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Apple iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro review — Here’s which one to buy
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  • CNBC has been testing Apple’s new $799 iPhone 12 and $999 iPhone 12 Pro for almost a week.
  • Bullish analysts think the company’s entering a new “iPhone super cycle” for upgrades.
  • Most people should choose the iPhone 12, but the iPhone 12 Pro has a few nice features some folks will want.

I’ve been testing Apple’s new $799 iPhone 12 and $999 iPhone 12 Pro for almost a week. They support newer and faster 5G networks and have better cameras, great screens and an updated design. Most people should choose the iPhone 12. Buy the iPhone 12 Pro if you want a few extra camera tricks.


Both phones launch on Friday, Oct. 23, and will be followed by the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max in November. I haven’t tested those models yet. If they sound appealing to you, then you might want to wait another month before making your final decision.

The iPhone 12 launch is a big deal for Apple. Bullish analysts think the company will enter a new “iPhone super cycle.” An estimated 30% or more of iPhone owners are using a phone that’s at least three years old. This means about 420 million iPhone owners will be ready to upgrade in 2021, according to Loup Ventures.

These are also the first iPhones with 5G, which matters if you’re buying a phone you plan to use for a few years, even if 5G isn’t fully available in the U.S. yet. And it’s important for Apple in other countries where 5G is more mature, such as China, where Apple competes with Huawei.

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