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iPhone 12 review: new standard

Jun 06, 2021
(soft, happy music) - It's time for the new iPhone. And this is the new iPhone 12. And there are many new features this year. New design, MagSafe, OLED screen, processor, camera capabilities and of course 5G. It's been a long time since Apple made such an aggressive pitch to try to get you to upgrade. But think of this as a new iPhone, not just a few minor upgrades over last year's phone. But we need to see if all these new things really work. And you know, this might be a bigger question: How much do these new things really matter?
iphone 12 review new standard
See the regular iPhone 12 costs a little more this year. So these new things better be good. It costs $829 for the base 64-gig model. But I think most people will probably want to spend the extra $50 for the 128 gig model. On the other hand, there are numerous discounts from US carriers, from special payment plans to $30 discounts right off the bat. Like I said, everyone seems to want to make this a big update year. So let's see if it should be like this. (soft electronic music) The most obvious novelty is this new design. It's smaller than an iPhone 11 and has flat sides and a perfectly flat screen.
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I consider it a kind of modern throwback. It looks much better than the rounded sides we've lived with since the iPhone six. But despite those more difficult corners, it is still very comfortable to use. There are also new colors. This one is blue, obviously, but there is also white, black, red and a very pretty light green. The side rails are made of aluminum with a matte finish and the back is still regular glass with a glossy finish. The front is something Apple calls Ceramic Shield. Where they put a ceramic crystalline structure in the material to make it more resistant to falls.
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Apple says it's four times more drop resistant than the iPhone 11, but I can't test that on the


unit, sorry. As for scratch resistance, there should be no change from before. If you want to complain about the design, there are really only two things to complain about. There are a lot of antenna lines and cutouts in the rail that make things a little asymmetrical and there's still a big old notch for the Face ID camera. None of those things are a big deal to me. Face ID still works great, as long as you're not wearing a mask.
iphone 12 review new standard
Which makes me wish they had found some kind of way to put a fingerprint sensor somewhere in here. I'm really happy that Apple found a way to reduce the size of this phone compared to the iPhone 11. I always felt like the 11 and even the XR were a little big, so this helps. Now, if you want an even smaller phone, you'll have to wait for the iPhone 12 Mini. And if you want an even bigger phone, you'll have to go for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. But the regular iPhone has always been the default phone for most people. And from a design and size perspective, this is a better default than we've had in years.
I really love the look of this phone. (soft and happy music) Another new feature of the iPhone 12 is the screen. Apple changed it to OLED and I'm very happy to think OLED looks better. Black people are blacker. And Apple's dedication to keeping colors accurate remains. OLED is also what allowed Apple to reduce the size of the bezels here and make the phone smaller overall. Another good thing about the screen is that there are more pixels. It is now a proper 1080P panel. Now, I wasn't that unhappy with the panel on the iPhone 11 and the previous XR, but more pixels are better, I can't argue with that.
It also gets bright enough for me, but I have to admit that the iPhone 12 Pro can get a little brighter with regular use. However, in HDR, the regular 12 can still reach 1200 nits of maximum brightness. And I think the combination of HDR and OLED contrast ratio is the real improvement here, not the number of pixels. Well. I have a small complaint. The screen has a 60 hertz refresh rate, and I know that's some nerdy spec stuff, but listen, I've


ed dozens of Android phones and I've used the iPad Pro which has a 120 hertz refresh rate, and I can only tell you that scrolling looks better when you have a high refresh rate.
I think the iPhone 12 can do without it because it's the least expensive option and because iOS has really smooth animations and great haptic feedback, but it's a little strange that it's not here. Here's the new $39 MagSafe wireless charging puck. And here's how it works. (charger clicks) Magnets. It works with magnets. The design means you can use the phone while it charges wirelessly and the magnets are strong enough to hold the phone, but I'm sure a lot of bouncing would be enough to knock it over. Now, when you use a MagSafe charger instead of limiting the wireless charging speed to 7.5 watts, the iPhone 12 can charge up to 15 watts, but you'll need to have a powerful USB-C adapter to do so, and the MagSafe doesn't come with one. in the box.
It's also not the fastest wireless charging speed we've seen, and it's definitely slower than a cable, but it's good enough to take wireless charging times from being a bit annoying to being pretty good. I got a little less than 40% charge in an hour in my tests. Apple is also taking these magnets and using them to create an ecosystem of connectable accessories. It has its own MagSafe cases that they are supposed to click into, but they don't actually click. In theory, however, it's possible that someone else could do something like this. There's also an armored wallet designed to prevent your credit cards from becoming demagnetized, but it only fits three cards and it's difficult to get them out of there.
There will be car mounts and many other accessories on the way. Now, all of this works through an NFC chip that is in the MagSafe ring and is used to identify accessories, but not much else. So when you place the blue box, you get a blue ring. When you connect the MagSafe charger, NFC is what identifies it and allows it to quickly charge. But no, the NFC chip will not be available for other apps to use, it is only for MagSafe. But there's good news: No one needs Apple's permission to make something that connects to magnets.
The slightly less good news is that anything that does more than just attach to magnets should work with Apple's Made for iPhone program. One last thing, while we're talking about charging, the iPhone uses a Lightning port and comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box, but no AC adapter. And I know there are a lot of feelings about both, so here are mine, real quick. No AC adapter is good. It may not be a huge benefit to the environment, but every little bit helps. However, I think sticking with Lightning is bad. I wish Apple had the courage to switch to USB-C, like every other device, including many of Apple's own devices.
The fact that Apple hasn't done it is a sign to me that this little puck here is probably the future of how Apple wants us to charge the iPhone. Now, look, I don't like Lightning, but it's literally better than nothing and that might be the plan one day. (upbeat music) 5G is the new feature that Apple is promoting the most and Verizon is promoting it and everyone in the 5G industrial complex is promoting it. Hype. But the truth is that in many countries 5G is substantially better in terms of speed and latency. In the United States, however, everything is going well.
In my testing, both in Oakland and San Francisco, on multiple carriers, I got results that were all over the place. I mean, literally all over the map. You would have to travel to certain parts of each city to get a good 5G signal. On


sub-6 5G networks from Verizon and T-Mobile I got 40 megabits in good areas. That's about double what you could get with LTE in the same area. But just as often I was stuck on LTE. Now Verizon has this millimeter wave network that's also known as ultra wideband or UWB, but you literally have to be in the right corner to get it.
When we were filming this video, I suddenly saw that I had it and I got very excited and called Vjeran to take the photo. We dropped 1,400 megabits. That's 35 times faster than regular 5G. So I did what's in all the demos where you download an entire season of Netflix right there in the short time it took to get this shot. It's fast. But that emotion only existed because it is also very rare. Millimeter wave is not a real mobile network. It is the mobile phone network equivalent of a concept car. It's only on certain streets. Still, the iPhone 12 handles 5G as well or better than any Android phone I've tested. 5G doesn't seem to have much of an impact on battery life either.
I'm lasting a day or more with normal use. Now, I managed to turn this phone off at night after a long day of biking with the screen brightness at maximum and the GPS working. But I think that would have happened to practically any phone. Now, to keep battery life good, Apple is doing some strange tricks with 5G on the iPhone. It has a default mode called data saver, which drops you to LTE speeds unless the phone decides you really need 5G for something you're doing. How do you decide the phone? Well, a lot of factors, like the type of data you're downloading, is what Apple tells me.
It's a little unclear, but look, you can disable it and lock it to 5G if it's available whenever you want. Speaking of unclear, the status bar will show you 5G if you have 5G available, even if the phone is using an LTE network. You just won't know. Now, when there is ultra wideband you will see a special icon for that. And also, if you're on AT&T, you'll see a 5GE icon, which means LTE because AT&T is horrible. The iPhone will also know your carrier's plan. So if you have unlimited, you'll be more willing to trade things up to get more data.
Like accessing FaceTime HD or even automatically downloading full iOS updates. There are many strange details and there are more. If you have a physical SIM and an eSIM active in the phone at the same time, you can't use 5G due to the limitations of dual SIM and dual standby in that specification, but you can turn off one of them and get 5G back. Additionally, international iPhones don't have ultra-wideband, so you need to pay attention to what bands are on your phone if you travel a lot. Basically, 5G is complicated and Apple can't abstract all the details completely like it likes to do.
Basically, you can ignore these things and use whatever network appears on your phone when you see it. And honestly, that's the bottom line of 5G. If you see him and he is better, you can dance a little and be happy. If you don't, don't worry. Just don't buy a phone just because it has 5G. Not now. (upbeat electronic music) New to the camera this year is that Apple has updated and improved its photo processing software, and the main camera now has a slightly faster aperture. It's 1.6 instead of 1.8. That lets in more light, which helps with low-light photos.
It's still the same wide-angle camera, the same ultra-wide-angle camera, and the same selfie camera. You don't have the telephoto lens or LIDAR that you have on the iPhone 12 Pro, but they still take great photos under normal conditions. The new A14 Bionic processor and new software allow Apple to extend night mode to each camera lens. Let's do Low Light Portrait mode. And it also applies better semantic processing to things the phone can recognize, like faces or the sky, etc. In my tests, compared to the iPhone 11, I see less noise and sometimes better colors in photos. In challenging locations, the iPhone 12 outperforms the 11 in every shot.
Now, in extremely dark places, the Google Pixel 5 still has an advantage, but in good light, I think the iPhone 12 often does a better job with fine details than the Pixel or iPhone 11. Apple is also putting more effort into the quality. of its Ultra Wide camera, but you can only do so much with the software. It's a clear step down from the main camera. Apple is trying to fix distortion at the edges of Ultra Wide for faces, buildings, and things it can recognize. And there is a slight improvement but it is also quite easy to break. Just look at the Golden Gate Bridge here.
Selfies on the iPhone 12 are almost the same as always. Although you can try to take them with less light than before, but it is not like a difference between day and night. It's night. You could see that it's night and the camera is having a hard time with that. But look, overall, the iPhone 12 cameras are great. I'm talking about extreme cases between flagship phones and in some places the iPhone 12 may not win, but in many cases it will. And in almost all cases the iPhone maintains its leadership in video quality. Apple is also making big claims about video this year with HDR and saying this is a Dolby Vision camera, and I care a lot more about HDR than 8K video or whatever.
But theIt's true that if we're talking about video


s, we should talk to Nilay Patel, who reviewed the iPhone 12 Pro. So let's call him. Nilay Patel. FaceTime. (phone ringing) - Dieter. - How are you? - I'm fine, man. Do I look sharp on 5G, HD? - Sure. (laughs) You look good. (Nilay laughs) We've reached the part of the video where I need to talk about Dolby Vision. And obviously, I have to ask you about this because you know about all the lights. - I know something about all the lights. So here's the deal. Dolby Vision works.
It looks great on the iPhone screen and other Apple device screens, but it's a new version of Dolby Vision, which is Apple's biggest thing yet, and other Adobe Vision devices like my TV and, like, I checked, your television does not work with files. And the Apple TV is really weird and you have to have it in a weird mode. Look, it's very complicated. - It looks amazing, but it's an Apple version of a normal standard, which sounds very Apple. Well. What about the overall quality of the video? Have you tried that much? - So, I've tried a little bit, but Becca, right there. - Hello, Dieter! - He's been testing it a lot more than me.
Looks great. Becca keeps saying something about points, which sounds like you have to see it to understand it. So she watches our video. We will go into all this detail. - Alright. We will definitely watch your video. But don't leave my video yet, go watch Nilay after that. Bye bye. - Bye bye. Sure. Did I work? - Was it too long or was it good? (soft, upbeat music) There's a new processor in the iPhone 12, and guess what? Like all iPhone processors in recent years, the new A14 Bionic processor is very fast and surpasses anything Qualcomm can make for an Android phone.
But it is also true that the iPhone 11 is very fast. So mainly what you get from this new processor are those photographic improvements. The real reason to worry is not that the iPhone 12 is fast now, but that it will still be fast in three or even five years. That's the kind of longevity no Android phone can match. As for the rest of iOS 14? What can I say? It's an iPhone. I like to use it. I love having widgets on the main home screen, but I wish there were more in my favorite apps. Really, my biggest complaint with iOS remains Siri.
Which understands the basics pretty well, but is still behind the Google Assistant. I mean, let's face it, you still can't set multiple timers with Siri. How difficult is that? But at the end of the day, if you compare the overall quality of the app on an iPhone to the equivalent app on Android, iPhone apps tend to be more enjoyable to use. The iPhone 12 is the first iPhone in several years that actually feels like something new, but I can't point to any specific features that make it feel that way. 5G is fine. MagSafe is convenient, but we'll have to wait to see if there's a real ecosystem there.
The OLED display is beautiful, but it's also something up for grabs right now. The new design is modern and sleek, but it's hard to tell you to buy a new phone just because it's pretty. Which makes this iPhone the new default. I think most people should get this instead of the iPhone 12 Pro. But I also think if you have an iPhone that works well for you, it's not a must-have feature, you should get it here to force yourself to upgrade. This is how default phones work: when you need one, get it, and it will be much better than the one you were using when you don't need it, don't need it.
But, when the time comes to buy a new phone and you end up with this iPhone 12, I think you'll love it. Here's how the new $39 MagSafe wireless charging pad works. (charger clicks) (Dieter laughs) Hi everyone, thank you so much for watching my review of the iPhone 12. If you want to see a review of the iPhone 12 Pro, Nilay Patel has made one for you and you should click on it or tap on it. , whatever your device does.

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