Today, Apple announced four new phones, and while the new iPhone Mini (and it̵7;s brother iPhone 12) may seem like the excellent one, Apple has you covered if you’re a fan of major form factors. In addition to the aforementioned phones, Apple announced the new $ 999 iPhone 12 Pro and $ 1.00 iPhone 12 Pro Max.
A Tweaked Design Years in the Making
The iPhone range has not seen a new design since the introduction of the iPhone X. The iPhone XR and 11 series largely followed the same design language, and sometimes you can confuse them with each other.
But that changes to some extent with the iPhone 12 line, but it’s still clearly an iPhone. This time, Apple went with a stainless steel frame construction that went back to the iPhone 4 age, and it adjusted the camera layout ever so little. It is difficult not to see the new flat edges directly.
The metal frame enables a new series of accessories called MagSafe. MagSafe accessories, such as wallets and wireless chargers, will be magnetically attached to the iPhone so you get it in the right place every time. It is quite useful with wireless charging, where positioning makes a big difference in fast charging.
On the contrary, this is the first time iPhones can also access 5G networks. With that inclusion, you get faster speeds when you are on the go – if you have 5G in your area yet. If you’re a Verizon customer, you’ll be happy to know that the iPhone series supports the company’s faster 5G Ultra Wide Band service.
The latest iPhone series uses a new display material from Corning, called Ceramic Shield. Apple promises that it is four times better in fall performance, thanks to ceramic crystals buried in the glass. Apple says that Ceramic Shield is harder than any other smartphone glass.
The biggest differences between the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are, of course, price and screen size, and to a lesser extent cameras. The iPhone 12 Pro tops the $ 999 scales with its 6.1-inch OLED screen, while the Pro Max jumps to $ 1,099 and a 6.7-inch screen. As always, you can spend more on storage with options from 128 GB to 512 GB.
The best iPhone cameras yet
If you want the best iPhone cameras, you have to go up to the iPhone Pro series. While the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini work with a dual-lens system, the iPhone Pro series gets a triple system.
This means you can move between wide, ultra-wide or telephoto lenses. For iPhone 12 Pro, you get 12-megapixel wide, telephoto and ultra-wide camera lenses. But the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets slightly better cameras with larger sensors and more optical zoom.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max also introduces sensor-shift image stabilization technology, which stabilizes the sensor instead of the heavy lens. This leads to clearer images thanks to the ability to make 5,000 micro-adjustments per second.
Apple iPhone Pro phones also get access to the company’s new Apple ProRaw format, which combines Apple’s computational photography with the Raw format control. In theory, it should give you nicer images in advance, but retain the ability to make changes later that you get with RAW.
If you go up to Apple iPhone Pro, you also get HDR video recording for the first time. It is also the first smartphone camera to record in Dolby Vision HDR, even when recording 4K 60 fps video. In addition, Night Mode comes with new lenses. You can use it with the extremely wide lens and the forward-facing lens now, for more dynamic images and better portraits even when lighting is not ideal. And if you have a tripod on hand, you can use Night Mode Time Lapse.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also download a LiDAR scanner. The scanner can completely scan a room, a subject or almost anything to get a better 3D image of the world. Not only does it help Augmented Reality apps, but it can help with photos and videos in low light.
Pre-order time is coming
You can pre-order the iPhone 12 Pro on October 16 and it will be released on October 23. The iPhone 12 Pro Max goes up for pre-order on November 5 and will be released on November 23.
You can get iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max in four surface treatments in stainless steel: graphite, silver, gold and still life.