Jump from iPhone 11 Pro to iPhone 12: advantages and disadvantages — 2022

We tend to always compare equivalent iPhone models between generations, such as 'Pro' models versus standard ones. But what if we compare an iPhone 11 Pro with an iPhone 12? It is a generational leap, yes, but going from a 'Pro' to a 'non-Pro'. What advantages and disadvantages can be found? In this article we analyze it.

Specifications of both devices

We do not believe that a comparison between two devices with so many edges can be closed with a simple and cold comparative table and that is why in the following sections we will analyze the most important differential points between both phones. However, we believe it is convenient that we put these specifications on the table to know later what we are facing in this comparison.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12

iPhone 11 ProiPhone 12
Colors-Space Gray
-night green
-Green lime
Dimensions-Height: 14.4cm
- Width: 7.14cm
-Thickness: 0.81cm
-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
Weight188 grams162 grams
Screen5.8-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)
Resolution2,436 x 1,125 pixels at 458 pixels per inch2,532 x 1,770 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness800 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
625 nits typical and 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA13 Bionic with third generation Neural EngineA14 Bionic with fourth generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
Autonomy-Video playback: up to 18 hours
-Video streaming: up to 11 hours
-Audio playback: up to 65 hours
-Video playback: up to 17 hours
-Video streaming: up to 11 hours
-Audio playback: up to 65 hours
Frontal camera12 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture12 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx and aperture of f / 1.8
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx and aperture of f / 2.4
-Telephoto lens: 12 Mpx and opening of f / 2
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx and aperture of f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx and aperture of f / 2.4
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
connectivity-WiFi 802.11ax (6th gen.)
-Bluetooth 5.0
-Possibility of having Nano SIM and eSIM
-WiFi 802.11ax (6th gen.)
-5G (sub-6 GHz)
-Bluetooth 5.0
-Possibility of having Nano SIM and eSIM
PriceDiscontinued at AppleFrom 809 euros at Apple

What sets them apart the most

As a summary and as a prelude to the point-to-point comparison, we can find the following main differences between these devices:


The iPhone 11 Pro sports a more sober range of colors. It is not that they are better or worse, since it is based on taste, but at first it is a more than relevant difference with the palette of the iPhone 12, which in addition to being more striking allows us to find up to 6 possibilities, while in the previous one we only find with four possibilities. Even the silver/white and space gray/black colors don't really look alike. In this section you also have to take into account the finish of these colors, since the iPhone 11 Pro is much duller and matte, while the iPhone 12 stands out for the brightness they provide.

Dimensions and weight

It is not that there is a huge difference between them as far as these sections are concerned, but it is perceptible. And while it is true that in terms of size itself it is not far between them, the weight is more than remarkable when you have one and the other in hand. It is not that the '11 Pro' is very heavy, but it is that the iPhone 12 is a featherweight and it is surprising when you first hold it. It should be noted that the change in form factor from one to another is also perceptible, going from curved edges in the '11 Pro' to completely straight frames in the '12', in the purest Apple vintage style.


At the level of size we do not find too many differences here either. In fact, thanks to the form factor and use of the front, it gives the feeling that both have the same screens, although one at the end has a diagonal of 5.8 inches (11 Pro) and the other 6.1 (12). The technology they mount, OLED, is the same, although the resolution and brightness have improved in the most recent device.

Maximum storage capacity

While in the iPhone 11 Pro we can find a maximum capacity of up to 512 GB which should be enough for practically any user, in the iPhone 12 only 256 GB is reached, although it offers an intermediate version of 128 GB than the 'Pro' does not have. In any case, both start at 64 GB, so if you want to get the cheapest version of both, you will have this memory yes or yes.


Although it is very slight, on paper the iPhone 12 has an autonomy of 1 hour less in video playback and is equal to the '11 Pro' in everything else. However, in the corresponding section on batteries we will analyze this behavior in practice and if there really is one that stands out above the other in an area as relevant as this, although from the outset you can already foresee that the differences, if any, will not be very important from one device to another.

telephoto camera

Precisely the third camera that the iPhone 11 Pro has is the one that is absent in the iPhone 12. The 'Pro' offers a very useful x2 lens for certain photographs without having to physically approach it. Although in the end, in the other two cameras, we find practically identical lenses that will allow us to obtain very similar results in any of them. Without a doubt, this will be one of the points that will mark the comparison between these two teams, especially for those users who do want to take full advantage of the photographic and video possibilities that the iPhone provides.

5G connectivity

As with the other differences, we will take a closer look at this point. However, and as a preview, we can tell you that this is a very relevant difference between both devices. The iPhone 12, along with the rest of its series, was one of the first from Apple to incorporate 5G, leaving the iPhone 11 Pro with 4G connectivity and without any possibility of connecting to more modern networks. This is something that you will have to assess especially if you have in mind to acquire one of these two devices and you want it to be your smartphone for a long time. Although currently you will not yet be able to enjoy the true experience that a 5G network provides, in a matter of months or a year yes, and then it will be important to have this feature.


This point remains somewhat strange today, since the iPhone 11 Pro has not been officially sold since 2020, it has been left with an official price. However, it is still available in some stores and the price can be similar to that of the '12'. In any case, we will tell you some more key regarding this matter in a later section of this post.

Design and comfort face these iPhone

Although the design line marked by Apple is noticeable in each of these smartphones, the truth is that both start from a different form factor. The same happens with the comfort and ergonomics they have, being two phones considered compact for the market average, but even with this they have notable differences that we will assess in the following sections.

General aesthetics of the devices

The iPhone 11 Pro stands out for its curved sides, something seen since the iPhone 6, a very used front although with the presence of the already classic ' notch ’. In its rear we find a laminated glass tremendously pleasant to the touch and that is only cut in the part of the camera module, which has three lenses. Precisely the latter is the main difference in the back of the iPhone 12, which 'only' has 2 lenses. The front of the latter is also similar and you have to look and touch the sides to find the most noticeable difference and that is that the edges are now flat and we only notice a slight curvature in the corners.

Also, going back to the fact that both devices have on the back, although it is true that both have the same resistance to shocks, reality and experience tell us that the iPhone 11 Pro has better and greater resistance to scratches. that can be produced as a result of daily use. On the other hand, the iPhone 12, having a much brighter glass, these small flaws will be much more noticeable, this being a much more prone to scratching device.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro

Tell which one is more comfortable It is something really subjective. Based on our experience, we could say that the iPhone 12 feels more secure to hold, especially when not wearing a case. However, it is just as true that in the end it can end up being more uncomfortable if it is carried in the hand due to the fact that it has those straight sides that 'stick' more in the hand. It is not something exaggerated anyway, but it is noticeable. Although obviously, this will be something that each user will have to check, since it is a very personal point where the sensations and preferences that each user may have come into play.

Regarding the front, although both share a 'notch' and an outstanding OLED screen technology that we will talk about later, the fact that the iPhone 12 feels somewhat more used is remarkable. The screen is now flush with the phone and aesthetically gives the device another look.

As to colors we also found differences as we saw in the comparative table. Although they share certain shades, they are not quite identical. The black of the iPhone 12 and the space gray of the 11 Pro are not visually appreciated in the same way, nor is the white of one and the silver of the other. In the end at this point we cannot take one or the other for good, since in the end it will be a matter of personal preferences of each one.

Maximum screen quality in both cases

In the specifications table you will have been able to verify that being somewhat larger, the iPhone 12 has better resolution, although typical brightness drops from 800 to 625 Regarding the 11 Pro. Well, on a technical level it is interesting to know, but on a day-to-day basis I must admit that neither one thing nor the other is appreciated at all. You can enjoy photos and videos with great quality on both devices, having an outstanding experience in both cases.

And as for the brightness, we have to admit that we had no problems seeing the content of the iPhone 12 in practically any light circumstance, although it is true that with the sun hitting the screen it becomes more complicated, something that also happens in the 11 Pro. Something that should be valued is the so-called ceramic shield of the iPhone 12, which is a type of material manufactured to prevent scratches from occurring on the screen and although this does not make it impregnable, it shows.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 screens

The iPhone 12 is much more comfortable

Can a taller, wider iPhone with a bigger screen be more comfortable? It can and this is because the difference in these dimensions is scarce and In terms of thickness and weight, the iPhone 12 takes the prize. One of the reasons why Apple decided to change the side design of its new phones could be precisely to make them lighter. In our case, after more than a year testing the '11 Pro', we have been able to notice that the '12' is much lighter and more comfortable to handle.

It is true that the screen size is larger and although it is something to be thankful for, the truth is that when you get used to it you already forget that you have a larger screen. In fact, we could say that these two devices, with the permission of the '12 mini', are the two most comfortable Apple devices to use that exist. At least that's what those who are fans of compact phones and don't value size so much will think. phablet of models such as the 'Pro Max'.

iPhone 12.

Hardware Highlights

In the end, beyond what these phones may look like aesthetically, the truth is that the important thing is on the inside. These iPhones are from two continuous generations, so there is not a very big difference, but just enough to highlight certain points. The fact that we also compare a 'Pro' model with a standard one also affects, even if that standard is a more recent generation.

Overall Processor Performance

The generational leap from the A13 Bionic of the iPhone 11 Pro to the A14 Bionic of the iPhone 12 exists. At a technical level, there are notable differences in the number of operations per second one is capable of doing over the other. We find it frivolous to underestimate Apple's advances in this section, but if we stick to real life, the truth is that both iPhones go like a shot and offer great performance.

Whether it's for moving around the system, running heavy tasks, or having a good companion for computational photography, both chips deliver, and there's hardly any difference in any day-to-day action. Obviously if we go to video editing or image rendering, there is an improvement in times in the A14 of the iPhone 12, but it is not something exaggerated either.

A13 Bionic y A14 Bionic

Bearing this in mind, it is also predicted that both will update their software for many years , probably remaining very close in time, with the iPhone 12 with one more year of life. However, as we indicated, both devices may continue to have iOS updates that allow you to continue enjoying the device to the fullest, both with aesthetic and functional innovations that are added by software, as well as with bug fixes and security improvements.

Let's talk about 5G

If this new connectivity incorporated by the iPhone 12 and the rest of the iPhone of its generation is one of the main reasons for your purchase, we already anticipate that it will not be worth it. The first thing to note is that Apple has reserved the best 5G only for the United States , since the brand reached agreements with telephone companies in the country to bring this connectivity to their devices, having only in this place a special antenna on one side for mmWave connectivity.

In the rest of the countries we have a advanced 4G which is not really a 5G. If we also count the limitations found due to lack of infrastructure, this is little less than having nothing. Although the latter is not Apple's fault, far from it. It must be recognized that on the occasions when these networks are found, if a difference is noticed, at least palpable, but it is not as great as it would be with real 5G. Is it better in this regard than the iPhone 11 Pro and its 4G? It is, but neither to fire rockets.

5G coverage

What about the battery in these smartphones?

Although it seems contradictory, measuring the autonomy of an Apple device by its battery capacity is extremely subjective. The apple company can afford to incorporate lesser capabilities than the competition and yet offer equal or even greater autonomy in many cases. All this is thanks to the excellent management of the processor (A13 and A14) and to the fact that it is the company itself that designs its software (iOS).

The iPhone 11 Pro surprised us in its day with its excellent battery, capable of reaching more than a day of intensive use. It is true that the 'Max' took the cake in this case, but boy, what a joy it was not having to keep an eye on the charger. It is true that over time and with the logical deterioration of the battery this was going less, but everything at a natural and understandable rhythm.

iPhone 12 battery

With the iPhone 12 we feared having a worse experience in this regard, since both Apple in its indications and the battery capacity itself were lower. well again we find surprises . We could say without fear of being wrong that, at least in our case, an identical sensation to the 11 Pro is experienced, reaching the end of the day with a battery percentage of around 25-35% with approximately 6 hours of screen time. Not bad, come on. Therefore, in this section we cannot do anything other than give a technical tie to both devices.

Is MagSafe decisive in the comparison?

This functionality is really an addition to the iPhone 12, but at least in our opinion it should not tip the balance. The most recent device incorporated, along with the rest of its generation, a system of magnets capable of making the phone compatible with accessories such as wallets or charging bases that remain magnetized to the back, avoiding those false contacts that make the iPhone not it loads

As users of a MagSafe charger, we have to admit that it is very comfortable to place the iPhone on top and that it adjusts automatically without fear that a slight movement will destabilize it and stop charging. It has also been very comfortable to use in your hand as if you were charging it with the traditional cable. However, we insist on emphasizing that it is a very positive addition, but that in no case should it be the main reason for buying this or any other phone, since it does not mark a before and after in the way of using the iPhone.

MagSafe imitation

Photography and video: main differences

Before fully commenting on the main differences that you can find in terms of cameras between these two iPhone models, we want you to know what both devices really offer. Therefore, below we leave you with a table where you can find all the information about their cameras.

specsiPhone 11 ProiPhone 12
photos front camera-Retina Flash
-Smart HDR
-Portrait mode with Depth Control and lighting effects
-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
-Recording in 1,080p at 30 or 60 frames per second
-Slow motion at 1080p at 120 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 120 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
Photos rear cameras-Flash TrueTone
-Optical Image Stabilization
2x close-up optical zoom with 4x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom
-Portrait mode (also in night mode) with Depth Control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR
-Deep Fusion
-Night mode
-Flash TrueTone
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Optical zoom out x2 and digital zoom x5
-Portrait mode (also in night mode) with Depth Control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 3
-Deep Fusion
-Night mode
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
-Video dynamic range up to 60 frames per second
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Audio zoom
-Slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video QuickTake
-4K video recording at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-HDR video recording with Dolby Vision at up to 30 frames per second
-Video dynamic range up to 60 frames per second
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-Audio zoom
-Slow motion in 1080p at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Video QuickTake

In this writing we recognize that we are more fans of the ultra wide angle lens than the telephoto and considering that the iPhone 12 continues to maintain it despite losing the telephoto lens, we can be satisfied. If this is not your case and this is one of your most used lenses and you also see the camera section as essential for your use, the balance will opt for the iPhone 11 Pro, unless there is some feature of the 12 capable of counteracting it .

In video, it must be recognized that the improvements provided by the iPhone 12 are remarkable, despite not having improvements that its older brother, the 12 Pro Max, incorporates. However, it must be said that in normal photographs the change from one to the other is barely noticeable, except in photographs taken with the ultra wide angle in night mode , which improves considerably on the latest phone. The mode Portrait , for example, is very similar in both cases, although the help of the telephoto lens in the 11 Pro makes it possible to see a slightly better crop.

On the ground of video There are also aspects to comment on. Again, the telephoto lens is missed in some circumstances, but at least in our case it has been compensated by the tremendous improvement of the iPhone 12 in its low-light recording. The Time-Lapse in Night Mode, despite not being the most common modality, opens up a new range of possibilities with truly amazing results.

Conclusion, which is the best buy?

At this point, we have no choice but to consider the differences sections closed and thus go straight to a conclusion in which we will try to definitively answer your questions, taking into account everything that we have previously commented on. In any case, we have already warned you that in the end in many aspects it is your very personal opinion and in the end we cannot say definitively that one or the other is more convenient for you, since there are several points that must be taken into account. consider.

If you already have an iPhone 11 Pro

This case is interesting to analyze, since in some sections such as those seen in this article you will be moving to an inferior iPhone. Our advice is to make a list (real or mental) with the most important points for you and see what the iPhone 12 offers you. If you think you can do it, you have the money and you feel like it, you will enjoy a remarkable change. In fact, you can sell your 11 Pro at a good price and even give it to a loved one, being a gift in capital letters.

iPhone 11 Pro

Now, if you're only tempted by the novelty, you're happy with your device and it's also going to cost you money, don't hesitate to keep your iPhone 11 Pro. It's still a phone that, if you take care of it, can last you for years. being fully functional and with constant software updates.

Doubts between buying one of them?

If, on the contrary to the previous case, you have any other device and you want to get hold of one of these two, things change. This will come into play price and it is that you should review offers and storage capacities of the device to analyze if one or the other compensates you more. Is it always better to go for the most recent? Yes, in many aspects such as performance, which, although it does not improve considerably, will in the end give you a longer useful life.

Of course, as we anticipated at the beginning, Apple no longer sells the iPhone 11 Pro. However, it is possible to find it in stores such as Amazon at really competitive prices. In fact, it is in this store where we usually find sales for the '12' more often, so it is a very good standard to compare and analyze if one or the other may be more worthwhile.

iPhone 11 Pro buy it at Amazon Logo Consult iPhone 12 buy it at EUR 774.99

The same happens if you want to have interesting news such as MagSafe or video improvements. However, the iPhone 11 Pro, even more so if you find a good offer, is a device with a lot to say in all its sections and if you don't need these new features, you'll be getting a terminal that continues to be up there with the best on the market.