Apple on Tuesday announced its brand new iPhone series for 2020, which included the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max in addition to the smaller and cheaper iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 options. For now, we will focus on the flagship models.

In this piece, we will help those who already own last year’s iPhone 11 Pro to decide whether to upgrade to this year’s iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max by comparing each handset’s technical specifications with the other.

Compared: iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Considering that last year’s iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max phones were virtually identical except for screen size and battery capacity, we simply use the iPhone 11 Pro as the gold standard for 2019’s flagship handset to reduce the amount of text you would otherwise be forced to read through. It is worth noting that there are some important differences between the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, and we will tell you about them here.

Finished

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: Mightnight Green, Silver, Gold or Space gray
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: Pacific blue, silver, gold or graphite

Size and weight

  • iPhone 11 Pro: 144 mm x 71.4 mm x 8.1 mm and weighs 188 grams
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 6.22 inches (158.0 mm) with 3.06 inches (77.8 mm) 0.32 inches (8.1 mm) weighing 7.97 grams (226 grams)
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 146.7 mm (71.7 mm) x 7.4 mm (7.7 mm) and weighs 189 grams (5.78 inches)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6.33 inches (160.8 mm) x 3.07 inches (78.1 mm) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm), weighs 8.03 grams (228 grams)

Screens

  • iPhone 11 Pro: 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 at 458 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2688 x 1242 at 458 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 at 460 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2778 x 1284 at 458 pixels per inch
  • All devices: 2,000,000: 1 contrast ratio, true tone, wide color display (P3), Haptic Touch, 800 nit typical brightness, 1200 nit max brightness (HDR)

Mobile and wireless

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
    • Up to 4G LTE speeds
    • Built-in GPS / GNSS
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
    • Up to 5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave) speeds
    • Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou
  • All devices:
    • AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon or unlocked SIM free
    • GSM / EDGE
    • UMTS / HSPA +
    • DC-HSDPA
    • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A
    • Gigabit LTE
    • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MIMO
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness
    • Times
    • NFC with browser mode and Apple Pay support
    • Express card with power reserve
    • Wi-Fi calls
    • Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)

Rear cameras (photography)

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
    • Ultra wide, wide and telephoto
    • Up to 4x optical zoom / 10x digital zoom
    • Ultra-wide: ƒ / 2.4 aperture, wide ƒ / 1.8 aperture, telephoto ƒ / 2.0 aperture
    • Dual optical image stabilization
    • Next generation Smart HDR for photos
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
    • Ultra-wide, wide and telephoto with Dolby Vision HDR video recording at up to 60 FPS
    • Up to 4x optical zoom / 10x digital zoom for 12 Pro, and up to 5x optical zoom / 12x digital zoom for 12 Pro Max
    • Both: Ultra-wide: ƒ / 2.4 aperture,
    • Wide ƒ / 1.8 aperture, telephoto ƒ / 2.0 aperture for 12 Pro, and wide ƒ / 1.6 aperture, telephoto ƒ / 2.2 aperture for 12 Pro Max
    • Support for Apple ProRAW
    • Dual optical image stabilization for 12 Pro, and sensor-shift optical image stabilization for 12 Pro Max
    • LiDAR scanner to help with night mode portraits, low light autofocus and augmented reality (AR)
    • Night mode portraits
    • Smart HDR 3 for photos
  • All devices:
    • Support for night mode, Deep Fusion and brighter true tone flash with Slow Sync
    • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control
    • Portrait lighting with six different effects

Rear cameras (video recording)

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
    • Optical image stabilization for video
    • 2x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
    • HDR recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 FPS
    • Optical image stabilization for video for 12 Pro, and Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video for 12 Pro Max
    • 2x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom for 12 Pro, and 2.5x optical zoom / 7x digital zoom for 12 Pro Max
    • Night mode Time-lapse
  • All devices:
    • 4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 FPS
    • 1080p video recording at 30 or 60 FPS
    • Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 FPS
    • Audio zoom
    • QuickTake video
    • Slo-mo video suppoer for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
    • Time-lapse video with stabilization
    • Stereo recording

Front camera

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
    • Next generation Smart HDR for photos
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
    • Smart HDR 2 for photos
    • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 FPS
    • Night mode
    • Deep Fusion
    • FaceTime HD (1080p) over 5G or Wi-Fi
  • All devices:
    • TrueDepth camera
    • 12MP images
    • ƒ / 2.2 aperture
    • Retina Flash
    • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control
    • Portrait lighting with six different effects
    • Extended dynamic range for video at 30 FPS
    • Movie stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
    • 4K video recording at 24, 30 or 60 FPS
    • 1080p HD video recording at 30 or 60 FPS
    • Slo-mo video support for 1080- at 120 FPS
    • QuickTake video
    • Animoji and Memoji
    • FaceTime video

Processors

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: 6-core A13 Bionic chip with third generation neural motor
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6-core A14 Bionic chip with fourth generation neural motor

Construction

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: Stainless steel glass front and rear and stainless steel frame
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: Ceramic shield front with up to 4 times fall performance and surgical quality stainless steel frame

Water resistance

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: Waterproof to a depth of 4 meters for up to 30 minutes
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: Waterproof to a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes

Power and battery

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
    • 18 hours of video playback for 11 Pro, 20 hours of video playback for 11 Pro Max
    • 11 hours of video playback for 11 Pro, 12 hours of video playback for 11 Pro Max
    • 65 hours of audio playback for 11 Pro, 80 hours of audio playback for 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
    • 15W MagSafe
    • 17 hours of video playback for 12 Pro, 20 hours of video playback for 12 Pro Max
    • 11 hours of streamed video playback for 12 Pro, 12 hours of streamed video playback for 12 Pro Max
    • 65 hours of audio playback for 12 Pro, 80 hours of audio playback for 12 Pro Max
  • All devices:
    • 7.5 W Qi wireless charging or lightning port
    • Fast charge (up to 50% charge in 30 minutes)

Sensors

  • Phone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
  • All devices:
    • Three-axis gyro
    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Barometer

Storage

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: 64 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB storage capacity
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB storage capacity

Approval

  • Face ID is mainly used by all handsets, with passwords as backup

Video and audio playback

  • All devices:
    • Spatial audio playback
    • Support for Dolby Atmos
    • HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG

Including accessories

  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
    • EarPods with quick connect
    • 18W USB-C power adapter
    • USB-C for zipper cable
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max:
    • Nothing but a USB-C to lightning cable

Conclusion

To summarize for those who moan “TL; DR ”for itself, perhaps the most important differences between last year’s and this year’s flagship iPhones are the following:

  • A redesigned handset with more durable front glass and new colors
  • Support for 5G mobile networks
  • The new A14 Bionic chip with a brand new nerve motor
  • Double storage capacity
  • Larger screens
  • Upgraded cameras with smarter software, especially in the 12 Pro Max
  • The addition of LiDAR
  • Support for faster MagSafe charging and MagSafe accessories
  • And a few minor things …

Is this year’s flagship worth the upgrade compared to last year’s model? It depends on how bad you want 5G support, more storage space, a better camera and a redesigned handset. We would say that this update is anything but gimmicky, and fortunately Apple will pay you a nice penny if you replace your old iPhone with the purchase of a new one.

Are you planning to upgrade to iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max this year? Let us know in the comments section below.