iPhone 12 announced with 5G, Super Retina XDR Display, A14 Bionic & MagSafe Charger

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Apple has finally pulled the curtain off the much-awaited iPhone 12 lineup. The company has included a total of four 5G-enabled devices in the latest iPhone lineup. In this post, we will be talking in detail about the vanilla iPhone 12, along with its specifications, features, expected price, and availability in Nepal.

iPhone 12 Overview

Design and Display

Apple has brought its Pro display technology to the vanilla iPhone. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display. The flat OLED panel expands from edge-to-edge and has corners that follow a curved design. The display sports a total of 2532 x 1170 pixels, which is double that of the iPhone 11. It is protected by a new Ceramic Shield cover that promises up to four times better drop performance than iPhone 11. The technology, which has been developed in collaboration with Corning, introduces nano-ceramic crystals into the glass matrix that adds to the durability of the screen. IPhone 12 Design

The display is enclosed inside a metallic frame built from aerospace-grade aluminum. The back is made of up glass. The whole device weighs around 164 grams. iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% smaller compared to its predecessor. The body is IP68 rated and can survive water up to 6 meters for a period of up to 30 minutes.

5G Connectivity

While Apple didn’t incorporate higher refresh rate tech in this year’s iPhones, the company says that the lineup has been developed with a key feature in mind – 5G. The new iPhones are being claimed to offer the broadest 5G coverage worldwide. To make it work, Apple has included numerous 5G antennas on the aluminum frame and has even made some changes to the design for the same. It can attain a speed of up to 4Gbps in favorable conditional while the speed will be around 1Gbps in a typical setting.

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For bandwidth allocation, the new iPhones come with a new feature called Smart Data Mode. It is an intelligent system that automatically switches between 5G and 4G according to the requirements of the app in use. It manages data usage, speed, and power in real-time.

Performance

In terms of performance, the iPhone 12 packs in A14 Bionic chipset as all other devices in the new lineup. It is the world’s first smartphone chipset to be based on the 5nm process and it was first introduced during the unveiling of the iPad Air 2020. It’s a Hexa-core chipset with two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. The quad-core GPU has improved memory configuration. The company claims that their new chip is 50% faster, both in terms of CPU and GPU performance, compared to other competing chipsets.Apple A14 Bionic Chipset Highlights

The new neural engine has 16 cores and boasts a boosted performance of up to 80%. According to Apple, it is capable of computing 11 trillion operations per second. Similarly, the second-generation ML accelerators promise up to 70% faster Machine Learning computations.

Camera

The camera setup on the new iPhone 12 features a wide camera and an ultra-wide camera. The two 12MP cameras may look unchanged from the iPhone 11, but Apple has made some changes. First, the wide camera has a wider aperture of f/1.6. Compared to the f/1.7 aperture on its predecessor, the new camera allows 27% more light to pass through. The difference will be evident while taking photos and videos in low-light. Similarly, Apple has adopted a 7-elements lens in the Wide camera. It also supports OIS. The 12MP Ultra Wide offers a 120-degree of Field of View. iPhone 12 Camera setup

Similarly, computational photography has also been improved thanks to improved GPU in the A14 Bionic. This means better Night mode and improved Deep Fusion photos. These features are available in both wide and ultra-wide cameras. Similarly, the new Smart HDR 3 makes use of the improved ML accelerators to intelligently adjust white balance, contrast, texture, and saturation of photos. Also, the new iPhones are the first device to be able to record and edit Dolby Vision HDR videos. Users can record 4K Dolby Vision videos up to 30fps. To make it happen, Apple switched to 10-bit HDR videos from 8 bit.

Rest of the specs

iPhone 12 includes a lithium-ion battery, whose actual capacity is undisclosed. But the company claims it can last up to 17 hours of video playback, or 11 hours of streaming, or 65 hours of music playback. The 20W fast charger can fill it up to 50% in 30 minutes. However, users will have to buy it separately. In fact, Apple won’t be providing any charger with any of the new iPhones. iPhone 12 Magsafe Wireless Charging

Similarly, the iPhone 12 supports 7.5W wireless charging. However, the highlight here is the new MagSafe wireless charger. Apple has included magnets along with the copper charging coil for the new MagSafe wireless charger to better attach to the back of the device. The new iPhone accessories are also designed to make use of this magnet. Apple says that MagSafe charger will also work on top of these accessories.

iPhone 12 Specifications:

  • Dimension: 146.7 x 7.4 x 71.5mm; 164 grams
  • Display: 6.1-inch (2532×1170 pixels) OLED 460ppi Super Retina XDR display
  • Chipset: Six-core A14 Bionic 64-bit processor, 16-core Neural Engine
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB,256GB
  • Operating System: iOS 14
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)
  • Back Camera:
    – 12MP wide-angle f/1.7 primary camera, 7-elements lens, OIS, True Tone flash with Slow Sync, 4K Dolby Vision video recording at 60 fps,
    – 12MP 120° Ultra Wide f/2.4 camera, 7-elements lens
  • Front Camera: 12MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash, Dolby Vision HDR recording up to 30 fps, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 120 fps
  • Security: TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition
  • Connectivity: 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave), Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and Beidou
  • Other features: Water and dust resistant (IP68), Stereo speakers
  • Battery: Unspecified battery size; 20W fast charging, 7.5W Qi Wireless Charging; 15W MagSafe Wireless Charger (No charger included in the box)

iPhone 12 Price in Nepal and Availability

The starting price of the iPhone 12 is $799 for the 64GB variant. Its pre-order will start on October 16 and it will be available on October 23. However, the Nepali audience will have to wait until the end of November for the pre-order to start. iPhone 12 is likely to be available in Nepal from December for a starting price of around NPR 1,22,500.

iPhone 12 Variant Price (US) Price in Nepal (Expected)
64GB $799 NPR 1,22,500
128GB $849 NPR 1,30,000
256GB $949 NPR 1,45,500
  • Also, check out our review of the iPhone SE 2020.