Launching over 10 years ago, the iPhone is still one of the most popular and iconic smartphones available. Whether you're about to pick up your very first iPhone or you're a long-time Apple lover who’s ready for an upgrade, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right model for you.
To make things easier, we've compared the most recent iPhones side-by-side. Discover their specs, explore camera capabilities and learn what features are included with each Apple iPhone below.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 at a glance: 6.1-inch OLED display, dual-lens 12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 146.7x71.5x7.4mm, 164g.
iPhone 12 Mini: 5.4-inch OLED display, 12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 131.5x64.2x7.4mm, 135g.
iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 share very similar specs, with key differences being Mini's slightly smaller frame, display and battery. With iPhone 12 Mini, you'll find a 5.4-inch OLED display, whereas iPhone 12 has a larger 6.1-inch screen. Both use Apple's Haptic Touch, True Tone and Super Retina XDR technology, and the displays are protected by Apple's unique Ceramic Shield. By adding nanoscale ceramic crystals into the screen, Apple has made sure this iPhone generation is the toughest yet.
The duo come loaded up with a 12MP+12MP dual-lens rear camera, and a 12MP True Depth camera on the front. Night Mode is available on every lens, so unfavourable conditions will never get in the way of you shooting detailed, well-lit pictures. Tech like Deep Fusion and Smart HDR 3 make photography in low-light conditions even easier, and we can't forget to mention the pair's ability to record in outstanding 4K Dolby Vision at 30 fps.
With MagSafe, wireless charging is faster than ever at 15W, and there are endless possibilities to explore with Apple's new MagSafe accessories. iOS 14 brings updates like Widgets and Picture in Picture to iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini, and whatever you love to do on your phone - be it online gaming or streaming Netflix - the cutting-edge A14 Bionic chip and upgraded Neural Engine will make sure you always receive a seamless smartphone performance.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro: 6.1-inch OLED display, triple-lens 12MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 146.7x71.5x7.4mm, 187g.
iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6.7-inch OLED display, triple-lens 12MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 160.8x78.1x7.4mm, 226g.
Apple's premium iPhone models for 2020, you can expect nothing less than the very latest in smartphone tech from iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Crafted from a hard-wearing surgical stainless steel and featuring an eye-catching frosted glass back, this duo is just as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside.
Just like iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are 5G-ready and fueled by the high-spec A14 Bionic Chip, Apple's next-generation Neural Engine and iOS 14. With so much power, you can enjoy a second to none performance, whether you're streaming, playing the latest Apple Arcade games with friends online or making the most of the new camera.
The triple-lens rear camera system consists of a 12MP wide angle lens, 12MP ultra wide lens and a final 12MP telephoto lens. Combined with features like Night Mode on every lens (including the 12MP True Depth front camera), Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3 and a ground-breaking LiDAR scanner, shooting from a distance, up close, during the day or even at night is effortless on iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. You can even record, edit and playback in 4K Dolby Vision (the same format used by pro-filmmakers), opening up a world of possibilities for creatives everywhere.
However, there are a few differences between Pro and Pro Max models when it comes to camera specs. As expected, iPhone 12 Pro Max has the very best camera, with the rear delivering an 87% improvement in low-light conditions and providing 5x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom capabilities. With iPhone 12 Pro meanwhile, you'll see an impressive 27% improvement and can use 4x optical and 10x digital zoom instead.
Both handsets work with MagSafe, improving wireless charging speeds up to 15W. With MagSafe you won't need to worry about placing your iPhone perfectly on a Qi wireless charging mat - innovative magnets help MagSafe chargers and other MagSafe accessories (sold separately) get in position quickly for optimum performance.
iPhone SE (Second Generation)
At a glance: 4.7-inch Retina HD display, 12MP single-lens rear camera, 7MP front camera, IP67 water and dust resistant rating, 138.4 x 67.3 x7.3mm, 148g.
If you like to keep up to date with the latest iPhone technology but you're on a budget, then you're sure to love the second generation iPhone SE. Launched in April 2020, it follows on from the huge success of the first iPhone SE. Just like its predecessor, it offers some of Apple's best specs and brand-new features for much less than its premium counterparts.
The inclusion of Apple's A13 Bionic chip is one of the biggest perks. This system-on-chip can be found on the latest iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, meaning this affordable iPhone will run just as smoothly, and just as quickly, as the newest releases. Whether you're exploring Apple Arcade, experimenting with AR or streaming films in HD, you can be confident it will handle every task with ease. Under the hood, is a long-lasting battery, which can be charged wirelessly, achieving up to 50% in just 30 minutes via fast charge.
Its design is based on the sleek iPhone 8, with an aerospace-grade aluminium and glass frame, iconic Home button with Touch ID and IP67 water and dust rating. There's a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone technology for optimal viewing, iOS 13 on board, and two fantastic cameras: a 12MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing camera.
Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting can also be found, as well as Depth Control on both cameras, which will enable you to adjust the amount of background blur before or after you hit the shutter button. iPhone SE can even record in 4K, and take a still at any moment when you're filming via QuickTake.
At a glance: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, dual-lens 12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistant rating, 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm, 194g.
One of three devices to launch in September 2019, iPhone 11 has been built with some of Apple's most advanced technology on board. As well as an ultra-slick, all-glass body and resilient aluminium frame, iPhone 11 is home to a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display with True Tone technology for a more accurate, authentic viewing experience. There's no home button to be seen (you can unlock the device at lightning-fast speed using FaceID instead), and the entire screen stretches from edge-to-edge, with a tiny notch at the top of the phone for the 12MP True Depth camera.
Speaking of cameras, iPhone 11 is equipped with a dual-lens rear camera system. The 12MP Wide sensor has 100% Focus Pixels for lightning-fast auto focus, while the 12MP Ultra Wide sensor has a 120 field of view - ideal for landscape shots and group pics. You can also record in 4K, edit videos directly in the camera app, take slow-motion selfies, and enjoy an all-round seamless performance thanks to Apple's A13 Bionic chip. What's more, Apple claim iPhone 11 has a battery that'll last one hour longer than iPhone XR.
iPhone 11 Pro
At a glance: 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display, triple-lens 12MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistant rating, 144x71.4 x 8.1mm, 188g.
As the name suggests, iPhone 11 Pro is the premium version of iPhone 11. With a slightly higher price tag comes a bunch of upgraded tech, including a Super Retina XDR display measuring 5.8 inches. Short for Extreme Dynamic Range, this new display-type from Apple essentially improves on-screen colour and brightness, and power efficiency.
The main frame of iPhone 11 Pro has been crafted from a cutting-edge stainless steel, and the IP68 water and dust resistance rating means this handset can survive in up to 4 metres of water for 30 minutes without being damaged.
The handset is built with the latest A13 Bionic chip - the most powerful and efficient system to be released by Apple. As well as ensuring a lightning-fast, lag-free performance, it helps to power some of iPhone 11 Pro's most advanced features, like AR apps, real-time machine learning and the triple-lens rear camera. With three 12MP lenses, you can expect incredible snaps even in low-light, and refined Depth Control, Portrait Lightning and new Portrait Mode features give you more freedom with your photos. The 12MP True Depth camera is brilliant for selfies, slofies (slow-motion videos) and FaceTime.
iPhone 11 Pro Max
At a glance: 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display, triple-lens 12MP+12MP+12MP rear camera, 12MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistant rating, 158x77.8x8.1mm, 226g.
Love the sound of iPhone 11 Pro but fancy a device with an even larger screen? Choose iPhone 11 Pro Max - the most high-spec iPhone from Apple for 2019. A must for gamers, Netflix lovers and budding videographers alike, the 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display is incredibly vivid, defined and thanks to True Tone, offers fantastic colour accuracy.
It features the same all-glass and stainless-steel body, IP68 water and dust resistant rating, A13 Bionic chip and 12MP triple-lens camera system feature as iPhone 11 Pro, as well as the updated 12MP True Depth front camera. Apple favourites such as Memoji, Animoji, Face ID and Siri are, of course, all included too, alongside all other features from 11 Pro Max.
iPhone 11 Pro Max is slightly heavier than 11 Pro at 226g, but you're getting an even bigger battery for the extra weight. Apple state the 11 Pro Max lasts 5 hours longer than the XS Max, with up to 20 hours of video playback or 12 hours of video streaming. The 11 Pro, meanwhile, lasts 4 hours longer than the XS, and will give you 18 hours of video playback and 11 hours of video streaming.
At a glance: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, 12MP rear camera, 7MP True Depth front camera, IP67 water and dust resistant rating, 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm, 194g.
The entry-level device of Apple's 2018 iPhone launch, iPhone XR is still an impressive handset.
In looks, it's very similar to iPhone 11, with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, aluminium frame and identical dimensions of 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm and 194g. The differences lie beneath the surface. You'll find a high-speed A12 Bionic chip with second-generation neural engine, which is still ultra-quick and promises a lag-free performance whether you're streaming, gaming or simply unlocking your device.
As for the camera, you'll still be able to take professional-looking photos in any environment on the 12MP rear camera, or pose for selfies using the 7MP TrueDepth front-facing camera. 4K recording is perfect for aspiring filmmakers, and Animoji and Memoji are offered thanks to a combination of great camera tech and intelligent Apple software.
At a glance: 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display, dual 12MP+12MP rear camera, 7MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistant rating, 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, 177g.
A 2018 release, iPhone XS was the first iPhone to sport a dual-lens camera. It's a step up from iPhone XR, but with a cheaper price point than the 11 range.
Still one of the most advanced iPhones on the market, iPhone XS is full of impressive tech. Not only does it have that dual 12MP camera system with a wide-angle lens and telephoto lens, it also features a 7MP True Depth camera (an essential for selfies and features like Animoji and Memoji), a defined 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display and slick surgical-steel frame that not only looks great, but is extra durable too.
iPhone XS also has an IP68 water and dust resistance, meaning it can survive in water that's 2 metres deep for 30 minutes. You can charge it wirelessly thanks to Qi technology, and cutting-edge Face ID security, letting you and you only access the device.
Fuelling iPhone XS is Apple's A12 Bionic chip, which holds a powerful CPU, GPU and a second-generation Neural Engine. Combined, the three work in harmony to deliver a seamless, lightning-fast performance and ensure apps and features can operate smoothly, even if they use demanding software like AR tech.
iPhone XS Max
At a glance: 6.5-inch Super Retina HD display, dual 12MP+12MP rear camera, 7MP True Depth front camera, IP68 water and dust resistant rating, 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, 208g.
If you find yourself streaming video content frequently from your phone, use your device for video or photo editing or you're into mobile gaming, a larger screen can completely transform your smartphone experience. The 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED screen on iPhone XS Max displays true-to-life colour, great brightness levels and a defined picture.
You'll find the same camera system on iPhone XS Max that features on iPhone XS - a dual-lens 12MP+12MP rear camera and a 7MP True Depth selfie camera. iPhone XS can shoot photos in incredible detail, with features like Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting enhancing your shots. The telephoto lens on the rear camera is particularly useful when you want to achieve a bokeh effect, and Depth Control will enable you to control the amount of blur in each picture after the shutter button has been pressed.
It’s slightly heavier at 208g, and has larger dimensions of **157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, and a longer bigger battery life.
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