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Apple reveals the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini: 5G connectivity, A14 Bionic chipset, and more

By Liu Hongzuo - on 14 Oct 2020, 2:03am

Apple reveals the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini: 5G connectivity, A14 Bionic chipset, and more

iPhone 12 comes in five colours at launch.

The first iPhone to be revealed was none other than the iPhone 12 itself. The device uses an aluminium frame, and it comes in five colourways.

Of all features, Apple talked about 5G connectivity first. According to Apple, 5G comes to all four iPhone models, and it offers lower latency, less congestion, with new top speeds for videos and web surfing. Not only is Apple bringing 5G connectivity, but they are also making the more advanced mmWave 5G connectivity (such as Verizon's 5G UWB) available across all iPhone 12 devices.

The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display. That's the same display size as its predecessor, but it is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. This also makes sure that the iPhone 12 models all come with OLED displays. The display's 'glass' comes with Ceramic Shield, a protective glass-like layer that's co-developed with Corning to offer four times the durability of typical smartphone glass.

In the chipset department, the iPhone 12 uses A14 Bionic - yet another increment in performance for iPhone devices. A14 Bionic, like the ones found on the recently announced iPad Air, is one of the first chips produced on the 5nm process. Apple said A14 Bionic offers 50% faster graphics processing than any smartphone chip, 11-trillion operations per second on the neural engine, and other firsts.

The iPhone 12 uses a dual-rear camera system, with a 12MP ultra-wide and a 12MP wide-angle camera. The main lens (12MP wide) comes with a seven-element lens piece for improved lighting. Apple also included enhanced computational photography to bring out several photo-taking features, such as enhanced Night Mode, and a new feature called Night Mode Time Lapse for video-recorded time lapses.

iPhone 12 also comes with MagSafe wireless charging. The upgrades specifically address the accuracy of the device's 15W wireless charging by using magnetic attachments. The devices will also work with compatible MagSafe accessories to prevent any interruptions to wireless charging, such as MagSafe card wallets for the iPhone.

In a bid for iPhones to go green, Apple is using 100% recycled rare earth materials to create the new series of mobiles. In the box is a USB Type-C to Lightning cable.

iPhone 12 mini.

The iPhone 12 mini is, well, identical to the iPhone 12, but smaller with a 5.4-inch OLED display. As such, Apple is touting it to be the smallest 5G capable smartphone.

The iPhone 12 Mini starts at US$699, and the iPhone starts at US$799. 

Local pricing and availability

In Singapore, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models in blue, green, black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED, starting at S$1,299 and S$1,149, respectively. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers.

Customers in Singapore will be able to pre-order iPhone 12 beginning at 8PM SGT on Friday, 16 October, with availability beginning Friday, 23 October.

iPhone 12 mini will be available later with a pre-orders beginning at 9PM SGT on Friday, 6 November, and retail availability beginning Friday, 13 November 2020.

iPhone 12 local prices compared
Model iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
64GB S$1,149 S$1,299 - -
128GB S$1,219 S$1,369 S$1,649 S$1,799
256GB S$1,389 S$1,539 S$1,819 S$1,969
512GB S$2,149 S$2,299


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