As if Apple fans weren’t already spoilt for choice, there’s now four versions of the newly launched iPhone 12, including the mini—which it claims to be “the smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone in the world.” We dissect each phone’s top features to help you decide which one to get your hands on.
1. The iPhone 12 is even faster than before
The first of the line-up is the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 with a 6.1-inch display, powered by the new A14 Bionic chip for 50 percent faster processing speed compared to other smartphone chips. Substantial battery life aside, the phone also comes with a Super Retina XDR display that stretches to the edges, along with a new flat-edge design with aerospace-grade aluminium enclosure. Guilty of dropping your phone or spilling water on it? The new Ceramic Shield front cover increases drop performance by four times. Plus, the new IP86 rating for water resistance protects the phone for up to six meters for 30 minutes. The phone also comes with a camera that’s able to shoot HDR video with Dolby Vision for aspiring filmmakers.
2. The iPhone 12 mini is small but equally powerful
Those who fancy a compact version of the iPhone 12 will love the mini, which comes with a 5.4-inch screen. Its other features are pretty similar to its bigger counterpart, such as the Ceramic Shield front cover, aerospace-grade aluminium enclosure, and the A14 Bionic chip. Both phones are available in five stylish colours, including the new deep blue and mint-green.
3. The iPhone 12 Pro comes with advanced photography tech
If top-notch features are what you’re after, the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 Pro is an obvious choice. Aside from the same A14 Bio Chip and Ceramic Shield front cover as iPhone 12, the pro model comes with a precision-milled matte glass back on its 6.1-inch body. Designed for advanced photography, the phone features three cameras, namely the new seven-elements lens wide camera, the ultra-wide 129-degree camera, as well as a 52-mm social length telephoto camera for creamy bokeh effects. Users can also shoot images on the phone’s new ProRAW format, which then allows them full creative control over details and dynamic range. Space-age tech in the form of the new LiDAR Scanner (used by NASA in preparation for their next Mars landing) is also one of the phone’s features, allowing for more immerse AR experiences thanks to its ability to measure light distance. Low-light photography is even better than before, with autofocus improved by six times.
4. The iPhone Pro Max offers the highest resolution on an iPhone
Bigger and better than before, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a 6.7-inch beast with the largest display ever on an iPhone, along with the highest resolution at close to 3.5 million pixels. Features are similar to its counterparts, but the phone’s cameras are even more advanced. With three cameras like the iPhone 12 Pro, the Max also features a new f1.6 aperture wide camera with 47 percent larger sensor and an 87 percent improvement in low-light conditions. Designed for closer shots with shallow depth of field, the longer 65mm telephoto camera offers increased flexibility. Both Pro iPhones are available in a new pacific blue shade.
5. Charging is more seamless than ever, but with a catch
The new iPhone 12 line looks set to be able to charge twice as fast, at speeds of 12W, but there’s a catch: you’ll have to use Apple’s new MagSafe charger or a MagSafe-compatible one from a third-party accessory brand. According to the tech company’s product page, “magnets align themselves perfectly every time for faster wireless charging.”
6. The prices start from S$1,149
Available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini comes in blue, green, black, white, and red, with the former priced from S$1,299 and the latter from S$1,149. Meanwhile, the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max are available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models in graphite, silver, gold and pacific blue, with former setting you back by S$1,649 and the latter at S$1,799.
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