Features and differences of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini — 2022

The iPhone input range, which is already considered high-end, increases with two new devices in two different sizes to suit all needs. Below we look at the specs of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, as well as their price and whether they're worth the jump from older devices.

iPhone 12 and 12 mini specifications table

In this article we will analyze in more detail everything related to these iPhones, although it is convenient to know what their technical data is beforehand. In this table you will find all the information.

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CharacteristiciPhone 12 miniiPhone 12
Colors-Black
-White
-Red
-Green
-Blue
-Purple
-Black
-White
-Red
-Green
-Blue
-Purple
Dimensions-Height: 13.15 cm
- Width 6.42cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
Weight133 grams162 grams
Screen5.4-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)
Resolution2,340 x 1,080 pixels at 476 pixels per inch2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness625 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)625 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA14 Bionic with latest generation Neural EngineA14 Bionic with latest generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
Speakerstwo stereo speakerstwo stereo speakers
Autonomy-Video playback: 15 hours
-Video streaming: 10 hours
-Audio playback: 50 hours
-Video playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 11 hours
-Audio playback: 65 hours
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceFrom 809 euros at AppleFrom 909 euros at Apple

It should be noted that the memory RAM and the battery capacity They are not shown because they are data that Apple does not give. However, there are other methods by which this specification can be obtained and from RAM it has already been discovered that they are 4 GB with which it has, the same as its predecessors and less than the 6 GB of the 'Pro' models.

If we start to analyze based on that table what are its most outstanding differences, we find several aspects to highlight:

    Size:The 'mini' device with its 133 grams and its 5.4-inch panel is a lighter phone than its older brother, which happens to be 6.1 inches and weighs 162 grams. It is, without a doubt, one of the biggest differences that you can find between these two devices, since it will considerably mark the experience that a user can have with one and the other. Battery. In terms of battery, we find that there is a difference of 1 hour of autonomy between them, in favor of the iPhone 12. That is what Apple says on paper, the reality is that, despite the autonomy of the iPhone 12 mini is not bad considering its size, in this aspect the iPhone 12 is much superior, giving users many hours of autonomy and offering an experience that, although it is far from what the family giant provides, the Pro Max model, it is. quite good and, for many users, more than enough. Ergonomics:Obviously, the fact that the iPhone 12 mini has such a small size not only affects the battery, but also how users feel the device in the hand and, of course, also the way they use it. The iPhone 12 is not a very large device in dimensions, but it is true that in some cases it is much more uncomfortable to use with one hand than the mini model.

All specifications associated with your design

Beyond performance, something that of course we will analyze in this article, there is an issue that is still relevant and that is design. A device must first enter through the eyes and the truth is that a series of features to highlight are linked to its design, especially those that bring something new to this range of Apple products.

Return to an aesthetic that marked an era

iPhone 12

Apple decided to look back on the design of these iPhone 12, which are identical to each other except for the size. These devices are in a way a fusion between iPhone 11 and iPhone 4 because both their front and rear parts are practically identical to their predecessors, but on the edges we find a completely flat design and curved in the corners that is very reminiscent of those iPhone 4. Although to tell the truth, the design was already rescued by the iPad Pro in 2018 and continued in its following generations, to which the fourth generation iPad Air was also added.

This is probably one of the most complicated points to analyze due to the subjectivity involved, since everyone can form their own opinion about the design. In general, it looks like an elegant device with a personality marked by the front notch (yes, it's still there) and by the encapsulation of cameras on the back. Precisely this encapsulation that already debuted in the previous generation draws attention again due to the delicate contrast between it and the rest of the rear body, finding us with a glass of a different material, but the same color.

The colors They are precisely the protagonists again after what was seen in the iPhone XR and 11, although this time they have reduced the range of colors and have opted for less striking colors. On this occasion, a shade of green reminiscent of the iPad Air 4 and a much brighter blue color than the one added by its older brothers, the iPhone 12 Pro, make their debut. Below we leave you all the finishes available in both the iPhone 12 mini and on the iPhone 12.

  • Green
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • White
  • Black
  • Red (PRODUCT RED)

Screen with greater resistance to bumps and scratches

Although we have apparently already pointed out that these iPhone 12s look like the 11s, their construction materials have changed slightly to give the devices greater resistance. First of all, it should be noted that no they are not indestructible , but special emphasis has been placed on preventing them from being damaged by everyday knocks or scratches caused by leaving them on a surface or colliding in pockets with objects such as keys and other utensils.

iPhone 12

The front construction has been formed with what Apple has called Ceramic Shield . This is a material that, as explained by the company itself, is harder than most metals , having to go through a complicated process for its manufacture due to the opacity of the ceramic. They found a solution by controlling the type of crystals and their degree of crystallinity until a formula was obtained with which they reinforced the hardness of the ceramic, making it remain transparent without losing quality in the brightness or colors of the screen.

At the rear we find a structure made to glass and aluminum base . The composition of these materials stands out in the fact that they continue to allow wireless charging and allow good 5G connectivity.

And if we have to highlight something from the screen itself, it is that looks really good in all kinds of situations . Having moved from IPS technology to YOU ARE in the most standard iPhone it is a success on the part of Apple. Both at the level of brightness and in the balance of colors we can be satisfied with any of these devices, especially in the 'mini' which, despite having a lower resolution due to its smaller screen size, stands out positively for offering a panel that in nothing envy the bigger models.

Resistance to water and dust. Are they submersible?

These devices, both the mini and the 12 standard, have resistance to water and dust IP68 . In fact it is said that they can be submersible to a depth of 6 meters for a maximum of 30 minutes . And yes, this is true and in principle nothing should happen. However, it is not recommended to do so because the warranty does not cover water damage.

To achieve these resistance certifications, the devices are sealed in such a way that it is very difficult for particles of water or moisture to enter their interior. However, this seal wears out over time, even if it is not visible to the naked eye, meaning that this resistance to water may be inferior. Therefore, although initially if the device has an accident with water or some other type of liquid, nothing should happen to it, however, also depending on the physical state in which the device is at that time, the risk will be major or minor. In this sense, our recommendation is that you always be very careful and try to keep your iPhone far away from any possible danger related to water.

Nothing to envy the 'Pro' in performance

The hardware of these devices is everything or almost everything, since in the end it is what we will notice the most on a day-to-day basis. Although we are going to analyze several things about it point by point, we wanted to highlight previously that they are practically identical to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max at the performance level, since they are equipped with the same processor.

A processor at the height

CHIP A14

We said in the specifications section that Apple never offers RAM and battery data and although these data are important, the truth is that not as much as might be expected. The culprit of this is precisely the processor, the A14 Bionic in the case of these iPhone 12. The fact that it is a chip designed by the company itself and that the software is also helps to optimize resources to the maximum , requiring less RAM and battery capacity and even achieving better results than competing phones with better technical specifications.

If the A13 Bionic of the iPhone 11 already surpassed many Android devices in the middle of 2020, the A14 of these iPhone 12 and 12 mini are more than capable of it. For practical purposes, you can enjoy a device with very fluent when performing any action. Whether it's navigating the system, opening apps, or performing more heavy-duty actions like video or photo editing, these phones do just fine.

Another advantage provided by this chip is that this initial fluidity won't get worse over the years , despite the fact that it is logical that in the end they perform less than future generations. This will also allow the software can be upgraded for at least 5 years , thus having all the upcoming news that will come to iOS, whether they are aesthetic, functional or security.

Both are 5G, without distinction

It was late, but it did. Apple faced several problems in previous generations that prevented it from incorporating 5G connectivity to its iPhones earlier. Despite the fact that in its presentation the company wanted to show that it is adding it now because it is an already widespread technology, this is not entirely true. In fact, much of the world still lacks infrastructure. In any case, this point is positive, since in addition the 4 new iPhones of 2020 already have this connectivity as standard without the need to choose between 4G or 5G versions as it happens in competing terminals.

5G iPhone

Of course, it is not all as beautiful as it seems. Only devices sold in the United States They will enjoy this technology in all its splendor. In the rest of the countries, such as Spain, there will be considerably better connectivity than 4G, but without being strictly the new technology. Apple reached agreements with North American companies that allowed it to add that real 5G, while in the rest we will have to wait for the next generations to see if this technology really expands and we can enjoy the maximum speed of the internet connection.

Same autonomy as in the iPhone 11

Although the capacity of the iPhone 12 batteries is not yet known exactly, various rumors and leaks have revealed that this capacity is lower than that of the previous generation of iPhone. However, it is curious to see that autonomy has been equalized, which would have been achieved in large part thanks to the management of processor resources.

Apple gives a series of autonomy guidelines in various fields such as video playback or internet browsing. These data are ultimately relative, since no one uses the device for so many hours in a row consuming the same content. For practical purposes, taking into account the experience gained with the iPhone 11, it is not a bestial autonomy, but it is not bad either. enough for spend the day without remembering the charger , so that even in less intensive uses it could even withstand the night.

Yes there are changes in the 12 mini , which already has less autonomy than its older brother. For practical purposes, this translates into an hour less , although again it will depend on the use that you want to give it. In general, we could say that both devices pass in this section, although they do not stand out either.

It should be noted that these devices are Qi wireless charging compatible and even fast charge up to 20w . It is also fully compatible with the new chargers MagSafe , as well as the magnetized accessories that the apple company already has in its catalogue.

iPhone 12

Slap on the wrist by the memory they incorporate

We entered with this in swampy ground. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have doubled their base memory capacity from 64 GB to 128 GB compared to their predecessors. In these iPhone 12 and 12 mini we find identical capabilities to the iPhone 11 .

64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB are the versions in which these devices are available. Although the highest seems good to us for this range of device, the truth is that 64 GB could be very scarce for a certain mass of users. Options like iCloud or other tricks to save space on the iPhone can be useful, but some of them like iCloud cost money and might not be entirely practical for those who do not want to spend more.

Nowadays, applications require more and more space, we are becoming more and more used to managing and storing files on phones, and on top of that, photos and videos take up more space, something linked to their jump in quality. In many cases, these conditions could cause the memory to fill up quickly, so it would be necessary to go to a version with more memory, with the consequent increase in price.

iPhone 12

The magic of computational photography

Photography is increasingly present in our lives and devices like these help us, even without being professionals, to obtain great results. These iPhones are once again protagonists in this area due to their set of lenses and, especially, for what the device is capable of doing when it comes to intelligently improving photographs.

Frontal camera

The front camera of these iPhones has not changed in terms of 12 Mpx and f/2.2 aperture, but it has incorporated interesting new features in some sections. And we start by highlighting the Smart HDR 3 , considerably improving the previous one and letting the colors and quality of the frontal photographs look much more vivid and real.

Also added the night mode to these cameras, now being able to also take selfies in low light conditions with great quality. And although the screen can serve as a flash, they will be more natural with this mode. Also the arrival of Deep Fusion is present in this front camera, this being the computational improvement made by the iPhone after taking a photograph, giving it a higher quality if possible.

Apart from these novelties, we find the already classic photographs in portrait mode , with the possibility of having depth control or changing the background lighting. Undoubtedly one of the most attractive modes that this iPhone has and that all users, or at least a large majority of them, use frequently given the good results it offers, even in the front camera of these two devices.

rear cameras

In the double rear camera of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini we also find again the same wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses that we had in the previous generation, except that the best opening of the wide angle that goes from f / 1.8 to f / 1.6. We also continue with optical zoom out x2 and a zoom digital x5 . All this with a True Tone flash that is still key at times. portrait mode with depth control or lighting changes also follow.

Photo iPhone 12

The main novelties of these lenses also come with the HDR 3 and its improved results as we explained when talking about the front lens. All this with an improved Deep Fusion and a night mode 27% brighter than on the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.

It is not that it is the great innovation of the decade, but it is an example of an interesting advance in the field of photography by Apple. Precisely the aspects of computational photography are really key, already having devices capable of performing better software treatment than could be achieved in some equipment with better lenses. Perhaps this is not a reason to go from 11 to 12, but if someone took the leap, they would notice an interesting improvement and, above all, those users who want to give photography a cane, with these two iPhone models they have two perfect excuses to enjoy this practice a lot and try to make the most of all the possibilities offered by these teams.

iPhone 12 video recording

Once again the iPhone 12 have once again stood out for their video recording and this is one of the fields in which Apple performs best, having few rivals to match what it offers.

Frontal camera

In this front lens we find very similar characteristics in terms of video recording when compared to previous generations.

  • Expanded dynamic range to video at 30 frames per second.
  • Recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second.
  • video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second.
  • Video recording in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second.
  • Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 frames per second.

Photos iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini

Precisely the HDR Dolby Vision that we have highlighted is the main novelty in this section, being one of the first mobile devices to incorporate HDR in video and do it in all its cameras, since it is also in the rear as you will see below.

rear cameras

  • Recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second.
  • Recording in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second.
  • video recording in HDR Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second.
  • Expanded dynamic range up to 60 frames per second.
  • Optical zoom out x2 and digital zoom x3.
  • Audio zoom.
  • Slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second.
  • Time-lapse with night mode. Video in time-lapse with stabilization.
  • Stereo recording.

Although a phone today will still not be considered better than a camera, the truth is that they have less and less to envy them. These iPhone 12 are an excellent proposal for video if you want to obtain excellent results. News such as HDR in video or the possibility of recording a time-lapse even with night mode are quite a feat in a body that is still extremely compact compared to professional cameras.

Other legacy features such as video stabilization o la high quality sound pickup They continue to be strong points of this mobile device for those who are looking for an off-road equipment capable of even being used by professionals. Let's not forget that there are third-party apps that precisely allow us to enhance these aspects with more options that cannot be modified in the native camera settings.

Apple, did you forget something about the accessories?

These phones were the focus of controversy at their launch due to the accessories that were included in the box. Or rather those that were not included, since they set a precedent in the brand and in the industry by dispensing with some elements that had been common in previous generations.

Do these iPhone 12 come without a charger?

Yes and no. In other words, these iPhones have a Lightning to USB-C cable to be able to recharge, but they do not have the transformer that connects to the current to provide the charge. In this way you will have to resort to an adapter that you have at home, buy a new one or charge the iPhone connected to a computer or another device that has the capacity to do so. In fact, this also occurs in iPhones of previous generations sold by Apple itself, which have also eliminated this transformer.

Apple hid in the environment to announce this measure. In an objective way we can understand the reasons and it is that the number of accessories that exist in the world are counted by millions. For those who use the wireless charging or or already have chargers from other years there will be no problem, but those who acquire an iPhone for the first time will encounter a problem if they do not have other compatible chargers.

Headphones Charger iPhone 12

There are also no headphones in the box

Another measure that Apple took for these and the rest of the iPhone is the elimination of its classic EarPods. These are the company's wired headphones whose 3.5mm jack connection became Lightning after the removal of this port on the iPhone 7. Now it is not possible to have them as standard, although they are still sold in stores.

It should be noted that luckily you can use Bluetooth headphones like the AirPods or many other wireless headphones that we find in the market and that are compatible with the iPhone.

iPhone 12 and 12 mini prices

The official prices that these devices have at Apple in Spain are the following:

    iPhone 12 mini
    • 64 GB: 809 euros.
    • 128 GB: 859 euros.
    • 256 HB: 979 euros.
    iPhone 12
    • 64 GB: 909 euros.
    • 128 GB: 959 euros.
    • 256 GB: 1,079 euros.

However, Apple offers a replacement program whereby you can trade in an older iPhone and get a discount for them. Realistically, these discounts are lower than what you could probably get for those old phones in second-hand markets, but if for some reason you prefer to use this method with Apple because it is faster. This is how the discounts would look:

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: up to 700 euros.
  • iPhone 11 Pro: up to 640 euros.
  • iPhone 11: up to 500 euros.
  • iPhone XS Max: up to 360 euros.
  • iPhone XS: up to 330 euros.
  • iPhone XR: up to 290 euros.
  • iPhone X: up to 270 euros.
  • iPhone 8 Plus: up to 200 euros.
  • iPhone 8: up to 160 euros.
  • iPhone 7 Plus: up to 145 euros.
  • iPhone 7: up to 110 euros.
  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: up to 60 euros.
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: up to 50 euros.
  • iPhone SE (1st generation): up to 40 euros.

It should be noted that the second generation iPhone SE is not yet available in these discount programs. And in case of iPhone 5s and earlier only the free recycling option is offered, so you would not receive any discount for them.

It must also be remembered that the discounts shown above will ultimately depend on the state of the device to be delivered.

You should also know that there is a program of financing of the company through which the iPhone 12 and 12 mini can be paid in installments, although you must consult the conditions with the company itself.

Is it worth going from an iPhone 11 to an iPhone 12?

Like almost everything in life, it depends. And it depends on several factors. The first of these are your needs based on the use you make of the terminal and the money you are willing to pay. Taking into account that you are already satisfied with the iPhone 11, we believe as a general rule that it would not compensate you to make the leap despite the improvements shown in the field of the camera or the screen, the latter being an interesting point.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 12

The screen is much better as you will have verified in the previous point, but it will depend on your level of demand to assess if it is something you need. Or maybe it's a whim, but if you're not sure, we don't recommend changing at the moment.

However, if you want a smaller iPhone probably the 'mini' may be tempting you. This is perhaps a more special case and it is that in most sections at a technical level it improves on the iPhone 11, but then it has a smaller screen and lower autonomy. If you think you can sacrifice this last point in favor of the comfort of the 5.4-inch device, the change will be positive.