FEATURES 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display (2532x1170 pixels), A14 Bionic chip, 128/ 256/512GB of storage, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, 5G mobile connectivity, Lightning port, MagSafe charging, 12MP main camera with Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto lenses
Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event in October introduced us to not one, not two, but four new iPhones for 2020: the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the all-new iPhone 12 mini. The 12 Pro Max and 12 mini weren’t available at the time of writing, so instead the first 2020 iPhone we’re looking at is the iPhone 12 Pro. Our iPhone 12 review can be found on p75.
Whichever model you choose, you’ll find changes aplenty, including an all-new design that shares its flat-sided aesthetic with the fourth-gen iPad Air (see p76). The Pro sports a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, which manages to be slightly bigger than the 5.8-inch screen found on the iPhone 11 Pro, despite almost identical dimensions (146.7x71.5x7.4mm (iPhone 12 Pro) vs 144x71.4x8.1mm (iPhone 11 Pro). It’s also 1g lighter than its predecessor at 187g even with its new and improved insides.
The front glass of the iPhone 12 Pro now boasts Apple’s Ceramic Shield, tech developed in conjunction with Gorilla Glass maker Corning, which promises four times better drop performance. The backplate glass is textured just like on the 11 Pro, although the iPhone 12 now features a surgical steel grade band around its now-flattened edges to improve mobile reception. The aluminium band is also the only place you’ll find any kind of markings, apart from the Apple logo, of course. In Europe, this is where the ‘CE’ and recycling symbols live rather than on the back plate as previously.
The iPhone 12 Pro is available in five colours – Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite and Silver, and ranges in price from £999 for 128GB of storage to £1,099 for the 256GB model, and £1,299 for the 512GB version.
The new design is now more water, splash and dust-resistant than before, earning it an IP68 rating and the ability to survive in up to 6m of water for up to 30 minutes. The previous iPhone 11 Pro could only take a dip down to 4m.
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