The production line of high-end smartphones never stops at Apple. So it was that the Cupertino giant recently announced its latest addition to an ever growing line-up: the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. Featuring support for 5G for the first time, the models have naturally been described by Apple as its “best iPhone ever”.
To provide a more measured opinion, device experts at CONTEXT have had their hands on the iPhone 12 Pro. This is what they thought.
A return to form
Following several years with a more curvaceous design, the new iPhone 12 Pro returns to a square-edged form reminiscent of the old iPhone 4, although with an OLED 6.1in all-screen layout. This is a plus, as the squared-off edges make it easier to hold and pick-up. The screen also has a new form of protection dubbed “Ceramic Shield”, which features “nano-ceramic crystals” infused in the glass to enhance drop protection by a factor of four. The screen size has increased from 5.8in in the previous iteration to 6.1in, with virtually no increase in chassis size.
The new A14 Bionic 5nm processor with 6GB of RAM also makes for a notable improvement in performance compared to its predecessor. It delivers a much faster response from the moment you unlock the device using Face ID, to opening an application and beyond.
Lights, camera, action
Battery life is not bad, considering the battery itself is smaller compared to the iPhone 11 Pro. You can still get through a day with moderate use. Plus, there are new MagSafe charging capabilities to deliver up to 15W of power wirelessly. This magnetic charger can also be used to mount the phone in-vehicle and in other locations if you have the right accessory.
However, there’s no conventional power adapter or headphones included with the new phone — just a lightning/USB-C cable. That means, if this is your first iPhone, there will be few more accessories to buy to get the full potential out of the iPhone 12 Pro. That’s worth bearing in mind when you choose which version to buy.
Finally, Apple has improved its smartphone camera again. Low-light performance on the iPhone 12 Pro is significantly enhanced from previous versions, possibly due to the new LiDAR capabilities, which also support augmented reality (AR) experiences. The ultra-wide lens also improved, from an f/1.8 to a wider f/1.6 aperture, which will allow in more light.
All-in-all, a decent addition to the iPhone line-up.
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