Why choose the iPhone 12 Pro?
The iPhone 12 Pro packs an array of cool features that make it significantly better than its predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro. Let's take a look at what makes the iPhone 12 Pro so exciting, even though the iPhone 13 Pro has since been released.
- Pro camera system
- Ceramic Shield
- 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
- MagSafe accessories
- A14 Bionic chip
- LiDAR technology
Pro camera system
iPhones have always been known for taking good photos and yet somehow, as with every launch, Apple managed to take it to the next level. A big selling point of the iPhone 12 Pro is Night Mode, which lets you take incredible pictures in low light and gives you remarkably true-to-life colors. The phone's wide camera takes in 27% more light than its predecessor, allowing for greater detail and sharper focus, day or night. Likewise, the Ultra Wide camera has a 120-degree field of view, allowing people to capture more scenes in tight spots.
The integration of LiDAR technology and Apple's A14 Bionic chip (more on both of those later) helps the iPhone 12 Pro pick out every pattern and texture in your picture. In mid to low-light conditions, a feature called Deep Fusion kicks in. This is HDR taken to a new level – the camera takes the best bits of each individual pixel and fuses them together to give you the best possible final photograph, one with the best sharpness, colour, highlights and shadows.
The iPhone 12 Pro uses AI to bring you an enhanced portrait mode, which is better than ever at separating the subject from the background. The camera will also let you manually adjust things like the amount of light on the face and background blur. The camera's video elements are just as impressive. The iPhone 12 Pro was the first phone to shoot in Dolby Vision – a format used by film studios – and boasts 10-bit HDR recording. You can shoot 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second (fps) and 1080p high-definition videos at up to 240fps.
iPhone users love their phones, but one of the few gripes they have about them is that they can be a little fragile. It'd take a brave soul to go out and about with an iPhone without a case or a screen protector. With the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple sought to rectify this by introducing the Ceramic Shield made by Corning (the same company that makes the famous Gorilla Glass).
The iPhone 12 Pro is one of Apple’s toughest-ever phones because it has a glass covering made from nano-ceramic crystals harder than most metals. The clever process that turns tiny, hard crystals into a smooth, clear screen for the phone is also replicated on its back covering, making it scratch-resistant.
The iPhone 12 Pro's Ceramic Shield front screen (four times more drop-proof than its predecessor) sits flush against the side of the phone, which is made from surgical-grade stainless steel.
6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
The iPhone 12 Pro's redesign (when compared to the iPhone 11 Pro) means you get less bezel around the phone's edges and instead, more screen. It's a bigger device in general, so you get a 6.1-inch screen with the iPhone 12 Pro as opposed to its predecessor's 5.8 inches.
The iPhone 12 Pro’s screen is edge-to-edge except for the notch that houses the front-facing camera. The display itself boasts 460 pixels per inch – that's 2532 x 1170 total pixel resolution for those counting, with HDR support, Wide Color, Haptic Touch, and True Tone. It brings HDR video content to life, reaching 1200 nits peak brightness.
Even with a phone boasting the tough-guy credentials of the iPhone 12 Pro, most of us feel a bit happier when we're using a case. A phone is a big investment so it makes sense to want to protect it. Apple caters to this need by offering MagSafe accessories; a range of cases and wallets that attach magnetically to iPhones released in 2020 or later.
The beauty of the MagSafe cases is that the magnets perfectly align to allow optimal wireless charging even with the phone case on. You can attach the wallet either straight to the phone or on top of the case, and it has all the shielding technology you'd want to keep your credit card safe.
You'll be pleased to know that both the MagSafe cases and wallets come in a range of colours so you can mix and match to find the perfect style for you.
A14 Bionic chip
The A14 Bionic chip was the first 5-nanometre mobile chip in the industry. By measurement, the chip powering the iPhone 12 Pro is very small yet incredibly powerful, delivering fast processing speed and stronger battery life.
Another huge benefit of the A14 chip is that functions that require machine learning are 80% faster compared to the A13. This chip enables features like the iPhone 12 camera's Deep Fusion, which vastly improves the fine details in your photographs, and it means that Dolby Vision video is encoded simultaneously while you shoot instead of at a later date. Apple claims that the A14 chip is capable of completing 11 trillion operations per second, which is stunning.
LiDAR is the technology that powers driverless cars, underwater exploration, land surveying, and similar operations that require remote sensing. Incredibly, this technology is also in the iPhone 12 Pro. A LiDAR scanner measures how long it takes light to bounce back from objects so it can quickly create a 3D map of whatever space you're in.
This has big benefits for AR (augmented reality) apps. If you've ever used AR, you'll know that projected landscapes and characters can appear to float through real-life items of furniture or other obstacles – instances that instantly take you out of that immersive experience. LiDAR makes that a thing of the past by understanding the depth of what it can see, so characters will move around accurately in the landscape that has been created.
It is also LiDAR that makes the iPhone 12 Pro as good at taking pictures in low light as it is. The camera's Night Mode uses LiDAR depth mapping for Night Mode portraits and the technology gives the Pro camera system six times faster autofocus in low light.
All iPhone 12 Pro models come with 6GB of RAM. However, you can choose between 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage, which are great options for most smartphone users. For context, some mid-range laptops don’t even come with up to 512GB of internal storage or 6GB of RAM.
Frequently asked questions
Is the iPhone 12 Pro any good?
There's certainly a noticeable difference in terms of the features of the iPhone 12 Pro compared to the previous generation of iPhones. Apple is usually a safe bet if you're looking for a quality handset and the iPhone 12 Pro fits that bracket, while boasting some features that the standard iPhone 12 is lacking. However, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are more powerful smartphones in Apple’s latest lineup.
What colours does the iPhone 12 Pro come in?
The iPhone 12 Pro comes in four colours – Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver and Graphite.
Is the iPhone 12 Pro 5G capable?
Yes, the iPhone 12 Pro supports 5G connectivity, meaning incredibly fast speeds on mobile data and improved performance in busy, congested areas. However, not all areas have a 5G connection to take advantage of this feature. In such a case, you can use the common 4G technology and still get reasonable speeds.
What is the difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max
The biggest difference is the size. The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen compared to the bigger iPhone 12 Pro Max's 6.7 inches. Almost all other specs are the same for both handsets.
Is the iPhone 12 Pro water resistant?
The iPhone 12 Pro comes with a IP68 water resistance rating. This means it can withstand a depth of up to six metres for 30 minutes. This is impressive but you should still avoid intentional submersion and just be satisfied that if you accidentally drop your phone in the sink, it'll probably be ok.
Does the iPhone 12 Pro have face recognition?
Yes, like all iPhones released since 2017, the 12 Pro has Face ID. The sensor is located in the notch at the top of the front display. You can use it to unlock the phone as well as authenticate sensitive functions like in-app purchases or Apple Pay transactions.
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