Putting Rumours To Rest? The New iPhone 12’s Expectations Vs Reality

Okay, so last week’s article , we listed down everything we knew and expected from the new iPhone 12 series. Last night at 1am (Malaysian time), Apple finally launches the new iPhone 12 models so let’s see in comparison what we expected to what we actually got from the phone.


It was expected for the iPhone 12, we would get 4 new models which are the iPhone 12 mini, the standard iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Good news! we got exactly those models so that’s a good start.

5G Connectivity 

It was expected that you can get faster 5G connectivity on the latest iPhone 12 lineup. During the “Hi, Speed” event, Apple claimed that the new iPhone 12 line covers the most 5G bands in the market.

Paired with custom antennas and radio components focusing on sensitivity and efficiency, the company also stated that with up to 4.0 Gbps in mmWave, the iPhone 12 series can reach 3.5 Gbps download speed in ideal condition.

The iPhone 12 also comes with a Smart Data Mode that dynamically switches the connectivity of the phone from 5G to LTE when the speed is not needed by users. Okay, so we got the 5G, that’s good.

A14 Bionic Chip

The iPhone 12 was expected to come with the A14 Bionic Chip. The new 5nm A14 chip had made its debut on the latest iPad Air 2020 and it boasts a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU and a 16-core next generation Neural Engine. This is currently the most powerful chip from Apple.

During the launch, Apple stated that the standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are powered by the 5nm A14 Bionic processor which features 6-core CPU with 2nd generation ML accelerator, 4-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. The chip is said to deliver 50% faster performance in both CPU and graphics as well as 80% faster machine learning.

The notch

I don’t know about you guys but I was never a fan of the notch on any smartphones. When it was rumoured that the notch on the iPhone would be smaller, I was looking forward to see how it would look like but sadly, that expectation is not reality.

It appears that the notch on all models of the iPhone 12 remains the same. Even if it was smaller, it doesn’t look all that different. Maybe next time for the iPhone 13?


The trend for smartphone cameras these days are the Quad-cameras. It was expected by Apple fans that the iPhone will follow this trend as well but surprise! It didn’t. Instead, the standard iPhone 12 comes with a dual camera and the Pro and Pro Max models comes with tri-cameras instead of quad-cameras.

But the Pro phones also stabilise images by shifting the sensor, lets you take handheld shots with a surprisingly long 2-second exposure time.

All the iPhone 12 models also benefit from a wider f1.6 aperture on the main camera for better light-gathering ability and the ultrawide camera now gets optical image stabilisation too.

Will you be getting the iPhone 12 when it comes out? What were your expectations? Let us know in the comments below.

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