iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – camera, display, and processor comparison

In October, Apple released a new line-up of iPhone models, in which, the most fully-featured model was the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It is the biggest iPhone ever made by the company tall standing at 6.7″. It also has the biggest camera sensor of any iPhone, including the other three iPhone 12 models announced this year.

On the other hand, last year Apple intended to give out the best camera that anyone has ever used. What they could not improve further in looks, they decided to improve internally. This was the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the high-end flagship model for last year’s event.

iPhone 11 Pro Max users will have the desire to jump ship however, that comes with some confusion. We will be comparing both the iPhone in this post in terms of camera, performance, battery, costs etc to help you decide which smartphone is right for you.


iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max

Let us take a quick look at both device’s specs.

iPhone 12 Pro Max iPhone 11 Pro Max
6.7” Super Retina XDR display Super Retina XDR display
5G – superfast downloads, high quality streaming 4G LTE cellular
Ultra-Wide, Wide, Telephoto Ultra-wide, Wide, Telephoto
Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 60 fps
5x optical zoom range 4x optical zoom range
LiDAR Scanner for Night mode portraits, faster autofocus in low light, and next level AR experiences
A14 Bionic chip A13 Bionic chip
20 hours of video playback 20 hours of video playback
Face ID Face ID
Ceramic Shield front, 4x better drop performance Glass front and back
Surgical-grade stainless steel Surgical-grade stainless steel
Water resistant to a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes Water resistant to a depth of 4 meters for up to 30 minutes
Compatible with MagSafe accessories and wireless chargers

iPhone 11 Pro


There are 3 camera lenses on the back of both the iPhone Pro Max models however, there are slight differences to be noted. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a new telephoto lens that has an f/2.2 aperture and has 5x optical zoom, while the main wide-angle lens has an aperture of f/1.6. This allows for 27% more light for better photos.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a slightly narrower aperture on its wide-angle lens at f/1.8. Night Mode is not offered on portrait shots and the model is not capable of HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps, a feature which iPhone 12 Pro Max has.

On the front, both the models have a 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max has Night Mode on the front as well, along with Deep Fusion. These two features are only available on the 11 Pro Max’s rear cameras.

iPhone 12 Pro Max also features sensor-shift stabilization, along with OIS, which its predecessor also had. OIS in the new phone now makes 5000 adjustments per second for smoother video and photo capture, while sensor-shift optical image stabilization provides even better stable footage and image capture.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Reviews


In terms of display, not much has changed except for the size. The bezels surrounding the display have become thinner leaving for more display in a similar footprint. Both the models have HDR support, True Tone technology, Haptic Touch, and a maximum brightness of 1200nits.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch Super XDR Retina display with a 2778 x 1284 pixel resolution for a pixel density of 458ppi. Quite large when compared to its predecessor. iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch Super XDR Retina display with a 1699 x 1242 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 458ppi.


In terms of performance, there will not be major differences to look out for as the A13 Bionic chip, present in iPhone 11 Pro Max, is already a strong performing chip and provides great performance.

The new A14 Bionic chip, available in iPhone 12 Pro Max, allows up to 50% CPU and GPU performance improvements. The A14 chip is the first smartphone processor built on 5-nanometer process technology.


This year Apple has made 5G possible in its iPhone 12 line-up. It allows for high-quality video streaming and superfast downloads. The difference can be noticed in how much time one app or page takes to respond. Compared to this, iPhone 11 Pro only has 4G, which might be slower but available in more locations compared to 5G. So far, there are not many popular apps that can take advantage of 5G speeds to provide a superior experience, compared to 4G.

iPhone 12 Pro max starts from $1,099, the same price as its predecessor, and can be purchased from apple.com

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Usman has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He is an editor at iThinkDifferent and writes about games, Apple news, hardware, productivity guides, and more. When not writing for iTD, Usman loves to play competitive Team Fortress 2, spends time honing his football skills, and watches superhero movies.