The phones we have all been waiting for is finally here, although it came a little later than usual, but we understand it is due to what is going on all over the world.

The iPhone comes in four different models; the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max. We are going to be reviewing all these models and how they differ, their prices, and some of their issues.

iPhone 12 design and display

Apple finally made a much anticipated change to the overall hardware design, The latest design calls back to the iPhone5 and falls in line with the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air. The iPhone 12 also has a Mini with the same specifications with the screen being the only difference.

The new hardware design of the iPhone is quite classy with the sides being flatter coupled with square edges as opposed to recent designs, and a matte finish on the iPhone 12 and a glossy finish on the iPhone 12 Pro. There are also sharper edges that transition to the glass front and back. The look is completed with smaller bezels around the entirety of the screen, though the top-notch still houses the front-facing camera and Face ID tech. The design is complemented by a range of new colors, most notably a standout is the deep blue variant.

Regarding the display, there’s a big improvement in durability: Ceramic Shield glass. Apple partnered with glassmaker Corning to create a new glass covering for the iPhone 12, called Ceramic Shield, that’s the strongest display covering currently commercially available. Apple claims it has 4x better drop performance, meaning it’s much more likely to survive a typical drop without cracking or breaking. Early drop tests from others seem to suggest that Ceramic Shield is indeed very strong, which is promising.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini come in black, blue, green, white, and red, while the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in black, blue, gold, and white.

The second-most enticing part of the iPhone 12 line involves the screen sizes on offer. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro now offer a 6.1-inch display, though, with the smaller bezels, the phones aren’t appreciably larger overall. New for the range is the iPhone 12 Mini, which features a 5.4-inch display that puts it just above the iPhone SE in Apple’s lineup. For those who want a huge display, there’s the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display.

The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have a slightly different set of finishes, in addition to their different colors. The frame is stainless steel, not aluminum, and the textures of the frame and glass are flipped, the frame is polished to a brilliant shine, while the glass has a matte texture like the iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max hands-on reviews

The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max came out a few weeks after the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and we now finally have them in our hands. The new devices represent the biggest and smallest iPhone 12 models, with a little variation in the features they have on offer. The 12 Mini is an interesting juxtaposition to the iPhone SE (2020), and the 12 Pro Max introduces a new camera even over the iPhone 12 Pro.

 

DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS

Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in. 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in. 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (Nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (Nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (Nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (Nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)

 

iPhone 12 cameras

With the new A14 Bionic processor, Apple is able to bring its Deep Fusion advanced camera processing to all four cameras, including the selfie camera, for even better computational photography to resolve tough scenes, lighting, and textures. iPhone 12 has just two cameras again, a main lens and an ultra-wide lens, but Apple has improved the main camera compared to the iPhone 11. The main camera has a new 7-element lens, and a wider f/1.6 aperture, to improve low-light photography — Apple claims a 27% improvement in low-light capabilities.

Apple has now enabled night mode on all of the cameras, so you can shoot low-light shots with both the rear ultra-wide camera and the front-facing selfie camera. All four iPhone 12 models have improved main camera OIS (optical image stabilization), which stabilizes at 5x the sample rate, enabling better long exposures, For the iPhone 12 Pro, the cameras are taken to a new level. First off, you get three sensors with the addition of a “telephoto” lens at 52mm that provides 2x optical zoom over the main camera. The main camera is improved as well, like the iPhone 12, with an f/1.6 aperture and a new 7-element lens for clearer photos.

MagSafe charging

One apparently new feature in the iPhone 12 series is the MagSafe chargers previously used for Apple’s laptop chargers that attached with magnets. The new system integrates strong magnets into the back of the iPhone 12, so that you can attach accessories — and it is not just limited to chargers.

With MagSafe, you can attach all sorts of accessories full cases, small case attachments like a wallet pouch, car dashboard mounts, and chargers to the back of the phone with a snap. Apple is also introducing a wireless charging pad that has magnets in it, so you can toss an iPhone 12 on it and know it’s charging every single time.

ISSUES

Large numbers of people are reporting that they’ve been suffering from issues with touchscreen sensitivity on the iPhone 12 mini’s lock screen. That’s not a good look for any iPhone, and there has not been any official response from Apple as of now. We’re also hearing about Face ID problems, issues with first and third-party applications, Exchange problems, iCloud issues, visual voicemail problems, SIM card issues, Bluetooth issues, issues with the screen, design problems, charging problems, Wi-Fi issues, issues downloading iOS beta software, sound problems, and more.

In particular, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro users are complaining about missing SMS messages and message notifications. The issues look like they are fairly widespread. We’re also hearing about restore issues and problems with official iPhone 12 cases. Some MagSafe cases have arrived without speaker holes.

On that note, I think the iPhone 12 series all have great specifications and a must-have for iPhone enthusiasts.