By Adedapo Adesanya
Apple announced its four-model iPhone 12 line up on Tuesday, October 13, bringing back the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X, which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology.
The newly designed iPhone 12 models feature expansive edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR displays for a brighter, more immersive viewing experience, and a new Ceramic Shield front cover, providing the biggest jump in durability ever on iPhone.
In addition to more models, the phone came with 5G wireless support. 5G on iPhone boasts improved speeds for faster downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity in apps, FaceTime in high definition, and more.
They also came with the Apple-designed A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone coupled with an advanced dual-camera system. This has the ability to deliver meaningful new computational photography features and the highest quality video in a smartphone.
The new iPhone 12 models also introduce MagSafe, offering high-powered wireless charging and an all-new ecosystem of accessories that easily attach to the iPhone. These chargers do not use cord but instead, use magnetic pins to connect the charging cable with the device.
The new models also feature Smart Data mode, which extends battery life by intelligently assessing 5G needs and balancing data usage, speed, and power in real-time.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be available in five beautiful aluminium surfaces, including blue, green, black, white, and red. The iPhone 12 comes in 6.1-inch while the iPhone 12 mini comes in a 5.4-inch. This makes the iPhone 12 mini is the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G smartphone in the world.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini have water resistance up to 6 meters for up to 30 minutes and are protected against everyday spills, including coffee and soda.
iPhone 12 features the first camera to shoot HDR video with Dolby Vision and is the first and only device in the world to enable an end-to-end Dolby Vision experience which allows customers to easily capture, edit, and share cinema-grade videos.
Both models also now feature improved cinematic video stabilization, even more, true-to-life selfie videos with Dolby Vision, and Night mode Time-Lapse, offering longer exposure times for sharper videos, better light trails, and smoother exposure in low-light scenarios when used with a tripod.
In terms of cost, the phones have a starting price of $799 (N302,800) and $699 (N264,900) respectively
Pre-orders for iPhone 12 begin Friday, October 16, with availability beginning Friday, October 23. iPhone 12 mini will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, November 6, and in stores beginning Friday, November 13.
iPhone 12 will be available in India, South Korea, and more than a dozen other countries and regions beginning Friday, October 30.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available in four stainless steel finishes, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.
With impressively larger, edge-to-edge displays with reduced borders in familiar sizes, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max features a Super Retina XDR display with systemwide colour management for industry-leading colour accuracy.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the largest display ever on an iPhone and the highest resolution featuring nearly 3.5 million pixels for a remarkable, true-to-life viewing experience. These OLED displays bring HDR video content to life, reaching 1200 nits peak brightness.
Just like the iPhone 12 and its mini equivalent, the two models come with the ability to withstand water submersion up to 6 meters for up to 30 minutes.
The iPhone 12 Pro features the new seven-element lens Wide camera with an ƒ/1.6 aperture, the fastest ever on an iPhone while the iPhone 12 Pro Max takes the pro camera experience even further. The new ƒ/1.6 aperture Wide camera boasts a 47 per cent larger sensor with better improvement and experience in low-light conditions.
The 12 Pro models offer the highest quality video in a smartphone and are the first cameras and only devices in the world to enable an end-to-end experience for HDR video with Dolby Vision, up to 60 frames per second (fps), and even better video stabilization for cinema-grade productions.
In addition to these, the HomePod Mini smart speaker was launched and a stealth release of the $50 Beats Flex wireless headphones.
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