Yep, Apple Is Releasing a New iPhone 12, but Don't Throw Out Your Power Adapter Just Yet
Hold onto your AirPods, because Apple is releasing a new iPhone 12 in four different styles, and it's missing a few of our favorite accessories. The lineup includes an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and an iPhone 12 Pro Max; all models will boast 5G and new features that make each phone more durable, more powerful, and more environmentally friendly.
Each model includes a new Ceramic Shield front cover, which is tougher than any smartphone glass and protects your screen from cracking or getting damaged. And, as someone who's dropped their phone on the floor too many times to count, I'm highly intrigued. For iPhone Pro and Pro Max users, the phones will also come in four stainless steel finishes, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.
So What Are These New Features, Exactly?
All four phones will also be compatible with MagSafe magnetic chargers and will be programmed with A14 Bionic, a smartphone chip that increases the phone's speed and performance by up to 50 percent, allowing for higher-quality photography, console-quality gaming, and a longer battery life. After adding on so many cool new features, it's no surprise Apple is also taking away a few of our favorite accessories with the new release. As part of its mission to reduce carbon emissions and achieve a net zero climate impact by 2030, the company is removing the power adapter (or block charger) and EarPods from iPhone packaging. So, if you don't happen to have a pair of earphones or an adapter on hand, you'll have to buy them separately.
But what's the real catch? The starting price for the iPhone 12 Mini is $699, followed by the iPhone 12 at $799, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099. So, unless you've been saving up, testing out the new iPhone 12 for yourself could put a considerable dent in your bank account. Personally, the superdurable screen cover still has me kind of tempted to trade in my old iPhone X. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will be available for preorder beginning Friday, Oct. 16, and available for purchase on Friday, Oct. 23, while the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max will be available for preorder beginning Friday, Nov. 6, and available for purchase on Nov. 13.
Before you decide on a phone for yourself, take a sneak peek at each model in the iPhone 12 lineup and find out more about their new features.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be made with an aluminum finish and will feature immersive Super Retina XDR displays with OLED (aka, high-def TV-quality graphics), plus an advanced dual-camera system with a new wide camera and night mode.
iPhone 12 Mini
Between the two phones, the iPhone 12 mini is smaller and thinner, with a 5.4-inch retina display, compared to the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch retina display.
iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone Pro and Pro Max differ slightly from the other models in that they feature four cameras, including a professional, expansive ultra wide camera system, new wide cameras, telephoto cameras. The phones also feature a LiDAR scanner – which uses lasers to map out points in space and create 3D maps — for more immersive AR experiences and night mode portraits.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Compared the iPhone Pro, which has a 6.1-inch retina display, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a huge screen with a 6.7-inch retina display.