This episode of Featured App of the Week focuses on the new Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Discover which smartphone model is right for you if you're thinking about upgrading. As always, the content offered within this podcast is unbiased and independent.
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Featured App of the Week – Episode #33
Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. In this episode, we’ll be taking a closer look at the various models of the new Apple iPhone 12 and help you decide which model is best for you, if you choose to upgrade your smartphone this fall or winter.
With their aerospace grade aluminum casings, all of the new iPhone 12 models feature what Apple calls a Ceramic Shield, which gives the smartphone vastly improved protection against damage from drops. The screen is also more crack resistant and shatter proof than previous models, and all iPhone 12 models are water resistant. The basic iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini come in a variety of casing colors – including Black, White, Product Red, Green, and Blue.
While the iPhone 12 models feature a faster and more advanced processor, as well as other upgraded technologies compared to previously released iPhones, perhaps the biggest advancement is that the new iPhones are 5G High-Band compatible. When connected to a 5G High-Band cellular network, you’ll experience significantly faster Internet connection speeds.
To take full average of 5G High-Band connectivity, your cellular service provider, such as AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, or T-Mobile, must offer true 5G High-Band service in your geographic area. This level of service is only now first starting to be rolled out nationwide.
Until now, popular cellular service providers have marketed 5G Low-Band and 5G mid-band service for older smartphones, but it’s 5G High-Band that offers the ultra-fast Internet connectivity that all of the 5G hype is really all about. To experience this, you’ll need a new smartphone, like an iPhone 12, that supports this new wireless communication technology.
All of the new iPhone 12 models also support Apple’s MagSafe accessories, which currently include cases and wireless chargers. Keep in mind, to utilize this optional technology, you’ll need to purchase a MagSafe iPhone case for your new smartphone, and then purchase a separate MagSafe wireless charger. Otherwise, you can use a basic Lightning charging cable, which is the same as what was used to charge older iPhone models.
Of course, the new iPhone 12 models all support the iOS 14 operating system, as well as a wide range of accessories.
The basic iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are available with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of internal storage space. Unless you’ll be storing a ton of digital photos and HD video clips, for example, most users will find that 128GB of internal storage space is more than adequate.
It’s important to understand there are several different iPhone 12 models. The basic iPhone 12 features a 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR display, while the iPhone 12 mini is a bit smaller, with a 5.4 inch Super Retina XDR display.
This mini model is designed to fit more comfortably in your hand and pocket. These two phones both have two rear-facing, 12 megapixel cameras.
One is a wide-angle lens and the other offers an ultra-wide angle lens. There’s also one 12 megapixel front-facing camera built in. All of the cameras are capable of shooting 720p, 1080p, or 4K HD video at up to 60 frames per second.
The basic iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are available starting on October 23, 2020. However, if you want your smartphone to have even more power and capabilities, you’ll definitely want to check out the new iPhone 12 Pro or larger iPhone 12 Pro Max.
With its 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR display, the iPhone 12 Pro is also available starting October 23rd, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max, with its larger 6.7 inch Super Retina XDR display is available starting November 13, 2020. Using Apple’s proprietary A14 Bionic processor, these are the fastest and most powerful iPhones ever released.
The two iPhone Pro models take advantage of three, not two, 12 megapixel, rear-facing cameras and one front-facing camera, however, the technology and image sensor that support these cameras are larger and more powerful than ever before.
This will allow you to capture more detailed and vivid images in all lighting situations, including low light, with improved optical image stabilization and a smoother and faster digital zoom.
These camera-related technology features, combined with the picture taking and video shooting capabilities built into the iOS 14 operating system, offer an easy-to-use, but extremely powerful camera setup that’ll allow you to take photos or shoot video like a pro, and then share the photos instantly via the Internet.
From a security standpoint, all of the new iPhone 12 models continue to use Face ID facial recognition to unlock the smartphone. In terms of available casing colors, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are available in silver, graphite, gold, and pacific blue. For internal storage, you can choose between 128GB, 256GB, or 512GBs.
Keep in mind, these new smartphones are not cheap. The iPhone 12 mini starts at $699. The iPhone 12 starts at $799.00, and the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999.00. The souped-up iPhone 12 Pro Max with 512GB of internal storage is priced at $1399.00.
However, all of the cellular service providers, as well as Apple, currently have special financing deals and trade-in offers that can save you money. There’s also the option of paying for the smartphone over monthly, no-interest payments, with additional financial incentives if you pay for the new iPhone from Apple using the Apple Card credit card.
In addition to the smartphone itself, it’s a good idea to invest in a case, especially if you want to take advantage of the new MagSafe wireless charging feature.
From Apple, a MagSafe case for the new iPhone is priced at $49.00. The MagSafe Charger, which is sold separately, is priced at $39.00. If you want to add the optional MagSafe wallet attachment to a MagSafe case, that’ll set you back another $59.00.
You’ll also want to protect your new iPhone with AppleCare+ or AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss protection. This will cost between $199.00 and $269.00 for two years, but you can pay for this protection through monthly payments as well.
So to wrap things up, yes, the iPhone 12 is powerful, faster, and more durable than all previously released iPhone models. These new smartphones are also capable of taking even better photos in a wide range of shooting situations.
The best way to choose which model to upgrade to is to determine what size screen best accommodates your needs, and how much internal storage space you’ll need built into your smartphone. Also consider which phone model fits comfortably in your hands.
Next, if you’ll be focusing on photography, videography, or gaming, for example, the faster processing capabilities of the iPhone 12 Pro models will definitely be beneficial.
As 5G high-band technology is released across the United States and in other countries around the world in 2020 and beyond, we’ll soon be seeing new and exciting types of smartphone applications that have never before been possible. So, by investing in a 5G High-Band compatible smartphone now, you’re giving yourself access to wireless technology that will quickly evolve in the future.
Keep in mind, many of the newest iPhone 12 features and functions can also be found in some of the latest Android-based smartphones from companies like Google and Samsung.
However, if you’re already an Apple user, chances are you’ll be at least mildly impressed with what these new iPhone 12 smartphone models offer – especially if you upgrade to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Well, that’s it for this edition of Featured App of the Week. As always, a text-based transcript of each podcast episode is available from www.FeaturedAppPodcast.com.
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Until next time, I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening!