The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro landed on the shelves on Friday, October 21, and those who managed to order earlier this month received their new smartphones through the announcement the same day. Apple seems to be struggling to keep up with demand – with shipping estimates now slipping by mid-November on most models. This could be a sign that Apple fans are turning to the new design, redesigned cameras and 5G support… or the widespread shutdown due to the global pandemic has seriously affected the Californian company’s ability to produce phones and ship them around the world on a regular scale. Who knows, it may be a bit of both.
What we do know is exactly how the iPhone 12 series rivals its closest rivals Samsung, OnePlus, Sony and Google. So, to understand exactly what the new iPhone does – and what it really lacks – here is a list of five features you won’t find on its Android counterparts.
1) iPhone 12 features you won’t find on Android: Ceramic Shield
Ceramic shield is a new hardened glass developed by specialists “Apple” and “uninterrupted”, Corning. While you’ll find Corning’s super-solid product, Gorilla Glass, including the latest Gorilla Glass Victus (designed to prevent everyday lashes and scratches as much as drops) released back in August, on a huge array of Android smartphones, the company uses custom formulation when working with Apple. And according to both companies, the end result of this partnership is really special.
Called the Ceramic Shield by Apple’s marketing department, the California-based company says it is stricter than any other smartphone cup currently available. Corning and Apple inserted hardened glass with nano-ceramic crystals to improve hardness. The result? Apple says all four new iPhone 12 models are four times more likely to survive accidental crashes.
2) iPhone 12 features you won’t find on Android: MagSafe
Android smartphones have had wireless charging support for years… and Apple has jumped in range incredibly slowly. However, now that wireless charging is being baked on every iPhone sold in the Apple store, the American company is now bringing some interesting new accessories to the table. MagSafe, which borrows its brand name from non-rectified cable magnetic charging sent with all MacBooks, allows wireless charging premature on the back of your iPhone. This ensures that the smartphone can not buzz out of charge with the charging coils after a few notifications and means that you can pick up and use your iPhone while it is charging.
Of course, you can do all this with a good favorite cable. But the charging cable is not good if you run it – it will send your iPhone 12 Pro 999 pounds around the room. This is something that will not happen with MagSafe. And more interesting than charging, Apple is already using MagSafe for a range of new accessories, including a lightweight card holder that magnetically sticks to the back of your headset and new holsters that activate animations that match the color of the accessory. Third parties will be allowed to make their own MagSafe gadgets, so we will probably see a load of interesting applications – from car chargers to wallets and foil – over the coming months.
3) iPhone 12 features you will not find on Android: A14 Bionic
While most leading Android smartphones are powered by the latest and greatest from US chipmaker Qualcomm, Apple is designing its own processors. This has allowed the Californian firm to focus on what it prioritizes – battery life, speed, camera – compared to a universal approach designed to work on devices from a wide range of products, such as the Snapdragon 865. For years, Apple’s accessibility seemed to pay off, and iPhones regularly shot down Android phones with three times the amount of RAM during testing tests.
With the A14 Bionic, Apple is crashing its own MacBook Air models. The chipset inside the iPhone 12 series is the first silicon for smartphones based on a 5-nanometer process. In short, this means that all the basic components are squeezed together on a miniature chip – allowing the data to travel less distance and use less power, which makes the smartphone faster and increases the battery, respectively. That’s a (very) simple explanation, but all you really need to know is that the A14 Bionic is a real astwer.
It boasts the fastest processor and GPU up to 50 percent compared to the fastest competing chips on smartphones. The A14 Bionic also includes a 16-core neural engine – designed to rely on AI-controlled tasks, such as identifying faces in the Photos app, suggesting all-day iOS apps based on your habits, and more .
Apple says its A14 Bionic boasts an 80% performance boost and is capable of completing 11 trillion operations per second. Android can’t answer that … until the Huawei Mate 40 Pro launches in the coming weeks, using a Huawei-designed chipset built with a 5nm process – but no access to YouTube, Google Maps or the Google Play Store.
4) Features of iPhone 12 that you will not find on Android: Smart Data Mode
5G is clearly the future. This next generation mobile signal enables super fast downloads and lower latency. Better yet, 5G smartphones will not lose speed when they are in a crowded area, such as a crowded football stadium, grocery store or festival – something that cannot be said for 4G. However, 5G can be a bit of a tax on battery life.
Most Android manufacturers have addressed this issue by increasing the size of the battery cell. No denying this, it works pretty well. However, Apple has taken a different approach to allow it to create the “smallest and lightest” 5G smartphone on the planet – the new “iPhone 12 mini”, which starts in November.
Called Smart Data Mode, the iPhone 12 will switch between 4G and 5G based on how much bandwidth it thinks you need. So if you are reading an email or article in a long form – like this one – chances are 4G speeds will work well. So Apple will quietly switch your iPhone 12 to this slower mobile technology and save battery life. But if you want to jump on the train to start the morning run and try to download an entire Netflix show season, the iPhone 12 will connect to 5G and take hours of HD content in minutes.
5) iPhone 12 features you won’t find on Android: Dolby Vision
If you are a young Hollywood director, iPhone 12 is the first device on the planet that offers the ability to record and edit Dolby Vision HDR footage. Video can be recorded at up to 60 frames per second – more comfortable than the 24fps most blockbusters record – and edited within the Photos or iMovie app. Dolby Vision rating is processed live and maintained during editing, thanks to the A14 Bionic grumble (see above). Apple’s professional editing software, Final Cut, will be updated to support Dolby Vision HDR soon, and you can now play the latest movie with Apple TV as well.
1) Android Features You Won’t Find on iPhone 12: High Deflection Screen
A staggering number of Android smartphones – priced the same as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, as well as much cheaper – already offer a high-speed OLED display. For those who do not know, until recently, most smartphone displays were 60Hz, which meant they refreshed the image 60 times per second. Doubling it to 120Hz makes system animations smoother, removes stuttering from slipping, makes high-speed video games feel more responsive, and more.
Unfortunately, Apple has decided to keep the 60Hz refresh rate across the iPhone 12 series. It is a shame because Apple is well aware of how brilliant 120Hz panels can be – the company was one of the pioneers of this technology when it introduced the range of iPad Pro years ago. Given the shared Pro branding between this premium tablet and the iPhone 12 Pro, it seems strange that Apple did not include 9 999 + in the smartphone.