This month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max as the successors to the popular iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with a new squared-off industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, a LiDAR Scanner, and MagSafe. As Apple’s premium flagship offerings, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the most fully-featured iPhones available.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099. Although the two phones share the vast majority of features, there are actually a number of differences between the devices besides just screen size. Our guide highlights the differences between the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, and helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhones is best for you.
Comparing the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max share virtually all of the same key features. Both phones have the same OLED Super Retina XDR display technology, A14 Bionic processor, 5G connectivity, a “pro” camera setup with 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto lenses, LiDAR Scanner, and are available in the same colors. More interesting is where the two devices differ.
iPhone 12 Pro
- 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution
- Telephoto lens with ƒ/2.0 aperture
- 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range
- Digital zoom up to 10x
- Dual 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 2778-by-1284-pixel resolution
- Telephoto lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture
- 2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 5x optical zoom range
- Digital zoom up to 12x
- Sensor-shift optical image stabilization
- Battery life with 20 hours of video playback
- Weight of 8.03 ounces (228 grams)
- $1099, $1199, $1399 for 128GB/256GB/512GB
Aside from physical size, Apple has added a few more camera improvements into the Max. Read on for a closer look at each of these aspects, and see where exactly the iPhone 12 Pro contrasts with its larger sibling.
The most noticeable difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max is the display size. The iPhone 12 Pro has a size of 6.1 inches, and the 12 Pro Max has a size of 6.7 inches. This means that the larger phone will be able to display more content, with the UI elements of apps spaced further apart, and items such as the keyboard will be much bigger. The smaller phone, however, will be much more pocketable and easy to use with one hand.
iPhone 12 mini vs 12 Pro vs 12 Pro Max screen sizes in Xcode.
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The displays themselves use the exact same technologies and have the same features, but the main reason to prefer the iPhone 12 Pro will be because of its better fit in the hand and easier one-handed use. Likewise, those that prefer a larger display, to the point that it may begin to cannibalize the 7.9-inch iPad mini, will clearly prefer the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Dimensions and Weight
As a smaller phone, the iPhone 12 Pro obviously has a lesser height and width than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 Pro is 14.1mm shorter and 6.6mm narrower than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, both phones have the same thickness of 7.4mm. The iPhone 12 Pro is also 39 grams (1.38 ounces) lighter than its larger counterpart, at just 189 grams (6.66 ounces) in total.
The camera is another key area of separation between the devices. The two iPhones have very similar rear camera arrays, with three 12MP cameras, including an Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto, and a LiDAR Scanner, and many of the same software features, such as Smart HDR 3, Night mode, Deep Fusion, and Apple ProRAW. However, the larger size of the 12 Pro Max has allowed Apple to add three additional camera features.
The Wide camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 47 percent larger sensor with bigger pixels, which lets in a lot more light than the Wide-angle camera of the iPhone 12. Low-light photos taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max are 87 percent better, according to Apple, with images also featuring more detail and better color.
The Telephoto lens on the iPhone 12 Pro has an f/2.0 aperture while the Telephoto lens of the iPhone 12 Pro Max has an f/2.2 aperture, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 65mm focal length and 2.5x zoom lens that is superior to the 52mm focal length and 2x zoom lens in the iPhone 12 Pro, allowing for a 5x optical zoom range.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has sensor-shift optical image stabilization on its Wide lens instead of lens-shift optical image stabilization. This means that the camera sensor moves to counteract shake, rather than the lens. The result is improved optical image stabilization.
Increased zoom in, better low-light performance, and sensor-shift optical image stabilization are noteworthy, if not especially groundbreaking, camera improvements. Nevertheless, if you heavily use your iPhone for photography and videography, the advancements on the 12 Pro Max will likely be appreciated.
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also differ when it comes to battery life. The iPhone 12 Pro can deliver up to 17 hours of video playback, according to Apple. However, since the iPhone 12 Pro Max is much larger, it can accommodate a larger battery and therefore offer a longer battery life. This means that the iPhone 12 Pro Max can reportedly deliver up to 20 hours of video playback. Real-world battery life for both devices is likely to be lower than Apple’s estimates, as mixed usage tends to be a bit heavier than video playback alone.
If battery life is a priority for you, the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers the best possible battery life in an iPhone. If you choose to get the iPhone 12 Pro, it will still have a fair battery life, but it does not reach the capability of the 12 Pro Max.
Other iPhone Options
At a starting price of $999, if the iPhone 12 Pro is outside your comfortable spending range, you should definitely consider its cheaper counterpart, the iPhone 12 ($799/$829), or even the iPhone 11 ($599).
The most obvious decision point between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max falls comes down to screen size. The camera enhancements of the iPhone 12 Pro Max also make it the best iPhone for photography and videography. Likewise, heavy battery users will value the added capacity.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max represents the most you can get out of an iPhone in all areas, but that does not necessarily translate into a worthwhile purchase for all users. A large 6.7-inch phone is not for everyone. Some may consider the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s size excessive or uncomfortably large, while others will love the larger display for consuming media.
Screen size is ultimately a matter of personal preference, and Apple offers the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lineup in three different sizes to meet all users’ needs. Since the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max share almost all features except for some camera hardware, it comes down to individual taste. The added $100 in price seems a fair trade for the added size, battery life and camera features.
OtterBox Launches Apple-Exclusive Cases for iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max – Stockhouse
FORT COLLINS, Colo. , Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OtterBox, the No. 1 most-trusted case in smartphone protection, is the exclusive third-party case provider for the introduction of the new MagSafe ecosystem featured on Apple iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max. OtterBox Aneu Series and Figura Series cases are available now at Apple retail and apple.com. 1
Aneu Series and Figura Series are slim cases that have been thoughtfully designed to interact with Apple’s cutting edge MagSafe ecosystem that brings a whole new level of usability to your mobile experience. Perfectly and securely align your new iPhone to the MagSafe Charger and snap into place your MagSafe Wallet, all with trusted OtterBox protection.
“OtterBox has been in the business of protecting Apple devices since the very first iPhone,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke . “We are thrilled to work alongside Apple to help bring to life this latest innovation for the mobile industry.”
Aneu Series and Figura Series headline the full portfolio of OtterBox products for the new iPhone line-up, with rugged Defender Series, versatile Commuter Series, stylish Symmetry Series, sophisticated Strada Series, fan-favorite Otter + Pop featuring a built-in PopSockets PopTop and a variety of screen protection options. No matter your personal preference, OtterBox has the new iPhones covered. 2
Aneu Series and Figura Series are available exclusively at Apple retail, apple.com and otterbox.com and the rest of the OtterBox case portfolio for iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max can be found at otterbox.com.
OtterBox innovates bold products that deliver confidence and trust in any pursuit. From its humble beginnings with a drybox in a Fort Collins, Colo. , garage, OtterBox has honed and leveraged its expertise in manufacturing and design to become the No. 1-selling smartphone case brand in the U.S. and a leader in rugged outdoor lifestyle products. 1
At the center of every OtterBox innovation is a deeper goal to effect positive, lasting change. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, OtterBox grows to give back by inspiring kids to change the world through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. To learn more about this mission, visit otterbox.com/givingback .
For more information, visit https://www.otterbox.com/ .
1 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection / Units Sold / January 2016 – July 2019
2 Aneu Series, Figura Series, Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series and Strada Series, are NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against drops and shock.
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Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on moon
Finland’s Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the moon, the company said on Monday.
The lunar network will be part of the U.S. space agency’s efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 and build long-term settlements there under its Artemis program.
Nokia said the first wireless broadband communications system in space would be built on the lunar surface in late 2022, before humans make it back there.
The Finnish company will partner with Texas-based private spacecraft design firm Intuitive Machines to deliver the network equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.
After delivery, the network will configure itself and establish the first LTE (Long-Term Evolution) communications system on the moon, Nokia said.
“The network will provide critical communication capabilities for many different data-transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video,” Nokia said.
The first Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra images show redesigned camera bulbs – The Queens County Citizen
With the ulation rumors that Samsung may launch its S21 series by January, we naturally hope to get more details on the upcoming flagships. Okay, thanks for the latest set of renders leonleaks This gives us our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra. In addition, the source supports the January launch rumors.
Both phones come with a flat 6.2 “panel with S21 with centered punch hole cutouts like their predecessors, while the Ultras comes with a 6.7-6.9 curve with a more pronounced curve.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra
On the back, the two phones come with a completely different design. The S21 camera bump has increased compared to the S20 and is now wrapped around the frame of the device. We have three vertically stacked cameras, but the flash is now kept separate from the camera bump.
Elsewhere the design does not change much until the button is placed. We can locate the dual-microphone holes above and the dimensions listed on the phone are 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm (without camera bump).
The S21 Ultra gets a more substantial camera bump on its back with four lenses. Like the Vanilla S21, it is stretched to fit with the phone side frame.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The dimensions listed for the S21 Ultra come in at 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm, adding another 2mm to the overall thickness of the camera bump. Rumors of an S-Pen turned out to be in addition.
In addition to the new renders, both the S21 + and its Ultra counter are featured in China’s 3C certification database. Useful bit of information from the lists is that both phones come with 25W charging.
Samsung Galaxy S21 + and S20 Ultra Charger Lists
Upcoming Galaxy S models will feature the “EP-TA800” charger, which was also confirmed last week when the Galaxy S21 was seen with the same charger on the 3C listing.
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