iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini (stylized as iPhone 12 mini) are smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the fourteenth-generation, lower-priced iPhones, succeeding the iPhone 11. They were unveiled at an Apple Special Event on October 13, 2020 alongside the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max flagships at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 started on October 16, 2020, and the phone began shipping on October 23, 2020. Preorders for the iPhone 12 Mini will begin on November 6, 2020, and the phone will start shipping on Friday, November 13, 2020.[8]

iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Mini
IPhone 12 wordmark.svg
IPhone 12 Blue.svg
iPhone 12 in Blue
BrandApple Inc.
SloganBlast past fast.[1]
ModeliPhone 12
A2172 (US)
A2402 (Canada, Japan)
A2404 (China)
A2404 (Hong Kong, Macau)
A2403 (Other countries)
iPhone 12 mini
A2176 (US)
A2398 (Canada, Japan)
A2400 (China)
A2399 (Hong Kong, Macau)
A2399 (Other countries)
First released12: October 23, 2020; 5 days ago (2020-10-23)
12 Mini: November 13, 2020; 15 days' time (2020-11-13)
Availability by region12:
12 Mini:
PredecessoriPhone 11
RelatediPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max
Form factorSlate
Dimensions12: 146.7 mm (5.78 in) H
71.5 mm (2.81 in) W
7.44 mm (0.293 in) D
12 Mini:
131.5 mm (5.18 in) H
64.2 mm (2.53 in) W
7.44 mm (0.293 in) D
Mass12: 162 g (5.7 oz)
12 Mini: 133 g (4.7 oz)
System on chipA14 Bionic
CPUHexa-core (ARM big.LITTLE: 2 "big" Firestorm @ 2.99 GHz[2] + 4 "little" Icestorm)
GPUApple-designed 4 core
ModemQualcomm X55 5G[3]
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 [4] [5] [6]
Storage64, 128, 256 GB
Battery12: 3.83 V 10.78 Wh (2,815 mAh) Li-ion[7]
ChargingQi wireless charging (7.5 W)
Lightning fast charging (20 W)
MagSafe wireless charging (15 W)
Display12: 6.1 in (150 mm) Super Retina XDR OLED, 2532x1170px (460 ppi)
12 Mini: 5.4 in (140 mm) Super Retina XDR OLED, 2340x1080px (476 ppi)
SoundSpatial Audio, Dolby Atmos
ConnectivityWi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax), 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
Water resistanceIP68, up to 6 m (20 ft) for 30 minutes
OtherFaceTime audio- or video-calling

The iPhone 12 Mini starts at US$699 and the iPhone 12 starts at US$799.[9] These prices only apply to phones sold for use on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile (including legacy Sprint) networks; prices for SIM-free models are $30 higher.[10]


The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini feature a flat chassis, a design seen with the iPhone 4 through the iPhone 5S and the 1st generation iPhone SE. It is the first major redesign since the iPhone X, similar to that of iPad Pros since 2018 and the 4th-generation iPad Air. The notch size is similar to previous iPhone models, despite speculation about a reduction in width.[11] The new design also comes with a ceramic-hardened front glass, marketed as Ceramic Shield, while the back retains the previous generation Dual-Ion Exchange strengthened glass. [12]

The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are available in 5 colors: Black, White, Product Red, Green, and Blue.[13]

Color Name
Product Red



The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini use Apple's six-core A14 Bionic processor, which contains a next-generation neural engine. They both have three internal storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Both also contain an IP68 water and dust-resistant rating along with dirt and grime, and is water-resistant up to six meters for 30 minutes. However, the manufacturer warranty does not cover liquid damage to the phone.

The iPhone 12 series are the first iPhone models to ship without EarPods or a wall adapter, which Apple claims was done to reduce carbon emissions since most users already own them. A USB-C to Lightning cord will still be included. This change also applies retroactively to all other iPhone models still in production.[14] To comply with French law regarding wireless device radiation and health which requires phones to be bundled with and promote use of hands-free accessories by children under 14, iPhone models will still include EarPods in this market.[15]

A magnetic connector known as MagSafe is introduced on the iPhone 12 models, allowing accessories such as cases and charging cords to be attached to the rear of the device. Accessories can also be stacked together.[16]

The devices support 5G cellular communications. This allows upload speeds of up to 200 Mbps and download speeds of up to 4 Gbps.[17] However, only models sold in the U.S. support the fastest mmWave technology; those sold elsewhere in the world, including Canada, support only sub-6GHz frequency bands.[18] A new feature called Smart Data Mode enables 5G only when necessary to preserve battery life.[19]


The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch display and a smaller design than the previous 4.7-inch iPhones. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch display[20] with Super Retina XDR OLED technology at a resolution of 2532×1170 pixels and a pixel density of about 460 ppi.[21] The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch display with the same technology at a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and a pixel density of about 476 ppi. Both phones have a peak brightness of 1200 nits, equivalent to the iPhone 12 Pro.[22] Both phones also use an improved glass covering called Ceramic Shield which is co-developed with Corning Inc. Apple describes it as having "4 times better drop performance" and being "tougher than any smartphone glass".[23]


The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini both ship with a 10.78 Wh (2,915 mAh) battery, a slight decrease from the 11.67 Wh (3,046 mAh) battery found in the iPhone 11 and identical to the battery found in the premium iPhone 12 Pro. The battery is not user-replaceable.[24]


Both the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini ship with the Apple A14 Bionic, the first ARM-based smartphone system-on-a-chip (SoC) manufactured on the 5 nm process node. However, unlike previous years, they are not the first Apple devices to receive the newest A-series processor, with the fourth-generation iPad Air being the first device from Apple to contain the A14 Bionic. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max also contain the Apple M14 motion coprocessor. Both phones use Qualcomm's X55 5G modem.


Both phones have two rear 12-megapixel cameras: wide and ultra-wide. The wide camera is a 26mm full-frame equivalent with an f/1.6 aperture (which captures 27% more light than the f/1.8 aperture in the iPhone 11) [25] and a seven-element lens.[26] The ultra-wide camera is a 13mm full-frame equivalent with an f/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens.[27]

All three cameras now support Night Mode for both photo and video in low-light settings at full resolution.[28] The Smart HDR feature has also been improved.[29] This iPhone model is the first and only model capable of shooting 10 bit high dynamic range Dolby Vision 4k video which allows for greater brightness and deeper shadows.[30]


The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini include mostly the same sensors found on prior iPhone models going back to the iPhone X. These include an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a digital compass. The devices also include the Face ID facial recognition system, which is made up of several sensors: mainly a dot projector, flood illuminator, and an infrared camera, allowing a user's face to be scanned and stored by the Secure Enclave.


Both phones run iOS 14.[31] The devices come with the stock iOS apps, such as Safari, Weather, and Messages, and they include Siri, the personal assistant included in iOS.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple was criticized for the continued reliance on Face ID as the sole biometric option to unlock the device, which is incompatible with face masks. The iPhone SE (2nd generation) is the only phone that Apple currently produces that supports Touch ID, an alternative option that is compatible with face masks.[32][33][34]

Timeline of iPhone modelsEdit

iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12iPhone 12iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone 5SiPhone 5CiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive[35]

See alsoEdit


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Preceded by
iPhone 11
14th generation
alongside iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
Most recent