Is the New iPhone 12 Worth It?

   Apple recently announced a release on their long-awaited product, the iPhone 12. Starting at $799, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini, comes in five aluminum finishes, blue, green, red, black, and white.
   The newly designed iPhone 12 introduces an aluminum flat edge instead of the rounded edges seen in past iPhones. The aluminum edges are reminiscent of the iPhone 5 that came out in September of 2013.
   “The iPhone 12 still reminds me of the iPhone 11,” said Chelsea Hays (12).
   Although the iPhone 12 has an appearance very similar to the iPhone 11, the new iPhone has a 6.1-inch display screen and a 5.4-inch screen for the mini. Compared to the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 is also 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter.
   But compared to an android smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy Note20, the iPhone 12’s display screen is smaller. The Galaxy Note20 has a display screen of 6.7-inches, while the iPhone 12 has a display screen of 6.1-inches.
   The iPhone 12 comes with more resistance to water compared to the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 has a resistance of a maximum depth of 4 meters for 30 minutes while the new iPhone 12 has a maximum depth of 6 meters and protects against everyday spills including soda and coffee.
   While the Galaxy Note20 smartphone advises not to take the phone under 1.5 meters of water for more than 30 minutes.
   Apple has also prioritized a faster loading experience for the customer in their recent products.
   “Since I have an iPhone 7, I appreciate shorter loading times for apps and I can’t wait to see for myself in the future,” said Adam Sultan (12).
   Apple has been heavily advertising their new 5-G ready products from 2020 for faster downloading and other improvements and the iPhone 12 is no exception. The iPhone 12 is 5-G ready for a faster loading experience for the customer.
   With the purchase of an iPhone 12, the customer will not receive a block charger. But instead will receive a USB-C-to-Lightning cable to use to charge your phone. Apple decided on this change to reduce the amount of e-waste that is generated when you buy a new iPhone.
   The new iPhone 12 also includes a 2 million-to-1 contrast ratio for true blacks, an immersive HDR viewing experience for high-definition video, photos with more detail, and nearly twice the peak brightness of an iPhone 11.
   “I really like everything that Apple has done recently, from the new iPhone 12 colors to the environmentally-conscious approach that they have enforced now, but the price still is a deal-breaker for me,” said Britney Smookler (12).
   Apple remains to have products with higher prices in the market, reflecting their high-quality products. But from a students’ point of view, the high price seems to affect their purchases heavily.