Apple's iPhone 12 comes in 4 different models. Here's what makes each one unique. (2022)

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  • Apple's iPhone 12 comes in four different versions: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • All the new iPhones support 5G, run on the A14 Bionic processor, feature a durable ceramic coating, and support Apple's MagSafe accessory system.
  • The $799 iPhone 12 is the standard model with a 6.1-inch screen and dual camera, while the new $699 iPhone 12 Mini has a smaller, 5.4-inch screen.
  • The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max cost $999 and $1,099 respectively, and come with triple-lens cameras and premium designs.
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iPhone 12

Apple's iPhone 12 comes in 4 different models. Here's what makes each one unique. (1)

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The iPhone 12 is the successor to last year's iPhone 11. Like the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 has a dual camera and comes in an array of colors: This year's lineup is black, white, red, green, and blue.

But the new device differs from last year's model in a few key ways. While the iPhone 11 had the rounded design Apple had employed since the iPhone 6, the iPhone 12 has a sharper edge, similar to older iPhones like the iPhone 4 and the new iPad Pro. Apple saidthe iPhone 12 is 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.

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Unlike the iPhone 11, the new device has a 6.1-inch OLED display, which allows for better contrast. (Last year's model had Apple's LCD Liquid Retina display.) Apple said the iPhone 12 has four times better drop performance thanks to a new step in the glass-making process called ceramic shield.

The iPhone 12 runs on Apple's new A14 Bionic chip, which Apple said would provide increased performance with better energy efficiency.

While last year's iPhone had wireless charging, Apple added a way to make it easier with the iPhone 12: The phone will have MagSafe built in, meaning any MagSafe accessory will automatically snap to the back of the device.

The iPhone 12 has a dual camera like last year's model, but unlike its predecessor the iPhone 12 can capture Night Mode photos on all of its camera lenses. That makes it easier to snap photos in dark circumstances whether you're taking a selfie, a regular photo, or an ultra-wide photo.

The iPhone 12 starts at $799, and you can check out our full review here.

iPhone 12 Pro

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Apple

The iPhone 12 Pro is the upgrade to last year's iPhone 11 Pro, Apple's higher-end device with pro-level photography tools.

The iPhone 12 Pro's design is similar to the iPhone 12's, but with a stainless-steel band on the outside that gives it a more luxury look and feel. The device comes in silver, graphite, gold, and blue.

The Pro has a 6.1-inch OLED display — making it the same size as the iPhone 12 — Apple's new A14 Bionic chip, and a three-camera array with wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lenses. Apple said it added pro-level controls for the camera, including a feature that shoots in the RAW file format while still applying some of Apple's computational photography to the image.

The iPhone 12 Pro and its larger sibling are also the first iPhones to come with a LiDAR sensor, which gives the device more spatial awareness since it can measure depth. This makes augmented reality apps run more smoothly and enables the capture of Portrait Mode photos at night.

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Overall, the iPhone 12 Pro is the right iPhone to get if you want the best camera possible on an iPhone in a compact size. It starts at $999, and you can read our full review here.

iPhone 12 Mini

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The iPhone 12 Mini will has all the same specs as the iPhone 12, but in a smaller size. Rather than a 6.1-inch OLED display, the Mini has a 5.4-inch OLED display. Apple described it as the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G phone on the market.

Otherwise, the iPhone 12 Mini comes in the same five colors and have the same squared-off design, cameras, A14 Bionic chip, and features like 5G and MagSafe. But its smaller size also means it has shorter battery life than the regular iPhone 12. During our testing, the iPhone 12 Mini had 23% of its battery left after 9.5 hours of use, while the iPhone 12 still had 34% after 15 hours of use.

If you want a smaller-sized iPhone with more features than the iPhone SE, the iPhone 12 Mini is the phone to get.

The iPhone 12 Mini starts at $699, and you can read our full review here.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

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The new iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest display ever on an iPhone, at 6.7 inches. Otherwise, the device is pretty much identical to the iPhone 12 Pro, with the same high-end camera specs and four colors.

Both the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max have a triple-lens camera, a depth-sensing LiDAR scanner, and a design comprised of a textured matte glass back and stainless steel edges.

But other than its super-sized screen, the biggest difference between the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the smaller iPhone 12 Pro is battery life. After using the phone all day, the iPhone 12 Pro Max had 38% of its battery left during our testing, while the iPhone 12 Pro had 13% left after 16 hours of use.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has a slightly better zoom lens compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, but it's not a major difference that should heavily factor into your buying decision.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099, and you can read our full review here.

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FAQs

What is unique about the iPhone 12? ›

Beyond adding 5G, Apple has equipped the iPhone 12 family with its powerful new A14 Bionic processor, a Super Retina XDR display, a more durable Ceramic Shield front cover, and a MagSafe feature for more reliable wireless charging, and support for attachable accessories.

What features are unique to iPhones? ›

Here are seven fun iPhone features to check out.
  • Voice control. Voice control on the iPhone allows you to open and navigate apps, lock your screen, and more—just by speaking. ...
  • Robocall silencer. ...
  • Share location. ...
  • Notes scanner. ...
  • Measure app. ...
  • iMessage full-screen effects. ...
  • Slide to text.
13 Dec 2021

Is iPhone 12 waterproof? ›

Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups feature the best water resistance rating on an ‌iPhone‌ to date with an IP68 rating. This means that the devices can withstand water up to a depth of six meters (19.7 feet) for up to 30 minutes.

Which is iPhone 12 best model? ›

The best iPhone 12 series phone: The iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 with best battery life: The iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 with best camera: The iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Why was iPhone 12 so successful? ›

Top performance, long battery life

It is an extremely powerful chip that runs rings around most of the competition and can handle anything you would demand of an iPhone, including graphically intensive gaming, and will continue to do so for years to come.

What are the features and benefits of an iPhone? ›

The iPhone is more than a phone; it offers a wide selection of communication options. In addition to traditional phone calls, you can send and receive text messages and emails. The iPhone also comes with Apple's FaceTime software, which allows you to hold video calls with other FaceTime users directly from your phone.

What is special in iPhone? ›

The iPhone is a smartphone made by Apple that combines a computer, iPod, digital camera and cellular phone into one device with a touchscreen interface. The iPhone runs the iOS operating system, and in 2021 when the iPhone 13 was introduced, it offered up to 1 TB of storage and a 12-megapixel camera.

What makes iPhone different from others? ›

Fast processors for better performance

The iPhones have a series of processors that reportedly deliver better performance than most Android phones. In addition, Apple blends hardware and software well, making the iPhone more efficient and effective.

What is the most unique thing that makes an iPhone original or considered an iPhone? ›

Double-check the OS

What makes the iPhone so unique is the operating system it runs. Unlike other smartphones that are powered by Android, the iPhone runs iOS, a proprietary operating system designed by Apple.

What is so special about the new iPhone? ›

“Both phones have a powerful new Main camera with a huge leap in low-light performance, advanced connectivity capabilities with 5G and eSIM, and the incredible performance of A15 Bionic, which helps enable even better battery life.

What is the main feature difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro model? ›

The main difference between the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro is the rear camera setup. The ‌iPhone 12‌ has a dual 12MP camera system with Ultra Wide and Wide lenses. This facilitates a two-times zoom out. On the other hand, the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro has a 12MP camera system with Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto lenses.

Does iPhone 12 have fingerprint? ›

Compared to their predecessors, more recent in-display fingerprint sensor tech tends to be both faster and more generous in terms of the physical size of the sensor. Regardless, Apple's iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have all opted to exclude the feature in favour of Face ID.

Which iPhone has the best feature? ›

Which iPhone is right for you and how do the different models compare?
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17 Oct 2022

Can I use my iPhone 12 in the shower? ›

Can You Shower With Your iPhone? With an IP68 water-resistance rating, the iPhone is not protected against high pressure or temperatures, according to the International Electrotechnical Commission. So, Apple recommends that you do not swim, shower, bathe, or play water sports with an iPhone 12.

What happens if I drop my iPhone 12 in the toilet? ›

Water damage cannot be repaired. Take it to an Apple store for a possible discounted replacement phone.

Is the iPhone 12 waterproof in salt water? ›

Because the iPhone 12 Pro Max is simply water-resistant, NOT waterproof, you won't be able to take any ocean cliff-diving videos with the phone's sweet camera. Apple makes it clear that high-velocity water can harm the phone, so high-speed drops into multiple feet of water will almost certainly kill your phone.

What model of iPhone is waterproof? ›

These models have a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes): iPhone 11. iPhone XS. iPhone XS Max.

What is the difference between the different versions of iPhone 12? ›

The entire iPhone 12 lineup now features Apple's Super Retina XDR OLED display and the main difference is size. The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch display, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have 6.1-inch screens. The 6.7-inch panel on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest ever for an iPhone.

Does iPhone 12 come with a charger? ›

Starting with iPhone 12, Apple no longer includes wall adapters in every box as it moves to reduce package waste (and make some cash on accessories). Its newest smartphones—including the iPhone 14 lineup announced this week—also include support for Apple's magnetic MagSafe charging.

What is the battery life of iPhone 12? ›

iPhone 13 battery life vs iPhone 12 and 11
iPhone 13iPhone 12
Battery for video playback19 hours17 hours
Battery for audio playback75 hours65 hours
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Is iPhone 12 is worth buying? ›

In 2022, the iPhone 12 isn't worth buying at full price. However, the device becomes an alluring option when it's available at a discounted rate. The discounts will likely be around for a while, making the 12th generation an excellent purchase.

How long will an iPhone 12 last? ›

Overall, you can expect a regular iPhone to be in your life for somewhere between two and three years.

Can iPhone be hacked? ›

An iPhone can be hacked remotely through iOS vulnerabilities. However, it's more likely that it'll be hacked through malicious software or physical access, as programming-based hacking is the most difficult to carry out.

Is Samsung or Apple better? ›

Smartphones, however, can come down to personal choice – Apple's OS is excellent but Android is just as good now; if you're not invested in Apple's ecosystem then Samsung is a good choice as you can move to other Android devices, and Samsung's tech is exceptional.

What iPhone features carry the best advantage? ›

Fast software updates for many years: The biggest advantage iOS has over Android is its software updates: Apple generally supports new iPhones and iPads with iOS updates for five to six years after their release date, and all of those devices get the same updates at the same time.

What can iPhone do Android can t? ›

The 8 Best iOS Features That Android Still Doesn't Have
  • AirPlay. AirPlay is one of the biggest features that Android devices are still missing. ...
  • FaceTime. ...
  • Drag and Drop. ...
  • Offloading Apps. ...
  • Battery Health Check. ...
  • iCloud+ Privacy Features. ...
  • Shared with You in Messages. ...
  • Focus Modes.
12 Oct 2021

Why Apple phone is expensive? ›

For reasons varying from GST to important duty and third parties taking their cut. As per CNBC, the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) used in iPhones attracts an import duty of 20 per cent. Similarly, iPhone chargers also come with an import duty of 20 per cent.

Why should I get an iPhone instead of an Android? ›

Information security companies unanimously agree that Apple devices are more secure than Android devices. According to a report by Forbes, 97 percent of smartphone malware targets Android phones. Android phones get malware and viruses particularly from app stores.

Why is iPhone so easy to use? ›

iOS has a user interface that is so basic that there is essentially no learning curve. The home screen of iOS devices is easy and simple to use.

What is the difference between Apple iPhone and Android phones? ›

Apple's iPhone was launched in 2007 and was the first successful mobile phone with a screen-only interface, as opposed to a keyboard. One big difference between iPhones and Androids is that iPhones run on a closed-source operating system, iOS, while Android operating systems are open-source.

What makes Apple products so special? ›

In terms of functionality, Apple knows how to create a product that's really easy to use. Pick up an iPhone or log into an iMac and you can use it, without struggling to work out its features. Apple is a company that is known to put ease-of-use as the main goal when designing a product.

Is iPhone model number unique? ›

Every iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has a Unique Device Identifier (UDID), which is either a 40-character alphanumeric string (on iPhone X models and prior.) Or a 24 character identifier with a dash after the 8th digit, on iPhone XS and subsequent models) that is unique to each device.

What is so special about Apple products? ›

One of the biggest reasons people love their Apple products is because they can actually get better with time. Every single year Apple drops a new version of iOS, giving iPhone users access to new features and updates free-of-charge. Apple is also great about supporting iPhones for the long haul.

Is iPhone 14 waterproof? ›

The new iPhone 14 can withstand about 19 feet for up to 30 minutes underwater which means in the event that you do drop your phone in the water, you can jump in and save it. However, be careful around sand and the ocean as the salt water's corrosive nature can cause more damage than you bargained for.

Which iPhone has the biggest screen? ›

The improved battery life and the large 6.7-inch display make the Plus a good option. The iPhone 14 Plus is great for people who just want a larger screen and don't mind missing out on the new features of the Pro and Pro Max, such as the Dynamic Island and always-on display.

Is the new iPhone worth it? ›

“If you're on an iPhone 12 or older, it's worth upgrading for better battery life alone, and carriers will offer rich subsidies for your trade-in,” says Greengart. “Any older than that and you're likely to have better reception with a newer iPhone because the modems support newer frequencies that carriers are using.”

How many types of iPhone 12 are there? ›

What are the differences between the four models in Apple's iPhone 12 lineup? Let us explain. Apple's latest phone lineup includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

What are some benefits of iPhone Twelve pro? ›

iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera

Apple says low-light photos taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max are 87 percent better, and images also feature more detail and better color. The Telephoto camera has a longer focal length, allowing for 5x zoom instead of 4x zoom, and the Ultra Wide camera is the same between both models.

What's the main difference between iPhone 12 Pro and 13 pro? ›

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: Display & Design

Aesthetically the iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro are identical. There are however two changes: One is the size of the notch, or Face ID, and the other is the available iPhone 13 Pro colours: Face ID on the iPhone 13 Pro is 20% smaller.

What is the black thing on the side of iPhone 12? ›

Today, The Verge's Nilay Patel also shared on Twitter that he's received confirmation this little piece on the side of all iPhone 12 models serves as a window for the mmWave antenna. The mmWave spectrum is in the upper end of the frequency range that 5G is designed to operate on.

Can an iPhone 12 hold one hand? ›

When you use iPhone with one hand in Portrait orientation, you can use Reachability to lower the top half of the screen so it's within easy reach of your thumb. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then turn on Reachability.

Does iPhone 12 have a home button? ›

As you may have noticed, your iPhone 12 has no home button. Where the Home button used to be, you now have an extra half-inch or so of glorious OLED display!

What is the cheapest Apple iPhone? ›

iPhone SE. The iPhone SE is the absolutely cheapest iPhone you can buy new at $429. Despite rocking an old design that's been around since the iPhone 6, this handset features Apple's latest A15 Bionic chip.

What is the most liked iPhone? ›

Instead, the best iPhone offers the most features at the best price.
...
Top 10 Best-Selling Used iPhones in 2022.
Most Popular Used iPhonesAverage PriceStarting Price
1. Apple iPhone 11 (prices)$353$234
2. Apple iPhone SE 2020 (prices)$188$92
3. Apple iPhone Xr (prices)$272$179
4. Apple iPhone 12 (prices)$495$309
6 more rows
2 Nov 2022

What is iPhone 12 model name? ›

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini (stylized and marketed as iPhone 12 mini) are a range of smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the fourteenth-generation, "affordable flagship" iPhones, succeeding the iPhone 11.

What type does iPhone 12 use? ›

The iPhone 13 (and the other iPhones, including the iPhone 12, 11 and SE) comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable, which you could use to plug your iPhone in to charge if you already have a USB-C adapter plug, or a USB-C port on your computer.

How many different iPhone 12 sizes are there? ›

The only real difference between them is the size. The iPhone 12 comes in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch varieties, while the iPhone 12 Pro is available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch options.

What are the names of the iPhone 12? ›

There's the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

How long does iPhone 12 battery last? ›

The iPhone 12 has a battery of 2,815 mAh. Video playback up to 16 hours, video playback (streamed) up to 11 hours, and audio playback up to 65 hours.

Does iPhone 12 have charger? ›

Starting with iPhone 12, Apple no longer includes wall adapters in every box as it moves to reduce package waste (and make some cash on accessories). Its newest smartphones—including the iPhone 14 lineup announced this week—also include support for Apple's magnetic MagSafe charging.

Why does iPhone 12 have no charger? ›

Apple stopped providing chargers with iPhones starting with the 2020 launch of the iPhone 12 lineup. In most countries, Apple no longer ships iPhones with EarPods or a power adapter, including just a USB-C to Lightning charging cable.

How can I charge my iPhone without cable? ›

Charge wirelessly
  1. Connect your charger to a power source. ...
  2. Place the charger on a level surface or other location recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Place your iPhone on the charger with the display facing up. ...
  4. Your iPhone should start charging a few seconds after you've placed it on your wireless charger.
15 Nov 2021

Does iPhone 12 have fast charging? ›

You need a 20W or higher power adapter to fast charge your iPhone 12 and later.

What is the difference between 12 and 12 Pro? ›

The main difference between the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro is the rear camera setup. The ‌iPhone 12‌ has a dual 12MP camera system with Ultra Wide and Wide lenses. This facilitates a two-times zoom out. On the other hand, the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro has a 12MP camera system with Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto lenses.

What's the difference between iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max? ›

The most noticeable difference between the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max is the display size. The ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro has a size of 6.1 inches, and the 12 Pro Max has a size of 6.7 inches.

What is the difference between iPhone and iPhone pro? ›

The main difference between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro is their rear camera setups. The iPhone 13 has a dual 12MP camera system with Ultra Wide and Wide lenses, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro has a triple camera setup that adds a Telephoto lens into the mix.

Why is iPhone 12 called Red? ›

Apple's (PRODUCT)RED Contributions

The money was directed towards testing, prevention, and counseling services for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Grants supported by Apple also helped provide care and support services for over 11 million people and supplied over 192 million HIV tests.

Which is best iPhone 12 or 13? ›

The ‌iPhone 13‌'s A15 Bionic chip brings a modest performance improvement over the A14 Bionic in the ‌iPhone 12‌. Benchmarks show that the A15 in the ‌iPhone 13‌ offers around 10 percent better single-core performance and 18 percent better multi-core performance compared to the ‌iPhone 12‌'s A14 chip.

Which is the best Colour for iPhone 12? ›

White. White is most definitely the classiest choice - the Princess Diana of iPhone colours. Elegant in its simplicity, the white iPhone 12 stands out without trying too hard. White is also a lot easier to find in your bag.

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