Apple iPhone 12 Series Launched with A14 Bionic and 5G Support
As highly-anticipated â€˜Hi, Speedâ€™ hardware event in Cupertino, Apple has unveiled four new iPhones. Yes, the iPhone series has today grown to four devices, including the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new lineup is powered by the worldâ€™s first 5nm A14 Bionic chipset, supports 5G, and brings a myriad of other minor upgrades.
Apple iPhone 12 Series: Specifications
Design & Display
Even the iPhone 12, a successor to theÂ iPhone 11, and the cheapest iPhone 12 mini, a new addition to the lineup, include an OLED display as opposed to theÂ Liquid Retina LCDÂ panels. The front panel is covered withÂ Ceramic Shield, a new glass + ceramic protective layer thatâ€™s been developed in partnership with Corning.
The iPhone 12 mini features a 5.4-inch display, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have a 6.1-inch display. And finally, the biggest of all is the iPhone 12 Pro Max with its 6.7-inch display on the front. You still have aÂ massive notchÂ at the top, housing the Face ID tech and a 12MP selfie camera, on the front.
The iPhone 12 and 12 mini now has an aluminum frame, making it look similar to the older-gen iPhones and the latest iPad Pro models. The Pro variants, on the other hand,Â feature a stainless steel frameÂ thatâ€™s quite shiny and adds to the premium-ness of the device. All the models have an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance as well.
Under the hood, the entire iPhone 12 lineup is powered byÂ the latest A14 Bionic chipsetÂ that first made its debut with theÂ new iPad AirÂ earlier this month. It is the worldâ€™s first chipset based on the 5nm process node. The chipset packs a hexa-core CPU, quad-core GPU, and a new 16-core Neural Engine, boasting up to 11 Trillion Operations per second (TOPs). All of the iPhone 12 variants supportÂ Gigabit LTE and 5G connectivityÂ (mmWave and sub-6GHz networks) out-of-the-box.
The chipset is paired with at least 64GB storage on the iPhone 12 and 12 mini. The users have the option to pick up to 256GB storage models. The Pro variants, on the other hand, have at least 128GB of storage onboard and can go up to 512GB. Apple does not share the amount of RAM present aboard its phones, so wait for teardown videos to learn about it.
All of the iPhone 12 models are backed by the recently launchedÂ iOS 14, which brings an App Library, widgets support, a new Siri interface, picture-in-picture, App Clips, and more to the table. The software now even displays when apps access the camera, clipboard, and the microphone. You can check out the new iOS 14 privacy features in our YouTube video right here:
Just like its predecessors, the standard iPhone models include a square dual-camera setup on the rear, whereas the Pro variants include an upgraded quad-camera array inside the square cutout. The cameras support a slew of new features, such as Night Mode Time Lapse, Night Mode Selfies, HDR video recording, and a lot more.
The iPhone 12 and 12 mini have a dual-camera system with aÂ 12MP (f/1.6) primary cameraÂ and a 12MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree FOV. It supports OIS, Smart HDR 3, 4K @ 60FPS video recording, and 5x digital zoom.
As for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, Apple is doubling down on improved optical zoom andÂ LiDAR sensorÂ (first baked into theÂ iPad Pro 2020) for augmented reality applications. You have a 12MP (f/1.6) primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree FOV, a 12MP telephoto camera aboard the Pro variants.
The iPhone 12 Pro supports 4x optical zoom while the iPhone 12 Pro Max supports 5x optical zoom. Both phones supportÂ dual-OIS, sapphire lens cover, Deep Fusion, and a newÂ Apple ProRAWÂ feature that lets you click and edit RAW images using the native Photos app.
MagSafe Wireless Charger
While MagSafe may have phased out ofÂ MacBooksÂ years ago, Apple has now decided to revive the popular moniker for aÂ new magnetic wireless charging solution for its new iPhone 12 series. Thereâ€™s now magnets built into Appleâ€™s new phones, along with the wireless charging coil, that enables users to properly align and snap chargers onto the back. Apple has also unveiled cases, covers, and other accessories that snap to the back of the iPhone 12 magnetically.
THE MAGSAFE WIRELESS CHARGER SUPPORTS UP TO 15W FAST-CHARGING AS OPPOSED TO 20W WIRED CHARGING WITH THE IPHONE 12 SERIES.
Also, as rumored, the Cupertino giant has decided toÂ remove the charging adapterÂ from the iPhone 12 retail box, well, to reach the companyâ€™s environmental goals. You will get a USB Type-C to Lightning cable that will allow you to use any USB-C charger to enable fast-charging on your iPhone 12.
The company hasnâ€™t revealed the battery sizes, so you will have to wait for teardown videos to learn about it.
Price and Availability
The new iPhone 12 series has been priced starting at $699 in the US. You can find the price details for all the new models right here:
- iPhone 12 mini â€“ starts at $699
- iPhone 12Â â€“ starts at $799
- iPhone 12 Pro â€“ starts at $1,000
- iPhone 12 Pro Max â€“ starts at $1,100
The iPhone 12 and 12 mini will be available in five color variants â€“ blue, black, green, white, and red. The Pro variants, on the other hand, will come in four colors â€“ silver, gold, graphite, and Pacific blue.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be available to buy from October 30. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be up for pre-order from November 6 and go on sale from November 13. What is your opinion on the four new iPhone models? Let us know in the comments below.