If you’re a fan of smartphone tech, you’ve probably heard a lot about the iPhone 12 lately. However, you’ve probably also heard about that price tag: $800 is a lot of money just to upgrade to a new phone. So, is the phone worth the hype or is it way overpriced for what it brings to the table?
One of the most notable things about the new iPhone is that it has 5G enabled out of the box. This makes it the first iPhone to launch 5G-ready, and primes it for the best wireless internet speeds you can find on the market.
While 5G is still relatively new, this future-proofing is great for anyone who plans to get a lot of use out of their data plan.
The iPhone 12 ditches the rounded edges of the iPhone X and 11 in favor of a more squared design, reminiscent of the iPhone 5. It’s stylish, sleek and striking, and it is distinct from other modern iPhone designs in a big way. Whether you like it, of course, is a matter of taste.
Some users preferred the rounded edges for their comfort, though most people do end up throwing their phone into a case.
An interesting wrinkle with the iPhone 12 is the MagSafe ring of magnets embedded in the back of the device. These allow charging cables that use wireless charging to snap onto the device and deliver a charge without having to fuss with wires.
This could represent a move Apple is making away from having ports on their devices at all. While the iPhone 12 does have a Lightning port, the inclusion of MagSafe does show a glimpse of what a port-free phone might look like. Apple already axed the headphone jack on their phones, starting in 2016, so it’s not out of the question for them to simply delete a port.
Every time Apple puts out a new phone, the camera is leaps and bounds better than in their previous phone. This is the case with the iPhone 12, as it sports the best camera we’ve ever seen in an iPhone. If you’re the type that loves to snap pictures, this is the camera phone you want.
While this phone is largely iterative, not revolutionary, it’s still a solid phone. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone and like Apple’s design ethos, then this is a great phone for you. It’s not just hype: this is a great smartphone.