After months of rumors, endless leaks, arguments, and Twitter fights, Apple today officially announced the iPhone 12. As expected, the new series comes in 4 different models, all featuring 5G, flat edges, the A14 chip, and improved cameras.
Each model is different in their own way, however, there are similarities across the board. Firstly the entire lineup includes Super Retina XDR Displays with a new glass technology that Apple is calling “Ceramic Shield,” which is a ceramic infused piece of glass that helps with drops and scratches.
All the phones also support 5G which is what Apple is hoping will drive sales through the roof. At launch, however, Apple says that the faster mmWave version of the 5G connection type is only available in the US. Under the hood, the phones are powered by Apple’s A14 chip which initially debuted in the 4th gen. iPad Air.
As with every product launch, Apple never directly discloses how much RAM its products have. Large reasoning behind that is given that Apple prides its self on power and RAM management. RAM has never directly dictated the performance of any Apple devices, besides Macs.
With the iPhone 12, Apple is simply touting the A14 Bionic chip as being 50% faster than other smartphones, with a staggering ability to run 11 trillion operations per second, and 11.8 billion transistors.
While not for certain until people get their hands on the device, code within the Xcode 12.1 GM seed which was released following the keynote shows that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini features 4GB of RAM, while the higher-end models feature 6GB of RAM. No iPhone in the past has ever featured more than 4GB of RAM, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max all feature 4GB.
The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest of the lineup featuring a 5.4-inch display which is nearly the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, however with a smaller body thanks to the smaller bezels. The iPhone 12 mini features a dual-lens camera setup with a wide-angle, and ultra-wide angles. The wide-angle lens features an improved f1.6 aperture vs. the iPhone 11’s 2.4 aperture.
As for availability, the iPhone 12 mini will go on pre-orders on November 6th and will begin to ship to customers one week later on November 13th. Apple is offering the 12 mini in 64, 128, and 256 GB options starting at $699.
The iPhone 12 is what most people will likely consider the base model of the lineup. It features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR Display with Apple’s new Ceramic Shield technology. The iPhone 12 shares the same camera setup as the iPhone 12 mini with a wide and ultra-wide angle lens and an f 1.6 aperture.
Given they share the same camera, design, and specs, the biggest difference between the iPhone 12 and 12 mini remains the larger screen size. For those wanting the larger screen size, the iPhone 12 starts at $799, also at 64. 128, and 256GB storage options with black, white, red, blue, and green. Out of the entire lineup, the 12 will begins to ship the soonest beginning on October 16th, and shipping to customers on October 23rd.
The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are the highest-end models of the iPhone 12 series featuring some bigger and more advanced features. The 12 Pro shares the 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR Display with the iPhone 12, while the 12 Pro Max features the biggest screen ever in an iPhone, 6.7-inches.
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max both feature a triple camera lens system. A wide-angle, ultra-wide angle, and telephoto lens. The new wide angles come in 7P with a boosted f 1.6 aperture, and an astonishing 65mm focal length compared to the iPhone 11’s 26mm.
The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also come equipped with LiDAR. First introduced on the 2020 iPad, LiDAR is Apple’s state-of-the-art depth-sensing camera that is used for augmented reality. The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max share all those features, however, the 12 Pro Max features a larger wide-angle lens sensor, 47% larger to be exact.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max begins at $1,099. Both come in gold, silver, graphite, and blue with 128, 256, and 512GB storage options. While the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are considered to be in the same family, they will ship at entirely different dates. The iPhone 12 Pro will share the same dates as the iPhone 12 which will start pre-orders on October 16th, and ship on October 23rd. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro Max on the other hand will start on November 13th, and begin shipping on November 20th.
The new devices will ship in November due to the lack of FCC approval. Apple’s footnotes for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini state that both devices have yet received approval from the FCC, or Federal Communications Commission meaning they’re unable to be sold. This is likely the reason the devices are shipping at a later point in time.
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