|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 999.00||$ 1,999.00|
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 1,099.00||$ 2,099.00|
|512GB 6GB RAM||$ 1,299.00||£ 1,299.00|
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This year, Apple is giving potential buyers more choice than ever. We already reviewed the iPhone 12, and now it's time for the 12 Pro. Besides having double the storage, a stainless steel frame, and different colors than the 12, the 12 Pro upgrades are mostly camera-related. It's got a proper telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, a LiDAR Scanner for AR applications and low-light focusing, and it can take portrait shots with Night mode. This is not the longest list of upgrades we've seen, so choosing between these two iPhones is going to be a tough one.
At least compared to the iPhone 11 Pro, the list of new features is longer. There is a faster processor, 5G connectivity, a larger screen with better shatter resistance, Night mode for the UW camera, Dolby Vision video recording, MagSafe support, and the new LiDAR.
But most importantly, there is also the new design that Apple is introducing with the 12th Series, and it instantaneously makes all previous iPhones look less modern.
While we could hardly wait to see the iPhones with this new design, we can't say Apple has checked off all points on our wishlist. The iPhone 12 Pro was supposed to premiere with a new 120Hz ProMotion display, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. Rumor has it that for some reason, Apple had to choose between 5G and HRR OLED (we think it's battery life). Well, we all know how that went down - with our without carrier support - Apple's homepage now proudly carries a huge 5G logo. We can't deny the iPhone UI looks fast and fluid but forgoing the high-refresh-rate screen for yet another year is a flagrant omission in our books.
Also, Apple's questionable decision to keep the camera hardware upgrades only to the iPhone 12 Pro Max further takes away some of the appeal of the 12 Pro. Not everyone will want a big phone, and Apple is making it impossible to get the new 12MP sensor with larger pixels and sensor-shift stabilization without going for the 12 Pro Max. In our minds, the iPhone 12 Pro deserved to have the same level of camera hardware instead of relying on the last year's camera tech.
Finally, in one of the most controversial moves in the industry, Apple announced they are no longer bundling a charger or headphones with this phone that costs more than a thousand bucks.
This year, the iPhone 12 Pro comes in one of the slimmest smartphone boxes we have ever opened. Inside, you'll find only the phone itself and a USB-C/Lightning cable. No charger or headphones here. Apple expects you to already have these or, better yet, buy them separately.
Inside the box, there is also a small sleeve, where you'd find the SIM ejection PIN and an Apple logo sticker. Apple should have saved the hassle of including those - after all, we all have those already, right? Come to think of it, nobody needs a box either - just ship the iPhone 13 in bubble wrap.
Okay, we're a bit salty, but so is the iPhone 12 Pro pricing. Let's see what it has to offer for our hard-earned money on the following pages.
The iPhone 12Pro is the worst phone I have ever had. The damned buttons trigger things that I don’t want. Who the hell designs a phone that uses facial recognition in a pandemic where you wear a mask. The thumbprint reader was great. Since it was pop...
I don't see the point recommending the 12 Pro Max over the regular Pro, because many users don't like the increased form factor.
Well, you can buy them and they would be very useful. Do you not think?