This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


We compared the actual iPhone 12 Pro, released on October 23, with its predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro.

The first thing that surprises me when I see the actual device is that the box is thinner.

From now on, only the USB-C to Lightning cable is included in the package, and the charging adapter and earphones are no longer included (as are the iPhone 11 and SE, which are sold concurrently). According to Apple, this is an effort to become carbon neutral.

I immediately compared the two devices. The images above show the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro from the left to right. The housing of the iPhone 12 Pro is slightly larger than that of the iPhone 11 Pro.

The specs list shows that the display of the iPhone 12 Pro has been enlarged to 6.1 inches, up from 5.8 inches in the iPhone 11 Pro. The housing is also larger by 3.9 mm in height and 0.1 mm in width, measuring 147 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm and weighing 187 grams. On the other hand, the thickness has been reduced by 0.7mm and the weight has been reduced by 7g.

Other differences in appearance include a narrower screen edge compared to the iPhone 11 Pro, and a special treatment called Ceramic Shield on the display that improves drop resistance by four times.

The photo above shows the back of both. The iPhone 12 Pro inherits the polished glass back that the iPhone 11 Pro first featured. There's not much difference between the two except for the size.

The big difference between the two is the sides. The sides of the iPhone 12 Pro are a throwback to the flat surfaces of the iPhone 4 and 5. However, the details are different compared to the iPhone 4 and 5, and the sides are flatter with no raised glass, which, combined with the stainless steel shine, gives it a cooler look.

The iPhone 12 Pro has flat sides, which is a big change from the 11 Pro in terms of holding comfort. The feeling of the corners hitting the palm of your hand is reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 5.

Here's a comparison of the camera area. From left to right: iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with a LiDAR sensor, which allows you to take a portrait photo with a blurred background even at night. This LiDAR can also be used for AR functions.

"5G" display on the antenna pictogram. 5G support is a major feature of the iPhone 12 series.

I tried the Magsafe wireless charger, which is sold separately. The magnetic force is stronger than I expected, and when you get close to it, it snaps and sticks to the device vigorously. It doesn't seem to come off easily even if you put it in a bag. However, although it is called "Magsafe," it does not have the same sense of security as the old Magsafe for MacBooks because your iPhone will fall off the desk if you hook your foot on the cable.

In summary, the iPhone 12 that I touched was even more different from the iPhone 11 Pro than it looked in the photos. The main reason for this is the sides, which have been flattened, giving it a completely different look and feel from previous iPhones. It also has a larger display, so you'll be able to enjoy videos and games more. Please take it in your hands and check it out.


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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.