IPHONE 12 AND 12 PRO REVIEW: APPLE ENTERS THE 5G ERA. Both phone are very similar phones on the surface. Both sport 6.1-inch OLED displays with flat-screen designs and Apple’s A14 Bionic processor inside, but look a little closer, and there are some significant variations worth investigating. Read on as we go through the specifics of the iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro.

In this comparison, we focus specifically on the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro. While the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 are largely the same phones, there are some key differences in terms of display size and resolution. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max also share many of the same features, but there are notable differences in display size and camera technology.

We’ll have more iPhone 12 lineup comparisons over the coming days. For now, let’s get started with the iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro

Iphone 12 And 12 Pro Review: Apple Enters The 5g Era: Display

The display technology between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is nearly the same. Both devices feature a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display using OLED technology with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch.

The one difference is that the iPhone 12 Pro display features a higher “typical” brightness than the iPhone 12 at 800 nits versus 625. The actual max brightness of the displays is the same, however, at 1200 nits, thanks to universal support for HDR.

Design

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are very similar in terms of design as well, with both featuring flat edges similar to the iPad Pro as well as the iPhone 4/iPhone 5 days. Both devices also feature edge-to-edge displays with identically sized notch cutouts on the front to house the Face ID sensors.

The key difference in design is that the iPhone 12 is made out of what Apple calls “aerospace-grade aluminum” while the iPhone 12 Pro is made from “surgical-grade stainless steel.” This means that the iPhone 12 has a brushed aluminum finish, while the iPhone 12 Pro features a shiny stainless finish.

The difference in materials between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro also has implications on the weight of the phones. The iPhone 12 weighs in at 5.78 ounces, while the iPhone 12 Pro weighs in at 6.66 ounces.

Other dimensions of the phones are the same:

  • Height: 5.78 inches
  • Width: 2.82 inches
  • Depth: 0.29 inches

Both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are rated for IP68 splash, water, and dust resistance. Under this rating, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro can withstand submersion at a maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes.

 

Performance and battery life

Another area where the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are nearly identical is in regards to processor performance. Both devices feature Apple’s latest A14 Bionic process, which Apple touts is “the fastest chip in a smartphone.” The A14 Bionic features two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores.

Both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro also feature the latest Neural Engine for improved machine learning features and capabilities. Apple says the new 16-core Neural Engine offers an 80% increase in performance compared to the prior generation.

The iPhone 12 Pro features 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 12 features 4GB. The additional RAM in the iPhone 12 Pro lends itself to a handful of additional camera features, which we’ll touch on in a bit. The RAM difference is unlikely to have a major effect on performance outside of the camera features, though.

Finally, Apple says that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro feature the same battery life:

  • Video playback: Up to 17 hours
  • Video playback (streamed): Up to 11 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 65 hours

Both devices also support fast-charging for getting an up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with a 20W power adapter. There’s also support for 7.5W Qi wireless charging and 15W wireless charging when using a MagSafe wireless charger.

Connectivity

The iPhone 12 lineup is the first iPhone lineup to include5G connectivity, and that extends to the iPhone 12 as well as the iPhone 12 Pro. This means that regardless of which iPhone model you buy, you’ll get the fastest version of 5G available in your area.

In the United States, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro both support sub-6GHz 5G as well as mmWave 5G. Internationally, however, iPhone 12 5G support is limited to sub-6GHz connectivity.

Best iPhone 12 cases:

CAMARA

Where the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro really start to differ, however, is in terms of camera technology.

The iPhone 12 features a dual-camera system with a 12MP ultra wide lens and a 12MP wide lens. You also get software features such as Night mode and Deep Fusion processing alongside optical image stabilization and more.

iPhone 12 camera features:

  • Dual 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide and Wide cameras
  • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
  • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 5x
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
  • Optical image stabilization (Wide)
  • Five‑element lens (Ultra Wide); seven‑element lens (Wide)
  • Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • 100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
  • Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
  • Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide)
  • Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
  • Advanced red‑eye correction
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro features a triple-camera setup consisting of ultra, wide, and telephoto lenses. You also get support for Night mode when using portrait mode, which is made possible by the all-new LiDAR Scanner, exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro.

Another one of the key differences is that the iPhone 12 Pro features support for Apple’s new ProRAW photo format, which will give iPhone photographers more control over their images and new tools for post-processing.

Here are the iPhone 12 Pro camera features:

  • Pro 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras
  • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
  • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range
  • Digital zoom up to 10x
  • Night mode portraits enabled by LiDAR Scanner
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
  • Dual optical image stabilization (Wide and Telephoto)
  • Five-element lens (Ultra Wide); six‑element lens (Telephoto); seven-element lens (Wide)
  • Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • 100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
  • Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
  • Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto)
  • Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
  • Apple ProRAW
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
  • Advanced red-eye correction
  • Photo geotagging
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro feature the same video recording capabilities, except that the iPhone 12 Pro can record Dolby Vision HDR at up to 60 fps, while the iPhone 12 Dolby Vision support is limited to 30 fps. The iPhone 12 Pro also has a higher digital zoom during recording at 6x versus 3x and 2x optical zoom in support.

Colors, storage, and pricing

The iPhone 12 is available in five different colors: black, white, Product(RED), green, and blue. The iPhone 12 Pro is available in four different colors: pacific blue, gold, graphite, and silver.

In terms of pricing, the iPhone 12 starts at $829 (or $799 for Verizon and AT&T shoppers) for 64GB of storage. You can can upgrade to the 128GB configuration for $879 ($849 for AT&T and Verizon), or to the 256GB continuation for $979 ($949 for AT&T/Verizon).

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro features

Iphone 12 And 12 Pro Review: Apple Enters The 5g Era

Configurations

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the most similar models in Apple’s new iPhone line-up. Here are the different versions that will go on sale on October 23rd:

iPhone 12: 64GB ($799), 128GB ($849), 256GB ($949)

iPhone 12 Pro: 128GB ($999), 256GB ($1,099), 512GB ($1,299)

A quick note: The prices listed for the iPhone 12 are what you’d pay for carrier-specific models if purchased directly from Apple. If you instead order an unlocked model, or directly from T-Mobile or Sprint, the iPhone 12’s full retail price is actually $30 higher. 

When asked, Apple wouldn’t explain that $30 price difference, but I suspect it has something to do with the cost of adding mmWave 5G support to every iPhone 12 model sold in the United States. Coincidentally or not, the only companies who have said the base price for the iPhone 12 doesn’t include that mysterious, $30 premium are AT&T and Verizon — the two US carriers which have invested the most in mmWave so far. 

It’s also worth noting that, no matter what version of the iPhone 12 appeals to you most, it comes with fewer accessories than ever. Those wired earbuds? Gone. Ditto for the standard USB charging brick. In a bid to minimize e-waste, all that comes with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro is a USB C-to-Lightning charging cable.

Performance and 5G

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have yet another thing in common: Apple’s new A14 Bionic chipset. The company’s new silicon is notable for a few reasons, like the fact that it’s the first commercially available 5nm chipset, which gave Apple the transistors needed to design a more powerful CPU and GPU. It also has a vastly improved Neural Engine to speed up apps and features that rely on neural networks for voice recognition, facial detection, and more. Also, it’s just damned fast. As in, it-handled-everything-I-threw-at-it-without-a-fuss fast.

Of course, exactly how fast these phones feel depends on where you’re coming from. If you already have an 11 or an 11 Pro, you’re probably not going to notice a huge difference in day-to-day use. At most, you might notice certain apps opening and loading faster. The boost in performance will feel more palpable if you haven’t upgraded in a long time, particularly if you play a lot of games or edit videos. No matter which of those categories you may fall into, neither the 12 nor the 12 Pro will leave you wanting for power in the slightest. And if you’re the type to put faith in benchmarks, the iPhone 12 series stacks up favorably against the competition:


iPhone 12
iPhone 12 ProiPhone 11 ProGalaxy Note 20 UltraPixel 5iPad Pro (2020) 
Geekbench 5 CPU (Single-Core)1589159513329555961126
Geekbench 5 CPU (Multi-Core)400840993417317615634681
Geekbench 5 Compute (Metal and Vulkan)9460939263483506102012088

Long story short, you’ll rarely use all of the A14’s computing power. But since we’re Engadget we tried anyway. To help, I turned to a game called BrightRidge, and I use the word “game” loosely here — it feels like a tech demo more than anything. It’s available for Android and iOS, and there are two things that made it especially useful as a testing tool. First, it has enough tweakable graphics settings to rival a proper PC game. And second, it hasn’t been updated in two years. Since it hasn’t been optimized in any way for Apple’s newest iPhones, performance largely boils down to brute force.

With every conceivable option maxed out, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro typically ran around 25 frames per second with frequent dips into the teens  — technically playable, but hardly pleasant. Last year’s iPhone 11 Pro was in the same ballpark, typically topping out at around 20. To get a sense of the longer-term performance differences, I also tried the game on an iPhone 8 Plus, which struggled to hit 13 frames per second. 

Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro has even more going on. In addition to the A14’s high-performance CPU and GPU, it comes with 6GB of RAM, compared to just 4GB in the regular 12. Last year, it was widely reported that Apple uses that extra RAM in its Pro-level phones solely for camera features like Deep Fusion but that’s not true —  this time, anyway. All of the iPhone 12 Pro’s RAM is available to any app that needs it, not just the camera, which means it has a slight edge for multitasking. Honestly, I didn’t notice any major difference in performance between these two phones, so the biggest benefit of having this extra memory is probably that it’ll keep the Pro running smoothly as iOS and apps become more demanding.

And then there’s what might be the marquee addition to this year’s iPhones: 5G support. 5G networks have really started to come into their own this year, but depending on your carrier and where you live, your experience could be wildly different from mine. That’s because there are two main flavors of 5G — slower but more accessible sub-6 and fast but geographically limited mmWave.

I’ve mostly been testing the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro on Verizon and T-Mobile’s 5G networks, and I really can’t overstate this: Your mileage will vary.

Around here at least, T-Mobile’s has been able to go full “layer cake” with its 5G deployments, and in general, I saw speeds range anywhere from 30 to 100Mbps down — in other words, largely on par with the carrier’s LTE speeds. Occasionally, I’d stumble across spots where speeds surged as high as 200-300Mbps down, but that was fairly rare. Meanwhile, Verizon’s approach has been a little different — it started by installing high-performance mmWave nodes in a handful of cities, and only just recently lit up its nationwide sub-6 5G network. 

Despite that difference in 5G philosophy, regular Verizon 5G is a lot like T-Mobile 5G in that you probably won’t see a dramatic difference in download speeds compared to LTE. Things only get wild when you manage to find a spot with a mmWave node nearby, like Manhattan’s Bryant Park, and you see a little UW logo pop up. I hit peaks of 1.4 Gigabits down at Bryant Park: At those speeds, hour-long podcasts downloaded in about a second, and I downloaded 6.5 hours of music at the highest possible quality from Spotify in under a minute.

iPhone 12  Pros And Cons

Pros

  • New Pro-like design
  • Much-improved Super Cinema XDR display
  • Exceptional performance 5G is here if you want it
  • Great cameras

Cons

·         Battery life isn’t as good as iPhone 11

·         Apps and iOS need to optimize for 5G

·         Camera setup isn’t as flexible as the Pro’s

Summary

This year’s iPhone 12 is a huge leap by almost every measure from the iPhone 11. And better still, the gap between the 12 and the Apple’s Pro iPhones has closed dramatically. The iPhone 12’s blend of design, performance and price make it as close to a no-brainer as possible, though people who loved the iPhone 11’s battery life will be a little disappointed. Even so, we have no doubt that for most people, the iPhone 12 is absolutely the right choice.

Iphone 12 pro Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Clean new Design
  • Exceptional performance
  • Excellent triple-camera system

Cons

  • It’s expensive
  • Few substantive differences from the iPhone 12
  • Apps and iOS need to optimize for 5G

Summary

Iphone 12 And 12 Pro Review: Apple Enters The 5g Era Compared to the iPhone 12, the new iPhone 12 Pro is a considerably tougher sell. But it still might be worth it for some. It packs the same great performance and display as the standard 12, but with more storage at the base level, a much more flexible camera setup, and LiDAR for improved augmented reality experiences. It’s worth the step up if photography is your priority, but you still want a relatively compact phone. But if you simply want the best of the best, camera-wise, you should wait to see how things shake out with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

CONCLUSION

Iphone 12 And 12 Pro Review: Apple Enters The 5g Era: The primary differentiating factors between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are camera features, as you can see in this comparison. The iPhone 12 Pro provides a host of different camera features that are not enabled on the iPhone 12.

When you zoom out to look at non-camera features, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are more difficult to differentiate from each other. Both sport 6.1-inch OLED displays, 5 G networking, Apple ‘s fastest A14 Bionic processor and similar designs.

What do you think about iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro? Is Apple doing enough to warrant the $200 iPhone 12 Pro premium? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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