OLED technology which was previously reserved for ‘Pro’ models. OLED gives a more vibrant, colourful, and crisp display thanks to a higher pixel density. There’s also a new cover called a ‘ceramic shield’; a combination of glass and ceramic, it’s harder than most metals, offering a high level of protection against drops and scratches.
The iPhone 12 is powered by the new 14 Bionic processor – the world’s first smartphone chip which is built on to a performance 5nm process. The processor has as many as 11.8 billion transistors, which is an incredible 38% more than an A12 Bionic chip. As you can imagine, this gives a significantly improved performance, with Apple claiming it’s more than 50% faster than any other chip that is not made by Apple. This extremely powerful chip allows the iPhone 12 to handle almost anything, including graphically-intensive gaming, and it’s likely to do so for a long time to come. It’s also worth noting that the 12 is the first Apple smartphone to have 5G
Efficient battery life and charging
The iPhone 12’s battery life is very good, lasting about 40-hours between charges. Whilst the battery has a 10% smaller capacity than the iPhone 11, its lifespan is boosted by the new, extremely power-efficient chip. The iPhone 12 allows for fast battery charging with USB Power Delivery. Whilst the phone comes without a charger, you can purchase Apple's 20W PD charger or any another USB-PD compatible adapter.
Improved camera with new features
The iPhone 12 has two 12-megapixel cameras – one on the rear and one on the front ideal for selfies. Whilst this is similar to the iPhone 11, improvements have been made to the main camera. New software features have been added too. For example, the main camera has a faster lens which lets in around 27% more light. This gives a far better performance in low lighting as well as less noise. In terms of software, the night mode setting is now available on all of the cameras. This greatly improves low-light ultrawide photos, as well as selfie shots.
iPhone 12 may be more expensive than last year’s iPhone 11, but this may be justified when you consider the several new features and updates which have been added. The new design, more powerful processor, and better cameras make this an appealing prospect for fans of Apple iPhones. For the best range of iPhone accessories, browse the iBeani website.