Back in 13th October 2020, Apple unveiled iPhone 12 series which came with as many as four devices: iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 mini. I have got my hands on the 256 GB Graphite color variant of iPhone 12 Pro, which I will review in this article.
This year, it seems, Apple has heavily emphasized the term “Pro”, indicating more expensive iPhones to push the boundaries of innovation. iPhone 12 Pro comes with a display size of 6.1 inches. It has a full-screen Super Retina XDR display and it has a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels.
The display offers HDR support with 1200 nits peak brightness, wide color, haptic touch, and true tone. The display is protected by a ceramic shield cover which Apple considers to “go beyond glass”. The ceramic shield is infused with nano-ceramic.
The 6.1 inches display is quite larger than the last generation’s 5.8 inches but the iPhone 12 Pro has a much better grip than the iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro is a bit taller than the iPhone 11 Pro, but is slimmer and weighs the same.
The iPhone 12 Pro ships in a slimmer box and that also with just a USB Type C to Lightning cable and some documentation. The company stopped add on accessories like the Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone adapter, headset, and power adapter. After digging a hole in my purse for buying this iPhone, I got fewer accessories; I didn’t like this at all!
The iPhone 12 Pro uses the A14 Bionic SoC, the first 5 nm SoC in a smartphone that promises up to 50 percent better CPU and GPU performance compared to the previous generations. Apple’s Neural Engine logic in the SoC is now 16 cores which are up from the previous high of eight cores.
Apple claims this chip will compute machine learning tasks 80 percent faster than previous chips. Also, this year Apple brought the 5G connectivity to the iPhone 12 lineup.
iPhone 12 Pro packs a 6 GB RAM and other features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, Ultra Wideband (UWB), multiple satellite navigation systems, NFC, LiDAR scanner, and Face ID biometric authentication using Apple’s TrueDepth 3D camera system. In short, in terms of performance, the handset is far better than any other existing models. iPhone 12 Pro runs iOS 14.1. 4
Apple does not advertise the battery capacities but as per some findings, it is something around 2,815 mAh. The number looks laughable but for iPhones, it is more than adequate for daily usage. iPhone 12 Pro supports Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging ecosystem.
Frankly, this time, Apple has not changed the camera setup offered in its previous generations but this time, it does come with some improvements such as Dolby Vision HDR video, which is capable of recording up to 4K 60 fps video.
Frankly, iPhone 12 Pro does not seem to be a big upgrade when compared with its previous generation. The upgrades that really make sense such as the ceramic shield protection, larger display, better IP rating, new SoC, MagSafe charging, and Dolby Vision recording are also available on iPhone 12, which costs way less.
Yes, iPhone 12 does have some backwardness in terms of features when compared with iPhone 12 Pro such as a lower brightness and recording up to 4K 30fps with Dolby Vision, but iPhone 12 offers far better value for money than the iPhone 12 Pro.
In short, iPhone 12 Pro costs more than the iPhone 12 for features like telephoto camera, LiDAR scanner, ProRAW, higher maximum storage, etc. Some of these features might eventually be useful in the right scenarios, but these are not mandatory features one should always require.
In simple words, if you want to feel the essence of premium and show off your handset then iPhone 12 pro can be a good choice for you but if you are thinking about the size of the hole the phone will make in your pocket if you buy it, then you better opt for iPhone 12 because it offers almost similar features at a reasonable price.