Last Updated on October 14, 2020 by Jay
Apple just announced 4 new devices. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro 5G. All devices come with a slightly different design, new features, a more powerful processor, 5G support, and, apparently, no charger or earphones in the box!
You can get these new iPhones from:
- iPhone 12: Preorder this Friday. Release on October 23
- iPhone 12 Mini: Preorder on November 6th and release on November 13th
- iPhone 12 Pro: Preorder on October 16. Launch on October 23
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: Preorder on November 6 and launch follows on November 13
Pricing starts from $699 for the smallest iPhone and can go as high as $1,399 for the biggest one. So, without any further ado, let us take a closer look at them!
Confirmed: iPhone 12 Comes Without a Charger
First things first, the rumors have long been saying now that the iPhone 12 series is going to come without a charger. Well, turns out this is true.
Apple says that they are not including a charger or earphones in the box because most of us already have them from our old phones. According to Apple, this is a move that’s eco-friendly since it can reduce emissions.
The only irony here is that the included cable is Lightning cable to Type-C. Not Lightning cable to Type-A. This means that it’s not compatible with your current charger since Type-C adapters are still new in the market.
iPhone 12 Series Design
As per usual with iPhone launches, the new iPhone series doesn’t include any major design changes. We are still looking at the sort of triangle-shaped camera setups, a big notch at the top, along with the power button and the volume buttons being placed on the side of the phone.
One small change is the curvature. All of the new iPhone 12 devices come with both a flat screen and a flat back.
Whether that’s a good look or not is completely up to you to decide.
Another interesting addition that many were looking forward to, though, is the iPhone 12 Mini! This model comes in at 5.4 inches with extremely small bezels. So, it’s no doubt one of the smallest iPhones we’ve seen in the recent years.
Speaking of sizes:
- iPhone 12 Mini: 5.4 inches at 2430 x 1080
- iPhone 12: 6.1 inches at 2531 x 1170
- iPhone 12 Pro: 6.1 inches at 2532 x 1170
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6.7 inches at 2778 x 1284
That aside, Apple has also mentioned that we are looking at a Ceramic Shield cover that offers 4x better drop protection. Whether that’s true or not is obviously up to debate, though.
And that’s about it as far as the design is concerned.
What’s new on the iPhone 12?
Apple always introduces a few new features with every new launch and this year is no different. Here is all you need to know as quickly as possible:
- 5G: All iPhone 12 devices are 5G compatible. You just need 5G compatibility in your area and you should be good to go
- New A14 Processor: According to Apple, the new A14 chip is 50 percent faster compared to the competing smartphone chips
- Ceramic Shield: The new ceramic shield cover is apparently 4x times more resistant to drops compared to the past generations. This should substantially increase durability
- HDR video capture with Dolby Vision
- Improved fast charging: 50% charge in just 30 minutes
- Improved low-light performance: 27% for the iPhone 12 Pro and 87% for the iPhone 12 Pro Max
- ProRAW: Leaves photos untouched so that you’ll be able to fully edit them on your own
- LiDAR Scanner: A scanner that measures light distance and pixel depth for better AR performance and autofocus
- Night Mode Portraits: Possible thanks to the LiDAR scanner
- MagSafe: A sort of magnet that attaches the phone safely to wireless chargers
About the Cameras
We understand how much you guys love iPhone cameras. So, let’s a deeper look at what this year’s models have to offer.
Both the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 are identical as far as sensors are concerned. We’re looking at a dual-lens setup with a 12MP main sensor and a 12MP ultrawide sensor. And while there is Dolby Vision HDR support, only the Pro variants come with the other extra camera features.
The Pro variants, on the other hand, come with triple setups (quad if you count the TOF 3D liDAR scanner). All of the sensors are at 12MP with the main one, a telephoto lens (2x on the Pro and 2.5x on the Pro Max), and an ultrawide sensor as well.
One extra feature that the Pro variants offer is ProRAW mode. This is very useful if you like shooting manually and doing all of the editing on your own.
See, normally, camera apps edit a picture (Colors, contrast, vibrance, etc) while you take it. ProRAW mode, on the other hand, edits nothing and gives you full control of the image. So, that’s very useful if you are a passionate photographer who likes using his phone as a camera sometimes.
That aside, there’s also:
- HDR 3
- Deep Fusion with machine learning for better image processing
- Much better low-light performance thanks to larger aperture size and the LiDAR scanner
- Better video stabilization with sensor stabilization
- And Night Mode now works on both the TrueDepth and Ultra Wide cameras
That’s about everything that’s new so far. The iPhone 12 series is no doubt a small leap over the last generation in every single category.
The only thing that some of you may dislike is the new flat design. But do feel free to let us know about that in the comments section down below.
Till next time!
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