iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12
iPhone 12
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iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro Max
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iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max


iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max
Width71.5 mm78.1 mm
Height147.7 mm160.8 mm
Weight164 g228 g
Thickness7.4 mm7.4 mm
Volume78.15 cm³92.93 cm³


iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max
Resolution1170 x 2532 px1284 x 2778 px
Density460 ppi458 ppi
Size6.1 inches6.7 inches


iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max
Battery capacity2815 mAh3687 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingYesYes
Fast chargingYesYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes

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iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max
Maximum storage256 GB512 GB
Number of processor cores66
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity4 GB6 GB
5G supportYesYes
LTE supportYesYes


iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max
Front camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesYes
Optical zoomYesYes
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px


iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro Max
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
Number of microphones22

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro Max Comparison

If you’ve already decided to upgrade to the iPhone 12 series, maybe you’re not so sure which model you should get. Let’s take a look at the standard iPhone 12 and see how it compares to the top model in the series: the iPhone 12 Pro Max.


You won’t find a huge difference in camera performance between models of almost any iPhone series. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Max both have rear main cameras with 12 MP and 4032 x 3024 px resolution. The main difference is the additional telephoto lens on the Pro Max, which supports better zoom capabilities than the standard iPhone 12.


Battery life is probably one of the main considerations for upgrading from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The standard model gives you 2815 mAh capacity, while the Pro Max upgrade has 3687 mAh. Since both models run the same processor, this increased capacity actually makes a difference and the average user might experience a few hours more of usage time during a full charge for the 12 Pro Max. Aside from that, both models still offer fast and wireless charging capabilities.


Users who enjoy a bigger screen on their iPhone are likely going to prefer the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The standard iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display screen, but the Pro Max is going to feel significantly bigger in hand, measuring 6.7-inches. Along with that, you’ll also find better quality on the Pro Max with 1284 x 2778 px resolution compared to 1170 x 2532 px resolution on the iPhone 12.

Storage Options

If you need the most storage out of your smartphone, then you’ll likely need to consider the 12 Pro Max which has options up to 512 GB. The standard iPhone 12 only offers up to 256 GB, but that’s still usually enough for the average user.


Both devices feature Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset with six CPU cores running at 3GHz speed and run on the iOS 14 operating system out of box. However, you do get a slight advantage with the Pro Max, which features 6 GB of RAM capacity, while the standard iPhone 12 only has 4 GB.

Overall, choosing between the standard iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max mostly comes down to preference. Users who like a bigger phone with more storage and better battery life are going to prefer the 12 Pro Max. However, both phones perform very similarly and the average user will likely not notice much of a performance difference from every day use, so if you’re looking to get the most out of your budget, then stick with the iPhone 12.

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