It has been a big year for Apple, with the reveal of the iPhone SE 200 edition surprising many in April. But every autumn, new iPhone flagships arrive, and in October the world was finally introduced to the iPhone 12 Series. There are 4 handsets available, and here we'll be comparing the most affordable iPhones in the range: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.
Discover all the specs and learn what's in store for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini below.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini - Design and Display
When it comes down to looks, you won't have to struggle picking between different designs for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini. Both devices look identical - the Mini is just (as you might have guessed) a little bit smaller.
Both phones have been created with stunning, flat aerospace-grade aluminium edges. The handsets have cinematic edge-to-edge displays, with an IP68 water resistance rating and Apple's Ceramic Shield for an extra layer of protection. The Ceramic Shield introduces nanoscale ceramic crystals - which are harder than most metals - into the display. By doing this, both handset screens are tougher than ever, and to top it off they're scratch-resistant too. The new edge-to-edge design sits flush to the side of each phone, delivering a 4x better drop performance than previous iPhone models.
As for screen size, iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch OLED display while iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch OLED screen. Both use Apple's innovative Super Retina XDR technology, alongside True Tone and Haptic Touch. This combination ensures a stunning, vivid picture with incredible colour accuracy and high response speeds.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini - Camera
Both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini feature identical camera systems, on the front and the back. Starting with the rear, you'll find a 12MP wide lens and 12MP ultra wide lens. Apple has added Night Mode to each of these lenses, and by developing the wide lens to ensure it brings in 27% more light, Apple has transformed iPhone's low-light shots. Expect nothing less than beautifully detailed, colourful photos even when shooting in darkness.
There's also a 2x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom and classic iPhone photography tech like Portrait Mode and Depth Control. Optical Image Stabilisation will keep everything in focus, while True Tone Flash will illuminate the subject of any photo without diluting colours.
Night Mode is just one of Apple's many photography features. Deep Fusion works in mid to low light environments. By analysing multiple exposures, detail is maximized and even the finest textures are enhanced. Smart HDR 3, meanwhile, is here to add balance to your shot: details are enhanced, colours are heightened, and white balance is automatically changed for the very best results.
There's a world-first for video too. On all models you'll be able to experience 4K Dolby Vision HDR video up to 30fps. Capture 700 million colours, record, edit and play back in Dolby Vision directly on the handset, before sharing your creation to any TV via AirPlay.
And if that's not enough, the 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera has all of this too. Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion, Dolby Vision and more can all be enjoyed on the front camera. Cinematic video stabilization will help keep shaky footage steady, and don't forget to have some fun with Animoji and Memoji.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini - Power
Fuelling both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini is Apple's fastest chip yet: the A14 Bionic. Also used on iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, the A14 Bionic is responsible for making some of Apple's most groundbreaking features a reality. Recording videos in Dolby Vision, running demanding AR apps and making the most out of a super-efficient battery life is all possible thanks to this intelligent chip, and the next-generation Neural Engine.
Every iPhone 12 handset, including iPhone 12 Mini, offers 5G connectivity. Expect lightning-fast download speeds, lower latency, more responsive online gaming and an all-round superior network performance whenever you're in a supported 5G area.
Iconic Apple features, like Face ID, Apple Pay and of course, Siri, are all included. iOS 14 has been loaded onto each device too, so you'll have the latest operating system ready and waiting for you as soon as you unbox the phone. iOS 14 brings some major changes, with standout additions including Picture-in-Picture, App Library and Widgets.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Mini - Battery
Whether you're leaning towards iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini, you can expect long-lasting batteries on board both handsets. With iPhone 12 Mini, you can expect up to 15 hours of video playback from one full charge, while iPhone 12 will last that little bit longer and deliver 17 hours of video playback before it runs out of juice.
When you do need to power either iPhone back up, you'll have several options. Fast charging is available with any 20W adapter or higher (sold separately), helping you reach 50% in under 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can use any Qi charger to charge either iPhone wirelessly, or Apple's new MagSafe charging technology whic lets your attach compatible wireless charging or a range of smart accessories via alligned magnets..