The iPhone 12 Pro is overpowered, 5G capable, augmented reality ready, more rugged, and will benefit from five years of updates. An investment that could therefore prove to be profitable … provided you have the means.
Four iPhones were unveiled this year, along with the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The latter two are distinguished by the integration of a LiDAR sensor, dedicated to the focusing speed of the main camera, and a third camera equipped with a telephoto lens. Priced from € 1,159, the iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with the A14 chip, the most powerful mobile processor on the market.
The strengths of the iPhone 12
It is an impression of déjà vu that invades the user of the iPhone 12 Pro, just like that of the iPhone 12. The latter is directly inspired by the iPhone 4 and 5, with flat edges, while than those of previous models were bulging. And the result is a real success. Aesthetic, first of all, thanks to the beautiful chrome effect of these edges. Sensory, then, thanks to an improved grip. The flat edges of the iPhone 12 Pro make it more stable in use, which is okay with us.
The screen of the iPhone 12 Pro, like those of the competition, incorporates an OLED panel (6.1 inches) which provides perfect contrast. But unlike what you find with some competitors, the colors are calibrated to perfection. The Californian manufacturer is not looking for flashy colors, but a rendering as natural as possible. As an added bonus, the iPhone 12 Pro's display – also built into the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini – boasts excellent brightness and definition. In terms of display, it is fair to say that Apple has achieved perfection.
The iPhone 12 Pro takes over the configuration of the iPhone 11 Pro, namely a wide-angle camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera and a telephoto lens. The main camera module is further improved with a larger aperture. This allows more light to enter, which is useful in low light conditions. With a long pause, Night mode captures even more detail.
The ultra-wide-angle photo sensor does not change much compared to that of the iPhone 11 Pro, but it is complemented by a telephoto lens offering a Portrait mode – with background blur, including at night. A performance enabled by the LiDAR sensor, capable of evaluating the distance to different subjects. This provides the information necessary for iPhone to apply blur only to background elements.
Note that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is equipped with a telephoto lens offering a x2.5 optical zoom, against a x2 zoom for the iPhone 12 Pro. In a few weeks, these two models will be able to save images in the ProRAW format, which preserves all of a photo's data, without compression. An ideal tool for carrying out some touch-ups afterwards.
- Foolproof durability
If the 5G compatibility of the iPhone 12 Pro is not a decisive advantage at this time, the network is still non-existent, it allows to look to the future with serenity. Because the lifespan of the iPhone 12 Pro is perhaps its biggest argument. It incorporates a powerful processor (A14 Bionic), more efficient than that of the competitors, will help it to survive long years of use. Apple has the good idea of adding at least 128 GB of storage, up from 64 GB last year.
Apple now promises five years of software updates, offering the assurance to iPhone 12 Pro owners to benefit from future versions of iOS, until 2025. The integration of the LiDAR sensor, requested for the most advanced applications of augmented reality, will be useful to appreciate the novelties in this field. Finally, Apple incorporates a layer of glass estimated to be four times stronger than on previous models.
The weaknesses of the iPhone 12 Pro
Thanks to its mastery of hardware and software, as well as the integration of the most powerful processor available, Apple has everything to offer the most fluid smartphone on the market. It is, but we would have liked the manufacturer to add a screen capable of refreshing 120 times per second to its range. The iPhone 12 Pro has a more typical refresh rate of 60Hz (60 times per second). We can imagine that the company has given up for endurance reasons, the 120 Hz screens consuming more energy. Or that she wants to keep some under her feet for the next generation.
The iPhone 12 Pro takes the very solid foundations of the iPhone 11 Pro, adding some photo enhancements, extra power, 5G compatibility, a LiDAR sensor and a more solid display. All with a frankly successful design, and more comfortable in use. Putting aside the lack of a 120Hz display, this iPhone 12 Pro looks set for today, but especially for the future. Which could, at least for some, justify its price of 1,159 euros. If the telephoto lens is not essential for you, the choice of iPhone 12, sold for 909 euros, will be more relevant.