Comparison What differentiates the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max? — 2022

Once again, Apple has returned to bet on two versions of its higher-end iPhone models . However, this time there are more changes than expected, not only in size and battery as usual. In this article we will tell you all the similarities and differences between these two devices to resolve any questions you may have with them.

Comparison table of iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

Although we will analyze in more depth how these two phones behave on a day-to-day basis, we believe it is convenient to see their technical specifications beforehand. In a large majority of sections we see that they are twin brothers, but they have some differences between them that are worth commenting on later.

The iPhone 12 Pro



iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro Max
Colors-Silver
-Graphite
-Prayed
-Pacific Blue
-Silver
-Graphite
-Prayed
-Pacific Blue
Dimensions-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
-Height: 16.08 cm
- Width: 7.81cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
Weight187 grams226 grams
Screen6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)
6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Resolution2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch2,778x 1,284 pixels at 458 pixels per inch
Brightness800 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
800 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA14 Bionic with latest generation Neural Engine
A14 Bionic chip with the latest generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
Autonomy-Video playback: up to 17 hours
-Video streaming: up to 11 hours
-Audio playback: up to 65 hours
-Video playback: up to 20 hours
-Video streaming: up to 12 hours
-Audio playback: up to 80 hours
Frontal camera12 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture12 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/1.6 aperture
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture f / 2.4
Telephoto: 12 Mpx with opening f / 2
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/1.6 aperture
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture f / 2.4
Telephoto: 12 Mpx with opening f / 2.2
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceFrom 1,159 eurosFrom 1,259 euros

Note: The price that appears in this table is the price that the terminals had when they were released on the market in October and November 2020, respectively.

After seeing this, we can observe several differences, although these are the most important In our opinion:

    Dimensions and screen size:Choosing between the 6.1 inches of the '12 Pro' and the 6.7 inches of the '12 Pro Max' can be an even simple choice if you want to have more screen, but this implies a considerable increase in dimensions that could make it less ergonomic. Weight:Spinning with the above, this is another determining point when it comes to using the iPhone comfortably and that is that the largest model also weighs 39 grams more. Cameras:In the corresponding section of this post we will analyze it better, but first you should know that there is a difference. Price:Although they are no longer the most recent because the iPhone 13 range has already been launched, the price difference between the two devices can be decisive in those stores where it is still being sold. Battery:It is one of the points where you will have to pay more attention if you are thinking of acquiring one of these two iPhones, since if you want to gain autonomy, you will have to opt for a device that has quite large dimensions.

The most outstanding

We start this comparison by talking about the highlights of both devices. Obviously in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, as you can see below, many of the points that we are going to talk about are practically identical in one and in the other. However, it is very important that you are very clear about the strengths of these models, and that once you are clear about their virtues, you can analyze the preference for one or the other based on the differences that exist between the two.

Same performance at the processor level

The A14 Bionic It is one of the best processors that an Apple device can have, since it is one of the most recent by the Cupertino company. Although for technical purposes there are notable differences between this and the previous A13, the truth is that on a day-to-day basis it is hardly noticeable. Both the 'Pro' and the 'Pro Max' models can maximize the efficiency of the processor, either for everyday tasks that practically any device would be capable of performing, such as the most demanding ones that do require a processor that is much more powerful and efficient. Particularly noteworthy is the issue of computational photography , in which the neural engine of the devices also enters, considerably improving the photographic result with millions of operations per second. And it is that this is something that many users do not take into account when talking about the photographic results offered by the different smartphones, since what really makes the difference is the post-production process carried out by the device itself once the camera or cameras have been able to capture information through their lenses.

Another guarantee that the A14 offers for these two phones is the software support , since in both cases at least 4 or 5 years of iOS updates are guaranteed. This is not only important due to the fact that we enjoy new aesthetic and functional features every year, but it is also relevant due to the fact that we are experiencing performance improvements and with the certainty of having the latest security patches. In this there are few companies that are capable of doing what Apple does, giving support to its devices for so many years.

Camera jump on the 12 Pro Max

We saw in previous sections some slight difference at the hardware level of these iPhones and now we will specify more exactly how they behave at the photographic and video level, either with their front camera or with the rear ones and the sensor LiDAR. Precisely of the latter we have to say that it is identical in both cases and not only serves for augmented reality functions, but also helps to detect objects and people, thereby improving the taking of photographs in both cases.

iPhone 12 Pro Camera

specsiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro Max
photos front camera-Retina Flash
-Smart HDR 3
-Portrait mode with Depth Control and lighting effects
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Retina Flash
-Smart HDR 3
-Portrait mode with Depth Control and lighting effects
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos front camera-Recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range at 30 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization at 4K, 1080p and 720p
-HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second
-Recording in 1,080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-Slow motion at 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
-Recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range at 30 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization at 4K, 1080p and 720p
-HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second
-Recording in 1,080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-Slow motion at 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
Photos rear cameras-Flash TrueTone
-Dual optical image stabilization
-Close-up optical zoom x2
-Optical zoom out x2
-4x optical zoom range
-Digital zoom up to x10
-Portrait mode (also in night mode) with Depth Control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 3
-Apple ProRAW
-Deep Fusion
-Night mode
-Flash TrueTone
-Optical image stabilization by sensor displacement
-Close-up optical zoom x2.5
-Optical zoom out x2
-5x optical zoom range
-Digital zoom up to x12
-Portrait mode (also in night mode) with Depth Control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 3
-Apple ProRAW
-Deep Fusion
-Night mode
Videos rear cameras-Recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1,080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
- Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range up to 60 frames per second
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Close-up optical zoom x2
-Optical zoom out x2
-Digital zoom up to x6
-Audio zoom
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-Stereo recording
-Slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
-Recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1,080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
- Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range up to 60 frames per second
-Optical sensor shift image stabilization
-Close-up optical zoom x2.5
-Optical zoom out x2
-Digital zoom up to x7
-Audio zoom
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-Stereo recording
-Slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video QuickTake

Now, what are the real differences between these two devices? Well basically that the 'Max' lenses are larger , which offers a technical difference when taking photographs or videos, but in real life practically nothing is noticeable. The biggest difference between these two devices at the camera level is that the 'Max' has a sensor motion image stabilizer.

And you will wonder, very rightly, about the benefits of this functionality. And the main one is that much more stable photo and video results will be obtained, eliminating possible noise of the image produced when a tripod or stabilizer is not used. Therefore, it is very helpful for taking freehand photographs, although again at this point we must say that, despite there being a more notable difference than with the previous one, it really is not something that is excessively noticeable. It also helps a lot to take photos in night mode in the most correct way possible, since as you know, when you are about to take a photo using this shooting mode, the iPhone itself tells you to try to have the device as stable as possible to that the result is really good.

You also have to take into account the difference in the telephoto lens, since there are not only differences in terms of aperture, which in the Pro model is f/2 and in the Pro Max it is f/2.2, so if , on the iPhone 12 Pro it is better, but everything has an explanation, and that is that the optical zoom in this is x2, while in the iPhone 12 Pro Max the zoom is capable of reaching up to x2.5, making that with this device you have the possibility of taking pictures with a greater zoom. Also, if we also talk about digital zoom, the Pro model reaches x10 while the Pro Max reaches x12.

Therefore, the differences between both devices in this section exist, but they are not decisive in our opinion. Unless you are a passionate camera user looking to get the best possible results, it might not pay to go for the 'Max' just for this. Moreover, even being a highly demanding user, this point may go unnoticed since both devices are capable of offering truly incredible results both in terms of photography and video, where in the latter the iPhone is still the king of smartphones. offering impeccable image quality, stabilization and sound. In fact, many professionals, including Apple itself, use their iPhones to carry out some company announcements, giving a good example of what they are capable of doing.

Memory leftovers in both cases

Something that Apple was crying out for was to increase the base capacity of its iPhones, since the 64 GB they had in the previous generation seemed to fall short for an increasing number of consumers. In the 12 and 12 mini models that capacity has continued to be maintained, but in these two 'Pro' models it has already been raised to 128 GB , having the possibility of acquiring them also in 256 GB Y 512 GB with its consequent increase in price in the latter two.

Although the 128 may still be little for many, it must be recognized that having twice the possibilities than in the models of previous years is already something important. Therefore at this point both, although they coincide, approve both devices with a note.

iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

Identical connectivity having 5G

And speaking of 5G, both models have a modem designed by Qualcomm. In fact, they were among the first of Apple to incorporate this technology after several years of delay. Therefore, they are capable of offering that speed of the future that far exceeds 4G. Now, there are several factors to take into account when analyzing these characteristics and that is that only US models have mmWave antennas, which allow to obtain better speeds in this connectivity.

Although Apple did not specify the exact reason for not implementing these antennas in other countries, it is intuited that it could be because in territories such as Europe the infrastructure is not yet very developed. And precisely the latter is another factor to take into account and that is that despite the benefits of this connectivity, in the end there are not many areas where to take advantage of it, being very limited to certain areas that are normally located only in large cities.

In fact, it is possible that you will find 5G areas, but nevertheless the speed is much higher with 4G, given the distance that there is usually with the antennas. Therefore, if the 5G speed that exists is already really 4G+, we do not even find sufficient infrastructure to obtain these speeds. Thus, and as a conclusion to this point, we must positively highlight this feature because it will be very important in the future, but it is not something that is decisive today or at least not in all cases.

5G iPhone

Remarkable difference in battery

Apple, as usual, does not offer the battery data in mAh of its iPhone, although it has been known that these 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have 2,815 mAh Y 3,687 mAh respectively. This hiding the data is done by the Californian company with the aim of not misleading the user if it compares them with Android, since due to the way in which Apple designs the software and the optimization of the processor it is possible to have a lower capacity and however have better performance.

Although the capacities have been surprisingly reduced compared to those of the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models, in the end they have managed to match these in autonomy. On a day-to-day basis, both terminals meet the demands of a heavy user , which will not have to resort to the charger until nightfall. In some cases, both can even exceed the duration of the day, especially in the larger model that lasts more than 2 hours approximately.

iPhone 12 Pro

It is true that the 5G connection reduces autonomy , but in the case of iPhones from outside the United States, things change because they do not have the same antenna and cannot obtain similar speeds. Perhaps in a few years, with better infrastructure for this, we could talk in more detail about the energy consumption that this technology entails, but today the difference between using the iPhone with 4G and 5G is not very high.

Identical charging systems

When it comes to the ways of charging iPhones, there are also quite a few similarities. So much so that they are identical in this section. In both you can opt for the classic system through the physical connection Lightning that support a fast charging power of up to 18 W, which is very short compared to some competing models, but which are among the best when it comes to Apple smartphones. And this does not mean that it can also be recharged in a classic way at a lower power of 5W. In the end it all depends on the power adapter used.

These devices, how could it be otherwise, also support wireless charging with any accessory that follows the Qi standard, even with a 7.5W max power Although the great novelty of this generation does not lie in this but in the MagSafe compatibility , and it is that this popular standard that was formerly the owner of the Mac, reached the iPhone in these versions thanks to a system of magnets implemented in its rear part and for which dozens of chargers and accessories such as covers or supports have also been designed (both Apple and third-party brands).

And since we are talking about the MagSafe, and although this does not have much to do with the autonomy of the device, you also have to keep in mind that obviously the two models are fully compatible with all the accessories that allow them to be used with this technology, which are many. and very varied, allowing the options of using both devices to be turned around.

Other aspects to highlight

Beyond hardware specifications, there are other aspects that we consider important and that can serve to end up tipping the balance when choosing one or another terminal.

Does size matter?

It is true that if we look at the previous generation, that of the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, we see that the difference in size between the two was larger (5.8 inches compared to 6.5 inches). However, in this generation, although minor, there is also a significant change. Deciding between one size and another is not something to be taken lightly. If you are a great consumer of videos on your mobile, you usually use it for tasks such as writing notes or editing photos and even videos, you should bear in mind that you will be able to get better performance with the 'Pro Max'. However, it also has the great drawback of being able to become even annoying if you have small hands or you usually move around the street with your phone, since keeping it in a pocket can also be a problem.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The 6.1-inch 'Pro' model has a size that, although it may fall short for some people and some uses, is much more comfortable in hand and when transported. Even with the addition of a case, it is still a balanced size. In terms of weight, the experience is also very different, since the almost 40 grams difference between the two can be crucial, and there is no doubt that the size of the Pro model is a real joy, however, all those users that rewards this aspect before, you have to give up the benefits provided by having a larger size in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, such as the battery and having a much larger screen to view multimedia content.

What should be highlighted about both models is that due to the shape and design materials of their edges, both are made slippery , so you can suffer the occasional scare with any of them. This is where the recommendation to include a cover or a bumper comes in. Although if you risk taking them 'bareback' it will be worthy of admiration on our part.

Both are missing things in the box

Surely you have seen in recent times numerous criticisms and even memes in reference to the no power adapter in the new iPhone, something that has been extended to the rest of the models of previous generations. And indeed, these two devices come with a USB-C to Lightning cable in their box, but not the adapter that you plug in to charge the device.

Another aspect to note is that also no earphones included , despite the fact that the brand used to integrate its well-known wired EarPods in previous generations. Therefore, you need to keep this in mind when buying these iPhones or any other, because if you don't have these accessories at home, you'll have to checkout. Now, as is evident, it does not have to be from Apple where you buy it, although it is always recommended that they at least have the MFI-certified (Made for iPhone) to ensure that a quality charge is carried out without damaging the terminals.

Headphones Charger iPhone 12

There is a price difference, but not abysmal

100 euros is the difference between the different versions of these devices on paper. This difference can be considered large or small depending on what each one perceives, but the truth is that seeing the differences between one and the other is more than fair. In fact, they are still the prices that traditionally separate the two 'Pro' models for years.

Now, we must bear in mind that both have been discontinued by Apple with the arrival of the iPhone 13 on the market. This means that prices already drop compared to what they were at its 2020 launch, although it must be said that they also it is more difficult to find them . And yes, they are still being sold, but with very limited units and in few stores.

One of the places where they can still be found is Amazon . In the popular online store we find these devices that, despite already having low stocks, can still be purchased at a considerably lower price than the iPhone 13 and, logically, than these same ones when they were launched on the market.

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What should you base your purchase decision on?

As always when we carry out a comparison like this, to finish we want to tell you what our conclusions are, and in this case, what would be the purchase decision that we recommend. However, we always encourage you to be yourself, depending on the features of these devices, and obviously, depending on your needs, who makes the decision to acquire one or the other.

The first thing we advise you to decide between these terminals is what we mentioned earlier in reference to the price . If the difference at the level of autonomy waves extra features on camera of the large model are important to you, it may be worth paying more for it. You should also take into account if it may not compensate you opt for a newer model , since the arrival of the iPhone 13 family could mean that for price there is not so much difference as to opt for more recent generations.

In any case, our advice is to analyze your needs and gradually opt for one or the other. All this without neglecting the subject of size What we have commented on is that if the 'Pro' is going to be too small for you (although it is not), perhaps the 'Max' is already worth it, despite the fact that the subject of cameras is not of your special interest. In any case, we can be sure that in terms of performance and user experience you will be fully satisfied with any of them.