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

The next generation of Apple phones is here, the iPhone 12. Again divided into two types: the models for the majority with more affordable prices and the 'Pro' ones with the latest features. In this post we compare the iPhone 11 with the iPhone 12. Have there been many changes between them? Which one is more worth it? We analyze it.

Along with the iPhone 12 came the iPhone 12 mini, a 5.4-inch version that, despite changing in size and battery, shares most of the specifications with the large model. However, we will not compare this version with the iPhone 11, since in the end this corresponds to more other types of comparisons in its target audience. Therefore, we will compare the iPhone 11 with its natural successor.

Specifications of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12

We believe that the experience with a device says much more than what they are on paper. In this case it is not an exception and we will later analyze other sections that must be taken into account, but we believe it is important to know in advance what both terminals offer us in their table of technical characteristics.



iPhone 11 and iPhone 12

CharacteristiciPhone 11iPhone 12
Colors-Black
-White
-Red
-Green
-Yellow
-Violet
-Black
-White
-Red
-Green
-Blue
-Purple
Dimensions-Height: 15.09 cm
- Width 7.57cm
-Thickness: 0.83cm
-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
Weight194 grams162 grams
Screen6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD (LCD)6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)
Resolution1,792 x 1,828 pixels at 326 pixels per inch2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness625 nits typical625 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA13 Bionic with third generation Neural EngineA14 Bionic with fourth generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
Speakerstwo stereo speakerstwo stereo speakers
Autonomy-Video playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 10 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 opening f / 1.8
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceFrom 589 euros at AppleFrom 809 euros at Apple

About RAM and battery capacity

You are probably wondering what happens to the data related to RAM memory or the capacity of the batteries. The reason they do not appear in the table is mainly due to the fact that Apple itself does not show this data officially for reasons associated with marketing. And it is that, due to the optimization that these devices achieve of their resources, the operation is different from that of Android devices and this allows them to have lower capacities and offer similar and even better performance. Therefore, at first it might be strange to see this data compared to the competition, since it is not shown as real.

However, thanks to numerous tests carried out by specialists and precise tools, it has been possible to know the following:

    • RAM:
      • iPhone 11: 4 GB
      • iPhone 12: 4 GB
      Battery:
      • iPhone 11: 3.110 mAh
      • iPhone 12: 2.775 mAh

Main differences

Although we will really analyze all the differences in a more extensive way in the following sections, we believe it is convenient to summarize what are a priori the most important differential characteristics between both terminals.

Screen

Yes, they both mount a 6.1-inch panel, although their resolution is very different. While the iPhone 11 has an LCD panel, the iPhone 12 mounts an OLED that is considerably better, providing better brightness and much sharper colors with a much higher resolution. Despite everything, the '11' is not a bad screen either.

Dimensions

Although we see that at the screen level they share these dimensions, the truth is that the iPhone 12 takes much more advantage of the space to implement that diagonal, also reducing the front bezels. To this is added that it has dimensions in general much more restrained that make it more ergonomic. The form factor that both have also makes a difference in this regard.

Weight

Very much in line with the above, the difference in weight between both devices is considerable. The 32 extra grams that the iPhone 11 has are not excessively heavy, but the truth is that the '12' feels very good about its weight to the point of being ultra light and not giving the feeling that you have a high-end phone high in hand In any case, both are valid to use them with one hand without noticing excessive weight.

Rear camera

There is not much difference beyond the improvement in the opening of the main wide-angle lens of the iPhone 12. However, there is an advance more than worth mentioning in the night mode. And it is that in the most recent generation the results obtained in low light conditions and even using the ultra wide angle have been improved. All this also due to the computational treatment that the A14 Bionic chip does.

Price

These data have been changing over time and the arrival of the iPhone 13. However, there is still a more or less similar difference between them than at the beginning. 220 euros is what separates both teams. Although, as we will see in the final section, today both teams can be obtained at a lower price thanks to offers that we can find in other stores.

Differences at the design level

It is enough to see the photographs with which we illustrate this article to verify that, despite not being radically different either, there are more than appreciable visual differences in these devices.

Form factor and different materials

If you only look at the front or back of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, you could even say that they are the same phone. All this taking into account that you compare them in white, black or red colors, which are the ones they share. However, there are large differences in the sides. Those of the iPhone 11 are slightly curved, being something standard in Apple phones since the iPhone 6. In the 12, however, we find a design with straight edges and curved corners that reminds us of the classic iPhone 4 and the current iPad Pro and iPadAir.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 12

In the end, this will depend on the personal tastes of each one, but it is a noticeable difference when you hold the phone. They both really have a good grip, so there should be no problem handling it with fear of slipping and hitting. Aesthetically, the fact that the iPhone 12 has square sides makes the device adopt a somewhat more sophisticated design.

As far as Construction materials As far as the iPhone 11 is concerned, it is made up of glass on both its front and back, accompanied by aerospace-grade aluminum. The iPhone 12 for its part also includes aluminum, but it has a front made with what Apple has called Ceramic Shield, which ends up granting up to 4 times more resistance to the device against drops and scratches. Although none is indestructible, the truth is that a priori one should be safer with the latest generation model.

Different measurements and weight on the iPhone 12

Despite the fact that these two devices mount a screen of the same size, the truth is that their measurements are slightly smaller than the iPhone 12. This, at least in our opinion, is a point very much in favor of the terminal due to the fact that it is does much more manageable and comfortable to use

In the weight we find that the iPhone 11 weighs 32 grams more . It is not a drama nor does it really make it a heavy phone if we look at other terminals, but the reduction made in its successor is at least striking. Also in the height, width and thickness there are more than evident differences that make the 12 more practical. And yes, it is noticeable when it is used, but in any case we insist on emphasizing that it is not something really crazy or that it can be defining to time to tip the balance.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 12

Two screens and two different worlds

LCD and OLED . These are the display technologies that both devices have. While it is true that the historical experience with LCD panels has given Apple good results, the truth is that the improvement with OLEDs is more than considerable. But, is it noticeable on a day-to-day basis? Well, probably if an iPhone 11 falls into your hand, you will not notice that you have a bad screen, because it is not and it may be more than enough for a majority of the public.

Now, the OLED technology of the iPhone 12 plays a lot in its favor. The difference that there is putting it next to an iPhone 11 is noticeable and especially in terms of color sharpness. It has a very balanced calibration that makes everything look more vivid, although without sacrificing naturalness and with pure black colors represented by muted pixels. The latter you have to take especially into account, since you can use it in your favor to save battery daily. This is because, as black pixels are not colored pixels, but black is represented by being turned off, this also causes each black pixel to consume no power, and therefore if you use dark mode and black backgrounds, you will make the screen consume less autonomy and thus your battery will last much longer.

Yes, there is something to note about the brightness of these screens and it is that in the end none of them is especially outstanding in complicated situations. We are referring to situations such as being on the street and the sun shining directly on it, something very complicated for any panel, but that not even the good brightness of the iPhone 12 OLED panel can overcome. Although in the end you also have to keep in mind that these are unusual situations, since you will normally enjoy the iPhone in other conditions in which both are much more favorable to displaying the content well.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 screen

At the hardware level, is there so much evolution?

And although the aesthetic field is more important than it seems, in the end we cannot ignore that the main thing in a mobile device is that it meets basic aspects at the level of performance, battery and more components at the hardware level. And these comply, but in what way? In the following sections, we analyze their main differences.

Reasonable differences in the chip

The world of performance analysis goes a long way. In terms of numbers and figures, the A13 and A14 of these iPhone 11 and 12 respectively offer interesting differences that provide better overall performance to the latest generation device. This really should not be a surprise, since it is logical that it happens with each new mobile. However, it must be taken into account that as it is a jump of a single generation, the difference is not abysmal in the user experience. In both terminals, actions can be executed with total fluidity, whether it is opening apps on a daily basis or demanding a little more with heavier processes such as photo or video editing and even video games.

A13 Bionic vs A14 Bionic iPhone 11 vs iPhone 12

In the field of Software updates It takes into account precisely the chip that mounts each device. Apple awards an average of 4-5 years of updates to their devices, although we intuit that from the A12 they could even be more long-lived thanks to the neural engine that accompanies them. Therefore, these phones will continue to update their iOS version for many years, with a difference of only one year in favor of the iPhone 12.

Water and dust resistance

Both iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 share the certification IP68 against water and dust, although with slight changes between them. The iPhone 11 can dive up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes, while the 12 can dive up to 6 meters for the same time. In any case it is not recommended to use them in the water , since Apple is not responsible for any damage it may cause. And yes, they are supposed to be prepared for it, but this is achieved through a special seal that ends up suffering over time despite the fact that it looks new at first glance.

Speaking of memory, did Apple forget something?

Well yes, it seems that Apple forgot to increase the base capacity of the iPhone 12, since part of the same 64 GB as the iPhone 11. Even the intermediate version of 128 GB and the largest of 256 GB is shared. Logically it was not something fortuitous, but planned. A good part of the users will be able to be satisfied with 64 GB, but in many cases having to resort to cloud storage services such as iCloud.

However, another good handful of consumers could be forced to opt for a higher capacity in either of these two iPhones considering that 64 GB can be relatively easy to consume. Applications are taking up more and more space, to which must also be added the weight of high-resolution photos and videos that these phones are capable of taking, so a poor choice in capacity could be a jug of cold water if In addition, we take into account that none expand via microSD .

4G technology vs. 5G? Is that connectivity real?

5G iPhone

Anyone who saw the iPhone 12 presentation event would realize the emphasis that Apple put on promoting the 5G connectivity adopted by its iPhone 12 and that its predecessors, such as the iPhone 11, do not have. A video was even circulated on the networks in which the number of times this technology was mentioned was counted. However, there are certain aspects to take into account.

The first weight factor is that the actual 5G connectivity will only come to the United States , having in Europe a kind of improved 4G that does not end up matching the excellent speed results of the authentic one. Therefore, if you are in Spain or any other country other than North America, you will not even have the antenna that allows this connection.

The other factor to consider is that 5G lacks sufficient infrastructure today . Even if there were a real 5G in territories like ours, it would be something unnecessary, at least today. Although this is something that is solved over time and is already in full expansion, 5G should not be something to consider today. However, if you are going to choose to buy one of these iPhones with a view to having them for many years, the iPhone 12 will undoubtedly allow you to better adapt to these new times, and in this case we do encourage you to meditate with greater emphasis on the fact of having this type of connectivity, since as we have mentioned, in a few years it will have an important weight and, above all, the experience that you will be able to have with the device will be considerably superior.

Identical autonomy in both cases

Despite the fact that the capacity of the iPhone batteries is not officially known, it has been possible to transcend the fact that the iPhone 12 has a lower capacity than the iPhone 11. The most curious thing about this is that despite this, both maintain the same autonomy. Although to tell the truth this is not something magical, but it is achieved thanks to the optimization of resources of the A14 Bionic processor.

iphone 11 battery price

Therefore, under equal conditions, both terminals should last the same. Although Apple specifies one more hour in streaming video playback for the iPhone 12, it does not seem that in the end it will be entirely accurate. There is no generic indication of hours taking into account the different uses that we make each person , but in general it could be said that on rare occasions it will be necessary to go through the plug before night.

And yes, it is not the best autonomy on the market, but it cannot be said that it is bad either. Both devices meet for most users and this section should not be a problem in any case. What must be taken into account is that, as with every electronic device with a battery, it tends to wear out naturally over time and therefore autonomy will decrease. Be that as it may, this would not start to be something worrying until approximately 3 years old, although depending on whether it has been used very intensively, it could happen earlier.

New charging method on iPhone 12

Both devices are fully compatible with wireless charging via the Qi standard. However, the iPhone 12 has a novelty that came in this generation and that is MagSafe . If you have a somewhat old MacBook, it is possible that the name of this technology already sounds familiar to you and it is that it was rescued from computers to bring it to phones. The iPhone 12 is made up of a sophisticated system of invisible magnets on the back that allow it to charge wirelessly in a more comfortable way by remaining magnetized to those charging bases that also have this technology. It should be noted that not only Apple manufactures this type of charging bases with magnets, but that it is a technology open to other manufacturers and we can also find interesting magnetic car mounts that will make the iPhone remain stable and recharge in the process.

MagSafe imitation

The iPhone 11 can also charge with MagSafe chargers, although it will do so more slowly and less efficiently due to lack of magnets. The most interesting thing about MagSafe chargers is that you do not have to worry about placing the iPhone in the correct position for charging, since it is adjusted only with the magnets, so in the iPhone 11 this function is also lost. In any case, both can charge with other bases and by cable, so in the end it is an addition that we do not believe is relevant enough to say that the iPhone 12 is more worth it just for that. It should be noted that, as you can see in the previous image, the iPhone 12 offers a special animation on the screen when it is connected to one of these bases. Also exist MagSafe Compatible Holsters with the presence of those magnets and we find similar animations when they are put on the iPhone. And obviously, if we talk about MagSafe, you also have to keep in mind the number of accessories that are already compatible with this technology and that on many occasions are really useful to be able to get the most out of these devices.

No adapter or headphones!

The iPhone 12 stood out negatively for not incorporating the well-known EarPods wired headphones or the power adapter in the box. However, this has also been extended to the rest of the devices that Apple continues to market, leaving them only with a cable de USB-C a Lightning . Apple argued that it was due to ecological reasons, but the truth is that it was not news that was exactly well received by a large part of the public.

So, if you buy any of these terminals, you will have to choose to reuse your old adapters or buy a new one, either from Apple or some other third-party store. It is always recommended that, regardless of whether it is manufactured by a third party, the adapter has mfi-certified , which stands for 'Made for iPhone'. This means that they are quality accessories tested to work on iPhones, therefore designed not to damage the battery and obtain a full charging experience.

Differences in iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 cameras

At a technical level, this is what we find in the devices at the photography and video level, ignoring the data given in the previous table in which we specify the Mega Pixels or the focal aperture.

specsiPhone 11iPhone 12
photos front camera-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Smart HDR
-Portrait mode
-Depth Control
-Portrait lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Smart HDR 3
-Portrait mode
Videos front camera-Extended dynamic range for video at 30 frames per second
Cinema-quality video stabilization in 4k, 1080p, or 720p
-Record video in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 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
-Record video in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Video recording in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
Photos rear cameras-Optical Image Stabilization
-Optical zoom out x2
-Zoom digital x5
-Flash True Tone with slow sync
-Portrait mode
-Portrait lighting
-Smart HDR
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Optical zoom out x2
-Zoom digital x5
-Flash True Tone with slow sync
-Portrait mode
-Portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 3
-Improved night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos rear cameras-Record video in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 frames per second
-Optical zoom out x2
-Zoom digital x3
-Audio zoom
-Video QuickTake
-Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization
-Stereo recording
-Record video in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 frames per second
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 frames per second
-Optical zoom out x2
-Zoom digital x3
-Audio zoom
-Video QuickTake
-Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization
-Time-lapse video with night mode
-Stereo recording

Although the differences are not very large, there are certain aspects that the iPhone 12 incorporates and that must be taken into account. One of them is the arrival of Deep Fusion to the front camera , this being the computational system for improving photographs. Also the fact of being able to have the night mode in this camera it is appreciated, in addition to an improvement in the rear of which Apple says it is 87%. This improvement is based on the fact that the lenses of the iPhone 12 have a larger aperture than those of the 11, allowing a greater amount of light to enter, and therefore, the results that can be obtained are better in terms of detail and sharpness. However, the improvement is not so substantial that in most cases this difference is very appreciable, since in good light conditions, the two devices should take really good photos that can be used for different situations. Something that can slightly make a difference between these two iPhone models, especially in the photographic section, is the presence of HDR 3 on the iPhone 12.

iPhone 12

Also adding HDR in video on the iPhone 12 is a novelty in the sector, allowing increasingly professional video work. Especially noteworthy is the time-lapse recording also with the night mode mode. However, it must be considered that the iPhone has always been an ideal device to be able to record video with them, in fact, its level of stabilization, added to the wide variety of options provided by its lenses and the great sound that it is capable of capturing , make it one of the best smartphones to record video that exist. They are, in short, small changes but they are appreciated if you compare one and the other phone. In any case, it must be said that they are not really remarkable changes to make it a reason to go from one to the other, unless you professionally need one of the technologies implemented by the most recent model.

Last conclusions

At this point, you probably already have a conclusion about it to make a decision. purchase decision . If this is not the case, do not worry, since in these last sections we will analyze by way of conclusion which of them you should choose, always depending on the position in which you currently find yourself.

If you already have an iPhone 11, is the 12 worth it?

Probably not. We have seen some sections, especially the screen, in which the iPhone 12 stands out especially. However, we do not believe that this is sufficient reason to pay for the new equipment. More if we take into account that the price has increased 100 euros compared to what the 11 cost at the time. If you're having a good experience with 11, it's not worth it.

If, on the other hand, you think you need something else, perhaps the iPhone 'Pro' and even one of the iPhone 13 could better meet your needs than the iPhone 12. In any case, we don't want to tell you that it will be a bad idea either. In fact, you will notice the change and you will have a good experience, but in the end we have to assess that there are other options and that it is not a small outlay either.

iPhone 11

If you have an older iPhone or other mobile

We think the jump from an iPhone XS or earlier to any of these is more than acceptable. Although with the iPhone 12, the change will be much more noticeable, even with the 11 improvements would be noticeable. It is true that coming from an iPhone X or XS you would experience the change to a lower quality screen, but you would gain in photography, video and autonomy. The case is already slightly different if you come from an Android, since it will depend on what features that terminal is offering you. Although in the end, if we recommend a change, it is always better to go to the most recent model such as the iPhone 12 and even a later one.

What the decision will depend on is also your purchasing power and how much you are willing to spend for one or the other. The iPhone 12 is better, but perhaps the differences are not so great as to pay the price difference between them. Again, your needs will also come into play. Be that as it may, any of these phones will be a great investment.

Both are cheaper

It should be noted that, although Apple still has the prices set at the beginning, it is possible to find stores that offer interesting discounts for them. Amazon , for example, is one of the stores where we usually find good discounts for them, being sold by Apple itself and with a 3-year warranty in accordance with the law.

iPhone 11 buy it at EUR 570.00 iPhone 12 buy it at Consult