iPhone 12 finally revealed

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September of every year is a pretty exciting month for tech lovers as Apple hosts its annual event and shows the latest and greatest the company has to offer including the new iPhones. This being 2020 however, Apple couldn’t stick to its original plan and had to look for a future date to launch its new phone line-up. Nonetheless we are glad they are finally here as the 12th generation was expected to be a major overhaul after we had to make do with basic incremental upgrades last year.
Apple showcased 4 new iPhones as part of its 2020 line-up.

It looks like Apple is trying to cover all the markets with various new iterations of its phone, meaning more options to choose for the consumer. The major theme of the mobile Event was 5G, and Apple took its own sweet time to go over this in detail. To help sell the new technology, Apple included Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg in its video. However, the jury is still out whether betting on a technology that’s still a work in progress even in markets like USA was the right thing to do just now. Apple has made all the next gen iPhones 5G capable and spent a lot of time emphasizing on faster data speeds, higher capacity, and how is the future going to look like for the consumer. But considering iPhones are the longest used models in all smartphones 5G is definitely a good option to have, so as to future proof your phone when it does become more widely available.

iPhone 12

Starting at $799 and taking its design cues from the iPad pro and in essence the 4th and 5th generation iPhone models the new iPhone comes with a flat sided shape that many hold dear to their heart. It gets aluminium frame all around, flat screen and the new antennas positioned for 5G while still maintaining the IP68 water resistance. Apple stressed about how strong the display was going to be as they have worked internally with Corning to create a ceramic shield specialized glass. Apple promised a 4x better drop protection but that still needs to be tested (Drop Tests Maybe?).

Display: The screen gets a major bump from a 720p LCD on the iPhone 11 to a 6.1 OLED display with thinner bezels and a significantly better screen quality. Brighter display with better contrast thanks to the OLED and a higher PPi than the iPhone 11 display. The huge notch unfortunately is still there and we wish Apple had worked more on that. 

Cameras: While on paper we still have the dual 12 MP camera system at the back however looking further in tells a different story. We have a 12 MP Ultra-wide camera with a f/2.4 aperture, and a 12 MP standard camera with a f/1.6 aperture. Which means a better low light camera and better portrait shots, the apple software will as always work great with the HDR now with the Introduction of night mode to the front camera as well. The phone will be available in 5 colors namely Black, White, Red, Green, Blue.

iPhone 12 Mini

Literally the smaller version of the iPhone 12 launching a month later and costing a $100 lower at $699 it has all that the new iPhone 12 has to offer just in a smaller 5.4” display. This comes out after the major success of the iPhone SE 2 launched earlier. Apple realised there is still a market for phones that are just as fast but smaller and it is not letting this opportunity go. That market space has very less competition as the flagships get bigger and Apple remembers the love people still have for the 5th gen and the SE models of the iPhone.

iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

Not much different that the regular iPhone 12 model  the Pro’s try to carve out a niche with their Size, Camera, and Colours. Starting at the same $999 and $1099 prices respectively with the base storage at 128 GB. They carry over the processor, Ceramic shield, IP68 water resistance from the iPhone 12. The displays are just bigger now at 6.1” Oled for the Pro and 6.7” for the Pro Max. The phones come with colour options of white, black, blue and gold. It’s the cameras where the Pros earn their name, we still have a triple camera setup at the back. However, they now boast new standard, Ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras with Deep Fusion on all four cameras (including the front). The Pros also get a LIDAR sensor just like the new iPad Pro for better AR and improved auto Focus in the dark.

The camera setup on the iPhone 12 Pro is as follows, the primary camera is 12 MP with an f/1.6 aperture, a 12 MP Telephoto with f/2.2 aperture and a 12 MP Ultra-Wide with a f/2.4 aperture with a 120˚ field of view. Capable of recording 4k videos at upto 60fps.

The 12 Pro Max has a primary camera at 12 MP with an f/1.6 aperture, a 12 MP Telephoto camera with f/2.0 aperture, and finally 12 MP Ultra-Wide with a f/2.4 aperture with a 120˚ field of view. With similar video recording capabilities the only difference is the telephoto lens with a 2.5x telephoto for the 12 Pro Max and a 2x for the iPhone 12 Pro. The 12 Pro max is the only one of the lot to sport a sensor shift image stabilization. The other three have it built into their lens. These are the only cameras on a phone that can record [email protected] fps in Dolby vision HDR.

The phones also come equipped with Apple A14 Bionic the first 5 nanometre chip with a 6 core CPU and a 4 core GPU. Expect better machine running performance and image processing.

Also, the phones bring back Magsafe with magnet in the back of the phone which Apple is using not only for wireless charging but supporting other attachments as well. People might be attracted to buy the Magsafe charger that Apple is selling considering the fact that Apple does NOT supply power brick in the box anymore just a single USB C to lightning cable.

We look forward to getting our hands on these devices and compare with the previous generation to see how far apple has come so be subscribed and follow for the latest tech updates.

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