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This is the actual device of the iPhone 12 and Pro that will finally go on sale on October 23.

This is the package this time. It's suddenly very thin.

It's almost half as tall as the previous one.

The only accessories included were the SIM pin and USB-C - Lightning cable.

The packaging for the companion models has been changed to a compact size as well. If you have a 20W output charger with a USB-C socket instead of Type A, it will charge more rapidly.

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Casual and friendly iPhone 12

First, let's take a look at the iPhone 12's appearance. It comes in a total of five colors, but the one we are showing here is a green model.

The New Normal of the iPhone 12 series.

Slippery glass back.

The cameras are dual wide and ultra-wide, and both lenses are night mode compatible.

It's now possible to capture the city at night in quite an emotional way.

The edges of the sides are made of aluminum and feel smooth to the touch.

The iPhone 12 Pro is an elegant affair

The high-end iPhone 12 Pro

A new color, Pacific Blue. It is available in three other colors, four in total. The back glass has the same matte treatment as the 11 Pro.

The cameras are triple configuration with a telephoto lens added to the wide and ultra-wide lenses.

4x optical zoom is available. Signs are clearly photographed.

It is also equipped with a LiDAR scanner that can measure depths of up to 5 meters, enabling portrait photography in dark places and more advanced AR expression.

The side edges are made of stainless steel. It is easier to get fingerprints than aluminum, but it can be wiped smoothly. It has a very luxurious finish.

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Both models have robust bodies

The glass incorporates a nano-ceramic crystal for added strength.

With the help of structural innovations such as matching the height of the glass to the sides, it is four times more resistant to breakage and scratches on the surface than previous models.

Both feature a 6.1-inch OLED display.

Both models have the same screen resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels, but the standard brightness is 625 nits for the iPhone 12 and 800 nits for the Pro. The latter is higher. While the maximum brightness in HDR mode is 1200 NIT on both models, so you can enjoy watching the photos and videos you take with comparable beautiful image quality.

With the display brightness of both models set to maximum in the hot sun. The right Pro is a little brighter.

MagSafe has also changed the accessories

The iPhone 12 series is MagSafe compatible. It contains a coil on the back that consists of a sensitive magnetic sensor and NFC to hold the charger and other accessories in place and call up their appropriate functions.

Scanning the back of the device with the magnetic field sheet...

The presence of Mag is felt very strongly. However, it doesn't stick even if you bring the clip closer. It is a specification that only the corresponding device sticks to it.

This is the genuine Apple MagSafe charger.

Hold it close to the back of the iPhone 12 series and it sticks (if you can't see it move, switch to a standard browser to see it)

Qi provides up to 7.5W charging, compared to up to 15W with MagSafe, which is theoretically twice as fast as Qi. While some Android devices can support fast wireless charging of 10W or more even with Qi, we believe Apple made this specification for safety reasons.

It's also compatible with Qi charging, so you can charge iPhone 8 and later models, AirPods, and Android devices with Qi charging (up to 7.5 watts and won't stick in place)

The genuine Apple cases are also MagSafe compatible, so you can attach a MagSafe product to your iPhone even when it's in the case.

Silicone Case (Cypriot Green) and Clear Case

Inner side

An elaborate trick is to display a circle that matches the color of the worn case with the NFC detection feature (if you can't see it moving, please switch to a standard browser).

The feel of the silicone case is not as sticky as it used to be.

Apple’s leather cases were not announced at the time of the release of the device, but we thought the other cases were more upscale instead.

The clear case is designed with the MagSafe contacts. It's a bit harder to get grease on your fingers than the previous one.
Apple also offers leather wallets, which can be attached directly to the iPhone or on top of the genuine case to hold your cards and other items.
MagSafe has an MFi certification program, and more third-party products are expected to follow. (Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 wireless charger pictured)

Cases released by third parties before the release of the iPhone 12 are not MagSafe compatible, but they may respond if they are thin. Of course, there is a possibility that MagSafe will come off and fast charging will not work because it is out of warranty, so be careful. Even if the case is Qi-enabled, it does not mean it is MagSafe compatible, so if you want to put your iPhone in a case, you should buy a genuine Apple case or a case with the MFi certification logo.

Even cases that don't have a built-in conductor may be able to pass through the magnetic force of the device, but since it's out of warranty, it's better to use Qi charging, although up to 7.5W for those not listed as MagSafe compatible.

The iPhone experience will be completely different

All models in the iPhone 12 series are powered by the A14 Bionic.

Geekbench 5 scores. By the way, the iPhone 11 series scores in the 6000s.

Every experience through the iPhone is enhanced with this A14 Bionic at its core.

The 5G antenna is up!

The first iPhone 5G support.
Switch between 4G and 5G efficiently in Smart Data Mode.

By setting it to 5G Auto (the default value), the system switches to 4G when 5G is not needed to reduce battery consumption.

Change the data mode settings to increase the video quality, such as FaceTime.

I made FaceTime calls over a 5G connection with the help of writers who have been testing the iPhone 12 prior to its release. The video quality was noticeably different than the 4G connection, and there was no audio latency.

At the moment, the 5G area is still only a spot deployment, and we too had to scour the airwaves to experience FaceTime in HD. (By the way, we later found out that the iPhone 12 will be able to make HD calls over Wi-Fi as well...) However, it is certain that 5G areas will be expanded at a rapid pace in the future. I don't think you need to force yourself to switch to a 5G contract before the end of the year, but the smartphone experience is sure to get richer under the iPhone 12 and beyond.

The iPhone 12 series will be followed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini, which will be released later on November 13 (pre-orders start on November 6). The Pro Max, which has a shake sensor and more advanced shooting capabilities than the iPhone 12 Pro, and the mini, which is compact at 5.4 inches but has the same features as the iPhone 12, will be on the minds of those who have already bought the iPhone 12.

From left to right: iPhone mini (mock), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max (mock). Screen sizes, in order, 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch.

Stay tuned to Engadget for the latest news on Apple products and new device reviews.

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