iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro? These are their differences — 2022

One of the big questions that many users are asking is if there is so much difference between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. And it is not an easy purchase decision, not even a year after its launch and with the iPhone 13 already presents. In this post we will help you solve all your doubts, clearly showing you what the similarities and differences are between the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.

Table with technical differences

In order to ultimately decide between two iPhones, it is important to know the differences that exist at a technical level. Between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro there are hardly any differences and some are not too relevant, such as in the camera section where the use that each user will give it will depend. In the following table you can clearly see how these two teams differ and how they are similar.

iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro
-Pacific Blue.
Dimensions-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
Weight162 grams
187 grams
Screen6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)
6.1' Super Retina XDR OLED
Resolution2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
2532 x 1170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness625 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
800 nits (typical) and 1200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA14 Bionic with latest generation Neural Engine
A14 Bionic chip with latest generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-128 GB
- 256 GB
- 512 GB
Autonomy-Video playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 11 hours
-Audio playback: 65 hours
-Video playback: up to 17 hours.
-Video streaming: up to 11 hours.
-Audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
12 MP camera with 2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
-Wide angle: 12 MP, aperture f/1.6.
-Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view.
-Telephoto: 12 MP aperture f/2
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceFrom 909 eurosFrom 1159 euros

Note: The prices in the table are those that Apple offered when these terminals were released. The '12 Pro' has officially stopped selling, while the '12' is sold from 809 euros.

Although it is clear that there is much more to tell about these iPhones and we will do so in later sections, first of all we will tell you what the most important differences As a summary of the previous table:

    Colors:Although functionally it does not affect, in the end the aesthetic field is also important in the choice. In the iPhone 12 there is a wide range of colors to choose from, while in the '12 Pro' this is reduced to four colors with a much cooler tone. Weight:Although the dimensions are exactly the same, the same does not happen with the weight, since the '12' is noticeably lighter, weighing 25 grams less. This is something that is very noticeable on a day-to-day basis. Sparkle:yes, both have an identical resolution, but the brightness is lower in the '12', with the 'Pro' model having superiority in this section. It is not noticeable in all situations, but it is in some specific ones. Memory:Although both offer three types of capacities, coinciding with 256 GB, at the base we find that the 'Pro' offers twice as much, as well as a maximum of 512 GB that the '12' does not even reach. Cameras:Another extremely outstanding aspect is that the 'Pro' model incorporates a third lens (telephoto) that the iPhone 12 lacks. Price:This is another fundamental difference, since both devices are separated by 250 euros from the start. Battery:the autonomy of the device is something that all users look at before purchasing one or the other, however, in this case, although, in theory, the performance of both should be identical, the iPhone 12 is capable of offering greater autonomy than the 12 Pro. That is, without being a really big difference.

Main aspects of the design

Almost inevitably, design is something that affects the vast majority of users when purchasing a mobile device. That is why in this comparison we want to start by talking about the main features, and above all different ones, that you will find between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. We already warned you that, surely at first glance they may seem very similar, but they really hide quite a few More differences than you could imagine.

Identical form factor (or almost)

The first thing that can be seen in an iPhone is undoubtedly the design. In this case, both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro share a very similar aesthetic with flat edges that take us to the iPhone 4, this being a highly demanded change by a large majority of users who were already a little tired of the design that carried by past generations. The back and front are kept identically in both teams except obviously in the camera module, where the iPhone 12 has only two cameras and that is why the placement of these is different as well as the flash itself that is located in the center left of the module. For its part, the iPhone 12 Pro does have the triple camera module, in addition to the LiDAR sensor and the flash.

On the front, both teams maintain the notch and a 6.1″ OLED screen that allows there to be no black frame around the iPhone 12 as in the previous generation, making an important difference. So when you hold both devices in your hand and look at them from the front looking at their screens, it will be very difficult for you to appreciate the differences between the two.

iPhone 12 Pro

Where there is a big difference is in the colors available. While the iPhone 12 Pro opts for much colder and more sober colors, the iPhone 12 maintains the colorful range that users have fallen in love with so much. This makes it a much more remarkable team among the entire range, although this is a section in which you can decide which one is more beautiful. This is where the taste of each user should intervene to decide which equipment is most suitable.

The finish of the rear

Another very important aspect when talking about the design of an iPhone is the material that the Cupertino company itself uses to make the back of the device. In addition, this is one of the great differences that you can find between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, since it not only affects the design, but also the sensation that users have when holding these terminals with their hands, as well as the resistance they will have to the different scratches or bumps they may suffer.

iPhone 12 Pro black

The iPhone 12 features a back that has been made from aerospace-grade aluminum, however, the Pro model features surgical-grade stainless steel. This means that the iPhone 12 are somewhat more delicate, especially when it comes to presenting, with use, different scratches on the back, while the Pro model, this type of wear copes much better, being more resistant. and avoiding, in this way, that the possible scratches are appreciated.

Is there a difference on the screen?

As we have already been saying, both terminals mount OLED panels of identical quality and with an identical size (6.1 inches). They also share the resolution and the maximum brightness of 1,200 nits, although this does not happen with the typical brightness. The iPhone 12 has lower brightness than the 'Pro', having 625 and 800 nits respectively.

iPhone 12

Now, is it really noticeable on a day-to-day basis? Well, if you had the opportunity to carry both devices with you for long periods of time, it is possible that you would end up realizing it, but in normal circumstances it is not something that is easily appreciated. And although it is clear that in very bright situations, such as facing the sun, the 'Pro' wins integers, the screen of the standard model does not look bad at all. Therefore it is a real difference, but it is not entirely decisive in our opinion.

For everything else, they are devices that behave identically at the screen level, offering great quality for video playback. If you are going to use the device to consume videos, series or movies frequently, they may not be the most suitable due to their size, but they will give you a good quality experience without missing anything in any of them.

Main aspects of the hardware

What we will comment on in the following sections are the differences and similarities between these phones in terms of their performance. This is where it is really worth looking, since in the end it could end up tipping the balance in favor of one or the other.

This is how the processor of these iPhone reacts

Regarding the processor, both devices have the same chip. A14 Bionic con Neural Engine. This is something really important since all the functionalities of the camera can be integrated into both devices. The photographic treatment that is done after taking a photograph is identical in both equipment. That is why the night mode is maintained in the video recording in the front camera and in the rear, something that could not be said in the previous generation. This processor is complemented by 4GB of RAM in the case of the iPhone 12 and 6 GB in the Pro range. This is a difference that in practice is not noticeable since the fluidity of the operating system is more than guaranteed in both cases. Where there are also differences is in the internal storage since while the iPhone 12 starts at 64 GB and only reaches 256 GB, the iPhone 12 Pro starts at 128 GB and reaches up to 512 GB.

This has been more than demonstrated in the benchmarks that have been carried out on these devices. If it is true that there is always the big problem that you cannot take full advantage of this processor except in very specific tasks. The A14 chip allows you to perform tasks as important as video editing.

Which has better battery?

With regard to autonomy, there should be no differences according to the data offered by Apple, but experience has shown us that the iPhone 12 performs better in this section. Although both mount identical batteries, in the end the 'Pro' model makes a greater requirement of resources and this ends up affecting when looking at the battery percentage.

iPhone 12.

In any case, this is not a really exaggerated difference, since it will be around 30-60 minutes. Both are devices that, without being the best in this section, can get through the day perfectly without resorting to the charger. Although, yes, with more intensive use or after a few months, in the end the battery ends up lasting less.

It should be noted that the recharge It can be done via cable with the Lightning input in both cases or by induction thanks to the Qi standard. MagSafe technology is also included in both iPhones to be able to attach a compatible charger by magnetism that offers a charging power of 20W. In addition to chargers, other accessories can also be used. Although what you should keep in mind is that none come with a charger in the box , so you will have to find your life in this sense.

Very similar connectivity

Apple opted to integrate 5G connectivity into both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. Of course, only US versions feature mmWave , which is the antenna that allows ultra-broadband connections. This spectrum of frequencies cannot be obtained in a majority way in territories such as those of Europe, so in a way it is understood that Apple has not taken it out of its native country.

Now, in other countries if you can access them at speeds 4G + which are considerably more advanced than 4G, although without reaching the real 5G. However, even those connections are limited by the lack of existing infrastructure, being limited to certain areas that are normally in large population centers.

5G iPhone

Likewise, this is undoubtedly one of the most important reasons when it comes to getting an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro. Especially for the future, since 5G technology is expected to grow more and more. And yes, surprisingly, Apple had not incorporated a modem that would allow this connectivity until this generation of iPhone.

Other highlights

To finish, we bring you other outstanding sections in the comparison of both terminals so that, once you have checked everything, you can be clear about which may be the best choice depending on your use.

Main differences in cameras

As we have mentioned before, the main difference between the two teams lies in the camera system. The iPhone 12 Pro opts for a triple camera system with a wide angle, ultra wide angle and a telephoto lens, all 12 MP that is complemented by a LiDAR sensor. This does not happen in the iPhone 12 where the telephoto lens and the LiDAR sensor are dispensed with but the wide angle and the ultra wide angle are maintained with the same technical characteristics of megapixels and focal aperture as in the iPhone 12 Pro. In the case of the front camera, the same technical characteristics and functions are maintained, so it should not be noticed the difference.

iPhone 12 Pro

These differences in the background are not really important. The telephoto camera is something that few people get to use on a day-to-day basis, if we are talking about a non-professional user. By keeping the other two lenses with the same features, you will hardly notice the difference in the use of the camera. But to go much more in detail, in the following table you can clearly see all the differences and similarities in each of the cameras of the two devices.

specsiPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro
photos front camera-12 Mpx camera and f/2.2 aperture.
-Portrait mode with bokeh effect and depth control.
-Night mode.
-Deep Fusion mode.
-HDR Intelligence 3 with scene detection.
-Retina Flash (with screen).
-Burst mode.
-Automatic image stabilization.
-12 Mpx camera and f/2.2 aperture.
-Portrait mode with bokeh effect and depth control.
-Night mode.
-Deep Fusion mode.
-HDR Intelligence 3 with scene detection.
-Retina Flash (with screen).
-Burst mode.
-Automatic image stabilization.
Videos front camera-Video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps.
-Video recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps.
-Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 fps.
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization (also in night mode).
Cinema-quality video stabilization.
-Video QuickTake.
-Video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps.
-Video recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps.
-Slow motion recording in 1080p at 120 fps.
-Video in time-lapse with stabilization (also in night mode).
Cinema-quality video stabilization.
-Video QuickTake.
Photos rear cameras-Dual camera of 12 Mpx with wide angle and ultra wide angle.
-Optical zoom x2.
-Zoom digital x5.
-Portrait mode with bokeh effect and depth control.
-Portrait lighting with six effects.
-Optical stabilization (wide angle).
-Flash True Tone.
-Night mode (wide angle and ultra wide angle).
Deep Fusion (wide angle and ultra wide angle).
-Intelligent HDR 3 with scene detection.
-Advanced red-eye correction.
-Triple 12 Mpx system with wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto.
-2x optical zoom in, 2x zoom out and 4x optical zoom range.
-Digital zoom up to x10.
-Night mode portraits with LiDAR scanner.
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh effect and depth control.
-Portrait lighting with six effects.
-Double optical image stabilization.
-Flash True Tone.
Panoramic photos up to 63 Mpx.
-Night mode.
-Deep Fusion.
-Smart HDR 3.
-Apple ProRAW.
-Burst mode.
-Automatic image stabilization.
Videos rear cameras-Recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps.
-Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps.
-Video recording in 1080p HD at 25, 30 or 60 fps.
-Video recording in 720p HD at 30 fps.
-Optical image stabilization for video.
-Digital x3 approach zoom.
-Zoom away x2 optical.
-Audio zoom.
-Video QuickTake.
-HD slow motion at 120 or 240 fps.
-Time-lapse with stabilization.
-Time-lapse with night mode.
-Stereo recording.
-Video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps.
-Video recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 fps.
Video recording in 1080p at 25, 30 or 60 fps.
-Video recording in 720p at 30 fps.
-Optical image stabilization.
-2x optical zoom in, 2x zoom out and 4x optical zoom range.
-Zoom digital x6.
-Audio zoom.
-Flash True Tone.
-Video QuickTake.
-Slow motion video in 1080p at 120 or 240 fps.
-Time-lapse with stabilization.
-Time-lapse with Night mode.
-Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps.
Cinema-quality video stabilization.
-Continuous autofocus.
-Stereo recording.
-Playback with zoom.

Box contents

Unfortunately, one of the aspects in which both iPhones are also similar is the content that arrives in the box. Apple made the decision in 2020 to completely withdraw some accessories that may be essential for many people. These are the charging adapter and the headphones. They have traditionally been incorporated into the iPhone box, but as of these terminals, this is no longer the case.

iphone charger

Therefore, it is something that you should take into account when buying these devices, regardless of which one you choose. You can buy it at Apple itself, with good quality chargers and headphones. However, you can also find accessories from other brands in other stores that are just as valid. Of course, we advise you to have the certificate MFi , which stands for Made for iPhone and refers to the fact that they are tested products and that they have full guarantees of quality and compatibility with the devices of the Californian brand.

Conclusions, which one is more worth it?

Solving this question is something really complicated according to what was seen previously. And it is that, if you do not have any, you must take into account several factors. The first of them is him What use are you going to make of the cameras? . If this area is extremely important to you, the iPhone 12 Pro is a more complete phone by offering a telephoto lens and a LiDAR sensor that considerably improves portrait mode photos. If it is not a determining point for you, we assure you that the photographic and video results are exactly the same in many conditions.

Presentation iPhone 12

If you're going to do a intensive use of the terminal, you must count on the fact that in the end the iPhone 12 will give you greater autonomy. We already warned in the corresponding point of the comparison that this was not a beastly difference either, but it is something to take into account. In the same way as at the level of portability The '12' wins the whole for being extremely light, although it is not that the '12 Pro' is a heavy device.

Subtracting those mentioned points, they are two very similar phones . The fact of being within the same generation helps even more to broaden the perception that they are equal. Therefore, and as a general conclusion, we would say that the iPhone 12 is more worth it for the savings that its purchase entails (at the time of updating this post, it starts at 809 euros at Apple). The iPhone 12 Pro is more difficult to obtain as it has been discontinued, although despite this it is not that its price is much lower than the 1,159 euros that it cost at the time.