The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro share the same basic design, which is very square and very flat – almost like a shocking plate. In the way Apple is historically good at making older designs look outdated.
The iPhone 12 Pro Sizes
The iPhone 12 and 12s are really about the same size, which is important when the screen is the size of a sheet of paper. Both phones are also the smallest iPhones ever made and yet Apple kept the A12 chip to the same size as the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XS – the biggest chip in an iPhone to date. It’s no coincidence that Apple added wireless charging to the XS and iPhone XS Max in a way that made the XS lighter than the 8 Plus, but that the 12S and 12s are the same size. And now, let’s talk about that fingerprint sensor. Yes, it’s on the back, a first for an iPhone. However, this time it’s not in a traditional place, but right beside the camera.
The iPhone 12 Pro Display
The first thing you’ll notice about the iPhone 12 is its display. It’s incredibly bright, crisp, and most importantly, bright enough to run with both iOS and Android apps side-by-side. This is the first iPhone that could ever run Android apps side-by-side. All of that screen real estate can also be a bit of a challenge when you’re trying to watch movies on the iPhone, especially if you use one of the other streaming apps I listed earlier (or use the TV app, which enables you to split-screen your iOS apps). Apple had to fit all of those streaming apps on the screen by default, and that means the lower-end phones don’t have as much vertical space to play with as you’d like.
The iPhone 12 ProCamera
One of the most annoying things about the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is that their rear cameras don’t have a camera bump. Both phones do have a telephoto lens, but those are always folded away, so the cameras are flush with the back of the phone. In order to fit the camera bump, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XS both include two cameras, not one. The iPhone 12 does not have that kind of camera; it’s just a single camera with the same wide-angle lens as the iPhone X. I’m a photographer, and I love how well the iPhone 12 managed to create a wide-angle image in the middle of New York City, but I wish I could spend more time taking pictures. Of course, all of that is secondary to the iPhone 12’s performance.
The iPhone 12 Pro Connectivity
The iPhone 12 Connectivity can be divided into two broad categories: Airplane mode and data mode. Airplane mode is designed to cut the occasional airplane noise out of the experience, and to ensure the phone doesn’t use up its battery by constantly searching for signals. Data mode offers the “always-on” experience of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but in a more important way. You can now download apps that will use less battery power, so you can make it last longer than ever before. They work in a slightly different way than any other app. When you’re using the iPhone 12, it has to stay connected to Wi-Fi or to cellular, and then everything works through the new W1 chip.
It’s hard to believe that Apple is finally making a phone that isn’t an iPhone or an iPad. The iPhone 12s and 12s Plus are the first iPhones that are under $1,000. (That $999 iPhone XS is almost certainly coming in November.) I wouldn’t exactly call the iPhone 12 the “cheap” iPhone, but it is a far cry from the $999 iPhone X. The 12s series could become a popular, significant part of Apple’s lineup. So is it better than the iPhone XS? I’ll review the iPhone XS shortly, but it really is difficult to judge a phone that I’ve not used and that’s still so new. But I can say for certain that the iPhone 12s is better than any other modern smartphone.