iPhone 12 Pro Max review: Max display, max battery, max camera

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The iPhone 12 Professional Max is huge. Simply barely taller and wider than the iPhone 11 Professional Max (which was already greater than a handful), it’s most definitely not for many who insist on one-handed operation.

When you’re an enormous cellphone sort of particular person, you will in all probability discover the Max model of the iPhone 12 Professional to be value its $1,099 beginning value. Whereas its new digicam is simply a tiny bit higher, the expansive show and unimaginable battery life make it value each penny of its value premium.

iPhone 12 Professional, solely larger

The iPhone 12 Professional Max is basically only a bigger iPhone 12 Professional. It is precisely the identical cellphone in the identical colours with the identical thickness and magnificence, identical show, identical A14 chip, identical LiDAR, identical MagSafe help… simply stretched out to a fantastic 6.7-inch show.

It is a lot of cellphone. When you like actually huge telephones, you will really feel proper at residence, however should you insist on one-handed operation you’ll be overwhelmed by this virtually tablet-like slab.

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The iPhone 12 Professional Max is kind of a bit bigger than the iPhone 12 Professional.

Together with the bigger dimension comes a bigger battery, and it makes a extremely huge distinction. To measure battery life we calibrate the show to 200 nits and run the battery from full to empty utilizing the Geekbench 4 battery take a look at. On this take a look at, the iPhone 12 Professional Max lasted 26 p.c longer than the 12 Professional—over 8.5 hours! It is by far the longest battery life we have ever measured in an iPhone.

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The iPhone 12 Professional Max lasted significantly longer than every other iPhone we have ever examined.

Different efficiency metrics observe proper together with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional. There are some infinitesimal advantages to the bigger dimension of the Max lowering thermal throttling of the A14 chip, however you’d by no means discover it.

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Exterior of battery life, the iPhone 12 Professional Max performs identical to each different iPhone 12—blazing quick.

A (very barely) higher digicam

There’s one small {hardware} change between the iPhone 12 Professional and the 12 Professional Max, past the plain dimension and battery capability. In a change from final 12 months’s iPhone mannequin lineup, the Max model this 12 months has barely completely different digicam {hardware}.

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The digicam module might look the identical as that on the iPhone 12 Professional, however two of those cameras are just a little completely different.

The usual wide-angle lens continues to be 12 megapixels however the sensor is 47 p.c bigger. This bigger sensor is stabilized with a extra refined sensor-shift picture stabilization system relatively than the lens-based stabilization of the opposite cameras. The result’s speculated to be extra element and fewer noise in low-light environments.


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