Apple Announces iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and HomePod Mini
Apple has announced several new devices, including four 5G-capable iPhone 12 variants and the HomePod mini smart speaker.
All of the iPhones feature Super Retina XDR displays and a new Ceramic Shield front cover for protection. They are powered by the A14 Bionic Chip, which is claimed to have a CPU and GPU that are up to 50 percent faster than competitors and an 80 percent performance increase thanks to the chip’s 16-core Neural Engine.
Apples also says that all of the models are capable of up to 4Gbps speeds even in areas with dense populations. They also come with Smart Data mode to extend battery life by balancing aspects like data usage and speed. All feature TrueDepth selfie cameras.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 5.4-inch 12 Mini feature a dual-camera setup consisting of an Ultra Wide camera and Wide camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture. The phones will have improved Deep Fusion for additional texture and noise reduction, while Smart HDR 3 uses machine learning to tweak white balance, contrast, texture, and saturation. Night Mode has been extended to all cameras as well.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch 12 Pro Max feature what Apple says are the largest Super Retina XDR displays yet among iPhones. The iPhone 12 Pros both have a rear camera setup that includes an Ultra Wide camera, Telephoto camera, and ƒ/1.6 aperture Wide camera.
The Pro Max’s Wide camera has a 47 percent larger sensor than the non-Max Pro, a longer focal length Telephoto camera, and 5x optical zoom instead of 4x. Both Pros also come with the improved Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3, and Night Mode for all cameras features found on the non-Pro iPhone 12s, as well as the unique LiDAR Scanner.
The LiDAR Scanner is described as being able to measure light distance and “use pixel depth information of a scene”. Apple says that it will result in better AR experiences, picture-taking improvements like better autofocus in low-light scenes, and reduced capture time. Combined with the A14, it also allows for Night mode portraits.
All the iPhones will make use of Apple’s new MagSafe or MagSafe Duo wireless chargers that connect via magnets. Apple also says that iPhone packaging will no longer include a power adapter and EarPods to reduce carbon emissions and have smaller packaging.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini will be available in blue, green, black, white, and red, while the iPhone 12 Pros come in silver, graphite, gold, and pacific blue colours. Starting prices are RM3,899 and RM3,399 for the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini respectively, and RM4,899 and RM5,299 for the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max respectively.
As for the HomePod mini, it’s a 3.3-inch tall spherical speaker with an Apple S5 chip and a price tag of US$99 (~RM410). It will be compatible with Apple devices, with the iPhone users being able to transfer sound duties to the speaker by bringing their phone close.
The HomePod mini also provides non-speaker functions like Intercom and controlling smart home accessories via Siri. The device will be available in white and space gray.