Apple has presented its latest smartphones. The iPhone 12 will get four different models, including a special mini version.
For the first time mini model of iPhone
The design of the four new iPhones resembles that of the recent iPads presented by the tech giant. There is a metal band around the edges of the device, as was the case with the iPhone 4 and 5, among others.
Just like last year, Apple will release a regular and a Pro edition of the new iPhone, both of which have a 6.1-inch screen. There is also a larger version of the iPhone 12 Pro, with a 6.7-inch display.
Due to thinner screen edges, the device is more compact than previous devices. A ceramic layer over the screen should ensure that the smartphone is also less likely to be scratched or damaged.
For the first time, Apple is also releasing a smaller variant of the phone. The new iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch display. This more compact screen should be easier to operate with one hand.
All four phones have an OLED screen. That is the first time: with the previous phones, OLED was only used for the Pro models, while the cheaper phones used LCD.
The iPhone 12 Pro line distinguishes itself with the cameras, three of which are on the back of the device. These have ultrawide, wide-angle and telephoto lenses with a resolution of 12 megapixels. The regular iPhones 12 only have wide-angle and ultrawide.
Special hardware in the Pro devices ensures that the camera moves a bit when taking photos. This keeps the image stable and photos sharper. A LiDAR sensor helps the Pro phones to see depth for augmented reality, for example.
The smartphones contain the new Apple A14 Bionic chip, which must be 50 percent faster than the fastest smartphone chips. The iPhones 12 also work on faster 5G networks, Apple promises.
In the back of the iPhone 12 is a magnet, which can be used to connect a special, wireless magnetic charger. In addition, it is possible to attach special accessories, such as covers or storage compartments for payment cards.
For the first time, Apple is selling its new phones without included earplugs and power adapters. According to the company, this is necessary to reduce the impact on the environment.