At Apple’s fall presentation on October 13, 2020, four iPhones were presented at once – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Each of them occupies its own niche and will undoubtedly find buyers. For example, the iPhone 12 mini is the long-awaited compact, powerful smartphone. True, it is believed that the most popular will be the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. We will devote this material to the comparison of these smartphones.
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro design and dimensions
Both devices came out in a new design in the style of the iPhone 4 and the latest versions of the iPad Pro with chopped edges and looks similar in appearance. But while the iPhone 12 has aircraft-grade aluminum between the glass plates, the iPhone 12 Pro has surgical stainless steel. In the first case, the finish is matte, while the older model has a polished metal finish. In all models, except for the silver one, the frame is painted in the color of the case. The branded cutout-bangs on top of the screen have not gone anywhere.
iPhone 12 Pro
But the most noticeable difference between smartphones is the number of cameras on the back. The iPhone 12 has two, while the “pro” has three. It is difficult to determine which model looks the best. In the hand, they will definitely sit the same.
The dimensions of both smartphones are identical – 146.7 × 71.5 × 7.4 mm, but the iPhone 12 Pro is heavier – 187 g versus 162 g for the iPhone 12.
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Models also differ in color options. iPhone 12 Pro is available in Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue.
The iPhone has 12 options slightly more: blue, green, white, black and red Product (Red).
Many people choose a new device based on its color. How significant the differences between white versus silver and black versus gray will be remains to be seen.
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Waterproof, anti-scratch and safety
If the back panel of the representatives of the line is made of glass, then the front panel is covered with Ceramic Shield (details). Apple claims that the new technology is 4 times better at protecting the smartphone from bumps or drops. Ceramic Shield is present in all smartphones in the iPhone 12 line.
There is no difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in terms of water resistance. Smartphones can be submerged in water to a depth of 6 meters for half an hour, which meets the IP68 standard.
Face ID technology with face recognition using a TrueDepth camera is responsible for user authentication. There are no differences in protection for the iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro.
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro screen
The iPhone 12 display has retained its size relative to its predecessor – the diagonal is still the same 6.1 inches. Nevertheless, there are differences, they are hidden, first of all, in the use of new technologies.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with the same 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution and 460 pixel density. The display on both models supports HDR, True Tone technology and a wide P3 color gamut. At the same time, the standard screen brightness of the iPhone 12 Pro is 800 cd / m², while the iPhone 12 is 625 cd / m². In HDR mode, the display brightness can reach 1200 cd / m² for both smartphones.
If the iPhone 12 Pro just slightly increased the diagonal relative to its counterpart in the previous line, the iPhone 12 received a fundamentally new screen. Now the displays of smartphones have become very similar in parameters. Whether differences in brightness will be noticeable in practical use remains to be seen.
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Processor and memory in iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
Both models have at their disposal the fastest processor for an iPhone – Apple’s 5nm A14 Bionic. It contains the Neural Engine system of a new, fourth generation. The iPhone 12 has 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone 12 Pro has 6GB. The professional model received a performance margin, but today this can only affect the most demanding applications, when processing graphics and video. For another couple of years, the iPhone 12’s performance will be sufficient for most tasks.
There is a difference in the options for the volume of the built-in storage:
- iPhone 12: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- iPhone 12 Pro: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Obviously, the older model offers twice the size. If your iPhone is not just a dialer, but a truly professional assistant, then additional memory will be in demand.
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Cameras in iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
The big difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lies in the shooting capabilities. iPhone 12 received a module of a pair of cameras with a resolution of 12 MP.
IPhone 12 camera
The main module is wide angle at ƒ / 1.6, while the second is ultra wide at угольн / 2.4. The camera unit is quite advanced, supports Night mode, Smart HDR 3, Deep Fusion technology and has optical stabilization. It is possible to use the optical zoom when removing the subject, and digital zoom up to 5x. Video shooting is possible up to 4K with a resolution of 24, 30 or 60 frames per second. The smartphone can shoot 1080p HDR video at 30 or 60 frames per second, received audio zoom and the ability to use “Time Lapse” in Night mode.
The iPhone 12 Pro does the same thing, but a little more. One of the main differences is the number of modules, there are three of them – wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto.
In addition to wide-angle ƒ / 1.6 and super-wide ƒ / 2.4, the system also has a telephoto lens with ƒ / 2.0 aperture. Optical stabilization here is already double, optical zoom also works for approximation, and digital zoom is possible up to 10x. In iPhone 12 Pro, the main camera can take portraits in Night mode. Video shooting capabilities are similar, but the older model HDR in the Dolby Vision standard can record up to 60 frames per second. And the advantages in zoom have not gone away – 2x for zoom, 2x for zoom and 6x digital for the iPhone 12 Pro versus 2x optical for zooming out and 3x for digital for the iPhone 12.
But the front-facing TrueDepth camera is the same for both smartphones. She received a resolution of 12 MP and aperture ƒ / 2.2. The cameras can shoot in Smart HDR 3, shoot 4K video up to 60 frames per second and HDR video in the Dolby Vision standard. The front modules support Night Mode and Deep Fusion technology, and can shoot in slow motion with quality up to 1080p and 120 frames per second.
Selfie to the front camera of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in Night mode without flash
Sample photos taken with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
It should be noted that only the older model has a LiDAR module (in detail). Apple claims the ability of the LiDAR scanner to help better focus and separate the subject from the background.
Introduced in iPhone 12 and support for Apple’s new ProRAW format for advanced post-processing.
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And a little more in common
The devices have the same claimed autonomy – up to 17 hours when watching video and up to 65 hours when listening to audio. According to the leaks, the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 is 2815 mAh. Most likely, the older model will have the same battery, taking into account the size of the case and screen.
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There are no differences between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and in the configuration. Only a Lightning to Type-C cable is included in the box with smartphones.
Both will work with MagSafe magnetic wireless charging and new accessories based on this technology (sold separately).
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Detailed comparison of technical characteristics (specifications) iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro price
It is the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro that will be the first of the entire family to go on sale. This will happen on October 23rd. But the cost of even basic versions of devices will be very different.
iPhone 12, 64 GB – 79,990 rubles (buy)
iPhone 12, 128 GB – 84,990 rubles (buy)
iPhone 12, 256 GB – 94,990 rubles (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)