iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most high-end model of the new iPhone 12 series. It not only has a bigger display, for the first time, Apple has shipped the Pro Max model with advanced camera hardware. Display technology expert, DisplayMate put the display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max to the test and concluded it has “state-of-the-art” display performance, functions, and features.
iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED all-screen display, True Tone, Wide color (P3), haptic touch, 800 nits max brightness (typical), 1200 nits max brightness (HDR), 2778-by-1284-pixel resolution at 458 PPI, and 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical). Here are the complete display test results by DisplayMate.
iPhone 12 Pro Max Display Performance Result
DisplayMate tested the color accuracy, image content, brightness, resolution, and other features of the smartphone’s display and gave its the highest A+ display performance assessment rating. For the tester, OLED is the defining factor to improve the display technology of the new iPhone 12 Pro Max. Here are the display scores:
“A state-of-the-art OLED display that is manufactured on a flexible plastic substrate. While the OLED display itself is flexible, the screen remains rigid under an outer hard cover glass.”
- A Full Screen design with a large 6.7 inch OLED display that fills almost the entire front face of the iPhone 12 Pro Max from edge-to-edge, providing a significantly larger display for the same phone size.
- A display form factor with a taller height to width Aspect Ratio of 19.5 : 9 = 2.16, which is 22% larger than the 16 : 9 = 1.78 on most Smartphones (and widescreen TVs) because the display now has the same overall shape as the entire phone. It is taller in Portrait mode and wider in Landscape mode.
- A 2.8K High Resolution 2778 x 1284 Full HD+ Display with 458 pixels per inch, and Diamond Sub-Pixels with Sub-Pixel Rendering for enhanced sharpness and higher Peak Brightness.
- The iPhone 12 Pro Max display appears Perfectly Sharp for normal 20/20 Vision at Typical Smartphone Viewing Distances of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cm).
- A Record High Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones of 825 nits for 100% APL, which improves screen visibility in high Ambient Light. On its Home Screen the iPhone 12 Pro Max produces an impressive 820 nits.
- Each iPhone 12 Pro Max display is individually calibrated at the factory for both Color Accuracy and Contrast Accuracy.
- Very High Absolute Color Accuracy (0.9 JNCD) that is Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect.
- Color Accuracy and Intensity Scales that are Independent of the Image Content APL.
- Automatic Color Management that automatically switches to the proper Color Gamut for any displayed image content within the Wide DCI-P3 Color Space that has an ICC Profile, so images automatically appear with the correct colors, neither being over-saturated or under-saturated.
- 2 Industry Standard Color Gamuts: the sRGB / Rec.709 Color Gamut that is used for most current consumer content, and the new Wide DCI-P3 Color Gamut that is used in 4K Ultra HD TVs. The DCI-P3 Gamut is 26 percent larger than the sRGB / Rec.709 Gamut.
- A full 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut that is also used for 4K Ultra HD TVs, so the iPhone 12 Pro Max can display the latest high-end 4K video content.
- A High Dynamic Range Mobile HDR Display which allows the iPhone 12 Pro Max to play 4K High Dynamic Range content produced for 4K UHD TVs. The HDR Peak Brightness is 1,200 nits.
- A Very Low Screen Reflectance of 4.8 percent.
- A Night Shift Mode that allows the user to adjust and reduce the amount of Blue Light from the display for better night viewing and improved sleep.
- A Dark Mode setting that inverts the typical White Background with Black Text to a Black Background with White Text, which significantly reduces the overall Brightness of the entire display for most applications, and should reduce eye strain when viewing the display in low to dark ambient light.
- A True Tone viewing mode that automatically changes the White Point and color balance of the display based on real-time measurements of the Ambient Light falling on the screen to make the display behave more like paper reflecting Ambient Light and taking on its color.
- Small to Medium Color Shifts and Small Brightness Shifts with Viewing Angle.
- Vision Accessibility Display Modes to help people with vision impairments.
- The iPhone 12 Pro Max can be used with Polarized Sunglasses in both the Portrait and Landscape orientations unlike many LCDs, which generally work in only one of the two orientations.
Addressing the common criticism of the missing 120Hz refresh rate, the tester writes that with advanced hardware and software improvements the current 60Hz display works perfectly. Read the complete review here.