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Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

Informr score
The Apple iPhone 12 currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 75 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • MagSafe shows promise
  • Beautiful screen
  • 5G compatible
  • Great design

What's bad

  • 5G taxes battery life
  • More expensive than the previous iPhone’s

There’s always a lot of excitement when Apple announces something new. The new iPhone 12, with its revamped design and marked improvements, certainly has reviewers buzzing. But does the day to day experience with the iPhone 12 hold up to the hype?


The shape of the Apple iPhone 12 has taken a bit of a turn towards nostalgia with its squared up corners and overall boxy appearance, but the design thrilled reviewers. The new ceramic front plate is also supposed to protect the phone from drops -- but reviewers weren’t really able to put that to the test.


In the last batch of iPhones -- the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro -- Apple reserved OLED screens for only the most expensive model. This time they have added it to even the lowest tier -- and it has HDR support too! Even if you don’t have a form of HDR content to enjoy, reviewers loved the display for its clarity, punchy color, and detail.


Keeping with Apple’s focus on chart-topping specs, the chipset on the iPhone 12 is basically the fastest mobile processor on the market. Reviewers agreed, noting it had no trouble keeping up with whatever you tossed at it. If you have support in your region, the chip also provides 5G support as well -- further futureproofing the phone.

Software & Storage

Storage for the iPhone 12 starts at 64GB. If you’re a fan of taking photos or videos or play a lot of ultra-realistic games, that won't last you very long. In typical Apple fashion, there are no storage expansion options either. So it may be worth the extra money to plan on buying a variant with more space to ensure you don’t run into issues down the road.


Photos taken with the Apple iPhone 12 are sharp and with good coloring and depth. Reviewers were very happy with night mode shots and pleasantly surprised. It includes a wide-angle lens that makes taking larger pictures even more fun. While mobile photography continues to evolve and get more competitive, Apple’s latest phone has no trouble sticking near the top of the charts.

Battery Life

With typical use, the iPhone 12 brought 17 hours of battery life on a single charge. Once you start using 5G that depletes a lot faster. But considering the performance offered, that battery life is respectable.

The phone doesn’t ship with a charger in the box. Apple considers it an eco-friendly move as there’s a large chance you already have more than one lying around already. However, if you’ve made it 2020 without collecting an assortment of chargers, be sure to budget for one to go with the phone.


The audio was mentioned only enough to say it was okay but not great. Simply put, it’s a mobile phone and tiny speakers only do so much. It also does not have a headphone jack.

Perhaps more concerning to some reviewers however was the lack of earbuds. So plan to buy an adapter for your existing ones or pick up a pair when you get the phone.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass and aluminum chassis
  • 6.4-inch OLED display
  • Apple A14 Bionic processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Apple iOS 14
  • 64/128/256GB of storage
  • 12MP camera
  • 2815mah battery

Bottom Line

Once again, Apple has made a formidable little machine in the iPhone 12. It’s not leaps and bounds beyond last year’s iPhone 11, but there are some obvious improvements to the overall performance and design. Most reviewers considered the changes worthwhile. 5G isn’t available all over just yet but it’s a good thing to plan for when it will be. In all, the phone’s specs should keep it relevant for a handful of years with no issues.

Tom’s Guide says, “The iPhone 12 sports a gorgeous new design, full 5G support, great cameras, and even better performance. However, the lack of a charger in the box and limited base storage are drawbacks.”

Tech Radar states, “It’s easy to dismiss the iPhone 12 as just 'more of the same', especially when you consider the new and compact iPhone 12 mini is on its way. However, 5G networks are rapidly rolling out across the globe, and the MagSafe addition could prove groundbreaking.”

Operating system
Operating system
3.1 GHz
3.1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
12+ MP, f/1.6
12+ MP, f/1.6
2815 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Pocket Tactics
Pocket Tactics

A reliable but ageing handset, Apple’s iPhone 12 is a great budget option if you want a well-designed and capable iPhone for everyday apps and light gaming. The battery life and camera aren’t market leading, but you get what you pay for, and the iPhone 12 is half the price of the latest flagships. B...

- Lauren Scott, Pocket Tactics
Daily Express
Daily Express

Upgrades like the iPhone 12 don't come around every year. Compared with the iPhone 11, this is almost a completely different handset – it has a modern design with flat edges to match the latest MacBook and iPad models, it has an improved OLED screen with more vivid colours and deeper blacks, and sup...

- David Snelling, Daily Express

When it comes to Display, the Apple iPhone 12 demonstrates some of the same flaws as its brand siblings, as well as many of their strengths. The main drawback to the device is a lack of brightness, especially in outdoor use cases. Whether you like it or not, its yellow cast is a typical iPhone displ...

- Chris Welsch, DxOMark

The iPhone 12 is a definite improvement over the iPhone 11. The new design gives the device a more modern look, and additions like MagSafe and 5G are helpful, helping future-proof the phone. That’s not to mention the new camera, which meaningfully improves mobile photography in most shooting situati...

- Christian de Looper, BGR
The Wirecutter
The Wirecutter

The iPhone 12 has a fantastic two-lens camera that can use Night Mode for better low-light photos, the fastest iPhone processor, a long battery life, and a large edge-to-edge OLED screen.

- Andrew Cunningham, Nick Guy, The Wirecutter

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

The iPhone 12 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Apple iPhone 12 prices from around the web here on The Informr.

Apple backs up the iPhone 12 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your iPhone 12 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution.

3.1 GHz

There is a Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 3.1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the iOS 14 operating system (OS).

12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ MP, f/1.6 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.

64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2815 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 1167 minutes, 768 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 12 Specs

Release Date October 16, 2020
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System iOS 14

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Processor Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 3.1 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128/256 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.17 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.6
2x optical, 5x digital
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels
Pixel Density 460 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, True Tone
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2815 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 768 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1167 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage No
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White, Red, Green, Blue, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.67 x 7.15 x 0.74 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 164 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
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