iPhone 12 Pro Max Review

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It’s the first iPhone to have an A14 Bionic chip and even a bigger screen.

On 13th of October 2020, Apple launched the iPhone 12 lineup that includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max in an event. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest version from the newest Apple lineup, featuring an impressive performance with support of A14 Bionic Chip, amazing cameras sensors with high-end technology, and sleeker design with flat edges.  Below, we disclose its features in detail.

iPhone 12 Pro Max: Sleek Design

The design of the 12 Pro Max has flattened sides with squared-off edges with stainless steel and slimmer bezels, that gives a sleek look. It has four finishing touches: Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver and Graphite. In addition, about the 12 Pro Max size’s version is longer and wider than the former iPhone with dimensions 160.9 x 78.1 x 7mm, and it’s thinner. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max: Big Display

If you are a big screen user this iPhone 12 version is for you. It sports a 6.7 OLED Super Retina XSR display with less bezels and is great to watch movies on it. Plus, the display offers the most color-accurate and has high video quality (10-bit color) in HDR video. 

About resistance, the iPhone 12 models use Ceramic Shield technology which is a protective glass that promess up to 4x better drop and scratch resistance. Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max model that uses a Gorilla Glass, the Ceramic Shield is a major improvement from Apple to the in Phone 12 lineup to protect the screen and MagSafe from drops.  We suggest checking our iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Max article for further details between these two iPhones.

iPhone 12 Pro Max: Performance

All the iPhone 12 lineup comes with the A14 Bionic chip, same used in the iPad Air 4. It is the first time Apple uses the A14 chip on an iPhone. But, what is the A14 Bionic chip? The A14 is a chip built with nanometer processor technology which enables it to boast 4 core GPU, 6 core CPU and a 70% faster learning accelerators. 

What does this chip give to the iPhone 12 Pro Max? The A14 provides improved efficiency and generates more speeds from less energy. Therefore, it powers the most impressive camera and AR tech in a smartphone which allows workload intensive gaming such as League of Legends, and photography features. Moreover, with such a power on iPhone 12, the camera uses the new technology speed to enhance photos with Deep Fusion images, combining multiple exposure faster to enhance lighting and color. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max: 5G Connectivity

All iPhone 12 lineup comes with 5G connectivity, which allows you to have a super fast wireless speed experience in congested networks. Moreover, iPhone 12 Pro Max has “Smart Data Mode”, allowing you to use the 5G connectivity whenever your device needs. For example, when you are downloading a high-quality HDR movie or a season of your favorite series on Netflix. The Smart Data mode, toggles when your device needs or not the 5G speeds. If it doesn’t need 5G connectivity, it will automatically use LTE to save your power battery. In addition, if your carrier has the option to use 5G connectivity, you are more than free to use it whenever it’s available. Per now, there are only few carriers that use 5G connectivity, but later in future, all carriers will use 5G. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max: High-End Cameras & Video

Deep Fusion mode allows to capture more in detail images. Image by Apple.

It has three lenses which are wide, ultrawide and a telephoto with a LIDAR technology sensor. What is a LIDAR technology ? The LIDAR is a sensor that adds depth scanning for better pictures. In other words, it stands for light detection and uses lasers to correct depth. This technology is used for computational photography to improve portrait photos in the “Night Mode” function or other professional features.  Moreover, it has a “ProRaw” feature to capture photos in raw image format. 

The main lens on iPhone 12 Pro Max has a f.1.6 aperture and LIDAR sensor for an auto focus much faster; the telephoto lens has a 2.5x optical zoom; and the front-facing camera has 12 megapixel. Also, about video, it uses a Dolby Vision video to capture high resolution 4K and frame rates; and it has sensor shift stabilization that keeps the image steady. 

Night Mode mode. Image by Apple.

iPhone 12 Pro Max: Long Battery Life

Apple mentions that iPhone 12 Pro Max has an endurance larger battery. According to the Tom Guide test, the battery life of the 12 Pro Max lasts around 10 hours and 53 minutes. The test was made surfing on the web continuously at 150 nits of screen brightness on 5G connectivity.  Also, consider that, to charge the battery of your iPhone 12 Pro Max at 50% takes an half an hour, using a 20W USB-C power adapter and cable. While, using the MagSafe charger (wireless), it takes more than three hours for a full charge.

iPhone 12 Pro Max: MagSafe

Apple has introduced the MagSafe for the iPhone 12 lineup instead of including a charger in the box for this model. The MagSafe is a ring magnet which is built into the back around the wireless charging coil of the iPhone 12 lineup, to connect to compatible accessories such as charges and cases from Apple. It is designed for faster and efficient charging. 

Also, the MagSafe charger can charge at a maximum of 15W. In the case of the  iPhone 12 mini, it charges at a maximum of 12W . However, it is slower but it charges the double fast than previous wireless chargers. The MagSafe charger has a price of $39, and it’s recommended to use a 20W USB-C power brick which is sold separately.


The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a great high tech smartphone. This time, Apple has designed a bigger iPhone prioritising the screen, performance with A14 Bionic chip and high-quality images with the tree lenses with LIDAR technology. All these amazing features comes with a higher price, starting at $1,099 for 128GB. It’s a higher price for a smartphone. However, you can always iPhone trade in for value to pay part of the funds for a new iPhone, visit Gadget Salvation. The company accepts preloved iPhones, laptops and other gadgets. 

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