(Pocket-lint) - Apple announced the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max at an event on 13 October, succeeding the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max from 2019, though the iPhone 11 will still be available alongside the new models.
How do the four latest models differ? We've run up the specs for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to help you work out which is right for you.
What's the same on the iPhone 12 models?
- Similar squarer design
- OLED displays
- Front camera
- A14 chip
- iOS 14 software
There are many similarities between the iPhone 12 models. They all feature a similar squarer design - even though there is some variation between the models in terms of finishes and camera lenses on the rear. The Pro models are more premium in appearance. They all run on the same A14 chip with next generation Neural Engine though, they all run on iOS 14 software and they are all 5G compatible.
They also all have OLED display panels with True Tone and Haptic Touch - though their resolutions differ - and they all come with the same front-facing camera, whilst also all being IP68 water and dust resistant.
What's different on the iPhone 12 models?
Whilst the four new iPhones have some similarities, there are of course a number of differences.
- 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 four new iPhones all vary in physical dimensions. The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest and lightest, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest and heaviest.
The standard iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro have identical measurements, but the Pro is a little heavier. All are the same thickness, however.
- 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 display at 5.4-inches. It features a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, 476ppi
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are both 6.1-inches with resolutions of 2532 x 1170 pixels, 460ppi, and the iPhone 12 Max is the largest at 6.7-inches with a resolution of 2778 x 1284 pixels, 458ppi. Although the reosolutions are different, the same display tech is used and the pixel densities are all similar, so the difference is only about 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 might expect, the rear camera setup is one of the main differentiating features between the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 and the Pro models.
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 have a dual rear camera, comprised of a 12-megapixel wide-angle main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and we'd expect the same performance from these.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a triple rear camera. Both have a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera.
To make things even more complicated though, the iPhone 12 Pro Max's main lens and telephoto lens differ from the iPhone 12 Pro.
The 12 Pro has a telephoto lens with a 4x optical zoom capability and an aperture of f/2.0, while 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 also larger with 1.7µm pixels, though it has the same f/1.6 aperture and resolution as the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also uses sensor-shift stabilisation on this new lens, which might make it a better camera for low light photography.
The Pro models also have a LIDAR sensor for augmented reality.
- 12 mini/12: 64GB to 256GB
- 12 Pro/12 Pro Max: 128GB to 512GB
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options.
- 12 mini/12: Five colours
- 12 Pro/12 Pro Max: Four colours
The iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 come in Black, Blue, White, Green and Product(Red) colour options.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max come in Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite and Silver options.
As you would expect, the four iPhone 12 models all differ in price, with the Pro models sitting at the higher end and the iPhone 12 mini at the cheaper end.
The iPhone 12 mini starts at $699/£699. It will be available to pre-order from 6 November, available 13 November.
The standard iPhone 12 starts at $799/£799. It will be available to pre-order from 16 October, available 23 October.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999/£999. It will be available to pre-order from 16 October, available 23 October.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1099/£1099. It will be available to pre-order from 6 November, available 13 November.
The only differences between the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 is physical size, display size and cost. Otherwise, the colours, storage options, camera and hardware is identical between the two models, as well as the design.
The iPhone 12 is the same size as the iPhone 12 Pro model, but the Pro model has a more advanced rear camera setup, as well as a more premium finish and different colour options. It also has different storage options, the additional LiDAR sensor for AR, some extra features and it's pricier.
The difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is physical size, display size, cost, but also the newer telephoto lens and main sensor with larger pixels.
The iPhone 12 model that's right for you will depend on what size device you want and how much certain features mean to you. If you're all about the camera, then the Pro models are likely the better choice, specifically the Pro Max if you want the best Apple has to offer.
That said, we'd expect great performance from the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 despite them not offering everything the Pro models do in terms of camera setup, likely making them a great option for those who don't have the higher budget. We will update this feature as soon as we have reviewed the four devices in full.