Apple Launches New iPhone 12 Pro Line With Upgraded Cameras, LiDAR Sensor

Apple Launches New iPhone 12 Pro Line With Upgraded Cameras, LiDAR Sensor

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will be available starting October 23; the Mini and the Pro Max will follow on November 13.

If you're in the market for a smartphone, Apple has four new options.

"Today is a new era for iPhone, we're bringing 5G to iPhone", Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

At the event, the company is expected to debut its new flagship iPhone 12 lineup, a smaller, more affordable model of the HomePod, and possibly other products. We don't know how severe demand will be, but we recommend ordering in advance.

The mini version will have all the main features of the iPhone 12 - just in a more manageable handheld size, and at a more affordable price.

Past year the entry level iPhone 11 started at £729/$699, so this is a decent saving on the price of entry to a new iPhone. It also has a new design that looks a lot like the iPad Air, with squared-off edges instead of the rounded ones we've seen on iPhones for several years now.

The standard iPhone 12 starts at $799.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders start at Apple and telcos this Friday in Australia.

However, it is its price which matters most to the market, as it sees Apple go directly up against Google and Amazon.

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You can pre-order the iPhone 12 mini handset from Apple itself here, but there will be plenty of other options.

T-Mobile will carry the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max but it has not yet shared its pricing.

What's the same between the iPhone 12 models? Therefore the iPhone 12 mini has the famous notch at the top of the display for Face ID, rather than Touch ID like the iPhone SE. Speaking of Touch ID, there were some desperate rumours that there would be Touch ID on the iPhone 12's power button, but unfortunately not.

The HomePod mini will come in white and space grey and will cost $99. The pro models come in "professional" Pacific Blue, gold, graphite and silver finishes. 2020 seems to be the year of Blue if the Apple Watch Series 6 is anything to go by. They feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, stainless steel case designs and 5G connectivity. Apple says the display is covered by what it calls Ceramic Shield, co-developed with Corning. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can grade all frames in Dolby Vision, live, while recording. It's an improvement on the Liquid Retina HD display of the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR and the Retina HD display of the SE though. Apple plans to release accessories like credit cardholders that take advantage of MagSafe as well. The camera has a 12MP ultra-wide ƒ/2.4 aperture lens and a 12MP wide ƒ/1.6 aperture lens.

Apple said the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for pre-order on October 16 and the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are available for pre-order on November 6. The camera is improved thanks to Apple's A14 Bionic chip and a new image signal processor (ISP). According to Apple, the primary camera improves on low-light performance by 27 percent. The Pro series are the only iPhones to support the new Apple ProRAW mode.

The new phones are powered by Apple's in-house-designed A14 Bionic mobile processor, made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. using its latest 5-nanometer technology - now the industry's most advanced. The neural engine has grown from 8 to 16 cores, which is significant for machine learning in particular, allowing a whopping 11 trillion operations per second.

The iPhone 12 mini starts at $699. Therefore it's no surprise that battery life isn't quite as good. Apple claims up to 15 hours video playback, for example, compared to 17 hours for the 12 and the Pro, and 20 on the Max.

5G will enable you to connect faster, more easily and more securely, since with it you won't have to connect to public networks anymore. Both models are IP68 water and dust resistant, and they include MagSafe that'll get you up to 15W wireless charging speeds with a MagSafe wireless charger.

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