iPhone 12 Pro: Everything you need to know about Apple’s new high-end smartphone

Apple has just taken the wraps off the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Each are available in two sizes (the regular iPhone 12 now comes in a 6.1-inch model and a 5.4-inch “mini”), but as was the case with the iPhone 11, the “Pro” models have some differences that set them apart and help justify their higher price tag.

Here are the most important things you need to know about the iPhone 12 Pro. If you’re interested in the less expensive variant, check out our guide to the iPhone 12.

It’s got a new, slightly larger design

As with the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro comes in two sizes. This year, the display on the two models measure 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches, up from 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches. (Bear in mind that a 6.1-inch display is the same size as the regular, non-Pro iPhone 11.)

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The iPhone 12 Pro is larger than the iPhone 11 Pro, but not drastically so.

This means the phone bodies themselves are a bit larger as well, though there’s less bezel area around the display, so it’s not as much larger as you might think, just a millimeter or two taller and wider. The iPad 12 Pro is 146.7 x 71.5mm, compared to the iPhone 11 Pro’s 144 x 71.4mm. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is 160.8 x 78.1mm, compares to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 158 x 77.8mm. 

Both the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are 7.4mm thick, about 10 percent thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro’s 8.1mm thick body.

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The new design features flat edges, a bright new gold color, and a Pacific Blue variant.

The sides of all the iPhone 12 models are now flat, mimicking the design of the iPad Pro. They’re available in four colors: Silver (white), Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue (replacing Midnight Green on the iPhone 11 Pro).

The cameras got an upgrade

The iPhone 12 Pro can shoot night mode photos on the wide, ultrawide, and even the front camera now—but still not on the telephoto camera. And Deep Fusion now works on all four cameras. There’s a new improved 7-element lens on the main wide camera and a wider f/1.6 aperture to let in more light, improving low light performance.

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The main Wide camera has been improved with a wider aperture, and on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, a larger sensor with sensor-shift stabilization.

The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max variant has a 47 percent larger sensor on the main wide camera, which means bigger 1.7-micron pixels. Combined with the larger aperture, Apple says it produces 87 percent better low-light photos. The telephoto lens on the Max is longer, too—65mm, or about 2.5x, instead of 52mm or 2x on the regular Pro.