Apple doesn’t hold back with iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max

More than meets the i
14 October 2020 / 0:17IST

With more leaks than a BMC pipe in Dharavi, the launch of the new iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max wasn’t really a surprise, although specifications were always a bit sketchy. But it’s here now and it’s a lot of what we love and a bit of what we could’ve lived without (the notch). Using the A14 Bionic chip and its 5Nm process, numbers have gone up across the board with 80% faster performance on the Neural engine. As predicted, the sharper design harks back to the iPhone 5 but now with much higher-grade of materials and finishes. Surgical grade stainless steel to be precise in four new finishes, including a Pacific Blue. Using the same Ceramic Shield glass, said to be used for the first time on any smartphone and the toughest yet, remains the same as the iPhone 12 and even the IP68 (6mts) rating but the Super Retina XDR displays get a size bump. 6.1in for the Pro and 6.7in on the Pro Max with 1200nits peak brightness. While the overall performance is faster than a Cheetah on ice, the 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU and Neural engine work along with the image signal processor to deliver some groundbreaking photos and video too. In fact, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will be the first smartphones in the world to record, edit, view and share video in Dolby Vision HDR at 4K/60fps! That’s some serious firepower for a phone and it’s aided by a Sensor shift OIS which makes 5000 micro adjustments per second. For still photography too, big strides in low-light and optical zoom have been made. The trio of rear lenses remain similar in configuration with a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wides and 12MP telephoto lens, but they all get improvements across the board. Most noticeably in low-light performance which is said to be 87% better, especially on the Pro Max, which uses a larger sensor owing to its larger overall size. With Apple ProRAW, finally, native RAW mode comes to iPhone and images can be edited in the native Photos app as well as third-party apps. The LiDAR scanner that we first saw on the iPad Pro also makes an appearance, but this time it does more than just help with augmented reality. It actually helps focus faster in low-light and capture portrait photos with greater accuracy when you’re not playing with IKEA furniture. The 12MP TrueDepth front camera gets the goodness of Night Mode now and the Dolby Vision HDR recording too! MagSafe introduces a whole new ecosystem of wireless charging accessories besides Apple’s own and besides adding a few more zeros to Apple’s coffers, it also looks hugely convenient and innovative. The ill-fated wireless charging mat in a whole new avatar, if you will. The iPhone 12 Pro will start at ₹1,19,900 while the Pro Max will start at ₹1,29,900 and both will offer storage options of 128/256/512GB. iPhone 12 Pro will be on sale in India from October 30 but the iPhone 12 Pro Max still awaits its Indian launch date.