iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini announced: A14 Bionic chip, 5G, improved cameras, MagSafe support, and more

Today, Apple has finally launched the most anticipated smartphone series of the year, the new flagship iPhone 12. The base models of the series are 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and 6.1-inch iPhone 12. Both models are powered by Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip for faster CPU and GPU performance and support 5G network.

The new models have expansive edge-to-edge design language with Super Retina XDR display for a brighter and immersive experience. The display is protected by the new and more durable Ceramic Shield front. The new iPhone 12 models support MagSafe high-power wireless charging.

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iPhone 12 mini  and iPhone 12 – Details

Available in blue, green, black, product Red and white, the new smartphone models have an aluminum finish and edge-to-edge display.  With only differences in size, both models share the same advanced hardware details and capabilities.

5G Connectivity

For boasted download and upload speeds, high-quality video calling, streaming, gaming, and more, Apple in partnership with 100 carriers in 30 regions to introduce 5G network support in all models of the iPhone 12 series to deliver a safe, faster, and enjoyable experience which will drastically reduce the need to connect to unsecured public WiFi domains.

As 5G network coverage from region to region, in USA iPhone 12 models will support mmWave high-frequency 5G connectivity to deliver up to 4Gbps speed in high-density areas. The new Smart Data mode will automatically switch between 5G and LTE network support depending on usage to provide power efficiency.

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A14 Bionic Chip- Apple’s Fastest iPhone Processor

It is the first processing chip built on the 5nm process to deliver faster and more efficient CPU and GPU experiences. with up to 50% faster performance, the new chip allows console-quality gaming on the iPhone, computational photography, and efficient power consumption.

The A14 Bionic chip is equipped with 16 core Neural Engine to drastically improve machine learning (ML) and 80% enhanced performance.

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Durable and Immersive Display

The new iPhone models have a new, more advanced, and durable display. In an aerospace-grade aluminum body, the new Retina XDR displays are protected with the new Ceramic Shield glass with 4x drop durability.

“Both models deliver a 2 million-to-1 contrast ratio for true blacks, and an immersive HDR viewing experience for high-definition video, photos with more detail, and nearly twice the peak brightness of iPhone 11.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini have an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance up to 6 meters for up to 30 minutes, and are protected against everyday spills, including coffee and soda.”
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Advanced Dual-Camera System with Dolby Vision

Powered by the new A14 Bionic chip, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models offer the new powerful computational photography to capture/ record unforgettable moments. Here are new camera system features and capabilities:

  • The Ultra-Wide camera and new Wide camera with faster aperture provide 27 percent more light in low-light conditions to capture photos or record videos.
  • Computational photography improves the quality of photos and videos taken in Night mode by using Deep Fusion on all cameras like TrueDepth, Ultra Wide, and Wide.

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  • Smart HDR 3 captures more natural-looking images by using ML to intelligently and automatically adjust contrast, texture, white balance, and saturation of the photograph.
  • For the first time on an iPhone camera, Apple offers HDR video recording with Dolby Vision and the ability to capture, edit and share “cinema-grade videos natively on iPhone”. This makes the new iPhone 12 models the only devices in the world to do so.

“Both models also now feature improved cinematic video stabilization, even more true-to-life selfie videos with Dolby Vision, and Night mode Time-Lapse, offering longer exposure times for sharper videos, better light trails, and smoother exposure in low-light scenarios when used with a tripod.”


Across all models of the new iPhone 12 series, Apple has introduced support for MagSafe, its new wireless charging system. Designed with magnets around the wireless charging coil, the new MagSafe chargers offer up to 15W power which perfectly connects to iPhone’s back.

The new MagSafe charger has its own easy-to-attach accessories like the new silicone, clear, and leather casings and leather wallet. Apple also offers MagSafe Duo charger to charge an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously.


The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini will retail for $699 and can be pre-ordered from Friday, October 16 and be available from October 23. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will retail for $700 and be can pre-ordered from November 6 and will be available by November 13. Both models will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. For more information on pricing and availability click here.

The new iPhone models run on the latest iOS 14 with many new features and improvements like the App Library, Widgets, App Clips, Privacy features, and more.

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