The iPhone 12 Pro is here, and after living with it for a fairly decent amount of time, I think it’s time to answer that one burning question — is it worth it? Apple has made choosing between iPhone models even tougher this year by introducing four new models, all sharing similar specifications and features, but at vastly different prices. In India, especially, the price difference between the iPhone 12 series and the iPhone 12 Pro series is massive – and that’s a whole separate discussion.
Apart from the new colour, the iPhone 12 Pro has a flattened stainless steel frame, versus the rounded sides of every model since the iPhone X. It’s a big change but not something we haven’t seen before. Apple first used a flat frame for the iPhone 4 and stuck with it all the way to the iPhone 5s ₹ 7,299, before switching to rounded sides. Love it or hate it, you’ll have to get used to this design for at least the next few iPhone generations.
After two weeks of usage, I’ve grown accustomed to the iPhone 12 Pro. It’s comfortable to hold and a tad easier to grip than the iPhone 11 Pro, in my opinion. However, it’s nearly impossible to keep the glossy frame smudge-free. While stainless steel should be a lot more durable than the aluminium frame used for the regular iPhone 12, the same cannot be said about the paint job. After an accidental fall from just a couple of feet onto a metal railing, my iPhone 12 Pro has a permanent battle scar on its chin. The finish is clearly not as resilient as the metal frame itself.
Most of the ports and buttons are placed the same as on the iPhone 11 Pro. The buttons have good feedback and are flat. The SIM card tray has been moved to the left side of the phone. The iPhone 12 Pro only supports a single physical Nano-SIM, but an eSIM option is present. The models sold in India lack the little cutout on the right side of the frame for the millimetre wave (mmWave) 5G antennas that you can see on the versions sold in the US. More on 5G in a bit.
The display on the iPhone 12 Pro is larger than the one on the iPhone 11 Pro. It measures 6.1 inches (vs 5.8 inches) and features a new cover glass material that Apple calls Ceramic Shield. This is said to offer up to four times better shatter resistance than the iPhone 11 Pro’s display, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s more resilient to scratches. I didn’t notice any hairline scratches on the 12 Pro’s display in the two weeks that I used it.
Other than its size and the new glass, the characteristics of the display haven’t changed much. Like the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro uses a Super Retina XDR OLED panel with a peak brightness of 1,200nits (800nits typical) and has a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It also supports multiple HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG.