Put succinctly, performance is on par with the iPhone 12. You’re getting the same display, same 5G connectivity, same A14 Bionic chip, albeit with an apparent 6GB of RAM compared to 4GB, and the same claimed battery life.
The A14 is Apple’s fastest ever chip in a smartphone and compared to the iPhone 11 Pro it feels genuinely faster from the moment you boot up, while navigating iOS remains the most user-friendly experience on a mobile. Period.
Gaming might arguably suffer at the hands of that 60Hz refresh rate, but Call of Duty: Mobile and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (we couldn’t help ourselves) performed admirably with no noticeable lag or motion blur to all but the sharpest of eyes.
In case you missed it, the iPhone 12 series offers 5G connectivity. We took an EE 5G SIM on tour to Bristol and Oxford and picked up download speeds of 280Mbps with uploads peaking at 40Mbps in the network’s designated city centre hotspots. The iPhone 12 Pro also appeared to outperform our RealMe X50 Pro 5G for comparable pace.
That meant hour-long Netflix episodes arrived in under 10 seconds and albums via Apple Music in just seven. However, unless you live in one of the lucky urban hotspots, 5G value for money remains highly questionable.
A word on battery life. Apple claims 17 hours of multimedia use on the iPhone 12 Pro – that’s an hour less for video playback than the iPhone 11 Pro, and, well, you feel it. We clocked closer to 15 hours with medium to heavy use, and around 15% less when rinsing 5G. At home, connected to Wi-Fi, it fared better in pretty much every scenario.
As previously mentioned, the bundled charging cable is USB-C to Lightning. Apple’s reasoning for leaving off the plug is to lessen the environmental impact of abandoned units. Problem is, USB-C plugs aren’t exactly commonplace yet, so many will be forking out £19 for a 20W block.
In fairness, we’d highly recommended investing in a 15W MagSafe charger for £39. Not only is the magnetic puck’s footprint tiny compared to other wireless chargers, but your iPhone is gauranteed to remain on its hot spot for the duration.
MagSafe is made possible thanks to a magnetic disc placed inside the phone itself, while copper graphite, polycarbonate, a charging coil, e-shield and NFC component play supporting roles.
Apple warns that charging through MagSafe could damage credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs if you leave them between the phone and the charger, but you’d have to be a bit of a twonk to do that, right?
It may be another accessories money spinner for Apple, but the potential for innovative add-ons is vast and we’re excited to see where Cupertino and third party companies take the technology.
Put your iPhone 12 in one of Apple’s MagSafe silicone cases and it’ll even stick to kitchen appliances – great for streaming shows while cooking. Standing the phone up on its own is so first section of this review.