Apple’s new iPhone was announced last week. I’ve been using it since soon after it was revealed. Here’s everything you need to know.
1. The color purple
There, now you know the iPhone’s secret. That’s the only way it’s different from any other iPhone 12 handset. But, you know what? That’s enough to be a head-turner in itself.
Apple is a genius with color and knows what works and what doesn’t.
The iPhone 11 came in purple, so this is the same, right?
Actually, no. Apple is subtle with how it changes its colors. It does so every time it releases a new model. The gold, silver, even the PRODUCT(RED) hues change on an annual basis. A keen way for connoisseurs to know who’s got this season’s model.
So, the new purple is different from the iPhone 11. Still a lighter shade than purple might conjure up in your mind, but punchier and more dramatic than the 11.
It’s like Apple said, you know last year’s purple? Let’s do one that’s more, well, purple.
2. It really catches the eye
As you move it in the light, it glints and gleams, looking more mauve in brighter situations, more violet in the shadows. The reason it’s not a darker shade, I think, is it would be hard to recognize, would blend into looking black in lower light.
Whatever light you’re in, you can’t miss the color.
3. Two sizes
This year’s iPhone, that is, the models without Pro in their names, come in two sizes, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. The fact that Apple made two sizes of the new purple one is like the company is thumbing its nose at those who said the mini was a failure just because it wasn’t the very best seller of the group.
4. The new shape works better than last year
The iPhone 12 series have sharp edges, unlike the iPhone 11’s curves. Which means that although the display is the same size (6.1in) as last year, the new iPhone is noticeably smaller. Of course, I knew this last October, but seeing two iPhones in similar colors side by side brings the difference home.
Oh, and those flatter edges make the aluminum frame look even smarter.
5. And then there’s the OLED
Good point. Unlike the 326 pixels per inch of LCD on the iPhone 11, this has an OLED screen with a higher resolution. In fact, the iPhone 12 mini has the highest-resolution iPhone display ever. It’s identical to the ones Apple released last fall but it looks just great.
6. That Apple attention to detail
Two final things about about the new purple iPhone make it leap out at you. First, the Apple logo is color-matched. It’s not silver, it’s purple and it looks fantastic.
Secondly, the socket for the Lightning cable. Angle the phone just right, peep inside and you’ll see the housing on the inside is perfectly color-matched to the aluminum outside, as well. This is an Apple specialty from the iPhone XR onwards, and it’s a delightful detail.
So, do you need one?
Releasing a new color six months after the iPhone 12 release is clever. It gives extra choice to those wanting to buy a new iPhone now rather than waiting for this Fall’s new models.
But it’s a regular iPhone 12, the only differentiator is the color.
Oh, wait, one more thing, though whether this is really a deal-breaker is up to you: this is the only iPhone you don’t need to update to iOS 14.5. It comes ready-installed.