The new iPhone 12 is finally official. I’m going to try to give you everything you need to know about the new iPhone 12, summarized in one place, to hopefully help you a decision of which one to pre-order. There are four new iPhones this year. There’s an iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
This is great that we have so many options but it also might make that decision even more confusing for you, of which one to go for. But don’t worry. That’s what I’m here for.
Display and Design
So initially, let’s look at the displays. The bezels have now become smaller compared to what we had last year. You are getting a higher screen-to-body ratio. We still have that notch and there is no 120 Hertz display, like some rumors were suggesting earlier on. They are 60 Hertz displays.
We do have some significant improvements, especially for the iPhone 12 as well as the iPhone 12 Mini. All displays now OLED displays and they all also have a high resolution. So we’re looking at around 460 to 470 PPI pixel density, that just means details are going to be very sharp.
Taking a deeper look into this, it does look like the iPhone 12 Pro, and the 12 Pro Max do have slightly brighter displays. The peak brightness is 800 nits, and then all of them go up to 1200 nits when you are viewing HDR content.
But when you are viewing regular content, the iPhone 12 and the 12 Mini will only be able to go up to 625 nits. So just a small detail that I did notice there.
We do have a 5.4 inch display on the Mini and on the 12 and the 12 Pro, the displays are actually exactly the same size around 6.1 inches. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest, at around 6.7 inches.
You might be thinking that, these devices are going to be quite big because of the larger screen sizes. However, Apple has said that because of the smaller bezel sizes, the devices are generally around the same size. In fact, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are exactly the same size in terms of dimensions.
The iPhone 12 Pro is a similar size to the iPhone 11 Pro last year and the iPhone 12 is actually a lot smaller, lighter than the iPhone 11 that we had last year. Although the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are roughly about the same size, the iPhone 12 Pro does weigh more and that is because you have a stainless steel frame for the Pro and the Max.
On the 12 Mini as well as on the 12, you do have an aluminum frame. However, when it comes to the glass we actually have the same glass across the board. This is what Apple called the ceramic shield glass. Apple is claiming that this is the toughest glass on any smartphone out right now.
It improves drop performance by up to four times. I’m not going to be somebody who’s going to be testing this out with drop tests. But from what we’re seeing, this looks very impressive. For the colors, the 12 and the 12 Mini come in Black, White, Product Red, Green, and Blue, and for the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, we’ve got a Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific blue.
All devices are also IP68 water and dust resistant and they are actually much more resistant to water compared to other devices. Generally, most smartphones out there, have about a 2m rating underwater. But the new iPhones can go up to 6m underwater, which is also very impressive.
The iPhone 12 Mini is very small, it’s actually smaller compared to the iPhone SE, and it only weighs around 133 grams, which is very light. This makes it the smallest, lightest, and thinnest 5G smartphone in the world.
All of these devices do support 5G technology. So Apple is now joining the 5G race. If you are in a 5G enabled area you’ll be able to take advantage of very fast speeds. And the more 5G rolls out across the coming months, the more you’ll be able to take advantage of those very high speeds.
iPhone 12 series: Hardware
Speaking of speed, iPhone 12 series is powered by the Apple A14 Bionic chip. Apple is claiming that this is the fastest chip on any smartphone, it is the world’s first chipset that is based on a 5nm process. These things are going to be super fast.
On the Android side of things, it is going to get very competitive because the A14, from what we’re seen, is a powerhouse.
iPhone 12 series: Cameras
Now let’s move on to the cameras where there are lots of little differences and I’m going to try to summarize them in the best way that I can.
The iPhone 12 and the 12 Mini have exactly the same cameras. We’ve got a dual 12-megapixel camera setup. So we’re looking at a primary camera with a wider f/1.6 aperture. You are going to be able to let in more light, this should improve low light photography.
Next you have the ultra wide camera. You can use night mode across the primary, ultra white as well as the selfie camera, which is quite interesting. Not having night mode in the ultra-wide camera, did mean that was really not that usable when you wanted to capture low light scenes with the ultra wide.
Next we have iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max with triple camera setup, but they are actually quite different. Both of them have a 12-megapixels primary camera with F 1.6 aperture, but the Pro Max does have a larger sized sensor.
So you’re going to be able to capture more light on the Pro Max which is going to give you better low light performance. Not only that, the Pro Max also has sensor shift optical image stabilization.
So generally, for stabilization on a smartphone the lens is what’s going to be moving to compensate for any shake. But on the 12 Pro Max, the sensor is actually going to be shaking, which should give you improved stabilization for images and video and I cannot wait to test this out.
Both devices also have the ultra wide camera and a telephoto camera. Again, there is a difference with the telephoto cameras. The iPhone 12 Pro has two times optical zoom, the 12 Pro Max has 2 and ½ times optical zoom.
Apple is not going for the crazy zoom that we’re seeing from some of the competition because Apple seems to be concentrating more on portraits.
A new feature that’s going to be coming to the Pro devices as well, is Apple ProRAW, this will be the ability to save RAW images. I’m not going to go too technical here, but it’s the same as capturing normal RAW images.
So if you are taking a shot on a professional camera, you will generally shoot RAW, which will give you a much bigger file size. But it will give you a lot more flexibility to edit in post. With Apple ProRAW, it’s actually going to apply a lot of the computational photography.
The Pro models of the iPhones also have a LiDAR scanner which is going to measure depth. And it’s going to be really useful for AR and low light portrait photography. So it’s going to be able to map the depth and be able to blur the background even if you do not have as much light.
The improvements don’t stop there. We’ve also got some improvements for video. The iPhones will be the first smartphones in the world to be able to record in 4K HDR with Dolby Vision. So we’re going to get stunning video.
The iPhone 12 and 12 mini will also support this but at up to 30 frames per second, whereas the Pro models will support this at up to 60 frames per second. They’ll also be the first smartphones where you’re going to be able to edit 4K HDR Dolby Vision footage right on the smartphones, thanks to the A14 Bionic chip.
Battery, Charging and Magsafe features
Now let’s move onto a new feature that’s on all of the new iPhones. And that is MagSafe and this looks very cool. Apple has now integrated magnets to the new iPhone. And this is going to mean a few things.
Firstly, you will be able to have accessories which are just going to snap on, thanks to those magnets. It also supports wireless charging. When you’re normally on a wireless charger, if you’ve not aligned it properly, sometimes you’re not going to get that full charge.
With the MagSafe technology, it’s going to snap right into place to give you the optimal charge and that onto charging. All of the phones do support Qi wireless charging up to 7.5 Watts regularly.
But if you do use a MagSafe compatible device, where it’s going to be able to snap on and get the optimal charge, you will be able to get up to 15W fast wireless charging, which is great, and 20 Watt charging is supported across all of the iPhones.
However, it’s a bit of a catch here. The new iPhones do not come with a charger out of the box and neither do they come with EarPods out of the box. So these are now going to be done with and all you’re going to get is the smartphone, some paperwork, as well as a lightning to USB type C cable.
Now, we wish Apple had just gone with USB-C to USB-C and that would have made things much better. Apple is saying the reason for this is that most people already have chargers and earphones at home anyway. So by including them in the box, they just kind of stay there, and they go a lot towards carbon emissions.
Apple is saying by removing these, they’re going to be saving around 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, which is around, is it 450,000 cars getting them off the roads, pretty much. So that’s very impressive.
This is also going to mean that the boxes are going to be a lot smaller, a lot more compact. So, obviously when it comes to transporting them across, you know, flights and things, they are going to take a lot less space. Now, space brings us nicely onto the storage.
Price, Availability and Storage Variants
The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini start at 64 GB. You do have 128GB, 256GB options as well at higher prices. The iPhone 12 Pro on the Pro Max get double the base storage at 128GB.
iPhone 12 mini has been priced in India at Rs 69,900 for the 64 GB storage variant, while its 128 GB storage model carries a price tag of Rs 74,900 and the top end 256 GB storage option is priced at Rs 84,900. The iPhone 12 is priced at Rs 79,900 for the 64 GB storage option, Rs 84,900 for the 128 GB storage variant, and the 256 GB storage model at Rs 94,900.
The iPhone 12 Pro will come at a starting price of Rs 1,19,900 for the 128 GB storage variant, while its 256 GB and 512 GB storage options will carry a price tag of Rs 1,29,900 and Rs 1,49,900, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at Rs 1,29,900 for the 128 GB storage variant. Its 256 GB option is priced at Rs 1,39,900 and the highest, 512GB storage model carries a price tag of Rs 1,59,900.
The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro will be coming out first. So you can pre-order them from the 16th of October and they will release on the 23rd of October.
For the iPhone 12 Mini as well as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, they are actually going to be coming out in November. You can pre-order from the 6th of November and they will be releasing on the 13th of November. So you’re going to have to wait a little while for those devices.
Conclusion: Which iPhone should you buy?
iPhone 12 series is a good option if you want to buy an iPhone that lasts more than 4 years. But which iPhone model should you buy in 2020?
If you ask me, I personally prefer the iPhone 12 Pro. But if your budget is low and you want a more compact smartphone, then you can easily go for the iPhone 12 Mini.
That is everything about the new iPhone 12 summarized as best as I can in one place. What do you guys think of the new iPhones? Which one would you be going for? Do drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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