Apple releases tend to be preceded with a lot of anticipation and speculation. And it’s with good reason. Ever since Apple released the first iPhone model in 2007, it has constantly surpassed our expectations, proving over and over why it’s the leader in mobile technology. This year, Apple unveiled the 12 series, and as usual, it didn’t disappoint. From a new design to a brighter display, it comes packed with loads of new features
Not sure whether it’s is right for you? Here is how it compares to last year’s model
Design and Colors
They look a lot alike at first glance. However, on taking a closer look, you will notice the aesthetic differences between the two models. Notably, the 12 looks more like the iPhone 5 as it features flat edges all around, giving it a sort of squared-off design. This change may not appeal to everyone. But it certainly gives this model a more retro-modern look and makes it more secure to hold in hand. The 12 is more compact compared to the 11 as it is 11% thinner, 16% lighter, and 15% smaller in terms of volume.
When it comes to color options, both phones are available in black, white, product red, and green. They each also come in some exclusive colors. The 11 is available in purple and yellow, while the 12 and 12 mini are also available in blue. The 12 Pro and Pro Max come in four colors: gold, silver, graphite, and pacific blue.
As you would expect for a newer technologically advanced phone, the 12 is more expensive compared to its predecessor. The regular 12 costs $1,349 AUD for a 64GB model with 4GB of RAM. Prices for refurbished iPhone 11 start from $799 AUD at Phonebot. The 12 mini is the cheapest in the new series with a starting price of $1,199 AUD, while the 12 Pro is the most expensive, starting at $1,699 AUD.
Screen and Display
They have quite similar displays in size as they both feature a 6.1-inch display. The former, however, uses a super Retina XDR all-screen OLED with 2532 by 1170-pixel resolution at 460 PPI. It also has reduced bezels. The previous generation Apple phone features a Liquid Retina HD LCD display with IPS technology and a 1792 x 828-resolution at 326 PPI. When it comes to the screen, the iPhone 12 touts Apple’s new ceramic shield technology, which is said to afford the phone a 4x better drop performance than its predecessor. The 11, on the other hand, comes with the traditional Gorilla Glass.
Performance and Battery
They are identical performance-wise except for one important aspect – the latter Apple phone runs on an A14 Bionic chip while the iPhone 11 comes in the A13 Bionic chip. The A14 Bionic chip is touted as the fastest chip in a smartphone built on 5nm process technology, and so you can expect excellent performance from the iPhone 12. For improved machine learning capabilities, the iPhone 12 is fitted with the latest neural engine, unlike last year’s model, which comes with a third-generation neural engine.
Both phones have a great battery life, each supporting up to 17 hours of video playback. They both can also charge up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with a 20W power adapter. In addition to this, the 12 also supports 15W wireless charging with Apple’s MagSafe charger. The 11 does support wireless charging. However, it is limited to 7.5W since it lacks the magnetic capabilities to support 15W. Notably, the latter model comes with a smaller battery compared to the iPhone 11, that is, a 2,814mAh and 3,100mAh cell, respectively.
Who doesn’t love a good camera? In fact, the camera is perhaps the most anticipated feature of every iPhone release. You can expect to take very colorful and detailed pictures from any Apple smartphone, but there are always some enhancements. The iPhone 11 and 12 both come in a rear dual 12-megapixel camera with a wide and ultra-wide lens on tap. The iPhone 12 has a slightly larger aperture of f/1.6, thereby offers better low-light sensitivity. They both feature a TrueDepth 12mp front camera with an f/2.2 aperture. However, the iPhone 12 has the next-generation Smart HDR for more natural-looking images with greater details. The two smartphones are also similar in terms of deep fusion, night mode, and optical imaging on the wide camera. However, the iPhone 12 also offers these features in the ultra-wide and front-facing camera as well, and thus it offers a more versatile camera.
As expected, Apple is never sluggish about adopting new technology. In this regard, the 12 employs 5G connectivity, while its predecessor is strictly 4G. This means if your area supports 5G connectivity, you will be enjoying much higher download speeds and high-quality streaming with the new Apple phone. 5G connectivity is still in its early stages of adoption, and they’re bound to be some issues. But in a year or two, you will probably wish you had a smartphone that supports 5G.
Other Special Features
Apple is known for implementing additional features meant to help it maintain its position as a leader in the mobile technology industry. They are both water-resistant. However, this feature has been elevated in the 12, which is said to be water-resistant to a depth of 6 meters instead of 2 meters as its predecessor for up to 30 mins.
The latest Apple smartphone undoubtedly comes with some great features that definitely make it worth the purchase but if you’re looking for the best value for money, we recommend going for a refurbished iPhone 11 as it can do everything the 12 can do at a significantly lower price tag and if you currently own the 11, it may not be necessary to immediately make the upgrade. But if you would like to enjoy 5G capabilities in the future, then you should make the transition.