Apple Event on New iPhone 12 Mini to Pro Max
- 14 Oct, 2020
After a long wait, the iPhone 12 is finally official, having just been unveiled by Apple at the company's virtual October event.
There's the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four models offer 5G connectivity, a faster A14 Bionic processor and a sleek new design. Apple has updated the cameras, too, with better computational photography and a 7-element lens.
Catch up on all the excitement below of the newest products from the October Event. iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini.
The iPhone 12 release date is set for October 23, and you'll be able to pre-order the phone from this Friday, October 16. You won't be able to pre-order the iPhone 12 mini until November 6, and the phone will be out on November 13.
Apple has confirmed the iPhone 12 mini has a starting price of $1,199 AUD for 64GB, while the larger iPhone 12 costs $1,349 AUD.
Apple is using the 5nm A14 Bionic processor in the iPhone 12 lineup, a 6.1-inch OLED display and a new design. The phone comes in black, white, red, green and blue colors.
Apple has reduced the display borders on the iPhone 12 while still using a 6.1-inch screen. The handset is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter.
The Super Retina XDR display has twice as many pixels as iPhone 11, and the panel is rated to hit a peak 1,200 nits of brightness.
Apple says the iPhone 12's glass is the toughest in the market. Ceramic Shield technology, co-developed with Gorilla Glass, offers 4x better drop performance.
On the 5G front, the iPhone 12 features a new Smart Data Mode, which can automatically drop back to 4G LTE to save battery life. And if the app demands it, you'll get faster 5G speeds. The iPhone 12 (and the iPhone 12 Mini) will be able to work on all kinds of 5G networks, despite some rumors that predicted only the Pro models would work on high-speed 5G.
The iPhone 12 features dual cameras, including Apple's first 7-element lens that delivers low light performance. Apple is adding Night Mode Time-lapse as well. There's a 12MP wide lens with a f/1.6 aperture and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with a f/2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view.
Apple has also introduced a new MagSafe charging system to make wireless charging easier. The idea is to snap the charger on the back of the phone, similar to the Apple Watch. Apple is also introducing a dual charger that charges the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch simultaneously.
Each iPhone 12 will come with a USB-C to Lightning cable, but there won't be a charger or headphones in the very thin box.
The iPhone 12 mini delivers all of the same same features as the regular iPhone 12 but in a more compact package. In fact, Apple says that the iPhone 12 mini is the smallest, lightest and thinnest 5G phone in the world.
That means you get the same fast A14 bionic chip, Ceramic Shield for better drop protection and MagSafe charging but with a smaller 5.4-inch display. In fact, you get a bigger display than the iPhone 8 but in a smaller design. It features the same five color options as the iPhone 12.
iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro features a 6.1-inch display (a bit bigger than the 5.8" on the iPhone 11 Pro) and starts at a price of $1,699 AUD, and arrives in Apple's three signature colors: silver, graphite, and gold, as well as a fourth, brand new color option, a blue model. Storage for the base model is 128GB, and you can also buy a 256GB and a 512GB versions.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen (slightly larger than the 6.5" on the iPhone 11 Pro Max), and its base price is set at $1,849 AUD. It arrives in the same choice of colors: silver, graphite, gold and the new blue option, and it is also offered in the same storage capacities: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
The A14 Bionic processor enables powerful computational photography, such as with Deep Fusion. This feature is now available on all four cameras.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max and and iPhone 12 Pro Max both have better main wide cameras with a f/1.6 aperture. While the iPhone 12 Pro lets in 27% more light, the larger sensor on the Pro Max lets in 87% more light.
The iPhone 12 Pro offers a 2x optical zoom (10x digitial) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max ups that to 2.5x optical zoom (12x digital). Both of these sets of numbers are okay, but they're behind some of the top Android camera phones, including Samsung's latest flagships.
A new sensor-shift image stabilization system controls motion in X and Y axis to compensate for hand movement.
The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can capture HDR video. In fact, it's the world's first camera to record in Dolby Vision HDR. The phones can do this in 4K at 60 fps, and you can edit in Dolby Vision HDR as well.
The LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max can improve autofocus speed up to 6 times. And you'll get better performance in low-light portrait shots. This in addition to the advantages that LiDAR brings to augmented reality apps.
Apple is also innovating with wireless charging. These iPhones introduce MagSafe, a series of magnets around the wireless charging coil, that allow wireless chargers to snap in the right place for a perfect alignment with the coil and best charging results. In terms of speed, the Pros now support wireless charging speeds of up to 15W, double than earlier, but only with MagSafe chargers, while standard Qi wireless chargers can still only charge up the phones at speeds of up to 7.5W.
Overall, this seems like a big upgrade for the Pro series with welcome improvements to cameras, charging, the tougher glass, 5G, a faster processor and an iconic new design.