Should You Get an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12?

Apple introduced its first iPhone in 2007, and it went on sale for the first time on June 29th. Greg Packer, known as a “professional line sitter,” camped out for four days in front of the 5th Avenue “Glass Cube” Apple Store in New York City so he could be the first person in the world to buy an iPhone. Now, in recent months, Apple has once again driven the tech media into a frenzy with the constant drip of random details leaked to the press about the iPhone 12.

What’s New in the iPhone 12?

Let’s Begin with the LiDAR Camera. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. LiDAR is a technology for measuring distances by directing infrared lasers at a target, then measuring the time required to sense the reflected light. Because light travels at a fixed speed, the time required for the reflected light to travel back to the LiDAR receiver is proportional to the distance to the target.
Those differences in laser return times can then be used to make 3-D digital representations of the target. Apple points out that “the custom-designed LiDAR scanner uses direct time of flight to measure reflected light from up to five meters away, both indoors and out. It works at the photon level, operates at nanosecond speeds, and opens up tremendous possibilities for augmented reality and beyond.”
Yet, as The Verge has reported, “AR apps on iOS today are a thing you try out once, marvel at how novel of an idea it is, and move on — they’re not essential parts of how we use our phones. And nearly three years into Apple’s push for AR, there’s still no killer app that makes the case for why customers — or developers — should care.” While the iPhone 12 is designed to give users an immersive AR experience, AR is still an emerging technology. The value of the LiDAR camera will have to wait for developers to build the software that can use it.

Add 5G Service to the Mix

The iPhone 12 is Apple’s first phone designed for use on 5G networks.  “5G” refers to “fifth generation” and runs run in two frequency bands abbreviated as FR1 (less than 6 GHz) and FR2 (greater than 24 GHz). Such networks provide download speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. That’s up to 5 gigabits per second (or about 625 megabytes per second) – which is fast enough to download a two-hour movie in under 4 seconds. With that speed, 5G is like having fiber optics speed on your mobile device. Interested in 5G? Learn more.

How Does iPhone 12 Compare to iPhone 11?

Just as in the past, the new iPhone 12 became Apple’s flagship phone the moment it was released. It offers the same features as the iPhone 11 but improves in these areas.
  • The iPhone 11 uses Apple’s “A13 Bionic” system on a chip. It includes six cores, a fast GPU, a neural engine, and a machine learning controller. The iPhone 12 uses an “A14 Bionic” chip that promises 15% faster overall performance while using 30% less power. Benchmark testing shows the A14 Bionic CPU runs 40% faster while the GPU clocks in at 50% faster than the A13.
  • To support increasingly greater demands for internal memory, the iPhone 12 comes with 6 GB of RAM, compared to 4GB in the iPhone 11.
  • The iPhone 12’s lower power consumption results in longer battery life, while the speed improvements tie in nicely to the many performance benefits 5G brings. There’s a good reason for Apple to call iPhone 12 the fastest smartphone in the market.
For those who want to be on the cutting edge, there’s no better choice than an iPhone 12. Much like the iPhone 11, you can choose from several models that vary in screen size.

What About the Warranty?

Apple warranties its phones for one year but excludes coverage for “damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, fire, liquid contact, earthquake or other external cause,” and nine other scenarios.
But take note: “When you purchase your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, you may be offered an extended warranty such as AppleCare+ from Apple or through the carrier or retailer. Unlike those plans, Upsie’s extended warranty saves you up to 70% by cutting out the middleman for the same service. Upsie’s extended warranties provide  accident protection from drops and spills not included in the standard warranty. And in most cases, you can get your phone quickly repaired at a local certified repair facility, or even the Genius Bar. To determine whether you should purchase an extended warranty, consider the benefits Upsie offers versus the cost to replace your phone.”
To learn more, take a moment to visit to see how Upsie extended warranties cost less and deliver more than other alternatives. Then, spend a few minutes comparing the protection and coverage Upsie offers, and be sure to take advantage of the 10% discount we offer all our first time customers.
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