iPhone 12 pros & cons: Is this upgrade worth it?

Is the iPhone 12 worth it, or is the internet just in hype mode over this shiny new tech?

Every year, Apple comes out with new iPhones boasting upgrades—some significant, others not—over the previous models. This year is no different with the iPhone 12 series, which is looking to be a breath of fresh air from the iPhone 11.

For starters, it has a new design harkening back to the flat iPhone 5. And now, the lineup comes in four different sizes from Mini to Pro Max. Of course, there are other upgrades worth mentioning, which we’ll get into later.

Price-wise, the iPhone 12 isn’t the most wallet-friendly out there. People are constantly joking about selling a kidney for an iPhone. That being said, is the iPhone 12 worth it or is the internet just in hype mode over this shiny new tech?

We list the pros and cons about the newest iPhones to hopefully help you make a decision on whether it’s worthwhile to sell an organ for.

Pro: A14 Bionic is a powerful beast

The A14 Bionic chip powering the iPhone 12 is the first to use a 5nm process, which Apple says promises 50% improvements in performance and graphics. The chip also has double the cores at 16, which translates to 80% boost in performance.

Pro: Different sizes, different prices

The latest line consists of four models catering to different segments. The iPhone 12 Mini is perfect for people who want a smaller phone. It’s also more affordable than its other siblings in the lineup while still packing similar specs that make the lineup great. With a 5.4-inch form factor, this Mini is smaller than the iPhone SE 2020, but has a bigger overall screen.

Con: Enticing price cuts

With the new iPhones hitting the market soon, Apple has slashed prices on older models, like the iPhone XR and 11 by $100 (~P5,000). Although they’re older, these iPhones are still pretty solid performers by 2020 standards. The A13 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 11 still performs like a dream.

Pro: Beefed up features

As Apple’s first 5G phones, the iPhone 12 will be able to reach faster download speeds than LTE-ready models. 5G is, after all, becoming more and more available and accessible in the Philippines so this advanced feature will give its users a big advantage in the near future.

In addition, these new devices come with improved cameras and smarter computational photography. These phones also sport a new Ceramic Shield protection, which Apple says makes them more durable.

Con: Lackluster battery life

As usual, Apple doesn’t list battery life on their devices. However, Apple Insider reports that the iPhone 12 Mini will have a capacity of 2,227mAh, while the vanilla 12 will have a 2,815mAh capacity. It’s small, considering these are 5G phones.

Pro: MagSafe charging

Apple brings MagSafe charging to the newest iPhones. The tech will magnetically snap the iPhone 12 to wireless chargers, cases, cardholders, and more. The MagSafe wireless chargers, which will be sold separately, will double wireless charging speeds.

Con: No power brick, no wired headphones = no love

Ah yes, one of Apple’s biggest announcements that continues to leave the internet abuzz. In the tech giant’s defense, it claims that it ditched the earbuds and power brick for environmental reasons. But with the new Lightning-to-USB-C cable that comes out of the box, those who will upgrade to the iPhone 12 will need to buy a new power brick to charge their device—an additional cost, which some might see as a cash grab.

The verdict

Honestly, whether the iPhone 12 is worth it will vary from user to user. The iPhone 12 is future-ready, and based on everything we know so far, its lifespan will last for a long while.

If you’re currently using an iPhone 11, you might want to consider skipping the upgrade (unless you’re an early adopter). The 11 line still holds its own in 2020 with its powerful processor and high quality cameras.

Words Ayie Licsi

Read more: Apple unveils four iPhone 12 models with 5G, A14 Bionic

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