Apple’s still offering free year-long subscriptions to TV+ for those who buy a new Apple device
“Really, the product names tell you how to understand the lineup. The iPhone 12 is the new iPhone — almost certainly the best choice for most people in the market for a new-model-year iPhone. Unless they really want an iPhone that is smaller, in which case they should, with no hesitation, get the iPhone 12 Mini. In terms of features and specs, it’s exactly like the iPhone 12, just smaller. It’s also $100 cheaper — but the reason to buy a 12 Mini is the size, not the price. If a lower price is more meaningful to you than device size, you should probably either get an iPhone 11 or XR and save some money, or, for a smaller device, get an iPhone SE and save a lot of money.”
Daring Fireball: Thoughts and Observations on Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ iPhone 12 Event
If I upgrade, I’ll either buy the 12, 12 mini, or SE. I think the overall size of the 12 mini is roughly the same size as just the screen of my 7+. The only thing keeping me from immediately jumping on the 12 mini is touchID vs faceID during the pandemic.Daring Fireball: Thoughts and Observations on Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ iPhone 12 Event
I considered waiting for the next Pro. But given the iPad Air price increase, I think it’s a cinch that the (presumed) 2021 iPad Pro will increase at least $100 to start at $899, if not $999. So, iPad Air it is. It’s really the sweet spot in 2020 for the non-pro enthusiast.I get that not everyone's needs are the same, but I'd counsel anyone thinking about the new iPad Air to consider the pro or waiting for the next pro...
Cash on the barrel head.I considered waiting for the next Pro. But given the iPad Air price increase, I think it’s a cinch that the (presumed) 2021 iPad Pro will increase at least $100 to start at $899, if not $999. So, iPad Air it is. It’s really the sweet spot in 2020 for the non-pro enthusiast.
In contrast, the iPhone 12 Pro is—well, it’s fine. It’s pretty much the playbook Apple has been using on the iPhone for years—a shiny metal band (that really picks up fingerprints) and a muted back color. Last year Apple finally added some color to the black/silver/gold trinity with the addition of Midnight Green, and this year that choice has been replaced with Pacific Blue.
While it’s nice to see color, Apple’s choices are still incredibly restrained. Apparently bright colors aren’t professional. Personally, I think it’s a shame that you have to choose between an iPhone with a fun personality and an iPhone with a better camera. But as long as Apple insists that pro equals boring (with the possible exception of a little fingerprint-mottled stainless steel bling), that’s where we’ll be. I look forward to next year’s Moonlight Brown or Deep Tan iPhone Pro.
After the iPhone 12 series was announced, I began to prepare myself to give up pro features and looks in case I wanted the iPhone 12 mini. I didn’t expect to prefer the straight-up iPhone 12 to the iPhone 12 Pro, but that’s what happened. It looks better, feels better, and is appreciably lighter than the pro model. Your mileage may vary, but I hope the future of the iPhone looks more like the iPhone 12 than the iPhone 12 Pro.