After missing the short preorder window last Friday for the iPhone 12 Pro, I figured I'd just run down to my local Verizon store on launch day and pick one up! Calling around during the week, it appears that neither Verizon, nor Apple are business as usual, using the COVID as an excuse. At that point, blood boiling because I have rejected the new normal pushed upon us by the socialist government, the media and big tech, my resolve became more fervent! Yes, I will have my 12 Pro on launch day! I will go to the store, live and in person and make small talk with the rep while he or she pulls my account, and does the proper activation! I was successful at a local authorized retailer, where they were playing some incredible '80's music and unpacking a truckload of iPhones and accessories that had just been delivered! The only color they had of the 12 Pro was the pacific blue, the color that's being held up the longest on the website! I snagged it! I gave my information, Lamar turned the phone on, and once activated, he kindly asked if I'd like him to enable VoiceOver! What a guy! He knew where I was coming from and asked the right questions! After VO came up talking, I continued to set up the phone, removing the obligatory mask for facial recognition purposes!
Wow, this thing's great! It feels like an enlarged iPhone 5, minus the home button, and the design is a welcome change for me! I've hated the "surfboard phones," as the 6 and up have been known as, but loved the sheer elegance of the 5's stainless steel flat sides! The ceramic back feels quite solid as well, and it's just a bit more beefy in the hand than the 11 Pro was! As for speed, all I can say is it's fast! I'm not sure what they've done under the hood, but my backup was almost finished by the time I left the store! As for 5G, even in semi-rural Delaware, it's quick! Downloading apps happens in a flash! There's no lag with VO, and apps launch quickly from the home screen! The speakers haven't improved, unfortunately, which is a shame because many Android phones have beautiful sound. Apple can do better here! I haven't tried scanning with the cameras yet, but I certainly look forward to companies' creative use of LIDAR as time moves forward. Do you need this phone? No, but if you loved the old design as I did, you want it! The screen is bigger than last year's model which makes BSI more comfortable and speedy than last year's, and it feels more a kin to the old Pro Max. The new Max is almost the size of an iPad Mini, so I really didn't want that one, but if you have big enough pockets, it may be worth getting it. Just thought I'd come by and share my first experiences! This thing rocks!