The iPhone 12 Pro Max is biggest iPhone display yet. It is the ultra-premium member of the iphone 12 range and succeeds the iphone 11 Pro Max.
The company has made more phone sizes available than ever before, to capture more audience from the diminutive iPhone 12 mini, and even farther to the Max.
The Pro Max packs an immersive big display, amazing cameras, 5G and the longest battery life ever but it’s for those with deep pockets.
The Pro Max is the biggest iPhone, Apple has ever made.
Design and Display
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Aesthetically, the iphone 12 Pro Max retains the industrial design of the iPhone 12, reminiscent of the iPhone 5.
The built like the iPhone 12 Pro, is fashioned out of glass sandwich with stainless steel band around the edges.
The textured matte glass on the rear is fingerprint-resistant, mounted upon by a protruding square-triple camera bump and a centrally placed apple logo.
The front is an edge-to-edge display with a big notch at the top housing the TrueDepth sensor, built‑in speaker and microphone.
The 6.7‑inch all‑screen Super Retina XDR OLED display is smaller than the 6.9-inch Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, flanked by slim bezels with 1284 x 2778 pixel resolution at 458 ppi density and HDR support with 1200 nits peak brightnes.
The only thing missing piece is a smooth 144Hz or 120Hz rate, seen in ROG and oneplus 8 Pro which would have made for smoother scrolling and even better.
The displays is wrapped by a Ceramic Shield which Apple dubbed as “goes beyond glass” and is tougher than any smartphone glass. The glass is infused with nano-ceramic crystals to offer four times better drop performance as well as a better IP68 water resistance rating that can survive up to to 6 meters depth of water for half an hour.
The eye-catching polished stainless steel band is embeds the side buttons but also picks up fingerprints in a hurry.
At 228 grams, it’s lighter than the Asus Zenfone 7 series and Asus ROG Phone 3 while it’s dimensions measures 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm, large enough to be handled with one hand.
The Pro Max comes in four finishes: Graphite, Silver, Gold and Pacific Blue.
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The camera setup matches that of the iPhone 12 Pro which beats the Google Pixel 5 . The difference between both cameras, is their telephoto capabilities, larger sensor and optical stabilization.
The Pro Max packs a sensor-shift optical image stabilization for the Wide lens that stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens itself.
The Pro Max sports a larger main sensor with a fast f/1.6 aperture and a seven-element is designed to deliver 87 percent improvement in low light. The 12MP wide angle camera also feature an LiDAR sensor for faster auto focus. Followed by a same 12MP ultrawide lens with a 120-degree field of view.
Rounding out the camera system is a 12MP telephoto lens with 65mm focal length that enables 2.5x optical zoom (that is 5x optical zoom range and up to 12x digital zoom) in contrast with the Pro version with 4x optical zoom range and 10x digital zoom.
Upfront is a 12MP front-facing TrueDepth camera with 3D facial unlock system.
Hardware and Software
Similar to it’s other siblings, an A14 Bionic chip with 5nm process technology powers the iphone 12 Pro Max.
The chip is built with 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU delivers 50 percent faster than any other smartphone chip and a 16-core Next‑generation Neural Engine that offers an 80 percent increase in performance for machine learning tasks.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max runs on Apple’s iOS 14, an upgrade from iOS 13 featured on iphone SE 2020.
Enhancing the silky smooth performance is a 6GB RAM and storage options that include 128GB , 256GB and 512GB.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max parades a WiFi 6, Lightning port, 5G network, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0.
It is fuelled by the biggest battery capacity ever featured on iphone – 3687mAh, 30.98% more battery power than the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.
Like the other new iPhone 12 models, the Pro Max ditches the in-box charger for MagSafe wireless charging.
At purchase you only get the USB-C to lightning charging cable, but you’ll need to buy a 20W charging brick which is priced at $19 / £19 from Apple to use it.
This is an Qi-enabled wireless charger designed to work with a ring of built-in magnets surrounding the wireless charging coil to ensure proper alignment.
It comes with 15W- double the speed of a standard Qi-charging and opens up a whole world of possibilities for third-party accessory makers.
The magsafe clip-on chargers is sold at $39, to enjoy this feature and there are other accessories like cases and wallets.
iPhone 12 Pro Price and Availability
The iPhone 12 Pro max is priced at £1,099/$1,099 for the base 128GB Variant, which is a £100/$100 more than the Pro model.
In other climes it translates to 421,159 Naira in Nigeria, 119,528 KSH in Kenya, and 6,392 GHC in Ghana.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB and maxed out 512GB sells for £1,199/$1,199 and £1,399/$1,399 respectively.
The Pro Max was announced on October 13, 2020 and is expected to go on sale on November 13, 2020.