Four iPhone handsets were announced during Apple's October 2020 event, including the premium iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you're serious about photography, and you're after the most advanced Apple handset yet, the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are certainly not to be missed.
Learn more about iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and discover all the specs in detail in our head-to-head comparison.
iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max - Design & Display
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max share the same stunning design, which differs slightly from the design seen on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini. You'll find the new, sleek flat edges and edge-to-edge screen on board, however there's an exclusive surgical stainless steel frame and frosted glass back included on the Pro models.
Ensuring their good looks don't spoil easily, both handsets feature Apple's Ceramic Shield technology. Inserting nanoscale ceramic crystals into the display adds a 4x boost to drop performance, and screens are now scratch resistant. Tougher than ever, the handsets also have an IP68 water resistance rating, so it can survive in up to 6m of water for 30 minutes.
The main differences are regarding size. iPhone 12 Pro weighs 187g, measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.mm, and includes an immersive 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display. iPhone 12 Pro Max is even bigger, measuring 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm, weighing 226g and offering an outstanding 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR screen. Both screens use OLED technology, with HDR, True Tone and Haptic Touch for a beautifully detailed viewing experience full of colour and clarity.
iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max - Camera
Both iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max bring triple-lens rear cameras and 12MP True Depth front-facing cameras to the table, with the Pro Max coming in with the most advanced system.
Both rear cameras include a 12MP wide lens, 12MP ultra wide lens and 12MP telephoto lens, but the specs vary slightly. On the Pro Max, there's a larger sensor on the 12MP wide lens, meaning you can expect an v87% improvement in low-light conditions** compared to the results achieved with iPhone 11 Pro. iPhone 12 Pro, meanwhile, has also made some incredible advancements and delivers a 27% improvement.
iPhone 12 Pro's telephoto lens can deliver 4x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and 2x optical zoom in and zoom out, whereas iPhone 12 Pro Max increases zooming capabilities further. On Pro Max you'll find 5x optical zoom, 12x digital zoom, 2.5x optical zoom in and 2x optical zoom out. If you're seriously into photography, these specs could make all the difference.
Of course, as Apple's flagships both phones create next-level results. There's a ground-breaking LiDAR scanner for amazing low-light shots, and Night Mode portraits are now possible with 6x faster autofocus. Deep Fusion and Smart HDR 3 enhance images even further, adding balance and refining details so you can capture colours accurately and see even the finest of textures on screen. ApplePro RAW will give you full control over the editing process too.
Video isn't to be overlooked either. Set to inspire a generation of new filmmakers, there's a smartphone first on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now, you can film and edit in Dolby Vision HDR (the format used by professional filmmakers). 4K Dolby Vision video makes the jump to 10-bit HDR recording, helping you to capture 700 million colours before showing off your work on the big screen through AirPlay.
iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max - Power
When it comes down to performance, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are built to handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. Both get Apple's new A14 Bionic chip and the next-generation Neural Engine, so you can expect the fastest iPhone experience yet.
Powerful enough to support Dolby Vision, AR apps and the latest smartphone games, you won't be let down. There's no need to wait around for updates - iOS 14 will already be loaded onto the device, so you can use Picture in Picture, experiment with Widgets and Smart Stacks and get organised with the App Library straight away. Siri is smarter than ever too, and as always FaceTime, Face ID and Apple Pay are all available.
Apple's iPhone 12 handsets are the first to offer 5G connectivity, so whenever you're in a 5G supported area your iPhone will instantly connect, and deliver lightning-fast downloads, lower latency and more.
iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Max - Battery
Just as you'd expect from an Apple flagship, the batteries on both iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have been designed to last. One full charge on iPhone 12 Pro Max will provide up to 20 hours of video playback, while powering up to 100% on iPhone 12 Pro will deliver 17 hours of video playback.
You'll have a number of options when it comes to booting either device back up too. Plug in, and reach 50% in less than 30 minutes with any 20W or higher charger (sold separately).
If you'd rather go wireless, you'll just need to use a Qi-certified charger. And, thanks to Apple's introduction of MagSafe, wireless charging is more efficient than ever before. While previous iPhone models could expect 7.5W, a MagSafe charger can provide up to 15W power - and it's all thanks to an added magnetometer and single-coil NFC reader. With MagSafe, you can wirelessly charge with ease thanks to alligned magnets, as well as being able to snap on compatible Magsafe accessories, such as cases, wallets and mounts.