February 27, 2021


At a variety of price points, Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup is packed full of features and new capabilities. Before you place an order, here’s all you need to know.

The company finally announced four new iPhone 12 models, after months of rumors and speculation about what Apple would and would not include in its latest iPhone models. The company announced the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four have a new design that looks more like the iPad Pro than the iPad Air, 5G connectivity, OLED displays, and improved cameras recently announced.

The announcement this year was about a month later than Apple’s typical iPhone September launch cycle, but this year’s crop was delayed due to the Apple pandemic still holding its annual September event where new Apple Watch and iPad models were announced by the company, but no iPhone.

Apple isn’t actually launching all four models of the iPhone 12 at the same time. Only the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order on Friday, October 16, with deliveries a week later on October 23. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will go on sale on November 6 and will begin shipping on November 13.

You can pick a new iPhone that fits your budget this year with four models, with prices ranging from $699 to $1,099.

The smallest iPhone 12 Mini Starting price at $699 with Colors Black, white, red, blue, and green and a display size of 5.4 inches.

The iPhone 12 Starting price at $799 with Colors Black, white, red, blue, and green and also display size of 6.1 inches.

The iPhone 12 Pro Starting price at $999 with Colors Gold, silver, graphite, and blue and also display size of 6.1 inches.

Finally the iPhone 12 Pro Max Starting price at  $1,099 with Colors: Gold, silver, graphite, and blue and a display size of 6.7 inches.

  • iPhone 12 Mini: November 6 preorders, November 13 availability
  • iPhone 12: October 16 preorders, October 23 availability
  • iPhone 12 Pro: October 16 preorders, October 23 availability
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: November 6 preorders, November 13 availability

The new iPhone designs have moved away from the curved corners used on the iPhone 11 to return to the flat-edged design of the iPhone 5 and iPad Pro. With the Pro models having three cameras along with a LIDAR sensor for 3D scanning, the back of the phones will look familiar. Two cameras will be on the standard iPhone 12 models.

The notch where the Face ID sensor array, also known as the True Depth Camera, appears smaller, with the total dimensions of the notch that cuts into the top of the display of the iPhone being reduced by Apple.

An aluminum housing will continue to be used on the standard iPhone 12 models, and the Pro models will stick with a stainless steel housing. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 will be available in black, white, red, blue, and green colors. Gold, silver, graphite, and blue will come in the Pro models.

All four models of the iPhone 12 are able to connect to 5 G networks. In the US, that means Sub6 and mmWave compatibility are included. The phones will have a Smart Data Mode that will determine whether a 5G connection is required for a task or not, and will instead use a 4G LTE connection if it is not. Doing so saves the life of the battery. Isn’t that cool?


  • All OLED displays
  • Advanced AR features on Pro-line
  • Apple A14 Bionic processor
  • New wireless charging
  • No 120Hz displays this year

Apple made the switch from LCD panels in the base iPhone 12 models to using OLED panels across the entire line this year, as previously discussed. OLED displays are brighter, have better color contrast and deeper blacks, and for the less expensive models, all things taken into account are a big upgrade.

Display sizes on the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 range from 5.4 inches and 6.1 inches respectively to 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches respectively for the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max again. Although the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have the same display size, and now have the same display type, the case material (aluminum versus stainless steel) and camera features will be the biggest differences between the two.

Apple worked with Corning to create a ceramic shield display that incorporates ceramic material into the material of the display, making it more durable for the screens. 4x better drop performance is claimed by Apple.

Apple announced in September that its A14 Bionic processor will power the latest iPad Air, and Apple is using the same 5 nm processor in the iPhone 12 lineup, just as we expected. Thanks in part to the 5 G and the A14 Bionic processor, the League of Legends Wild Rift will make its iPhone debut later this year.

Apple has brought Night Mode to every lens on the iPhone 12, including the ultra-wide and front-facing cameras, with regard to camera updates. Night time-lapse mode is also making its iPhone 12 debut.

Apple has added Deep Fusion to all the cameras on the phone with its iPhone 12 Pro. A wide, ultra-wide telephoto still exists. But throughout the camera array, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has new sensors. With a 2.5x optical zoom, the new telephoto camera is 65 mm (instead of 52 mm), and the standard wide camera has also seen similar improvements.