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8.8/10
Informr score
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 46 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Superfast performance
  • Excellent camera
  • 5G compatibility
  • Superior video quality
  • Apple ProRAW support

What's bad

  • So-so battery life on 5G
  • Minor upgrade to iPhone 12
  • Expensive
  • No USB-C support

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro is affectionately referred to as the ‘middle child’ in the latest release of multiple versions of the iPhone 12. There’s no denying that there’s an upgrade to the Pro versus the baseline, is are the benefits worth paying more?

Design

The shape of the iPhone changed this year, with squared-off edges that are a nod to older designs. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro has a stainless steel build versus the aluminum of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini and reviewers found the build quality excellent.

The phone also includes the same ceramic glass coating that’s on all models. Apple promises four times the durability for drops and a pretty high waterproofing score.

Display

The screens on all of the Apple iPhone 12’s are OLED and ceramic glass, they’re super bright, colorful, and durable. The Pro sports a 6.1-inch the same as the iPhone 12 baseline. Reviewers said there was nothing, in particular, to be unhappy about when it came to the screen on the Pro but that they wished for the 120Hz refresh rate seen on most Android phone models.

Tom’s Guide says, “... Other phones have 120Hz panels that enable smoother animations and faster scrolling. It’s not a deal-breaker that this feature is missing from the latest iPhones but it is a bummer.”

Performance

The iPhone 12 family is currently the fastest mobile phones on the market. Even without the 120hz displays on some Android phones these days, it takes multitasking and gaming like a champ. 5G connectivity is a boon to some and a nuisance to others mainly because of the drain on the battery. However, when in use reviewers noted download and upload speeds were extremely fast.

Software & Storage

Storage has been a matter of contention when it comes to all of the recent iPhone versions. The baseline storage starts at 64GB, which some reviewers feel isn’t enough anymore. But you’ll find options with up to 256GB of storage if you’re willing to pay for it. Just keep in mind that you cannot expand iPhone storage, so budget accordingly.

Cameras

Reviewers felt that photography is where the Apple iPhone 12 Pro shines. The improved camera offers some of the best visuals and ultra-responsive focus speeds.

While the much-touted Lidar sensor also appears to provide some benefits for low light photography, reviewers' opinions of low light quality were a mixed bag. Some reported amazing success and raved about the bokeh style of the night mode selfies. While others said they had a lot of grain and blur to their own nighttime photography. Still, even poor shots are likely an improvement over low-light photos taken with phones just a year or two ago. So poor is very much a relative term.

The iPhone 12 Pro also sees the introduction of Apple ProRAW support. This and will be a boon to photographers looking to make the most of Apple's already impressive mobile photography features.

Battery Life

Battery life will depend on how you use your phone. With 5G enabled and in use, a lot of reviewers found the battery life extremely lacking -- only surviving 8 hours and some odd minutes a charge.

With 5G disabled, it lasted a handful of hours beyond that. While far from the longest-lasting battery available, 10-plus hours of battery life is typically more than enough to make it through a full day without having to hunt down a charger.

Audio

While phone audio only gets so good, the iPhone 12 receives high marks. It gets nice and loud without distorting and the noise cancellation works great for calls.

Specs at a Glance

  • Stainless steel chassis
  • 6.1-inch OLED display
  • Apple A14 Bionic processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • Apple iOS 14
  • 64/128/256GB of storage
  • 12MP camera
  • 2815mAh battery

Bottom Line

The opinion overall seems to be that the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is a questionable upgrade to the baseline iPhone 12. If it would have had higher refresh rates or bigger, better features it would have fit the bill but in general, there’s very little to separate the Apple iPhone 12 Pro from its slightly smaller (and much cheaper) cousin.

Tom’s Guide says, “The iPhone 12 Pro delivers amazing camera and video quality, 5G and crazy fast performance in a sleeker new design, though the battery life could be better.”

The Verge comments, “5G, LIDAR, MagSafe — the new iPhone 12 Pro has a lot of things you won’t be able to do much with right now.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
3.1 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


India Today

The iPhone 12 Pro is one of those devices that's almost flawless. It is perfect. From design to performance, it has everything that your heart would desire and then there's a little extra thrown in to make the experience so much better. But it is pricey starting at Rs 1,19,900.

- Sushant Talwar, India Today
DxOMark

Overall, the iPhone 12 Pro features a very capable but not category-defining selfie camera. Considered as part of the whole, the great majority of users should be happy with it.

- Peter Ferenczi, DxOMark
Gizbot

Except for the 5G capabilities, the iPhone 12 Pro is not a huge upgrade over the iPhone 11 Pro and can be called as an incremental update. The slightly redesigned finish makes it look like a new phone. And this time around, Apple has narrowed the difference between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pr...

- Vivek, Gizbot
Notebookcheck

The iPhone 12 Pro performed very well in most aspects, and it is a true premium product with a well-established and matured eco system.

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
NDTV

Even though the iPhone 12 Pro doesn't seem like a big upgrade on paper compared to the iPhone 11 Pro, there are many little changes that make for a better overall experience. Most of the meaningful upgrades such as the new Ceramic Shield material, larger display, better IP rating, new SoC, MagSafe c...

- Roydon Cerejo, NDTV


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Screen Size
6.1"

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.1 GHz

There is a Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 3.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 14 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2815mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2815 mAh battery.

iPhone 12 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date October 16, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
600/700/800/850 /900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600/3500/28000/39000 MHz
LTE:
700/750/800/850 /900/1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System iOS 14

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Processor Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 3.1 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/ 512 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2815 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.67 x 7.15 x 0.74 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 189 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels
Pixel density 460 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, True Tone
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.6
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.0, Telephoto)HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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