Apple launches iPhone 12 Pro line with new design, better cameras

Apple has unveiled its iPhone 12 Pro, the higher-tier model of 2020’s iPhone range refresh that offers three cameras on the back, better displays.

Launched during Apple’s “Hi, Speed” special event on Tuesday, the iPhone 12 Pro is the premium model of Apple’s iPhone 12. Sharing the same core features as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, the Pro models enhance what is offered to give a better overall experience to customers willing to pay more.

The iPhone 12 Pro uses the same flat edges design making them similar to an iPad Pro. The Pro lineup is also where you’ll find the largest iPhone display, with the iPhone 12 Pro equipped with an OLED Super Retina XDR 6.1-inch display and the iPhone 12 Pro Max opting for an even larger 6.7-inch version.

Powering the iPhone 12 Pro line is the A14 Bionic System-on-Chip, which Apple revealed in the fourth-generation iPad Air. Packing in 11.8 billion transistors, it uses a new 6-core CPU and 4-core graphics architecture to make it 50% faster than any other smartphone chip available in both processing and graphical performance.

The chip also benefits from a new 16-core Neural Engine, which is twice as fast as the previous version and capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second. New second-generation machine learning accelerators in the CPU also means it will be 10 times faster for machine learning calculations.

Arguably the biggest draw for the iPhone 12 Pro lineup is its support for 5G cellular networks, which carriers are deploying in countries around the world. Furthermore, with support for mmWave, it will also mean the iPhone models will be able to connect at the highest speeds 5G offers where mmWave is deployed, typically in built-up areas with higher populations.

Around the back, Apple has gone with the same camera arrangement as in 2019, with three 12-megapixel cameras covering Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto ranges, with a 4x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, and a 10x digital zoom in. Equipped with dual optical image stabilization, it has Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting effects, a Night mode, Smart HDR, and Panorama features.

The optical image stabilization has been upgraded to a DSLR-style Sensor Shift, where the sensor moves but the lens does not, enabling the image to stay sharper, and for longer exposures to be made that capture more light, even up to two seconds long when hand-held. It can adjust up to 5,000 times per second, approximately five times as many adjustments than similar systems used in the iPhone 11 Pro range.

Video has been boosted to include the ability to record in 10-bit HDR, and is the first to record in Dolby Vision HDR. It is able to do this even at 4K resolution at 60fps.

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