iPhone 12 – Apple makes 5G official

October 25, 2020

The long-awaited iPhone 12 has been revealed offering a revamped model and much-anticipated access to 5G.

So, let’s take a deep dive into what this latest iPhone offers, along with the shift signalled by Apple’s embrace of 5G.

The iPhone 12

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This year’s iPhone offers a redesign, with the 6.1-inch flagship model embracing some of the previous design attributes of the iPhone 5.

That sees the 2020 iPhone slightly squarer in appearance than the iPhone 11, and it is housed in an aluminum frame, which also accommodates the phone’s all-important 5G compatible antenna.

Standout features of the new model include what Apple has labelled Ceramic Shield. This technology means the screen is tougher than previous years and can better withstand the rough and tumble of daily use.

That screen also offers improved resolution, with the display featuring twice as many pixels as the iPhone 11.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 is also smaller and lighter than years gone by, but beneath the hood packs the almighty punch of the A14 bionic chip.

Described by Apple as “the fastest chip ever in a smartphone”, it’s the same chip currently used in the latest iPad Air and incorporates 11.8 billion transistors while improving efficiency and power usage.

In terms of cameras, the iPhone 12 features a 12MP ultra-wide lens, along with a new wide camera, while technology has been updated to offer sharper images and improved low-light photography.

The iPhone 12 is available in five colours and kicks off at a price point of US$ $799 (AU $1349), which is a US100 price hike on the previous model.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 is joined by a further three models in the line-up including the 5.4-inch iPhone Mini, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max.

All models feature Apple’s powerful A14 Bionic chip and are 5G ready.

The iPhone 12 completes Apple’s 2020 line-up of new technology that includes an all-new iPad Air, an upgraded 10.2-inch iPad and two new Apple Watches.

iPhone introduces 5G

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One of the big talking point of this year’s iPhone 12 release is the introduction of 5G. For the past couple of years, Apple enthusiasts have been calling for the introduction of 5G, but Apple delayed making that a reality until it was well and truly ready.

Now they have showcased technology which offers the most 5G bands in any phone, along with custom 5G antennas.

These allow the phone to flip from 5G to LTE automatically in a bid to save battery power when higher speeds are not required.

But what exactly is the big deal of 5G?

The big deal of 5G

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In short, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular mobile telecommunications and is the type of internet accessed when using a smart phone or as an alternative to fixed internet access.

Its arrival means mobile internet will be faster and more efficient, and there’ll be more bandwidth available for things like video streaming on-the-go.

The potential 5G offers retail and other sectors is considered so important it was a specific topic at CES 2019, with panellists noting 5G “is expected to unleash a wealth of innovation to retail commerce”.

In addition, 5G is predicted to be a major driver of the Internet of Things, allowing more devices to connect to mobile internet with greater efficiency.

At present 5G is rolling out globally, with the US and Australia among the nations quickly embracing the trend.

It’s worth noting, however, the iPhone 12 support documents list numerous 5G carriers in the US that the phone will tap into, but none are listed in Australia.

The iPhone 12 is now available for pre-order and available in-store from October 23.

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