iPhone 12. 5G to download movies on the fly and stream high-quality video.¹ Beautifully bright 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display.² Ceramic Shield with 4x better drop performance.³ Incredible low-light photography with Night mode on all cameras. Cinema-grade Dolby Vision video recording, editing, and playback. Powerful A14 Bionic chip. And new MagSafe accessories for easy attach and faster wireless charging.⁴ Let the fun begin.
5G for superfast downloads and high-quality streaming¹
A14 Bionic chip, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone
Advanced dual-camera system with 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras; Night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3, 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording
12MP TrueDepth front camera with Night mode, 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording
Industry-leading IP68 water resistance⁵
Supports MagSafe accessories for easy attach and faster wireless charging⁴
iOS 14 with redesigned widgets on the Home screen, all-new App Library, App Clips, and more
¹ Data plan required. 5G is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on 5G support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/iphone/cellular .
² The display has rounded corners. When measured as a rectangle, the screen is 6.06 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.
³ Claim based on iPhone 12 Ceramic Shield front compared with previous-generation iPhone.
⁴ Accessories are sold separately.
⁵ iPhone 12 is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions.
Resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.
Apple iPhone 12 5G 64GB
USB-C to Lightning Cable
Voice Assistant Built-in
4G LTE, 5G
Apple iOS 14
A14 Bionic chip with next - generation Neural Engine
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Camera, Color, Design
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 6
The iPhone 12, released in September 2020 is by far the best phone product Apple has made so far and is one of the top competitors in the cell phone industry. I bought my iPhone 12 in January 2021 and have used it for 8 months now. My previous phone was an iPhone 6. I owned my iPhone 6 from November 2017 to January 2021, so I used it for about 3 and a half years. The iPhone 6 was released in September 2014. So, considering the huge gap between the releases of these phones, it was definitely a significant upgrade in almost every aspect. In terms of the physical aspects of the iPhone 12 the design, display, cameras, and durability have been greatly improved upon since the iPhone 6. In terms of the digital aspects of the iPhone 12, the speed, Siri (your digital assistant), unlock features, and charging time have been greatly improved upon since the iPhone 6. I would say that one of the only downsides to the iPhone 12 is the great cost.
iPhone 12 has a very sleek and smooth design, with ceramic shield fronts and glass backs on top of the aerospace-grade aluminum body, not to mention the array of colors it comes in: black, white, red, green, blue, and purple. The iPhone 6 had an aluminum body and was only available in gold, silver, and space gray. The size of the iPhone 12 is perfect to fit in my hand, with a Super Retina XDR display of 6.1 inches compared to the smaller iPhone 6 with a Retina HD display size of only 4.7 inches.
The iPhone 12 has a Dual 12MP camera system – composed of a Wide and an Ultra Wide lens, compared to the iPhone 6’s Single 8MP Wide camera. However, a downside to these upgraded camera lenses is that they stick out a few millimeters from the back of the phone, so when the phone is dropped on its back, the cameras are usually the first thing to crack. I cracked my 0.5x lens within a month or two of owning my iPhone 12. The regular lens still works perfectly and the 0.5x lens just has a small blur when you use it to take photos, it’s not super noticeable but it is still sad that the cameras are so easy to crack, even with a protective case on. However, the rest of the phone is not very susceptible to fall damage because of the ceramic shield front. I have dropped my phone probably hundreds of times since January, even on tile floor and concrete, and have not cracked the screen or glass back at all. The iPhone 12 is also water resistant to a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 6 is not water resistant at all.
Speed is a huge factor to consider when comparing these phones, as the iPhone 12 runs much quicker. My iPhone 6 would constantly freeze up and sometimes randomly close apps while I was using them. I have never had any issues with my iPhone 12 doing anything like this. It is very quick and never freezes. Another feature I found improved was Siri because, in order to use Siri on an iPhone 6, it had to be plugged in and you had to hold the home button. Now, I can just talk to Siri whenever and get a response. I would say that the most convenient feature is the Face ID unlock, considering I use it every day. It can recognize you in different lightings, even at nighttime, and can recognize you with and without glasses. The only downside is that when wearing a mask, you have to put in your passcode because it can’t recognize your face in a mask. However, I recently bought an Apple watch and there is a feature where your watch can unlock your phone for you if it recognizes that you are wearing a mask. The Face ID is much better and more convenient than the Touch ID on the iPhone 6 in my opinion.
Both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 6 have a built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery, however the charge times greatly differ. The iPhone 12 has a fast charge feature when using a 20 watt or higher adapter, it makes the phone charge up to 50% within 30 minutes. The iPhone 6 does not have any fast-charging features. The iPhone 12 comes with a USB-C to lightning cable, which is very inconvenient for most users because in order to use it, you must buy a special adapter separately to be able to use the charging cord, unless you already have a USB to lightning cord from a previous iPhone. Luckily, I still had plenty of cable cords and adapters from my iPhone 6, which work the same as the USB-C versions, without the hassle of having to purchase a separate adapter for it to work. The iPhone 12 can also be charged wirelessly or with Apple’s MagSafe accessories. The iPhone 6, however, has no wireless charging capabilities and can only be charged using a USB to lightning cable.
The extreme downside to the greatness of the iPhone 12, however, is that it is very expensive, now starting at $699 on the Apple website. It was $799 at release in September 2020 but is now $100 cheaper because of the announcement of the iPhone 13’s upcoming release. The iPhone 6 was originally sold for $649 at release. But now that they are so outdated, Apple does not even sell them on their website anymore, but you can find them online for around $99-150 depending on the retailer.
*I got all of my specification information directly from Apple's webpage.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Nothing less than the best.
Posted . Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
Works well for what a 12 year old needs. He’s Able to game and stay in touch with family a well as FaceTime mom while she’s at work in meetings lol
My wife and I were ready to upgrade our phones this year after having the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus for the last few years. We were able to upgrade during the window of getting an $800 credit for our 8's, so the deal was hard to pass up. We are both so glad we did.
The difference between the 12 (the phone my wife got) and the 12 Pro (the phone I got) is impossible to see when looking at the front of the phone (we regularly get our phones swapped), and they perform very similarly in most regards. I got the 12 Pro because of the camera (which really is phenomenal; see my review for the iPhone 12 Pro), but the 12 is excellent in its own rite.
You can read hundreds of reviews on most of the features, so I won't go into great detail in this review, but there are a few highlights to point out.
The camera, while not at the level of the 12 Pro, is really excellent. It's hard to take bad photos with the phone, as the software does a lot behind the scenes making each photo really pop.
The phone is also really fast. I didn't feel like the 8 was especially slow (though it started to lag a bit toward the end), but the 12 is blazing fast. It's not flawless, and it has a few glitches from time to time, but it's really easy and smooth to use.
The size is a perfect transition from the 8 to the 12. It is actually slightly smaller in body but a much bigger screen. My wife has smaller hands, so the size really matters. We expected she'd want the 12 mini, but after feeling the size of each, she opted for the 12. It's very comfortable for her, and the screen size was well worth the larger size.
The design is really pretty. I have the Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro, and it is a truly beautiful phone. But, the Blue iPhone 12 is very bold and very good looking. I was surprised that she went with blue; usually she's gone for lighter colors on her phone. But, she saw the blue and loved the boldness of it. Apple did an excellent job with picking the colors of this generation of phones.
There are a ton of other things to love about this phone, but again, you can read a lot about it from other sources. But, bottom line, it's an excellent phone, especially if you're upgrading from a phone as far back as the 8 or earlier.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I did not know what would activate the SOS feature. When I bent over to tie a shoe, 911 was called and I was told to call the sheriff dept., which I did. However, my location, by map, was activated another 3 times and our daughters were contacted a total of 4 times.
Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
Purchased this iPhone in store at the Hattiesburg location. After discovering a technical error with filling the online order, I was lucky enough to meet Levi in wireless. He was funny, kind, apologetic, hard working, and great company from start to finish. AT&T required too much from him in my opinion, however after an hour’s work, I walked out with a better deal and the same phone as before. He is great and I appreciated his hard work very very much.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
My husband waited way too long to upgrade his phone & this one is great for him!
Always happy with Apple phones. Our salesman at the store was new to the department but was very nice and very helpful and worked really hard to make sure we got everything right. I think his name was Chase.
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You can trade your phone in but it will be with Best Buy and what they offer for a trade in not AT&T. Go on to BB website and do a trade in calculation to see what you could get. Do the trade in first and use the gift card they give you on your phone purchase. If you want to do the trade in via AT&T you can mail it in but the trade in value will be different.
A:AnswerNo. If you choose AT&T, it is carrier locked. Carrier locked means that you can only use it on that carrier's network. Best buy does not have an unlocked option. If you buy directly from Apple (https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-12) you can buy the unlocked phone for $30 more than regular price. (That's the same price as from Cricket)