iPhone 12: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

Parker St. Romain

Apple held its annual iPhone event in October, showcasing the brand new iPhones virtually from its Cupertino headquarters. Some found the features to be disappointing, leading people to wonder if it is worth it to upgrade.

Due to COVID-19 and manufacturing delays, Apple had to delay its announcement until October. They debuted four new products, three of which were iPhones.

The iPhone 12, known as their “budget model,” is for those who are in need of a new phone but do not need all of the fancy features and do not want to spend $1,000. There was a small redesign, bringing back the flat edges that were seen on the iPhone 4 and 5. It now has a 6.1 inch OLED display, and finally supports 5G. To get 5G speed, you have to also be on a cellular plan that supports 5G and in a city that supports it. Baton Rouge is slowly getting 5G with new towers being installed currently.  The iPhone 12 starts at $829.

Apple also announced the iPhone 12 mini, a new phone that can fit in the palm of your hand, at 5.4 inches! It is also the cheapest, starting at $729. The mini comes with all of the features included in the iPhone 12, such as 5G, OLED display, and dual-camera system with dark mode support.

The flagship model, the iPhone 12 Pro, has all of the fancy features that are talked about–what makes it so expensive. The iPhone this year is “the biggest ever,” because it has “less bezel” and more screen, creating a 6.1-inch display compared to last year’s 5.8 inch display on the iPhone 11 Pro. All iPhones this year feature a new “Ceramic Shield” glass that is tougher than any smartphone glass, according to Apple. The display is also brighter, with a brand new OLED screen. The A14 “Bionic” chip is brand new, which makes the phone faster and more responsive. The chip also increases battery life. According to The Guardian, who ran their own battery test, the phone will last from 7am on day one until 7am on day three using 5G for about five hours, with the remainder spent on Wi-Fi.”

There are still three back cameras, but all have improved with a significant improvement to low-light shots. 27 percent more light is let in. When recording videos, the iPhone 12 Pro now records in Dolby Vision, which is a format used by film studios and in big time Hollywood films. It captures 700 million colors, resulting in a more vivid picture.

The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $1,000. If you wish to have a bigger screen, then the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the one to get: with its 6.7-inch display (coming in at $1,100.) Other than the size difference, the other known difference is in the Pro Max model’s camera. It is slightly better, with a 5x optical zoom range, 47 percent larger sensor and 87 percent better low-light photos.

Senior Eric Schroeder is due for an upgrade, and he said, “I will probably upgrade to the 12 because it has all of the new features but is still relatively affordable.”

With all of these features and models to choose from, the big question is whether or not you should upgrade or wait until a better model comes out. The answer is that it depends, mostly on what your current phone is and its current condition. I would say if you have an iPhone 7 or below, your phone is most likely slow in running apps, and getting an upgrade would help. If you have the iPhone X, it is up to you if you want to have the new features or wait. After three years, your phone starts to feel slow and the cheapest option would be to get the battery replaced at Apple for $69, which makes it run faster and prevents the speed from being throttled.