Apple iPhone 12 key features

Published 11 November 2020

The eagerly anticipated Apple iPhone 12 and its smaller counterpart the iPhone 12 mini include a host of updates. In this article we'll look at the Apple iPhone 12's key features to help you decide if it's worth upgrading your current handset.

Smaller size

Apple claim the iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than the previous model. It has a 6.1" Super Retina XDR display while the Apple iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4" Super Retina XDR display, making it the smallest iPhone Apple has introduced since 2016. The mini has all the same features as the iPhone 12 and could be an excellent option for those who prefer to use their phones one-handed.

5G coverage

The new iPhone 12s have the broadest 5G coverage worldwide so you can download the hottest blockbuster on your commute, stream your favourite videos with less lag or FaceTime your family in HD from more places.

Improved performance

A14 Bionic has been touted by Apple as the fastest ever smartphone chip and features in the new iPhone 12 range. It is claimed that the chip is 40% faster than the previous A13 model, makes the iPhone 12 more power efficient and enables 'console quality' gaming performance in the palm of your hand. It also offers increased AI performance so you can take advantage of features like Face ID and Augmented Reality.

Less breakable

The iPhone 12 sees the introduction of brand-new Ceramic Shield technology. This increases the durability of the phone and offers 4x better drop performance. A combination of glass and ceramic, the shield covers the screen of the phone and is flush with the metal frame so less of the glass is left exposed. The back of the phone however does not boast the same drop resistance as the screen so you may want to add a case for extra protection.

Better display

The new iPhones feature Super Retina XDR OLED displays. This gives them more contrast, better colour accuracy and far more pixels than previous models and means they boast Apple's best display so far. The iPhone 12 has a resolution of 2532 x 1170 with 460 pixels per inch while the iPhone 12 mini has a resolution of 2430 x 1080 with 476 pixels per inch.

Superior low light photography

Both of the iPhone 12s' two cameras now have Night mode. This makes it easier than ever to capture shots in low light with the new 12-megapixel, 26mm wide lens allowing for 27% more light with its f1.6 aperture.

Cinematic video

The iPhone 12 allows you to shoot, edit and play back video in Dolby Vision, something previously reserved for television shows and films. This means the iPhone 12 is able to capture 700 million colours in 10-bit HDR video and Night mode Time-lapse video enables you to capture light trails and motion when you use a tripod. Once you have completed your masterpiece you can stream it to your Apple TV or smart TV using AirPlay.

Wireless charging

The reintroduction of MagSafe means the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini can be wirelessly charged by a magnetic disk in a new rear casing. This snaps to a charging dock for a secure charge. The maximum charging speed of MagSafe is 15W which is an improvement on the 7.5W offered by the previous Qi wireless charging solution.


The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini come in a range of brighter, bolder colours including black, white, (PRODUCT)RED, green and blue. The (PRODUCT)RED colourway is a charitable partnership with (RED) where 100% of eligible proceeds go to fund lifesaving HIV and AIDS programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Until 31 December the funds are being redirected to Global Fund's COVID-19 Response to provide critical support in health systems most threatened by the outbreak.


You can switch up the look of your iPhone by purchasing from a range of Apple's own MagSafe compatible cases in a variety of designs. Alternatively, you can choose a MagSafe wallet which can snap onto the back of your phone or be stacked on top of a MagSafe case for a unique look. The wallet allows you to keep up to 3 payment cards close to hand and is shielded to help keep your details safe.

Apple iPhone 12 price

The Apple iPhone 12 is available to purchase directly from Apple for 799 or on a contract from 33.29 per month.

Apple iPhone 12 mini price

The Apple iPhone 12 mini is available to purchase directly from Apple for 699 or on a contract from 29.12.

It's worth noting that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini don't come with power adaptors or EarPods. Apple state that this is for environmental reasons and are encouraging its customers to use their existing cables, power adaptors and headphones which are compatible with the new iPhone 12 and its sister models.

Apple iPhone 12 insurance

Purchasing an Apple iPhone 12 is a big investment, so it's worth considering if you could afford to replace your handset should it be lost or stolen. If not, it may be worth taking out Apple iPhone 12 insurance. At Compare Cover we've made it simple to compare quotes online. If you're ready, get Apple iPhone 12 insurance quotes in minutes.


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