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Apple held its latest product event today, and as expected, it was dominated by the release of the latest iPhone. The iPhone 12 is Apple’s first foray into 5G technology, and it will come in four different models: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini. This is the largest shakeup in the phone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X introduced us to face unlocking and revamped screen technology.
The iPhone 12 models will be available to pre-order beginning on Oct. 16. Here’s how they compare:
|Feature||iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max||iPhone 12 Mini|
|Pre-order date||Oct. 16||Oct. 16||Nov. 6||Nov. 6|
|Colors||Black, White, Red, Green, Blue||Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue||Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue||Black, White, Red, Green, Blue|
|Weight||5.78 oz.||6.66 oz.||8.03 oz.||4.76 oz.|
As expected, Apple finally revealed its first 5G phone today. While it’s a little later to the party than competitors like Samsung and LG, it’s inarguably one of the most important steps forward for the new wireless technology.
The new iPhone 12 will have smooth, flat edges compared to the older model’s rounded sides. It will come in five colors: black, white, red, green and blue. Like the 11, the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display size, but its reduced borders allow it to be smaller overall. Apple says the iPhone 12 will be 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.
The new iPhone 12 display uses something called “Super Retina XDR.” It’s an OLED screen that supports Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and HLG — a significant step up from the LCD that iPhones have used in the past. This means each pixel controls its own light source, so the contrast between light and dark colors will be much higher. Dark colors will be deeper, light colors will be brighter and you’ll be able to see more details in the iPhone 12’s photos and videos.
Of course, Apple also spent a lot of time showing off the technical specs of its new iPhone. It all starts with the A14 chip, which should improve everything from the phone’s response time to the details that show up in your photos. Apple says the new chip is “up to 50% faster” than chips in popular Android smartphones.
It also touted the 12’s 5G compatibility — the first iPhone with the ability to connect to the new wireless technology. Apple says the iPhone 12 was designed with both battery life and performance in mind. If you’re in an area with 5G, it will automatically connect to those faster speeds. But if you’re not, it won’t waste precious battery power trying to find 5G when it’s not available.
Like all new iPhone iterations, the camera is also getting a makeover. It has a 12-megapixel f/1.6 main camera, and a 12MP ultrawide. Apple says this will improve low-light photography dramatically, and help you pick up small details like individual strands of hair in portraits. The front camera is also gaining Night Mode in addition to the back camera, so you’ll be able to take selfies in the dark now.
iPhone 12 Mini
The iPhone 12 Mini costs $100 less than the iPhone 12, and reduces the screen size from 6.1 inches to 5.4. It is essentially the exact same phone, just smaller. You’ll still get the same OLED display, 5G performance, 12-megapixel camera and A14 chip. But you will have to wait a little longer. The Mini isn’t available for pre-order until Nov. 6, and will begin shipping a week later.
iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max
In addition to the iPhone Mini, Apple is also offering two beefed-up models: the iPhone 12 Pro ($999) and iPhone 12 Pro Max ($1,099). The Pro Max is Apple’s largest iPhone screen ever, at 6.7 inches. The biggest difference between the Pro models and the standard iPhone 12 is the camera. The Pro and Pro Max will come with an extra lens on top of the wide and ultrawide lenses on the 12. It also includes lidar for depth mapping, AR and low-light autofocus, and can record video in 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR.
Available to order: Nov. 6
Ships: Nov. 16
The iPhone 12 made the biggest splash, but it wasn’t the only new product on display at Apple’s event today. The new HomePod Mini is Apple’s latest smart speaker, and it’s designed to take your smart home to the next level.
It lets you sync your music across different rooms in your house, and when you put two in one room, it automatically plays in stereo surround sound. It locates your iPhone so the sound can flow from room to room, and changes its balance according to your location.
Of course, it’s also equipped with Siri. You’ll be able to check the weather, set reminders and ask Siri whatever questions pop into your head. But it also integrates incredibly well with Apple iPhone devices. If you want to send a text or call a friend, the HomePod Mini is able to do it seamlessly.
If you’re using Apple’s Home app to control your smart home devices, the HomePod Mini integrates beautifully. You’ll be able to open the curtains, dim the lights or even use it as an intercom to round up the troops before an outing.
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Written by:Joe Supan
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