In this comparison, we’ll take a closer look at the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11. Apple still officially sells both of these models, so if you can’t decide which phone to buy, then this material is for you.
Processor and memory are the main things to pay attention to
If you decide to buy the iPhone 12, you should know that it has the most powerful processor from Apple to date, called the “A14 Bionic”. This processor offers 6 processing cores and 16 “Neural Engine” cores, while the graphics accelerator has 4 cores. The maximum processor clock speed is 3.1 GHz. The iPhone 11 has an “A13 Bionic” processor, which also offers 6 cores and 8 “Neural Engine” cores, and the graphics accelerator has 4 cores. The maximum clock speed of this processor is 2.65 GHz.
The iPhone 12 and 11 have 4GB of RAM. Both models feature Face ID biometric security, but the iPhone 12’s Face ID is slightly faster than its predecessor. Both iPhones can work with eSIMs and can therefore be considered dual SIM devices. It should be noted that only the new iPhone 12 can work with the 5G network, with the old iPhone 11 you will have to get by with 4G (but for Russia, this is enough).
Battery life and charging
According to Apple, the battery in the iPhone 12 will last 1 hour longer. You can charge both phones with up to 20W charging, the battery will charge from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes. In terms of wireless charging, both devices can be charged at 7.5W using Qi chargers, the iPhone 12 has a new “MagSafe” wireless charger on the back, with which you can charge your device with up to 15W. It should be noted that if you buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, you will not get any headphones or a charger – just a cable, this is the new policy.
Design and display
In terms of body construction, the iPhone 12 and 11 are made from aircraft-grade aluminum. The design difference is mainly in the “windshield” that protects the display. The iPhone 12 features a brand new glass called “Ceramic Shield”, which was developed by Corning. As the name suggests, Ceramic Shield works with ceramic crystals that are applied at high temperatures. Thanks to this, the glass is up to 4 times stronger than the glass of its predecessor. And the iPhone 11 has “Gorilla Glass” tempered glass on the front and back, which is less durable. There are also differences in water resistance – the iPhone 12 works up to 30 minutes at a depth of 6 m, while the iPhone 11 works for the same 30 minutes at a depth of 2 m.
The iPhone 12 has a new OLED panel called “Super Retina XDR” and the iPhone 11 offers a classic LCD display called “Liquid Retina HD”. The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display and can handle HDR. Its resolution is 2532 × 1170 at 460 ppi, it has TrueTone, a wide P3 color range, Haptic Touch and a maximum brightness of 625 nits, in the case of HDR mode – up to 1200 nits.
The iPhone 11 display is also 6.1-inches, but it can’t handle HDR. This display has a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels at 326 ppi. There is support for True Tone, P3 wide color gamut and Haptic Touch. The iPhone 12 measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm, while the older iPhone 11 is slightly larger at 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm. The new iPhone 12 weighs 162 grams, the iPhone 11 is almost 30 grams heavier, it weighs 194 grams.
Photo and video
Both devices have 2 lenses of 12 megapixels: the first is ultra-wide-angle, the second is wide-angle. As for the iPhone 12, the ultra-wide-angle lens has an f / 2.4 aperture and the wide-angle lens has an f / 1.6 aperture. The aperture of the ultra-wide-angle lens on the iPhone 11 is the same, i.e. f / 2.4, the aperture of the wide-angle lens is f / 1.8. Both support night mode, with optical image stabilization, 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom, and bright “True Tone” flash. Both devices offer software-based portrait mode with improved bokeh and depth-of-field control. But, iPhone 12 has “Smart HDR 3”, iPhone 11 – classic “Smart HDR”.
In terms of video recording, the iPhone 12 can record HDR video in “Dolby Vision” at 30fps, and it can also shoot 4K video at 60fps. The iPhone 11 does not support Dolby Vision, but it also offers 4K video at the same 60fps. Both devices offer optical image stabilization for video, 2x optical zoom, 3x digital zoom, audio zoom and “QuickTake”. Both smartphones can shoot slow-motion video in 1080p resolution at up to 240 frames per second. In addition, the iPhone 12 can use slow motion night mode.
IPhone 12 is sold in 6 different colors and is available in blue, green, red, white, black, and purple. You can buy the older iPhone 11 in 6 colors, namely purple, yellow, green, black and white, and red. The two compared iPhones are available in three capacities: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.