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The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are
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s designed and marketed by
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They are the flagship smartphones in the fourteenth generation of the
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, succeeding the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. They were unveiled alongside the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini at an Apple Special Event at
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in
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on October 13, 2020, with the iPhone 12 Pro being released on October 23, 2020, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max on November 13, 2020. Major upgrades over the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max include the addition of 5G support, the
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sensor, ProRAW ( DNG) allowing high quality lossless 12bit image capture in the native photos app with the use of the new DNG v1.6 specification, the introduction of the
MagSafe
MagSafe
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and accessory system, the
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(SoC),
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10bit 4:2:0 4K video recording at 30 or 60 fps, larger 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, respectively, and the move to a base capacity of 128
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from the prior base capacity of 64 GB, while retaining the other storage capacities of 256 and 512 GB. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, are the first iPhone models from Apple to no longer include a power adapter or
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headphones found in prior iPhone models; however, a
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to
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cable is still included, and this change was retroactively applied to other iPhone models sold by Apple including the
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,
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, and
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. On September 14, 2021, following the announcement of the
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iPhone 13 Pro
and 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max were removed from sale on Apple's official website.


History

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max were officially announced alongside the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini and
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via a virtual press event filmed and recorded at
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in
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,
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, on October 13, 2020. Pre-orders began for the iPhone 12 Pro on October 16, 2020, and it was released on October 23, 2020, with pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro Max beginning on November 6, 2020, with a full release on November 13, 2020. This marked the first time since the release of the
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iPhone XS
and
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where a new iPhone was not released simultaneously on the same date as other announced models. Pricing starts at
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999 for the iPhone 12 Pro and
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1099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.


Design

It is the first major redesign since the
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iPhone X
, similar to that of
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iPad Pro
s since 2018 and the 4th-generation iPad Air. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max feature a flat chassis, a design seen with the
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through the
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iPhone 5S
and the first generation iPhone SE. The notch size is similar to previous models. The bezels are around 35% thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro and previous models. The new design also comes with
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’s custom ceramic-hardened i.e
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front glass, "Ceramic Shield", while the back retains the previous generation of Corning Inc's custom Dual-Ion Exchange strengthened glass. On the back is the same three-camera configuration found on the
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, but with larger apertures and an added
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scanner. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max is available in four colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue. Pacific Blue is a new color replacing Midnight Green, while Graphite is a renaming of Space Grey.


Specifications


Hardware

The iPhone 12 Pro uses Apple's six-core processor, which contains a 16-core neural engine. It has three internal storage options: 128, 256, and 512 GB. The iPhone 12 Pro has an IP68 water and dust-resistant rating along with dirt and grime, and is water-resistant up to for 30 minutes. However, the manufacturer warranty does not cover liquid damage to the phone. The iPhone 12 Pro, like the iPhone 12, is not supplied with
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EarPods
(except in France) or the
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power adapter
included with prior iPhone models. Apple claims this will reduce carbon emissions and that most users already own these items. Apple still supplies the USB-C to Lightning cable that was introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro. In addition to Lightning and Qi wireless charging, the phones introduce
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, a new magnet-based charging and accessory system that allow accessories such as chargers and cases to snap onto the back of the phones. MagSafe wireless charging supports up to 15 watts, is fast-charge capable, and is a reimagining of the MagSafe brand that was introduced in 2006 with the original
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MacBook Pro
. The MagSafe Charger can be purchased separately, along with a variety of cases and other accessories. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max support 5G cellular communications. This allows upload speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s (1 Mbit/s = 1 million bits per second) and download speeds of up to 4 Gbit/s. However, only models sold in the U.S. support the faster
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technology; those sold elsewhere in the world, including Canada, only support sub-6 GHz frequency bands. A new feature called Smart Data Mode enables 5G only when necessary to preserve battery life and data usage.


Displays

The iPhone 12 Pro features a 6.1-inch display and the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max variant features a 6.7-inch display. Both models have the Super Retina XDR OLED display with thinner bezels than previous generation iPhones. The iPhone 12 Pro Max features the largest display on any iPhone to date. The phones also introduce a new
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covering, named 'Ceramic Shield', which was co-developed with
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Apple claims the Ceramic Shield has "4 times better drop performance" and that it is "tougher than any smartphone glass".


Batteries

The iPhone 12 Pro is supplied with a 10.78 Wh (2,815 mAh) battery, a slight decrease from the 11.67 Wh (3,046 mAh) battery found in the
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, and is identical to the battery found in the standard iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 14.13 Wh (3,687 mAh) battery. The battery is not user-replaceable.


Chipsets

Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are supplied with the
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, the first
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-based smartphone
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(SoC) manufactured on the 5 nm process node. However, unlike previous years, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are not the first Apple devices to receive the newest A-series processor, with the fourth-generation iPad Air being the first device from Apple to contain the A14 Bionic chip. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max also contain the motion coprocessor. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max use
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's X55 5G
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.


Cameras

The iPhone 12 Pro features four cameras: one front-facing camera and three back-facing cameras, including a telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide camera. The iPhone 12 Pro also features a
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scanner for AR and computer-aided photo enhancement services. The iPhone 12 Pro also adds Night Mode for time-lapse video recording on all four cameras. Unlike the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max where the only difference was the screen size and battery capacity, the iPhone 12 Pro Max adds a 47% larger sensor and sensor-shift image stabilization to the main camera lens, and replaces the f/2.0 aperture 52 mm telephoto camera lens with a f/2.2 aperture 65 mm lens, allowing for a 2.5x optical zoom. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the first smartphones capable of shooting in 10-bit
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4K video at up to 60 frames per second.


Sensors

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max include mostly the same sensors found on prior iPhone models going back to the
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. These include an
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,
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,
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,
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,
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, and a digital compass. The devices also include the
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facial recognition system, which is made up of several sensors: mainly a dot projector, flood illuminator, and an infrared camera, allowing a user's face to be scanned and stored by the Secure Enclave. A
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scanner is the new sensor included in the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, similar to that of the fourth-generation iPad Pro, allowing additional
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(AR) features to be supported, such as the ability to measure a user's approximate height from the Measure app.


Software

The feature
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, Apple's
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. The
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of iOS is based on the concept of
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, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as ''swipe'', ''tap'', ''pinch'', and ''reverse pinch'', all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal
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accelerometer
s are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device (one common result is the undo command) or rotating it vertically (one common result is switching from portrait to landscape mode). The iPhone 12 Pro was first supplied with iOS 14.1. The devices come with the stock iOS apps, such as Safari, Weather, and Messages, and they also include
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, the personal assistant included in iOS since
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with the release of the
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.


Reception

The iPhone 12 Pro received generally positive reviews. ''
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'' called it a "beautiful, powerful, and incredibly capable device", praising the new design reminiscent of the
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, the speed of the A14 Bionic processor, and its 5G capabilities, but noted the decrease in battery life compared to the iPhone 11 Pro and the low number of upgrades compared to the
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. ''
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'' also gave the iPhone 12 Pro a positive review, praising the wireless charging and accessory system as well as the improved camera system, but noted the lack of upgrade motivation if users had already purchased a new iPhone in 2019. Apple was criticized for the continued reliance on
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as the sole
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option to unlock the device, which is incompatible with . This limitation was lifted with the introduction of the fifth revision of the
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, which allows the user to unlock the device while wearing a face mask, using the paired and password unlocked Apple Watch as its alternative authenticator. The
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is the only phone that Apple currently produces that supports
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, an alternative option that is compatible with face masks. All models can still use a passcode to log in.


"OLED-gate"

Within two weeks of its public release, a thread was started at Apple Support Communities describing a problem with pixels on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
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displays not shutting off completely in black scenes, resulting in what was described as an "ugly glowing"; over 3,500 other users have since clicked the "I have this question too" button in the thread. Other users have shared photos and videos online that demonstrate the issue; one of whom—whose video amassed over 50,000 views—claims Apple responded that they were working on the problem. However, Apple has not officially acknowledged the issue, which persists despite multiple software updates, leading users and pundits to fear a hardware issue.


Removal of the power adapter and EarPods

Apple, through an "environmental initiative", has removed the EarPods (except in France) and power adapter (except in São Paulo) from all new iPhone boxes, including the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. It is claimed that removing these items will reduce e-waste and permit a smaller iPhone box, allowing more devices to be transported simultaneously to decrease
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carbon footprint
. Apple now includes a USB-C to Lightning cable, incompatible with the existing USB-A power adapters that Apple previously supplied with its devices. Users can still use their existing USB-A power adapters and cables, but must purchase a USB-C power adapter sold separately to enable Qi fast charging.


Environmental data


Carbon footprint

The iPhone 12 Pro has a carbon footprint of of CO2 emissions, which is more than the preceding iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a footprint of of carbon emissions, a increase compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Of all emissions, 86% and 82% released by producing the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max respectively are caused by device production and primary resource use with the remaining emissions released by means of first use, transportation, and end-of-life processing.


Repairability

Several weeks after its release, it was discovered by
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and Australian tech YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys that a number of key components such as the cameras malfunction or display warnings if they are replaced with new ones or those taken from an otherwise identical donor unit. Internal Apple documents also mention that, beginning with the iPhone 12 and continuing with subsequent models, authorized technicians would have to run the phones through an internal System Configuration tool to reprogram repaired units in order to account for hardware changes. While Apple has yet to comment on the issue, the inability to replace key system components have raised concerns about right to repair and
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.


See also

*
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* History of the iPhone *
List of iOS devices This is a list and comparison of devices designed and marketed by Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is an American multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries ...
*


Notes


References

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