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The new purple Apple iPhone 12. Photo: Adrian Weckler

The new purple Apple iPhone 12. Photo: Adrian Weckler

The new purple Apple iPhone 12. Photo: Adrian Weckler

The new purple Apple iPhone 12. Photo: Adrian Weckler

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The new purple Apple iPhone 12. Photo: Adrian Weckler

Let’s be clear here: technically, this is exactly the same iPhone 12 as the models released six months ago. The only difference here is the colour – a lilac-accented shade of purple. If that’s enough to spark your upgrade lust, fine. But there’s no extra technical attraction to it, unless you consider the changes in iOS 14.5 this week, such as being able to now unlock the iPhone using Face ID even when wearing a mask.

It’s still a good opportunity to offer a long-term review of the iPhone 12 itself, looking at its strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been using it on and off for months. Overall, it’s a very good, reliable, nicely-designed phone with great cameras (though I do miss the presence of a zoom lens), a gorgeous screen and acceptably good battery life.

While I wish that Apple made a larger-display version of the iPhone 12 (the only option is the much more expensive 12 Pro Max), this is generally a very worthy flagship phone.


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