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Apple’s latest iPhone 12 Pro phones have 5G, larger displays, lidar scanners, new camera systems, and more

By Kenny Yeo - on 14 Oct 2020, 2:50am

Apple’s latest iPhone 12 Pro phones have 5G, larger displays, lidar scanners, new camera systems, and more

Say hi to the new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. (Image source: Apple)

Alongside the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, Apple also updated it’s “Pro” phones. Meet the new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

These two phones feature Apple’s new updated design – first seen on the new iPad Air – with sheer flanks reminiscent that are reminiscent of iPhone 5.

There are four colours to choose from: Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue. (Image source: Apple)

Like last year “Pro” phones, these two phones feature stainless steel bodies. They come in four colours: Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue. Pacific Blue is all-new whereas Gold gets a new treatment that Apple says is more stunning than before.

Pacific Blue is an all-new colour. The front glass is Apple's new Ceramic Shield glass developed with Corning. (Image source: Apple)

On the front, they feature Apple’s new Ceramic Shield glass. And with an IP68 water-resistance rating, the phones are more resistant to water than ever and can stay submerged in up to 6 metres of water for up to 30 minutes. The two phones will also support Apple's new MagSafe system of charging accessories.

Speaking of glass, these phones come with Super Retina XDR displays. They are also larger. The iPhone 12 Pro now has a 6.1-inch display (up from 5.8 inches), while the iPhone 12 Pro Max now has a 6.7-inch display (up from 6.5 inches).

MagSafe in action. (Image source: Apple)

Inside, the two phones will support 5G (both sub-6GHz and mmWave) and will be powered by the A14 Bionic chip – the same chip used in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini as well as the new iPad Air.

It’s the first smartphone chip to be built on a 5nm manufacturing process and has an incredible 11.8 billion transistors. It features a new 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU, which Apple claims can deliver up to 50% more performance than any rival smartphone chip. The Neural Engine that takes care of machine learning operations has also been upgraded from 8 to 16 cores, giving it the ability to process up to 11 trillion operations per second.

The cameras have been significantly updated, especially for the larger Max model. (Image source: Apple)

There are big changes to the cameras. Both phones now have lidar scanners, which is used for AR applications as well as to boost auto-focusing performance in the dark and dimly-lit environments.
The iPhone 12 Pro’s cameras all shoot at 12-megapixels and have the same focal lengths as last year’s model – 52mm telephoto, 26mm wide, and 13mm ultrawide. The wide camera, however, has a faster f/1.6 lens that lets in 27% more light. The telephoto camera also has a longer 4x optical zoom. Finally, the ultrawide camera now supports Night Mode.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max's wide camera has sensor-shift OIS technology.

The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max’s cameras are quite different. Although all three cameras still shoot at 12-megapixels, the telephoto camera now has a 65mm focal length and 5x optical zoom. The wide camera, on the other hand, still has a 26mm focal length but it now also has a faster f/1.6 lens. However, it also has a larger sensor and sensor-shift optical image stabilisation. The net effect of all this is that it now lets in 87% more light, which should make shooting at night or dim environments better. The ultrawide camera is identical to the iPhone 12 Pro’s.

And coming later this year is Apple ProRAW, which is a new format that will let users have the flexibility of editing their photos but with the added benefit of Apple’s computational photography. This will give advanced users greater control over how they want to process their photos.

Video capabilities have been improved too. Apple says the two phones will be the first cameras in the world to record in Dolby Vision. This means support for 10-bit HDR recording and the ability to capture 700 million colours for more vivid video. Amazingly, users will be able to edit these videos and apply colour grading on their iPhone 12 Pros.

This is what the new iPhone lineup looks like. Prices are in USD.

Local pricing and availability

The iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order starting 16 Oct 2020, 8 PM SGT, and prices will start from S$1,649. It will go on sale on 23 Oct 2020.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available for pre-order starting 6 Nov 2020, 9 PM SGT, and prices will start from S$1,799. It will go on sale on 13 Nov 2020.

iPhone 12 local prices compared
Model iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
64GB S$1,149 S$1,299 - -
128GB S$1,219 S$1,369 S$1,649 S$1,799
256GB S$1,389 S$1,539 S$1,819 S$1,969
512GB S$2,149 S$2,299


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