iPhone 12 release date: UK price, how to pre-order and features

All the latest on the anticipated next generation iPhone from technology giant Apple.

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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks about the new iPhone during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Apple said its TV+ original video subscription service will launch Nov. 1 for $4.99 a month, undercutting the price of rival offerings. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It’s finally here: Apple’s newest iPhone was unveiled along with a new iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro – and the iPhone Pro Max – at the October event, and iPhone 12 pre-order is now open.

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The new iPhone replaces the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro as the tech company’s flagship phone.

There were a number of exciting new features announced for both the standard and Pro devices. Some of the most exciting being the 5G connectivity and A14 bionic chip capabilities as well as camera performance and more.

You can also expect the new phone to come with iOS 14, which means you get the new translate app, and changes to your home screen.

We also now have pre-order dates, with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available to pre-order now, while the iPhone Mini and iPhone Pro Max coming on 6th November.

We break down all of latest news on the iPhone 12 including price, release date, specs and features below.

iPhone 12 facts

  • What is the new iPhone called? iPhone 12, but there’s a new Mini too.
  • When is the iPhone 12 release date? 23rd October
  • When can I pre-order the iPhone 12? The iPhone 12 and Pro are available to pre-order now, iPhone Mini and iPhone Pro Max are later on 6th November.
  • What is iPhone 12’s price in the UK? Prices start at £699 for the iPhone 12 Mini up to £1099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • What colours are the iPhone 12? black, white, red, green and a new blue (standard and mini), plus metallic colours for the Pro models.
  • Is iPhone 12 5G? Yes.

iPhone 12 release date

Apple's iPhone 12
Apple’s iPhone 12
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The new iPhone 12 will be released on 23rd October. You can pre-order iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro now and the Mini and Pro Max slightly later, pre-orders on 6th November and release on 13th November.

iPhone 12 price: How much will the iPhone 12 cost?

Apple has now confirmed the price starts at $799 US, that’s $100 more than iPhone 11 – but expected thanks to the new 5G tech.

In the UK the iPhone 12 starts at £799. The iPhone Mini comes in at £699, making it the cheapest model of the four.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max were significantly more expensive, at £999 for the Pro and £1099 for the Pro Max.

UK

64GB – £799

128GB – £849

256GB – £949

USA

64GB – $799

128GB –  $849

256GB – $949

More specific pricing will become clear as networks announce their contracts too. We’ve broken down who will be opening pre-orders and selling iPhone 12 below.

Can you pre-order iPhone 12?

Yes, the iPhone 12 is available to pre-order now. Pre-order dates were announced at the launch event on 13th October: the first is 16th October (today) for the standard iPhone 12 and Pro models. The Mini and Pro Max are available from 6th November.

Where can I pre-order the iPhone 12?

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be released on 23rd October and are available to pre-order now.

The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available slightly later, from 6th November. 

You should be able to pre-order from most major tech and mobile retailers – see the list below:

iPhone 12 pre-order UK

Argos

Pre-order now.

O2

Pre-order the iPhone 12 now, pre-order Mini and Pro Max 5G from 6th November.

Mobiles.co.uk

Pre-order the iPhone 12 and Pro now. The iPhone 12 Mini is available to pre-order from 6th November.

Currys 

Pre-order now.

Carphone Warehouse

Pre-order now.

Three

Pre-order the iPhone 12 and Pro now. Pre-order the iPhone Mini and Pro Max on 6th November.

EE

Pre-order now.

Very

Pre-order now.

Fonehouse.co.uk

Pre-order now.

Affordable Mobiles

Pre-order now.

ID Mobile

Pre-order now.

Virgin 

Pre-order now.

Amazon UK

All four phones are expected to be on sale SIM-free on Amazon.

John Lewis

John Lewis will be selling all four phones including the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone Pro Max. Pre-orders for the Mini and Pro Max go live on 6th November.

Tesco Mobile

Register your interest for iPhone 12 and Pro.

Best iPhone 12 pre-order deals

iPhone 12 64GB, £39.99 a month (£299.99 upfront)

Vodafone is offering 100GB of data, and unlimited texts and minutes for £39.99 a month. Of course, because this is a newly-released phone, the upfront cost is a little high at £299.99 for the 24-month contract.

Get the deal now

iPhone 12 64GB, £45.99 a month (£49.99 upfront)

If you’d prefer to pay less upfront, this Carphone Warehouse deal could be for you. For £45.99 a month (and £49.99 upfront), you can get 50GB of data, and unlimited texts and minutes. Carphone Warehouse are also offering up to £400 when you trade in your existing iPhone.

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iPhone 12 Pro 128GB, £51.99 a month (£99.99 upfront)

If you prefer the metallic finish of the iPhone 12 Pro, you will have to pay a little more monthly but this iD Mobile contract gets you unlimited data, minutes and texts. It is worth bearing in mind, though, that unlike Vodafone, iD Mobile does not currently support 5G. However, anyone on this tariff will receive a free upgrade to 5G once the network service becomes available on iD in 2021.

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iPhone 12 Pro 128GB, £43.99 a month (£450 upfront)

If you are able to pay a big upfront cost, this Vodafone deal gets you an iPhone 12 Pro 100GB of data, unlimited texts and minutes for a reasonable £43.99 a month. The iPhone 12 Pro has four cameras in total, bigger storage capacity and four metallic colours to choose from.

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iPhone 12 design and display

The new iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display and a notch at the top of the display. The notch doesn’t seem to have changed in size.

The iPhone 12 Mini fits in the palm of your hand and features a 5.4-inch display. However, thanks to removed borders and more streamlined designs, it is a smaller device than the 4.7-inch screen models of the past.

This model has exactly the same features of the standard iPhone 12, the only difference is the size. There is a £100 ($£100) launch price difference between the two devices, with the larger handset coming in as slightly more.

The iPhone 12 comes in five colours – black, white, red, green and blue.

iPhone 12 colours
iPhone 12 colours
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There’s also a new aluminium frame around the outside of the iPhone 12 – and the edges seem less rounded (think iPhone 5S).

The devices are all splash resistant and have four times better durability, thanks to a brand new screen that merges glass and crystal to be even stronger than the iPhone 11 and earlier models. Apple has named this the ceramic shield. The Pro can even be submerged up to 6 metres of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.

The screens feature a super retina XDR display which has a higher resolution and twice as many pixels as the previous iPhone 11 model. That means clearer and crisper images as well as shaper colours.

It’s also 11 per cent thinner, 15 per cent smaller, and 16 per cent lighter than the previous model.

The standard and mini devices have two back cameras, while the Pros have three on the back.

iPhone 12 screen size

There are various screen sizes available on the different models:

  • iPhone 12 mini – 5.4-inch
  • iPhone 12 (standard) – 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 12 Pro – 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max – 6.7-inch

iPhone 12 5G connectivity

One of the most exciting moments of the launch was the demonstration of the 5G capabilities of the new smartphone, which have been tested to work with 100 networks, including T-Mobile, Orange and Vodaphone, in more than 30 regions. 

In ideal conditions, download speeds can reach 4GB per second, with upload speeds of 200MB per second thanks to the new 5G Ultra Wideband created in collaboration with Verizon. This means higher quality video, more responsive gaming, less network congestion and higher speeds.

However, during the Apple event, it was noted that in typical (rather than ideal conditions) download speeds would be 1GB per second, not 4GB.

To help facilitate the still very fast speed, 5G antennae have been placed all the way around the iPhone device and Apple has optimised IOS frameworks so they work with 5G without using excess energy.

The handsets will also only use 5G when needed and automatically switch to LTE when it isn’t needed.

iPhone 12 processor

Another one of the biggest updates is the brand new A14 bionic chip which, according to Apple during the release event on 13th October, is the fastest in the world. It means the phone should be able to perform faster but more energy efficiently while doing so. 

There’s also good news for gamers, as the PC game League of Legends Wild Rift will now be available to play on the super fast device, thanks to the highly sophisticated processing powers and associated graphics capabilities. 

iPhone 12 cameras

The standard iPhone 12 features a dual camera with ultra wide lens (top) plus a wide 12MP lens (beneath). The lower lens has seven elements which produce a 27 per cent improvement in performance.

iPhone 12 cameras
iPhone 12 cameras
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The ‘computational photography’ features allow the camera to pick up smaller detail even in difficult lighting conditions. Night mode is now even faster than previous models and can take great images which are super clear even with no flash.

On the Pro, the ‘deep fusion’ feature allows pixel by pixel texture and precision for the highest quality images, all achieved through a number of high-tech processes. There are four cameras in total, three on the back and one on the front. All four have the deep fusion feature and the three on the back consist of an ultra wide lens, wide lens and additional telephoto lens which is for portrait taking. 

The Pro Max is slightly larger in size, which allows for a 5X optimal zoom range. There are new systems and sensors which allows more stable images and larger, faster pixels for the best quality. There’s also a 87 per cent performance improvement in low light conditions. The benefits extend across still photography and video capture.

iPhone 12 battery

We’ve simply been told the iPhone 12 has a bigger battery, but no specifics yet. Apple has said that it will last for 16 hours of video playback (that’s not streamed).

Fast-charging is available that can take the battery from zero to 50 percent in half hour – but that’s with a separate 20W charger.

iPhone 12 port – Magsafe charging

Charging has changed, thanks to the new iPhone Magsafe system. The magnetic charging facilities mean you can snap your charger onto the back (it’s a circular, flat pad) rather than needing to plug it into a port.

Cases and wallets can also attach magnetically to the device and chargers still work though both. All magnets in the phone are also made from recycled sources.

iPhone 12 colours

The new iPhone 12 comes in five colours, black, white, red, green and a new blue. There is an aluminium frame on the outside. 

The iPhone 12 Pro comes in four different, metallic colours including gold and the brand new pacific blue shade. The Pros also have a surgical steel frame around the edge.

There’s plenty to choose from with iPhone 12 colours. We expected changes as when the iPhone XR was released in 2018, there were blue and coral colourways that the later iPhone 11 was not sold in. These colours were replaced with a more pastel palette of purple and green. 

iPhone 12 accessories

No free headphones in the box this time, but you do get the USB-C lightning cable to charge. You can use the existing charging bricks or use wireless charging. You get a slimmer box too.

Apple October event

The iPhone 12 launch event was called ‘Hi, Speed’ and was held on 13th October 2020 at 6pm UK Time (10am PDT).

The event name was a reference to the iPhone 12’s speedy new processor (the A14 Bionic chip) as well as the support for the ultra-fast 5G data network.

iPhone 12 accessories

Ted Baker iPhone 12 case
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With the cost of iPhones only going up, everyone knows you need a case ASAP before that inevitable drop onto a concrete floor. Case manufacturer Totallee revealed its iPhone 12 cases early. You can buy its products in the UK through Amazon, or now the smartphone has officially been revealed there iPhone 12 cases at the following retailers:

Latest iPhone 11 deals

If the iPhone 12 doesn’t sound like something you want or you just cant wait for the release date, we’ve rounded up some of the best iPhone 11 deals in a full list below. Here’s a snippet of what’s on offer this month from the 64GB models:

iPhone 11 64GB, £38 per month (£19.99 upfront)

The 64GB device at no upfront cost and a charge of £47 per month, with which you get 100GB data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts on Three. A one-year Apple TV+ subscription is also included.

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iPhone 11 Pro 64GB, £44 per month (£249 upfront)

For £44 a month (and a reasonable £69 upfront), this Three contract offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a sizable 100GB of data. Get free roaming and access to London Underground wi-fi too. 

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iPhone Pro 11 Max 64GB, £60 per month (£84.99 upfront)

For the larger screen version of the Pro, you are usually looking at a much higher monthly cost (24 month contract) – not with this deal. For £60 a month, you’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a decent chunk (15GB) of data.

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