Apple has introduced the latest generation of the iPhone, which comes in four versions that differ in size and features. Best equipped, as always, are the two Pro models, the iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max with 6.1" (2,532 x 1,170 pixels) and 6.7" (2,778 x 1,284 pixels) size respectively. The heart of the nine iPhones is the new A14 Bionic SoC, which is much more powerful than the previous model and supports numerous new functions (including hardware acceleration).
Apple iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
Photo and video: new lenses, larger sensor The main focus of Apple&s improvements over previous models, in addition to the first-time support of the new 5G mobile phone standard, is on the camera functions, as they are one of the most important features of the iPhone and compete with the major competitors such as Samsung and Huawei. Although the resolution has remained the same at 12 megapixels, Apple wants to score here with several improvements in other areas.
For example, the iPhone 12 Pro has a new wide-angle lens with seven elements and a ƒ/1.6 aperture, the highest light intensity ever achieved on an iPhone, which is said to provide 27 percent better performance in low light conditions for photos and videos. There is also an ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree viewing angle for taking pictures in confined spaces or of wide landscapes, and a telephoto lens with a 52 mm focal length that increases the optical zoom range to 4x.
The iPhone 12 Pro also features the new wide-angle lens with ƒ/1.6 f-stop and a 47% larger sensor (i.e. a larger and therefore faster sensor), which combined should improve the image quality by 87% in low light conditions. It also has an ultra wide angle lens and a telephoto lens (this one with 65 mm focal length) which in combination results in a 5x optical zoom.
The night mode has been improved and has now been extended to the TrueDepth camera and the ultra wide angle lens, which should allow an even brighter image. The night mode in fast motion provides longer exposure times for sharper videos, better light trails and a more even exposure in low light conditions when using a tripod. Deep Fusion is now better and faster and can be used with all lenses. With the new Smart HDR 3, users can expect more true-to-life images even in complex scenes.
Video: HDR and Dolby Vision recording An interesting new feature is the ability to record 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision video at up to 60 fps and to reproduce it in 700 million colors. Dolby Vision grading is performed live and is maintained during editing, whether in the Photos app or in iMovie. It will also be supported with Final Cut Pro X later this year.
Dolby Vision uses the capabilities of the Super Retina XDR display for high contrast during video playback. Users can also output their videos in up to 4K Dolby Vision via AirPlay to external devices. 4K video recording in 4K is still done at up to 60 fps - the iPhone 12 Pro can be digitally zoomed up to 6x during video recording, the Pro Max up to 7x. Slow motion videos can be recorded in 1080p with up to 240 fps.
The optical video stabilization (OIS) of the iPhone 12 Pro Max has been improved when shooting with the wide-angle lens, which now keeps the video image steady with 5000 adjustments per second - for the first time on an iPhone, the sensor, not the lens, is stabilized.
depth map via LiDAR For the first time, both Pro models are also equipped with a LiDAR sensor, which is able to measure the distance of objects by measuring the reflection times of light. This depth data can also be used in AR (Augmented Reality) applications to correctly insert three-dimensional objects into the live camera image, as well as to enhance the camera&s images to enable portraits in night mode. Per LiDAR the autofocus is 6x faster in low light.
Portrait in night mode using LiDAR
New Apple ProRAW format For the time being only announced was the new format Apple ProRAW, which the two Pro models will get later this year by update. It will combine the ability to combine multiple images into one using computational imaging with the flexibility of RAW. Users will have full creative control over color, detail and dynamic range - natively on the iPhone or with other professional imaging apps.
IP68, HDR display and prices Both Pro models are not only IP68 certified and protected against splash water and dust, but are also waterproof (at depths of up to 6 meters for up to 30 minutes). The True Tone HDR display of both Pro models has a typical brightness of 800 nits and a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits and covers the professional DCI-P3 color space.
The 6.1" iPhone 12 Pro comes in four colors (silver, graphite, gold, pacific blue) and three storage capacities (128GB, 256GB and 512GB) and costs 1,120 Euro, 1,237 Euro and 1,461.20 Euro respectively.) The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7" display is also available in four color and three memory versions at prices of €1,217.50, €1,334.45 and €1,558.65 respectively.
The iPhone 12 Pro can be pre-ordered from Friday, October 16 from 2 pm and will be available from Friday, October 23. The iPhone 12 Pro Max can be pre-ordered from Friday, November 6 and will be shipped from November 13. more infos at bei www.apple.com