Apple’s latest flagship device is now a reality. For a long time, news of a new iPhone were on the horizon. Yesterday, Apple pulled the plug on their smartphone that made them who they are today.
On January 9 2007, Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone. Shortly after his presentation, the iPhone went on its way to become the best selling gadget ever. Apple has sold close to 1.5 billion of them, creating giant businesses for app developers and accessory makers, and reimagining the way we live. Millions of people use an iPhone as their only computer. The vision of creating a world in your pocket, was refined by Apple.
Now, 13 years later, we are on the cusp of witnessing the latest addition to the iPhone family. All hail the iPhone 12. It has a new design with flat edges that harkens back to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. The standard 6.1-inch iPhone has two rear cameras, and both of them will now support night mode. The entire new iPhone line will support 5G. And the iPhone 12 lineup’s screen also has a new “Ceramic Shield” glass cover that Apple claims will make the screen more durable.
Featuring the same 6.1-inch display size as the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR before it, the latest iPhone is making the transition from an LCD screen to OLED. Plus, the phone has flat aluminium sides for an overall look that more closely matches the iPad Pro and iPad Air.
The iPhone 12 will come in black, white, blue, red, and green. For storage, you can pick between 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Aside from the flat sides, it still largely resembles the iPhone 11. There’s still a notch at the top that houses Apple’s Face ID technology, though the bezels around the screen have been reduced — another perk of the OLED switch. At the back, the iPhone 12 has two cameras housed in a matte glass compartment, which makes for a nice contrast with the rest of the glossy back panel.
The iPhone 12’s OLED screen has a peak brightness of 1200 nits and supports Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and HLG. The glass is coated with what Apple describes as a “ceramic shield” for better durability when dropped. Water resistance has also been improved.
Apple’s latest iPhone is powered by the company’s new A14 Bionic processor, which the company says is the first smartphone chip built on a 5nm process, leading to improved performance and efficiency. Apple claims it’s “up to 50 percent faster” than the leading chips in Android smartphones. Same goes for the GPU, which Apple says is the best in any mobile phone.
The iPhone 12 has a 12-megapixel f/1.6 main camera — the fastest aperture in any iPhone yet — and a 12MP ultrawide. Apple says low-light performance has improved, and the company has continued its advancements in computational photography to maximize detail and dynamic range. The front camera on the iPhone 12 is gaining Night Mode, as well.
Apple has also sought to improve wireless charging on the iPhone 12, which contains a “MagSafe” system with built-in magnets to guarantee that the iPhone properly lines up with supported MagSafe accessories. Cases, charges, and other accessories snap onto the iPhone 12 magnetically.
The iPhone 12 will be available on October 23rd.
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