iPhone 12 might be good enough. How to know if you really need the Pro or Pro Max model (2022)

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are among the highest-rated phonesCNET has ever reviewed. With features including 5G, a super-fast and powerful processor and fantastic rear cameras, the iPhone 12 line will likely be a top choice for anyone in need of a phone. But Apple released four iPhone 12 variants, including the iPhone 12 Pro Max and a whole new model called the iPhone 12 Mini. The company is splitting these devices into two distinct categories: the regular iPhone 12 line and the Pro models, aimed at people who love photography and have more money to spend. (One difference between the two? Only the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini come in Apple's new purple hue.)

To see which phone is best for you and your budget, I compared the iPhone 12 with the two Pro devices, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, taking into account their design, cameras, performance and other features. Read on to see which one is right for you.

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Starting at $829 (£799, AU$1,349), the iPhone 12 isn't the cheapest of Apple's new iPhone 12 variants. That title would go to the iPhone 12 Mini, which costs $729 (£699, AU$1,1999). But the iPhone 12 has a bigger screen and is the most affordable of all three phones in this comparison. And while it still features the A14 Bionic processor and dual rear cameras, it doesn't have a telephoto lens. The device's base memory option starts lower, at 64GB instead of 128GB, as well.

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Get the iPhone 12 Pro if you want nearly all of the hardware benefits of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but in the smaller body of the iPhone 12. These goodies include the aforementioned telephoto camera, a brighter screen, lidar sensors and camera tools like ProRaw.

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max basically has all the latest and greatest features from Apple. Its 6.7-inch display means it's the biggest of all the new models and its camera setup, while similar to the iPhone 12 Pro, allows for more close-up zooming. Whether you like to binge-watch a lot of video on your phone or want to take the absolute best photos and video, the Pro Max will satisfy. Unfortunately, this also means it's expensive. At its largest memory capacity, it costs a whopping $1,399 (£1,399, AU$2,369).

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Design: Polished, signature Apple look across the board

In general, all three iPhone 12 models look similar. All have OLED displays, are IP68 rated for water-resistance, have magnetic backings that work with new MagSafe chargers and accessories and they have more durable screens strengthened by ceramic. And like past iPhone models, they don't have headphone jacks.

But the most notable difference is that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the biggest screen. Get the 6.7-inch Pro Max if you're sure you want to have the most immersive experience you can watching movies, playing graphic-intensive games and video conferencing with your friends and family.

If you'd rather get something smaller, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have 6.1-inch displays with the same resolution and pixel density, so images will look equally sharp no matter what device you choose. But the iPhone 12 Pro's display is brighter -- its screen features 800 nits of brightness compared to the iPhone 12's 625 nits. While I don't anticipate any issues with the iPhone 12's display, the iPhone 12 Pro's additional brightness is likely to come in handy when you're looking at your phone outdoors on a sunny day.

Though the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the same size, the 12 Pro is heavier thanks to its extra hardware and the fact that, like the iPhone 12 Pro Max, it's made of stainless steel. The iPhone 12, meanwhile, is made out of aluminum. It's strong in its own right and lighter than steel, but it's not as tough.

The iPhone 12 comes in six color variants: a deep blue, a minty green, red, purple, white and black. Though the choices aren't as fun as the previous year's iPhone 11 pastels (with the exception of purple, which didn't arrive until 6 months after the iPhone 12 launch), it's more vibrant than the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, which have four colors. Apple offers the familiar grey, silver and gold as well as a grayish-blue it calls Pacific blue.

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iPhone 12 Pro models have telephoto camera, Night Mode portraits and ProRaw

All phones have identical wide and ultrawide cameras to take photos with a wide field of view. But the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max have a third telephoto lens, which allows for optical zoom and improved portrait photos, though the iPhone 12 can still take portraits.

Note that the Pro models' telephoto lenses have different apertures. The iPhone 12 Pro has an f2.0 aperture while the iPhone 12 Pro Max's aperture is f2.2. They also have different zoom ranges. The 12 Pro has a digital zoom up to 10x and an optical zoom of 4x. The iPhone 12 Pro Max can go in even closer: it can digitally zoom up to 12x and it has a 5x optical zoom.

The Pro models also have two more things the iPhone 12 doesn't: lidarand ProRaw. Lidar sensors use infrared lasers to scan for depth, dimension and distance. It's similar to the technology that Face ID uses to scan your face to unlock your iPhone, but it has a longer range. Now that it's included in a rear camera, lidar is great for low-light photography, specifically portrait photos in Night Mode. (Lidar also can be used for AR, which I will go into detail later.)

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ProRaw is a feature aimed at photography enthusiasts. Saving photos in raw allows for greater control and editing after you capture an image because the file format is uncompressed. But since raw images are also unprocessed, you don't get the benefits of Apple's image processing. ProRaw aims to give you the best of both -- these images are processed for noise reduction and dynamic range, but not other things like white balance.

You also get more options with video if you choose one of the Pro models. Though all iPhone 12 devices have HDR video recording with Dolby Vision, the iPhone 12 captures this video at 30 frames per second. But on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max you can capture it at the much faster rate of 60fps. Digital zoom is different across the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max as well. For video you can zoom up to 3x, 6x and 7x, respectively.

One thing the iPhone 12 Pro Max has that none of the other iPhone 12 handsets have is a different type of image stabilization for video called sensor-shift image stabilization (also known as in-body image stabilization. Usually seen in premium mirrorless cameras, it means that the stabilization system is located inside the camera itself, on top of other stabilization methods like digital and electronic techniques and the phone's gyroscope. Whether or not this means the iPhone 12 Pro Max is noticeably better at stabilizing video than the iPhone 12 or 12 Pro remains to be seen.

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iPhone 12 and 12 Pro battery life and processing speeds

The three iPhone 12 models are equipped with Apple's A14 Bionic chip. We haven't tested the iPhone 12 Pro Max yet, but we did test the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. Both netted comparable scores on benchmark tests and actually scored the highest numbers on any phone we've ever tested. We expect the iPhone 12 Pro Max to get similar marks and I'll update the piece when those numbers come in.

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Apple doesn't disclose the battery capacity of its phones and public knowledge of how big iPhone batteries usually come from unofficial, third-party teardowns. We did, however, conduct preliminary tests for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. We ran a single battery test for continuous video playback on Airplane mode and the iPhone 12 lasted 17 hours, 14 minutes while the iPhone 12 Pro drained a bit faster at 15 hours, 56 minutes. Due to its size, it's likely the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the biggest battery of the three. But runtime may remain relatively similar, so we expect its numbers to be around 15 to 17 hours. Check back with this piece though when final results are in for all three phones.

Other features to consider: Lidar scanners and memory capacities

I already mentioned the benefits of the lidar scanners in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max in relation to photography. But the sensors can enhance augmented reality features too. It can carry out AR tasks faster (think: building out a detailed 3D map of a room within minutes) or execute much more complicated tasks like occlusion, which is when you place a virtual object behind a real one. We'll learn more about the full scope of the iPhone 12 Pro's lidar capabilities when more developers use the technology, but apps and services like Snapchat are already updating their software to take advantage of it.

The iPhone 12 starts at a lower base memory capacity and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB options. The Pro models' tiers are 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Only you can determine how much memory you need and if your budget allows for more. But if you plan on capturing a ton of photos or shooting a lot of high-resolution videos, you'll need more memory if you want to save them locally. If you plan on subscribing to Apple's iCloud storage service, onboard memory shouldn't be much of an issue.

iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max specs


Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.78oz; 164g 4.76 oz; 135g 6.66 oz; 189g 8.03 oz; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple Bionic 14 Apple Bionic 14 Apple Bionic 14 Apple Bionic 14
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

FAQs

Is ‌iPhone 12‌ worth it over pro? ›

As the improvements of the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro are minor and specific, most people should get the ‌iPhone 12‌. One caveat to this recommendation is if you have a need for more than 64GB of storage. The ‌iPhone 12‌ starts at 64GB for the base model while the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro starts at 128GB.

Is the iPhone 12 Pro Max worth it in 2022? ›

A cheap iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, or 12 Pro Max is absolutely worth buying in 2022. In fact, here at Swappa, we'd argue that any of these four models are a better buy in 2022 than they were in late 2020 (when they were first released). The reason they are a better buy in 2022 is that they are significantly cheaper.

Is the improvement of iPhone 12 Pro Max worth it? ›

If you want the iPhone with the best battery life, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the one to go for. The larger size means that it's got extra capacity to play with, and it results in the best performance we've seen on the iPhone 12 range.

Is the Pro version worth it iPhone? ›

If you're willing to spend more and you want a more impressive camera, as well as access to features like Dynamic Island, you're best going with the Pro model. However, our testing found that these devices feel very similar to use and that the iPhone 14 still packs a great camera.

Why is Apple no longer selling the 12 pro? ›

It only makes sense that they would redirect the limited resources towards newer models, especially when the iPhone 13 supply and waiting period has already been impacted due to this shortage. And that's really all there is to why Apple discontinued the iPhone 12 Pro models.

Does it make sense to buy iPhone 12 2022? ›

In 2022, the iPhone 12 isn't worth buying at full price. However, the device becomes an alluring option when it's available at a discounted rate. The discounts will likely be around for a while, making the 12th generation an excellent purchase.

What iPhone should I buy in 2022? ›

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Is it worth upgrading from 12 Pro Max to 13? ›

That's because the iPhone 12 has a lot in common with the iPhone 13. They both have 5G support, a vibrant OLED 6.1-inch screen, a fast processor, great cameras and MagSafe accessory support. The biggest reasons to consider upgrading are the camera updates -- especially for shooting video -- and the longer battery life.

Is the Max Pro worth it? ›

Tom's Guide Verdict. The iPhone 13 Pro Max's stellar cameras, 120Hz ProMotion display and longer battery life add up to a practically perfect phone in our testing. The charging could be faster and Touch ID would be nice, but overall this is a beast that can't be beat.

How long will 12% last on an iPhone 12 Pro Max? ›

That's on the 11 pro max mate. As you can see on that 8-9hrs of use and battery is around 50% still, iPhone 12 Pro max 4.4hrs of use 12% battery left in the original post.

How many years will the iPhone 12 Pro Max last? ›

You can expect upwards of five years of software support including security fixes and iOS version updates, which is longer than any other manufacturer of smartphones.

Why iPhone Pro is better than pro Max? ›

Size matters, really. The only really major difference between the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max is the size of the two phones. No, really, the only differences that actually matter all stem from the different size.

Why iPhone Pro is better than Max? ›

If you want a bigger display and longer battery life, our money is on the Pro Max despite the higher price. However, the regular iPhone 13 Pro delivers the same great cameras, ProMotion display and overall performance, so you're not sacrificing anything if you prefer a more compact design and smaller screen.

What is better iPhone Max or pro? ›

The ‌‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ can deliver up to 22 hours of video playback, according to Apple. Since the ‌‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max is much larger, it can accommodate a larger battery and therefore offer a longer battery life. This means that the ‌‌iPhone 13‌‌ Pro Max can reportedly deliver up to 28 hours of video playback.

What is the benefit of an iPhone Pro? ›

Apple's 2021 Pro iPhones with updated cameras, new colors, smaller notches, ProMotion display, 1TB max storage, and faster A15 chip.

What is the advantage of iPhone 12 Pro Max? ›

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has all of the same features as the iPhone 12 Pro, with the addition of some extra camera enhancements and a larger battery thanks to the larger size. Reviews of the 12 Pro Max were also positive, with reviewers praising the larger 6.7-inch display and long battery life.

Is iPhone 12 Pro Max more popular? ›

iPhone 12 Pro Max Named Most Popular 5G Smartphone in United States. Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max held the title of most popular 5G smartphone in 49 of 50 U.S. states as of January 2021, according to PCMag, citing data from Speedtest.net parent company Ookla and research firm M Science.

Which iPhone is being phased out? ›

All the iPhone models being discontinued

With the iPhone 14 on its way, Apple has taken these iPhone models off of its website masthead: iPhone 11, released in 2019. iPhone 12 mini, released in 2020. iPhone 13 Pro, released in 2021.

When did iPhone 12 Pro stop selling? ›

They were discontinued on September 14, 2021, as well as the iPhone XR, following the announcement of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Apple Inc.

Are they still selling 12 Pro Max? ›

This product is no longer available. Good news, we have other alternatives. Not for sale online.

What is the best iPhone for a 12 year old 2022? ›

Apple iPhone SE (2022) – Best iPhone for younger kids

If you have a grade-school aged kid who's mature enough to handle a phone, you should look no further than the iPhone SE. It's got the same A15 processor used in the iPhone 13 range, so you know it's going to perform well and get software updates for years.

Which iPhone is most value for money? ›

Best value iPhone

The iPhone 13 offers a unique proposition — it's the new iPhone 14, but $100 less expensive. It has the same processor, same design, same cameras, same screen as the iPhone 13.

Is it worth buying iPhone in 2022? ›

Apple iPhones are generally considered to be the best in the smartphone industry by many although they can cost you a a lot too. However, with the launch of the iPhone 14, Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone 13, making it the best smartphone to purchase in 2022.

What iPhones Will Apple stop supporting in 2022? ›

How long will my iPhone be supported?
ModelRelease dateDiscontinuation date
iPhone 13 Pro / Pro MaxSep 24, 2021Sep 7, 2022
iPhone SE (3rd generation)Mar 18, 2022In production
iPhone 14Sep 16, 2022In production
iPhone 14 PlusOct 7, 2022In production
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Which iPhone is selling the most 2022? ›

According to recent data from Counterpoint research, iPhone 13 emerged as the global best-selling smartphone with 5.5 percent of the market share.

What iPhone has the best camera quality? ›

The iPhone 13 Pro is not just the latest and great iPhone, it's also the best iPhone for photographers right now. Its triple-lens setup boasts a standard, ultra-wide, and telephoto configuration, with 26mm, 13mm, and 78mm equivalent focal lengths respectively.

Does the 12 pro have a better camera than the 13? ›

Safe to note the camera system on the iPhone 12 Pro features similar configurations to the 13 Pro, but still loses the battle. The wide aperture, optical zoom, sensor size, pixel count, and low light capabilities boast better specs on the iPhone 13 Pro.

Is it worth buying iPhone 13 or wait for 14? ›

--In terms of battery performance, Apple claims that the iPhone 14 offers longer battery backup when compared to the predecessor. The company claims that the iPhone 14 offers up to 20 hours of video playback, 16 hours of streamed video and 80 hours of audio. Now, this is slightly more than what the iPhone 13 offers.

Is it worth upgrading iPhone 12 to 14? ›

The iPhone 14 is better than the iPhone 12 in almost all areas, offering a brighter screen, a faster chipset, more capable cameras, and longer battery life. It also boasts basic satellite connectivity and Crash Detection. The iPhone 14 is a worthy upgrade for anyone coming from an iPhone 11 or an older model.

Should I go for pro Max or pro? ›

If you want a bigger display and longer battery life, our money is on the Pro Max despite the higher price. However, the regular iPhone 13 Pro delivers the same great cameras, ProMotion display and overall performance, so you're not sacrificing anything if you prefer a more compact design and smaller screen.

Is camera better on pro Max? ›

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce some major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light improvements across all lenses with the new Photonic Engine.

What is better about the Pro Max? ›

You want a longer-lasting battery

Naturally, the iPhone 14 Pro Max's battery will last much longer than the smaller variant. Apple says the Max can handle up to 29 hours of video playback (versus the 14 Pro's 23) and we expect real-world testing numbers to be just as promising.

How long is an iPhone 12 supposed to last? ›

Battery Life

It lasts for up to 15 hours with standard video playback, up to 10 hours with streaming video playback, and up to 50 hours with audio playback. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini support fast charging and can charge to 50 percent within 30 minutes using a Lightning to USB-C cable and a 20W power adapter.

How long can an iPhone 12 survive? ›

The iPhone 12 Pro is water-resistant. It has a rating of “IP68” which means they are fully protected from dust and can handle being underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 6 metres.

Can iPhone 12 last a day? ›

The iPhone 12 posted good numbers on our battery life test - it can last nearly 20 hours on calls and 13 hours on web browsing or video playback.

Should you charge iPhone every night? ›

Charging your iPhone overnight reduces battery life

And as you know, leaving your phone to charge overnight will charge up to 100 percent. This means, that if you charge every day overnight, your battery performance will begin to diminish within a few years.

When should you upgrade your iPhone? ›

If you're on an iPhone 12 or older, it's worth upgrading for better battery life alone, and carriers will offer rich subsidies for your trade-in,” says Greengart. “Any older than that and you're likely to have better reception with a newer iPhone because the modems support newer frequencies that carriers are using.”

How often should you replace your iPhone? ›

Here's how often you should actually be replacing your iPhone, according to tech experts.
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What is the difference between regular and pro iphones? ›

Cameras and LiDAR

The ‌iPhone 13‌ has a dual 12MP camera system with Ultra Wide and Wide lenses. On the other hand, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ has a triple camera setup that adds a Telephoto lens. The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ is also able to optically zoom three times in due to its Telephoto lens, which the ‌iPhone 13‌ lacks entirely.

Is 128GB enough for iPhone? ›

128GB: enough for the average user

An iPhone with 128GB storage capacity is suitable for the average user. With the new iPhone 12 models, this is the minimum storage capacity. With 128GB, you have enough space to store some photos, music, and videos locally.

Does the pro Max have a better battery? ›

And the iPhone 14 Pro Max lasted 3 hours and 43 minutes longer than the iPhone 14 Pro–that's 30 percent more battery life from a battery that is 35 percent larger than the smaller iPhone 14 Pro.

Is it worth buying iPhone 12 Pro or 13? ›

The ‌iPhone 13‌'s A15 Bionic chip brings a modest performance improvement over the A14 Bionic in the ‌iPhone 12‌. Benchmarks show that the A15 in the ‌iPhone 13‌ offers around 10 percent better single-core performance and 18 percent better multi-core performance compared to the ‌iPhone 12‌'s A14 chip.

Should I get iPhone 13 pro if I have 12? ›

The iPhone 13's aforementioned A15 Bionic processor is offering faster speeds and longer battery life compared to the iPhone 12's A14 Bionic chip. Specifically, the iPhone 13 should last roughly 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 13 Mini gets an extra 1.5 hours over last year's 12 Mini.

Is buying iPhone 12 worth it now? ›

In 2022, the iPhone 12 isn't worth buying at full price. However, the device becomes an alluring option when it's available at a discounted rate. The discounts will likely be around for a while, making the 12th generation an excellent purchase.

Is it worth upgrading from 12 Pro to 13 pro? ›

It's a no-brainer - if you're coming from an older iPhone, the iPhone 13 Pro is the way to go - it's faster, and it has a bigger battery, a better display, plus there are upgrades all around.

Is it worth getting an iPhone 13 Pro or 13? ›

Since both models actually share a large majority of their features, including design, the OLED Super Retina XDR display, 5G connectivity, the A15 Bionic chip, and MagSafe charging, we would recommend the iPhone 13 over the Pro model, unless you are in need of a more advanced camera or increased storage.

Is it worth buying 13 pro? ›

iPhone 13 Pro review: Verdict

The iPhone 13 Pro and its bigger brother are the best phones you can buy right now. This smaller Pro model is better suited for people who balk at larger phones. The battery life has vastly improved over past iPhone models, which is a serious point in this device's favor.

Does 13 or 13 pro last longer? ›

Battery life

Still, the company says the battery should last longer in the iPhone 13 Pro. Apple says the iPhone 13 battery should last through 19 hours of video playback, while the iPhone 13 Pro should last 22 hours. That's just video playback, the iPhone 13 Pro lasts 16 percent longer.

Is it worth it to upgrade from iPhone 12 to iPhone 13? ›

The phone looks almost identical, offers a faster processor and more powerful cameras. However, you won't be able to enjoy any of the entirely new features. Is it worth upgrading to the iPhone 13? Yes, absolutely!

How long will an iPhone 12 last? ›

It lasts for up to 15 hours with standard video playback, up to 10 hours with streaming video playback, and up to 50 hours with audio playback. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini support fast charging and can charge to 50 percent within 30 minutes using a Lightning to USB-C cable and a 20W power adapter.

Does iPhone 12 make sense in 2022? ›

So even if you have to sell it in a year or two, you can get a good value for it in the Indian market. While there are new iPhone series' available, you can absolutely go for the iPhone 12 series as well, as it is quite powerful and capable of delivering a flagship experience.

Is Apple discontinuing the iPhone 12? ›

The company has reportedly discontinued production of iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhones 13 Pro and Pro Max.

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