Of course, Apple today presented smartphones iPhone 12. As the head of Apple Tim Cook said, the new generation marks the beginning of a new era – the introduction of support for 5G (it will be in all models), which was devoted to a considerable part of the presentation. In this post – about the base model iPhone 12, which was presented the first after the mini-version of the HomePod speaker.
The iPhone 12 is an update to last year’s iPhone 11 with a minor redesign and improved specs. The design did not come as a surprise – we have seen all this over the past months, and the final renders of the iPhone 12 were leaked to the network a few hours before announcement. The novelty, in general, inherited the design of its predecessor with a rectangular cutout in the screen for the TrueDepth camera and a square block of the main camera in the upper left corner of the rear panel, but received a body of a different shape – with flat edges, like iPhone 4 as well the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air models.
Compared to iPhone 11, iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter.
iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2532 × 1170 pixels – a total of 2.8 million pixels, which is twice the pixel density of the iPhone 11. The pixel density is 460 pixels per inch, peak brightness is 1200 cd / m2, contrast – 2,000,000: 1. The marketing name of the screen remains the same – Super Retina XDR. Support for Dolby Vision content is also announced.
The screen is protected by a special Ceramic Shield coating, created in cooperation with Corning (manufacturer of Gorilla Glass). It is a special protective coating that has been reinforced with ceramic crystals.
According to Apple, the “ceramic shield” is stronger than any protective glass used in modern smartphones, and with it, iPhones are “stronger than ever.” Based on its own test results, Apple claims that if you accidentally drop your iPhone 12 while taking it out of your pocket, the Ceramic Shield is four times more likely to survive the fall without damage. That is, in fact, there are no guarantees, and for a better assessment of strength it is worth waiting for independent drop tests.
The hardware base of the iPhone 12 and other models in the line is the 5nm SoC A14 Bionic, like the recently launched 4th generation iPad Air. Apple traditionally calls it the fastest in the industry, both in terms of CPU and GPU. In both cases, the same superiority is declared – 50%. Apple paid special attention to the work of the A14 Bionic in machine learning tasks, where the performance of the new SoC reaches 11 trillion operations per second. The NPU now contains sixteen rather than eight cores, providing an 80% increase in performance in the corresponding tasks. They also noted that the A14 Bionic consists of 11.8 billion transistors, but we already know that.
During the presentation, the release of the League of Legends game from Riot Games was announced (clearly to replace the outcast Fortnite).
The main camera of the iPhone 12 is still dual with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle modules of the same resolution – 12 megapixels. At the same time, it advertises the iPhone 12’s dual camera as new. Separately, Apple has singled out a fast 7-element wide-angle lens that captures 27% more light and delivers more detail and dynamic range in low light.
Thanks to the more advanced NPU in the A14 Bionic, engineers have significantly improved the capabilities of the iPhone 12 camera, especially in terms of night shooting, and now, on top of that, there is a new mode called Night mode Time-lapse. This is a Night Lapse Time Lapse that can also be used on a wide angle camera. Also, the camera is capable of shooting video in 4K HDR or Dolby Vision at 60 frames per second. In addition, Night mode and Deep Fusion technology now work on both the ultra-wide-angle camera and the front camera.
Another innovation in iPhone 12 is MagSafe wireless charging technology with precise magnetic positioning. The technology of the same name was used in the MacBook – the magnetic connector provided fast connection and prevented the laptop from falling if the cable was accidentally pulled out, but with the transition to Thunderbolt 3 from MagSafe in laptops they refused.
With iPhone 12, MagSafe technology has a second life. Now it’s a whole ecosystem of cases, wireless chargers and other accessories that use MagSafe magnets. MagSafe power up to 15W, Qi compatible. We’ll tell you more about MagSafe in a separate newsletter.
Fast wired charging is also supported – 50% in half an hour.
As expected, there won’t be any headphones or power adapter in the box with the iPhone 12. All for the sake of caring for nature. The USB-C to Lightning cable remains part of the standard package. By the way, the packaging has become much more compact thanks to the abandonment of headphones and a power adapter.
Protection against water and dust according to the IP68 standard (can withstand immersion to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes) – on site. The iPhone 12 bezel is still aluminum with new antennas, and the back is still tempered glass.
Flash memory is still 64, 128 or 256 GB. The amount of RAM, like the capacity of the battery, Apple, as usual, does not indicate, we will find out later from the TENAA database.
The dimensions of the iPhone 12 are 146.7×71.5×7.4 mm and weighs 164 g
Like its predecessor, the iPhone 11, the brand new iPhone 12 has a wide color gamut. There are five body colors to choose from: Black, White, Product Red, Green and New Blue.
The iPhone 12 in the US starts at $ 799 for the 64GB version for Verizon and AT&T subscribers, while the regular price is $ 829. That’s $ 129 more than the starting price of the iPhone 11. 128GB and 256GB storage options cost $ 879 and $ 979 respectively. Pre-orders will open on Friday, October 16, with actual sales starting exactly one week later, on October 23.
The timing of the iPhone 12 on sale in Ukraine and the hryvnia prices have not yet been announced.