Apple launches iPhone 12 Pro line with new design, better cameras, LiDAR

Apple has unveiled its iPhone 12 Pro, the higher-tier model of 2020’s iPhone range refresh that offers three cameras on the back, better displays, and LiDAR.

Launched during Apple’s “Hi, Speed” special event on Tuesday, the iPhone 12 Pro is the premium model of Apple’s iPhone 12. Sharing the same core features as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, the Pro models enhance what is offered to give a better overall experience to customers willing to pay more.

The iPhone 12 Pro uses the same flat edges design making them similar to an iPad Pro. The Pro lineup is also where you’ll find the largest iPhone display, with the iPhone 12 Pro equipped with an OLED Super Retina XDR 6.1-inch 2,532-by-1,170 display and the iPhone 12 Pro Max opting for an even larger 6.7-inch 2,778-by-1,284 version.

For 2020, Apple has also ensured the Pro models have superior video quality, with the inclusion of support for 10-bit color depth imagery in HDR video. The wide-color P3 screens also boast a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio, 800 nits maximum brightness, 1,200 nits of max brightness for HDR, and TrueTone support.

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro

Powering the iPhone 12 Pro line is the A14 Bionic System-on-Chip, which Apple revealed in the fourth-generation iPad Air. Packing in 11.8 billion transistors, it uses a new 6-core CPU and 4-core graphics architecture to make it 50% faster than any other smartphone chip available in both processing and graphical performance.

The chip also benefits from a new 16-core Neural Engine, which is twice as fast as the previous version and capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second. New second-generation machine learning accelerators in the CPU also means it will be 10 times faster for machine learning calculations.

Arguably the biggest draw for the iPhone 12 Pro lineup is its support for 5G cellular networks, which carriers are deploying in countries around the world. Furthermore, with support for mmWave, it will also mean the iPhone models will be able to connect at the highest speeds 5G offers where mmWave is deployed, typically in built-up areas with higher populations.

Around the back, Apple has gone with the same…