While the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a lot in common, there are some key differences you should consider when figuring out which phone is best for you.
Most of the significant changes revolve around the phone’s cameras. The Pro Max includes the same Lidar sensor found in the iPhone 12 Pro. The sensor assists in taking high-quality low-light or nighttime photos viable without an expensive standalone camera. It also allows you to shoot in Apple ProRAW for more editing flexibility.
The iPhone Pro Max takes this one step further, including Sensor-shift Optical Image Stabilization whereas the iPhone Pro. This helps to reduce shaking and blurring and further improves night photography.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max also offers up to 12x digital zoom which is 2x more than the iPhone 12 Pro. This is another area where the image stabilization will help.
The display on the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is also the biggest screen on an Apple phone ever, coming in at 6.7-inches.
Everything else about the phone is similar -- if not identical -- to its smaller sibling. If the camera and screen size don’t make or break whether this phone is for you, check our iPhone 12 Pro review for more on what to expect.
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is among the top 4 in our Battery database so far, with good scores in Autonomy, average in Charging, and an outstanding score for discharge in our Efficiency attribute. Where it could have done better was in charge up Efficiency, where its score was among the lowest amon...
- Bryan M Wolfe, iMore
If you want the latest and greatest, your best bet might be to wait until fall. Both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone XS Max were discontinued only one year after release. The same fate could strike the iPhone 12 Pro series in just a few months.
- Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo
The iPhone 12 Pro Max stays in the high-end race, but barely. A lot of the disparities in image quality differences can be explained by the difference in camera hardware utilized by various competitors, and it’s not surprising that higher-quality camera hardware does produce higher quality photos. F...
- Mat Gallagher, T3
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best incarnation of the iPhone to date. This is a must-have for photo and video fans, while the large screen and extra battery life make it appealing for everyday use, even if it is a beast for size.
- Mark Knapp, IGN
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most capable of the 2020 iPhone line, and it comes at the highest premium. That high price doesn’t come with a ton of upgrades though. It’s improvements over the iPhone 12 Pro are marginal, and the telephoto sensor has limited utility. Unless screen real estate is your m...
Prices (Where to Buy)
The iPhone 12 Pro Max price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max prices from around the web here on The Informr.
Apple backs up the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your iPhone 12 Pro Max has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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