Finally some great news! It’s been a few months difficult, but Apple is ready to help lift your spirits. On Tuesday, the company finally introduced the iPhone 12 in four different variants and a bit of lovely colors. Could this be the best thing that has happened in 2020? Maybe!
This was a very special Apple event. Because it is still not safe to gather in crowds, the usual hoopla was abandoned in favor of a series of pre-recorded videos. But you did not have to be there to understand that this is the most dramatic iPhone release this year. The new model uses Apple’s new A14 Bionic system on a chip that has 11.8 billion transistors spread over six cores and controls a whole lot of cool new features.
The big picture
The feature that will have the biggest daily impact for most users is the enhanced set of cameras. When reviewing the story, you really want the best possible image capture at your fingertips. The sky can now glow orange due to how much of the planet is on fire, and the iPhone 12s Deep Fusion Calculation Photography System and Smart HDR 3 system help you capture every single surreal hue. Future generations may not believe it was ever blue, so now is the time to take your last beautiful photos of the horizon using the new 12 megapixel f / 1.8 ‘wide’ camera. Kudos, as always, to Apple’s hardware engineers for designing the devices we need in this previously unimaginable future.
Some have speculated that the FaceID unlocking feature of the front-facing cameras may be significantly faster on the new phones. This is all a bit theoretical so far, considering that your face will always be covered by a mask. It’s still nice to know that the feature is waiting for us if we ever succeed in developing a vaccine. Also, credit where it’s due: Apple’s one of the only widespread face recognition technologies on the market that helps people instead of monitoring them.
Meanwhile, the stress of long-term isolation has made it more important than ever to stay in touch with your support network, especially if your terrible health insurance does not include psychological benefits. After all, this is technically a phone, though the uncontrolled spread of spam calls makes it almost impossible to use it as one. Tools like Facetime are absolutely crucial when you can not safely see your friends and family in person, and on the iPhone 12 you will always look good no matter how you actually feel. FaceTime is also encrypted from end to end, so your conversations will be private – even if you’re really worried that you’ll probably just need to switch to Signal.
The silver lining
The iPhone 12 is doing its part to keep pace with the incredible pace of life in 2020. Connection speeds have been dramatically upgraded, with the new models all operating over 5G high-speed networks and delivering data at up to 4 gigabits per second. This is especially welcome as most of the mainstream internet is now inflated with ads that are difficult to block from operating systems to mobile devices. I guess you could try to solve this problem by addressing the underlying economic forces, but as usual, Apple has a more elegant solution: Just move everything to higher speeds!
At this week’s unveiling event, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that faster connection also helps improve your personal security, as you do not have to connect to the Internet as often via sketchy WiFi hotspots. He’s right: you really can not afford to rely on foreign networks anymore. At the very least, use a VPN service when connecting to the Internet through a network that you do not personally control. In fact, it may even be wise to just use a VPN all the time, even over your own connection, now that the FCC has explicitly allowed ISPs to undermine net neutrality, and the FBI does not need a guarantee to investigate your browser history. Whether you pay for an extra layer of protection or not, 5G is a big deal.