The iPhone 12 Pro is here, and after living with it for a fairly decent amount of time, I think it’s time to answer that one burning question — is it worth it?
iPhone 12 Pro design and display
Apart from the new colour, the iPhone 12 Pro has a flattened stainless steel frame, versus the rounded sides of every model since the iPhone X.
It’s a big change but not something we haven’t seen before.
Apple first used a flat frame for the iPhone 4 and stuck with it all the way to the iPhone 5s, before switching to rounded sides. Love it or hate it, you’ll have to get used to this design for at least the next few iPhone generations.
The iPhone 12 Pro only supports a single physical Nano-SIM, but an eSIM option is present. The models sold in India lack the little cutout on the right side of the frame for the millimetre wave (mmWave) 5G antennas that you can see on the versions sold in the US. More on 5G in a bit.
The display on the iPhone 12 Pro is larger than the one on the iPhone 11 Pro. It measures 6.1 inches (vs 5.8 inches) and features a new cover glass material that Apple calls Ceramic Shield.
Phone 12 Pro specs and performance
Apple has been ahead of the curve for a long time now when it comes to the SoCs used in iPhones, and this time is no different.
The iPhone 12 Pro uses the A14 Bionic SoC, which is also the first 5nm SoC in a smartphone. For 5G, Apple is using Qualcomm’s X55 modem similar to the one used with Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 865 SoC.
There’s no mmWave support with the Indian models, but the iPhone 12 Pro supports all popular sub-6GHz 5G bands.
In terms of power, the A14 Bionic promises up to 50 percent better CPU and GPU performance compared to the previous generation, which is still very powerful. The biggest change is in Apple’s Neural Engine logic in the SoC, which is now 16 cores strong (up from eight cores previously) and promises up to 80 percent faster performance in machine learning tasks.
The iPhone 12 Pro has 6GB of RAM, going by Geekbench 5’s diagnostics and other sources, which is 2GB more than the iPhone 12 and even the iPhone 11 Pro. Other features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, Ultra Wideband (UWB), support for multiple satellite navigation systems, and NFC.
The iPhone 12 Pro offers Face ID for biometric authentication using Apple’s TrueDepth 3D camera system.
It’s also is rated to function at depths of up to 6m for up to 30 minutes, compared to up to 4m for the iPhone 11 Pro even though it has the same IP68 rating. Finally, the Pro models this year also get a LiDAR scanner, which was first introduced with the iPad Pro (2020) earlier this year.