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This year the iPhone features Apple’s once distinct chassis previously found on the iPhone 5 and 5s. Its made out of aerospace-grade aluminium edges and ceramic infused glass display. The iPhone 12 has the same 6.1-inch display but with 11% more screen real estate than the iPhone 11 due to reduced bezel size. It also has better battery life due to its smarter A14 bionic chip – the fastest in a smartphone.

On 13 Oct 2020 Apple unveiled its newest gen of flagship iPhones in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 series consists of an iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12. This is essentially Apple's budget range with the Mini being the smallest iPhone Apple has released since the iPhone SE.

The iPhone 12 is available from Powerbite from R20 999

Overview

This year the big emphasis for the iPhone 12 was the redesigned chassis and of course what Apple describes as an iPhone tailored 5G.

5G Connectivity

The introduction of 5G to Apple comes as no surprise as its been featured in most other phones already. Apple attributes the delay in its 5G rollout to the research that went into building an iPhone capable of bringing you the best 5G has to offer.

5G is high-speed connectivity that uses ultra-wide bands to deliver lightning-fast speeds. Up until now, 5G has been up in the air with no real commitment from networks and manufacturers alike. This would seem to be the case with 5G in South Africa, with rains 5G offering failing dismally, South Africans will have to wait a bit longer to experience the true lightning speed of 5G.

But what can you expect from 5G?

Real 5G connectivity offers speeds up to 4GBps. This means you would download a full movie by the time your screen has loaded. This is truly unprecedented speeds and will change the way we use our iPhones as information becomes available faster than ever imagined before.

5G Ultra Wideband ultimately results in lower latency, faster speeds, and fewer bottlenecks in crowded areas. In short, it's basically like putting an iPhone on steroids.

Design

This year Apple introduced a new flat aluminum design similar to the design first introduced in the iPhone 5. It has visible antennas around the edges with the same glass back. This year the iPhone 12 is available in 2 new colors with purple and yellow being substituted for green and blue. The other 3 standard colors being Black, White, and Product Red.

The iPhone 12 is considered the predecessor for the iPhone 11 with the same 6.1-inch display. The iPhone 12 has a reduced screen to body ratio of about 11% compared to the iPhone 12 which makes it 15% smaller and 16% lighter.

Display

Each custom OLED in the Super Retina XDR display gives your pixel precision brightness, rich colors, and a two million to 1 contrast ratio to deliver what Apple calls true blacks. With 2.8 million pixels and 460 PPI the new OLED resolution is also twice as high as the iPhone 11. The result is sharper images and better picture quality. Shoot HDR content with a peak brightness of 1200nits, that’s almost twice as high as the iPhone 11.

Apple display is now tougher than ever with Ceramic shield glass infusion which uses nano-ceramic crystals that are grown inside the glass matrix. The Ceramic shield infused glass is claimed to have performed 4x better in drop tests.

Performance

The A14 chip is the first 5nm processing technology in a smartphone. This means more transistors, which means more cores and improved energy consumption for more performance. The A14 chip has 11.8 billion transistors compared to 8.5 billion in the A13 chip. Apple claims that the new 6-core CPU is the fastest CPU ever in a smartphone, up to 50% to be exact.

The A14 also claims the fastest 4-core GPU which results in increase image quality and overall efficiency. The result is a GPU that produces up to 50% better graphics than any other phone. Improvements to the neural engine mean better machine learning for better user experiences with up to 11 trillion operations per second.

The A14 includes a vast number of improvements that improve on an already powerful A13 chip to allow console-like games to run as smoothly as it would on the console.

Camera

The iPhone 12 features the same dual wide cameras found in the iPhone 11  with a new f/1.6 aperture ultra-wide camera. The new iPhone camera also features a 7 element lens that takes more detailed images with less noise and brighter images. Other notable features include night mode which now automatically detects low-light and smart hdr 3.

Magsafe

MagSafe technology’s the same technology used in MacBooks previously which enables charges to clip in using Magnets. This technology is now incorporated into the iPhone 12’s wireless charging coil to enable wireless chargers and other accessories to clip in place.

What’s included?

This year the iPhone only includes a charging cable

 

 

 

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