Apple unveils iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with improved cameras and 5G

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Today Apple introduced the iPhone 12 mini, a smaller version of its flagship phone. The good news for folks who prefer bigger phone screens is that the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are both bigger than their predecessors.

The iPhone 12 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch 2532×1170 OLED screen that’s not only larger than the iPhone 11 Pro’s display, but also has slimmer bezels. Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is being bumped up to a 6.7-inch 2778×1284 display that gets those slimmer bezels, too.

Both phones also have a Ceramic Shield cover that Apple touts has 4x better drop protection than last year’s iPhones.

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In addition to the displays, the cameras on these new Pro iPhone models are a bit different. The iPhone 12 Pro has a 12MP wide camera with f/1.6 aperture and a seven-element lens that promises 27% better low-light performance, a 12MP ultra wide camera with 120-degree field of view and Night Mode, and a 12MP telephoto camera with 52mm focal length and 4x optical zoom.

iPhone 12 Pro Max owners will get a 12MP wide camera, too, but Apple says it has a 47% larger sensor with 1.7μm pixels that’ll deliver an 87% improvement in low light performance. The 12MP ultra wide camera with 120-degree field of view is here, too, and the 12MP telephoto cam offers a 65mm focal length and 5x optical zoom range.

Another addition to this year’s Pro models is LiDAR. This sensor on the back of the Pro and Pro Max models helps with depth sensing and room scanning, and it can make your Night Mode low light photography better as well.

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are getting an exclusive Apple ProRAW feature in a future iOS 14 update, too. This feature will combine Apple’s image processing and computational photography with features of the RAW image format to give users more control over their photo editing.

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The bodies of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max both include stainless steel bands rather than the aluminum of the iPhone 12 plus matte glass on the back. Both models are IP68 water and dust resistant, and they include MagSafe that’ll get you up to 15W wireless charging speeds with a MagSafe wireless charger. Apple is also prepping MagSafe accessories like cases and a leather wallet that’ll attach magnetically to the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.

Inside, both the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max have Apple’s latest A14 Bionic processor plus 5G connectivity. That includes both sub-6GHz and mmWave, and Apple’s specs confirm that the two phones include support for the n41, n71, n260, and n261 bands that T-Mobile uses for its 5G layer cake network.

As with the iPhone 12, both the Pro and Pro Max models will ship without a power adapter or wired headphones in their box. Apple explains that this is an environmental move that’s meant to help reduce e-waste as well as enable it to use smaller, lighter packaging.

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The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will be available in a new “pacific blue” color option as well as gold, silver, and graphite. Storage options will be 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Pricing for the iPhone 12 Pro will start at $999 and pre-orders will begin this Friday, October 16, with phones shipping a week later on October 23. Folks interested in the $1,099 iPhone 12 Pro Max will have to wait until November 6 to place their pre-order, with units shipping on November 13.

T-Mobile will carry the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max but it has not yet shared its pricing.

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Source: Apple

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  • THXULTRA

    No comments on this yet and no official announcement yet from T-Mobile. Have to say I’m surprised. Will be interesting to see what JOD pricing is also.

    • Kilroy672

      My guess for the 12Pro model probably be $200 down that makes it $799 and about $33 a month.

      • THXULTRA

        Ya guessing it is going to be around that. Always wonder with jod because I think T-Mobile is trying to get rid of it. Also interesting T-Mobile hasn’t saida thing about the phone on Facebook. They usually are all over new phones when they come out.

        • Kilroy672

          My guess is that they are trying to work out a deal. And I’m really hoping that T-Mobile does not screw this up royally.

        • THXULTRA

          Ya kind of a big launch to wait this long to have a deal. Not like they didn’t know this was coming. Wondering if they are throwing shade since apple pretty much kissed Verizon’s rear and during that presentation.

        • Kilroy672

          Apparently so did Att&t. I’m hoping by tomorrow morning there will be some JOD pricing on all models. Hopefully T-Mobile doesn’t disappoint.

        • steadymobb

          They usually don’t do it till the day of pre-order…

          So you’ll likely see prices (except for the pro max) on Thursday at somepoint

        • Terry Watkins

          That rear kissing was paid for. Apple hasn’t done this since the original iPhone with AT&T exclusivity. Was not thrilled with how Apple handled this. Imagine all the bad press, when nobody can get this miraculous mm wave because it’s only in a few very small spots covering maybe 200 people in the US. I can’t wait to hear all the bad press….Bad move Apple. smh.

        • THXULTRA

          I agree Verizon must have paid quite a bit for all that advertising. I know MM wave is only in a really small section of Chicago even. I do think eventually MM wave will be big for places like stadiums were the network always gets congested (after COVID of course). I will be interested to see how well this network switching technology works also. 5g from what I heard is a battery killer… Wasn’t a big fan of the constant Verizon plugs through.

      • Last year the Pro was $999 also and down payments was around $115 and $36 a month. Hoping it is the same. I’d be totally down with that. But would not be shocked to see $300-$400 down payments based on latest down payments for Samsung devices. It seems they are forcing high down payments to get people off JOD. But I don’t think it will be much more than last year. Most people hold onto Apple longer on JOD and they likely make more money on JOD from Apple users than Android. So they can afford to keep our down payments low…

        • THXULTRA

          Samsung flagships also cost more now then apple. The S20 Ultra was $1400 when it came out. I do think the standard iphone12 will be nothing down. I would be ok with $115 for the pro. Hate putting money down with JOD though since I never own the phone (and don’t plan to ever pay it off). IPhones do hold their value better also. Hard decision between the iphone 12 and 12pro still not sure which one I will go for. Been super happy with my iphone11 battery life has been great and no problems.

  • Sharti24

    X55 or X60 modem?

    • David E

      My guess would be X60 modem!

      • Greg Victor

        That would be awesome if it’s the X60.

  • Nearmsp

    I have always purchased an unlocked iPhone direct from Apple. This time, Apple is offering a T-mobile phone which they will activate or we can buy an unlocked phone “SIM free” activate it ourselves. Last year I had a tough time activating the e-SIM. I don’t want to go through this again unless T-mobile has made it easy to change from one e-SIM phone to another e-SIM phone. Any suggestions?

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      Yeah they make it a lot ez just make sure you tell them you want to activate your esim and have eid ready don’t it couple times with my iPad pro.. Iphone and pixel as well

  • PiCASSiMO

    I may switch from a lifetime of Android (since T-Mobile G2) just for the camera (photo and video) of the Pro Max.

    • Axel I

      While it is certainly a personal choice, migrants from Android to iOS usually regret it.

      • Deihmos

        That’s false. I switched from Android and don’t regret it one bit. I think android is a mess.

      • THXULTRA

        Really depends on the person. To me both have pro’s and cons.

  • Terry Watkins

    A $30 premium for T-Mobile??? That’s not very cool. Tells me that AT&T and Verizon paid some $$$ trying to hurt t-mobile. Just look at Verizon all over the keynote…smh

  • Kilroy672

    I wouldn’t be able to say why you are seeing the pricing $30 lower than at the other carriers, but I did find that we just got some information come in that is super exciting! We know we will have the new iPhones available for JOD, and I have some pricing details on them as well!

    For the iPhone 12 64GB, the down payment for well qualified customers would be $79.99 and then $30.00 each month for 18 months.
    For the iPhone 12 Pro 128GB, the down payment for well qualified customers would be $249.99 and then $28.00 each month for 18 months. ^SidneyMcMeekin
    That was from a Twitter chat representative.

    • THXULTRA

      Wondering if those are EIP or JOD prices. I think EIP is usually 24 months but JOD is 18months. Would think the down payment for the iPhone12 on either would be $0. The base iphone has always been $0 down in the past for well qualified (top credit) customers.

      • Andrew

        I was given the same information about JoD a few minutes ago. Terrible this year.

        • THXULTRA

          If true makes me want to take the hit this year to get out of JOD and just buy direct from Apple. Pretty much paying $48 a month for the pro. Apple is $49.91 (with the yearly upgrade) but also includes apple care. Also a unlocked phone from Apple so easy to switch carriers if better deals come up…

        • Andrew

          Yeah I just tweeted the same exact thing to T-Mobile. I’m not longer incentivized to stay in their contract.

        • THXULTRA

          They did say this is tentative so hoping they change their minds…

  • john

    The pro looks much bigger the current 11 pro?