Apple’s latest event concluded a few days ago, and with it, we have got a slew of new iPhones, upgraded AirPods, and new Apple Watches. The all-new iPhone lineup has four models, the iPhone 14, the new cheaper large-screen model iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Pro models feature substantial updates such as a new dramatically smaller notch design, a new camera setup, better battery life, and Apple’s new A16 Bionic chipset. On the other hand, the regular iPhone 14 has been left by the wayside with incremental updates and minor quality-of-life improvements. The regular line-up has not seen a massive overhaul since 2020’s iPhone 12.
In essence, the iPhone 14 is very similar to the iPhone 13 released in 2021. The entry-level model in Apple’s 2022 lineup features the same A15 Bionic chipset – albeit with an extra GPU core, the same display, the same design, a similar camera configuration, and the same old, outdated 5-year-old notch design. And the iPhone 13 in itself had incremental updates vis-a-vis the iPhone 12.
The two-year-old iPhone 12 is in fact the best bang-for-your-buck iPhone you can buy in India right now. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why the iPhone 12 still makes a ton of sense in late 2022:
First, let’s run through the key specifications quickly. The iPhone 12 was unveiled back in 2020 but is still a competent smartphone. The 5G device is powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset and features a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display with HDR 10, TrueTone, and a peak brightness of 1,200 Nits. On the imaging front, the smartphone has a dual 12MP rear camera setup with an f/1.6 wide and an f/2.4 ultra-wide sensor. There is a 12MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2.
Still very powerful
Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset powers the iPhone 12. Built on a 5-nanometer process, the SoC features a 6-core CPU, a 16-core Neural Engine, a 4-core GPU, and 11.8 billion transistors.
The iPhone 13 is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset, and the latest iPhone 14 runs on an advanced version of the A15 with some tweaks and an extra GPU core. On paper, the newer processor on the iPhone 14 sure looks enticing, but Apple is so far ahead of the game when it comes to its silicon that even the two-year-old A14 Bionic will be powerful enough for most users and should keep up with Android phones in a similar price bracket.
Same gorgeous design
The iPhone 12 looks almost identical to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 and does not look or feel outdated. The smartphone has a svelte glass back, an aluminium chassis, and flat edges. The only noticeable difference is in the notch – which is around 20 per cent smaller on the iPhone 13 and 14. That said, the general design of the notch is very similar and dates back to 2017’s iPhone X. Only the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max feature the new, smaller pill-shaped cut-out, which looks much more modern.
Like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, the iPhone 12 features IP68 dust and water resistance (maximum depth of 6 metres up to 30 minutes) and is stuck with Apple’s age-old Lightning connector. No matter which iPhone you get in 2022, you still do not get the goodness of USB Type-C.
One of the most significant benefits of buying an iPhone has always been long-term software support. Certain iPhone models in the past, like the iPhone 6s, have been supported for as long as seven years. The latest iOS version runs on the iPhone 8 Plus, a phone that launched back in 2017. While Android has upped its game thanks to manufacturers like Samsung and Google’s Pixel line-up of smartphones, Apple still rules the roost when it comes to software updates.
Thus, it is safe to assume that the iPhone 12 has years of software support ahead of it. The iPhone 12 launched with iOS 14 and is eligible for the iOS 16 update, which will roll out on September 16.
Capable cameras, even in 2022
The iPhone 12 has a dual 12MP rear camera setup with a wide and ultra-wide sensor and a 12MP selfie camera. For sure, the iPhone 13 and especially the iPhone 14, with its slightly tweaked sensors and new computational features like the ‘Photonic Engine, which maximizes low-light performance, will take better pictures than the iPhone 12. That said, the iPhone 12 still takes crisp and detailed photos. Low-light images are also nothing to scoff at, thanks to features like Smart HDR and Deep Fusion. The smartphone can also record videos in 4K up to 4K/60 fps and supports HDR video recording with Dolby Vision.
And most importantly, the price
With the arrival of the new iPhone 14 lineup, Apple has slashed the prices of older models. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 have received a price drop in India. If you are considering buying a new iPhone, now might be a good time to take the plunge. The base 64GB model of the iPhone 12 is now available at Rs 59,900, the 128GB at Rs 64,900, and the 256GB at Rs 74,900. It is available in Blue, Purple, White, Green, Black, and Red colour options.
In contrast, the iPhone 14 starts at Rs 79,900 and goes up to Rs 1,09,000. If you are not in a hurry, you can get an even better deal on the iPhone 12 as the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale and Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale are just around the corner. It is almost certain that both e-commerce giants will have lucrative offers on the iPhone 12. The last big sales saw the price of the iPhone 12 drop to as low as Rs 51,000 for the base variant.