Following Apple’s unveiling of its 2020 iPhone handsets on Tuesday, the event came about a month later than expected, I guess it was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, of course. Now that the four iPhone 12 models are official, we know that most of the rumors preceding the event were accurate. Two models will launch this month, with preorders kicking have kicked off already on Friday, and two will arrive in November.
Choosing a new iPhone might be more difficult than ever now that Apple has four new models to choose from for the first time ever. And the iPhone 12 series brings many “firsts” for the company. In what follows, we’ll look at some of the best iPhone 12 features, as announced on stage during the event.
1. The new OLED displays
All the four iPhone 12 models feature OLED Super Retina XDR displays. This directly affects the screen-to-body ratio, as the bezels are thinner than the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, which featured LCD panels. On top of that, the screens are covered by a more durable glass, which has a Ceramic Shield layer from Corning in it.
2.The flat-edged design
The notch might still be present, but the phone has received a design makeover for the chassis. With its flat edges and curved corners, the iPhone 12 resemble the iPhone 4 and the latest iPad Pros. The design should make more internal real estate available for components and could help address durability concerns.
3.The compact iPhone 12 mini
For the first time in Apple’s history, buyers can purchase a compact iPhone with an all-screen design, complete with notch and Face ID support. At 5.4 inches, the iPhone 12 mini’s display is smaller than that of the iPhone X/XS/11, but the phones should be popular with a certain segment of the population. Its affordable entry price will also make it a great alternative to mid-range Android phones that can’t deliver the same power.
4. 5G connectivity
Speaking of internal components, every iPhone 12 unit comes with a 5G modem and 5G antenna inside. They will support both sub-6GHz and mmWave technology where available.
All four iPhone 12 models will support wireless charging, which is true of any iPhone that has launched since the iPhone X. But the iPhone 12 comes with magnetic MagSafe charging and support for speeds of up to 15W. It’s not exactly AirPower, but it will get the job done and serves as a nice upgrade.
6. The camera systems
All four iPhone 12 models have received several major camera upgrades. All the cameras support Night Mode photography, and Apple created a new sensor-shift optical image stabilization system for each camera. The cameras shoot in Apple ProRAW mode, which will come in handy for photographers. Plus, the iPhone 12 is the first phone to support Dolby Vision HDR video recording and on-device editing. The iPhone 12 will also record 10-bit HDR clips.
7. A14 Bionic chip
The “Hi, Speed” title of Apple’s iPhone 12 event wasn’t just referring to 5G connectivity. The iPhone 12 will also rock a brand new 5nm A14 Bionic chip that’s faster and more efficient than the iPhone 11’s 7nm A13 Bionic. The same chip powers the 2020 iPad Air, and versions of it will be found inside the rumored iPad Pro upgrade and the first ARM-based MacBooks.
8. LiDAR Scanner
This is a feature reserved for the Pro phones, both of which feature a LiDAR sensor. This is the same type of technology found on the iPad Pro, allowing Apple to map the depth of an environment and deliver AR content using the spatial information it has gathered. The feature needs great augmented reality features to really shine. The LiDAR sensor will also assist with autofocus features in lowlight photography.
9. More storage
The Pro models also come with more base storage than their cheaper counterparts. 128GB of base storage will definitely come in handy in the age of 5G, matching what’s available on Android.
10. Affordable prices
Apple is in a position where it can actually offer an affordable high-end 5G phone. Android handset makers are struggling to hit the same price points. Just look at Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy S20 launch or Google’s compromise with the Pixel 5. Starting at $699 and $799, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 are simply better deals than the Pixel 5, Galaxy S20, and even the OnePlus 8. The iPhone 12 is expected to sell tremendously well, just like the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 did in previous years. Apple is also keeping the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 in its lineup, which will retail for $499 and $599, respectively. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 Pro is being retired.