• Nick Thomas

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro teardown


iPhone 12 and 12 pro were released a few days ago (Oct 23rd) and the folk over at ifixit have already pulled the whole thing apart and given a very long and technical breakdown of all the fancy electrical gubbins therein.

If you've got 15-30 minutes to spare, you can head over here and check it out for yourself.


the cliff notes* are as follows:

· Practically identical except for some camera hardware and case frame

· Stronger adhesive to heat and remote the screen, but phillips screw to remove the speaker assembly - This means it'll most likely have higher practical water resilience than it's predecessor, be harder to get into, BUT easier to remove and replace the battery once in


· Battery capacity is 10.78Wh for both phones, which is down from 11.91 / 11.67 for the iPhone 11 / 11 Pro respectively. Apparently this should be offset by the more power efficient A14 processor, though Brenda over at Mashable found that the performance was somewhat lacking in comparison. The battery is also a brick as opposed to their signature L shape battery of previous incarnations lending fire to rumours they sourced cheaper parts for this build.


· The design of the case is still fragile. The 12 has an Aluminium frame, while the 12 Pro - Stainless Steel. The front uses a special new type of glass called Ceramic Shield which is made by the same company that makes Gorilla Glass (everyone knows that one) and it is touted as being 4x stronger than any smart phone glass on the market. The back glass is unknown, but seamingly not nearly as resilient as per this article from GMS Arena which, coupled with this teardown means you'll want to protect that back, coz if it breaks, you'll need to remove EVERYTHING and replace the whole chasis.


· The 12 Pro has a telephoto lens and LiDar (Light detection and ranging - essentially better at sensing depth of shots, low-light conditions and also for overlaying augmented reality objects with great precision), it also has ProRAW (pretty fancy image editing capabilities) and dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), the stock 12 does not.


And thaaat's the good guff. If you're planning on taking advantage of that fancy ProRAW and photo abilities - looking at you, Carl - you may want to ask some questions as to the size of photo being taken and the size of onboard storage etc


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