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Apple iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max

Actually, only the iPhone 12 carries over the screen diagonal of the iPhone 11 (but swaps LCD for OLED display tech), everything else is smaller or larger than what Apple has done so far.
Add a design refresh with flat sides, the 5G connectivity, and the new A14 processor node, as well as major camera improvements, and the “should I upgrade to iPhone 12” question will be on a lot of an iPhone 11 owner’s minds. Here are the main iPhone 12 Pro and Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max differences to help you decide when the iPhone 12 Pro Max release date nears.

iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max colors

  • Pacific Blue vs Midnight Green
  • Graphite vs Space Gray
  • Silver
  • Gold
Just as it released the Watch 6 in blue for the first time, Apple added a new color option for the iPhone 12 Pro series, and that is Pacific Blue. Unfortunately, it will be replacing Midnight Green which turned out to be a hit among iPhone 11 Pro buyers, but to each their own.

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
Hey, the iPhone 5 called from 2012, it wants its flat sides back! On the surface, the iPhone 11 Pro Max and 12 Pro Max, would differ more than the previous generational jump, what with the 12 series’ flat sides, and numerous 5G antenna notches.

They will also sport a different display size, 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
  • 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 difference in hair display sizes this year, as we also have the 5.4″ iPhone 12 that will sport 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 becoming more akin to a Pro model.

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
  • Larger batteries
  • 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 will reportedly be deployed on the Pro models, with 4GB on the other variants. All four phones are expected to work with both high-band mmWave 5G signals and the low to mid-band Sub-6GHz 5G signals.

iPhone 12 Pro/Max vs iPhone 11 Pro/Max camera

  • 2.5x vs 2x telephoto optical zoom
  • Sensor Shift OIS vs Single OIS
  • 5mm larger 7P vs 6P lenses
  • F/1.6 vs F/1.8 wide angle lens aperture
  • Larger sensor and pixels for better low-light shots
  • LiDAR camera for AR/VR apps
  • 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 would be the 12 Pros’ camera kit enhancements compared to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max generation.

The camera lenses on the new phones will be 5mm larger in length and width. With that said, we are to see an improvement in low-light photography on the 2020 iPhones with 2 to 3 times faster autofocus and Night Mode Timelapse. 

Image stabilization will also be improved as the iPhone 12 Pro/Max have a new technology called Sensor Shift image stabilization. This adjusts the sensor to remove the “shakes” instead of the lens. This, along with the extra LiDAR camera, is included in the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro as well.

The Pro models add a telephoto lens delivering 2.5x optical zoom, and the LiDAR depth sensor introduced on the latest iPad Pro models. The LiDAR sensor uses time of flight technology to improve AR capabilities and could be used for enhanced Portraits on the iPhone 12 Pro units.

Apple was reportedly testing a 64MP camera for the upcoming series, but engineers were not happy with the outcome so you it’s 12MP sensors for this year. Apple has also improved the microphones on the iPhone 12 series including the audio zoom feature.

Apple will expand Night Mode to the telephoto camera on the iPhone 12 Pro. The company is also looking to add support for the ultra-wide-angle shooter and selfie sensor, although there are some software issues at the moment.

To ensure the results are impressive, Apple is reportedly planning to increase the aperture of the wide-angle camera to f/1.6. This will allow the sensor to capture significantly more light, compared to the f/1.8 aperture on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.

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 models is split into two parts and a ribbon cable connects them to help accommodate the larger battery used in each “Pro” unit. 

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 so Apple cites the same 12 Pro Max battery life compared to the already excellent battery endurance on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro battery life

  • 2815mAh vs 3046mAh
  • 17 vs 18 hours of video playback

By now, it’s clear that two of the four new iPhone models in fall 2020 ship without a charger in the box, the cheaper iPhone 12 and 12 Max models, as those would’ve otherwise probably shipped with Apple’s pathetic 5W chargers that nobody wants anyway.

On the other hand, Apple is going to offer a brand new charger for those that you will be able to buy separately if you want fast charging, or keep using your good ol’s 5W or 18W bricks that are lurking somewhere in your drawer.

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 
Analysts didn’t expect Apple to change the $999/$1099 starting price of the iPhone 11 Pro series when the 12 Pro models are released, despite the $100 bump in iPad Air 4’s base price with the new design, and they were right.
Despite the larger display sizes, and the extra 5G connectivity thrown in, Apple didn’t use an excuse to plump up the iPhone 12 Pro series pricing with at least $50 northwards of their correspondent iPhone 11 Pro models, as many expected. Still, it bumped the base storage to 128GB from the abominable 64GB, any takers?

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