iPhone 12 Pro vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max Buying Guide

This month, Apple presented the iPhone 12 Pro and the 12iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max as successors to the popular iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max with a new, angular industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, a LiDAR scanner and MagSafe. As Apple’s premium flagship products, the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and the iPiPhone 12 Pro Funktionen Max are the iPhones with the most functions.

The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ starts at 999 US dollars and the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max starts at 1,099 US dollars. While the two phones share most of the features in common, there are actually a number of differences between the devices in addition to screen size. Our guide shows the differences between the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and the 12 Pro Max and helps answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhones is best for you.

Comparison of the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro max

The ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro and the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max have practically all important functions in common. Both phones have the same OLED Super Retina XDR display technology, an A14 Bionic processor, 5G connectivity, a “Pro” camera setup with 12 MP ultra wide, wide and telephoto lenses and a LiDAR scanner and are in the same Colors available. What is more interesting is where the two devices differ.


Phone 12 Pro
  • 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Telephoto lens with ƒ / 2.0 aperture
  • 2x optical enlargement, 2x optical reduction; 4x optical zoom range
  • Digital zoom up to 10x
  • Double optical image stabilization
  • Battery life with 17 hours of video playback
  • Weight of 6.66 ounces (189 grams)
  • $ 999, $ 1099, $ 1299 for 128GB / 256GB / 512GB

‌IPhone 12‌ pro max
  • 6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2778 x 1284 pixels
  • Telephoto lens with aperture ƒ / 2.2
  • 2.5x optical enlargement, 2x optical reduction; 5x optical zoom range
  • Digital zoom up to 12x
  • Optical image stabilization with sensor shift
  • Battery life with 20 hours of video playback
  • Weight of 8.03 ounces (228 grams)
  • $ 1099, $ 1199, $ 1399 for 128GB / 256GB / 512GB

Aside from the physical size, Apple has added a few more camera improvements to the Max. Read on to take a closer look at each of these aspects and see exactly where the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro stands out from its bigger sibling.

Screen size

The most noticeable difference between the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max is the screen size. The ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro is 6.1 inches and the 12 Pro Max is 6.7 inches. This means that the larger phone can display more content, with app UI elements being further apart and elements like the keyboard being much larger. However, the smaller phone is much easier to pocket and is easy to use with one hand.

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The displays themselves use exactly the same technologies and have the same functions. The main reason for preferring the hiPhone 12‌‌ Pro, however, lies in its better fit in the hand and easier one-hand operation. Likewise, those who prefer a larger display, to the point that it can cannibalize the 7.9-inch iPad mini, clearly prefer the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max.

Dimensions and weight

As a smaller phone, the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro obviously has a smaller height and width than the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro max. The ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro is 14.1 mm shorter and 6.6 mm narrower than the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro max. However, both phones are the same thickness of 7.4mm. The ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro is only 189 grams (1.66 ounces in total) 39 grams lighter than its larger counterpart.


The camera is another important area for the separation between devices. The two iPhones have very similar rear camera arrays with three 12-megapixel cameras, including an Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto and a LiDAR scanner, and many of the same software features like Smart HDR 3, Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and Apple ProRAW . However, the larger size of the 12 Pro Max allowed Apple to add three additional camera features.

The wide-angle camera of the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max has a 47 percent larger sensor with larger pixels, which lets in much more light than the wide-angle camera of the ‌iPhone 12‌. Photos taken with the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max in low light conditions are 87 percent better, according to Apple, because the pictures also have more details and better colors.

The telephoto lens of the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ has an aperture of f / 2.0, while the telephoto lens of the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max has an aperture of f / 2.2. However, the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max has a focal length of 65 mm and a superior 2.5x zoom lens to the 52 mm focal length and the 2x zoom lens in the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, which enables a 5x optical zoom range .

The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max has optical image stabilization with sensor shift on its wide-angle lens instead of optical image stabilization with lens shift. This means that the camera sensor moves to counteract camera shake, not the lens. The result is improved optical image stabilization.
Increased magnification, better low-light performance, and optical image stabilization with sensor shift are notable, if not particularly groundbreaking, improvements to the camera. However, if you use your iPhone frequently for photography and videography, then the advances made on the 12 Pro Max will likely be appreciated.

Battery life

The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and the 12 Pro Max also differ in terms of battery life. According to Apple, the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro can deliver up to 17 hours of video playback. However, since the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max is much larger, it can hold a larger battery and therefore offers longer battery life. This means that the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max can reportedly deliver up to 20 hours of video playback. The actual battery life of both devices is likely to be less than Apple estimates, as mixed usage tends to be a little heavier than video playback alone.

If battery life is your priority, the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max offers the best possible battery life in an ‌iPhone‌. If you choose the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro, it will have adequate battery life, but it will not match the performance of the 12 Pro Max.

Other iPhone options

If the iPhone 12 Pro‌ is outside of your comfortable spending range starting at $ 999, then you should definitely consider the cheaper counterpart, the iPhone 12‌ ($ 799 / $ 829) or even the iPhone 11‌ ($ 599) .

Final thoughts

The most obvious decision point between the “iPhone 12 Pro‌” and the “iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max” is the screen size. The camera extensions of the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max also make it the best ‌iPhone‌ for photography and videography. Heavy battery users will also appreciate the additional capacity.

The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max offers the best that you can get out of an iPhone‌ in all areas. However, this is not necessarily a worthwhile purchase for all users. A large 6.7 inch phone is not for everyone. Some might think the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max is too big or uncomfortably large, while others love the larger display for media consumption.

Screen size is ultimately a matter of personal preference, and Apple offers the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lines in three different sizes to meet the needs of all users. Since the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and the ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max have almost all functions in common, with the exception of some camera hardware, it depends on individual taste. The additional $ 100 price tag seems like a fair trade for the added size, battery life, and camera features.

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