From the Editor's Desk: It's all about that iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max cameras
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max cameras (Image credit: Apple)

We did it, folks. We made it through another week, and boy, what a week it's been! We had both an Apple Event and Prime Day at the same time, and let me tell you — it's been exhausting for all of us here at iMore, Android Central, and Windows Central. Hopefully, you guys picked up some good deals during those two Prime Days — it was a good start to the holiday shopping season.

But let's talk about the big one...Apple's iPhone 12 event. We're getting four new iPhones: iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Personally, I have pre-ordered my iPhone 12 Pro, and I can't wait to get it this Friday! Honestly, I really would prefer the mini size, but I need the Pro camera features. I wish Apple would just make a small phone with Pro features, and I know I'm not the only one! But I know our own Lory Gil is simply ecstatic for the iPhone 12 mini — she's the biggest fan of the original iPhone SE that I know [Managing editor's note: It's just so darn cute!].

Iphone 12 Mini

Iphone 12 Mini (Image credit: Apple)

While I'm getting the iPhone 12 Pro, I'm a little disappointed that Apple has once again gone back to different cameras on the Pro and Pro Max. As someone who wants the best possible camera on her smartphone, I was certainly tempted with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which won't be available for pre-order until November 6 with a release date of November 13. However, I learned from having the Plus size phones a few years ago, that my hands end up feeling cramped after extended use with larger sized devices. So I ended up just getting the regular iPhone 12 Pro for the sake of my tiny hands, but I'm definitely sad I'm not going to have the "best" possible iPhone camera this year around.

Honestly, I loved it when the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max had the same cameras, and the only difference was the screen size. I didn't have to sacrifice camera power because of my preference for a smaller, more manageable sized device, and everyone was happy. I was really disappointed when I learned that the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are going to have different cameras — it just feels like a step back, in my opinion. I mean I get it — the bigger size has the space for bigger sensors, but c'mon, why force someone to use a ridiculously-sized device for the camera when it's uncomfortable to do so? Sigh. Maybe Apple will go back with the iPhone 13, at least I can only hope so.

Homepod Mini

Homepod Mini (Image credit: iMore)

And let's talk about that HomePod mini! It's definitely cute, and honestly, the biggest surprise was the price tag — it's only $99. I was expecting it to be at least triple digits, maybe like $150. But at the $99 price, it's pretty dang affordable, and I know I'll be picking up at least one or two for the house, especially for the new Intercom feature, since you can record voice messages to be sent to various Apple devices. I can see that coming in handy for when I need to tell my husband, who works from home as well, something without having to get up from my desk.

I'm a little shocked that we didn't see AirTags or AirPods Studio yet, but I'm sure that it's only a matter of time now. From the way things stand, it looks like we may have another Apple Event next month for Apple Silicon Macs. Perhaps it would also be a good time to show off AirTags or AirPods Studio also? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Anyway, I'm excited! I got my iPhone 12 Pro pre-order in right at 5 a.m. Pacific this past Friday, so now it's just about playing the waiting game. Did you order an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro? Or are you waiting for the iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max? Let me know!

-Christine Romero-Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.

  • I agree with you about the cameras. Luckily for me, I have the 11 Pro and won't be getting a 12 this year; I'm just hoping that the future iPhone 13 will go back to having the same camera in both the Pro and the Pro Max. I simply can't handle the enormous size of the Max phones. Still, that blue color is really gorgeous; I'll just hope it's repeated next year.
  • People want smaller but just as powerful phones, the age of the phablet has gotta go!
  • +1 on disappointment with the Pro camera differences. I prefer a smaller phone too as I use my iPad Pro when I need a larger canvas for brainstorming — so I definitely preferred it when Max simply meant larger size. I don’t like it, but I can live with the 12 Pro camera delta since I’m not a photography enthusiast; however, I do hope this is not a Pro differentiation slippery slope. Also, UPS My Choice is showing a 10/21 by 9pm delivery date for my Graphite 12 Pro. I do hope that this earlier than expected delivery date actually occurs! 🙏🏽
  • I really hope it's not a slippery slope! It was seriously the best when the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are basically the same phone, just different screen size and battery.
  • I don’t agree, I am willing to pay a bit more for a full size pro and it does make sense to take advantage of the large device and additional space to pack in more features and functions. The average person is not going to carry around two phones and with the pro line, defining additional capability within it make sense. If the standard product line and the pro line are the same with same capability then you actually only have a single product line. Pro should me enhanced features and more robust functionality.
  • I'd prefer Apple add telephoto lens to the regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini instead of an ultra wide. I feel the regular customer would make more use of a telephoto lens than the ultra wide. In this day and age people only carry their smartphone for a camera instead of taking an actual camera and I'm sure they'd want to zoom in and take pictures of the kiddos instead of zooming way out.