Finally, the Cupertino tech giant unveild the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with numerous new features and changes. The 2020 iPhone 12 series was released after a month delay due to the ongoing pandemic. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max offers a better design and performance than the last year’s iPhone 11 Pro lineup. Now the entire body is made up of aluminum and Apple redesigns the antenna adjustments for enhanced network connectivity. The iPhone 12 Pro lineup offers a major improvements in the camera, performance, and connectivity department.
Design and Display
The iPhone 12 series received a Huge design enhancement. All the iPhone 12 models have a shape like the latest iPad Pro, boxy design with a stainless steel body. The iPhone 12 Pro comes in a 6.1-inches OLED display which is a leap forward from the last year’s iPhone 11 Pro which was a 5.7-inches OLED display. The Cupertino based brand achieved this by shrinking the bezels of the iPhone 12 Pro. While on the other side the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes in a 6.7-inches OLED display which is a leap forward from the last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max which was 6.5-inches. Both devices have a Super Retina XDR display. The displays do support Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG.
According to Apple, the 2020 iPhone 12 series has the toughest screen glass in any smartphone in the market and they call this glass “Ceramic Shield”. The glass is 4X better drop resistant than any available smartphone in the market. Also, it improved IP68 certification rated for up to 6m depth now.
Camera Improvement and LiDAR
The iPhone 12 Pro lineup features a triple camera setup with a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). There is a difference in the camera setup of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Let’s start with the LiDAR sensor. The primary purpose of this sensor is to use in Augmented reality(AR) but Apple also used this sensor for the enhancement of camera performance. According to Apple, this sensor enhances low-light photos and help the pro model iPhones to take good photos in dark environment.
The iPhone 12 Pro features a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) with an f/1.6 aperture. The main sensor uses a new 7P lens that offers better low-light performance.
While the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a bigger 12-megapixel main camera that’s 47% larger with 1.7um large pixels. It also features a sensor-shift OIS for better low-light photos which help for stabilization up to 2 seconds of handheld exposure time in low-light shots.
Both iPhones comes with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter with a 120-degree field of view and f/2.4 aperture. The Cupertino based company also introduced the night mode feature in the ultra-wide camera and also the front selfie camera. Both the iPhone can record better low light videos and night mode time-lapse with the help of Smart HDR3. Apple is also releasing the Apple ProRAW feature for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max users which will come later this year. This feature will allow users to take full control over colors, contrast, and much more. This feature will allow pro users to post-process photos while still taking advantage of Apple’s Smart HDR3.
For video recording, the 10bit HDR video recording feature is coming in the iPhone Pro and Pro Max models. Both the iPhones are the first in the market to record in Dolby Vision HDR at 4K60fps. Also, it is possible to edit Dolby Vision videos straight from iPhone.
A14 Bionic Chipset Performance
This year Apple introduced the A14 Bionic Chipset in the iPhone 12 series. This system on chip is built on a 5nm technology. This is the first 5nm chip in any smartphone in the market. It consists of 11.8 billion transistors. The 6 core CPU of A14 bionic offers a 40% boost in performance and the 4 core GPU offers a 30% boost in performance. Apple also claims that the A14 Bionic CPU and GPU performance is 50% faster than any mobile processor in the market. The Neural Engine has also gotten a major boost and now boasts of 16 cores making it twice as fast as before. With this performance boost, iPhone 12 lineup again came on the top of the performance list.
5G with Smart Data Mode
Apple introduced 5G compatibility on all four iPhone 12 models. With the 5G iPhone will be able to get faster internet speed and faster download/upload speed. There is also a Smart data mode that will be available on the 5G devices to give users a better internet speed experienced by switching seamlessly between 5G and 4G LTE network. When the user needs more internet speed it will automatically switch to 5G mode otherwise it will give stay on 4G LTE mode, of course, it will help in battery life. While testing Apple has seen the iPhone 12 reach download speeds as high as 4Gbps. All the iPhone 12 models sold in the US will support millimeter wave technology.
One of the interesting features in iPhone 12 series is the MagSafe. It is a technology that allows connecting wireless charges easier to the back of your iPhone. The iPhone 12 series can also charge at up to 15W speeds wirelessly. According to Apple, you can not only use this for wireless charging but also they have new cases and accessories that you can use to connect with your iPhone.
No Charger and Earphones
Apple decided to get rid of the power adapter and the wired earphones from the box for the reduction of carbon emission from the environment. This makes the size of the iPhone 12 lineup so small than previous models of iPhones. While on the other side the whole iPhone 12 lineup is coming with a USB-C to lightning cable.
Price, Availability, and Colors
The iPhone 12 Pro lineup comes in 4 different colors including Gold, Pacific Blue, Graphite, and Silver. They are available for pre-order starting on 16th October 2020 and will be available in stores on the 23rd of October 2020. The devices will be available in three storage options: 128Gb (Base storage), 256GB, and 512GB. The iPhone 12 Pro is starting from $999 while the iPhone 12 Pro Maxis starting from $1099.
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