The reviews dropped today for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini. There aren’t many surprises.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is taking better pictures than any other iPhone, which makes sense given that it has better camera components (bigger sensor, on-sensor stabilization). Matthew Panzarino discovered the telephoto lens on the iPhone 12 Pro Max also has stabilization, which produces noticeably better images. That said, having read multiple reviews, my take is the 12 Pro Max is only incrementally better than the iPhone 12 Pro. You’ll get better pictures indoors or in the dark. Your daylight outdoor photos will look mostly the same.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also, not surprisingly, getting better battery life but is awkward to carry. One bit of insight from nearly all reviewers is that the squared-off sizes make holding the larger iPhone more difficult. I hadn’t thought of that. I’ve been a big phone club member for years because I like the bigger screen. (Mine arrives Friday.)
Notable reviews on the iPhone 12 Pro Max are those from Matt Panzarino, Nilay Patel, Marques Brownlee,
iPhone 12 Mini
I feel like this phone has a self-selecting audience, just the exact opposite of the Max phone crowd. I’m pleased that Apple is intentionally making a small iPhone with the latest and greatest components. You will take a hit to battery life with a smaller phone. While the 12 Pro Max requires you to carry a big phone, the 12 Mini may require you to carry a battery on busy days.
Notable Reviews on the iPhone 12 Mini are those from Matt Panzarino, Dieter Bohn, Marques Brownlee
It certainly didn’t take iFixit long to tear a new iPhone 12 apart. They’re doing it right now with a live stream that I can not stop watching. It’s kind of hypnotic. One bit of insight that stands out is how many of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro parts are the same.
Apple’s big iPhone announcement is tomorrow at 10 AM Pacific. The event will stream at Apple’s website and YouTube. If you’d rather take it all in while in couch potato mode, it will also stream on the Apple TV app.
Just get your popcorn and buckle in for the new iPhone 12. Only a few more hours until my beautiful iPhone 11 feels like garbage. My kids are already dropping not-so-subtle hints about what I should do with last year’s model.
It’s just a few days until Apple’s iPhone 12 event. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like there are a lot of leaks this year about the new hardware. We seem to know the sizes, colors, storage configurations, and even the cellular radios. 9to5 Mac has done a great job of keeping up with them all. The rumors could be wrong, but they sure don’t feel that way.
The saddest bit for me is that there seems to be no oxygen to the idea that the cool little TouchID button going in the new iPad Air is also going on the iPhone with all of these rumors. I get that Apple has to manufacture millions of iPhones, and when the iPhone 12 was being developed, Apple didn’t know that the universe would conspire to require all of us to wear face masks, but I was still hopeful. The lack of the TouchID button.
Today Apple announced the ‘Hi, Speed’ event for October 13, at 10:00 AM Pacific. Apple’s made no secret of delaying the new iPhones’ release until October during this nutty year, and here we are in October.
No word on whether we’ll also see a new iPad Pro or Apple Silicon Macs, but if I had to bet a nickel, I’d say we won’t see any of that. The iPhone is Apple’s bread and butter, and I expect they want the iPhone to get all the attention next week.
The rumored new iPhone design looks like something between the iPhone 4 and the current iPad Pros and I’m all for it. Next week will be fun (and likely expensive).
Yesterday 9to5 Mac linked to some iPhone 12 dummy images. I sure hope they are accurate. If so, it looks very much like a modern take on the iPhone 4. That was, in my opinion, the best looking iPhone yet and I’d love to see something like it return.