iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max colors
- Pacific Blue vs Midnight Green
- Graphite vs Space Gray
iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max display
- 6.7 inches vs 6.5 inches
- Ceramic Shield vs Gorilla Glass
- 2778 x 1284 vs 2688 x 1242 pixels
They also sport display diagonal differences, as Apple is bumping things up a notch to 6.7 inches from 6.5 inches on the 11 Pro Max. Will that also increase the overall size of the iPhone 12 Pro Max in comparison? Thankfully, not that much, as the iPhone 11 Pro Max is already one big device.
iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro display
- 6.1 inches vs 5.8 inches
- Tougher Ceramic Shield vs Gorilla Glass
- 2436 x 1125 vs 2532 x 1170 pixels
- 458 PPI vs 460 PPI
The 5.8″ iPhone 11 Pro to 6.1″ iPhone 12 Pro will not even be the biggest jump in display sizes this year, as we also have the 5.4″ iPhone 12 that sports a screen that is half an inch shorter than the 6.1″ iPhone 12 Max. Still, the smaller iPhone 12 Pro model gets a significant bump in display size, and is now becoming more akin to a Pro version.
Other than that, the two displays are almost identical (read: excellent) when it comes to brightness, contrast, outdoor visibility, and color presentation, as you can see from our screen benchmark measurements below. The larger display on the 12 Pro doesn’t seem to take a bigger toll on battery life, too, so it is the easy choice here.
iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max specs
- Apple A14 5nm vs Apple A13 7nm chipset
- 128GB vs 64GB base storage
- 5G vs 4G LTE connectivity
- 6GB vs 4GB RAM
- Smaller batteries on the 12 Pro/Max
- 6 vs 4 meters water-resistance depth
All four of Apple’s new iPhone 12 2020 models are powered by the A14 Bionic chipset announced with the iPad Air 4. It’s the first 5nm chip found inside a smartphone. With 15 billion transistors inside (compared to the 8.5 billion in the A13 Bionic), the A14 Bionic delivers not so much a nice jump in performance but improved energy consumption.
An upgrade of 6GB RAM is deployed on the Pro models, with 4GB on the other variants. All US models work with both high-band mmWave 5G signals and the low to mid-band Sub-6GHz 5G signals, which explains the small elliptical thingy on the side, that’s the mmWave antenna.
iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max camera
- 2.5x vs 2x telephoto optical zoom
- Dual vs Single OIS
- 7P vs 6P lenses
- F/1.6 vs F/1.8 wide angle lens aperture
- Larger sensor and pixels for better low-light shots (12 Pro Max)
- LiDAR camera for AR/VR apps and excellent Portrait shots
- Dolby Vision video, Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion 2, Night Mode Portraits
While the processor speed and memory upgrades are expected for each new iPhone generation, and 5G connectivity is long overdue for Apple’s handsets, perhaps the biggest surprise are the 12 Pros’ camera kit enhancements compared to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max generation.
So… what’s new? You have a 3-lens camera system: the main camera, the ultra-wide and now, a 2.5X zoom telephoto lens, slightly longer than the 2X zoom we have on the 12 Pro and earlier iPhones.
The camera lenses on the 12 Pro/Max now consists of seven elements (7P lenses) vs the 6P on the 11 Pro models. The Pro Max also carries a 5mm larger in length and width sensor, and we would see improvements in low-light photography on the 2020 iPhones with 2 to 3 times faster autofocus.
Apple was reportedly testing a 64MP camera for the upcoming series, but engineers were not happy with the outcome so it’s your 12MP sensors this year as well, just a larger main one on the Pro Max, and 7P lenses all around. Check out the iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro camera samples, quite a bit of a positive development, isn’t it?
- Sharper detail and more contrast
- Smart HDR 3 makes for brighter yet without overexposed highlights pictures, especially at night
- Warmer, more saturated colors
iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max battery life
- 3687mAh vs 3969mAh battery
- 20 hours of video playback
- 12 hours of streaming video
- 80 hours audio playback
Apple is packing the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 3687mAh battery providing a capacity decrease from the 3969mAh battery inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The logic board on the iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as its battery pack are sprawling in an L-shaped manner to better fit the components inside the body.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 Pro Max battery capacity got confirmed by a few teardowns already, but the repairmen from Kaputt mentioned to us that it is at least easier to crack open and replace the battery, than, say, the tiny iPhone 12 mini.
Thankfully, we only have a small bump in display size from the iPhone 11 Pro Max to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, so the smaller battery is offset by the more frugal 5nm A14 processor hence Apple cites the same 12 Pro Max battery life compared to the already excellent battery endurance on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max charging speeds with the 20W/18W Apple adapters:
- 34% in 20 minutes
- 51% in 30 minutes
- 73% in 45 minutes
- 84% in 1 hour
- 100% in 1 hour 49 minutes
iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro battery life and 20W vs 18W charging speeds
- 2815mAh vs 3046mAh
- 17 vs 18 hours of video playback
- 101 vs 102 minutes 20W vs 18W iPhone 12 charger speeds
The new iPhone models in fall 2020 ship without a charger in the box, and for the cheaper iPhone 12 and 12 mini models we are all the happier for it, as those would’ve otherwise probably shipped with Apple’s pathetic 5W chargers that nobody wants anyway.
On the other hand, Apple is offering a brand new 20W charger that you will be able to buy separately if you want fast charging, or keep using your good ol’ 5W or 18W bricks that are lurking somewhere in your drawer.
The 18W, 20W and even 65W Apple chargers all take about an hour and forty minutes to charge the iPhone 12/Pro
iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max prices
- from $999 for the base iPhone 11/12 Pro
- from $1099 for the base iPhone 11/12 Pro Max
Still, it bumped the base storage to 128GB from the abominable 64GB, would you upgrade because of that, 5G, the slightly (12 Pro) or much better (12 Pro Max) camera set, and the higher display durability/water-resistance ratings?