iPhone 12 Price, Release Date, Specs, and News

Apple's got another phone on the way. Here's what you need to know

Apple's iPhone 12 in new colors.

The iPhone 12 is the latest edition of Apple's flagship smartphone. While it's similar to previous models, especially the iPhone 11 series, in many ways, it also introduces some significant changes that make a great smartphone even better. The most significant change is 5G integration in the series. Verizon announced at the event that it was turning on nationwide 5G.

When Was the iPhone 12 Announced?

Apple announced four new smartphones at its event on October 13, 2020, alongside the HomePod Mini. The latest models are the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pre-Order Information

Apple starts taking pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on October 16 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini on November 6. For all models, pre-orders cover around 35 countries worldwide. Another dozen or more countries will be able to pre-order starting Oct. 30.

What Is the iPhone 12 Release Date?

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will ship on October 23, while the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max ship November 13.

In recent years, Apple has released some new iPhone models right away and then another a month or so later, which happened with the iPhone XS and XR series.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.

What Will the iPhone 12 Cost?

The starting prices for the iPhone 12 smartphones are as follows:

  • iPhone Mini: US$699 with discounts from phone companies, or $729 without
  • iPhone 12: $799 with discounts from phone companies, or $829 without
  • iPhone 12 Pro: $999
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1099

Prices go up based on how much storage you choose. The most expensive model—the iPhone 12 Pro Max with 512GB storage—costs $1399.

The Latest News about the New iPhone

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How Many Models of the iPhone 12 Will There Be?

There are four models, one more than the three Apple has released for the XS/XR and 11 series. The models differ on screen size and some features, like the camera. The official iPhone 12 models, all of which have 5G, are:

  • iPhone 12 Mini: 5.4-inch screen, dual camera.
  • iPhone 12: 6.1-inch screen, dual camera.
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 6.1-inch screen, triple camera, LIDAR.
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6.7-inch screen, triple camera, LIDAR.

Key Features of the iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 will come standard with all the iPhone features we know and love, like Face ID, Apple Pay, AirPods support, and FaceTime.

Apple's MagSafe charger.
Apple's MagSafe charger.

Some of the key new features arriving with the iPhone 12 are:

  • 5G: The latest and fastest cellular connectivity standard makes its way to the iPhone. While 5G service hasn't rolled out to the whole country from all phone companies yet, it's increasingly available. Currently, 5G delivers average speeds that are twice as fast as 4G LTE. In the future, 5G could be 10-20 times faster than 4G.
  • LIDAR: The iPhone 12 Pro models include a LIDAR sensor, which is already part of some recent iPad Pros, like the iPad Pro 12.9. LIDAR is a depth-sensing technology that is helpful in augmented reality and mapping.
  • Improved photos and videos: The most notable upgrade to the iPhone 12's cameras is improved quality in low light, thanks to the LIDAR sensor on the Pro models, additional technology, and an enhanced Night Mode.
  • Super Retina XDR: This is Apple's high-definition OLED screen, which runs edge-to-edge and supports HDR at over 400 pixels per inch.
  • Design enhancements: The iPhone 12 series features smooth flat edges and is 11 percent thinner, 15 percent smaller, and 16 percent lighter than the iPhone 11. Apple worked with Corning to create a "ceramic shield" for the phone's screen which the company claims offers four times better drop protection.
  • New processors: The iPhone 12 series uses Apple's latest chip, the A14 Bionic, to deliver up to 50% faster performance than any other smart phone chip. The iPhone 12 series' Neural Engine chip, used for machine learning, doubles from 8 cores to 16, and the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is also up to 50% faster than earlier models.
  • MagSafe accessories: The iPhone 12 smartphones have built-in magnets on the rear side so users can attach a new line of MagSafe accessories like wireless chargers and car mounts.
  • Smart Data Mode. When the iPhone 12 doesn't need 5G speed, it switches back to 4G LTE to save battery. Likewise, it changes back to 5G when necessary.
  • No EarPods or charger: The iPhone 12 series won't come with EarPods or a power adapter to charge the iPhone's battery from a wall outlet. It will ship with a lightning to USB-C cable, though.

iPhone 12 Specs and Hardware

These are the official iPhone 12 specs, as announced on October 13, 2020.

  iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Screen 5.4" 
Super Retina XDR display
6.1" 
Super Retina XDR display
6.1" 
Super Retina 
XDR display
6.7" 
Super Retina 
XDR display
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
Camera Dual 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide and Wide Dual 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide and Wide Pro 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto Pro 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto
LIDAR No No Yes Yes
Connectivity 5G 5G 5G 5G
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery
(for video playback)
15 hours 17 hours 17 hours 20 hours
Face ID Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size
(in inches)
5.18 x
2.53 x
0.29
5.78 x
2.82 x
0.29
5.78 x
2.82 x
0.29
6.33 x
3.07 x
0.29
Weight
(in ounces)
4.76 5.78 6.66 8.03
Price $699 and up $799 and up $999 and up $1,099 and up

iPhone 12 Colors

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini come in five colors: black, white, Product Red, green, and blue. The iPhone 12 Pro models are available in four finishes: silver, graphite, gold, and Pacific Blue.

The iPhone 11 Pro came in four colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Midnight Green. On the other hand, the baseline iPhone 11 model came in six bright colors.

What Version of the iOS Will Come with the iPhone 12?

The iPhone 12 will ship with iOS 14 pre-installed.

How To Upgrade to the iPhone 12

Ready to buy your iPhone 12? If you're upgrading from another iPhone, find out if you're eligible for a lower-cost upgrade. Apple also offers an iPhone subscription that lets you upgrade every year, called the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program.

Once you've upgraded, you can sell your old iPhone for cold, hard cash.