The iPhone 12 is (almost) here. Apple recently unveiled the new 5G enabled iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, complete with a fast new processing chip, upgraded display (think even clearer selfies) and the most shatter resistant front screen of any iPhone to date.

“We’re once again pushing the boundaries to deliver incredible computational photography advancements, Super Retina XDR displays, and the biggest leap in durability in iPhone history with the new Ceramic Shield front cover,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing in a statement. “Available in two great sizes, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini take design to a new level in a new form factor that’s as beautiful as it is durable, and makes it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect iPhone to fit their lifestyle.”

According to Apple, the new front screen, dubbed the Ceramic Shied, is tougher than any smartphone glass on the market. It performs four times better than previous iPhone screens in drop tests thanks to nano-ceramic crystals embedded within the screen – very good news for those of us who drop our phones more often than we care to admit.

Also noteworthy for clumsy folk: both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are water resistance up to six metres for up to 30 minutes and are protected against liquid spills, like from your morning coffee.

As part of Apple’s goal to have net zero climate impact across the entire business by 2030, the iPhone 12 will use entirely recycled rare earth elements in its magnets, including the new camera and charger. EarPods and power adaptors will also be removed from iPhone packaging, making it lighter and smaller, which allows for 70 percent more boxes to be shipped at once – removing the equivalent in carbon emissions from 450,000 cars on the road per year.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be available to purchase October 23 and November 13, respectively.

iPhone 12 MagSafe charger

The iPhone 12 pictured in a coral case with a MagSafe charger. From $1,399, at


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