The iPhone 12 was released at the end of 2020. It arrived as the direct successor to the iPhone 11 unveiled about a year earlier. It, therefore, starts on a solid foundation and improves the winning recipe of the previous model. Among the most remarkable differences, we find in particular changes on the side of the design, the sensors, but also with regard to the overall performance of the device
You should know that the iPhone 12 was not the only one to be presented by Apple during its traditional end-of-year 2020 keynote. Indeed, the brand also unveiled the following models: the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The iPhone 12 is one of the least expensive options in this quartet. We can then wonder if its components really weigh up compared to other smartphones that are also high-end and from the same manufacturer. This is also valid for the 12 mini models, which is entitled to the same functionalities as the iPhone 12, with simply a reduced size.
You surely did not miss it: the appearance of the iPhone 12 is a little different from that of the iPhone 11. Indeed, while since the arrival of the iPhone 6 on the market Apple has adopted more curved lines for the shell of its mobiles, the iPhone 12 recalls the appearance of the old iPhone 4, or even the last iPad Pro launched in the second quarter of 2020.
We are entitled to edges whose angles are this time perpendicular and not rounded, even if the corners are always. The iPhone 12 has a metal frame, while at the front and back we find faces equipped with a new Ceramic Shield glass protected by Corning with its Gorilla Glass Victus. We still recommend that you buy a shell separately: we are talking about materials that remain quite fragile in the event of a violent impact (even with AppleCare + insurance or at an independent repairer; repair costs are high). On the back, the apple-shaped logo that characterizes Apple so well is always in the center, as it has been for several months now.
The iPhone 12 is resistant to water and dust: certified thanks to the IP68 protection index, it can be submerged for about thirty minutes at a maximum depth of two meters, although this is obviously to be avoided. Note also that, although some were counting on a small “notch” and that the majority of competitors now offer punches or even popup cameras, the iPhone 12 is decked out with an imposing notch, which measures more than half of the width of the device, at the top of its screen. Inside are indeed hidden multiple sensors, including the TrueDepth which is used for Face ID face recognition.
Gone is the LCD screen t mobile iphone 12 deals
We already suspected that the second iPhone SE would be the last iPhone to integrate an IPS screen (subcontractors had stopped producing them for Apple) and the rule was confirmed with the launch of the iPhone 12. Indeed , the smartphone’s technical sheet now relies on OLED only, a solution that consumes a little less energy.
The iPhone 12 mini’s touchscreen measures 5.4 inches, which makes it particularly compact (it’s even the smallest iPhone to date, because the SE has much wider borders) with its ratio format/slab by 79%. For the iPhone 12, count 6.1 inches of screen diagonal.
For the definition, it will be Full HD only, which in the age of phablets is probably sufficient for the majority of users.
The iPhone 12’s Retina display can display sixteen million different colors, and it’s covered in an oleophobic coating while being protected against scratches by Victus Gorilla Glass. Its maximum brightness reaches 625 nits according to the manufacturer, with True Tone included. This solution adapts to your environment to update the colors and brightness of the iPhone 12 according to rest your eyes. It is also found on Macs. Only downside, but which should only disappoint a few demanding gamers: the 120 Hz refresh rate which had caused a lot of ink to flow is not in the game for this model, nor even for the other iPhones released in 2020 (12 Pro and 12 Pro Max precisely).
Connectivity, sensors, network and sound
Phew! Although without a charger, the iPhone 12 is still equipped with a wired charging port. So certainly it’s not USB-C, but still Lightning, it can even be an advantage when you know that the iPhone 13 would probably no longer be entitled to it (induction only, it seems). On the other hand, no Jack socket therefore: it will be necessary to choose AirPods or go through an adapter.
The iPhone 12 is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 (Low Energy) and Wi-Fi, with the added bonus of its own AirDrop and AirPlay file transfer services for music. 5G is also in the game, as for audio, it can count on stereo speakers. Let’s be clear: this is a back-up solution; you will of course have to connect a real speaker to the iPhone 12 for a good listening session.
See more offersThe iPhone 12 also has a GPS – useful for geolocating a lost iPhone 12 with the dedicated app – and an NFC chip. This will quickly become essential: it allows you to settle transactions with Apple Pay, by scanning your bank cards in the Wallet application. Moreover, you can also virtualize car keys, in addition to plane tickets and other Resident Advisor tickets. In the bus or metro in large cities, the functionality is called Transport Express: no more paperwork.To finish with the sensors, note also that the iPhone 12 comes with a gyroscope, a compass, a barometer and finally a proximity sensor which automatically turns off the screen when it is in your pocket or near your ear in progress call.
What performance for the iPhone 12?
Processor and RAMNow let’s take a look at the innards of the iPhone 12, starting with the processor. Here, we are entitled to a proprietary SoC as usual: I named the Apple A14 Bionic, equipped with an artificial intelligence Neural Engine. While its predecessor was engraved with a precision of seven nanometers, this part still produced by the Taiwanese supplier TSMC now benefits from an engraving fineness of only 5 nm. It is on paper about 40% more powerful than the Apple A13 Bionic of the iPhone 11, and would consume 30% less energy according to the tests carried out so far. The associated quad-core GPU, meanwhile, would even be 50% more efficient than the graphics chip of the year before.
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