Apple has announced four new iPhone models Tuesday, all capable of running the highest bandwidth of the insanely fast 5G network.
One of the most notable changes in this year’s portfolio-revamp is the addition of the ‘Mini’ iPhone model alongside the vanilla, Pro, and Pro Max versions of iPhones.
This year’s launch also marks a significant change in the overall design and aesthetics of the iPhones since the groundbreaking launch of the iPhone X back in 2017.
The sides of the devices are reminiscent of iPhone 5’s flat and chiseled look. Many Apple fans believe the iPhone 5 design was the company’s best design yet and has time and again requested for its reuse.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is also packing in the latest generation of wireless technology 5G which analysts are expecting to usher the new-age technology into mainstream demand.
Apple is known for its prowess to bring a newly developed tech into the mainstream as it did with 4G. Experts are expecting the iPhone 12 lineup will help pull the 5G into mainstream demand.
“5G will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity and so much more,” chief executive Tim Cook said.
This is the first time iPhones will be shipped without headset and charger — a move Apple claims to help them tone down the impact on the environment.
Apple has also confirmed other other models like the iPhone 11 and older will from now on arrive without any charger and earphones — a move that was leaked long ago.
iPhone 12 and 12 Mini
The iPhone 12 (starting at INR 79,900 and INR 69,900), is replacing the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 Mini is an addition to Apple’s portfolio.
This year’s iPhone is boasting what Apple is calling the ‘ceramic shield’ front cover as a protective layer against scratches and wear-and-tear.
Both the model will be powered by Apple’s latest and most-powerful-to-date chip, the A14 Bionic that will power the device’s dual camera, boost graphics performance, and enhance the AI operations significantly.
The 12 and 12 Mini models will also bring in Apple’s critically acclaimed OLED displays — aka Super Retina XDR displays — on-board the vanilla versions of their flagship, since the launch of the iPhone X, and later 11 which boasted LCD for the same models.
Apple says including OLED allows the phone to be thinner (11% in this case) and have lesser bezels in the side. These two models will feature aluminum build with a glass back enabling wireless charging.
On paper, Apple’s decision to bring in a cheaper and smaller model — which the iPhone 12 mini is — could mean biting in the sale of its higher-profit and more expensive offerings. Theoretically, people should choose the cheaper option.
But many experts pointed out this will not be the case. Apple has in the past successfully launched a cheaper model of its flagship without colonizing the sale of its higher-end phones.
iPhone 12 Max and 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Max and Pro Max (starting at INR 119,900 and INR 129,900) will be Apple’s knight in shining armor bringing top-of-the-line everything the company has to offer.
From the biggest display ever to be employed in any iPhone, to the addition of automotive industry-staple technology, best-in-class camera, the phones will be something to look and feel for.
The iPhone 12 Max and Pro Max will feature the all-new LiDAR Scanner which Apple claims could ‘measure light distance and use pixel depth information of a scene.’
The scanner — typically used in the automobile industry — will enable sharper low light photos, a feat Apple is perhaps best known for second to Google’s Pixel — and more accurate auto focus in dearth of light.
Apple will be replacing aluminum for highly-polished and durable stainless steel for the Pro lineup. The phones will also be water-resistant for up to 6 hours at a depth of 6 meters, thanks to the IP68 rating.
Should you upgrade?
While this question means little to some die-hard Apple fans, if you’re a conscious buyer, you might be up for a tough decision.
On paper, with every iPhone launch, Apple manages to woo consumers with its superior marketing tactic, while also hocking people with its real-life performance in the devices.
The launch of every new iPhone brings an array of new technology, improvements over the former techs, and other enhancements in user experience.
Sure, the new iPhone look fantastic, they offer new hardware, refines the ones already there, but they also cost a bomb!
So, is shedding over $600+ (over 60k RS) for an iPhone 12, ditching the iPhone 11 (Pro, Pro Max) a smart choice?
Most of the time, in day-to-day life usage — like sending and opening the e-mail, using social media platforms, playing some games, clicking lots of pictures — remain little changed, despite Apple’s claim of X% improvement over the other generations.
Most regular users will hardy see any change while opening apps, using the camera (for the most part), playing some games, and other day-to-day phone usages.
The decision, you as a buyer will make about is about what is more important for you — staying up in the game of tech, which the new iPhones certainly offer, or make a conscious choice to stick with the iPhone 11 if you own one already because it is not bad at all!
Sure, you’ll miss 5G (the most significant) A14 Bionic, LiDAR sensor (in the 12 Pro and Pro Max), OLED in case of vanilla iPhone 11, new wireless charging tech, ceramic shield front cover (Apple’s Gorilla Glass), newer camera hardware, and technology among other changes, a more refined and refreshed design, but other basic aspects remain the same.
The call is between what you have currently in your iPhone 11 (Pro, Pro Max) and the premium Apple will charge you, and your fancy for a new iPhone.