Breaking Down the Apple iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro

The highly anticipated iPhone 12 series is finally here. Apple has introduced four new devices in its latest series of smartphones. The new devices offer the latest technology with the A14 Bionic chip processor, 5G capabilities, and wireless charging. While the most significant difference between the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max is their size, we will take a more in-depth look at the iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro below.

Apple iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro: Key Features

The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were released in late October of 2020. From faster processing than ever before to new camera features, including a LiDAR sensor and Apple ProRaw format, we take a look at what truly separates Apple’s latest line of iPhones.


All of the latest iPhones throw things back with a flat-edged design and slimmer bezels, similar to the newest iPad Pro. Both the standard and Pro models are protected with a new Ceramic Shield layer that gives extra protection from dings and drops. The two models vary in color options, with the 12 available in white, black, blue, red, and green. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro comes in pacific blue, silver, graphite, and gold.


The iPhone 12 and Pro both have a 6.1-inch screen and impressive Super Retina XDR OLED displays. The 12 is the first non-Pro iPhone equipped with OLED rather than an LCD. One key advantage of the iPhone 12 Pro is the brightness capacity, which gives Pro users a slight edge in outdoor locations. The standard iPhone max brightness is 625 nits, but the latest iPhone 12 Pro gets a boost to 800 nits.

Camera close up on back of iphone 12 and iphone 12 pro

The most significant advantage for iPhone 12 Pro users is the camera capabilities. Both models have a front camera for selfie pictures and Face ID. The iPhone 12 comes equipped with a dual-camera on its back, with a main sensor of 12MP. If, however, you want the ultra wide, telephoto camera, and 4x optical zoom available on last year’s iPhone 11 Pro, you’ll need to shell out a little extra for the iPhone 12 Pro.

The iPhone 12 Pro camera also features a LiDAR scanner, a remote sensing method that helps improve your subject’s focus. Not only does this feature improve portrait mode, but it also allows users to take low light portraits in Night Mode. If that’s not enough, Pro models also come with Apple ProRaw. This brand new photo format promises more editing flexibility than ever before.

Last but not least, the iPhone 12 Pro also has a slight advantage in video quality. Both models are capable of recording in Dolby Vision HDR. However, the iPhone 12 Pro, due to the LiDAR feature, can reach 60 fps Dolby Vision while the standard model can record in 30 fps Dolby Vision.


If memory storage is important to you, you may want to consider the Pro models. While the iPhone 12 ranges from 64 to 256GB of storage, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro starts at 128GB and goes all the way up to 512GB options.

Other Key Features

Aside from the above, the remaining specs of both models are pretty similar. Regardless of whether you opt for the 12 or the 12 Pro, you can count on the following:

  • Battery life: According to Apple, both phones last for up to 17 hours of video playback.
  • MagSafe and Qi wireless charging compatible
  • IP68 Rating

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