It could have arrived later within the 12 months than normal, however Apple has lastly unveiled the iPhone 12. The brand new smartphone is arguably the most important revamp to the sequence since 2017’s iPhone X, having launched a pointy, flat-edged design, 5G assist, and the highly effective A14 Bionic processor. Nonetheless, the iPhone 12 itself wasn’t the one new smartphone Apple revealed on October 13, when it additionally introduced the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 Professional, and the iPhone 12 Professional Max.

Of those 4 fashions, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Professional are superficially probably the most alike. They each characteristic an attractive 6.1-inch show and almost-identical dimensions, making them very arduous to tell apart at first look. Nonetheless, there are a variety of necessary variations between the 2 fashions, which we take a more in-depth have a look at on this article. We evaluate the 2 smartphones throughout plenty of classes to see which one is the very best new iPhone for you — and the higher system general.


iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Professional
Measurement 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 inches) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 inches)
Weight 164 grams (5.78 ounces) 189 g (6.67 ounces)
Display screen measurement 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR OLED 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR OLED
Display screen decision 2532 x 1170 pixels (460 pixels per inch) 2532 x 1170 pixels (460 pixels per inch)
Working system iOS 14 iOS 14
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
MicroSD card slot No No
Faucet-to-pay companies Apple Pay Apple Pay
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Digital camera Twin lens 12-megapixel broad and 12MP ultrawide rear, 12MP TrueDepth entrance Triple lens 12MP broad, ultrawide and telephoto rear, 12MP TrueDepth entrance
Video 4K at as much as 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps 4K at as much as 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
Bluetooth model Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Ports Lightning connector Lightning connector
Fingerprint sensor No, FaceID as a substitute No, FaceID as a substitute
Water resistance IP68 IP68
Battery TBC

Quick charging (20W charger bought individually)

Qi wi-fi charging


Quick charging (20W charger bought individually)

Qi wi-fi charging

App market  Apple App Retailer Apple App Retailer
Community Assist All main carriers All main carriers
Colours Black, blue, inexperienced, white, and crimson Silver, graphite, gold, Pacific Blue
Costs $799+ $999+
Overview rating News News

Design, show, and sturdiness

The designs of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional are an identical, save for one slight but noticeable distinction. Each sport the identical angular, flat-edged physique, however the iPhone 12 Professional comes with a glossier glass again, whereas the iPhone 12’s glass again has extra of a matte end. This isn’t a lot of a distinction, although it does give the iPhone 12 Professional a sleeker, extra refined look general.

Each telephones profit from the identical redesign, that includes a smaller notch and smaller bezels, in addition to the aforementioned flat sides (as with this 12 months’s iPad Pro). The iPhone 12 Professional is about 30 grams (or practically one ounce) heavier than the iPhone 12, nonetheless, which can imply it might not fairly be as snug because the lighter mannequin — although it nonetheless retains its weight beneath 200 grams, not like some flagships launched this 12 months.

Their shows are additionally all-but an identical. They each pack a 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR OLED show, which can offer you 2532 x 1170 pixels (or 460 pixels per inch). They each look unsurprisingly beautiful, and even with out a 120Hz refresh price, the inclusion of True Tone expertise and a large coloration gamut (on each telephones) supplies a beautifully-rich display screen. One small distinction is that studies have advised the iPhone 12 Professional’s typical nits degree (which measures brightness) will probably be somewhat increased than the iPhone 12’s, though each could have the identical most degree of brightness.

Each telephones include an IP68 ranking, which means that swimmers and bathers can get away with dipping them in as much as 1.5 meters of water for as much as half-hour. Apple additionally claims its new Ceramic Guard glass will present better safety towards falls and harm, boosting the sturdiness of each telephones.

All of it is a barely long-winded means of claiming that each telephones are nearly the identical aesthetically. This spherical is, subsequently, a tie.

Winner: Tie

Efficiency, battery life, and charging

iPhone 12 performance

The iPhone 12 and 12 Professional are each powered by the A14 Bionic chip, which Apple is making some fairly outlandish claims about. Even when it doesn’t “defy the legal guidelines of physics,” it’s nonetheless a highly-capable processor. It should make sure that the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional will deal with the most recent apps with ease, in addition to any software program that makes use of machine studying and different superior applied sciences. Nonetheless, there may be one necessary distinction between the 2 fashions: The iPhone 12 Professional accommodates 6GB of RAM, whereas the iPhone 12 has to make do with 4GB. That is prone to lead to a noticeable distinction in efficiency, notably in relation to newer purposes and multitasking.

The iPhone 12 additionally falls down by having solely 64GB of inside reminiscence as customary. The iPhone 12 Professional’s customary mannequin comes with 128GB of storage and may be expanded to 512GB if you need, whereas the iPhone 12 solely goes so far as 256GB. Once more, this might make a noticeable distinction, notably when you are likely to take loads of photographs and retailer information in your telephone.

As for the battery, there’s not a lot we are able to say about this for both the iPhone 12 or 12 Professional since Apple hasn’t launched the specs but. It’s rumored that the iPhone 12 could have a smaller battery than the iPhone 11, so this will likely put it at an obstacle towards the iPhone 12 Professional. It’s additionally doubtless that the 12 Professional’s better weight is partly the product of getting a bigger battery, though with out both testing the telephone absolutely or Apple publishing the specs, we gained’t know this for positive. Each telephones will assist 20W quick charging, though you’ll have to purchase a suitable charger individually.

This uncertainty apart, it’s clear that the additional RAM and the additional inside reminiscence supplies the iPhone 12 Professional with the benefit right here.

Winner: iPhone 12 Professional


iPhone 12 Pro back

It’s the same story with the digicam as a result of whereas the iPhone 12 has the identical 12-megapixel broad and ultrawide lenses because the iPhone 12 Professional, it lacks the 12MP telephoto lens. In our review of the iPhone 11 Pro, we discovered that the telephoto lens offered rather more versatility than the two-lens setup of the iPhone 11, with our evaluation in the end concluding that the 11 Professional had the very best general digicam of any smartphone launched at the moment.

It’s doubtless that we’ll discover one thing comparable with the iPhone 12 Professional. Its 52mm telephoto lens helps 2x optical zoom, letting you are taking extra detailed zoomed photographs, whereas its principal broad lens features a new seven-element lens for extra detailed photographs. That stated, this lens can be one thing the iPhone 12 advantages from, with the 2 telephones additionally boasting improved optical picture stabilization (OIS). Each telephones are, subsequently, doubtless to supply very satisfying cameras, though the iPhone 12 Professional will go a step additional when it comes to versatility.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Professional can each seize 4K video at 60 frames per second, with every now providing a low-light mode for video (as they do with all of their digicam lenses). Nonetheless, as a result of the iPhone 12 Professional does have a telephoto lens, we’re declaring this spherical as a slim victory for the dearer telephone.

Winner: iPhone 12 Professional

Software program and updates

iOS 14
iOS 14 on an iPhone 11 Professional

Sure, you’ve guessed it: The iPhone 12 and 12 Professional run on iOS 14. That is form of becoming since as with the designs of every telephone, iOS 14 supplies Apple’s OS with its most significant redesign in years. It provides such options as house display screen app widgets, whereas the App Library can be extraordinarily helpful. There’s additionally a pleasant new Translate app and the power to activate shortcuts with two faucets on the again of your telephone.

It’s additionally secure to say that the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional will obtain updates simply as speedily and for an equally lengthy time period. In different phrases, this spherical is a tie.

Winner: Tie

Particular options

Lateness is trendy, which may be solely the rationale why Apple has dragged its heels for thus lengthy in bringing 5G assist to its telephones. Nicely, all 4 iPhone 12 fashions assist 5G as customary, identical to most Android flagships which have launched over the previous 12 months. Nonetheless, Apple has revealed that the sooner mmWave 5G band will probably be obtainable solely on fashions bought in the USA. This is applicable to all 4 iPhone 12 fashions.

Except for that potential distinction, the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional boast very comparable particular options. They each see MagSafe charging (and equipment) come to iPhones, which means which you can connect wi-fi chargers and numerous different paraphernalia just by bringing it near the again of your telephone. It’s not a large addition, but it surely ought to enhance comfort (and security).

Each telephones additionally include the now-familiar TrueDepth digicam. This allows you to unlock your iPhone and pay for gadgets at shops utilizing Face ID. Face ID additionally allows Animojis and Memojis, that are enjoyable little avatars that may mimic your facial expressions and that can be utilized throughout FaceTime calls.

This can be a very shut spherical. In actual fact, it’s so shut we’re calling this one other tie.

Winner: Tie

Worth and availability

The iPhone 12 may be pre-ordered from Apple from October 16 and can launch on October 23. It should begin at $799 for the 64GB model, whereas the 128GB and 256GB variations will value you $849 and $949, respectively. It should even be obtainable from each main provider and the overwhelming majority of main stores.

The iPhone 12 Professional could have the identical availability however totally different pricing. It begins from $999 for the 128GB model, whereas upgrades to 256GB or 512GB will value you $1,099 or $1,299, respectively.

General winner: iPhone 12 Professional

Whereas their core options are just about the identical, the iPhone 12 Pro wins this head-to-head by advantage of superior efficiency and a extra versatile digicam. It should additionally doubtless have a bigger battery, letting you utilize it for longer earlier than having to recharge.

Having stated that, the $200 worth distinction is sort of massive, whereas not everybody will discover the actual fact the iPhone 12 has 4GB of RAM in comparison with 6GB. The shortage of a telephoto lens might also not be missed by those that aren’t a lot excited about zoomed photographs, particularly when the iPhone 12’s digicam is already nice as it’s. As such, the iPhone 12 will show a fantastic purchase for anybody who needs a top-of-the-line smartphone that doesn’t make such a giant gap in your pockets.

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