iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro: The Big Guns Face Off!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 10/13/20 •  5 min read

The most-anticipated flagship smartphone of 2020 has arrived. Of course, I’m talking about the iPhone 12 Pro series–the flagship of flagships. Together the series includes the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

However, while the “Max” in the name is a clear giveaway that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the bigger screen, is there any other difference between the two devices? Let’s dive in and take a look.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Quick Comparison

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro: The Big Guns Face Off!
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Design

Winner? Draw – Both iPhones have the exact glass and surgical-grade stainless steel industrial design. They also both come in pacific blue, gold, graphite, or silver models.

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Displays

Winner? Draw – While the Pro Max has the bigger display, technically, the display tech on each phone is identical.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro: The Big Guns Face Off!
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CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw – Both use the exact same A14 Bionic chipset.

Camera

Winner? iPhone 12 Pro Max – ThePro Max has the technically better camera setup thanks to its 5x total optical zoom, versus the 4x total optical zoom found in the regular Pro.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro: The Big Guns Face Off!
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Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 12 Pro – You get an extra three hours of battery life.

Price

Verdict?

From a technical perspective, the massive beast that is the iPhone 12 Pro Max wins here. That’s due to its superior camera tech. Not only does it feature better optical zooming, but the rear camera on the Pro Max also offers the better ƒ/2.2 aperture on the telephoto lens and a digital zoom up to 12x (versus 10x on the Pro).

However, camera and larger display aside, both the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro are the exact same phones. That means that what will most likely sway your decision is the psychical size of the Pro and the Pro Max.

If you don’t mind the massive size, go for the Pro Max because you get the best camera on an iPhone possible. However, if the smaller Pro is more your style, you really won’t be losing that much in the camera department.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro: Specs

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro: The Big Guns Face Off!
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Here are the specs for the iPhone 12 Pro Max:

And here are the specs for the iPhone 12 Pro:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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