Apple today announced four new variants iPhone 12, including the top two choices between iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Support for A14 Bionic, an Arm-based SoC that was designed by Apple’s own engineers, is its main strength.
iPhone 12 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display (2,532 x 1,170 pixels, 460 PPI). Whereas on the larger 6.7-inch Max model, it will provide a Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2,778 x 1,284 pixels (458 PPI).
The A14 Bionic features six CPU cores (two high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores) plus four GPU cores and is built on a 5nm manufacturing process. Also like the lower tier iPhone 12 models, this high-end variant supports 5G connectivity (sub-6GHz and mmWave).
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max both have triple 12 megapixel rear cameras and an additional LiDAR sensor for depth mapping. These include an ultra-wide shoot with an aperture of f / 2.4 and a field of view of 120 degrees, a wide-angle lens with an aperture of f / 1.6 and a telephoto with an aperture of f / 2.0 (on the Pro) and an aperture of f / 2.2 on the Pro Max.
The Pro Max also offers sensor shift optical image stabilization which reportedly enables handheld shooting with shutter times of as long as two seconds. The TrueDepth camera facing the front itself comes with a choice of 12 megapixel sensor with an f / 2.2 aperture.
The presence of LiDAR can help scan objects and rooms, improve object placement in augmented reality applications. It also helps with photography, improves focus accuracy and reduces shooting time in low light environments.
The larger Apple model is also compatible with the new MagSafe accessory and has a Ceramic Shield coating on the windshield which is said to increase the dropping performance by 4x over the previous iPhone.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are offered in silver, gold, graphite, and blue colors with an additional stainless steel bezel. As for pricing, these come in at $ 999 (14.6 million range) for the Pro series and $ 1,099 (16.1 million) for the Pro Max. The default capacity option comes with 128GB of onboard storage (there are also 256GB and 512GB variants if the user needs more local space).
Both models support wireless charging and are equipped with iOS 14. The Pro claims up to 17 hours of video playback while the Pro Max takes up to 20 hours. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro open on October 16 with initial availability scheduled for October 23. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, meanwhile, went on order on November 6 and will launch on November 13.