After all the speculations, Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 12 lineup along with the HomePod Mini. And, well, it’s not too surprising.
First Up, The iPhone 12 Lineup
This time around there’s 4 new iPhones to choose from.
iPhone 12 & 12 Mini (The usual not so expensive stuff.)
The entire iPhone 12 lineup supports 5G. Now even 5G is a, well, not so useful thing. But if you replace your phone once every 2-3 years then it is kinda future proofing the phone. Also all the iPhones come with an OLED display, but sadly it’s not 120Hz.
The iPhone 12 has a iPad Pro-isk design language with flat edges and stuff. Other than that, there’s not a lot of difference in terms of the looks and stuff.
The iPhone 12 packs in Apple’s new A14 Bionic chip, which is just stupid fast. Like always, it’s better, more powerful and more power efficient than the previous A13. Also according to Apple it’s 50% faster in terms of both the CPU and GPU compared to any other phone in the market.
Now, coming to the display. The iPhone 12 comes with a 6.1 inch OLED display and the iPhone 12 Mini comes with a 5.4 inch display. It’s overall footprint of the iPhone 12 Mini is like the new iPhone SE. Also speaking of display, Apple also packed in a “Ceramic Shield” glass up front. Which according to Apple has 4x better drop protection. But glass is glass, so we’ll have to see.
The iPhone 12 Mini is the same as the iPhone 12, and it only differs in the screen size.
Lastly, in terms of camera the iPhone 12 features a dual-camera setup with a wide and an ultra wide lens. They have better Smart HDR and an improved night mode. And now there’s also night mode support for the front camera as well.
Both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be available in five colors: blue, green, black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED. Starting at $729 ($699 if you’re buying with AT&T) for the iPhone 12 mini and $829 ($799 if you’re buying with AT&T) for the iPhone 12.
Both phones start out with a base storage of 64GB and go upto 128GB or 256GB.
iPhone 12 Pro & 12 Pro Max (The “ why is so freaking expensive ??!! ” stuff.)
The entire iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max comes in at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches. And they are mostly the same as the iPhone 12, they’ve the same design, processor and screen. But where they differ the most is in terms of camera.
The iPhone 12 Pro line comes with the triple camera setup and they also have the LIDAR sensor too. The new wide camera now has the fastest ever aperture on an iPhone, with 27% improved low-light performance in photos as well as video. Also the ultra wide lens features a 120-degree field of view.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max takes it up a notch, with an even larger wide camera sensor, with 87% improved in low-light performance. The Ultra Wide and Telephoto lens system offers upto 5x optical zoom. Along with all that, the iPhone 12 Pro line also gets the new software improvements like the iPhone 12, including Dolby Vision video recording, 10-bit HDR video recording, improved Smart HDR, Night mode, and more.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max come in four colors: graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.
The iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order from 16th October, starting at $999 (for the 128GB version) and it’ll start shipping beginning Friday, 23rd October. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available for pre-order from November 6, starting at $1099 (for the 128GB version) with shipping beginning November 13th.
Next Up, MagSafe (Hello magnets, and bye bye charging bricks!)
Apple brought back the heavily requested MagSafe not to the Mac, but to the iPhones. The entire iPhone lineup this year will come with a bunch of magnets at the back, which also made room for a sea of MagSafe accessories.
There are a bunch of accessories already available on Apple’s site, and more will come soon.
Also from this year onward, Apple is ditching the chagrin brick and the earbuds in the box. Why? Because according to them, a lot of people already have those things and excluding those things will reduce carbon emissions and stuff. So, I guess it is fine but, yeah. What about the lighting port, why can’t they change that too??
And in case you’re wondering, Apple will include a USB C to lighting cable in the box.
Wrapping it all Up, The HomePod Mini (It’s cheaper and smaller. But Siri.)
The new HomePod Mini includes most of HomePod’s features but in a much smaller spherical design, and it keeps the same touch-pad controls on the top.
The HomePod mini features a full range of drivers with dual passive radiators for creating deep bass and crisp high frequencies, with an immersive 360-degree audio experience. And it also has the improved U1 chip for improved Handoff functionality.
Lastly, Apple also introduced a new Intercom feature which will provide a quick and easy way for family members to connect with each other at home. Intercom also works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay.
It comes in two colors black and white and it’ll be available at $99.