The new iPhone 12s is finally official. iPhone 12 vs 12 Pro vs 12 Pro Max – Which should you buy? We can put the leaks to rest. And there’s a lot to cover.
What’s up guys, there’s a lot of information to cover and I’m going to try to give you everything you need to know about the new iPhone 12s, SuperSaf style, summarized in one place, to hopefully help you a decision of which one to pre-order.
iPhone 12 vs 12 Pro vs 12 Pro Max – Which should you buy?
So, as we saw, there are four new iPhones this year. We were expecting three, the successors to last year’s iPhones. But this year we also have a very small iPhone 12 Mini. There’s an iPhone 12, an iPhone 12 Pro, as well as an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Now, this is great that we have so many options but it also might make that decision even more confusing for you, of which one to go for. But hey, don’t worry. That’s what I’m here for, that’s what Saf’s here for. I’m going to break everything down for you. And hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll know which one to go for.
Right, so initially, let’s look at the displays. The bezels have now become smaller compared to what we had last year. So you are getting a higher screen-to-body ratio. We still have that notch. And no, there is no 120 Hertz display, like some rumors were suggesting earlier on. They are 60 Hertz displays, but we do have some significant improvements, especially for the iPhone 12as well as the iPhone 12 Mini.
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All displays now OLED displays. Gone is LCD. And they all also have a high resolution. So we’re looking at around460 to 470 PPI pixel density. That just means details are going to be very sharp.
Now take a deeper look into this. It does look like the iPhone12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max do have slightly brighter displays. The peak brightness is 800 nits, and then all of them go up to 1200 nits when you are viewing HDR content.
But when you are viewing regular content, the iPhone 12 and the 12 Mini will only be able to go up to 625 nits. So just a small detail that I did notice there. And of course, we’ve got the differences in the sizes of the displays. So we do have a 5.4-inch display on the Mini. And then on the 12 and the 12 Pro, the displays are actually exactly the same size around 6.1 inches.
And the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest, at around 6.7 inches. Now you might be thinking that, okay, these devices are going to be quite big because of the larger screen sizes. However, Apple has said that because of the smaller bezel sizes, the devices are generally around the same size.
In fact, the iPhone 12and the iPhone 12 Pro is exactly the same size in terms of dimensions. And the iPhone 12 Pro is a similar size to the iPhone 11 Pro last year. And the iPhone 12 is actually a lot smaller, lighter than the iPhone 11 that we had last year.
Now, although the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are roughly about the same size, the iPhone 12 Pro does weigh more. And that is because you have a stainless steel frame for the Pro and the Max. And on the Mini as well as on the 12, you do have an aluminum frame.
However, when it comes to the glass we actually have the same glass across the board. This is what Apple called the ceramic shield glass. And, from what Apple is claiming this is the toughest glass on any smartphone out right now.
And it improves drop performance by up to four times. Now, I’m not going to be somebody who’s going to be testing this out with drop tests. But from what we’re seeing, this looks very impressive.
For the colors, the 12 and the 12 Mini come in a black, a white, a Product Red, a green, and a blue, and for the Pro and Pro Max, we’ve got a silver, graphite, gold, as well as a Pacific blue, which I am really liking the look of.
All devices or also IP68water and dust resistant. But they actually much more resistant to water compared to other devices. Generally, most smartphones out there, have about a two-meter rating underwater. But the new iPhones can go up to six meters underwater, which is also very impressive.
Now the iPhone 12 Mini is very small. It’s actually smaller compared to the iPhone SE, and it only weighs around 133 grams, which is very light. And this makes it the smallest, lightest, and thinnest 5G smartphone in the world. And that brings us to the next part. Yes, all of these devices do support 5G technology.
So Apple is now joining the 5G race. If you are in a 5G enabled area you’ll be able to take advantage of very fast speeds. And the more 5G rolls out across the coming months, the more you’ll be able to take advantage of those very high speeds. And speaking of speed, they are powered by the Apple A14 Bionic chip.
Now, Apple is claiming that this is the fastest chip on any smartphone. It is the world’s first chipset that is based on a five-nanometer process. I’m not going to go into too many technical details. But essentially, these things are going to be super fast. And, on the Android side of things, it is going to get very competitive because the A14, from what we’reseen, is a powerhouse.
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max Camera
Now let’s move on to the cameras where there are lots of little differences and I’m going to try to summarize them in the best way that I can.
So the iPhone 12 and the 12 Mini have exactly the same cameras. We’ve got a dual 12-megapixel camera setup. So we’re looking at a primary camera with a wider f/1.6 aperture. So you are going to be able to let in more light. This should improve low light photography.
And then you, of course, have the ultra-wide camera. The new thing this year, however, is that you can use night mode across the primary, the ultra-wide as well as the selfie camera, which is quite interesting.
And this was something that I did feedback on, on the iPhone 11s, not having night mode in the ultra-wide camera, did mean that was really not that useful when you wanted to capture low light scenes with the ultra-wide.
So it’s great to see the apple has now bought this for the iPhone 12s. Now the iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max. So, we’ve got triple-camera setups, but they are actually quite different. All 12 megapixels, the primary camera again, F 1.6 aperture, but the Pro Max does have a larger sized sensor.
So you’re going to be able to capture more light on the Pro Max which is going to give you better low light performance. Not only that, but the Pro Max also has sensor-shift optical image stabilization.
So generally, for stabilization on a smartphone, the lens is what’s going to be moving to compensate for any shake. But on the 12 Pro Max, the sensor is actually going to be shaking, which should give you improved stabilization for images and video and I can not wait to test this out. Now, both devices also, of course, have an ultra-wide camera. And then we have a telephoto camera.
Now, again, there is a difference with the telephoto cameras. The iPhone 12 Pro has a two-timed optical zoom. The 12 Pro Max has two and a half times optical zoom. So Apple is not going for the crazy zoom that we’re seeing from some of the competition, which, I’m kind of glad for because Apple seems to be concentrating more on portraits.
Around two to two and a half times is where you get the optimal portrait performance. I think that’s what Apple is aiming for. Now, a new feature that’s going to be coming to the Pro devices as well, which I personally am super excited about, is Apple ProRAW.
So this will be the ability to save RAW images. I’m not going to go too technical here, but it’s not the same as capturing normal RAW images. So if you are taking a shot on a professional camera, you will generally shoot RAW, which will give you a much bigger file size.
But it will give you a lot more flexibility to edit in post. You can do lots more with that, rather than a small size JPEG.
Now with Apple ProRAW, its actually going to apply a lot of the computational photography, So all of the magic that happens when you take a shot on automation an iPhone, for example, where it’s taking multiple shots and combining them into one, it’s going to do that in RAW.
So not only are you going to have great looking images straight away, it’s going to give you a lot more scope to edit those images later on as well.
This is going to be coming later on. It’s not going to be coming straight away but it’s something that I’m personally super pumped about. The Pro models of the iPhones also have a LiDAR scanner.
This is basically going to measure depth. And it’s going to be really useful for AR, but also for low light portrait photography.
So it’s going to be able to map the depth and be able to blur the background even if you do not have as much light. So this is something that once again I am super looking forward to testing. Now, the improvements don’t stop there. We’ve also got some improvements to the video.
The iPhones will be the first smartphones in the world to be able to record in 4K HDR with Dolby Vision.
So we’re going to get a stunning video. I mean, you guys have heard me say many times before, that iPhones have the best video on any smartphone. And this is just going to get better.
From what I can see, the iPhone 12s will also support this but at up to 30 frames a second, whereas the prom models will support this at up to 60 frames a second.
And they’ll also be the first smartphones where you’re going to be able to edit 4K HDR Dolby Vision footage right on the smartphones, thanks to the A14 Bionic chip.
Now, of course, guys, as soon as I’ve got the new iPhones in hand, I am going to be doing lots of SuperSaf style camera comparisons.
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max MagSafe
Now let’s move onto a new feature that’s on all of the new iPhones. And that is MagSafe. And this looks very cool. So, Apple has now integrated magnets into the new iPhone. And this is going to mean a few things.
Firstly, you will be able to have accessories that are just going to snap on, thanks to those magnets. But also wireless charging. When you’re normally on a wireless charger, it’s happened to me before as well. If you’re not aligned it properly, sometimes you’re not going to get that full charge.
With the MagSafe technology, it’s going to snap right into place to give you the optimal charge. And that onto charging. All of the phones do support Qi wireless charging up to 7.5 Watts regularly. But if you do use a MagSafe compatible device, where it’s going to be able to snap on and get the optimal charge, you will be able to get up to 15 Watts fast wireless charging, which is great, and 20 Watt charging is supported across all of the iPhones.
However, it’s a bit of a catch here.
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max Charger
The new iPhones do not come with a charger out of the box and neither do they come with EarPods out of the box. So these are now going to be done with and all you’re going to get is the smartphone, some paperwork, as well as a lightning to USB type C cable.
Now, we wish Apple had just gone from USB-C to USB-C and that would have made things much better.
Apple is saying the reason for this is that most people already have chargers and earphones at home anyway. So by including them in the box, they just kind of stay there, and they go a lot towards carbon emissions.
Apple is saying by removing these, they’re going to be saving around 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, which is around, is it 450,000 cars getting them off the roads, pretty much. So that’s very impressive.
So, obviously, when it comes to transporting them across, you know, flights and things, they are going to take a lot less space. Now, space brings us nicely onto the storage. That was a good transition but anyway.
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max Storage
Anyway, so the iPhone 12and the iPhone 12 Mini start at 64 gigabytes. You do have 128, 256 options as well at higher prices. The iPhone 12 Pro on the Pro Max does now get double the base storage at 128.
So I’m definitely glad that they’ve got that because 64, especially with all of the potential 4K video that you’re going to be recording will definitely not be enough. And then they do go all the way up to 512 gigabytes.
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 pro max Prices
And finally, let’s look at the price. So the iPhone 12 Mini does starts at the bottom, started at the bottom? No anyway, $699 or pounds, $799 or pound for the iPhone 12. And then you are looking at $1,000 for the iPhone 12 Pro and1,100 for the 12 Pro Max.
iPhone 12 release date 2020
And when can you get hold of the new iPhones? Well, the release is actually a little bit staggered. So, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro will be coming out first. So you can pre-order them from the 16th of October and they will release on the 23rd of October.
For the iPhone 12 Mini as well as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, they are actually going to be coming out in November. You can pre-order from the 6th of November and they will be releasing on the 13th of November. So you’re going to have to wait a little while for those devices.
And that is everything about the new iPhone 12 summarized as best as I can in one place. What do you guys think of the new iPhones? Which one would you be going for? Do drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed this summary. I tried to cover as much detail as possible.
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