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iPhone 12 Sizes, Dimensions, and Specs

Published May 12, 2023 - The iPhone 12 series brings many welcome updates that make it a very worthwhile upgrade from its predecessor. With a powerful processor, improved resolutions, and larger display, it’s a welcome addition to Apple’s iPhone lineup. Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 12 specs to get you started.

How big is the iPhone 12?

The iPhone 12 display sizes vary depending on the model. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are identical in size, with both devices featuring a 6.1-inch display. However, the 12 Pro is considerably heavier than the standard model. The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest of the bunch, with the 5.4-inch display making it a pocket-friendly choice. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is by far the largest, weighing in at 228 grams and featuring a 6.7-inch display.

iPhone 12 Size

iPhone 12 mini Size

iPhone 12 Pro Size

iPhone 12 Pro Max Size

6.1-inch diagonal display

5.4-inch diagonal display

6.1-inch diagonal display

6.7-inch diagonal display

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.4mm

64.2 x 131.5 x 7.4mm

71.5 x 146.7 x 7.4mm

78.1 x 160.8 x 7.4mm

2.81 x 5.77 x .29 inches

2.53 x 5.18 x .29 inches

2.81 x 5.77 x .29 inches

3.07 x 6.33 x .29 inches

Comparing iPhone 12 dimensions

The standard iPhone 11 is a fair bit larger and 28 grams heavier than the iPhone 12, despite sharing an identical screen size. When you compare the Pro Max models from each series, the iPhone 12 is marginally larger and heavier, but the difference is negligible. However, the trade-off is that the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a noticeably smaller screen.

Comparing to the next model up, the dimensions of the standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 are almost the same, with the latter device being 0.3mm deeper. It’s also slightly heavier, weighing 10 grams more than the iPhone 12. When you compare the Pro Max models from each series, you’ll once again find near-identical dimensions. As with the standard models, the iPhone 12 and 13 Pro models are only different by .3mm of depth, which you likely won’t notice.

iPhone 12 design and layout

The design materials of the iPhone 12 takes its lead from the iPhone 11, with both boasting an aluminum frame and curved edges. However, Apple updated the design of the iPhone 12 making it a sleeker phone option compared to the iPhone 11. The rounded edges and clean lines make it one of the more ergonomic smartphones on the market. Even the largest model in the series, the iPhone Pro Max, is easy to handle and feels comfortable in hand. 

Even though the iPhone 12 models have a slightly updated design, the layout of those all-important controls and buttons are largely identical. If you’re picking up an iPhone 12 facing the screen, you’ll find volume buttons on the left-hand side of the device. A little further down is the SIM tray. On the right, you’ll find the lock/wake screen button, while the lightning connector is located in the usual spot at the bottom where you’ll also find the microphone and stereo speaker. 

In terms of layout, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 are almost the same. However, with the iPhone 11, the SIM tray is located on the right-hand side of the handset. Meanwhile, all models from the iPhone 13 series adopt the same button layout as the iPhone 12 lineup.

Comparing iPhone 12 Specs

We’ll start with the all important question that most people ask about new phone models: Is the iPhone 12 waterproof? Yes, the iPhone 12 models all hold an IP68 rating and are water-resistant at depths of up to 1.5 meters. This also means those internal components are protected against dust. Ideal if you’re someone who doesn't like to add covers and cases to their device. 

The iPhone 12 series outranks the iPhone 11 lineup on just about every count. In addition to being more lightweight and streamlined, the iPhone 12 delivers improved resolutions and pixel density. The battery life of the iPhone 12 is also slightly improved. However, you might struggle to see much of a difference if you’re using 5G. 

Thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 13? You’ll have to look hard to find any discernible difference between the two. At a push, the iPhone 13 comes out on top thanks to its A15 Bionic chipset and slightly larger screen, but the price to upgrade doesn’t really seem justified. 

If you’re looking to do away with Apple together, there’s always the Galaxy S21 series to consider. The Galaxy S21 has a slightly better display, while an improved battery life means you’ll have to spend less time charging than with an iPhone 12. However, the differences are marginal, so it’s really a case of which brand you feel most loyal to. 

CAPACITY/STORAGE OPTIONS

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

64 / 128  / 256 GB

64 / 128  / 256 GB

128 / 256 / 512 GB

128 / 256 / 512 GB

WEIGHT

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

164 grams

135 grams

189 grams

228 grams

DISPLAY

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

6.1 inches (Super Retina XDR OLED)

5.4 inches (Super Retina XDR OLED)

6.1 inches (Super Retina XDR OLED)

6.7 inches (Super Retina XDR OLED)

IP RATING

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

IP68

IP68

IP68

IP68

CHIPSET/CPU

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple A14 Bionic / Hexa-Core

Apple A14 Bionic / Hexa-Core

Apple A14 Bionic / Hexa-Core

Apple A14 Bionic / Hexa-Core

REAR CAMERA

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

12MP (f/2.4), 12MP (f/1.6)

12MP (f/2.4), 12MP (f/1.6)

12MP (f/2.4), 12MP (f/1.6), 12MP (f/2.0)

12MP (f/2.4), 12MP (f/1.6), 12MP (f/2.2)

FRONT CAMERA

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

12MP (f/2.2)

VIDEO

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

4K HDR/30fps

4K HDR/30fps

4K HDR/60fps

4K HDR/60fps

AUDIO

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos

POWER & BATTERY

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

2,815mAh / 10.5 hours

2,227mAh / 8.5 hours

2,815mAh / 10.5 hours

3,687mAh / 14.2 hours

CHARGING

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

20W (wired), Up to 15W (wireless)

20W (wired), Up to 15W (wireless)

20W (wired), Up to 15W (wireless)

20W (wired), Up to 15W (wireless)