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Technology iPhone 12: Our first Impressions of the Mini, Pro, Pro Max, 5G and new cameras

13:26  14 october  2020
13:26  14 october  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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We gave iPhone 12 Pro Max a larger Wide sensor with bigger pixels to gather more light, for more detail and color in your photos. How does it work? iPhone 12 Pro takes two exposures and runs them through our custom image signal processor to create a histogram, which is a graph of the tonal

The iPhone 12 is official. During a virtual event on Wednesday, Apple announced four new iPhones, all of which have new cameras, a new body design, support for 5G and "ceramic shield" displays. The new phones are named just like the iPhone 11 family: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. There is also the iPhone 12 Mini, which packs the iPhone 12 into a smaller and more affordable body while retaining all of its features. It's the smallest iPhone you can buy new, and it's even more petite than the current iPhone SE.

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We gave iPhone 12 Pro Max a larger Wide sensor with bigger pixels to gather more light, for more detail and color in your photos. How does it work? iPhone 12 Pro takes two exposures and runs them through our custom image signal processor to create a histogram, which is a graph of the tonal

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graphical user interface, application: The iPhone 12 comes in black, white, Product Red, mint green and dark blue. Apple © Provided by CNET The iPhone 12 comes in black, white, Product Red, mint green and dark blue. Apple

As far as price, the iPhone 12 Mini starts at $699, the same as last year's 11. The iPhone 12 starts at $799. Prices for the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max stay at $999 and $1,099 respectively. (See the chart below for a full price breakdown, including international prices.) Meanwhile the iPhone 11 dropped to $599, the iPhone XR is $499 and an iPhone SE starts at $399.

a screen shot of a computer: The 2020 iPhone family and prices. Apple © Provided by CNET The 2020 iPhone family and prices. Apple

Preorders for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro start on Oct. 16 and both phones will be available Oct. 23. Starting Nov. 6, you can preorder the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini which will ship on Nov. 13. On paper it seems like a good year to upgrade your iPhone, but note that we still need to test all of the new phones out.

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Between the prices, the choice in sizes, support for 5G and the cameras there's a lot to be excited and confused about. Here's a breakdown of all the major features on the new iPhones and what makes them different.

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graphical user interface, application: The iPhone 12 comes in black, white, Product Red, mint green and dark blue. © Screenshot/CNET

The iPhone 12 comes in black, white, Product Red, mint green and dark blue.

All four phones have a new hardware design defined by squared-off edges similar to those on the iPad Pro . You could even say Apple took inspiration from the iPhone 5, 5S and original 2016 SE. It kind of looks like the bodies of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 5 had a baby, and that's not a bad thing.

Those boxy edges house the antennas for 5G and are made from aluminum on the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. They're stainless steel on the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

Compared to the iPhone 11, the 12 sounds like a Radiohead song: It's smaller, thinner, lighter. Sadly, no mention from Apple about killing moths or putting boiling water on ants.

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The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini come with two rear cameras : a 12 MP primary camera with f/ 1 .6 iOS 14 on the new iPhone comes with Smart Data Mode, which switches to 4G when 5 G is not The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be available for preorder on October 16 in the USA and will launch

Apple announced four new iPhone 12 models at a virtual event on Tuesday. They all have 5 G , fresh designs and new camera tricks, yet they differ in There are also two new models in the high end: the iPhone 12 Pro (9) and iPhone 12 Pro Max ($ 1 ,099). Confused? Check out my colleague Joanna

text: The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in four finishes: silver, graphite, gold and Pacific blue. Apple © Provided by CNET The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in four finishes: silver, graphite, gold and Pacific blue. Apple

The 12 and 12 Mini come in black, white, product red, mint green and dark blue and the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in silver, graphite, gold (shiny C-3PO gold) and Pacific blue finishes. The Pros also have a textured matte glass back like the one found on the 11 Pro .

Baseline iPhone 12 and 12 Mini models come with 64GB of storage. I'll be honest, I was kind of hoping this would be higher, especially since the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max start out with 128GB of storage.

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The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both have a 6.1-inch OLED display. While the body of the iPhone 12 Pro and last year's 11 Pro are roughly the same size, the 11 Pro only had a 5.8-inch screen. The 12 Pro Max also has a bigger display compared to the 6.5-inch screen on the 11 Pro Max . At 6.7 inches, the 12 Pro Max has the largest iPhone screen ever. Then there's the iPhone 12 Mini and its 5.4-inch screen, which is larger than the display on the iPhone SE. But without those iPhone 8-esque bezels, chin and forehead, the body of the iPhone 12 Mini is actually smaller. I'm particularly excited about the 12 Mini.

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The iPhone 12 Pro mostly uses the same cam , except for a brighter lens. The Max has a larger Apple has entered the 5 G era – all four new models feature both the sub-6 flavor of 5 G as well as The Pro Max also features a longer focal length on its zoom camera , allowing for 2.5x magnification.

We gave iPhone 12 Pro Max a larger Wide sensor with bigger pixels to gather more light, for more detail and color in your photos. How does it work? iPhone 12 Pro takes two exposures and runs them through our custom image signal processor to create a histogram, which is a graph of the tonal

All four phones have a ceramic shield display that's made by infusing glass with nano ceramic crystals to make them more durable. Apple claims these displays have 4x better drop performance which could mean your iPhone has a better chance of surviving a drop out of your pocket. I look forward to seeing how these phones fare in a CNET drop test.

iPhone 12: To 5G or not 5G

Like most Android flagship phones released this year, all four iPhones support 5G. They support mmWave 5G which has some of the fastest speeds available right now, but you need to be pretty close to a 5G tower to use it. The phones also support low-band and midband 5G, which offer a longer range but less impressive speeds. Think of the difference as kind of like AM/FM radio -- kind of.

Beyond hardware support for 5G and working with carriers, Apple optimized iOS to be faster and more efficient when on a 5G connection. The new iPhones also have a "Smart Data" mode that toggles between 5G and 4G LTE to save on battery life.

logo: Tim Cook announces that the new iPhone has support for 5G. Apple © Provided by CNET Tim Cook announces that the new iPhone has support for 5G. Apple

If you're interested in getting any of the iPhones 12 solely because of 5G, I'd recommend checking out which carriers offer 5G in your area, what the speeds are like and what the carrier's plans are for building 5G out further.

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LTE speeds also get a boost: The new phones are able to support data speeds up to 2Gbps.

Lidar, Smart HDR 3 and a new camera

Normally, new cameras would be the biggest feature of any iPhone launch. And while the new design and 5G will get a lot of attention, the cameras deserve some as well. The main wide-angle camera on all four iPhones has a new lens with an aperture of f/1.6 and a new larger sensor. Apple claims this combo offers 27% improvement in low-light situations.

The ultrawide-angle camera on all the phones gets a boost via software to help correct distortion better.

Then there's the tale of two different telephoto cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. The 12 Pro has a similar 52-millimeter lens as last year's iPhone 11 Pro. But the 12 Pro Max gets a new longer 65-millimeter lens which offers a 2.5x optical zoom instead of the 2x optical zoom on the 12 Pro.

a close up of electronics: Both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have lidar. Apple © Provided by CNET Both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have lidar. Apple

Both Pro models also have lidar, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It will help AR apps detect objects, depth and spaces. But the camera can also use lidar for improving autofocus with photos and video, especially in low-light. lidar even allows for Portrait Night Mode photos.

All of the cameras are powered by the A14 Bionic chip. According to Apple the new brains of the iPhone 12 family are 50% faster than any other phone sold today. The A14 brings Smart HDR 3, which optimizes the dynamic range of photos, identifies scenes like skies and optimizes for people's skin and hair. Smart HDR 3 and Night Mode work on the wide, ultra-wide and selfie camera. Deep Fusion which optimizes pictures on a pixel level to reduce noise and improve detail is now on every camera including the telephoto ones on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

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All four phones can record video in Dolby Vision HDR which automatically color grades your videos in the Dolby Vision standard. The Pro models support Dolby Vision HDR at all settings up to 4K 60fps and the 12 and 12 Mini support it up to 4K 30fps. All of this happens inside the Photos app which is kind of amazing.

The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be able to save photos as Apple ProRAW files. The new format provides the flexibility of a RAW file with smarts of computational photography. Apple © Provided by CNET The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be able to save photos as Apple ProRAW files. The new format provides the flexibility of a RAW file with smarts of computational photography. Apple

The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will also be able to record a special RAW photo file called ProRAW. The idea is to provide the flexibility of a RAW photo file but with the smarts of computational photography. This feature that will come out later.

I'm glossing over a lot of detail with regards to photo and video capture. But once we get our hands on these phones, we'll go into more depth.

Wireless charging meets MagSafe minus the power adapter

Remember MagSafe from your MacBook ? If you tripped over the charging cable it would pop out, so as to not bring your MacBook crashing to the ground. The technology centered around cleverly placed magnets. To improve your wireless charging experience Apple used specially placed magnets to better align your phone's position to improve charging efficiency.

There is a new line of MagSafe accessories including a charger that supports 15W wireless charging and cases that allow you to charge through them better. Apple even showed off a detachable wallet.

a close up of a cell phone: An iPhone 12 Pro with a MagSafe leather case and wallet. Apple © Provided by CNET An iPhone 12 Pro with a MagSafe leather case and wallet. Apple

Apple is omitting the wired earpods and power adapter that would normally come in the box, but there is a fast USB-C to lighting cable included. That said, one of the arguments Apple made for not including the earpods and power brick was that there are so many already in existence. And I kind of agree. Except, how many people have a USB-C power plug at home? I have a bunch of old 5W ones but those were for USB-A.

I am excited to get my hands on the new iPhones and test them for an in-depth review.

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