The iPhone 12 is the kind of product Apple only releases once in a while — the kind that looks different, is built on a fundamentally new technology, and will ultimately form the basis of future iPhones for years to come.
It’s fortunate, then, that the new iPhone that most people will probably buy is also mostly a success. The iPhone 12 has an attractive new design, a straightforward and complete approach to 5G, good cameras and even better performance.
Phone 12 review: Price and availability
The iPhone 12 begins shipping Oct. 23, and you can preorder it from Apple right now. It starts at $829 for a device with 64GB of storage ($799 if you buy it on-contract from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile), and costs $879 for 128GB or $979 for 256GB. The smaller and cheaper iPhone 12 mini will take a little longer to arrive, with preorders for that variant going live Nov. 6, a week before sale on Nov. 13.
In the U.K., the iPhone 12 will start at £799 for the 64GB model, but pay an extra £50 and you can get 128GB of storage for £849. The 256GB handset will cost £949. However, if you have an older iPhone to trade in, then you can get up to £230 off the iPhone 12, providing you have an eligible handset.
As you may have already heard, Apple isn’t shipping a charging adapter or headphones in box with the iPhone 12, and has even gone so far as to remove them from the iPhone 11, iPhone XR and iPhone SE going forward. For what it’s worth, though, you still get a Lightning-to-USB-C cable for your troubles.
iPhone 12 review: Design
Apple rarely alters the physical design of the iPhone from generation to generation, and thus any change — no matter how small — is typically received with enthusiasm. You can chalk up the iPhone 12’s new flat-edge aesthetic as one of those more modest revisions.