iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Teardown: 10 Major Findings
While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro may not have a revolutionary design change to show off in the latest models, the new iPhone have certainly got plenty of improvements under the hood. As always, we have put the new iPhone under the knife to reveal what they have to offer, barely days after digging into the innards of Apple Watch Series 5.
In this iPhone 12 and 12 Pro teardowns, we have gone into the specifics to track down both the major and minor changes. So, if you are curious to find out what the newest iPhones have in store, let’s dive right in!
A Quick Look at What iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Have to Offer
Let us first discuss the major highlights of the iPhone 12/12 Pro features.
- 1 inch (2532 × 1170 pixels) Super Retina XDR OLED display with HDR and True Tone.
- 12 MP camera system comes equipped with ultra-wide-angle (ƒ/2.4) and wide-angle (ƒ/1.6) cameras. Do note that the standard Pro variant features a telephoto (ƒ/2.0) camera and a LiDAR scanner.
- While iPhone 12 has the onboard storage of 64 GB, iPhone 12 Pro has the onboard storage of 128 GB.
- While the standard iPhone 12 Pro includes 6GB RAM, the iPhone 12 features 4GB RAM.
- These devices have got a much improved IP68 rating. Now, they are touted to resist water up the maximum depth of six meters up to 30 minutes under IEC standard 60529.
- They come with 5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave) connectivity as well as 4×4 MIMO LTE, 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, and BT 5.0.
- A14 Bionic Chip with 4th Neural Engine.
- MagSafe 15watt wireless charging.
Major Findings for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Teardown:
- Interestingly, the display now opens from the right edge, making it a tad easier to get inside. And that makes you feel that Apple has slightly softened its stand towards the iPhone repair.
- As you may have already guessed, since there are so many similarities between the 2 devices, the displays work interchangeably. Thus, you can swap them between the 12 and 12 Pro and they will work. However, bear in mind that the max brightness specs are a bit different in both devices.
- Notably, Apple seems to have reformulated the adhesive for extra two meters of immersion protection. From a protection perspective, it appears to be a good move.
- Removing the connector shield with the screen still attached doesn’t seem to be a straightforward task. It’s worth noting that most other components are modular, thereby making it a tad easier to access or replace.
- Frankly speaking, apart from the camera shields, iPhone 12 and 12 Pro do not have too many major differences.
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- Well, that brings us to the durability aspect. This year, Apple is betting big on the Ceramic Shield to deliver up to 4x improved protection from drops. Without undermining the strong glass, we would still recommend you shield your iPhone against accidental drops and scratches.
- With the presence of glass on the front and back, the smartphones warrant extra safeguards despite the claims of durability. If the back-glass breaks, you will have no option but to get it replaced, as using a device with broken back glass is unsafe.
- The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are said to have the same battery. And looking at the 10.78Wh for both batteries, we can certainly say that they are even-steven.
- Comparatively, it is a significant decrease from the 11 and 11 Pro, which are equipped with 11.91Wh and 11.67Wh, respectively.
- Much to our surprise, Apple hasn’t used the unique L-shaped battery design. Only time will tell whether this move backfires or improves the performance of the battery in the long run.
Having given a close look to the innards, we can say that Apple has given more priorities to the display and battery replacement. Considering how crucial these components are from a repair point of view, we sure welcome this particular move.
Though the improved waterproofing measures complicate some repairs, we won’t put it in the bracket of the downside.
Unlike before, Apple has asked repair centres to use heat in the opening procedure of the new iPhones. As we always put more emphasis on offering a long-lasting service that can endure the test of time, we welcome the decision.
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