Apple Inc. tops off the iPhone 12 series with the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 Pro Max review shows it is beyond any doubt the flagship of Apple mobile phones as it stands. Firstly, it features a bigger screen size and powerful processing prowess, thanks to the A14 Bionic chip. Secondly, it shows off Apple’s new and improved triple camera which is very eye-catching and is sure to spin heads. Finally, it comes with 5G support and features the biggest battery in the series. The iPhone 12 Pro Max may be the newest kid on the block but the competition has absolutely nothing on it.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Key Specifications
- Display: 6.7 inches, Super Retina XDR OLED
- Screen Resolution: 1284 x 2778 pixels
- Dimension: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm (6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
- Colour: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
- OS: iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.7
- Processor: Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)
- GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB RAM
- Camera: – Front camera (dual) 12 MP – Back camera (quad) 12 MP
- Network: 2G/3G/4G/5G
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano)
- Bluetooth: Yes v5.0
- Fingerprint: NO
- Face ID: YES
- Loudspeaker: YES
- Microphone: YES
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz, USB Type-C 2.0, FM radio
- Battery: Li-ion 3687 mAh
Design and Display
The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes in as the biggest iPhone made so far (2020). Despite its large size, the iPhone 12 Pro Max managed to pull off a thickness of only 7mm. As a result, it makes it a beauty to use and a pleasure to move around. The Pro Max features durable frosted Gorilla Glass on the back panel coupled with the improved Ceramic Shield on the front display, decked off beautifully with a polished surgical stainless-steel frame on both sides. As a result, it delivers this top-notch look and feels that only Apple can pull off. In addition, the 12 Pro Max is IP68-rated for dust and water endurance. In other words, this device can survive being under 6m of water for almost half an hour, as a result, the iPhone 12 Pro Max got you covered even on a rainy day (pun intended).
However, the phone offers a very weak grip as the build is really slippery and shiny. The manufacturers really outdid themselves on the polishing of the phone. So you should be careful while you pick it up or spin it around, as it can slip without warning or you should consider getting a case for it.
Of course, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the same 12MP triple rear camera as the 12 Pro, but Apple deals a new hand under the table with the new LiDAR scanner aids autofocus and helps take portraits to the next level of realism.
The selfie camera is a 12MP module with a fixed focus. The Face ID SIC also augments the Portrait mode and delivers lucid selfies. The main snapper shows off a sensational powerup as its 12MP module is 47% bigger than the iPhone 12 Pro featuring 1.7µm sensor pixels. As a result, this means less noisy pictures and low-light photography would be a breeze. The camera uses sensor-shift stabilization, in other words, it’s the sensor that is stabilized during shooting and not the lens unlike in-body stabilization would offer. As a result, the adjustments can be made even faster than normal. In fact, the sensor-shift stabilization on the iPhone 12 Pro Max allows for up to 5,000 adjustments per second.
Additionally, the Sensor shift stabilization also allows for longer shutter speeds and
should be better than OIS in low-light photos, allowing for longer shutter speeds and better video stabilization.
The ultrawide camera is a 12MP camera, featuring 1.0µm pixels and 13mm with an aperture of f/2.4. In addition, the ultra-wide module offers Night Mode to make every night snap even more beautiful. The Pro Max also features a telephoto snapper with improved 2.5x optical zoom. Moreover, the lens is 65mm f/2.2 and optically stabilized.
Unfortunately, this camera does not feature Night Mode, unlike the ultra-wide.
The LiDAR Scanner assists the main camera by providing meticulous depth data for portrait pictures and delivers quicker autofocus in low-lighting conditions.
Finally, the selfie camera utilizes a 12MP sensor with 1.0µm pixels and a 23mm with f/2.2 aperture. Additionally, it offers a fixed focus. Also, when using portrait mode, the structured-light 3D scanner captures depth data and works together with the 12MP cam to make that selfie more realistic.
Battery and Performance
The Apple A14 Bionic is the first 5nm chip ever, packing 40% more transistors than the A13. The iPhone 12 series runs on the A14, making it one of the fastest smartphones ever. The A14 chip features 2 Firestorm cores and 4 Icestorm cores making it a six-core processor. In addition, it is equipped with TurboBoost Capability to deliver extra computation power when needed.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max also features the improved 4-core Apple GPU, which offers exponentially better graphics than its predecessors. Moreover, similar to the iPhone 12 mini, the phone sports a 16-core NPU for a whopping 70% increase in AI performance. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has 6GB of RAM, while the non-Pro variants offer 4GB instead. Additionally, the A14 Bionic chip is also responsible for powerful features such as the Night Mode, Dolby Vision recording, and Smart HDR 3.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is juiced by a 3,678 mAh battery. As a result, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the highest battery capacity among the iPhone 12 series. Moreover, with speedy wired and wireless charging, then it’s left up to you to decide. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has quite impressive stats for battery usage. Going for 14 hours of internet surfing, 15 hours when watching media, and up to 21 hours of 3G talk time. As a result, the iPhone 12 Pro Max earns a remarkable endurance rating of 95 hours, which is just above average. But there’s no need to panic as its 20W charging brick takes it from 0% to 100% in about an hour and a half. Therefore, ensuring consistent usage and quick recharges to get you up to speed in no time.
Firstly, the phone comes equipped with the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot for superb wireless connections. In addition, we have Bluetooth 5.0 for better connectivity between peripheral devices like your AirPod.Moreover, the iPhone 12 mini supports the latest 5G technology as a result of the X55 5G modem from Qualcomm. Therefore, surfing the internet on the web should be a blast using the fastest broadband on earth.
Additionally, the device offers global positioning systems such as GLONASS, A-GPS, Galileo, and QZSS. It also comes with NFC capability for peer-to-peer transactions. Clearly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is not lacking in any way.
Price and Availability
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is available for purchase online at trusted mobile retailers such as Alibaba or Jumia. The device goes for a price of $1,099 which is equivalent to about NGN450,000 and above.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with an elegant and eye-grabbing design. In addition, it shows off military-grade durability and water resistance. It features the fastest smartphone chip on the market and offers 5G connectivity too. The list can go on and on.
Unfortunately, the device is not all that perfect as it doesn’t offer a high refresh rate, unlike the competitors. Moreover, the absence of Touch ID is a major drawback as Face ID does not operate with a mask on as per current COVID-19 protocols. Finally, despite the breathtaking packaging (which Apple is especially good at) the “new triple camera” still offers relatively the same quality as the old one does.
In conclusion, these can all be improved on in future releases and despite its flaws, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a beauty to behold and a pleasure to use.
Frequently Asked Questions About Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Review
Is iPhone 12 Pro Max a good choice?
Apart from being just a much larger size, the biggest difference that sets the iPhone 12 Pro Max apart from the other new iPhones is the camera system. The cameras on the 12 Pro Max are more capable, and they are physically larger, with bigger sensors and the lenses protrude more out of the back of the phone.5 Jun 2023
What iPhone has the clearest camera?
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is the best iPhone for photographers who are striving for image quality and post-processing features above all else, although its thin lines between this model and the iPhone 14 Pro Max (below)
Which iPhone is best for battery life?
The iPhone 15 Plus has the best battery life. However, we think most people would be well served by last year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max or iPhone 13 Pro Max, which offers a mix of good value and battery stamina.
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