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Today all our attention goes to the brand new Apple smartphones. We’ll guide you through the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro design changes first and then dive into technical specifications. Believe us, there’s a lot to talk about so let’s start with what you found in the box.
After unboxing the new iPhone you’ll notice that it doesn’t include any earphones or earbuds. But that’s not the big deal, because the main thing that you might miss is a charger brick. These are now extra accessories.
According to Apple, there are four reasons why this decision was made: increased margins, shipping costs, the transition to a future no-port iPhone, and mostly the environmental damage. But from the customer’s point of view, the company is charging the same amount of money and giving you less.
Now, talking about the iPhone 12 design it’s more like a throwback to the previous version which we have seen on iPhone 5. The aluminum back of the phone and all the edges are so flat that the smartphone can easily stand on its own bottom. It also looks and feels premium while holding in a hand. Compared to the previous iPhone, this is one is a bit lighter and thinner.
6.1 inches display is now covered with a ceramic shield which makes 4 times better drop protection. Or as we say, users now have more chances not to see shattered display after dropping it. This improvement is definitely great, but it also has a downside which Apple hasn’t mentioned. The softer the display surface is, the less likely to shatter, but at the same time, it becomes proportionally less resistant to scratches. So it would be a great idea not to put your new iPhone in the same pocket where you keep your keys.
iPhone 12 comes with slightly upgraded dual cameras on the back which are covered with a small bumper. Compared to the iPhone 11 you might not feel much difference in the camera or hardware improvements, especially when capturing photos in usual daylight conditions. But you’ll notice some changes in the most difficult photo-taking scenarios like low light, night mode, or autofocus on fast moving objects. Even shooting in front of the sun the smart HDR 3 technology automatically refines highlights, shadows, and contours making your photo look stunning.
Dolby Vision HDR 3
Another thing that must be mentioned is Dolby Vision HDR 3 4K videos support. Yes, the new iPhone is capable of capturing really high definition videos with higher brights and deeper shadows. Sadly, for today this feature so much depends on the compatibility in other devices, that you might not have a chance to enjoy it elsewhere. For example: Using iPhone 12 you may record a great HDR 3 video, but the true quality will be visible only on other iPhone 12 or quite an expensive TV that supports HDR 3 or similar format. Also, none of the social media platforms or communication apps are supporting HDR videos for today.
The new iPhone supports 5G and that’s the feature that we hopefully start using globally in the next year. We say globally because we already have 5G launched but only in the small areas. And that’s where the Smart Data Mode feature comes really handy. When you are doing a lot of high bandwidth stuff like face-timing while at the same time downloading data or browsing, iPhone 12 gonna use 5G to deliver the best user experience. But when you are not really doing anything that benefits for 5G, then it’ll switch off to 4G saving about 20% more battery. Isn’t that cool?
MagSafe & magnetic wallet
The last feature we want to talk about is about charging support and accessories which we mentioned at the beginning of this review. The new iPhone finally supports wireless charging and Apple offers you MagSafe to do so. MagSafe is a wireless charging accessory that magnetically sticks on the back and charges iPhone 12.
Now, while you are wondering if you’ll be able to use any wireless charger instead of MagSafe, we must inform that MagSafe uses 15 wats charging while other smartphone chargers usually use 7.5 wats. This means that charging might take much longer or your new iPhone might not be fully charged at all.
Apple also revealed cool new accessory to keep your credit cards on the back of the phone. The Magnetic Wallet sticks on the back side of the iPhone 12 and supports wireless charging right through the case.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro main differences
Comparing iPhone 12 to the iPhone 12 Pro they have the same size, same battery, same main cameras, and same charging. So what are the main differences between these two?
Here are some facts. iPhone 12 Pro has a slightly better camera, more RAM (6GB instead of 4) and it starts from 128GB of internal storage while iPhone 12 has a minimal 64GB.
Pro model might feel a bit heavier, but talking about the design, it comes in a specific blue color for your choice and has exclusive stainless steel sides which are higher quality material than aluminum. By the way, those shiny housing sides perfectly collect your fingerprints.
Another change on iPhone 12 Pro is a more improved camera system. Although it has the same primary and ultra-wide sensors, there’s an additional (third) 2x Telephoto zoom camera. When shooting in good light you’ll notice crispier shots at and beyond 2 zoom.
Right at the bottom of the Telephoto camera, you’ll find a visible circular at the bottom which is called a depth sensor. It gives up to 6x faster autofocus in a night or a dim light photo capturing.
Final thoughts and price
iPhone 12 is a great, reliable, and comfy smartphone with a new luxury design. However, looking closer at its technical specifications you’ll notice that it has only slight improvements comparing to the previous iPhone 11 release. So most of the iPhone 11 users may decide not to upgrade their devices. Unless you’re the one who seeks to have the latest 5G technology in your pocket despite limited use for today.
iPhone 12 price starts at $799 while Pro costs $999. So basically there’s only a $200 difference between these two. So if you love to store lots of photos and videos on your smartphone, you should definitely look for buying Pro model, since it comes with 128GB of storage. And if you still decide to stay with iPhone 12 but prefer to have a bigger storage capacity, keep in mind that you’ll have to pay $879 for 128GB or $979 for the 256GB model. Which brings the iPhone 12 very close to iPhone 12 Pro.
• Dimensions 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm, weight 164g
• 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10 display with 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution, covered with scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating and supports Dolby Vision
• Processor Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)
• iPhone 12 storage options: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM
• iPhone 12 Pro storage options: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM
• Rear cameras:
– 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
– 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6″
– 12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom (iPhone 12 Pro)
– Video recording 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec.
• Front dual selfie camera 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″ with HDR support
– Video recording 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
• Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
• NFC (Near Field Communication)
• iOS 14.1
• Fingerprint (under display, optical), Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
• IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
• Non-removable Li-Ion 2815 mAh battery
• Qi fast wireless charging 15W
• Available colors: Black, White, Red, Green, Blue (iPhone 12) and Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue (iPhone 12 Pro)
iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro is great, reliable, and comfy smartphones with a new luxury design. However, looking closer at their technical specifications you'll notice that they come with only slight improvements comparing to the previous iPhone 11 release. So most of the iPhone 11 users may decide not to upgrade their devices. Unless you're the one who seeks to have the latest 5G technology in your pocket despite limited use for today.
- Old/New stunning design
- Dust and water resistant
- Wireless charging support
- Advanced Dolby Vision HDR 3 display
- No big changes in camera
- No major changes between iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
- Display is less resistant to scratches