This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At the Apple Event on October 13, Apple announced four new 2020 flagship iPhones. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are positioned as the high-end models.
Both are powered by the latest SoC A14 Bionic and also feature the LiDAR scanner (3D sensor) found on the iPad Pro (2020), and are 5G enabled for the first time in iPhone history. They also introduced high-powered wireless charging and MagSafe for easy attachment of accessories to the iPhone.
On the back of the phones, there is a triple camera, continuing from the iPhone 11 Pro series, with a standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide angle of 12 megapixels.
The first noticeable difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the previous year's model is that the wide-angle camera has a seven-element lens. This allows 27% more light to be captured, according to the company. The telephoto camera has a 52mm focal length and a 4x optical zoom for high-quality optical images.
The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max has increased the focal length from 52mm to 65mm, allowing for typical portrait compositions that are closer shots and tighter crops. The optical zoom has evolved to 5x, which is more than even the iPhone 12 Pro.
New elements unique to the iPhone 12 Pro Max include a larger image sensor and a sensor-shifting image stabilization function. Unlike the previous optical system, which moved the lens itself, the new sensor-shift system is said to be able to make fine adjustments up to 5,000 times per second (compared to five times that of the previous year's model), providing movie-quality images with no blur.
One of the most notable features is the inclusion of a LiDAR scanner. The ability to take accurate distance measurements and pixel depth information allows for a realistic AR experience, with benefits such as a six-fold increase in autofocus accuracy in low-light locations and a reduction in photo and video capture time. This, combined with the A14 Bionic's neural engine (machine learning), makes it possible to shoot portraits in night mode as well.
The iPhone 12 Pro has a screen size of 6.1 inches, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest iPhone ever at 6.7 inches. And both have a Super Retina XDR display and a durable ceramic shield to prevent damage. Specifications such as IP68 water and dust resistance up to 6 meters deep and intelligent switching between 5G and LTE based on battery consumption and data status are all present in the higher-end Pro Series.
Both models come in four colors: graphite, silver, gold, and Pacific blue. Like the iPhone 12, it has a flat design with straight corners, but the Pro model's body material is stainless steel.
Prices for the iPhone 12 Pro start at $999, with pre-orders opening on October 16 and going on sale on the 23rd. Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is priced from $1,099 and will be available for pre-order on November 6 and on sale on the 13th of the same month.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.