If you’re thinking about upgrading your current iPhone, or making the switch from an Android, you might be considering which of the recently released flagships to choose. Released in September 2019, iPhone 11 is brimming with brilliant specs, and remains one of the most advanced (and powerful) iPhones on the market. In October 2020, the iPhone 12 series launched, boasting even more premium specs – but at a higher price point. Join us as we unpack the key strengths and differences of these two iPhones, side by side.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 12: Design & Display
At first glance, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 look fairly similar; both sport Apple’s distinctive smartphone design, with no home button and smooth edges to maximise ergonomic comfort. But while iPhone 12 has a flat, rounded frame made from surgical-grade stainless steel, iPhone 11 has convex edges, and is crafted from aerospace-grade aluminium.
This earlier model has a tough, Gorilla Glass front and back, whereas iPhone 12 goes one step further with the inclusion of a Ceramic Shield front, which provides 4x better drop performance. As a result, this device is also slightly more water resistant, capable of withstanding submersion in up to 6m of water for 30 minutes.
iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, with True Tone technology and a wide colour gamut, making this device an exceptional choice for anyone who values crystal clear graphics and vivid colour. Meanwhile, iPhone 12’s display similarly measures 6.1-inches, but it’s a Super Retina XDR display with an 86% screen-to-body ratio, ideal for an immersive viewing experience when you’re gaming on the go, or streaming your favourite reality show on your daily commute.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 12: Camera
Both of these iPhones bring a dual-lens rear camera system to the table, with one 12MP wide lens and one 12MP ultra wide lens apiece, as well as a 12MP selfie camera on each handset. On both devices, you’ll find getting the whole gang in a group shot a breeze, and with up to 5x digital zoom, close-up shots are brilliantly detailed too.
You’ll find a selection of dedicated photography modes on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 too, including Night mode and Deep Fusion. There’s also Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control, so you can keep your subject front and centre, and create an artful blur in the background, every time.
You can film in 4K on either phone too, but with iPhone 12, there’s the additional ability to record HDR video with Dolby Vision, which can help you get professional-looking footage with minimal effort. iPhone 12 also includes new Night mode Time-lapse, so you can capture the magic of a sunset without compromising on colour.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 12: Power
When it comes to power, there are several key distinctions to make between iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. Powering iPhone 11 is the A13 Bionic – an extremely capable processor with 8.5 billion transistors, that can handle all the everyday tasks you could possibly dream of, and keep sophisticated AI apps running without a glitch too.
By contrast, iPhone 12 features the next-generation A14 Bionic, which is the fastest chip to be incorporated into a smartphone to date. The A14 Bionic elevates the end-to-end performance of this device, making it faster, more powerful and increasing battery efficiency to boot. iPhone 12 is also a 5G-ready handset, so when you’re in a supported area, you can enjoy lag-free gaming, super quick download speeds and crisp, clear FaceTime connections – all without draining your battery or hemorrhaging your data, thanks to the A14 Bionic.
However, both iPhones run on the latest operating system from Apple – iOS 14 – from the moment they’re switched on. This most recent edition includes some exciting new features of its own, like Home screen Widgets – which allow you to pin larger, more informational versions of your favourite apps to your home screen, such as the weather, or your calendar. App Library is another update, which provides a whole other way of cataloguing your apps for intuitive access, while new Picture in Picture allows you to keep a video call open while you write an email, or look at the news.
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 12: Battery
iPhone 11 is fueled by a Li-Ion 3,110 mAh battery, while iPhone 12 has a slightly smaller Li-Ion 2,815 cell, but both models can achieve up to 65 hours audio and 17 hours video playback. So no matter which of the two flagships you choose, you can count on your phone to keep you going all day, whether you’re tracking your morning run, or getting a late Uber home from a dinner out.
As well as this, both handsets can be quickly restored with 20W fast charging, using any suitable adapter (sold separately), or charged wirelessly with any Qi-certified charger. With iPhone 12, you can even power up with MagSafe wireless charging, which aligns the charger and iPhone perfectly to enable peak power delivery through an unobstructed connection.