This is the visual difference between the biggest iPhone 12 of them all, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the smallest iPhone of them all, the iPhone 12 Mini. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro prices start at Rs 1,29,900—that is a Rs 10,000 premium on the iPhone 12 Pro, variant for variant. That’s for the 128GB storage option. If you want the 256GB variant, you’ll pay Rs 1,39,900 while the 512GB option costs Rs 1,59,900. Multiple colour options including Silver, Gold, the updated Graphite and the gorgeous new Pacific Blue.
There is the 12-megapixel Pro camera system with the ultra-wide, wide and telephoto cameras. The iPhone 12 Pro Max gets the f/2.2 aperture for the telephoto camera instead of the f/2.0 aperture of the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also gets 65mm focal length instead of 55mm which means 2.5x optical zoom instead of 2x (this is applicable for videos as well) and digital zoom up to 12x, instead of 10x.
When Apple says that the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor is 47 percent larger than the predecessor and that it allows up to 87 percent more illumination in low light photos, they aren’t kidding. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, in my experience, delivers significantly sharper and better lit images in low light, than before. The microscopic detailing is very much there and details aren’t compromised either by attempts at noise reduction and shots are unnaturally lit in an attempt to make them brighter than they are. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera really comes into its own when the natural light is fading away or you are taking photos in the dark. What I noticed was that the iPhone 12 Pro Max doesn’t go into the Night Mode as often as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and that is because the larger sensor allows the image processing more light to play with.
Daytime photos are a couple of notches ahead of the predecessor as far as the detailing and the overall balance is concerned. There isn’t any weird boosting of colours either, something a lot of phones in the Android space are doing with an increasing frequency. The photos are still on the warmer side, but much less so than before.Lidar speeds up autofocus by 6x and also means that Night Mode portraits are now possible because it can now map the space around the subject. The updated and faster machine learning algorithms can now separate the subject and the background with even more accuracy—that is some upgrade considering the iPhones have always delivered close to perfect distinction in almost every frame. The computational photography gets a big boost as well including Deep Fusion, and there is the new Smart HDR 3 as well that will improve the dynamic range in photos much more.
The 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display on the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t just bigger. Everything is more immersive to view, you get more to view in one screen, and it is just easier on the eye. This also has the most pixels ever in an iPhone. That’s 2778 x 1284 pixels, more than the 2688 x 1242 of the predecessor. It all just begins to make sense when you start to appreciate the advantages of the OLED display at work here, including the inky blacks, the really bright panel as well as all the tick marks you’d expect on the checklist including True Tone and HDR.To be honest, all this would have looked even better if Apple had given the iPhone 12 Pro Max the ProMotion display tech from the iPad Pro series—that’s the 120Hz screen refresh rate.
The biggest design change in years has been totally worth it. And the larger footprint of the iPhone 12 Pro Max allows you to enjoy that to the fullest. You would be right if you say that the flat sides are inspired by the iPad Pro series as well as the new iPad Air. On the iPhone, this design makes even more sense.There’s ceramic shield at the front and back, with a stainless-steel frame. Remember, the iPhone 12 series gets an aluminum frame. Everything is so well fused together that the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, for all intents and purposes, feels like a single piece construction. It is thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, quite significantly—8.1mm compared with 7.4mm now.
The MagSafe is a magnet based clickety system is very cool and very useful. It is robust, both as a magnetic wireless charger and potentially as a mounting mechanism. This, you may point out, is pretty much a wireless charging system. But it isn’t. There are magnets in the Apple iPhone 12 Pro, and there are magnets in the MagSafe charger. These magnets align, with greater accuracy than stars do from time to time mind you, and its set for charging. This is rated a maximum of 15-watts of charging, which is quite fast by any stretch of the imagination, and faster than the 7.5-watts supported for the Qi wireless charging standard.What the MagSafe and the magnet array does is open up a world of possibilities. It is only a matter of time before you have desktop docks, in-car mounts and photography accessories that use this mechanism. Apple’s own wallet case is just one example. It is only a matter time before third party accessories really take advantage of this and develop even more use cases.