iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max

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An upgrade from the iPhone 12 Pro to the iPhone 13 Pro Max means sticking with a Pro model in the iPhone lineup, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a bigger phone. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7” display and measures 6.33” x 3.07” x 0.30” and the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1” display and measures 5.78” x 2.82” x 0.29”. Each of these models has a Super Retina XDR display with HDR and True Tone, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max adds ProMotion technology, which means refresh rates of up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling. Some of the other key features for the iPhone 13 Pro Max include Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, 5G connectivity, up to 28 hours of video playback time on a single charge, MagSafe wireless charging, and up to 1TB of internal storage space.

Price Comparison

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Pricing

iPhone 12 Pro prices start at $535, which is cheaper than the iPhone 13 Pro Max low price of $824.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are both ‘pro’ models in the iPhone lineup, so they have more advanced features, such as better rear camera setups as compared to non-pro models iPhones. But the iPhone 13 Pro Max has some features that stand above the iPhone 12 Pro, such as a larger display (6.7” vs 6.1”) and ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also offers longer battery life, higher internal storage, and more camera features, such as macro photography.

Size

Size iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
Width 72 mm 2.8 inches 78 mm 3.1 inches
Height 147 mm 5.8 inches 161 mm 6.3 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 187 g 6.6 ounces 240 g 8.5 ounces

A distinct difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max is the size, in terms of the display, weight, and overall measurements. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is heavier and larger, with a weight of 8.46 ounces and measurements of 6.33” (H) x 3.07” (W) x 0.30” (D). The iPhone 12 Pro weighs 6.66 ounces and measures 5.78” (H) x 2.82” (W) x 0.29” (D). Otherwise, the iPhone 13 Pro Max display is 6.7 inches, and the iPhone 12 Pro display is 6.1 inches.

Camera

Camera iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

At a glance, the camera hardware appears to be the same on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. These devices each feature a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front, with a triple 12MP wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto camera array and LiDAR scanner on the rear. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has several features that are not available on the iPhone 12 Pro. These features include Photographic Styles and macro photography, along with macro video recording, ProRes video recording up to 4k at 30fps, and a Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30fps).

Screen

Display iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
Resolution 1170x2532 1284x2778
Screen Size 154 mm 6.1 in 170 mm 6.7 in
Pixels Per Inch 457 ppi 457 ppi

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7” Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz, and the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display. Other display differences include a resolution of 2778 x 1284 and 1000 nits (typical) max brightness on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 and 800 nits (typical) max brightness on the iPhone 12 Pro. Shared display features include HDR, True Tone, Haptic Touch, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, wide color (p3), and 1200 nits (HDR) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
Capacity 2815 mAh 4352 mAh
Longevity 13 hours hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are both fast-charge capable, and can also charge wirelessly using a Qi wireless charging mat or using Apple’s MagSafe charging system. However, while they each use the same methods for charging, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a bigger battery and much longer battery life. The iPhone 12 Pro can offer up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time. The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers up to 28 hours of video playback time or up to 95 hours of audio playback time.

Processing

Processor iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
CPU Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01 Apple A15 Bionic APL1007 / APL1W07

Color Choices

iPhone 12 Pro

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Pacific Blue
  • Silver

Which iPhone 12 Pro color should you buy?

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Available in 5 colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Green
  • Sierra Blue
  • Silver

Which color iPhone 13 Pro Max is the most popular?

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Colors

The iPhone 12 Pro introduces two new colors not found in the iPhone 13 Pro Max color palette: Sierra Blue and Green. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max share three colors: Gold, Silver, and Graphite. However, the iPhone 12 Pro does away with Pacific Blue, previously seen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
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The iPhone 12 Pro is available in four colors, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is available in five colors. Gold, Graphite, and Silver are available on both models. The remaining color for the iPhone 12 Pro is Pacific Blue, and the additional colors for the iPhone 13 Pro Max are Alpine Green and Sierra Blue.

Storage Options

iPhone 12 Pro

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which iPhone 12 Pro storage should I buy?

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1 TB

Which storage iPhone 13 Pro Max is the most popular?

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Storage

The iPhone 13 Pro Max introduces one new storage option not found on the iPhone 12 Pro: 1 TB. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max share three storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
Swappasaurus

Storage options for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also has a fourth storage option available, 1TB.

Reviews

iPhone 12 Pro

35 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 13 Pro Max

11 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Reviews

Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max earn 5.0 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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