Finally!!! The much-awaited iPhone 12 is officially launched in UAE. Here’s everything that you need to know about Apple’s new iPhone 12. This is an in-depth review to keep you well informed and leave you without a doubt. Apple iPhone 12 packs an OLED screen and also embraces 5G connectivity. It also benefits a new design and a faster new A14 Bionic chip. Not just this, but a lot more. We have spent 80+ hours in research and have explained all the specifications and versions here. This will save you time as well as effort. Gear up to purchase the iPhone 12 today in UAE.
Apple iPhone 12 (With Facetime)
- A14 Bionic: The Apple iPhone 12 is equipped with A14 Bionic which is the fastest chip in a smartphone. This helps the iPhone 12 perform tasks which even pro movie cameras can’t do. It can shoot in Dolby Vision and even crunch trillions of operations on the Neural Engine. Moreover, it offers a great battery life.
- Broadest 5G Coverage: On your iPhone 12, you can stream high-quality videos, download movies on the fly, update apps, update the iOS software and more. This is due to the fact that iPhone 12 has the broadest 5G coverage worldwide. 5G is superfast on iPhone 12.
- Super Retina XDR (OLED) Display: The Super Retina XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) display makes use of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. It features an incredible colour accuracy, is more contrast and includes a big change in pixel density. The best iPhone display you have ever found since OLED delivers darker blacks, brighter brights, and a higher resolution.
- Night Mode Selfies: With the help of the night mode you can click clear selfies in the dark. Along with the night mode, there are other features on the front camera that are great at capturing incredible low-light shots. These features include Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion, Dolby Vision recording and more.
- Price: Grab the Apple iPhone 12 (128 GB) with Facetime for an estimated cost of AED 3,610.
iPhone 12 is Beyond Fast
iPhone 12: Geekbench 5 Test
Below is a table that represents the results of the Geekbench 5 test implemented for the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro versus some of the popular Android phones available in the market today.
|iPhone 12||A14 Bionic||1,593||3,859|
|iPhone 12 Pro||A14 Bionic||1,585||3,669|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||A13 Bionic||1,334||3,517|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||Snapdragon|
|Asus ROG Phone 3||Snapdragon|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus||Snapdragon|
|Google Pixel 5||Snapdragon|
iPhone 12: 3DMark Wild Life test
The 3DMark Wild Life test is conducted to simulate the gaming performance. Through this test results, you will see that things worsen for the Android competition. Switching to a graphics-focused benchmark from 3DMark from the more general performance Geekbench 5.
|Phone||CPU||3DMark Wild Life Score||3DMark Wild Life FPS|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||A13 Bionic||7,709||42|
|iPhone 12 Pro||A14 Bionic||6,567||39|
|iPhone 12||A14 Bionic||6,562||39|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||Snapdragon|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus||Snapdragon|
|Google Pixel 5||Snapdragon|
Enjoy 5G on iPhone 12 in UAE
The 5g network is the next evolution in the mobile network. Like never before, it will allow people to enjoy data and make the most out of their devices. In February 2007, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company was commercially rebranded as du. Currently, du and Etisalat are the two telecom operators in the UAE and have 5G networks. As a matter of fact, 5G coverage is continuously expanding across the UAE at a fast pace. With the help of the intensive rollout by edu and Etisalat, the 5G locations in UAE are set to grow to more and more locations by the end of the year. 5G network provides higher speeds up to 1Gbps and a lower latency down to 1ms.
Below is a table with the current 5G locations in Dubai & Northern Emirates and Abu Dhabi and Al Ain to which edu has rolled out 5G coverage.
|Dubai & Northern Emirates||Abu Dhabi and Al Ain|
|Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah||Al Aman Area|
|Burj Khalifa & Dubai Design District||Al Bateen Area|
|Dubai Internet City||Emirates Palace Area|
|Dubai Silicon Oasis||Al Khaleej Al Arabi street|
|Jumeirah||Al Khalidiya area|
|Jumeirah Beach Residence||Hadbat Al Zafranah Area|
|Dubai Airport||Al Markazyia West Park|
|Sharjah University City||Al Matar|
|Fujairah||Al Mushrif Area|
|Ras Al Khaimah||Al Nahyan|
|Al Rowdah Area|
|Al Wahda Area|
|Al Hosn Area|
|Al Khubeirah Area|
|Zayed Sports City Area|
As we have seen, Etisalat has also provided access to 5G network, besides edu. Hence, with your 5G device, you can enjoy access to the 5G network. Make the most out of your iPhone 12 in UAE.
Benefits of 5G Network
- Experience revolutionary speeds on iPhone 12 in UAE as it is a 5G-enabled smartphone. 5G network offers speeds of up to 1Gbps on your mobile device.
- Secondly, it has a lower latency of around 1ms.
- Thirdly, you benefit Ultra HD video streaming anytime and anywhere.
- Last but not the least, it offers futuristic services such as autonomous cars, smart metering, eHealth services and a lot more.
Etisalat has rolled out 5G coverage to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman, Dubai, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quawain, Fujairah – Kalba, and Dibba Khor Fakkan.
LiDAR in iPhone 12 Pro – AR revolution is coming
Well, Apple considers the LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner to be the secret weapon of iPhone 12. It does work similar to radar, but it uses lasers to judge distances and depth. Indeed, this is great news for augmented reality (AR). As well as for photography but to a lesser extent.
So, what is LiDAR?
Since the 1960s, the concept behind LiDAR has been around. This technology allows you to scan and map your environment by firing out laser beams. Then, it times how quickly they return. Earlier, LiDAR began functioning as a military tool on planes. This is before it was known as the system that enabled the Apollo 15 mission to map the surface of the moon. Nowadays, LiDAR is seen on self-driving cars. It aids in detecting objects such as pedestrians and cyclists and is also seen in robot vacuums. However, in the past couple of years and today, the possibilities with LiDAR have really opened up and expanded.
Since the systems have become more accurate, smaller and cheaper, it has started becoming feasible additions to smartphones and tablets that are already equipped with GPS and powerful processors. The newer LiDAR systems that include the 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensors that are seen on many smartphones. These are solid-state affairs with no moving parts. However, there is a difference between a time-of-flight sensor and the LiDAR scanner which we will see on the iPhone 12.
Difference in Apple’s LiDAR scanner
Well, as we spoke about the time-of-flight (ToF) sensors which most of the Android phones come with. These sensors help these phones to sense scene depth and also mimic the bokeh effects of larger cameras. However, the best part is that the LiDAR system is definitely going to go beyond this in the iPhone 12 Pro. The reason behind this is that the LiDAR system comprises a LiDAR scanner compared to the ‘scannerless’ systems seen on the smartphones available so far. ToF sensors make use of a single pulse of infrared light for the creation of their 3D maps. On the other hand, a scanning LiDAR system fires a train of laser pulses over a short period of time. That too at different parts of a scene.
This brings along with it two main benefits. The first benefit being an improved range of up to five meters and the second benefit being better object ‘occlusion’. This is like the appearance of the virtual objects disappearing behind the real objects such as trees. Very impressive, this is a speedy process also but getting this speed is only possible with the latest smartphone processors such as the iPhone 12. With regards to the scanner, there is plenty of room for improvement. The A14 Bionic processor of the iPhone 12 offers good support to the LiDAR scanner.
What All You Might Be Able to Do on the iPhone 12?
So, what can the LiDAR scanner do on the iPhone 12? When it comes to an average person, the main two kinds of things which it can do is AR gaming and AR shopping. Apple has previewed a few LiDAR specific applications and one of the most interesting is the game “Hot Lava”. For those of you who are not familiar with this game, Hot Lava is a first-person adventure game for iOS and PC. It draws on Apple’s LiDAR sensor to bring its molten rivers into your living room. Ultimately the arrival of LiDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro will enormously increase the number of apps that make use of this technology. This in turn could be a game-changer for the camera of the iPhone.
But, hold on. What about the non-gaming experiences for the LiDAR sensor? For now, the best seems to be based around the interior design. For instance, the IKEA Place App enables you to move around virtual furniture in your living room. The AR placement and occlusion are improved in the iPhone 12 Pro and are helpful. Also, the technology is extremely useful for healthcare professionals and CAD designers. With the help of the LiDAR sensor, app developers can invent new creative forms which go way beyond traditional video and photography.
Ceramic Shield Protect iPhone 12 from Drop Breakage
Finally, the iPhone 12 drop test results are here. As a matter of fact, the ceramic shield is as tough as it sounds. The all-new iPhone 12 was dropped and scraped to figure out and confirm how much or to what extent the new “ceramic shield” screen can handle. You won’t believe, but it is a lot more than a 6-foot drop. As you know, Apple has covered its new iPhone 12 with a brand new type of glass known as the ceramic shield. Yes, and the plus point is that ceramic shield is the toughest glass ever on a smartphone. Although it looks and feels exactly like glass, it is no ordinary glass. This ceramic shield that covers the glass of the iPhone 12 is a combination of glass and ceramic. This is harder than most of the metals.
Moreover, it is a brand new cover material for the iPhone. Earlier, never was anything so great like this material found when tested. After putting two iPhone 12s to go through a few scratch and drop tests, it was proved that this new ceramic shield is unbelievably durable. Note that the ceramic shield covers only the front side of the iPhone 12 i.e the screen. The back of the iPhone 12 is covered with the same glass as the iPhone 11. This glass is the toughest in the industry so far. Also, both types of glass are made by Corning.
Design of the iPhone 12
Apart from the glass, the iPhone 12’s design is a factor that plays a significant role in how well or how much the iPhone 12 holds up to drops. Well, that is because the glass on the iPhone 12 lies flush with the metal frame, unlike the previous iPhone models that were curved up leaving more of the glass exposed. Apple has stated that the design alone will make both the front and the back of the iPhone 12 twice as durable as the older models. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Max and the iPhone 12 Pro (all the 4 models of the iPhone 12) possess the same ceramic shield on the screen as well as the same type of glass on the back.
The only difference in the materials is the frame. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a stainless steel frame. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini have an aluminium frame. The performance of the frame may vary depending upon the material. But the glass will offer the same type of protection across the board.
From the tests, it is proved that the iPhone 12 is incredibly tough to scratch and crack even on tile and sidewalk. However, the front side (screen) of the iPhone 12 seems to have a better drop resistance superpower as compared to the back. Apple also recommends using the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro with a case if any individual has the fear of dropping and damaging their iPhone. Also, Apple said that ever on iPhone, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro represents the biggest change in durability. These models underwent rigorous real-world testing.
iPhone 12 Camera Performance
The most important changes are not in the lenses or sensors of the camera of the iPhone 12. These are completely unchanged. The thing that is changed with regards to the camera is the main wide-angle camera that goes from an f/1.8 aperture to f/1.6 in order to allow in slightly more light. In fact, the bigger differences come from unlocking new capabilities and also from the software. A big thanks to the A14 Bionic processor that runs everything and is responsible for the functioning of the phone. After comparing the four iPhone 12 models, here’s what we got to know about the camera performance of each. The regular iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini have the same camera system.
On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro has the LiDAR sensor for low-light focusing and depth calculations. It also has telephoto and some more encoding options for photo and video. However, the iPhone 12 Pro is bigger on upgrade due to its improved image stabilization and larger main camera sensor. Also, the video quality is excellent in the iPhone 12. Coming back to the A14 Bionic, it has unlocked the night mode for all of the cameras on the iPhone 12. This includes the front selfie camera as well. Moreover, it has also unlocked the night portrait mode. To combine multiple frames into a single image, Apple has created some tweaks to its system. This combination of multiple frames into a single image is known as Smart HDR 3.
Furthermore, this system also performs better when it comes to tweaking photos to optimize their appearance and also to recognize things such as faces, clouds, sky and more. Plus, there’s a new setting known as “Scene Detection” in case you want to toggle it. Generally, the iPhone 12 performs better on fine detail in regular lighting conditions. Also, from the photos clicked on the iPhone 12, you will notice that Apple has stepped back from over-brightening shadows on faces. FINALLY! Additionally, the pictures clicked on iPhone 12 are more detailed without triggering the night mode. In other words, it needs to drop into night mode less often, unlike the iPhone 11.
A big thanks to the faster lens in the iPhone 12. And even when it gets into the night mode, you get brighter shots that are much clear. Night mode portraits are one of the major new features. The iPhone 12 excels in the “glasses test” since they never get blurred, not even accidentally.
Super Retina XDR Display
The Super Retina XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) display makes use of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. iPhone 12 is the first generation that includes OLED in every model. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display. In other words, it features a 6.1-inch OLED display by using Apple’s Super Retina XDR technology. This has a 2 million-to-1 contrast ratio with better HDR and true blacks. This display comes in at 460ppi and can display up to 1200 nits of HDR content. Further, it features incredible colour accuracy. It is also more contrast and includes a big change in pixel density. The best iPhone display you have ever found so far, due to the fact that OLED delivers a higher resolution, darker blacks, and brighter brights.
MagSafe Wireless Charging
Well, MagSafe is a new ecosystem of accessories that offers easy attachment and provides faster wireless charging. With MagSafe, everything just clicks. All thanks to the endless combinations, there is a mix to match any style. MagSafe Chargers make wireless charging a snap. How? you ask. Well, this is possible through the perfectly aligned magnets which need to be attached to your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro. This, in turn, provides faster wireless charging up to 15W.
Moreover, the MagSafe Charger maintains compatibility with Qi charging. Therefore you can also use it to wirelessly charge an iPhone 8. And also AirPods models with a wireless charging case in the same way you would do with any Qi-certified charger. Note that the magnetic alignment experience only applies to iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models.
Versions Explained – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
So, which iPhone do you want to purchase? Unsure about which one to opt for and which is the right one for you? We understand that more options bring more confusion. This section will explain the latest iPhone models in detail and also their differences. Right from the regular iPhone 12 to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, we have researched and put forth everything that you need to know to keep your well informed. You can now choose from four iPhone models. These include iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The Super Retina XDR (OLED) display is featured by Apple to every model. Moreover, it has also bumped up the resolution of the non-Pro iPhone models. All these models are equipped with the same powerful A14 Bionic processor, Face ID, Ceramic shield glass to protect the display, compatibility with the new Magsafe accessory system and the same level of IP68 water resistance. Additionally, the 5G connectivity is a big selling point of these new iPhone models. Apple’s newest lineup of iPhones is as follows:
1. iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 features the 6.1-inch screen size as well as the same resolution as the iPhone 12 Pro. Additionally, the OLED panel ensures you obtain more vibrant colours and also deeper blacks compared to the LCD on the iPhone 11. Next comes the main and ultra-wide camera which work with the ‘Night Mode’ by Apple. The Night mode is a beneficial feature as it brightens up “low light” images. Also, it enables you to shoot in 4K HDR at 30 frames per second thus providing the videos with a broader range of colours. Lastly, its battery will get you through a full day depending upon certain factors.
2. iPhone 12 Mini
If you hate big screen and large phones, then the iPhone 12 Mini is exactly what you need. Although its 5.4-inch display is larger compared to the Apple iPhone SE launched earlier this year, the iPhone 12 mini is less wide and shorter compared to the iPhone SE and also all the models before iPhone 6. That being said, Apple managed to stuff every feature of the iPhone 12 into the iPhone 12 Mini. Note that the only question mark is the battery life of the iPhone 12 Mini.
3. iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with some attractive features which make it ideal for all those who click a lot of photos and capture a lot of videos. It is also suitable for people who are not comfortable using big and large screen phones such as the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now let us begin with the enticing features. Firstly, to provide you with more versatility in your photography, the iPhone 12 offers you the extra 2X optical zoom camera. Secondly, the LiDAR (lidar) scanner has been added and is one of the most important features. This not only speeds up autofocussing in low light but also enables Night Mode portraits.
The ProRAW format of Apple has got the required support. Therefore, it enables you to click pictures in a RAW format while making use of Apple’s computational photography. Moreover, the iPhone 12 Pro is also capable of HDR video recording up to 60 frames per second. Default storage of 128 GB is what it comes with, unlike 64 GB on the other 2 models. Another plus point or notch of the iPhone 12 Pro is that it is made of stainless steel. Whereas the other iPhone models are made of aluminium. However, the battery life it offers is almost the same as the regular iPhone 12 which lasts the whole day, as discussed above.
4. iPhone 12 Pro Max
If you desire the best camera performance and system to capture photos and videos, then grab the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. It features a larger screen of 6.7 inches as well as battery capacity and performance. However, most of the specs are the same as the iPhone 12 Pro. Also, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is one step further due to its image sensor that is 47% bigger for the main camera. And as stated by Apple that this image sensor offers an 87% improvement in low light.
Moreover, it also utilizes Apple’s new sensor-shift stabilization technology that offers better-stabilized videos. Ideal for big phone lovers and shutterbugs, the telephoto zoom camera is also different from the other models. In aids you in getting closer to your object by offering you a 2.5X optical zoom. Note that, currently, only iPhone 12 is available on Amazon.ae.
Most often, there will be only a few who will surf the internet for 10 or 11 hours continuously. As a matter of fact, the Smart Data mode in iPhone 12 can automatically switch to 4G when you are not surfing the web. This, in turn, helps in saving battery life. However, this only works in certain scenarios, such as when you are streaming music with the screen turned off. To conclude, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro battery life is a bummer over 5G. At least when you are surfing the web. So, in some cases, you can also manually switch to 4G to save on battery. Over AT&T’s 5G network, the regular iPhone 12 lasted just 8 hours and 25 minutes. After switching the iPhone 12 to 4G-only, it endured for 10 hours and 23 minutes.
A True Companion
There you have it all. The launch of iPhone 12 in UAE is definitely something that made you glad this 2020. Loaded with a whole lot of specifications, features, technologies, the iPhone 12 is worth purchasing. Get one for yourself or consider gifting it to your loved ones. You may also check out the best power bank UAE to charge your iPhone and other devices on the go. Also, consider checking out the best smartwatches UAE for iPhone users.