iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro


The iPhone 12 series are now official! The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro promise amazing performance with the new A14 Bionic chip, and 5G capabilities, turning the iPhone 12 series into very fast and capable phones. The standard iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro have certain similarities, but they also have important differences, so here we compare the official information about the upcoming two smartphones.

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iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro design and colors

The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro both have the same classical, iPhone 4-inspired design with flat sides; however, this time the phones have thinner bezels, compared to last year’s iPhone 11 series, along with overall thinner and lighter body. A notch houses the front selfie camera and the Face ID sensor. The Apple logo is positioned in the center of the iPhone 12’s back. Both phones feature 6.1-inch displays and are therefore of the same size.

As for the iPhone 12 colors, the iPhone 12 Pro brings a stunning Pacific Blue color for a touch of vogue to the Pro lineup, but the iPhone 12 colors stay classical and slightly more conservative.

Here are iPhone 12 colors:

  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Green

    iPhone 12 Pro colors:

  • Pacific Blue
  • Silver
  • Graphite
  • Gold

Both smartphones come with a glass back and a stainless steel frame. Additionally, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro come protected from water and dust with an IP68 rating.

More durable with Ceramic Shield for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will come protected by a Ceramic Shield layer, which, Apple says, brings 4x more protection from accidental drops of the two smartphones.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro display

The displays on the iPhone 12 6.1-inch and the iPhone 12 Pro are basically the same: a beautiful 6.1-inch Super Retina HDR OLED is present on both phones, with 2532 x 1170 pixels and 458 PPI, for a crystal-clear and crisp image. This might seem like a surprise to some as in previous years, non-Pro iPhones featured an LCD display instead of an OLED which was reserved for the Pro models. A welcome and highly appreciated update, we might add.

Additionally, both phones support up to 1200 nits of peak brightness, making it easier to look at the display in bright sunlight.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro hardware and performance

  • A14 Bionic chip
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128 GB of storage for the base model

Here, the differences are, again, almost non-existent. Both phones are powered by the almighty A14 Bionic chip, built upon a 5nm manufacturing process, tipped by Apple to be better performing than the powerful A13 that we find in the previous generation of iPhones. Apple states the A14 is the fastest processor on a smartphone, more power-efficient at the same time.

iOS 14 brought us some interesting touches with Picture-in-Picture and widgets, making the iOS experience a more customizable and multitasking-friendly one. The 6.1-inch screen on both devices will additionally help to multitask, and with this mighty processor, we expect no compromises on performance.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro cameras

We find the biggest difference between the two models in the camera department. The iPhone 12 features a dual-camera system on its back, with a main sensor of 12MP, featuring a 7-element lens which brings in 27% more information on low light conditions.

On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro has four cameras, beating the standard iPhone 12 with a telephoto camera, and a LiDAR sensor, which assures a more realistic-looking AR, Portrait mode in low-light, and faster shutter speeds and autofocus for the Night Mode.

But it’s not only the hardware helping the iPhone 12 Pro stand out. Now, iPhone 12 Pro brings RAW format of shooting images, which allows more image control, and combines it with the A14-powered image processing to create stunning images. The new mode is called Apple ProRAW, and the feature will be available to the iPhone 12 Pro later this year.

Additionally, the iPhone 12 Pro can record 10-bit HDR video, and what’s more, the Pro can record in Dolby Vision HDR video, which is again, thanks to the fast and powerful A14 Bionic.

The iPhone 12 Pro also impresses with its improved OIS capability. Powered by the LiDAR sensor, the iPhone 12 Pro’s cameras will be capable of quickly focusing on a subject in low light conditions, providing extensive depth information.

Both models support shooting 4K video at 60 fps.

5G connectivity

The iPhone 12 series are the first iPhones to feature 5G connectivity, so iPhone users will now be able to benefit from lower-latency and higher network speeds that 5G provides in areas where it is available.

Apple has additionally ensured that the iOS framework and apps have been optimized to take advantage of the faster 5G network speeds. To save battery life, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro also have Smart Data mode, which ensures you’re using 5G when you need it; and if you don’t need it, automatically switches to LTE.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro MagSafe

MagSafe is a new feature that both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro support. It improves wireless charging and efficiency, and features magnets that help with new iPhone 12 cases.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro price and availability

  • iPhone 12, price $799, pre-orders start on October 16, 2020, and will be released on October 23, 2020
  • iPhone 12 Pro, price $999, pre-orders start on October 16, 2020, and will be released on October 23, 2020

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