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Apple launches iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

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Written by: Emma Lunn
14/10/2020
Apple has officially unveiled the new iPhone 12 range with handset prices starting at £699 and going up to £1,399.

The iPhone 12 series will use the 5G network, but come without headphones or a power adapter.

The latest iPhone upgrade is designed with rounded edges that look similar to the iPad Pro. A ceramic shield offers “four times better drop performance”.

There are four handsets in the new range: iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. The handsets come in three different sizes, a range of different colours and finishes, and with magnetic accessories.

The latest handsets were launched at a virtual live-streamed event held at the Apple Park campus in California.

Apple said the phones contain the A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smart­phone, and come with night mode on every camera.

The iPhone 12 is available to pre-order from this Friday, while the iPhone 12 Mini can be pre-ordered from 6 November.

How much does a iPhone 12 cost?

The iPhone 12 Mini is the range’s budget model and features a dual-lens rear camera, a 5.4-inch screen and the “toughest glass in the industry”. A 64GB model starts at £699, while the 256GB version costs from £849.

The iPhone 12 has the same features as the 12 Mini but a bigger 6.1-inch screen. A 64GB model starts at £799, while the 256GB version starts from £949.

The iPhone 12 Pro also has a 6.1-inch screen but comes with a triple-lens rear camera. The cheapest version is £999 for 128GB, while the 512GB model will set you back £1,299.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the top-spec model featuring Apple’s largest iPhone screen at 6.7 inches and a more advanced triple-lens rear camera. It’s £1,099 for the 128GB model, and £1,399 for 512GB.

The new handsets come with a USB-C to lightning cable, but not headphones or a power adapter.

Should you buy an iPhone 12 now or wait?

Experts at money.co.uk have suggested that bargain hunters should wait until Black Friday on 27 November to buy an iPhone 12.

Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said: “We’ve studied data from the past two years of new iPhone sales and it is clear that the best bargains on iPhones are likely to be waiting for those who don’t buy until Black Friday sales.

“Based on our research – those who did wait till Black Friday to purchase the new iPhone in previous years, saved considerable sums on both upfront costs and monthly bills – with savings of up to 25% on the monthly fee and even bigger savings on upfront payments too.

“In 2018, on launch day, for example, getting the new iPhone XR 32GB model would have cost £48 per month on a contract, with a £45 upfront payment. But, on Black Friday you could get a 100GB model of the iPhone XR for just £36 per month on a contract, with nothing to pay upfront. A huge saving.

“The same was true last year with the iPhone 11 launch – on launch day you’d have paid £41 per month on a contract, with a £75 upfront payment for the 64GB model. On Black Friday you could get the 64GB model of the iPhone 11 for a £33 per month contract and an upfront payment of just £89 upfront.

“It might be, as the iPhone 12 launch is later this year than usual, that the savings in 2020 aren’t quite as significant, but the data suggests waiting till Black Friday is still the sensible option for those looking for the best deal.”

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