iPhone 12, Mini, Pro and Pro Max: how to navigate the 4 new iPhones

Now that the four iPhone 12 5G lineup is complete with the two new iPhone 12 mini and Pro Max going on sale today, let’s see what sets them apart and sets them apart.

Let us immediately classify the least important criterion here, namely the 5G connection, the only attraction of which is that of being compatible with the new cellular generation in the years to come. Until this 5G rolls out across the province and across the country, you’ll still be using 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution).

A14 Bionic chip

When it comes to computing or processing power, all four iPhone 12s use the same next-gen A14 Bionic Neural Engine chip. Regardless of the photo, video, Internet access operations, no device performs better than the other in this regard.

64, 128, 256 or 512 GB storage

The storage capacity of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini starts at 64 GB (gigabytes), while the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max start out with 128 GB. Either way, that’s plenty to cover your needs. If you plan to shoot a lot of photos and videos, increase the storage capacity to 256 or 512 GB.

Dual or triple camera system

For this generation of iPhone 12, Night mode with Deep Fusion is integrated in the four versions both to the sensors on the back of the device and on the screen side. And it’s the same consistency for time-lapse video with Night mode.

With the triple camera system, we take advantage of the 2x telephoto lens which, I find, is very useful in photography, even more than wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses.

Photo differences between 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

While the big Pro Max phone has the same wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto photo sensors as the 12 Pro, its optical zoom range is 5x instead of 4x. Other differences, the Pro Max uses a larger image sensor for night shots than the Pro 12 as well as an optical image stabilization system by sensor displacement, instead of dual optical stabilization on the 12 Pro model and a simple optical stabilization on the 12 and 12 mini.

Note that fans of Raw format photography, called ProRaw by Apple, will have to choose between the two Pro models to enjoy them in a future update.


All displays feature the same Super Retina XDR quality with vibrant colors and deep blacks. That said, the maximum brightness is slightly more powerful on the two 12 Pro models; 800 nits instead of 625 on the 12 and 12 min.

Also, all four benefit from the screen resistance called Ceramic Shield that Apple estimates to be four times stronger than the previous generation of screen.

Obviously, the sizes differ. The 12 and 12 Pro have 6.1 ” screens, the 12 Pro Max 6.7 ”, and the 12 mini 5.4 ”. Note that the latter has the same format as the iPhone SE (2nd generation) of 4.7 inches, but with a screen of 5.4 inches.

And at the top of the screens, all have the FaceID facial unlocking system.

Lidar scanner

Another advantage of the Pro models, the 12 Pro and Pro Max are equipped with the Lidar scanner that allows photography to literally see in the dark to focus on objects and subjects. Lidar will also be used in augmented reality, but this aspect is very negligible.

All four iPhones are equipped with induction charging.

Materials, the case of the Pro is in stainless steel and that of the other two in aluminum. For me, no difference especially since you will protect them with a case.

Choice and price

What price and format of device are you willing to choose?

The iPhone 12 mini is arguably the most attractive of the four for its price ($ 979) and 5.4-inch display despite its compact size. It will perform as well as the other three without however offering the full photo capabilities of the Pro models.

If you’re keen on having a bigger screen, then the iPhone 12 ($ 1,129) is worth considering.

If the photograph is a must for you and you’re looking for more features, in this case the Pro ($ 1399) and Pro Max ($ 1549) models with their telephoto and lidar lenses are good candidates. And for video games, the Pro Max’s 6.7-inch large screen will blow your mind.


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