We cover the latest iPhones from Apple — iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We cover the A14 Bionic cheap, LiDAR tech, RAM, storage and of course the camera modules with dual OIS and more.
Apple stuck to the virtual format for its October iPhone 12 launch event and launched four iPhones in three storage configurations for a total of a dozen iPhones that range in prices from $699 to $1,399.
The New iPhone 12 Pro — Design, Features and Prices
The new iPhone 12 Pro models will have 5G support ‘built-in’ which will benefit customers in areas where 5G is available. The race between carriers to offer 5G nationwide now starts in earnest.
What is new in the iPhone 12 Pro models is a three-camera set-up on the rear, upgraded processor, display, and LiDAR.
The full list of specifications is here.
While all the four iPhone 12 models — iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max — share the same A14 processor, the Pro line-up comprises a 6.1-inch model and a 6.7-inch model.
The A14 SoC packs six CPU cores and four graphics cores.
12 Pro Camera
The OLED displays with Super Retina XDR are common in all four iPhone 12s. The iPhone 12 Pro has 2532 x 1170 display resolution while the iPhone 12 Prox max packs 2778 x 1284 display resolution.
What puts the ‘Pro’ in the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max is mostly their camera assembly. The telephoto lens is available in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The optical zoom is 2x and 2.5x respectively in the two models.
The wide-angle lenses not only have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) but the lens in the iPhone 12 Pro Max also offers sensor-shift stabilization. Both the Pro models have dual OIS technology.
The LiDAR in both the Pro models six times faster night-time autofocus. Various Augmented Reality (AR) apps will be able to make use of the LiDAR feature.
And what also separates the ‘Pro’ models from the non-Pro models is the use of stainless steel frames in the Pro models versus the aluminum frames in the non-Pro models.
The storage options for both the Pro models are: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. And their prices range from $999 for the entry-level iPhone 12 Pro to $1,399 for the 512GB-storage iPhone 12 Pro Max while the 128-GB iPhone 12 Pro Max costs $1,099.
The New iPhone 12 — Design, Features and Prices
All the new iPhone 12 models will provide 5G support ‘out of the box’ which means carriers have their work cut out as customers will demand 5G service.
All the new iPhone 12 models have the latest Apple SoC called the A14 Bionic processor.
The complete list of specifications is here.
All the new iPhone 12 models have Super Retina XDR display and OLED screens.
The $699 iPhone is the new iPhone 12 Mini with 64GB storage. Higher storage capacity models cost more.
The iPhone 12 with 64GB of storage will cost $799 only if bought from Verizon. The unlocked versions will cost $30 extra.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions.
While the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display, the iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch display.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini offer 624 nits of manually adjustable brightness though they have 1,200 nits of brightness in HDR mode.
And the iPhone 12 has gone for some design evolution and Apple has opted for flat design compared to previous curved designs. The materials used in the iPhone 12 are glass for the front Super Retina XDR displays and the rear panels and aluminum for the frames.
The iPhone 12 A14 Bionic procesor has 5-nanometer scale chip design and packs 11.8 billion transistors.
iPhone 12 Camera
The iPhone 12 offers a dual camera system on the rear with a Night Mode and offers the capability to shoot HDR video in Dolby Vision. This movie industry standard capability means you can shoot a cinema-quality videos directly on an iPhone 12.
Dual cameras include Ultra Wide and Wide 12MP cameras with 2x optical zoom out. Digital zoom is up to 5x. Portrait mode, Night mode and Deep Fusion are available to satisfy the most demanding photographers.
iPhone 12s are available for pre-order from October 16 and will reach customers starting October 23.
Peripherals and Packaging
Apple has launched the MagSafe wireless charging for the iPhone 12 which customers can order from October 16 onwards. However, the standard power adapter and wired headphone are now gone from Apple’s iPhone package now. Apple is portraying this as an environmentally-responsible decision.
EDITED on 3rd November.