The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini (stylized as iPhone 12 mini) are smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the fourteenth-generation, lower-priced iPhones, succeeding the iPhone 11. They were unveiled at an Apple Special Event on October 13, 2020 alongside the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max flagships at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 will begin on October 16, 2020, and the phone will begin shipping on October 23, 2020. Preorders for the iPhone 12 Mini will begin on November 6, 2020, and the phone will start shipping on November 13, 2020.
The iPhone 12 Mini starts at US$699 and the iPhone 12 starts at US$799. These prices only apply to phones sold for use on AT&T and Verizon networks; prices for T-Mobile (including legacy Sprint) and SIM-free models are $30 higher.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini feature flat sides, a design element seen with the iPhone 4 through the iPhone 5S and the first generation iPhone SE, while keeping the curved edges on displays (used since the iPhone 6) and back panels (used since the iPhone 8). It is the first major redesign since the iPhone X, similar to that of iPad Pros since 2018 and the 4th-generation iPad Air. The notch size is similar to previous iPhone models, despite speculation about a reduction in width. The new design also comes with a ceramic-hardened front and back, marketed as Ceramic Shield.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini use Apple’s six-core A14 Bionic processor, which contains a next-generation neural engine. They both have three internal storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Both also contain an IP68 water and dust-resistant rating along with dirt and grime, and is water-resistant up to six meters for 30 minutes. However, the manufacturer warranty does not cover liquid damage to the phone.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the first iPhones to ship without EarPods or a wall adapter, which Apple claims was done to reduce carbon emissions since most users already own them. Instead, Apple ships a USB-C to Lightning Cable. In addition to Lightning and Qi wireless charging, the phones can be charged via MagSafe wireless charging. MagSafe wireless charging is up to 15 watts and fast-charge capable. The MagSafe Charger can be purchased separately, along with a variety of cases and other accessories.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini support 5G cellular communications. This allows upload speeds of up to 200 Mbps and download speeds of up to 4 Gbps. However, only models sold in the U.S. support the fastest mmWave technology; those sold elsewhere in the world, including Canada, support only sub-6GHz frequency bands. A new feature called Smart Data Mode enables 5G only when necessary to preserve battery life.
The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch display and a smaller design than the previous 4.7-inch iPhones. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch display with Super Retina XDR OLED technology at a resolution of 2532×1170 pixels and a pixel density of about 460 ppi. The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch display with the same technology at a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and a pixel density of about 476 ppi. Both phones have a peak brightness of 1200 nits, equivalent to the iPhone 12 Pro. Both phones also use an improved glass covering called Ceramic Shield which is co-developed with Corning Inc. Apple describes it as having “4 times better drop performance” and being “tougher than any smartphone glass”.
Both phones have two rear 12-megapixel cameras: wide and ultra-wide. The wide camera is a 26mm full-frame equivalent with an f/1.6 aperture (which captures 27% more light than the f/1.8 aperture in the iPhone 11)  and a seven-element lens. The ultra-wide camera is a 13mm full-frame equivalent with an f/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens. The front-facing TrueDepth camera is also 12 megapixels. All three cameras now support Night Mode for both photo and video in low-light settings at full resolution. The Smart HDR feature has also been improved.
Both phones run iOS 14.