The swipe to home is there so you can see your notifications first instead of going to the home screen everytime you look at your phone. I can see this is being more convenient than TouchID. Example, I have the 7+, and set notifications to not show their contents unless I unlock the phone. When a notification comes in and I unlock the phone and go to the home screen, I have to go back to the notification to see what it was about since TouchID completely blows through it. That's 2 steps just to check my notifications. I imagine with FaceID, this is reduced to one step as I just look at the phone, FaceID automatically recognizes my face, unlocks the phone and show the notification, and then I can decide what to do next. For a heavy smartphone user, notifications is the number one quick access to the respective apps, so blowing through it and having to get back to it on a TouchID system imo is actually less efficient.So I got my iPhone 12 Pro to replace my iPhone 6S. There was no particular problem with 6S, just thinking that after 5 generations of iPhones maybe it is time to upgrade and see the new world. Mostly I have been interested in the cameras & computational photography.
I've been now using the phone for under six hours and I feel dissapointed. Here are some of my rants:
- Unlocking with Face ID. I thought it works so that you look at the phone and it unlocks AND goes to home screen. But no! You need to wipe up to access home screen. WTF, seriously? Touch ID is much easier, just place your thumb and off you go. No need to hit in the border with finger and then swipe. I was sure I was doing something wrong since I didn't believe it works this way. Outside I need to take my glove out. If my finger is wet or dirty I still need to touch the glass.
- Camera performance in low light. The images are colorful and overall nice when looking at 50% zoom level but at 100% the image looks horrible smushy. I sure hope the cameras perform better tomorrow in daylight. The night mode is just a gimmick, the outcome images are not usable for prints or anything serious. Maybe the quality increases if one uses a tripod but then it is really the same to bring a decent DSLR and get sharp images.
- Telephoto lens flare. I hope my camera is flawed but I don't think so. In low light it is totally common to get lens flare from bright lights. And those flares aren't beautiful, more like getting reflections from dirty window glass.
- Home screen display usage; why there isn't an extra row of icons on such tall screen? The space is wasted with those dots and there is some space below top bar and first row of app icons. I need to grab my 6S and compare, I'm pretty sure the screen space is just totally wasted.
- I took some photographs of kids in normal night indoor lightning. Camera selected exposure 1/17 and aperture f2. I cannot find used ISO anywhere but I'm sure under 800. On my DSLR I can use ISO 6400 and the pictures look great. So if someone is saying smart phones are replacing DSLR I will laugh all the way out..
It is freaking 1200 euros phone and currently I think the photos are from some ancient iPhone! Also I cannot see any significant performance boost anywhere. It is unbelievable close to my iPhone 6S. Five generations and this little difference?
I'm seriously considering returning this and maybe getting SE - or even returning back to 6S.
Sorry for the rant, I needed to steam somewhere.
Not sure why you're looking at your photos at 100%. I have seen my friends' iPhone 11, and night mode is not a joke. It's real useful. Pretty much most Android phones also have night modes nowadays. Try getting a shot in low light with your 6s and see what you get. And Why are you even comparing this to your DSLR? Shouldn't you be comparing it to your iPhone 6s? I mean your DSLR cannot make phone calls nor fit inside your pocket, no?
If you think your 6s is still fine (despite most people here are complaining about its battery life), maybe your smartphone usage doesn't justify buying a $1000 phone. So yes, return the phone and save the money. It's common sense.