There are a lot more iPhones than there were years ago when choosing a phone was simple, and Apple was introducing one new iPhone model, where all you had to do was choose the color and storage size.
This year, Apple launched four new phones: iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, which join the already available iPhone SE released earlier this year for a total of five new phones in 2020.
It’s the most powerful iPhone model Apple has ever released in a year, with new additions like the A14 Bionic processor (Apple’s fastest yet), a more durable “Ceramic Shield” glass coating, improved cameras, a new design, and a revitalized MagSafe brand charger Wireless and new accessory system.
That’s in addition to the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, which Apple will also keep at $499 and $599 new, meaning it’s hard to choose between the different iPhones you can buy brand-new in the store.
The iPhone 12 comes out on top, the “standard” iPhone for 2020, if you will, which starts at $799 for the 64GB model.
It has the same 6.1-inch screen and overall size as last year’s iPhone 11, but it’s upgraded to an OLED panel and adds Apple’s new A14 processor (which all four new iPhone 12s have) as well as 5G support.
And Apple seems to have kept the 6.1-inch form factor as the default size for its iPhones for now, offering four phones this year in that size. The cameras have also been slightly updated from last year’s iPhone 11, with an f/1.6 wide camera which Apple says lets in 27 percent more light.
There’s also the $699 iPhone 12 mini, which is actually the smallest iPhone Apple has launched in nearly half a decade.
That’s thanks to the bezel-less design, which allows the 12-inch 5.4-inch device to be physically smaller than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE 2020 (because those sizes refer to the screen, not the bezel).
Despite its small size, it offers the same high-end specs as the larger iPhone 12, aside from the screen, and presumably a slightly smaller battery to accommodate the smaller phone, although Apple has yet to confirm. This makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a smaller or cheaper iPhone.
Things are starting to get confusing with the iPhone 12 Pro, which starts at $999 for the 128GB model. While it looks similar to the iPhone 12, there are several key differences between the 12 Pro and the regular model.
,The 12 Pro has a stainless steel chassis, compared to the regular aluminum 12. While both phones have a 6.1-inch screen, the iPhone 12 Pro is a brighter panel, with a typical brightness of 800 nits versus the iPhone 12’s 625 nits, and both phones offer 1200 nits max for HDR.
The iPhone 12 Pro also has many imaging improvements, including a third camera – a telephoto lens – that provides 2x optical zoom, although the wide and ultra-wide cameras, as well as the front camera, are identical to the iPhone 12.. The iPhone 12 Pro also adds a sensor New LIDAR, which allows for better augmented reality and faster autofocus in low-light situations (as well as for Night Mode shots).
The 12 Pro can also shoot Dolby Vision HDR videos at up to 60 frames per second, instead of the 30 frames per second on the iPhone 12.
Finally, while the $200 price difference may seem significant, you should take into account that the iPhone 12 Pro offers more storage on the entry-level model, with 128GB compared to 64GB on the iPhone 12 (the Pro also offers a larger 512 option). gigabytes). Compare the 128GB and 256GB models directly, and there’s only a $50 price difference between the two models. Whether this is worth the above features is up to you.
And there’s also the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple’s biggest (and most expensive) iPhone on the list. Starting at $1,099, it has a massive 6.7-inch panel that also makes it the largest iPhone the company has ever made. And while the triple-camera system looks similar to the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple has taken advantage of the 12 Pro Max’s larger size to offer even bigger camera improvements over the smaller 12 Pro.
Specifically, Apple is using a new primary wide camera sensor on the 12 Pro Max, which is actually larger than the one on the 12 Pro, while also giving it the same new, faster f/1.6 lens. The wide camera also has better optical image stabilization, with a new sensor shift system that Apple says works similarly to DSLRs. It moves the sensor itself rather than the entire camera module, allowing for faster and therefore better stabilization. Apple also increased the focal length of the 12 Pro Max telephoto lens, jumping from 50mm to 65mm, increasing the optical zoom by 2.5x instead of 2x.
Apple is still offering the year-old iPhone 11 for a discounted $599, which is $100 off its original price. With a 6.1-inch panel, it’s the same size as the iPhone 12 for $200 less, with similar cameras, but the newer model’s screen is a higher-resolution OLED panel that’ll look much better than the less detailed LCD screen on the iPhone 11 The iPhone 12 also features Apple’s faster A14 Bionic processor , if longevity is a concern. But at $599, the iPhone 11 is still a great phone, even if it’s overshadowed by the newer, brighter models.
However, you may want to save more. In that case, you’ll need the 2020 iPhone SE, which is the lowest-priced iPhone available at $399. This price tag comes with a few caveats: It’s the only iPhone to feature an older design than the massive bezel iPhone 6 model — which also makes it the only iPhone with Touch ID. It has only one rear camera that doesn’t offer the same low-light performance as the iPhone 11 (or later models) or the U1 chip for Apple’s website features. But with the same A13 processor as the iPhone 11, it will likely last for years before you need a replacement.
Finally, there’s the two-year-old iPhone XR, which is Apple’s oldest phone in the bunch. At $499, it actually costs more than the faster iPhone SE, which offers an A13 chip that outperforms the XR’s A12 Bionic. Its cameras don’t offer much on the SE either, which makes the bezel-free design the only reason for its popularity. But at an embarrassing $499, it’s hard to recommend. $100 will either save you a much better camera on the iPhone 11 or save money and get the faster iPhone SE.