Captain America hates his iPhone 12 for the same reason you do

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Iphone 12 Hero Cropped (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Chris Evans had to replace his beloved iPhone 6s last month.
  • The replacement, an iPhone 12, isn't proving popular.
  • Evans says his new iPhone is just too heavy and he's using his pinky to support it.

Captain America (Or Steve Evans to his friends) loved his iPhone 6s. It was with him through everything the universe could throw at him, including Thanos. But it finally gave up the ghost recently and the iPhone that's replaced it just isn't cutting it. In fact, he really doesn't seem to like it at all.

Evans reported the loss of his beloved iPhone 6s last month, replacing it with a new iPhone 12. But he was quick to point out the new device's deficiencies when Collider caught up with him to talk about his latest movie. And while Evans does miss the Home button, that isn't his biggest gripe. Captain America says his iPhone 12 is just too darned heavy. And even he's having to use the pinky trick to stop it from falling to its death.

"I feel like my new phone is too heavy. I know that makes me the oldest dinosaur in the world, but the problem is... It's right here. It's right here. I'm going to talk some sh*t right now. Because as I hold it, you use the pinky to brace it, and it feels too heavy. It's too heavy," Evans ranted in his interview. I've been using the pinky trick for years because my hands are inhumanly small, but I can't imagine that's a problem Evans suffers from — and the fact even he struggles makes me feel a lot better!

On the subject of that Home button, Evans says that everyone telling him to get an iPhone SE is missing the point. He just wants "something from before to work until it doesn't work anymore." Seems fair enough, really. The iPhone 6s weighed in at 143g, while Evans' beefy iPhone 12 comes in at 164g.

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It isn't clear exactly which iPhone 12 Evans opted for, but he might have fared better with the iPhone 12 mini if that isn't the route he went. I'm still figuring out why he didn't go the iPhone 13 route as well, but maybe even one of Hollywood's elite can't bring himself to pay for Apple's best iPhone to date.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

  • Judging by the ear piece speaker - it is in fact an iPhone 13. I would say it’s an iPhone 13 Pro in graphite based on a little bit of pinch to zoom to look at the edge colour.
  • Yeah, good catch on the earpiece location. Definitely a 13 or 13 Pro, not a mini/max. Makes mine wonder if he is trading his 6S in for a $700 credit with his carrier…. Also, it’s Chris Evans, or Steve Rodgers, Not Steve Evans. Unless that was intentional. 🤣
  • "Too heavy" give me a freaking break. iMore continues to go downhill....
  • The iPhone 12 or 13 mini is lighter than the 2S and has a bigger screen. The SE has a home button and is very close to the same size and weight as the 6S. If he really doesn't like the 13 Pro, there are other options to choose from.
  • It looks like a 13 Pro as others have said and unless you want gigantic, that's really the only model of that year to buy, right? And for that reason, I personally made the *exact* same upgrade (from 6s to 13 Pro), and because of that, I can say he's absoutely correct! When you first move from something as slim and light as the 6s to the newer phones, you *absolutely* notice how large and heavy they are. The edges are sharp too, whereas all the previous phones you may have used are smooth and soft to the touch. Comparitively speaking the new phone is a gigantic, heavy, sharp metal square in the hand versus the smooth, light original. I found it extrememly uncomfortable for at least a week or two. Additionally ... the software and UI is also very very different. You miss the home button, because without it, all the swipes and so forth you have to do to operate it are *completely* different. I think what's happened here is that all the super-fans on this site who upgrade more frequently are not thinking of what it's like to move from the older iPhones to the "completely different in every way" new ones. Now, after a few weeks, it turns out that you don't mind the weight and so forth, and then when you go to use the old one you think "what's this stupid button here for?", and it seeems too small to type on etc. So like as not, the guy will get used to it and we won't hear about it again, but ... he is 100% totally correct about his observations. Ask anyone who made that switch. They will tell you the same.
    Capt. America is always right, no?
  • I made the jump from the 6s to the 10R back in the day. If you 6S isn’t holding a charge, did you have the battery replaced? The battery was under a recall by Apple and they would have replaced it for free. The person who thinks they should just be able to use their iPhone until it doesn’t work anymore is missing the point. Chris Evan’s phone wasn’t working anymore, so that is why he upgraded to a new iPhone. Why upgrade to a larger phone without trying it out first to see it it is a good fit? Evan’s could have easily switched to the Mini and got a larger screen and lighter phone. I switched to the 10R and had no problems adjusting to FaceID from Touch ID.