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iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max vs. iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

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Let’s say you already know you want an iPhone, specifically the Pro version. Or maybe you already have an and are trying to decide whether to trade it in for something from Apple’s  lineup. The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999, and the starts at a cool $1,099. Apple discontinued the 11 Pro and Pro Max when the iPhone 12 line was announced, but you can still find the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max at a discount at various retailers, sometimes as low as $625. (You could also , which is .)

For reference, here are CNET’s reviews of the , and . And here’s

lb auto trading in to Apple will bring the price of an iPhone 12 down considerably — as much as $465 in savings for an 11 Pro trade-in, or $515 for a Pro Max — but then again, keeping your old phone for another year is free. , (most notably  — oh, and ) but are the phone’s newest tricks worth the cash? The answer depends on what’s important to you. Let’s compare Apple’s 2019 and 2020 Pro flagships on design, camera, performance and more.

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In 2019, we gave the iPhone 11 the coveted Editors’ Choice Award and called the Pro version “simply the best iPhone ever.” That designation is challenged with the release of the iPhone 12, but the fact remains that Apple’s previous year’s flagship is still an excellent phone, with a high-resolution OLED display, three-camera array (with Deep Fusion technology) and a sleek matte-glass finish. You’ll also save about $100 by going with this older model, which is far from pocket change.

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Major camera improvements, an A14 Bionic chip, ceramic shield screen and a fancy redesign make the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max the ideal phone if money is no object. It also has 5G connectivity, which is the one thing everyone’s talking about. The , but it does future-proof the phone — and FOMO-proof it, too.


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Design

The most obvious aesthetic difference between the iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max is the latter’s flattened sides.  and wrapped the iPhone 12 Pro line in a modern stainless steel frame. 

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The squared-off edges of the iPhone 5 are back.


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Size

Compared with 2019’s flagship, the iPhone 12 lineup features slimmer bezels that accommodate a larger screen without greatly increasing the phone’s overall size and weight. The 11 Pro’s 5.8-inch screen becomes 6.1 inches in the iPhone 12 Pro. And the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 6.5-inch screen is now 6.7 inches in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 11 Pro and 12 Pro dimensions



iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Display size

6.1 in

6.7 in

5.8 in

6.5 in

Dimensions (Inches)

5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in

6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in

5.67×2.81×0.32 in

6.22×3.06×0.32 in

Dimensions (Millimeters)

146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm

160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm

144×71.4×8.1 mm

158×77.8×8.1 mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.66 oz; 189g

8.03 oz; 228g

6.63 oz; 188g

7.97 oz; 226g

Ceramic shield vs. Gorilla Glass

Another notable difference is the screen glass. Apple unveiled its new “” technology with the iPhone 12 lineup, which it says gives the phone a 4x better drop performance than the Gorilla Glass screen on iPhone 11. We haven’t conducted drop or scratch tests for the iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max, but  and also , and it seems virtually indestructible. , though we did find some damaged pixels on its screen.