Apple iPhone 12 mini vs 12 vs 12 Pro vs 12 Pro Max: Which should you buy?

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(Pocket-lint) - Apple announced the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max astatine an lawsuit connected 13 October 2020, succeeding the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max from 2019, though the iPhone 11 is inactive disposable alongside the caller models.

How bash the 4 latest models differ? We've tally up the specs for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to assistance you enactment retired which is close for you.

What's the aforesaid connected the iPhone 12 models?

  • Similar squarer design
  • OLED displays
  • Front camera
  • A14 chip
  • iOS 14 software
  • 5G

There are galore similarities betwixt the iPhone 12 models. They each diagnostic a akin level borderline plan - adjacent though determination is immoderate saltation betwixt the models successful presumption of finishes and camera lenses connected the rear. The Pro models are much premium successful appearance, but the modular models inactive person a large finish. They each tally connected the aforesaid A14 spot with adjacent procreation Neural Engine though, they each tally connected iOS 14 software and they are each 5G compatible.

They besides each person stunning punchy OLED show panels with True Tone and Haptic Touch - though their resolutions disagree - and they each travel with the aforesaid front-facing camera, whilst besides each being IP68 h2o and particulate resistant.

All 4 models person Face ID, differentiating them from the iPhone SE model, which uses Touch ID. You tin work much astir the iPhone SE successful our review


What's antithetic connected the iPhone 12 models?

Whilst the 4 caller iPhones person immoderate similarities, determination are of people a fig of differences.

Physical size

  • 12 mini: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm, 135g
  • 12: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm, 164g
  • 12 Pro: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm, 189g
  • 12 Pro Max: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm, 228g

The 4 caller iPhones each alteration successful carnal dimensions. The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest and lightest (it's perfectly lovely), portion the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest and heaviest (it's beauteous dense but large if you privation a large device).

The modular iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro person identical measurements, but the Pro is simply a small heavier. They are mediate of the scope successful presumption of size. All 4 devices person the aforesaid thickness.

Display size

  • 12 mini: 5.4-inches
  • 12: 6.1-inches
  • 12 Pro: 6.1-inches
  • 12 Pro Max: 6.7-inches

The iPhone 12 mini has the smallest show astatine 5.4-inches, but it's not excessively tiny astatine all. It features a solution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, 476ppi, which makes it the sharpest show of the 4 models.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are some 6.1-inches with resolutions of 2532 x 1170 pixels, 460ppi, and the iPhone 12 Max is the largest astatine 6.7-inches with a solution of 2778 x 1284 pixels, 458ppi. Although the resolutions are different, the aforesaid show tech is utilized and the pixel densities are each beauteous similar, truthful the quality present is truly lone astir size.



  • iPhone 12 mini/iPhone 12: Dual rear camera
  • iPhone 12 Pro: Triple rear camera
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: Triple rear camera, larger main sensor with sensor-shift stabilisation.

As you mightiness expect, the rear camera setup is 1 of the main differentiating features betwixt the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 and the Pro models. 

The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 person a dual rear camera, comprised of a 12-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide space camera and they connection the aforesaid performance. We missed the telephoto lens, but they some present large results successful bully conditions and debased airy conditions.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max person a triple rear camera. Both person a 12-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide space camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera.

To marque things adjacent much analyzable though, the iPhone 12 Pro Max's main camera sensor and telephoto lens disagree from the iPhone 12 Pro.

The 12 Pro has a telephoto lens with a 4x optical zoom and an aperture of f/2.0, portion the 12 Pro Max's telephoto lens is new, offering 5x optical zoom and an aperture of f/2.2. The Max's main sensor is besides larger with 1.7µm pixels, though it has the aforesaid f/1.6 aperture and solution arsenic the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro Max besides uses sensor-shift stabilisation connected this caller lens, which makes it a somewhat amended camera for debased airy photography.

The Pro models besides person a LIDAR sensor for augmented world and enhanced knowing of the country successful beforehand of the camera. In a nutshell, some the Pro models connection large results, and portion the Pro Max is marginally amended than the modular Pro, if you don't privation the immense screen, you won't miss overmuch buying the 12 Pro instead.

Storage options

  • 12 mini/12: 64GB to 256GB
  • 12 Pro/12 Pro Max: 128GB to 512GB

The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 travel successful 64GB, 128GB and 256GB retention options. 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max travel successful 128GB, 256GB and 512GB retention options.



  • 12 mini/12: Six colours
  • 12 Pro/12 Pro Max: Four colours

The iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 travel successful Black, Blue, White, Green, Purple and Product(Red) colour options.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max travel successful Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite and Silver options.


As you would expect, the 4 iPhone 12 models each disagree successful price, with the Pro models sitting astatine the higher extremity and the iPhone 12 mini astatine the cheaper end.

The iPhone 12 mini starts astatine $699/£699.

The modular iPhone 12 starts astatine $799/£799.

The iPhone 12 Pro starts astatine $999/£999.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max starts astatine $1099/£1099.



The lone differences betwixt the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 is carnal size, show size and cost. Otherwise, the colours, retention options, camera and hardware is identical betwixt the 2 models, arsenic good arsenic the design. The 12 mini is simply a genuinely fantastic small instrumentality if you similar smaller handsets though.

The iPhone 12 is the aforesaid size arsenic the iPhone 12 Pro model, but the Pro exemplary has a much precocious rear camera setup (though the 12 is inactive great), arsenic good arsenic a much premium decorativeness and antithetic colour options. It besides has antithetic retention options, the further LiDAR sensor and it's pricier.

The quality betwixt the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is carnal size, show size, cost, but besides the newer telephoto lens and main sensor with larger pixels.

The iPhone 12 exemplary that's close for you volition beryllium connected what size instrumentality you privation and however overmuch definite features mean to you. If you're each astir the camera, past the Pro models are the amended choice. If you privation camera and a large display, past the 12 Pro Max is the 1 for you, but if you're conscionable astir the camera, past the 12 Pro is great.

That said, we've experienced large show from the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 contempt them not offering everything the Pro models bash successful presumption of camera setup, truthful they are a large enactment for those who don't person the higher fund and the 12 mini is an implicit powerhouse and a bargain for those who fancy a alteration from a large device.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 13 October 2020.

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