Apple releases pointless iPhone 12 series

The newest iterations of iPhones offer few incentives and little innovation.

By Wendy Rosales, Special to the Star

The new iPhone 12 is all Apple fans are raving about, but a breakdown of what the series includes shows it is not worth buying for those with newer models.

At this point, it almost seems like Apple has run out of innovative ideas. The iPhone 12 has few new features able to catch the attention of users with more recent versions.

This year’s model offers 5G, which would increase speed and connectivity from the current internet speed of 4G. Having it, however, is a personal preference.

No one really needs it unless they download a lot of videos or games. The other features include only slight improvements. The iPhone 12 has the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have the same camera design — regular, ultrawide and selfie cameras — as its predecessor. The changes: Night Mode photos now work on the ultrawide and selfie cameras; HDR mode has faster, quicker shots and darker settings; and video quality is also slightly enhanced, though not enough to fully want to upgrade from a model that is just one year old.

Additionally, the iPhone will no longer include charging boxes which means another purchase (along with the phone). One could say Apple did this for the environment, but it seems like they are just trying to sell consumers everything they can.

On a good note, for those who do want a newer iPhone, the prices for the iPhone 11 have declined drastically. With the addition of the iPhone 12, the price for the iPhone 11 has dropped from $699 to $599. This edition also has a charging port giving customers a lot of bang for their buck.

The iPhone 12 Mini costs $699, the iPhone 12 is $799, the iPhone 12 Pro is $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is $1,099. So much can be saved on a model that despite few changes is basically the same for a $599 difference. Buyers should think critically and see what is best for them and their wallet.

Those who already have a new iPhone may want to wait for a better, more impressive, upgrade and that is just not the case with this one.

Unless consumers wish to take advantage of the 5G and slightly faster camera, this phone is unnecessary.