Pros and Cons of the New iPhone 12: Everything You Need to Know

By Abby Poole to iPhone 12, Apple Resources | Last Updated on October 14, 2020

The new iPhone 12 advantages and disadvantages are what Apple fans and other mobile users eager to know in October. Many fans think that the new iPhone now isn't worth the hype it received, the new iPhone will be a tougher sell. Some fans say Apple has been transported back to 2012 because the iPhone 12 Mini looks like the iPhone 5. Here's our list of rumored iPhone 12 pros and cons, compared to iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20.

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Part 1: General List of iPhone 12 Pros and Cons

iPhone X advantages
iPhone 12 Advantages

1. First A14 chip. 50% performance improvement over the iPhone 11.
2. New physical design, reminiscent of Apple's iPad Pro tablets.
3. First 5G support on all iPhone 12 models.
4. Improved three rear-facing cameras having LiDAR for depth mapping, AR and low-light autofocus.

iPhone X disadvantages
iPhone 12 Disadvantages

1. No headphones, no charger.
2. Shorter battery life in iPhone 12 Mini than laster year's iPhone 11, though claimed to be longer by Apple.
3. Annoying iOS 14 bugs & problems are bound to a few weaknesses for iPhone XS/Plus/XR.
4. No creative breakthroughs, features have appeared across plenty of Android phones.

Part 2: Significant iPhone 12 Strengths & Weaknesses You Must Know

Above all these iPhone 12 pros and cons, some are trivial matters, while some of them acctually help you make a decision to buy the new iPhone 12 or not. Here we listed 7 significant strengths and weaknesses of iPhone 12.

List of iPhone 12 Pros

iPhone XS(Max) pros and cons

1. New OLED Super Retina XDR display

iPhone 12 models are thinner, smaller, and lighter, 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than the older iPhone 11. Pair with super Retina XDR OLED display with smaller bezels, the new iPhone has a new Ceramic Shield protection layer on the screen. Apple will offer four different sizes, including 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Max.

2. Faster performance

iPhone 12 includes a hardware update that allows faster and better system performance, which is one of the biggest iPhone 12 merits. The new iPhones include the industry's first A14 chip. Specifically, it has a CPU which gives 50% performance improvement over the iPhone 11. The new chip aims to speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks.

3. Better camera features

The best-ever camera is on the list of iPhone 12 pros. iPhone 12 arms new improved dual-camera system. The new iPhone 2020 features three rear-facing cameras and have LiDAR for depth mapping, AR and low-light autofocus. The ultra wide camera on iPhone 12 allows more light to hit the sensor, making photos better. It's worth noting that the new iPhone 12 has the first phone camera to shoot HDR video in Dolby Vision.

4. Software upgrade

Software upgrade should one of the major advantages of Apple's new iPhone 12. iPhone 12 is powered by iOS 14 that focuses on performance and reliability and that has tons of new features. New features coming from iOS 14 include Picture in Picture, great consumer-friendly privacy enhancements, home screen enhancements, new App Library, and more. iOS 14 is the biggest software update brought to the new iPhone 12. So we eagerly anticipate the upgrade this time. Is iPhone 12 perfect? Check the iPhone 12 cons below.

5. 5G connectivity

Apple releases the 1st iPhone with support for 5G network. The 5G support feature comes with all iPhone 12 models. Swifting from 4G to 5G is a growing trend. It's known to all that varied types of Android smartphone support 5G connectivity, such as HUAWEI, Samsung, which attracts large number of customers.

iPhone 12 Cons Round-up

cons of iPhone XS(Max) - shorter battery life

1. Battery not much improved

iPhone 12 battery life for video playback - iPhone 12 mini: 15 hours, iPhone 12: 17 hours, iPhone 12 Pro: 17 hours, iPhone 12 Pro Max: 20 hours. However, the 5G connectivity also uses additional battery. The battery problem will still exist on iPhone 12, particulary the iPhone 12 Mini.

2. No really exciting new features

We don't see much really wonderful and unique features and design on the new iPhone, which is considered as a big disadvantage of iPhone 12. It seems that what Apple has done is to improve iOS software and A14 chip. In fact, new features like 5G connectivity, improved camera, A14 chip, etc. have appeared across plenty of Android phones. Customers are not willing to pay more for less. For some, the new iPhone 12 is not worth roughly $700. How about Apple iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S20, which has more innovations?

3. Other annoying problems

iPhone is far from perfection, and Apple's new iPhone 12 is no exception. The most common cons of iPhone 12 complained by users might also include no headphones, no charger, sudden shutdowns, battery issues, iOS 14 errors, inconvenient wireless charging, iPhone 12 getting hot while charging, and so on. It must be mentioned that fast battery drain problem remains though Apple continually improves battery life. It's difficult for users to get rid of these irritating iPhone 12 drawbacks. If you plan to update to the new iPhone 12, we recommend you to wait a few weeks or months after release and see if it's worth buying.

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