After the launch of the iPhone 12 series, many netizens complained that their design is very similar to the iPhone 4 back then. If you are a fan, you must know that starting from the iPhone 6 generation, Apple abandoned the flat-angle design of the middle frame of the fuselage and switched to the curved design.
Compared with the flat-angle design, the curved design of the fuselage middle frame will have a more rounded grip. Even if you hold the phone for a long time, you will not feel cut.
Although Apple officially claims that the stainless steel middle frame used in the iPhone 12 Pro has reached the ” surgical level ” (the original words of the official website), after actual experience, when you hold the phone with one hand to watch videos, you will still feel a little bit Cut hands.
In addition, the iPhone 12 Pro uses a physical vapor deposition coloring process and a high-power pulsed magnetron coating process to achieve the bright and shiny effect of the frame in the fuselage.
In addition, starting from the iPhone 12 series, charging heads and EarPods wired headsets will no longer be included for environmental protection.
It can be said that Apple’s environmental practices on the Internet are mixed. Some netizens believe that Apple is using environmental protection as an excuse to control the cost of the iPhone 12 series; some netizens also expressed their approval of Apple’s approach, thus experiencing the corporate social responsibility. As for whether Apple’s approach is right or wrong, we do not give an evaluation here, because there are many angles of consideration, and you will get different conclusions, so let’s judge for yourself.
The charm of A+ screen
As we all know, this year’s iPhone 12 is equipped with an OLED screen as standard, and the screen suppliers are Samsung and LG. Apple’s requirements for mobile phone screens are very demanding and only use A+ screens. To put it simply, Apple only uses the best screens in the industry, and will not use screens below the A+ standard.
Compared with the iPhone 11 Pro, the screen size of the iPhone 12 Pro has been increased from the original 5.8 inches to 6.1 inches. The larger screen can display more content while bringing users a more immersive visual experience.
If you were an iPhone 11 Pro user before, the display improvement of iPhone 12 Pro may not be obvious. However, if you are an iPhone 11 user before, you may be surprised by the display effect of the iPhone 12 Pro. Because the former screen resolution is only 720P, and the screen material is LCD, the latter uses a super retina XDR screen with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 and a pixel density of 460 ppi. The screen display effect is very delicate.
It should be noted that after the original color display is turned on, the system will adjust the display color of the phone according to the surrounding environment. At this time, you may feel that the screen of the iPhone 12 Pro is yellowish. To solve this problem, just turn off the original color display in the system settings.
5G signal and battery life
Since the patent war between Apple and Qualcomm only officially ended in April last year, the iPhone 11 series failed to use 5G.
Friends who have seen Apple’s new product launch must know that the entire launch event took 69 minutes from start to end, and the 5G explanation took about 15 minutes, which is equivalent to 22% of the time Apple is introducing iPhone 12 Series of 5G.
Among them, the 5G smart data mode has attracted our attention. When you don’t need 5G speed, the system will automatically switch to 4G to improve the phone’s battery life. Of course, you can also choose to turn on 5G or 4G throughout.
In order to simulate the daily use situation, we did not deliberately control the variables. Although the data may not be accurate in this test, it is closer to reality. In the first test, the phone turned on automatic brightness, Bluetooth, WiFi, positioning, and NFC, and started using it at 10 in the morning. At this time, the power was 100%. By 6:23 in the afternoon, the remaining power of the phone was 20%. Games, taking pictures, calling a car (real-time positioning in the background) and talking.
Refer to the first test, except that the network is set to 4G, and other adjustments are consistent, by 7:11 in the evening, the phone has 20% remaining. By analogy, in 5G mode, at 4:50 pm, the remaining power of the iPhone 12 Pro is 20%.
In other words, the battery life of the mobile phone in 5G mode is about 2 hours and 21 minutes less than that in 4G mode. In 5G smart data mode, the battery life of iPhone 12 Pro is just between 5G mode and 4G mode. Personally, I don’t recommend turning on the 5G mode all the way, as this will further speed up your phone’s battery consumption; in the 5G smart data mode, for moderate users, it’s basically not a big problem for a day’s daily use, but it’s better to be safe. Take the power bank with you at any time.
Although in 4G mode, you can exchange more than two hours of battery life for the iPhone 12 Pro, I don’t recommend turning on 4G all the way, because in this case, it doesn’t make sense for the iPhone 12 Pro to support 5G.
Next is the 5G signal test. We tested the 5G speed of the iPhone 12 Pro in 4 scenarios: indoor, subway, elevator, and outdoor.
In an indoor environment, iPhone 12 Pro can still search for 5G signals, and the measured download rate is 305Mbps, and the upload rate is 118Mbps.
Going outdoors, the download rate of iPhone 12 Pro is increased to 337Mbps, and the upload rate is 37.4Mbps.
In areas with poor signals such as elevators and subways, the 5G signal of the iPhone 12 Pro will become 4G. Although the download and upload rates have dropped, the mobile phone can still be used normally, whether it is talking or surfing the Internet.
Before that, netizens exposed the dismantling video of the iPhone 12 series and confirmed that the 5G baseband model they are equipped with is Qualcomm X55. Based on the current test data, the iPhone 12 Pro’s built-in Qualcomm X55 baseband should be true. If it is Intel, the signal may not be so good.
MagSafe unlocks a new charging method
In terms of charging, Apple has brought us a new charging method MagSafe and related accessories.
You can think of the MagSafe charger as a combination of wireless and wired. When the glass back of the iPhone 12 Pro is in contact with the MagSage charger, you will hear a pop and an animation of the phone being charged will pop up on the screen. , The whole process is quite comfortable.
The advantage of the MagSafe charger is that it will not affect your holding of the phone, such as charging while playing games. If it is wired charging, it will inevitably affect your feel when playing games; if it is an ordinary wireless charger, once the phone leaves the charging pad , The charging will be cancelled immediately.
What’s more interesting is that when you put the iPhone 12 Pro into the matching MagSafe phone case, a paired ring animation will also pop up on the screen. The color of the ring will be consistent with the color of the phone case.
Friends who are more curious may ask this question, can the MagSafe charger be removed with one hand? Yes, just push the middle finger or nameless to the right to remove it.
It should be noted that only iPhone 12 series can activate up to 15W charging power when using MagSafe charger. And MagSafe charger can only play 15W charging power when it is matched with 20W charging head. Although other iPhones and Android phones that support Qi charging can also be charged with it, the charging rate is really slow. But it is undeniable that in the iPhone 12 series charging method, MagSafe can ensure that the body and the charger are aligned through the magnetic attraction function, providing more efficient, safe and convenient charging than Qi.
In addition, according to the information we have received, if your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro has just been backed up and restored, MagSafe charging may be very slow. It is recommended to try again after two days.
In terms of charging speed, use the original 20W charging head to recharge the iPhone 12 Pro, 21% in 10 minutes, 57% in 30 minutes, 72% in 40 minutes, 86% in 60 minutes, 87% in 80 minutes, 103 Minutes are full.
Although the maximum charging power of MagSafe is twice that of ordinary wireless charging (7.5W), the charging speed is still very slow. According to actual measurement, it is 6% charged in 5 minutes, 13% charged in 15 minutes, 19% charged in 30 minutes, 35% charged in 1 hour, 51% charged in 1 hour 30 minutes, 65% charged in 2 hours, and 4 hours 10 minutes are required to fully charge.
How strong is the A14 Bionic?
Apple’s mobile phone chips have always been ahead of Android. The iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with the strongest A14 bionic chip on the surface, based on TSMC’s 5nm process technology.
A14 Bionics increases the number of cores of the neural network engine to 16, which increases the machine learning speed of the chip by 80% and can perform 11 trillion operations per second. In addition, the machine learning accelerator of the central processing unit performs matrix math operations, which is 70% faster than the A13 bionic.
In the three major mainstream running test platforms, the iPhone 12 Pro achieved good results. The GeekBench 5 CPU has a single core of 1559 and a multi-core of 3528, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max CPU has a single core of 1327 and a multi-core of 3303.
The theoretical running test is over, let us run a game to see the actual performance of the iPhone 12 Pro. Before the A14 Bionic came out, the game “The Original God” basically killed all mobile phone processors in seconds, and even the A13 Bionic could not run with full special effects.
Although the iPhone 12 Pro can run this game smoothly with full effects, as time goes by, the A14 Bionic will overheat the phone and cause the CPU to drop frequency, and you will feel the picture freezes. To put it simply, if it is not a heat dissipation problem, the iPhone 12 Pro has no major problems with running “Native” with full special effects.
Pro-level photo experience
From the perspective of appearance alone, the difference between iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 is mainly reflected in the number of rear lenses. iPhone 12 Pro has an extra 12-megapixel telephoto lens and LiDAR lidar.
In a daylight environment, using deep fusion and smart HDR 3 technology, you can use the iPhone 12 Pro camera to take a photo with a very high dynamic range. The whole picture looks very pure without any noise.
The proofs taken at the 2x focal length did not show a decrease in resolution, and the white balance and color reproduction were all accurate.
In order to solve the problem of the distortion of the ultra-wide-angle lens and the reduction of edge image quality, Apple has added a lens correction function to the iPhone 12 Pro. After turning on this function, the distortion of the ultra-wide-angle lens will be corrected and the edge quality will be further enhanced.
The portrait mode of the iPhone 12 Pro has been further optimized to better separate different subjects. We can see that even the character’s hair is perfectly separated from the background.
The iPhone 12 Pro’s ultra-wide-angle and original deep-sensing lens ushered in the night mode. Even in a weakly lit environment at night, you can also take a good photo, and the dark details are also well preserved.
The mobile phone camera is switched to 2x focal length, the overall picture still looks pure, there is no obvious noise, excessive picture sharpening, etc.
Due to the dark environment of the mobile phone, the system failed to turn on the night mode, resulting in a decrease in the resolution of the sample pictures taken by the iPhone 12 Pro ultra-wide-angle lens, and a lot of noise can be seen.
Although the night portrait mode can well restore the contrast and details of the character’s face, the system also has cutout errors, such as part of the character’s hair merged with the background behind.
As for the ghost problem that everyone is concerned about, this generation still exists . In the picture below, ghosts appeared on the left side of the lighthouse, and the system failed to turn on the night mode, and the highlight of the street light could not be suppressed.
There are more serious ghosting situations. We can see three blue lines in the middle of the proofs. This is because the iPhone 12 Pro lens will reflect the reflection of the three light beams in the picture.
Even in the daytime, the iPhone 12 Pro will shoot ghost images, such as the light spot on the right stool.
In addition, the HDR algorithm of iPhone 12 Pro also has some small bugs . The light board in the photo below has an inexplicable yellow spot, and the sample has been overexposed.
In terms of photography, iPhone 12 Pro supports Dolby Vision HDR video shooting, with a super retina XDR screen, which can bring better visual effects to users. As Dolby Vision HDR video is not well displayed, I suggest you go to the offline store for actual experience.
to sum up
The iPhone 12 Pro is a product that exceeded expectations, at least in terms of popularity. The iPhone 12 Pro in our hand was purchased from the “scalper” at a price increase of 1,500 yuan. It is said that the price increase of the iPhone 12 Pro was as high as 3,000 yuan on the day of sale, which shows that consumers love the iPhone 12 Pro.