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Apple iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro | What is the difference?

Apple announced their long awaited and leaked iPhone 12 series today. As expected, the design resembled the iPhone 5 with familiar flat sides but with the bezeless display’s iPhone’s have had since the iPhone X and of course the inclusion of 5G. The design change was likely driven by the introduction of MagSafe accessories that are dependent on the sides of the iPhone being flat since they are attached from the back, like the new cases that rely on MagSafe for attachment rather than the shape of the iPhone. What could be confusing for consumers this year is that Apple is selling two 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models that have a $200 price gap. How can we account for that $200 price gap? Why not just save $200 right? Well let’s at least help you make an informed purchase with specs comparison below.

What’s the same?

iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro
Display6.1″
2532 x 1170 pixel resolution at 460 ppi
6.1″
2532 x 1170 pixel resolution at 460 ppi
CPUA14 Bionic chipA14 Bionic chip
GPUNext‑generation Neural EngineNext‑generation Neural Engine

What’s the difference?

iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro
CameraDual 12MP camera system: Ultra Wide and Wide cameras
Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 5x
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
Optical image stabilization (Wide)
Five‑element lens (Ultra Wide); seven‑element lens (Wide)
Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Sapphire crystal lens cover
100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide)
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
Advanced red‑eye correction
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Photo geotagging
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture (iPhone 12 Pro);
2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
Digital zoom up to 10x (iPhone 12 Pro)
Night mode portraits enabled by LiDAR Scanner
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
Dual optical image stabilization (Wide and Telephoto)
Five-element lens (Ultra Wide); six‑element lens (Telephoto); seven-element lens (Wide)
Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Sapphire crystal lens cover
100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
Night mode (Ultra Wide, Wide)
Deep Fusion (Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto)
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
Apple ProRAW*
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
Advanced red-eye correction
Photo geotagging
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Video RecordingHDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 3x
Audio zoom
Brighter True Tone flash
QuickTake video
Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time‑lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
Continuous autofocus video
Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
Stereo recording
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
Digital zoom up to 6x (iPhone 12 Pro)
Audio zoom
Brighter True Tone flash
QuickTake video
Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
Continuous autofocus video
Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
Playback zoom
Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
Stereo recording
TrueDepth Camera12MP camera
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
Animoji and Memoji
Night mode
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time‑lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
QuickTake video
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction
Retina Flash
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
12MP camera
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
Animoji and Memoji
Night mode
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 3 with Scene Detection
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
Time‑lapse video with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
QuickTake video
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Lens correction
Retina Flash
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Storage64, 128, 256GB128, 256, 512GB
Dimensions5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29″6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29″

There you have it, Apple two 6.1-inch iPhone models differ in a few important ways. If you need the very best camera on an iPhone, twice the storage of the iPhone 12 and have the extra cash to justify said purchase then the iPhone 12 Pro is the right choice for you. Otherwise the iPhone 12 is nearly the same device in nearly every other way.