By this time of the year, people are usually getting their new iPhones. Last year, the iPhone 11 Pro Max had a much improved camera set and a beautiful 6.5-inch screen. But it lacked 5G, compatibility with the Apple Pencil, and the screen felt a little outdated with the usual 60Hz refresh rate.
The iPhone 12 series is late this year thanks to the coronavirus epidemic. But from the early leaks, it sounds like Apple may be better off waiting another year so they could come up with something groundbreaking. After Samsung just released the Galaxy Z Fold2, Apple’s newest iPhone will seem less groundbreaking.
The iPhone 12 is expected to come in four different models — the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four are expected to revert to a design that will remind many users of iPhone 5′s flat machined edges, along with a slimmer notch.
Let’s take a look at the flagship iPhone 12 model, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This phone is set to have a 6.7-inch 1242 x 2688 pixel resolution display. It will run iOS 14 with Apple’s A14 chipset. It will have a four lens camera, with one lens being a ToF camera that uses infrared light (lasers invisible to human eyes) to determine depth information.
If Apple wanted to compete with the new Galaxy Note, they would at least make the Pro Max compatible with the Apple Pencil. However, that doesn’t look like it will happen. If Apple wanted customers to enjoy a realistic media experience, perhaps they could have gotten rid of that annoying notch at the top of the screen. Unfortunately, that’s not happening either.
Despite my gloom and doom (which may change when the phone is possibly announced on October 13), I am willing to bet that the new iPhone 12 series will be successful. With the pandemic (hopefully) waning, customers will have more money and will be excited about Apple’s new smartphone series. Then, there’s Apple’s marketing team, who could make anything look groundbreaking.
However, for the first time in nearly a decade, it’s safe to say that Samsung is the leader in the smartphone industry. The Korean company has taken many risks, but it looks like all the innovation is about to pay off. The iPhone 12 series may be good, but it’s definitely not innovative.