A comprehensive look at the new iPhone 12
Whether you’re a long-time fan of Apple, a recent passenger on the bandwagon or if you’ve never bought an Apple product before, you are bound to have heard about the newest iPhone. The new iPhone 12 release date was October 23rd 2020, which saw it hit shelves and then fly straight back off them again. In this article we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about it and why it’s the perfect time to buy iPhone 12.
You’ll be pleased to know that those iPhone 12 leaks that came out a week prior to its release were not all that accurate.
Going straight in with a slight redesign, it’s been given slightly rounded features and Ceramic Shielding that provides four times the protection for the 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inches for the Pro Max, the screen of the previous model. But if you’re anything like me and are pretty picky on the specific hue of your handset, the options of iPhone 12 colours are black, blue, green, red, and white while the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in the more sleek and sophisticated blue, gold, graphite, and silver; making a decent selection for you to peruse.
Its built water and dust resistant to ensure no mistakes put you out of $1,229 AUD, able to be submerged down to 6 meters for 30 minutes before any trouble occurs on the inside. Take it jet skiing and you may have a chance to damage it but for average day-to-day usage, the extra resistance can offer you some nice protection from drops and drowning.
The phone does not come with a charging block or EarPods, for the sake of “environmental goals.” Meaning that if you’ve moved from android to Apple or were waiting for the new phone knowing that it would come with replacement parts if your current ones had broken, you’re out of luck. The wire is a Lightning to USB-C which is a more unique variety, meaning that those who make the 12 their first purchase may need to shell out an additional $19 for a charging block that is actually compatible.
With the introduction of the MagSafe, which provides a click-on magnetic function for accessories like chargers or holders, and sporting 5G that project the connectivity onto a whole new level; the latest iPhone is pushing for a more modern and accessible user experience.
Flaunting a fancy 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display, viewing pictures or videos encoded in HDR will pop like never before. With a huge increase in the viewing quality thanks to the screen, the display is crystal clear and smooth and provides a sharp aestheticism that is tough to complain about.
Perfectly visible at all times, even in direct sunlight allowing you consistent viewing habits regardless of the time of day.
The new iPhone provides us with two 12 megapixel rear cameras, not a tremendous update from the former models but the ultra-wide lens will allow you to take some splendid pictures with greater inclusion of scenery and subjects. If you loved night vision mode on last year’s models then you’ll appreciate that it’s made a return on not one but both rear sensors. Increasing the exposure of your shots and allowing more light into the lenses, this is what gives you those impressively clear and well-lit pictures. Allowing you to take pictures in the dead of night and have them look like the middle of the day which is a huge improvement from the iPhone 11.
The front-facing lens is also a 12-megapixel camera and has been upgraded by an immediately noticeable degree, providing clearer and better-focused pictures. However, it is not without flaws as the self-portrait mode that can blur the background behind you really struggles with stray hairs and can wind up cutting bits of fringe in half as a result; causing the pictures to lose a lot of quality.
One thing that must be mentioned, if you are looking for the best recording and picture quality then you may have a better time pushing up to the 12 Pro or the 12 Pro Max which can handle 4K 60 frames per second recording with Dolby Vision, as opposed to the standard 12’s 30fps.
Additionally, the 12 Pro and Pro Max have the new LiDAR scanner, this nifty bit of kit allows the phone to project lasers that judge the distance and depth of what is in view. This tied in with its Smart HDR 3, an artificial-intelligence like function that can differentiate and figure out what the photo is comprised of.
The battery life of an Apple phone is usually the most controversial part of them but you’ll be pleased to learn that, although not an incredible leap in advancement, the 12’s battery life has indeed improved. After a day of average use, the battery was still clocking in over 50% charge (Something that would have been unthinkable a few years ago), however as expected, the more you move around and the more the device connects, and reconnects to the 4G and 5G networks the faster it depletes. Difference will be noticeable if you're coming from latter iPhones like the iPhone X.
With this model, you should be able to watch an entire 100 minute HD movie and it should barely cost you 10% of charge; that’s amazing news for a new iPhone. The battery is perhaps not as good as Android but still perfectly acceptable, if you make good use of the MagSafe charger that you could have laying on your desk or sofa side table you won’t have to worry about rushing off for a quick re-charge before the evening is out.
iPhone 12, Pro, Pro Max price in Australia
In all honesty, the improvements in this are varied from pretty great to barely recognisable. There’s great potential in these phones; while the other two provide the best camera that Apple has ever come out with the differences surrounding that are quite small.
The Max variant has a far better camera but the 6.7-inch screen feels a little too big to me. Tied in with its sharper-edged design, it’s not super comfortable for longer sessions of use.
A refurbished iPhone 12 starts at $1,229 AUD, making it the most expensive Apple phone yet but with its design and specs, it’s clear this is the phone Apple wants you to choose.
Then the difference between the general tech specs of them aren’t super noticeable either as all sport the same Apple A14 Bionic chipset and the Max variant's camera is barely better than the Pro. If you're on a budget, you can go for a refurbished or a used one if you're into used mobile phones.
Ultimately the decision is up to you but for the best performance handset, you’ll want the Max variant.