This year’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models are quite possibly some of the most groundbreaking new devices that Apple has announced in years, adding a collection of interesting improvements that ultimately make the new iPhones far greater than the sum of their parts.
We’ve known for a couple of years now that Apple’s ever-increasingly powerful A-series chips are more about making headroom for new machine learning features than they are about offering faster user-facing performance, since we reached the point of seriously diminishing returns with the A10 or A11 chip three or four years ago. Since then, iPhones haven’t gotten noticeably faster in day-to-day use, but there’s a lot more power packed in under the hood for Apple to do some pretty incredible things, especially when it comes to photography.
As a result, there are a lot of new things that the iPhone 12 can do exclusively that we won’t see coming to older models, as even last year’s A13 can’t quite cut it when it comes to the power required for these. In addition, other new hardware changes make the iPhone 12 more durable and compatible with a whole new lineup of unique accessories. Read on for 6 things that the iPhone 12 can do that no other iPhone — or even any other smartphone — can.