Apple’s iPhone 12 is now one of many highest-rated telephones CNET has ever reviewed. Should you’re interested by an improve from final 12 months’s iPhone 11 to the bottom iPhone 12 mannequin (or one of many different three fashions accessible), you could be questioning: What precisely is the distinction between the 2 telephones? And is it price it to spend $799 on an iPhone 12 proper now? If you do not have both telephone, the iPhone 11 now begins at $599 and that $200 hole may be all you wanted to listen to. (Listed below are the perfect Black Friday offers on the iPhone 12.)

Learn extra: Listed below are CNET’s opinions of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Professional Max.

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Here is every part it is advisable to find out about how the iPhone 12 compares with the iPhone 11.

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The iPhone 12 (and its higher-end iPhone 12 Professional counterpart) acquired certainly one of our highest assessment scores ever. It options the highly effective and quick A14 Bionic processor, twin rear cameras, 5G and a MagSafe characteristic that enables it to hook up with different cellular equipment magnetically.

Learn our iPhone 12 assessment.

Design and display measurement

There are 4 iPhone 12 fashions: the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch), the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional (6.1-inch), and the iPhone 12 Professional Max (6.7-inch). By comparability, there are solely three iPhone 11 gadgets: the iPhone 11 (6.1-inch), the iPhone 11 Professional (5.8-inch) and the iPhone 11 Professional Max (6.5-inch). Principally, the bottom iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 are the identical measurement. Nevertheless, the iPhone 12 weighs about one ounce lower than the 11. 

There are some key variations, nevertheless, on the subject of every telephone’s design. Each are IP68 rated for water-resistance, haven’t any headphone jack, and have wi-fi charging capabilities. However the iPhone 12 additionally has an OLED show (in comparison with the iPhone 11’s LCD), a magnetic backing that works with new MagSafe chargers and equipment, and a extra sturdy display strengthened by ceramic. The 12 additionally has a totally flat design alongside the perimeters, with no raised buttons, because the iPhone 11 has. 

The iPhone 12 is available in 5 colours: deep blue, minty inexperienced, purple, white and black. The iPhone 11 is available in six colours: black, white, purple, inexperienced, yellow and Product Pink. 

Winner: iPhone 12 

Display screen refresh price

Although there was hypothesis that the iPhone 12 Professional’s show could have a 120Hz refresh price and a ProMotion show (just like the iPad Professional), this ended up being only a rumor. Each the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz. Most telephones are the identical. However some, just like the Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus Eight Professional, refresh at 120Hz. The upper the refresh price, the sooner and smoother a telephone feels if you’re scrolling via apps and web sites. 

Winner: Tie


As is often the case with new iPhones, the iPhone 12 has upgraded digital camera capabilities over the iPhone 11 — particularly the iPhone 12 Professional fashions. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini largely follow the iPhone 11’s digital camera design, with common, ultrawide and selfie cameras. However in addition they provide Night time Mode images that now work on the ultrawide and selfie cameras, too, and an improved HDR mode for difficult scenes with brilliant and darkish parts. 

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In the meantime, the iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional Max get main images enhancements, together with a bigger picture sensor and a fourth telephoto digital camera for extra distant topics, too. The iPhone 12 Professional has the identical 2x zoom telephoto attain as earlier iPhones — a 52mm equal focal size — however the Professional Max’s extends to 2.5x zoom, or a 65mm equal lens.

Regardless of this, the iPhone 11 digital camera is nothing to sneeze at: It has a Night time Mode and an ultrawide-angle digital camera that may add further element in images, together with an excellent video digital camera. 

Winner: iPhone 12

The addition of 5G

All iPhone 12 fashions provide next-generation 5G mobile connectivity, as just about all new Android telephones arriving within the US have already got. This implies the telephones can faucet into the high-speed wi-fi community on the go — which could appear barely much less thrilling through the pandemic, as we’re spending extra time at house, however will nonetheless future-proof your system for the rise of 5G. 

The iPhone 11 doesn’t provide 5G connectivity, although many individuals appear to consider it does

Winner: iPhone 12

Battery life and processing velocity 

The iPhone 11 contains Apple’s A13 Bionic processor, whereas the iPhone 12 contains Apple’s A14 Bionic processor, providing sooner speeds that enhance the digital camera and shopping expertise. Whereas it is powerful to see the elevated velocity over the A13 chip, it is also meant to future-proof your telephone, in order that it may well deal with later variations of iOS

Although Apple would not disclose the battery capability of its telephones, in CNET’s preliminary battery take a look at (working steady video playback in Airplane mode), the iPhone 12 battery lasted greater than 17 hours. The iPhone 11 lasted about 14 hours. 

Winner: iPhone 12


The 2019 iPhone 11’s base mannequin value $699, which was $50 lower than the 2018 iPhone XR. Now, with the addition of the iPhone 12, the iPhone 11’s worth has dropped to $599. 

The iPhone 12 Mini prices $699, the iPhone 12 is $799, the iPhone 12 Professional is $999, and the iPhone 12 Professional Max is $1,099. (See the chart under for UK and Australian costs.)

Winner: iPhone 11

For extra in regards to the iPhone 12 and every part else Apple introduced, take a look at our roundup. You can even take a look at our assessment of the iPhone 11 and all of its options.

Apple iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 11 specs

iPhone 12 iPhone 11
Show measurement, decision 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.1-inch LCD; 1,792×828 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in 5.94×2.98×0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.Four mm 150.9×75.7×8.three mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.78oz; 164g 6.84 oz; 194g
Cell software program iOS 14 iOS 13
Digicam 12-megapixel (huge), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (huge), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Entrance-facing digital camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A13 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM Not disclosed Not disclosed
Expandable storage No None
Battery Not disclosed, however Apple claims 15 hours of video playback Not disclosed, however Apple claims it can final 1 hour longer than iPhone XR
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No
Particular options 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging Waterproof (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging
Value off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)
Value (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £599 (64GB), £649 (128GB), £749 (256GB)
Value (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$999 (64GB), AU$1,079 (128GB), AU$1,249 (256GB)

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