Apple has finally revealed its 2020 flagship iPhones, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone Pro Max. Announced yesterday, along with the more affordable iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, all the four variants arrive with a new squared-off design that harks back to the looks of the iPhone 4. In terms of size, both the new Pro models are bigger than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. While the 12 Pro measures 6.1-inch diagonally, the 12 Pro max has a diagonal screen size of 6.7 inches, making it the biggest iPhone ever. Unlike the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini models, which come with an aluminum chassis, the Pro models’ frame is made up of stainless steel, and it is available in four colors: gray, stainless steel, gold, and a new blue.
Coming to hardware of the new iPhone 12 Pro models, both are equipped with Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip that made its debut on the refreshed iPad Air last month. According to the Cupertino-based tech giant, the new chip’s performance is up to 50 percent faster than any other phone on the market currently. Beyond that, another major addition to the two new iPhone Pro models is 5G capability. Apple claims the two new handsets offer “the most 5G bands of any smartphone” and promises compatibility with various 5G standards used worldwide by different carriers.
In terms of its camera hardware, the Pro models offer a triple-camera system just like its predecessors, with 12-megapixel wide, telephoto, and ultrawide camera lenses. However, the wide camera now offers a faster f/1.6 aperture that offers 27 percent improved low-light performance. The 52mm focal telephoto shooter, on the other hand, now offers a 4x optical zoom range. On the 12 Pro Max version, the new 12MP telephoto with a 65mm focal length can optically zoom in up to 2.5 times, while the new ƒ/1.6 aperture wide camera boasts a 47% larger sensor and boasts an 87% improvement in low-light conditions. The all-new LiDAR sensor on the Pro models can help focus in low-light situations, making autofocus for low-light photography up to six times faster and delivering faster, more realistic AR experiences.
However, Apple’s most controversial decision comes in the form of removing the included USB wall bricks and wired EarPod headphones from the box on the new iPhones. The company cites ongoing environmental goals behind this move. Available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options, the iPhone 12 Pro pricing will start at $999 and $1099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Pre-orders for iPhone 12 pro begin October 16 and will start shipping from October 23, 2020. iPhone 12 pro max will be available for pre-order from November 6 and ship on November 13th.