Here’s what you need to know about the latest Apple smartphone. The new series includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and a smaller iPhone mini. They all come equipped with 5G capability which means they have faster connections than ever before.
By Robyn Foyster, Innovation and Technology Expert
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Prox Max include LiDAR (Light Detection and ranging) Scanner which means better picture quality. Apple’s proud boast is the new models are the best devices for augmented reality (AR) experiences.
The major design change is the squared-off edges which is a marked change from the rounded edges we’ve had since the iPhone 6. So, you might take a while to get used to the flatter edge. It’s also thinner than the iPhone 11 models.
This year’s iPhones include no EarPods or power adapter in the box, so there’s a new, more environmentally friendly box that’s slimmer than the prior boxes. There’s the phone itself, a Lightning to USB-C cable, a few small regulatory booklets, an Apple sticker, and a SIM ejection tool.
The new more environmental packaging is all part of Apple’s commitment to be 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2030.
The IPhone12 Pro starts at $1,1,699, the iPhone Pro Max costs A1,849 and the iPhone 12 mini, dubbed the smallest and lightest 5G phone, starts at the more affordable A$1,199 while the iPhone 12 starts at A$1,349.
iPhone 12 (A$1,349)
The iPhone 12 comes in black, white, blue, green and red and is water resistant to a depth of 6 metres for up to 30minutes. The design has a ceramic shield front, glass back and aluminium design which gives it four time stronger drop protection. The camera is a dual 12-megapixel camera system with portrait mode, night mode, deep fusion, smart HDR 3 with scene detection, Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K at 30 fps and 4K video at up to 60 fps with extended dynamic range. The selfie camera has a 12-megapixel True Depth front camera with portrait detection, Dolby Vision HDR and slow-motion video support. It provides up to 17 hours of video playback and up to 11 hours and has fast charging capability.
iPhone 12 mini costs $1,199
The cheapest of the new Apple smartphones is the iPhone mini which comes in black, white, blue, green and red. It has a ceramic shield front, glass back and aluminium design and is also water-resistant to a depth of 6 metres. The camera has the same dual 12 megapixel camera system and features as the iPhone 12 and selfie features with battery life of up to 15 hours of video playback. Plus, fast charging capability.
iPhone 12 Pro costs A $1,699
The iPhone 12 Pro has a middle-tier camera that’s better than the iPhone 12 camera but not quite as good as the camera setup in the Pro Max, launching in November. It comes in graphite, silver, gold and Pacific blue and has a 6.1inch super retina XDR display with HDR and True tone with a ceramic shield front, textured matt glass back and stainless steel design. Similarly, it has the same selfie camera and water-resistant features. It also has the LiDAR Scanner and night mode portraits with faster autofocus in low light and improved AR experiences.
The battery light is up to 17 hours of video playback and fast charging capability.
iPhone 12 Pro Max costs A$,1849
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is available in graphite, silver, gold and Pacific blue with a 6.7 inch super retina XDR display with HDR and True Tone and has a ceramic shield front, textured matt glass back and stainless steel design like the iPhone Pro. It also has the same selfie camera water resistant capability. The camera is a Pro 12 megapixel camera system with LiDAR scanner for night mode portraits, faster auto focus and better AR experiences. The battery life is up to 20 hours of video playback with fast charging features.
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Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech, and the owner and founder of a tech business called AR tech, where she helped create the world’s first AR community shopping app.