iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro: similarities and differences between the two — 2022

iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro? Which is better? Both phones are exactly one year apart. In this post we analyze the two Apple smartphones and what their differences and similarities are, both at a technical level and at a fully functional level in day-to-day use. If you have doubts about both iPhones, this post will help you to solve them completely and know which one to buy.

Specifications that we find in them

A table of specifications is not decisive in any case, since in the end they are raw data that can be more or less similar with a good experience. However, we believe it is convenient to know first what the technical sections of these iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro are.

iphone 11 pro and iphone 12 pro



CharacteristiciPhone 11 ProiPhone 12 Pro
Colors-Silver
-Space Gray
-Golden
-night green
-Silver
-Graphite
-Golden
-Pacific Blue
Dimensions-Height: 14.4cm
- Width: 7.14cm
-Thickness: 0.81cm
-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
Weight188 grams187 grams
Screen5.8-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Resolution2,436 x 1,125 pixels at 458 pixels per inch2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness800 nits (typical) and 1,200 nits (HDR) maximum brightness800 nits (typical) and 1,200 nits (HDR) maximum brightness
ProcessorA13 Bionic with third generation Neural EngineA14 Bionic with fourth generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
Speakerstwo stereo speakerstwo stereo speakers
Autonomy-Video playback: 18 hours
-Video streaming: 11 hours
-Audio playback: 65 hours
-Video playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 11 hours
-Audio playback: 65 hours
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/1.8 aperture
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture f / 2.4
-Telephoto lens: 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 lens: 12 Mpx with opening f / 2
-Sensor LiDAR
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not

Aspects to highlight about RAM and battery

You will have noticed that we do not talk about his RAM and it is that officially this is a fact that is not known. However, it has been possible to know how much memory of this type both phones have thanks to the analyzes of the experts, who have determined that they have 4 GB and 6 GB respectively. The reason that Apple does not confirm these data is that the company does not give as much importance to the amount of RAM as it does to the general efficiency of the processor and that is thanks to this and to the software designed by the company itself, a similar performance is achieved. or even higher than other phones that have more RAM.

The section of the battery It is also not mentioned for the same reasons as those of RAM, but they can also be known unofficially. Interestingly, the iPhone 12 Pro has a smaller capacity, 2,775 mAh, while the 11 Pro has 3,046 mAh. However, we will analyze this matter in more depth in the battery section of this article.

Main differences

At a general level, and before going on to highlight each section in detail, we can find these main differences that, at least in our opinion, are the most outstanding.

Screen

The panel technology is similar, since both mount OLED panels, also having identical brightness and a very similar resolution. However, in terms of size we find differences. Thanks to the form factor of the '12 Pro' we see that this is not much larger than the previous one, but finally having a diagonal of 6.1 inches for the 5.8 of the '11 Pro' is a remarkable difference.

Processor

As is logical and expected in two devices of different generations, the chip they mount is different. An A13 Bionic for the iPhone 11 Pro and an A14 with the same last name for the '12 Pro'. We will analyze later if the real difference is so noticeable or not, but we already anticipate that on paper it is considered an important advance.

Internal memory

Basically, the iPhone 11 Pro has a capacity of 64 GB which, despite being enough for many, is just half of what the '12 Pro' offers with 128 GB. Of course, both have identical configurations in more advanced versions with 256 and 512 GB as the consequent ones.

connectivity

Although it is true that, as many thought, the iPhone 11 Pro should have already had a 5G connection, this did not happen. Ignoring the details of the reason that prevented it, the reality is that the iPhone 12 Pro does have this connectivity, so in the face of future 5G standardization it is more convenient.

Autonomy

Although surprising, the iPhone 11 Pro performs better than the iPhone 12 Pro in terms of autonomy. And this is seen on paper with the data offered by Apple as in practice, as we will discuss later. In large part, this is because in the end the battery capacity of the '11 Pro' is higher than that of its predecessor.

cameras

Although both have a triple camera, the truth is that the functions achieved with the '12 Pro' are more advanced, having, for example, the ProRAW format. In addition, it has a LiDAR sensor that improves portraits and increases augmented reality functions, this being a sensor that its predecessor does not have.

Everything related to your designs

The design of a smartphone, although not decisive, is a factor to be taken into account. And it is that, beyond the aesthetic, specifications such as those of its screens are always relevant. Among these there are obvious differences that we believe are worth highlighting, something that we will do immediately in these next sections.

Similar appearance, but with appreciable differences

Same notch on the front, same rear aesthetics... Both devices could seem the same at first glance, despite their differences in size and specific colors of each one. However, they have a different form factor between them. The iPhone 11 Pro incorporates the same design that Apple has been integrating into the sides of its smartphones since the iPhone 6, with a curved shape that fits very well in the hand.

The iPhone 12 Pro, for its part, has an aesthetic that, without being completely new, we had not seen for years and that is that it has flat sides with curved corners. This design, reminiscent of the iPhone 4, is also evident on the front, leaving a phone that is completely flat on all its edges. In the rear, for its part, it incorporates a LiDAR sensor in the camera module that also differentiates it visually.

iphone 11 pro and iphone 12 pro sides

Qualifying one as better or worse, prettier or uglier, is in the end a totally subjective matter. Everyone has their tastes and preferences, so we cannot here qualify these phones beyond describing what unites and separates them.

Which is more comfortable to use?

There has been a change in size between both generations and the iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch screen and the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen. However, for practical purposes, we do not really find a very notable difference between them, especially when the weight is practically the same.

The new edge design of the 12 Pro makes it appear more compact. At the grip level, it must be said that both feel very good in the hand and are comfortable to use with one hand, but obviously there are differences. And it is that the style of the sides of the '12 Pro' makes it more insecure to wear or at least gives that feeling.

It's not that the iPhone 12 Pro has a bad grip, but it can play tricks. There are those who enjoy carrying the phone without a case, but in our experience we recommend that you equip it with an ergonomic case that prevents it from slipping when you hold it in your hand. We remember that repairing these devices is not cheap, so it could save you some scare.

iPhone 12 Pro hand

The screens are of very good quality.

Regardless of the size of both, both screens live up to the 'Pro' surname. It is true that in the iPhone 12 Pro some improvement was perhaps expected, such as the 120 Hz refresh rate that was not finally implemented, but having what we have in both cases we find an OLED panel with very good features.

They both look really good in any kind of light situation and with a very natural color calibration which, despite also being somewhat subjective, generally gives users a very good experience. Is the iPhone 12 Pro better? The truth is that technically yes because being larger it adopts a better resolution, but visually it is very difficult to find the difference.

iphone 11 pro vs iphone 12 pro screen

The point that is interesting is the ceramic shield, a new stronger construction material which adds the most recent model. It's not that the screen is now indestructible or that it can't get scratches over time, but the resistance to scratches has increased. If you usually carry the iPhone in pockets or backpacks with keys and other sharp items, you can be calmer with the iPhone 12 Pro, although we insist on emphasizing that despite being a good material, it is not resistant to everything.

As far as brightness is concerned, we must say that both look very good. However, in direct sunlight conditions, it is very difficult to see the screen. It is not a drama either and this is a complicated situation for any screen, but it is no less true that there are other types of panels that do a better job in this circumstance.

Important aspects at the hardware level

If we look at the interiors of these devices, which in the end is the most important thing and determines the user experience, we can find highlights at the component level. Are they decisive? We analyze it.

iPhone 11 Pro and 12 Pro performance differences

A13 Bionic vs A14 Bionic, the last two Apple processors and which incorporate these phones respectively. At this point we could show you the always interesting benchmarks of these phones, but for practical purposes it is something purely anecdotal. The iPhone 12 Pro chip is more advanced and at a technical level there is significant innovation in the number of operations that this chip is capable of performing. Nevertheless on a day-to-day basis the difference is hardly noticeable .

In both terminals, applications are opened in very good times, and heavy tasks can be executed without a problem. The difference between one generation and another will only end up being noticed in the long term and that is that the iPhone 12 Pro will have at least 1 more year of software updates for its processor, but the 11 Pro will not be obsolete soon either. Both are expected to continue incorporating iOS versions until at least 2025 if we follow the trail of updates that the company has been providing to its previous phones.

A13 Bionic y A14 Bionic

Notable memory change from base model

A more than notable difference between both terminals is that the 12 Pro starts from a memory capacity that is double that offered by the iPhone 11 Pro. Although the 64 GB that the 11 Pro brings may be enough for users who have cloud storage like iCloud, the truth is that the 128 GB of the new device already seemed necessary.

Where there are no variations is in the intermediate 256 GB and in the maximum capacity of 512 GB, which should already be enough even for heavy iPhone users. And although in the end, regardless of the capacity, the performance is the same, it is still a factor to take into account if you want to save money and bet on the most basic model.

Is 5G noticeable on the iPhone 12 Pro?

Here we find a notable difference and that is that while the iPhone 11 Pro only reaches 4G connectivity, the 12 Pro is capable of connecting to 5G networks. However there are several points to note here. First of all, only iPhones sold in the United States have the mmWave antenna that allows better 5G, while in the rest of the territories it is not added and we can have what is known as a 4G Plus or advanced 4G. .

5G battery consumption

In other words, if you buy the iPhone 12 Pro in any country outside of Apple's home territory, you can have better connectivity than 4G, but without reaching the high speeds that real 5G offers. To this we must add an external factor unrelated to Apple and that is that the infrastructures that currently exist for 5G are still scarce even in some major cities, so in the end there are times when it will be faster to navigate with 4G than with 5G . In short, an iPhone 12 Pro has better connectivity despite the drawbacks of the current 5G, but this should not be a determining factor in the purchase based on what we have discussed.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro cameras

At the camera level, it is not that there is a brutal difference between the two phones, but there are several highlights between them that we believe should be taken into account. These are the specific specifications that we found for both devices.

specsiPhone 11 ProiPhone 12 Pro
photos front camera-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Smart HDR
-Portrait mode
-Depth Control
-Portrait lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Smart HDR 3
-Portrait mode
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos front camera-Extended dynamic range for video at 30 frames per second
Cinema-quality video stabilization in 4k, 1080p, or 720p
-4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
-Extended dynamic range for video at 30 frames per second
Cinema-quality video stabilization in 4K, 1080p or 720p
-HDR recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second
-4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
Photos rear cameras-Dual optical image stabilization
-Zoom approach: x2 (optical) and x10 (digital)
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Flash True Tone
-Portrait mode
-Portrait lighting
-Depth Control
-Intelligent HDR 2nd generation
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Dual optical image stabilization
-Zoom approach: x2 (optical) and x10 (digital)
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Flash True Tone
-Portrait mode
-Portrait lighting
-Depth Control
-Intelligent HDR 3rd generation
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Apple ProRAW
Videos rear cameras-4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 frames per second
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Approach zoom: x2 (optical) and x6 (digital)
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Audio zoom
-Video QuickTake
-Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization
-Stereo recording
-4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 frames per second
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Approach zoom: x2 (optical) and x6 (digital)
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Audio zoom
-Video QuickTake
-Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-Stereo recording

At the level of day results We did not find major differences, except that the back of the iPhone 12 Pro is capable of better detecting figures in portrait mode thanks to the LiDAR sensor, which precisely serves to create three-dimensional maps and from which the cameras feed. Also the Deep Fusion on the front added in this device is an improvement to be taken into account. We remember that this is an intelligent image processing system from Apple that can capture up to 10 different photographs in a matter of thousandths of a second and composes an image with a better result on a visual level, expanding the textures and other elements in detail.

In it night mode , also available in video for the iPhone 12 Pro, is where we find a greater difference. The photographs taken with the ultra wide angle and the portraits win many integers when there is little light compared to what the iPhone 11 Pro offers us. However, there are no really big differences in the rest of the levels, being two very balanced devices and with those who get great results.

IPHONE 12 PRO

Other important aspects

In addition to what was previously mentioned, there are other factors of the devices that we believe are important to know before making a purchase decision. We discuss them in the following sections.

Doesn't the iPhone 12 Pro come with a charger?

If we understand as a charger the charging adapter that connects to the electrical current, no, the iPhone 12 Pro does not have a charger. Y no wired headphones . This has been one of the most controversial issues since its launch and is that claiming environmental issues, Apple did not add these elements to its iPhone and in fact has also removed it from other old phones that it continues to market.

Headphones Charger iPhone 12

We are not going to discuss whether it is a justified strategy or not, but as far as you as a user are concerned, you should know that you will have to buy an adapter separately if you do not have one. What we do find in the box is the traditional Lightning to USB-C charging cable that was already present in the iPhone 11 Pro.

If Apple continued to sell the iPhone 11 Pro, you would also find it without a charging adapter, but since it is already a discontinued phone, you can buy it as it came (with adapter and headphones). It should be noted that it is still for sale in some third-party stores such as Amazon, where it comes with these aforementioned accessories.

Several curiosities in the battery and autonomy

In Apple's indications regarding autonomy, we observe that both terminals are practically identical, except that in video playback the 12 Pro has even less. And all this with a lower battery capacity. Is this possible? What really happens? Several things must be taken into account and this is where we return to the aspect of integrating Apple's own hardware and software that guarantee good performance to the terminal.

The iPhone 12 Pro have an improved processor that has allowed them to match their predecessor even with less capacity, although with some notable changes that make it no better: larger screen, 5G connection, use of the LiDAR sensor... In our experience, We can say that both phones are effectively similar in terms of autonomy and in fact they meet the grade. They do not reach the level of the 'Pro Max', but you can perfectly spend a day of intensive use with them without resorting to the charger and even have a more than acceptable percentage at the end.

Something differential with what the iPhone 12 Pro has in its favor is its integration with the MagSafe technology , being one of the first Apple smartphones to be compatible with a technology that had traditionally been found in MacBooks. The phone has a magnet system that makes it compatible with charging bases with this technology, instantly magnetizing itself to them and avoiding unwanted disconnections. There are also interesting accessories such as car mounts.

The iPhone 11 Pro is also compatible with MagSafe accessories, but it does not have the magnetic grip because it is not prepared for it and lacks enough magnets. In addition, charging with this type of charger is slower in these devices, so it is not particularly worth investing in them.

MagSafe imitation

Precisely in fast charge Of these phones there are also aspects to highlight. Apple is still far from offering the record times of other brands, but in both cases it offers a 50% charge in half an hour with 18 and 20 w adapters respectively. It must be said in any case that these types of charges are recommended in cases of emergency in which it is necessary to have the iPhone with an optimal battery level as quickly as possible, since in the long run it causes the battery to deteriorate more quickly.

Are your prices comparable?

If we take only the starting price of these phones, we can see that they have the same value , although obviously each one in his time. With the departure of the iPhone 12 Pro, it was the '11 Pro' that was discontinued. Later, with the '13 Pro', it also disappeared. Now, that from the Apple catalog, since you can continue buying in other stores like Amazon.

Of course, it is worth noting the advance from one to the other so that they have the same price. The change in size, the base storage expansion or the 5G connectivity seemed more than reasonable reasons for the iPhone 12 pro to have a higher price from the start, although it did not happen. Be that as it may, since there is no longer a standard set by Apple, we advise you to be the one who observes the prices, since they can vary from time to time.

iPhone 11 Pro buy it at Consult iPhone 12 Pro buy it at Consult

It should be noted that you can also find them reconditioned both at Apple and other stores. These are options to take into account for the savings that it represents with respect to its new value, even having the possibility of having a mobile that is practically new and fully functional due to the number of tests that it passes to ensure good performance. However, they are not new devices as such and you should take that into account, although it is a better option than second-hand ones.

Final conclusions of the comparison

At this point, it is more than likely that if you were hesitating between one or the other, you already have a clear conclusion. However, if you still have any kind of doubt, we will try to solve it by putting ourselves in the two different positions in which you could probably find yourself at the moment. In this way, you will know our verdict and recommendation regarding which of these two iPhones you should choose.

Is it worth going from an iPhone 11 Pro to a 12 Pro?

Certainly not, especially if you're happy with your device, it works well for you, and you also don't have a particular need to want a slightly larger screen or an improved camera set. It is true that the iPhone 12 Pro is ultimately an improved version, but it does not have changes that are so highly relevant as to make the generational leap from one to another. And it is that we continue to believe that the iPhone 11 Pro is still a tremendously functional device and that it will continue to be for years.

If, on the other hand, you are already having problems with your iPhone 11 Pro and these do not have an easy solution, perhaps it is worth considering it. Although you should also know that there is other latest versions like the iPhone 13 family. Be that as it may, value the possibility and if you have the economic possibility of taking the leap, do it. At the end of the day, we do not want to discredit the iPhone 12 Pro and we already assure you that you will have an excellent user experience with it.

What to do if you don't have any

If you have an older iPhone or even an Android phone, any of these devices can make you feel good using experience. Now, having not had the 11 Pro, it is probably better for you to jump directly to the 12 Pro. Especially if there is some reason why the iPhone 13 does not convince you. We believe that the price difference between the two is not so great that you should not consider buying the most modern one.

Now, if you find a good offer for the iPhone 11 Pro, it may also be worthy of succeeding your current phone. Be that as it may, make your decision calmly and always bearing in mind that they are very recent phones and with not very abrupt differences between them, so making one or another decision will not be something you regret. Put on a scale what you consider most important, and make the decision based on it.