iPhone 12 Price, Release Date and Everything Else Australians Need to Know

iPhone 12 Price, Release Date and Everything Else Australians Need to Know

After being delayed by a month, Apple’s iPhone 12 event has finally happened. With it came four new iPhone 12 devices and we have all of the Australian price, specs, pre-order and release date information for you right here.

The entire range comes with mmWave 5G functionality that has Smart Data mode. This allows the devices to automatically drop back down to 4G in an effort to save battery.

The only problem for us Aussies is that our iPhone 12 devices won’t have mmWave access. However, they will still work with Sub 6 5G. You can read our full report about this here.

As for the design, this year Apple has opted for a flatter look (rather than curved edges) that may remind you of the iPhone 4 days, or the newer iPads in market. You’ll also find that most of the devices are slimmer and lighter than previous years but with more screen real estate.

The iPhone 12 range also comes with a new Ceramic Shield tech that has been co-developed with Gorilla Glass, making it tougher and more drop resistant.

Under the hood of the iPhone 12 is Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip. In addition to 5G and new Night Mode photography features, Apple says the new chipset allows for 50 per cent improved performance. The company has stated that the A14 Bionic has 40 per cent more transistors and 70 per cent faster machine learning capabilities.

Lastly, the rumours were true about wired headphones and power adaptors being removed from the iPhone 12 boxes. We assumed this would be the case back in September when the adaptors were also removed from the new iPad and Apple Watch 7 devices. According to Apple, this is to keep in line with its ‘carbon-neutral by 2030’ policy.

However, you’ll still get a power cable with the new iPhone 12, and it’s a bit different this year. Instead of the classic lightning cable it will be a new USB-C to lightning cable.

Now it’s time to look at some of the differences between the four iPhone 12 devices.

iPhone 12 Specs

First up we have the OG iPhone 12 which comes with 5G and has upgraded from an LCD to OLED display this year.

On the camera front it has a new dual-camera 12MP wide set up and 12MP ultra-wide setup with 120-degree field of view. It also has a new 7-element lens which, amongst other things, Apple says improves its lowlight performance.

Here’s all the key specs:

  • A14 Bionic chip CPU
  • 6.1-inch OLED display
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB storage (no word on the RAM as Apple doesn’t disclose this)
  • 5G connectivity
  • Dual rear camera: 12MP Wide (Æ’/1.6 aperture) 12MP Ultra Wide (Æ’/2.4 aperture) and 12MP (Æ’/2.2 aperture) front facing camera.
  • Up to 17 hours video playback with Qi and new MagSafe wireless charging (Apple doesn’t disclose battery mAH)
  • 146.7 mm x 71.5 mm x 7.4 mm, 162g
  • IP68 water resistance
  • Black, white, project red, blue, and green colour options

The iPhone 12 starts at $1,349 in Australia and it’s available now.

iPhone 12 Mini Specs

This year Apple added a Mini device to its line up. The iPhone 12 Mini has almost exactly the same specs and inclusions as the regular iPhone 12, but in a smaller package. It’s battery is also slightly smaller, offering two less hours of video playback.

Here’s the full list of specs:

  • A14 Bionic chip CPU
  • 5.4-inch OLED display
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB storage (no word on the RAM as Apple doesn’t disclose this)
  • 5G connectivity
  • Dual rear camera: 12MP Wide (Æ’/1.6 aperture) 12MP Ultra Wide (Æ’/2.4 aperture) and 12MP (Æ’/2.2 aperture) front facing camera.
  • Up to 15 hours video playback with Qi and new MagSafe wireless charging (Apple doesn’t disclose battery mAH)
  • 131.5 mm x 64.2 mm x 7.4 mm, 133g
  • IP68 water resistance
  • Black, white, project red, blue, and green colour options

The iPhone 12 Mini will start at $1,199 in Australia. I guess if you wanted a sub-$1000 device you won’t find it here. We’d suggest looking at the 2020 iPhone SE instead.

Pre-orders will begin on Saturday, November 7 at midnight. Double ooft. It will then go on sale on Friday, November 13.

iPhone 12 Pro Specs

If you want to kick things a notch, the pro series is back this year. The real heroes of these devices are the triple-rear camera systems. The Pro has 2.5x optical zoom this time around, with the Pro Max upping it to 4x optical zoom.

Apple is claiming that the iPhone 12 Pro camera features has 87 per cent better low light performance than the previous generation. There is also a slight difference in the telephoto lenses in both phones.

Both the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max have LiDAR support and a new ProRAW image format. The latter won’t roll out until later in the year but it combines RAW photo format with multi-frame image processing through computational photography

This basically means that the layers of photo data are held separately from one another. ProRAW then allows you to have control over and edit this separate elements (such as tone mapping and dynamic range) natively in the iPhone camera app.

And when it comes to video, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can now record in HDR and supports Dolby Vision. These phones will be able to shoot in 4K at 60 fps, which is a first.

Here’s the key specs for the iPhone 12 Pro:

  • A14 Bionic chip CPU
  • 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display
  • 128/256/512 GB storage (no word on RAM as Apple doesn’t disclose this)
  • 5G connectivity
  • Triple rear cameras – 12MP ultra wide (Æ’/2.4 aperture), 12MP wide (Æ’/1.6 aperture) and 12MP telephoto (Æ’/2.0). 12MP (Æ’/2.2 aperture) front-facing camera
  • HDR 4K video recording
  • Face ID
  • Up to 17 hours video playback with Qi and new MagSafe wireless charging (Apple doesn’t disclosed the battery size)
  • 146.7 mm x 71.5 mm x 7.4 mm, 187 grams
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue colour options

The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $1,699 in Australia. It’s available for purchase now.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Specs

  • A14 Bionic chip CPU
  • 6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display
  • 128/256/512 GB storage (no word on RAM as Apple doesn’t disclose this)
  • 5G connectivity
  • Triple rear cameras – 12MP ultra wide (Æ’/2.4 aperture), 12MP wide (Æ’/1.6 aperture) and 12MP telephoto (Æ’/2.2). 12MP (Æ’/2.2 aperture) front-facing camera
  • 4K and HDR video recording
  • Up to 20 hours video playback with Qi and new MagSafe wireless charging (Apple doesn’t disclosed the battery size)
  • 160.8 mm x 78.1 mm x 7.4 mm, 226 grams
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue colour options

The iPhone 12 Pro will start at $1,849 in Australia. Pre-orders will begin on Saturday, November 7 at midnight. It will then go on sale on Friday, November 13. This means it will release alongside the iPhone 12 Mini.

iPhone 12 Plans

And now that the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are available in Australia, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have their plans live to. We have them all below for you! Or if you’d like a bit of guidance, we have listed the best plans available here.

Telstra iPhone 12

As we reported last this week, Telstra has a hefty iPhone 12 pre-order offer that at the time of writing is actually still available now the phone is on sale.

The telco is slashing $50/month its XL plan (which comes with a huge 180GB data), bringing it down to just $65/month before you add handset repayments on top of it. This is applicable for both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

You only get the discount for the first 12 months but you could always swap to a cheaper plan after that time if you wanted.

Now, if you’re looking for the cheapest iPhone 12 plan with Telstra that would be the 64GB model on Big T’s ‘Small’ Plan across 24-months. It’s $55 per month plus $56.20 per month handset repayment. This comes to a total of $111.20 per month. But it only comes with 10GB/month data.

This is where the massive pre-order offer becomes attractive. For just $10 more per month you will bump that data up to 180GB. And if you need more storage, you could also go for the 128GB model instead. All together this would come to $121.20/month/month (for the first 12 months, remember!) for 180GB data. Not bad.

Here are all the iPhone 12 plans on offer from Telstra:

24-month Telstra iPhone 12 (64GB) plans

24-month Telstra iPhone 12 (128GB) plans

24-month Telstra iPhone 12 (256GB) plans

It’s worth noting that Telstra also offers 12 month plans and you can view them over on its website.

Telstra Pro

The same goes for the iPhone 12 Pro – the cheapest option is the ‘Small’ plan but you’re going to get better value from the XL pre-order offer.

For the 128GB iphone 12 Pro this would come to a total of $135.79 a month for the first 12 months and you’d get 180GB of data to play with.

Here’s all the plans.

24-month Telstra iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) plans

24-month Telstra iPhone 12 Pro (256GB) plans

24-month Telstra iPhone 12 Pro (512GB) plans

It’s worth noting that Telstra also offers 12 month plans and you can view them over on its website.

Optus iPhone 12

The cheapest iPhone 12 plan is the 64GB on a 36-month plan when you combine it with an Optus Small plan. The total comes to $76.46 per month across 36-months and it comes with 10GB data.

But if you looking for more data, more storage and a shorter plan life, our recommendation is the 128GB iPhone 12 on a 24-month ‘Medium’ plan. The total comes to $108.52 a month and it has 60GB data. If you really want to get this below $100/month you could consider opting for the 36-month contract length instead.

Here are all the iPhone 12 plan options Optus has on offer:

24-month Optus iPhone 12 (64GB) plans

36-month Optus iPhone 12 (64GB) plans

24-month Optus iPhone 12 (128GB) plans

36-month Optus iPhone 12 (128GB) plans

24-month Optus iPhone 12 (256GB) plans

36-month Optus iPhone 12 (256GB) plans

Optus Pro

If you’d rather an iPhone 12 Pro, the cheapest option is the 128GB model. Again, this is when you combine it with the Optus ‘Small’ plan on a 36-month contract. It comes to a total of $86.18 a month with 10GB data a month.

And if you’d rather more data we still recommend the Medium Plan that comes with 60GB/month across a 24-month contract. With the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro it comes to $119.77/month.

Here are all the plan options:

24-month Optus iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) plans

36-month Optus iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) plans

24-month Optus iPhone 12 Pro (256GB) plans

36-month Optus iPhone 12 Pro (256GB) plans

24-month Optus iPhone 12 Pro (512GB) plans

36-month Optus iPhone 12 Pro (512GB) plans

Vodafone iPhone 12

Vodafone is also offering a sexy pre-order plan for the iPhone 12 series in Australia. And just like Telstra it’s still live even though pre-orders are over.

It’s offering double data on its Super+ plan, which is also $10 cheaper right now. That means you’ll 200GB data per month for just $55 month before you add the handset repayment on top. More data + cheaper than Telstra… well played, Vodafone.

The cheapest iPhone 12 plan from Vodafone is the 64GB on a 36-month plan when you combine it with a $35/month Lite plan. The total comes to $72.47 per month across 36-months. And thanks to yet another deal Vodafone is running right now, it comes with 30GB data rather than the usual 10GB.

For that reason, I’d actually recommend the Lite plan. 30GB is a great chunk of data. However, if you don’t want a 36-month contract and need more storage, I’d consider opting for the 128GB iPhone 12 on a 24-month Lite plan. This one comes to $94.54 a month.

And if you really want to go hard, there’s always the pre-order offer on the 200GB plans.

Here are all the iPhone 12 plan options vodafone has on offer:

24-month Vodafone iPhone 12 (64GB) plans

36-month Vodafone iPhone 12 (64GB) plans

24-month Vodafone iPhone 12 (128GB) plans

36-month Vodafone iPhone 12 (128GB) plans

24-month Vodafone iPhone 12 (256GB) plans

36-month Vodafone iPhone 12 (256GB) plans

It’s worth noting that Vodafone also offers 12 month plans and you can view them over on its website.

Vodafone Pro

The cheapest iPhone 12 plan in Australia from Vodafone is the 128GB across 36-months when you combine it with a $35/month Lite plan. The total comes to $82.19 per month. This still gets you the 30GB of data thanks to the current deal the telco is running.

If you want to decrease the plan length on this, you could knock it down to 24-months. This would bring the cost to $105.79 a month.

The 200GB pre-order offer mentioned above is also applicable to the iPhone 12 Pro.

And here’s all the iPhone 12 Pro plans Vodafone has available:

24-month Vodafone iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) plans

36-month Vodafone iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) plans

24-month Vodafone iPhone 12 Pro (256GB) plans

36-month Vodafone iPhone 12 Pro (256GB) plans

24-month Vodafone iPhone 12 Pro (512GB) plans

36-month Vodafone iPhone 12 Pro (512GB) plans

It’s worth noting that Vodafone also offers 12 month plans and you can view them over on its website.

 


Disclosure: the author owns 12 shares in Apple.