Unlike previous years, Apple this year has revealed four versions of the latest iPhone 12. And as if it wasn’t already a tough choice for users to pick between the 4 series, four different versions this time has made it increasingly complex to decide which one to get. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max all get a new design, updated display, support for a 5G network and a plethora of other new features. However, down from $699 for the iPhone 12 Mini up to $1099 for the gigantic iPhone 12 Pro Max, selecting the right one requires careful consideration.
If you were sceptical as to which model to go for, this article is for you. I hope you will be able to make your mind with the help of the information known so far.
|iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Mini||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Processor||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic|
|Display||6.1” Super Retina XDR OLED; 2532*1170||5.4” Super Retina XDR OLED; 2340*1080||6.1” Super Retina XDR OLED; 2778*1284||6.7” Super Retina XDR OLED; 2778*1284|
|Connectivity||LTE; 5G||LTE; 5G||LTE; 5G||LTE; 5G|
|Camera||12MP(Front); 12MP and 12MP Wide(Rear)||12MP(Front); 12MP and 12MP Wide(Rear)||12MP(Front); 12MP, 12MP Wide, and 12MP Telephoto(Rear)||12MP(Front); 12MP, 12MP Wide, 12MP Telephoto, LiDAR Scanner(Rear)|
|Features||Magsafe||Magsafe||Magsafe, LiDAR, Apple ProRAW||Magsafe, LiDAR, Apple ProRAW|
The iPhone 12 series comes in 3 different sizes with the iPhone 12 Mini among the smallest, measuring 5.2*2.5*0.3 inches and weighing 4.8Oz. Whereas the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro measures 5.8*2.8*0.3 inches and weigh 5.8Oz. and 6.7Oz. respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest of all with 6.3*3.1*0.3 inches dimensions and weighs at 8Oz.
If you are someone who likes to keep their phones in the pockets without worrying much about carrying them around, iPhone 12 Mini is your device to have. Whereas, if you like to stay on the middle ground and settle with the standard 6.1 inches segment, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are the best fit for you. As far as hardcore gamers and media streamers are concerned, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the best fit.
In the iPhone 11 series, Apple had reserved the high-end display technology for the Pro Series and used a less expensive display for the standard version. However, things have changed this year.
The entire iPhone 12 lineup has the latest Super Retina XDR OLED display with the only difference in the form of size. The iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inches display while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro has 6.1-inches displays. The largest, iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inches display. Now, all these displays have a maximum brightness of 1200 nits in HDR, however, t varies slightly on the Pro series. The maximum typical brightness for iPhone 12 and 12 Mini is 625 nits, while for the iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max, it is 800 nits.
Therefore, if you are considering display as your preference, you should know that all these devices are bright enough to use in the broad daylight. The only thing to consider is the size and your individual needs.
When it comes to the camera, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini differ from the Pro series a lot. The former pair of devices sport dual 12 MP Wide and Ultrawide cameras on the rear and a 12MP front camera as well. These cameras support up to 2X Optical Zoom. While these details may sound like the same as for the iPhone 11, the camera on the iPhone 12 has a wider f/1.6 aperture making it perform much better in low light conditions.
On the Pro Series, you will find a triple camera module with 12MP sensors and a LiDAR Scanner. This module has a primary wide-angle lens, an ultrawide lens with a 120-degree field of view, and a telephoto lens with 4X Optical Zoom and 10X Digital Zoom capabilities. The front camera is the same sensor like that on the standard and the mini versions. Again, the iPhone 12 Pro series has got a wider f/1.6 aperture for low-light photography needs.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is different from all in the iPhone 12 lineup in terms of the camera. The telephoto sensor on the device has a narrow f/2.4 aperture and supports 5X Optical Zoom and 12X Digital Zoom feature.
Therefore, if you love doing photography and shooting videos using your iPhone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is your best bet.
The complete iPhone 12 line up has got the latest A14 Bionic Processor, claimed to be the world’s fastest processor on a smartphone. While we can expect similar performance values in terms of the processor, I don’t think there will be much difference in terms of the RAM performance as well. So it completely depends upon the end-user to decide what variant he/she needs.
Price and Availability
The iPhone 12 Mini is the least expensive at $699 for the base variant. The price will increase as you go up with picking the higher storage options. The iPhone 12 is available at $799 for the 64GB version, $849 for the 128GB version and $949 of the 256GB variant.
The iPhone 12 Pro comes at $999 for the base 128GB variant with $1,099 and $1,299 for the 256GB and the 512GB variants respectively.
The high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099 for the 128GB variant, at $1,199 for the 256GB, and at $1,399 for the 512GB variant.
While the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 will be available for pre-order through the official website and might be thru major e-Commerce platforms as well.
The final word
With so many attractive features like the latest A14 bionic processor, wider aperture on the cameras, the latest Super Retina XDR OLED displays, it is indeed tough to make a decision. However, with careful consideration of your individual requirements, you can go for the best bet.