18 March 2020
Apple is widely rumored to release a total of four models within the iPhone 12 family later this year. These models will vary in display sizes, camera hardware, other features, and pricing so that buyers can choose the best option for themselves. Now, a new video from YouTube channel EverythingApplePro talks about a few of the changes that will make the iPhone 12 series different and better from the current-gen iPhone 11 series.
Filip Koroy, the video host, has cited XDA's Max Weinbach as the source behind most of the information shared by him. Starting with the camera department, Apple is said to be ready to go for higher megapixel count camera sensors. It has stuck with 12-megapixel camera sensors for quite some time but now, it is reportedly testing iPhone 12 prototypes with camera sensors up to 64-megapixels. The exact reason for the change is unknown but it could be due to things Samsung and Huawei are doing with their flagship smartphone cameras. We just saw the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra that packs a whopping 108-megapixel rear camera.
The camera improvements are not just limited to increasing the megapixel count. Apple is considering increasing the wide-angle camera aperture by 35% (f/1.6) without altering the angle itself. It is said to allow the team to add Night mode to the wide-angle sensor as well. It will further change the focal length of the wide-angle camera to help users get better macro shots by bringing the device as close as 2.2cm. Lastly, Night mode is claimed to be expanding all iPhone camera sensors including the selfie sensor.
Smart HDR is Apple's way of producing sharper and more detailed photos by using artificial intelligence capabilities. It will be receiving more improvements this year. The new improved version is internally called Smart XDR but it will not be the final commercial name at the time of the release.
Apple is also said to offer a bigger battery with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The exact capacity is claimed to be 4,400mAh and Apple's decision to go for such a big battery is related to heavy battery consumption by 5G connectivity. Lastly, Verizon is reported to have talked with Apple about releasing an exclusive Red-colored iPhone 12 Pro. It wants to have the model with black frame, Red glass, and Black Apple logo but the possibility this turning into reality is very slim.