Review of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: design, cameras, specifications, prices in Russia


Each of the presented smartphones of the new iPhone line of 2020 will definitely find its buyer. The base model, the iPhone 12, received a compact copy, the iPhone 12 mini. For those discerning users who always need a little more, the flagship iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models, which we’ll cover in detail in this article, will do.

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IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design and dimensions

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design

The design of the iPhone had to change – it’s been three years since the last update of the forms of the Apple smartphone, and this is how much this cycle usually takes in the company. The monoblock received the expected rectangular body with rounded corners. But at the same time, the ends got rid of the roundness, being straight. The edges are beveled at right angles. The design decision is clear and obvious, given the similar facets of the latest generation iPad Pro. And the shapes themselves are a rethinking of the already iconic iPhone 4. Why not return to what has won the love of users? The new design did not come as a surprise, it has been talked about for the past several years.

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have surgical stainless steel bezels.

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design

Instead of tempered glass, the flagship smartphone display is protected by a completely new glass-ceramic panel called the Ceramic Shield.

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design

The iPhone 12 Pro is 6.1-inches and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is 6.7-inches. Thanks to thinner bezels, it was possible to achieve an increase in the display size relative to its predecessors (the display sizes of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are 5.8 and 6.5 inches, respectively). And the thickness of the devices has decreased from 8.1 mm in the iPhone 11 Pro (Max) to 7.4 mm in the iPhone 12 Pro (Max).

Comparison of sizes of iPhone 12 Pro to iPhone 11 Pro

Dimensions of iPhone 12 Pro

Length: 146.7mm
Width: 71.5mm
Thickness: 7.4mm
Weight: 187g

Dimensions of the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Length: 160.8mm
Width: 78.1mm
Thickness: 7.4mm
Weight: 226g

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design

The front panel retains the “bangs” that are necessary for the TrueDepth camera system and Face ID technology. It also houses a speaker with an additional microphone.

The back panel is made of durable glass. It houses a block of three cameras and a LiDAR sensor, which protrude slightly from the surface. On the left side there are oval volume up and down keys and a button for switching the smartphone to silent mode. On the bottom there is a slot for installing a SIM card. On the right side just above the middle is the power off button.

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max buttons and connectors

The bottom edge is given to a pair of built-in microphones, built-in stereo speakers and a Lightning connector. The 3.5 mm audio jack did not appear in the iPhone 12 Pro, but no one expected to see it in this model – it has long been proposed to output audio using the Lightning interface or wireless technologies.

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max design

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IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max colors

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max colors

There will be four color options available for Apple’s 2020 flagship smartphones. Overall, this set is more discreet than the iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 mini. So, you will be able to purchase the Proshka in Silver, Graphite, Gold or the new Pacific Blue color.

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IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max display

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max display

Apple has already taught us that every new generation of its smartphones has a better display. iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are no exceptions. The entire front panel is given over to Samsung’s Super Retina XDR OLED display. The iPhone 12 Pro has a resolution of 2352 x 1170 pixels at 460 ppi. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 2778-by-1284-pixel display at 458 ppi.

Standard display contrast is 2,000,000: 1, brightness up to 800 km / m2, and in HDR mode up to 1200 cd / m22… The applied oleophobic coating will protect from the appearance of fingerprints on the screen. It supports True Tone technology, a wide P3 color gamut, and a tactile response. But the screen did not receive the expected frequency of 120 or at least 90 Hz, although this technology has long been present in the iPad Pro.

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max display

Apple has paid particular attention to screen protection. The front panel is named Ceramic Shiled. During its manufacture, ceramic nanocrystals, which themselves are opaque, were added to the matrix. The material turned out to be unique – transparent, like glass, and strong, like ceramics. Thanks to this, the risk of damage to the screen when dropped will be reduced by 4 times! In addition, the screen is protected from scratches and cracks by the double ion exchange process, the same is used to protect the glass on the back of the case. Additional protection of the panel is provided by its installation flush with the body. Such changes are not visually noticeable, but they will significantly improve the safety of the phone.

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Processor and storage in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The entire iPhone 12 lineup features Apple’s fastest processor to date. Based on 5nm technology, the A14 Bionic has 11.8 billion transistors packed into an even more compact chip. The rapid distribution of energy inside it allows both to increase the speed of the element and reduce the cost of this. Such a processor is installed in the iPad Air 4 presented in autumn. Six computing cores are up to 40% more productive than the previous solution. In the Geekbench 5 single-core test, the superiority over the flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus is 63%, while in a similar multi-core test, Qualcomm’s creation is inferior to 15%.

Processor and storage in iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12

It was the introduction of the A14 Bionic that helped implement new features, including cameras. It’s no secret that where optics fail, algorithms help. The processor successfully supports shooting video in the Dolby Vision standard with a wide technical range, although not even all professional cameras can do this. Smart HDR 3 support makes photos even more realistic.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a new generation of Neural Engine with 16 cores, which is double the performance of the previous model. Thanks to this system, the smartphone implements the functions of artificial intelligence. The Neural Engine is capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second. In practice, for example, Deep Fusion can detail photos up to 80% faster. With the new processor, it will be possible to edit heavy video, run demanding games.

The built-in memory is 128, 256 and 512 GB. This set will satisfy most users.

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Cameras in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Cameras in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The flagship solution received a block of three cameras with a resolution of 12 MP each: ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle and telephoto.

In addition, a LiDAR scanner has appeared here to shape the structure of the space and improve autofocus performance in low light conditions.

LiDAR in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The wide-angle seven-element camera got an improved f / 1.6 aperture, while the iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max had an aperture of f / 1.8. Thanks to these changes, the sensor captures 27% more light, which improves the quality of photos taken in low light conditions. The pixel size is 1.4 microns, there is support for Focus Pixels on the entire matrix.

Cameras in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Cameras in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Cameras in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The aperture of the ultra-wide-angle camera with five lenses is f / 2.4, the viewing angle is 120 °.

The cameras of the iPhone 12 Pro Max are slightly superior to those of the iPhone 12 Pro, below are the differences:

  • The aperture value of the telephoto camera in the iPhone 12 Pro is f / 2.0, in the iPhone 12 Pro Max – f / 2.2.
  • The cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro offer Dual OIS, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max uses more advanced Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
  • Zoom specifications on iPhone 12 Pro: optical zoom 2x zoom, optical zoom 2x zoom out; 4x optical zoom range, digital zoom up to 10x. Zoom specifications on iPhone 12 Pro Max: Optical zoom 2.5x zoom, optical zoom 2x zoom out; optical zoom range 5x. Digital zoom up to 12x.

Now you can shoot in Night mode in both wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle photography. In addition, night shooting now works in Time Lapse mode – place your smartphone on a tripod and shoot spectacular scenes with movement even in low light. A powerful processor will remove unnecessary noise and help detail in Night mode.

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Photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro

Smart algorithms are actively helping to improve photography. For example, Deep Fusion technology uses the Neural Engine and analyzes pixels across multiple images at different exposures. A powerful processor selects the sharpest and most appropriate pixels, combining them into the final photo.

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Machine learning algorithms assist in the creation of a portrait photo by highlighting the subject and background. This makes it possible to adjust the blur of the background and adjust the brightness of light on faces.

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Photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro

Photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro

Smart HDR 3 will automatically correct highlights, shadows and outlines. This will maximize detail, even in the shadows. Machine learning in this mode recognizes certain scenes, highlighting their fragments.

Photos taken with iPhone 12 ProPhotos taken with iPhone 12 Pro

An important innovation is support for the new ProRAW format. It contains additional data relative to classic RAW to help automate image post-processing. When editing the picture, the noise level is immediately reduced and the exposure is set.

RAW in iPhone 12 Pro

Apple’s flagship smartphones (as well as the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12) have the ability to shoot HDR video in Dolby Vision at up to 30 frames per second. Video recording is done not in 8-bit, but in 10-bit format. IPhone now lets you shoot in up to 700 million colors to make your videos as realistic as possible. The camera received truly professional features.

Sample video captured in Dolby Vision on iPhone 12 Pro:

In addition, the front-facing TrueDepth camera also captures Dolby Vision. She received support for Deep Fusion and Smart HDR 3 technologies.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are now able to take selfies as natural and clear as possible in Night mode.

Photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro

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Battery in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

It would be naive to expect Apple to indicate the exact battery capacity of the device. The company says the iPhone 12 Pro has enough battery to play video for 17 hours or play audio for 65 hours. There was no increase in battery life compared to the iPhone 11 Pro – the video will play even one hour less (17 hours versus 18 hours). The battery life in the iPhone 12 Pro Max is completely identical to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, namely: video playback: up to 20 hours, video streaming: up to 12 hours, and audio playback: up to 80 hours.

There is support for fast charging – the battery can be replenished to half in 30 minutes. To do this, you need an adapter with a power of at least 20 W. Such an adapter will have to be purchased additionally.

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MagSafe Magnetic Wireless Charging in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

MagSafe Magnetic Wireless Charging in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple is rightly criticized for its lost wireless charging capabilities. That there is only the story with the canceled as a result the exit of the AirPower station. Back in the iPhone 8, it was possible to recharge a smartphone wirelessly, but little has changed since then.

The iPhone 12 line has received support for Qi magnetic wireless charging, similar to that used in the Apple Watch. The charger is called the classic MagSafe (sold separately) and allows you to charge your smartphone with a power of up to 15 watts.

magsafe for iphone

The back of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max has magnets to help align the charging device with the contact pad as much as possible. But this technology, thanks to Apple, has received a new application – a whole category of new accessories has appeared. For example, you can attach a compact, shielded card pocket to your iPhone case.

MagSafe Magnetic Wireless Charging in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

MagSafe Magnetic Wireless Charging in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Water resistance of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Water resistance of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The level of protection against moisture has remained the same – IP68 according to the IEC 60529 standard. It allows the smartphone to be immersed in water to a depth of 6 meters (previously it was only 2 meters) for up to half an hour. But do not rush to submerge your iPhone in water – Apple reminds you that damage to your phone due to contact with water is not covered under warranty.

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5G support for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The announced possibility of the iPhone 12 and its counterparts to work in 5G networks clearly did not become a sensation. We expected this last year. And only at the end of 2020, Apple introduced its first smartphones with 5G support. The company has ended a long legal battle with Qualcomm, the time of war is over – it is time for cooperation. Yes, there are still very few commercial 5G networks in the world. Even in Russia, they will appear before 2021. While this is more of an image opportunity, and it would be completely indecent to lag behind the market in this regard.

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Comparison of technical characteristics (specifications) iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Comparison of technical characteristics (specifications) iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

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IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max Bundle (What’s in the Box?)

IPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max Bundle (What's in the Box?)

Unpleasant news for Apple fans was the change in the configuration of the smartphone. Now only one Lightning to USB-C cable comes with it. But wired headphones and a power adapter have been included with the iPhone since its very first model. The company offers to purchase accessories separately.

What's in the iPhone box

Apple explains this step by environmental protection – will have to transport smaller volumes of cargo. And even impressive figures are given – the abandonment of a couple of accessories of the iPhone 12 line is comparable to the disappearance of 450 thousand cars from the roads for a whole year.

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Price of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in Russia

Often, when discussing the capabilities of new iPhones, their price is even more interesting. Will the next record be broken or how much money to prepare for inveterate Apple fans? Even the basic Pro model has become more expensive than its predecessor, however, this can be explained, among other things, by the increased storage capacity. And with the iPhone 12 Pro, a new smartphone cycle begins. New technologies have affected the cost. And the model with the Pro index is really becoming an increasingly professional tool.

Buy iPhone 12 Pro 128 GB – 99,990 rubles
Buy iPhone 12 Pro 256 GB – 109,990 rubles
Buy iPhone 12 Pro 512 GB – 129,990 rubles

Buy iPhone 12 Pro Max 128 GB – 109,990 rubles
Buy iPhone 12 Pro Max 256 GB – 119,990 rubles
Buy iPhone 12 Pro Max 512 GB – 139,990 rubles

You can pre-order from October 21, and the start of sales is scheduled for October 23.

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