iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. All its features — 2022
AApple's top-of-the-range iPhones have been renewed for another year, adapting their specifications to the current needs of users. In this article we analyze their fundamental features as well as the price they have in their different models for storage.
Specifications and technical differences
Before starting to talk about any device, it is interesting to see what its main technical characteristics are. It is also known that the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max can be similar in many points but... in which ones specifically? In the following table you will find all the information.
|iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Dimensions||-Height: 14.67cm |
- Width: 7.15cm
|-Height: 16.08 cm |
- Width: 7.81cm
|Weight||187 grams||226 grams|
|Screen||6.1' Super Retina XDR OLED||6.7' Super Retina XDR OLED|
|Resolution||2532 x 1170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch||2778 x 1284 pixels at 458 pixels per inch|
|Brightness||800 nits (typical) and 1200 nits (HDR)||800 nits (typical) and 1200 nits (HDR)|
|Processor||A14 Bionic chip with latest generation Neural Engine||A14 Bionic chip with latest generation Neural Engine|
|Internal memory||-128 GB |
- 256 GB
- 512 GB
|-128 GB |
- 256 GB
- 512 GB
|Speakers||Double stereo speaker||Double stereo speaker|
|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 camera||12 MP camera with 2.2 aperture||12 MP camera with 2.2 aperture|
|Rear camera||-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
|-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/2.2
|Touch ID||Do not||Do not|
|Price||From 1159 euros||From 1259 euros|
In addition to this data, it is important to remember that some information such as battery capacity or RAM is not public. Although it is known from third party information that both models have 6 GB of RAM .
Design that goes back to the past
This year Apple had to turn the design of its iPhones around again. Since the iPhone X there has not been a clear evolution in this sense when they went on to have an all-screen design but maintaining the curved edges of the iPhone 6. That is why the company has decided to take a trip to the past by including fully curved edges in these new iPhones. planes that do not have a metallic chrome. The same color is maintained on all sides and it is something that is not relatively new, since the iPad Pro already includes this type of design with totally flat edges. At first you can witness extremely elegant and visually appealing equipment.
The construction materials as well as the design in general give a vision of being before a premium device with a slight facelift compared to the previous generation. For the rest of the differentiating aspects, they remain intact, such as the famous notch or the rear camera system that maintains the same triangular layout, adding a LIDAR sensor in the lower corner of the package. This is why Apple has made a good decision, because if there had been no change, many users would have found themselves with an iPhone quite similar to the generation in hand. In the end, this aspect is obviously something totally subjective, but it is a reality that for many users the design of the iPhone 5 was one of the most beautiful and they wanted to approach it.
When it comes to colors, Apple remains conservative. It maintains the colors silver and gold, but there is a variation on the color traditionally known as space gray that has been renamed 'graphite'. This is because the tone in these models is much darker, approaching black. But one of the great novelties in this sense is undoubtedly the peaceful blue color that has landed to attract all users. Obviously the palette is not as wide as in the case of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini, but this is undoubtedly one of its differentiating aspects.
Resistant to most situations
If resistance in iPhones is a priority for you, this new generation has been designed for you. With the aim of preventing iPhones from breaking, Apple has improved the construction materials so that they are much more 'hard' against shocks or accidents. Obviously, depending on the blow, the iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max can end up breaking, but the company has tried to make it more difficult.
These new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Max have been built with Ceramic Shield on the front. On the back, the textured matte glass and a stainless steel structure stand out. It is obvious that these rear materials have had to be integrated with 5G technology and the new wireless charging in mind. These materials have to be able to transmit signals as well as energy as efficiently as possible.
The Ceramic Shield material is a much more resistant metal than conventional ones, although it is also more difficult to obtain. The positive thing is that this process has a very rewarding result: more resistance against possible scratches from the keys or any other object. It is obvious that it is always advisable to install a cover as well as a tempered glass. Although we are dealing with a couple of extremely resistant devices, as we have said before, they are not indestructible and that is why any protection is more than necessary.
5G lands on the iPhone
Although there have been many years that have had to wait until Apple has opted for 5G, it has already landed on the iPhone. The agreement with Qualcomm has finally allowed the installation of the necessary modem as well as the antennas that are located on the edges of both devices. In this way they are guaranteed to have the best possible coverage at all times. The problem really comes when talking about the infrastructure to be able to use 5G connectivity since it is new in much of the world, except in the US. It should be noted that both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max integrate this compatibility without the need to make an extra outlay for a specific model.
Another of the great limitations that you will face with these iPhones is that the real 5G will only be available in the US. After reaching different agreements with telephone operators in the United States, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will have very good download and upload speeds in this territory. In the rest of the countries, you will have to settle for a slightly improved 4G but that does not come close to what is considered real 5G. This is undoubtedly a problem that can be associated with a lack of 5G infrastructure in other countries. We will have to wait for future versions to see if the real 5G connectivity ends up expanding.
A processor that is pure performance
The brain of every mobile lies in the processor it indicates. From Apple they have never disappointed in this regard, and in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max they have not made an exception. Both devices integrate an A14 Bionic chip that has a 5nm ARM structure, this being the first chip to be designed at 5nm. This fact guarantees an improvement in the general performance of the device as well as in autonomy with the aim of being able to compensate for the extra cost of 5G connectivity.
The fluidity in these two iPhone is more than achieved. We must remember that Apple's A-range chips have traditionally outperformed the rest of the competition such as Qualcomm. This year does not seem an exception, since it has already achieved a 50% higher performance compared to the A13 chip. You are guaranteed to be assured of numerous software updates for the next 5 years at least as you will be able to handle everything that is coming in the future. In addition, the processor has become one more component of the camera since, thanks to it, computational photography can be carried out. Together with the new generation Neural Engine, an extremely good processing quality is achieved as well as an improvement in terms of augmented reality and its experience.
More than enough battery
When it comes to battery, both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will give you a good experience throughout the day. Despite the fact that everything indicates that the capacity of the battery has been reduced with respect to the generation, the truth is that they have managed to adjust the autonomy very well. The only drawback that can be found lies in the iPhone 12 Pro that has gone on to have up to 17 hours of video playback from the 18 that the iPhone 11 Pro had. Likewise, this hour difference is practically negligible in practice on the part of the user. The person responsible for the autonomy remaining stable lies in the A14 processor itself, which is much more efficient, as we have previously commented.
The really important thing is that if we stick to the autonomies that Apple gives, both the iPhone 12 Pro and the Pro Max can perfectly not go through the charger all day. Virtually no one spends 17 hours a day constantly playing video, making it possible to spend a day without connecting to electricity. Especially the 12 Pro Max model, which is the one with a larger battery, can give several more hours of use without any problem.
Charging is undoubtedly a critical point since the best possible performance is needed so that the equipment is quickly charged when necessary. That is why these iPhones are compatible with fast charge greater than 20W . Wireless charging is also facilitated with the Qi standard, and to optimize this system the technology has been rescued. MagSafe . These special and novel chargers can be magnetically attached to the rear coils of these iPhones. In this way, the alignment is practically perfect, improving the transmission of energy by induction, making a much more efficient and therefore faster charge.
Neither charger nor headphones with these iPhone
One of the great controversies of this iPhone undoubtedly lies in its charger and also in the headphones. This year Apple has opted to remove these accessories from the box where the iPhone arrives, leaving only a Lightning to USB-C cable for charging. The lack of a transformer has been tried to justify alleging environmental reasons to avoid generating waste in the production of accessories that may not be used by users. Apple wants to reuse wall chargers that users may have at home from previous equipment or simply recharge by connecting the iPhone to a computer or other device.
Induction charging can be an interesting solution to avoid using cables and also the wall transformer. The problem lies when a user does not have any type of charger at home, neither wall nor induction. This forces these users to have to purchase the charger, which can obviously be done in the official Apple store for a 'moderate' price.
Headphones have also been sacrificed this year. Without a doubt, we are facing a transition that has led from eliminating the jack connector to soon forgetting the headphones that work through cable. The future rests on Bluetooth headphones that are obviously priced much higher than typical EarPods. Apple's reason is the same as before: to protect the environment. The problem also lies in whether or not a user has headphones that they can recycle at home.
The cameras continue to set a very high bar
The front camera or popularly called 'selfie' has received an interesting improvement. It has a 12 Mpx sensor with f/2.2 aperture as is traditional but now integrates Smart HDR 3 with scene detection. This makes it possible to interpret very well the position of the different scenes that are going to be photographed in order to really give prominence to the first scene in most cases. This is also achieved thanks to being a Deep Fusion camera that allows computational photography to offer much more depth to the selfies that are going to be taken. Portrait mode is maintained, which is compatible with six different photographic effects.
It should be noted that this front camera now allows you to take pictures in poor lighting conditions such as at night. The time in which the camera is taking pictures increases to have a better exposure time and to achieve, after processing by the A14 chip, a clear result even if there is a lot of darkness in the environment. This is something that stood out in the rear cameras but has now also been implemented in the front.
Regarding the rear cameras, the triple lens system that was in the previous generation and whose characteristics we have previously commented on is maintained. It is possible to have a digital zoom of up to x10 in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro and x12 in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. But the great novelty undoubtedly lies in the new LiDAR sensor that is included under the three cameras. With this there are many functions that are included to be able to improve the photographic results allowing portraits to be taken in night mode, something that was totally impossible. Also the LiDAR sensor allows to have an advanced bokeh effect as well as better depth control. In this way, it is possible to have a much more professional result also thanks to the Intelligent HDR 3 with scene detection.
Apple ProRAW was exclusively featured on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. It allows better photography computations with the aim of post-editing the photographs to the millimeter to have the most professional result possible.
Exceptional video recording
It is a fact that Apple has achieved that the recording of your video on your iPhone has become one of the best compared to the competition in general.
- Video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps.
- Video recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 fps.
- Slow motion video in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 fps.
- Expanded dynamic range for video up to 30 fps.
- Cinema-quality video stabilization.
- Video recording in HDR with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps.
- Video recording in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 fps.
- Video recording in 1080p HD at 30 or 60 fps.
- Optimal image stabilization.
- Audio zoom.
- Slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 fps.
- Time-lapse in night mode.
- Continuous autofocus.
- Digital zoom up to x6 on iPhone 12 Pro and x7 on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Apple has wanted to give prominence on this occasion to the improvement in image stabilization. If in the previous generation it was good, now it is much better so that in any action scene you want to record where you have to go in motion you can have an image that is as smooth as possible, achieving a good final result. The recording in night mode will also allow many minds to give rise to their imagination to go out with the camera without light to record different images as well. Obviously we are still talking about a camera that is on a mobile phone but that is gradually closing the gap with professional cameras of several thousand euros.
128 GB base storage is a reality
One of the most requested features for Apple to implement was the increase in base storage. 64 GB comes at a time when it may be somewhat short and seeing that the rest of the manufacturers have already increased it several generations ago, it was not understood why Apple had not done so. This forced many users to look for alternatives to storage either in iCloud or in other services that can water down the user experience.
But finally in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max the base storage of 128 GB has been imposed, completely banishing the 64 GB. That is why the storage options available on these computers are as follows: 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. With these options, without a doubt, few people will be able to complain about having little free space since the majority of users will hardly be able to fill so many GB unless they take photos and videos regularly.
iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max price
Currently the price of these two iPhones in Spain with taxes included are as follows:
- iPhone 12 Pro
- 128 GB: 1159 euros.
- 256 GB: 1279 euros.
- 512 GB: 1509 euros.
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- 128 GB: 1,259 euros.
- 256 GB: 1379 euros.
- 512 GB: 1609 euros.
It should be noted that Apple has decided not to increase the price of these devices compared to the previous generation. Although, if you are interested in obtaining some type of discount, you can enter the trade in program. With this you can get a much lower price when buying the new iPhone always giving your old equipment. To give you an idea, you can have a discount of up to 700 euros in the case of giving an iPhone 11 Pro Max. Obviously, this entire program is regulated by a series of conditions in which a maximum price is established as long as the equipment is in perfect physical and working condition.