iPhone 12 South Africa: Price, Release / Launch Date, MTN, Vodacom

While the iPhone 12 was announced by Apple Inc back in October 2020, there has been a lot of interest in the new range of smartphones. While it might still take some weeks for the new range of iPhone 12 to reach the shelves of South African smartphone retailers, the initial reviews are already out in the United States, from vloggers, bloggers and tech news sites.

Apple announced a range of new smartphones back in October, with varying sizes and specifications.

The 4 latest iterations of iPhones all support 5G cellular technology, thus guaranteeing higher network speeds where there’s sufficient network coverage. They also come with improved camera technology across the board, in addition to several other improvements. The released versions are:

  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

Price

None of the leading smartphone retailers in South Africa has released prices or date for the launch of the iPhone 12 range in South Africa. The iPhone 12 prices in South Africa are as follows:

  • iPhone 12 Mini from R15 999
  • iPhone 12 from R18 999
  • iPhone 12 Pro from R23 499
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max from R25 999

iPhone 12 will be available from all major networks in South Africa, viz: Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, Cell C as well as the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like FNB Connect etc.

Release Date

The full range of iPhone 12 is available in South Africa from 18 December 2020 on MTN and Vodacom in addition to major Apple device resellers and retailers.

Networks

While the new iPhone 12 smartphones are expected to be available through every major cellular network in South Africa eventaully, only MTN and Vodacom have made some announcement about them at this time.

MTN

A screenshot showing some of MTN South Africa iPhone 12 offers
A screenshot showing some of MTN South Africa iPhone 12 offers

The new range of iPhone smartphones will be available on MTN South Africa from 18 December 2020 with pre-orders being open already. MTN is offering the smartphones with a pair of Beats headphones. Their contracts are all for 36 months with price ranging from R889 for the iPhone 12 mini 64GB to R1419 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max 512GB. MTN claims 5G connectivity will be exclusive to their network on the new phones, until early next year. In essence, other networks will be able to support the iPhone on their networks, but Apple has not approved 5G connectivity yet.

Vodacom

While Vodacom South Africa has not released their pricing details yet, the network operator has confirmed the smartphones would be available from the same date of 18 December 2020 with pre-orders opening on 11 December 2020.

Discovery Bank

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Mini

Apple iPhone 12 Mini Review
  • Released: 13 November 2020
  • 135g, 7.4mm thickness
  • iOS 14.2
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, no card slot
  • 5.4″ display
  • 1080×2340 pixels
  • 12MP
  • 2160p
  • 4GB RAM
  • Apple A14 Bionic chip
  • 2227 mAh Li-Ion

iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12 review
  • Released: 23 October 2020
  • 164g, 7.4mm thickness
  • iOS 14.2
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, no card slot
  • 6.1″ display
  • 1170×2532 pixels
  • 12MP
  • 2160p
  • 4GB RAM
  • Apple A14 Bionic
  • 2815 mAh Li-Ion

Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro review
  • Released: 23 October 2020
  • 189g, 7.4mm thickness
  • iOS 14.2
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB storage, no card slot
  • 6.1″ display
  • 1170×2532 pixels
  • 12MP
  • 2160p
  • 6GB RAM
  • Apple A14 Bionic
  • 2815mAh Li-Ion

Pro Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Released: 13 November 2020
  • 228g, 7.4mm thickness
  • iOS 14.2
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB storage, no card slot
  • 6.7″ display
  • 1284×2778 pixels
  • 12MP
  • 2160p
  • 6GB RAM
  • Apple A14 Bionic
  • 3687mAh Li-Ion

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