The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are resembling with each other more than the previous generations. Is that something putting Apple in trouble to justify the price difference?
During its annual iPhone teardown, the repair experts at iFixit discovered the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro handsets’ common interior. It was found via preliminary testing that despite their different levels of brightness and thus rating, screens came out to be interchangeable. They are also sure that the two sets have entirely identical batteries and other extra components, such as the taptic engine.
(Disclaimer: don’t try and swap parts between devices; Apple will brick your phone.)
Last year, the 11 and 11 pro models were having different sizes, materials, and designs. Even the larger 11 models were not presented as the premium feature as the extra space rather made the design simple hence less costly to build.
While the 11 Pro came with advanced screen tech, i.e., OLED vs. LCD, to be thin, efficient, and bezel-free, having a more complex battery design for the sake of improved density. So, the two models actually required an entirely different interior.
These X-ray images show that it is not the same for the 12 and 12 Pro models of this year.
The iPhone 12 series has brought the flagship and second-tier models resembling much. Its stainless steel rim versus an aluminum one and the extra telephoto camera along with the LiDAR sensor are the mere physical distinction of the 12 Pro. Even the rims are identical in shape; hence no real difference exists, and in the spots where the extra photography containments would go, the 12 has free space.
Maybe Apple kept these two devices very similar to adjust the pricing. As per the report, the new 5G components are very costly, so Apple may have to keep simple assembly lines and balance the extra components’ extra cost.
From a user’s viewpoint, they’ve just made the vanilla iPhone 12 the more attractive product. Though the base models of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have a price difference of $200, when estimated with 128 GB of storage (the 12 Pro’s minimum), the price difference falls to just $120. Here the question comes, is a brighter screen, stainless steel rim, a telephoto lens along with an extra sensor worth $120 extra?