iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro
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iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro design and colors
The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro both have the same classic, iPhone 4-inspired design with flat sides; however, this time the phones have thinner bezels, compared to last year's iPhone 11 series, along with overall thinner and lighter body. A notch houses the front selfie camera and the Face ID sensor. The Apple logo is positioned in the center of the iPhone 12’s back. Both phones feature 6.1-inch displays and are therefore of very similar size.
iPhone 12 Pro colors:
- Pacific Blue
Another quite curious aspect of the new design is the small plastic section on the side of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. It is for the mmWave antenna, required so that the phones will work on Verizon’s 5G mmWave network.
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iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro display
The only difference when exploring the tech specs of the two phones with regards to the displays, is that the typical max brightness of the iPhone 12 is listed as 625 nits, while the one of the iPhone 12 Pro is 800 nits, so the 12 Pro might enjoy a bit of an edge in sunny outdoor locations. Their peak brightness appears to be 1200 nits for both, though, so we'll basically need to play with the actual phones in order to make any clear distinctions between the two displays.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro hardware and performance
- A14 Bionic chip
- 64 vs 128 GB base storage options
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iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro cameras
We find the biggest difference between the two models in the camera department. The iPhone 12 features a dual-camera system on its back, with a main sensor of 12MP, featuring a 7-element lens which brings in 27% more information in low-light conditions.
On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro has four cameras, beating the standard iPhone 12 with a telephoto camera, and a LiDAR sensor, which assures a more realistic-looking AR, Portrait mode in low-light, faster shutter speeds and autofocus for Night Mode.
But it's not only the hardware helping the iPhone 12 Pro stand out. Now, iPhone 12 Pro brings RAW format for photos, which allows more editing control. However, Apple is particularly proud of combining the new RAW format (it's called Apple ProRAW) with all the goodies that come with its advanced computational photography processing. Obviously the A14 chipset is credited as being the key enabler here. This RAW camera format is not available on the iPhone 12, which is understandable, considering the Pro series is promoted as the iPhones for photographers this year.
The iPhone 12 series are the first iPhones to feature 5G connectivity, so iPhone users will now be able to benefit from lower-latency and higher network speeds that 5G provides in areas where it is available. It’s important to note that, at the moment the 5G network in the US is not perfect and sometimes the connections will drop down to 4G LTE in areas with lower-coverage, so don’t expect to be able to instantly feel the difference that 5G will bring when you’re traveling around the states or even in cities.
Additionally, if you’re buying an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro outside the States, ensure to check the bands’ compatibility to make sure your 5G network is going to be supported.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro battery life
The battery-demanding 5G connectivity, big and beautiful OLED screens, and mighty performance capabilities flagship phones impress us with make a bigger battery a must in a flagship smartphone.
Well, no 120Hz display refresh rate this year on the iPhones, meaning it won’t impact their battery life. Additionally, the new A14 Bionic chip is built upon a 5nm manufacturing process, making it more power-efficient. However, it’s quite expected that the 5G network will drain the battery, even if the difference is minuscule thanks to that Smart Data mode.
The iPhone 12 features a 2,775mAh battery cell, which is the same as the one on the iPhone 12 Pro. We will have to test and see for ourselves when we get the iPhone 12 models.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro MagSafe
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro price and availability
- iPhone 12, price $799 on major carriers, $829 SIM-free, pre-orders start on October 16, 2020; official release date: October 23, 2020
- iPhone 12 Pro, price $999, pre-orders start on October 16, 2020; official release date: October 23, 2020