iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Max

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An upgrade from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a year-over-year upgrade, but you will be stepping up in terms of the display size and overall size of the phone. The iPhone 12 display is 6.1” and the phone measures 5.78” x 2.82” x 0.29”, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max display is 6.7” and the phone measures 6.33” x 3.07” x 0.30”. Some of the other key features of the iPhone 13 Pro Max include ProMotion technology with up to a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 1TB of storage space, up to 28 hours of video playback time, 5G connectivity, and a Pro (triple) rear camera with a telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide lens.

Price Comparison

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Pricing

iPhone 12 prices start at $334, which is cheaper than the iPhone 13 Pro Max low price of $687.

Specs Comparison

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has several advantages compared to the iPhone 12. The display is larger, at 6.7” versus the 6.1” display on the iPhone 12. It also has ProMotion technology on the display, a better rear camera system with more features, a newer Apple processor chip, longer battery life, and more available internal storage.

Size

Size iPhone 12 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 162 g 5.7 ounces 240 g 8.5 ounces

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is larger than the iPhone 12. Measurements for the iPhone 13 Pro Max include a height of 6.33”, a width of 3.07”, a depth of 0.30”, and a weight of 8.46 ounces. Measurements for the iPhone 12 include a height of 5.78”, a width of 2.82”, a depth of 0.29”, and a weight of 5.78 ounces. Otherwise, the display size on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is 6.7 inches, and the display size on the iPhone 12 is 6.1 inches.

Camera

Camera iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro Max
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024
Aperture f/2.4
Secondary 12.0 MP

The rear-facing camera on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a triple 12MP array with a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. The iPhone 12 has a dual 12MP setup with a wide and ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also has several additional features not available on the iPhone 12, such as Photographic Styles, Night Mode Portraits, macro photos and videos, ProRes video recording, and a Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field. Otherwise, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro Max both feature a 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front.

Screen

Display iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro Max
Screen Tech OLED None
Resolution 1170x2532 1284x2778
Screen Size 154 mm 6.1 in 170 mm 6.7 in
Pixels Per Inch 457 ppi 457 ppi
Refresh Rate 60 Hz - Hz

The display on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is 0.6 inches larger than the display on the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Pro Max display is 6.7” with ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz, and a 1000 nits (typical) max brightness. The iPhone 12 display is 6.1” with a 625 nits (typical) max brightness. Otherwise, both models have a Super Retina XDR (OLED) HDR display with wide color (P3) and True Tone.

Battery

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

One of the perks of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is its long battery life. The 13 Pro Max has a 4,352 mAh battery that is capable of offering up to 28 hours of video playback time or up to 95 hours of audio playback time. In comparison, the iPhone 12 has a 2,815 mAh battery that is capable of offering up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time. Both of these phones support MagSafe charging, Qi wireless charging, and are fast charge capable.

Processing

Processor iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro Max
CPU Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01 Apple A15 Bionic APL1007 / APL1W07
CPU Cores 6
GPU 16-core Neural Engine
GPU Cores 4

Color Choices

iPhone 12

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • White

Which iPhone 12 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 vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Colors

The iPhone 12 introduces four new colors not found in the iPhone 13 Pro Max color palette: Gold, Graphite, Sierra Blue, and Silver. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro Max share one color: Green. However, the iPhone 12 does away with Black, Blue, Purple, Red, and White, previously seen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
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The iPhone 13 Pro Max is available in five colors and the iPhone 12 is available in six colors. Color options for the iPhone 13 Pro Max include Graphite, Silver, Gold, Sierra Blue, and Alpine Green. The color options for the iPhone 12 include Black, White, Green, Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT(RED).

Storage Options

iPhone 12

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 12 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 vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Storage

The iPhone 13 Pro Max introduces two new storage options not found on the iPhone 12: 512GB and 1 TB. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro Max share two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the iPhone 12.
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The storage options for the iPhone 12 include 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also offers options to get 128GB and 256GB, along with two higher-tiered options of 512GB and 1TB.

Reviews

iPhone 12

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 13 Pro Max

11 reviews 5.0 stars

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Reviews

Users rate the iPhone 12 with 4.9 stars, compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max with 5.0 of 5.0 stars.

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