Apple’s iPhone 12 is now one of the highest-rated phones CNET has ever reviewed. If you’re thinking about an upgrade from last year’s iPhone 11 to the base iPhone 12 model (or one of the other three models available), you may be wondering: What exactly is the difference between the two phones? And is it worth it to spend $799 on an iPhone 12 right now? If you don’t have either phone, the iPhone 11 now starts at $599 and that $200 gap might be all you needed to hear.
We’ve gathered all of the iPhone 12 specs and prices to help you see how the new phone stacks up against the iPhone 11. We can also tell you if you should buy a new iPhone now or wait, and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.
Here’s everything you need to know about how the iPhone 12 compares with the iPhone 11.
The best iPhone you can buy
The iPhone 12 (and its higher-end iPhone 12 Pro counterpart) received one of our highest review ratings ever. It features the powerful and fast A14 Bionic processor, dual rear cameras, 5G and a MagSafe feature that allows it to connect to other mobile accessories magnetically. Read our iPhone 12 review.
Still a great phone for the price
The iPhone 11 is a great phone value for the price, which recently dropped to $599. The iPhone 11 has an A13 processor and a great camera setup. It also survived CNET’s drop and water tests and earned a CNET Editors’ Choice Award. Read our iPhone 11 review.
Design and screen size
There are four iPhone 12 models: the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch), the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro (6.1-inch), and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch). By comparison, there are only three iPhone 11 devices: the iPhone 11 (6.1-inch), the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8-inch) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5-inch). Basically, the base iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 are the same size. However, the iPhone 12 weighs about one ounce less than the 11.
There are some key differences, however, when it comes to each phone’s design. Both are IP68 rated for water-resistance, have no headphone jack, and have wireless charging capabilities. But the iPhone 12 also has an OLED display (compared to the iPhone 11’s LCD), a magnetic backing that works with new MagSafe chargers and accessories, and a more durable screen strengthened by ceramic. The 12 also has a completely flat design along the edges, with no raised buttons, as the iPhone 11 has.
The iPhone 12 comes in five colors: deep blue, minty green, red, white and black. The iPhone 11 comes in six colors: black, white, purple, green, yellow and Product Red…Read more>>