iPhone 12 and 12 Pro review: Apple enters the new era

 In a hurry? Here are our top picks 

Apple iPhone 12 with Facetime - 128GB, 5G, Blue - International Version

New Pro-like design
Much-improved Super Cinema XDR display
Exceptional performance 5G is here if you want it
Great cameras

Apple iPhone 12 Pro with Facetime - 128GB, 5G, Pacific Blue - International Version

Clean new design
Exceptional performance
Excellent triple-camera system
5G is finally here

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max with Facetime - 256GB, 5G, Graphite - Middle East Version

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iPhone 12

Pros
  • New Pro-like design
  • Much-improved Super Cinema XDR display
  • Exceptional performance 5G is here if you want it
  • Great cameras
Cons
  • Battery life isn’t as good as iPhone 11
  • Apps and iOS need to optimize for 5G
  • Camera setup isn’t as flexible as the Pro’s

Summary

This year’s iPhone 12 is a huge leap by almost every measure from the iPhone 11. And better still, the gap between the 12 and the Apple’s Pro iPhones has closed dramatically. The iPhone 12’s blend of design, performance and price make it as close to a no-brainer as possible, though people who loved the iPhone 11’s battery life will be a little disappointed. Even so, we have no doubt that for most people, the iPhone 12 is absolutely the right choice.

iPhone 12 Pro

Pros
  • Clean new design
  • Exceptional performance
  • Excellent triple-camera system
  • 5G is finally here
Cons
  • It’s expensive
  • Few substantive differences from the iPhone 12
  • Apps and iOS need to optimize for 5G

Summary

Compared to the iPhone 12, the new iPhone 12 Pro is a considerably tougher sell. But it still might be worth it for some. It packs the same great performance and display as the standard 12, but with more storage at the base level, a much more flexible camera setup, and LiDAR for improved augmented reality experiences. It’s worth the step up if photography is your priority, but you still want a relatively compact phone. But if you simply want the best of the best, camera-wise, you should wait to see how things shake out with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

 

Configurations

A quick note: The prices listed for the iPhone 12 are what you’d pay for carrier-specific models if purchased directly from Apple. If you instead order an unlocked model, or directly from T-Mobile or Sprint, the iPhone 12’s full retail price is actually $30 higher.

When asked, Apple wouldn’t explain that $30 price difference, but I suspect it has something to do with the cost of adding mmWave 5G support to every iPhone 12 model sold in the United States. Coincidentally or not, the only companies who have said the base price for the iPhone 12 doesn’t include that mysterious, $30 premium are AT&T and Verizon — the two US carriers which have invested the most in mmWave so far.

It’s also worth noting that, no matter what version of the iPhone 12 appeals to you most, it comes with fewer accessories than ever. Those wired earbuds? Gone. Ditto for the standard USB charging brick. In a bid to minimize e-waste, all that comes with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro is a USB C-to-Lightning charging cable.

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