Apple today announced the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro, the successors to the iPhone 11 Pro lineup from last year. The iPhone 12 Pro lineup brings major improvements in the camera, performance, and connectivity department.
New Design and Bigger Display
Apple has tweaked the design of the iPhone 12 Pro lineup. The phones now feature an iPad Pro-like squarish chassis made from stainless steel with a mirror-like finish. The biggest improvement here is that the iPhone 12 Pro Max now comes with a bigger 6.7-inch display, up from the 6.5-inch display found on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The display size on the iPhone 12 Pro has also seen a bump from 5.8-inch to 6.1-inch. Both devices continue to feature a Super Retina XDR display and there’s no 120Hz refresh rate here. The displays also support Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. The display on the device is protected by a Ceramic Shield cover glass which Apple says is the most durable cover glass ever and in its testing offered 4x better drop performance.
The iPhone 12 Pro lineup features a triple-camera setup as well as a LiDAR scanner. The camera performance of the devices has improved dramatically from last year, though this time there is a difference in camera setup between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max features a different 65mm 12MP telephoto lens that offers 2.5x optical zoom. It also features a bigger 12MP primary shooter that’s 47% larger with 1.7um large pixels. There’s also sensor-shift OIS for even better stabilization that allows for up to 2 seconds of handheld exposure time in low-light scenarios.
The 12MP ultra-wide shooter has a 120-degree FoV with f/2.4 aperture while the primary 12MP shooter has OIS and an f/1.6 aperture. The primary shooter uses a new 7P lens that offers better low-light performance.
Apple is also debuting Smart HDR3 and also improving Night Mode by adding support for the ultra-wide and the front selfie camera. The new iPhone 12 Pro models will be able to record better low-light videos and Apple is also introducing a Night mode Time-lapse.
The iPhone 12 Pro lineup uses the same A14 Bionic chip that Apple first debuted inside the iPad Air refresh announced last month. Apple says the A14 Bionic features 11.8 billion transistors and it is based on a 5nm fabrication process. The 6-core CPU of the chip offers a 40 percent boost in performance while the 4-core GPU brings about a 30 percent performance jump. The Neural Engine has also gotten a major boost and now boasts of 16 cores making it twice as fast as before. Lastly, the second-generation ML boosts machine learning calculations by 10 times.
Apple claims the new CPU is 50% faster than other smartphone CPUs in the market. The GPU is also up to 50% faster than any other smartphone GPU. With such a massive performance bump across the board, the iPhone 12 lineup is once again going to set a new bar in terms of performance. The faster Neural Engine, ISP, and ML will also greatly benefit apps that are increasingly relying on them for complex and specific tasks.
Smart Data Mode and 5G
Apple is debuting a new Smart Data Mode with the iPhone 12 lineup. Using this feature, the new iPhones automatically switch to LTE to save on battery life but switch back to 5G when an application demands it. In its testing, Apple has seen the iPhone 12 reach download speeds as high as 4Gbps.
MagSafe for iPhone
With the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple is debuting MagSafe for iPhone. The iPhone comes with magnets inside that allows wireless chargers to auto-align themselves to the rear of the device. This also allows MagSafe chargers to automatically snap at the back of the device. The iPhone 12 lineup can also charge at up to 15W speeds wirelessly. Apple is introducing a host of MagSafe accessories, with third-party case makers also expected to announce more such cases.
Price and Availability
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available in Blue, Gold, Graphite, and Silver colors. Both devices will go up for pre-order from November.
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