The iPhone 12 model that you should get will depend on a number of factors, namely your budget and your preferences for your next iPhone's features. In summary, the iPhone 12 Mini is a smaller version of the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a larger version of the iPhone 12 Pro with some more sophisticated photography features.
On Tuesday the 13th of October 2020, Apple launched the HomePod mini (Apple’s answer to Google Home) and the long awaited iPhone 12 series via a virtual event. The iPhone 12 series lineup consists of a selection of four models: the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. While each of these models have many of the latest features that we have come to expect from industry leading flagships, there are some notable differences between the handsets that you will need to consider so that you can decide which of these is the best iPhone 12 model for you.
The iPhone 12 Mini is the cheapest phone in the series, starting at £699 for 64GB of storage, which is £100 less than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 mini will be released on Friday the 13th of November.
If you are looking for an iPhone that comes with all of the bells and whistles in a fun-size package, then the iPhone 12 mini will be the model for you. If you are someone that has small pockets and bags, the Mini might be more practical compared to larger smartphone models that have become all the rage in recent years. It has most of the same specifications as the iPhone 12, except it is smaller and more lightweight at 64.2 x 131.5 x 7.4mm and 133g with a 5.4 inch Super Retina XDR display.
Like the other models in the 12 series, it comes with 5G, which will allow for faster download speeds and connectivity, and the selection of colours is the same as the iPhone 12, namely black, white, red, navy and green. Interestingly, the iPhone 12 mini comes with the exact same camera setup as the iPhone 12, which is a 12MP f/1.6 main lens and a 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide lens on the rear, and a 12MP f/2.2 front facing lens, meaning that if you opt for the smaller model, you will not be making any sacrifices in terms photography capabilities.
The iPhone 12 is the next cheapest model in the 12 series starting at £799 for 64GB of storage. This is an extra £100 compared to the iPhone 12 mini. The iPhone 12 will be available to pre-order on Friday the 16th of October, and will be on sale from Friday the 23rd of October.
The iPhone 12 comes with a larger display at 6.1 inches, which is a Super Retina XDR display, and it weighs an extra 29g to the iPhone 12 mini (162g). Other than this however, there is really not a great deal of difference between the two devices, as both are powered by Apple's new generation A14 Bionic chipset.
The iPhone 12 comes with a HDR display, True Tone, Wide Colour technology, Haptic Touch and Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and so does the iPhone 12 mini. The storage options are also the same at 64GB, 128GB or 256GB. With these similarities taken into consideration, you should decide whether you want to pay an extra £100. You might feel that a larger display will suit you better for watching films, TV, or YouTube videos, or for gaming, in which case the iPhone 12 will be a better pick for you.
The iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max respectively start at £999 and £1099. These eye-watering prices are what we have come to expect from Apple's true flagships, but in any case you should get familiar with the the specifications of these devices before deciding which one to go for.
In terms of colour finishes, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max come in Silver, Graphite, Gold or Pacific Blue options, which are muted and arguably more grown up shades for your model. Like the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max come with the same capacity options, except these are larger at 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, differing display sizes at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches respectively and both models have the same HDR displays, True Tone, Wide Colour technology, Haptic Touch and Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also heavier than the iPhone 12 Pro by 39g (226G).
The principal differences between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are their camera setups. Both iPhone models come with a 12MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.4 aperture with a 120 degree field of view), wide (f/1.6 aperture) and telephoto lenses. However the iPhone 12 Pro Max takes photography a step further with a more advanced telephoto lens (f/2.2 aperture compared to f/2.0 on the iPhone 12 Pro), a 12x digital zoom compared to 10x digital zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro and sensor-shift optical image stabilisation on the wide angle lens. If you take your smartphone photography seriously and you have extra money to spend, we would recommend the iPhone 12 Pro Max over the iPhone 12 Pro, as it has an added edge that some consumers may be looking for.
The iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order on Friday the 16th of October and will be on sale on Friday the 23rd of October, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available for pre-order on Friday the 6th of November, and then will be on sale on Friday the 13th of November.
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