The New iPhone — Is It Worth The Hype?
Dear Rich Lifer,
At a virtual event on Tuesday, Apple executives unveiled the new iPhone.
In recent years, new iPhones have been released in trios, but this time, Apple launched four new iPhones: iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
This is already adding to layover models and the iPhone SE, which was released in April.
With so many options, Apple is likely to tell you the phones range from “good” to “better” to “best” to “must-have.”
However, the reality is more nuanced than that. With multiple variations in size, features, and price, it now takes time and research to figure out exactly which iPhone is right for you.
So whether the camera, the screen size, or the 5G component is most important to you, today we will break down exactly what’s so exciting about these new phones and help compare their bells and whistles.
Let us begin…
Across the Board Advances
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of each phone, let’s discuss the new advancements that come with every new iPhone.
All four iPhone 12 models offer 5G, a faster A14 Bionic processor and a sleek new design with a Ceramic Shield glass display that Apple claims is the toughest in the industry.
Apple has updated the cameras, too, with better computational photography and a 7-element lens.
Finally, every phone is equipped with a new MagSafe wireless charging system that’s designed to make wireless charging easier and faster.
It’s also worth noting that no new iPhones will come with a charging brick or headphones.
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iPhone 12 Mini
This is the smallest and most feature-packed iPhone to be released in years.
We believed the days of being able to fit your iPhone in your pocket, or even your hand, were gone. However, the Mini could make this a reality once more!
The Mini comes with a 5.4-inch screen and is about the size of the iPhone 8 (remember that one?).
Beyond the smaller frame, you get all the benefits of the regular iPhone 12.
The phone starts at $699, making it the most affordable of the new iPhones.
There is quite literally no difference between the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 besides the size. With the iPhone 12, you will get a larger 6.1-inch screen.
Apple states the phone will be 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than previous iPhones.
Battery life, which always seems to be a problem with smartphones, is also slightly different between the Mini and the 12, with 15 hours of video playback on the Mini and 17 hours on the 12.
Apple went on to mention that all the models still have all-day battery life (hmmm) and that there are some built-in 5G power-saving tricks.
The iPhone 12 starts at $799.
iPhone 12 Pro
Between the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro, there are a few key differences, even though the size of the phone remains the same at 6.1-inches.
For starters, instead of the boring aluminum rims of the standard iPhone 12 models, the Pros get fancy stainless steel — ooohhh.
Additionally, the Pro has a triple camera system—a telephoto, a wide and an ultrawide, a slight improvement over last year’s iPhone 11 Pro.
Apple states that the extra-wide camera offers 27% better low-light performance and will be able to shoot higher-quality Dolby Vision HDR.
The Pro starts at $999.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
The newest and most improved iPhone of the bunch is pretty much exactly the same as the iPhone Pro but with a larger 6.7-inch screen.
The Max also comes with a larger battery under that monster-sized screen and is equipped with a few extra camera features, including a new telephoto camera with more magnification, capable of 2.5x optical zoom and an improved optical image stabilization system.
At a whopping $1,099 this is the priciest of the new phones.
Ultimately, when it comes down to the details, the fact of the matter is that there is very little difference between the Max and the baseline iPhone 12.
Between the Pro and the baseline iPhone 12, the largest differentiator is the camera, which may not even stand out to the everyday consumer. And when it comes to the sleeker stainless steel exterior, most iPhone users are going to put a phone case over that anyway.
So now you might ask… how do these new phones compare to their predecessors? Let’s explore…
Is It Really That Different?
iPhone critics often say that new versions of the smartphone come with little changes – other than the price tag. And perhaps that’s why THIS could be big tech’s next move…
Let’s take a look at the iPhone 11 — the big release of the previous year. At $599 this phone is about $100 cheaper than the Mini and has many of the features of the iPhone 12.
Unless you are a professional photographer who will absolutely benefit from the high-tech upgrades that come with the iPhone 12 Pro and Max cameras, there is not much difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 baseline models.
Another key difference comes with the integration of 5G technology. Some say that getting the new iPhone just for the 5G isn’t worth it until the networks overall become faster and more accessible.
Others say that if you want to buy a phone for longevity, it makes sense to go with the 5G options because, in a few years, 5G will be much more accessible.
Think about where you are located. If you are in a big city like New York, Chicago or LA where 5G is already abundant, then go for the upgraded phone.
If you are in a smaller or more rural city where 5G is not as accessible, it might make more sense to wait until you have the expanded network to support the upgraded iPhone.
Ultimately it’s up to you to decide which iPhone fits best into your life, but we hope this breakdown shed some light on the key differences between all these new phones!
To a richer life,
The Rich Life Roadmap Team