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iPhone 12 series announced from just RM3399

by Vyncent ChanOctober 14, 2020
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The new iPhone 12 series marks a return to the boxier aesthetics of the pre-iPhone 6 era, combined with a notched display from the recent iPhones. This year, there is a total of four new iPhones, with the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max announced. Yes, I arranged them in ascending order in terms of price and also screen size.

Apple A14 Bionic

The main upgrades that are shared across the iPhone 12 product family is the new A14 Bionic chip. It is the world’s first 5nm smartphone processor in the market right now. Apple retained the same 6-core CPU configuration, although with a new architecture that promises up to 50% better CPU performance. The GPU has also been updated to deliver a 50% GPU performance uplift. The neural engine has been updated too, to deliver a whopping 80% performance improvement. Overall, we should once again see the iPhone 12s at the top of benchmark charts next year.

And of course, there’s 5G. All the new iPhones will support 5G connectivity, which is becoming par for the course in Android flagships today. But it is nice to see iPhones finally keep up, because it would mean that telcos would probably be more inclined to work harder (and faster) on the 5G rollout.

iPhone MagSafe

Another improvement that they brought to the iPhone was MagSafe. While the nifty magnetic coupling mechanism was removed from their laptops in favor of USB-C, it does bring quite a bit of convenience and peace of mind when charging your laptop. In the iPhones, MagSafe is used to ensure that you always align your device correctly on your charging pad. It is also used to support various accessories, including a car mount.

Meanwhile Apple will be downgrading the contents of their packaging to not include a charger nor a pair of Lightning EarPods. I was just excited that Apple changed their ways last year by providing an 18W fast charger in the box. Oh well.

iPhone 12 series

iPhone 12 display

The main upgrades to the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 coming from the iPhone 11 is that both of them sport OLED displays, or what Apple dubs the Super Retina XDR displays. The iPhone 12 mini understandably gets a smaller 5.4″ FHD+ panel, while the iPhone 12 gets an interesting 6.1″ 2532 x 1170 screen. Android users can no longer laugh at iPhone 12 users for using sub-FHD panels anymore, yay!

Apple iPhone 12 camera

Aside from the new display, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini also sports an upgraded dual-camera system. While the sensor resolution is kept the same on both the ultra-wide camera and main camera, the aperture of the main camera has been widened, and now sits at f/1.6 from the iPhone 11’s f/1.8. Apple claims that computational photography has been implemented in the iPhone 12 series to better take advantage of the sensor and chipset’s performance, promising better results in any condition.

Apple iPhone 12 Series Specs

iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12
Processor Apple A14 Bionic, 6-core, 5nm
Storage Up to 256GB
Display 5.4″ FHD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED display
P3 color gamut
625 nits max brightness (typ)
Ceramic Shield
6.1″ 2532 x 1170 OLED display
P3 color gamut
625 nits max brightness (typ)
Ceramic Shield
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.6, OIS + 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide
Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, Portrait Lighting
Selfie Camera 12MP f/2.2
Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, Portrait Lighting
Battery Up to 15 hours video playback
20W fast charge
15W MagSafe wireless charging
7.5W Qi wireless charging
Up to 17 hours video playback
20W fast charge
15W MagSafe wireless charging
7.5W Qi wireless charging
Price 64GB: RM3399
128GB: RM3599
256GB: RM4099
64GB: RM3899
128GB: RM4099
256GB: RM4599

iPhone 12 colors

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are available in White, Black, Blue, Green and (PRODUCT)RED.

iPhone 12 Pro Series

While the iPhone 12 series does seem like a small, iterative upgrade over the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 Pro is actually a much bigger upgrade. For starters, the iPhone 12 Pro also touts the new 12MP f/1.6 camera featured in the iPhone 12 duo, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max takes it a step further with a 47% larger 12MP sensor featuring 1.7µm pixels.

iPhone 12 Pro Max main camera

This bigger sensor is further supported by sensor-shift optical image stabilization, instead of the usual method which involves moving the lens around. Apple claims that the larger sensor and the enhanced stabilization mechanism provides a humongous 87% improvement in low-light conditions. The telephoto camera here is also a 2.5x zoom lens, instead of the 2x one found in the iPhone 12 Pro and previous generations.

iPhone 12 Pro Apple ProRAW

Aside from upgrading the camera hardware, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max offer significant new software features, with the addition of Apple ProRAW and the ability to shoot Dolby Vision HDR videos at up to 60 FPS. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max also sport the new LiDAR Scanner that allows for quicker and more precise autofocus, Night mode portraits and fancy new AR features.

iPhone 12 Pro design

Apple kept the matte glass back and also the stainless steel frame from the iPhone 11 Pro series, but they did enlarge the display. The iPhone 12 Pro now sports a 6.1″ display while the iPhone 12 Pro Max touts a 6.7″ one.

iPhone 12 Pro Series Specs

iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Processor Apple A14 Bionic, 6-core, 5nm
Storage Up to 512GB
Display 6.1″ 2532 x 1170 OLED display
P3 color gamut
800 nits max brightness (typ)
Ceramic Shield
6.7″ 2778 x 1284 OLED display
P3 color gamut
800 nits max brightness (typ)
Ceramic Shield
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.6, OIS + 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide + 12MP f/2.0 2x telephoto
Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Night Mode Portrait, Smart HDR 3, Portrait Lighting, Apple ProRAW, Dolby Vision HDR
12MP f/1.6, OIS + 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide + 12MP f/2.2 2.5x telephoto
Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Night Mode Portrait, Smart HDR 3, Portrait Lighting, Apple ProRAW, Dolby Vision HDR
Selfie Camera 12MP f/2.2
Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, Portrait Lighting
Battery Up to 17 hours video playback
20W fast charge
15W MagSafe wireless charging
7.5W Qi wireless charging
Up to 20 hours video playback
20W fast charge
15W MagSafe wireless charging
7.5W Qi wireless charging
Price 128GB: RM4899
256GB: RM5399
512GB: RM6299
128GB: RM5299
256GB: RM5799
512GB: RM6699

iPhone 12 Pro colors

The iPhone 12 Pro series will be available in Graphite, Silver, Pacific Blue and Gold.

Local availability has yet to be revealed, although Apple has announced that all the iPhones will be available starting 6th November in the first wave countries, so stay tuned!

Pokdepinion: The iPhone 12 Pro series sure look enticing. Although the pricing is everything but.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.