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  • (gentle upbeat music)

  • - It is new iPhone time.

  • And this here is the new iPhone 12.

  • And there is a lot that is new this year.

  • New design, MagSafe, OLED screen, processor,

  • camera capabilities, and, of course, 5G.

  • It has been a long time

  • since Apple has made this aggressive of a pitch

  • to try to get you to upgrade.

  • But think of this as a new iPhone,

  • not just a few small updates over last year's phone.

  • But we need to see if all this new stuff really works.

  • And you know, this might be a more important question,

  • how much this new stuff really matters?

  • See the regular iPhone 12 costs a little bit more this year.

  • So this new stuff, it better be good.

  • It's $829 for the base 64 gig model.

  • But I think most people are probably gonna wanna spend

  • the extra 50 bucks for the 128 gig model.

  • On the other hand, there are discounts galore

  • from U.S. carriers from special installment plans

  • to $30 discounts right off the bat.

  • Like I said, everybody really seems

  • to wanna make this a big upgrade year.

  • So let's see if it should be.

  • (gentle electronic music)

  • The most obvious new thing is this new design.

  • It is smaller than an iPhone 11

  • and it has flat sides and a perfectly flat screen.

  • I think of it as kind of a modern throwback.

  • It looks much better than the rounded sides

  • that we've been living with since the iPhone six.

  • But despite those harder corners

  • it still feels really comfortable to use.

  • There's also new colors.

  • This is blue, obviously, but there's also white, black,

  • red, and a really nice light green.

  • The rails on the side are 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 drop resistant.

  • Apple says that it's four times more drop-resistant

  • than the iPhone 11,

  • but I can't test that on the review unit, sorry.

  • As for scratch resistance,

  • there shouldn't be any change from before.

  • If you want to gripe about the design,

  • there's really only two things to complain about.

  • There are a bunch of antenna lines and cutouts on the rail

  • that make things a little bit asymmetrical

  • and there is still a big old notch for the Face ID camera.

  • Neither one of those things are a big deal to me.

  • Face ID still works great,

  • as long as you're not wearing a mask.

  • Which makes me wish that they had found some kind of way

  • to put a fingerprint sensor somewhere on here.

  • I am 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 just a little bit on the big side, so this helps.

  • Now, if you want an even smaller phone

  • you're gonna have to wait for the iPhone 12 Mini.

  • And if you want an even bigger phone

  • you're gonna have to spring 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 and feel of this phone.

  • (gentle upbeat music)

  • Other new thing on the iPhone 12 is the screen.

  • Apple has switched it over to OLED,

  • and I'm really glad I think, OLED looks better.

  • Blacks 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.

  • Other nice thing about the screen

  • is that there are more pixels.

  • It's a proper 1080P panel now.

  • Now I wasn't really that unhappy

  • with the panel on the iPhone 11 and the XR before it,

  • but more pixels are better, can't argue with that.

  • It also gets bright enough for me,

  • but I have to admit that the iPhone 12 Pro

  • can get slightly brighter in regular use.

  • However, in HDR the regular 12

  • can still hit 1,200 nits of peak brightness.

  • And I think that the combination of HDR

  • and OLEDs contrast ratio is the real upgrade here,

  • not the pixel count.

  • Okay. I do have one small complaint.

  • The screen has a refresh rate of 60 hertz,

  • and I know that that's like a spec nerd thing,

  • but listen, I've reviewed dozens of Android phones

  • and I've used the iPad Pro

  • which has a 120-hertz refresh rate,

  • and I can just tell you that scrolling looks better

  • when you have a high refresh rate.

  • I think the iPhone 12 can get away without having it

  • since it's the less expensive option,

  • and because iOS has really smooth animations

  • and great touch response,

  • but it is a little weird that it's not here.

  • Here is the new $39 MagSafe wireless charging puck.

  • And here's how it works.

  • (charger clicks)

  • Magnets. It works with magnets.

  • The design means

  • that you can use the phone while it's wirelessly charging

  • and the magnets are strong enough to hold the phone up,

  • but I'm sure a ton of bouncing would be enough

  • to knock it off.

  • Now, when you use a MagSafe Charger

  • instead of capping out at 7.5 watts

  • of wireless charging speed,

  • the iPhone 12 can charge at up to 15 watts,

  • but you're gonna need to have a strong

  • USB-C adaptor to do that,

  • and the MagSafe doesn't come with one in the box.

  • It's also not the fastest

  • wireless charging speed that we've seen,

  • and it is definitely slower than a cable,

  • but it's good enough to go

  • from having wireless charging times be kind of annoying

  • to being pretty okay.

  • I got a little less

  • than 40% of charge in an hour in my testing.

  • Apple's also taking these magnets

  • and using them to create an ecosystem

  • of attachable accessories.

  • It's got its own MagSafe cases

  • that are supposed to click on,

  • but they don't really click on.

  • In theory, though, it's possible somebody else

  • could make something like that.

  • There's also a shielded wallet that is designed to keep

  • your credit cards from demagnetizing,

  • but it only fits three cards

  • and they're hard to get out of there.

  • There's gonna be car mounts

  • and a bunch of other accessories coming.

  • Now, all of this works via an NFC chip

  • that's in the MagSafe ring

  • and that's used for identifying accessories,

  • but not much more.

  • So when you attach the blue case, you get a blue ring.

  • When you attach the MagSafe Charger

  • the NFC is what identifies it

  • and allows it to do fast charging.

  • But no, the NFC chip is not gonna be available

  • for other apps to use, it's just for MagSafe.

  • But there is good news, nobody needs Apple's permission

  • to make something that connects to the magnets.

  • The slightly less good news

  • is that anything that does more

  • than just attached to the magnets

  • needs to work with apples Made for iPhone Program.

  • One last thing, as long as we're talking about charging,

  • the iPhone uses a Lightning port

  • and it 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 of those things, so here are mine real quick.

  • No AC adapter is good.

  • It might not be a huge benefit for the environment,

  • but every little bit helps.

  • Sticking with Lightning though, I think is bad.

  • I wish Apple would have just had the courage

  • to switch to USB-C, like every other gadget,

  • including many of Apple's own gadgets.

  • The fact that Apple didn't is a sign to me

  • that this little puck right here is probably the future