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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 60 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
3.1 GHz
Screen Size
12+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The iPhone 12 is in my opinion Apple’s best iPhone in a very long time. At $799 / 909€, the only real tangible thing you’re losing out on versus the Pro is the telephoto module. You’re still getting an excellent screen, the same performance, almost identical battery life, and otherwise identical eve...

- Andrei Frumusanu, AnandTech

The iPhone 12 delivers solid photo performance and impressive video capabilities, especially for those who can take full advantage of the phone’s Dolby Vision HDR processing. In terms of pure imaging performance, there are a few competitors that offer similar or better output quality, sometimes at l...

- Peter Ferenczi, DxOMark

The iPhone 12 is, hence, not designed to be perfect. It is, however, designed to be more than good enough for most people across the globe. With its bold design, unrivaled cameras, out-of-the-world performance, it feels as if the iPhone 12 does not care about any of those feature-rich Android flagsh...

- Amritanshu Mukherjee, BGR
Gadgets Now

The iPhone 12 is a phone that does everything consistently well. It has a lovely display, good cameras, blazing-fast performance and a battery life that won’t disappoint anyone. It has everything that Apple does really well: design, performance and overall experience of using a smartphone.

- Aabhas Sharma, Gadgets Now
Android Authority

The iPhone 12 doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Android competitors. What it does offer is simplicity, reliability, as well as continuity between Apple’s hardware and software. Some of those features might not be worth it to you, especially if you haven’t bought into Apple’s broader ecosyst...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Android Authority

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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+ megapixel 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.

iPhone 12 Specs

Release date October 16, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
600/700/800/850 /900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600/3500/28000/39000 MHz
700/750/800/850 /900/1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
800/850/1900 MHz
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
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 Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
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) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White, Red, Green, Blue
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
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
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, True Tone
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Main Camera
ƒ/ 1.6
12+ megapixels
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
12+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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