The iPhone 12 Pro is finally official and we now have all the details about Apple’s next flagship phone, which has just been announced via an online-only event. iPhone 12 Pro spots a bigger display, 5G, huge camera improvements and glorious new design.
During Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ launch event, the Cupertino-based behemoth launched its latest high-end smartphones with the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max sitting at the top of the pile. These updated handsets sport a new design, 5G network connectivity, updated rear cameras with a new 14 Bionic chipset running the show.
iPhone 12 Pro – price and release date
You’ll be able to order the iPhone 12 Pro from S$1,649.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max will follow later, with pre-orders starting November 6 from S$1,799.
The iPhone 12 Pro cameras have plenty of improvements
One of the big new features is the updated camera array. The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 47% larger main 12-megapixel sensor, with a faster f/1.6 aperture and a 5x optical zoom range thanks to a new 12-megapixel sensor with 65mm focal length. The iPhone 12 Pro lowers this zoom slightly, down to a zoom range of 5x. Apple is also bringing improved video recording, with HDR 10-bit recording and Dolby Vision at 4K 60fps. You’ll even be able to edit that Dolby Vision footage right in the camera app.
Another new feature you’ll find on the back of the iPhone 12 Pro is a LiDAR scanner. We’ve seen this 3D scanning tech on the iPad Pro before and it lets your phone gain a better understanding of the space around you.
iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR scanner improves photography and AR
The ‘Pro’ in Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro is largely about the camera experience, with Apple promising its best ever photo and video experience.
Part of that is due to the new LiDAR Scanner, ported over from the iPad Pro range, which assists with low light photography and improved depth-sensing for augmented reality experiences.
What is a LiDAR Scanner?
Exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the LiDAR Scanner sits in the bottom right corner of the new and improved camera array, and it could be a real game changer. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and this scanner will fire pulses of laser light out into the world, measuring the amount of time it takes to reach the target and travel back again.
This enables the LiDAR scanner to build an accurate picture of its surroundings. It works incredibly quickly and is highly accurate way of measuring distance. Apple says the tech offers “the ability to measure light distance and use pixel depth information of a scene.”
How will LiDAR improve iPhone 12 Pro photography?
Apple says the LiDAR Scanner will boost autofocus in low-light conditions, making it 6x faster for both photos and videos. Overall it will reduce capture time and accuracy in dim conditions. Furthermore, it introduces a brand new feature – Night Mode Portraits. Apple says this produces a “beautiful low-light bokeh effect,” and we’re super excited about test driving this feature in particular.
How will LiDAR benefit AR experiences?
This might be the larger goal for Apple, given its interest in the augmented reality sector. The company says the LiDAR sensor will be a massive deal for developers who are creating AR apps for the iPhone.
The LiDAR sensor will provide near-instant readings of the real world environment, for more realistic AR experiences that render faster than before. So if you’re testing out what new furniture would look like in your living room, or playing out a video game battle on your coffee table, the LiDAR sensor will ensure it renders quickly and more accurately.
iPhone 12 Pro – Bigger screens and higher resolutions
The screens on the iPhone 12 Pro range look excellent too. Even though the phones are very similar in size, Apple has upped the screen on the smaller model to 6.1-inch and the larger Pro Max up to 6.7-inch. This means you get more screen without having a phone that’s much bigger. These displays pack a higher resolution, full HDR support and as they’re OLED you’ll get deep black and plenty of brightness.
iPhone 12 Pro – Completely new design and specs
As the rumours had suggested, the new iPhone 12 Pro has a completely new design. It looks more like the iPhone 5 than the iPhone 11, with flat stainless steel sides.
There’s a sleek new blue colour too, and tougher Ceramic Shield glass on the front that Apple says is 4x durable than before. It retains the IP68 water-resistance.
iPhone 12 Pro – Specs
Inside the iPhone 12 Pro there’s a lot going on. The phone is powered by the A14 chip, which packs a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU and a neural engine Apple says is 80% faster. This is the first 5nm chipset on the market and that should lead to improved efficiency. These are Apple’s first 5G iPhones too, with all models seemingly supported mmWave and sub-6Ghz bands.
The base storage has been upped to 128GB and you can also get a 256GB or 512GB model.
Little was divulged about battery life, with all the focus here on a new MagSafe charging accessory that’ll magnetically attach to the back of your phone. This allows for faster wireless charging and new add-ons, like a magnetic wallet.