Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest and best iPhone released by Apple until September 2021 (after that, the iPhone 13 Pro Max came out). The successor to the 11 Pro Max has a fresh but familiar design, gigantic screen, excellent specifications and has 5G. From prices, all features to ordering: on this page you will find everything about the best iPhone of 2020.

iPhone 12 Pro Max in brief

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max is the successor to the iPhone 11 Pro Max from 2019
  • heyft a new retro design with a large 6.7-inch screen
  • Triple camera on the back + new LiDAR scanner
  • New A14 processor makes the Pro Max lightning fast
  • Ready for the future thanks to 5G
  • No charger and Earbuds in the package
  • MSRP of EUR 1262.10

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Conclusion iPhone 12 Pro Max second impression

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a great choice for the demanding user who wants a large smartphone. The device is lightning fast, has a nice OLED screen and excellent battery life. The cameras are versatile and take very good pictures in most conditions. Avid smartphone photographers can also squeeze even more quality out of the lenses with Apple ProRAW.

The fact that we ‘only’ end up with an 8 is mainly due to a lack of innovation. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is solid, reliable and stable, but lacks a ‘wow’ factor. The design is now quite old-fashioned and the competition uses displays with a higher refresh rate. We therefore hope for some more innovation in Apple’s next top device.

Read more in our iPhone 12 Pro Max second impression
Or read our original review of the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Four iPhone 12 phones, three sizes

The iPhone family of 2020 is bigger than ever with the arrival of a brand new model. Apple released no fewer than four devices. In addition to direct successors for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, we now also have the iPhone 12 mini, a more compact version of the regular iPhone 12.

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iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 Pro is just as powerful as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which we highlight on this page, but a little more handy. Just like the ‘regular iPhone’, the 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen: the Max is a lot bigger at 6.7 inches.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max price

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is not only the biggest Apple phone of 2020, but also the most expensive. The entry-level model, with 128GB storage capacity, costs 1262.10 euros. This strange recommended retail price is due to the increased private copying levy as of January 1, 2021. The variants with more storage will of course be sold at an additional cost. These are the prices of the iPhone 12 Pro Max:

  • 128GB: EUR 1262.10
  • 256GB: 1382.10 euros
  • 512GB: 1612.10 euros

Read carefully before buying the smartphone. With some providers and online stores you will have to deal with delivery times. As a result, you do not have the device at home immediately after ordering, but you have to wait a while. Check our iPhone delivery time article for the current status of checking.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro Max in 6 features

The Pro phones are made for a demanding target audience. Apple has therefore done everything possible to make the Pro Max model as professional as possible. Below we discuss the unique features of the best Apple phone of the moment.

Design goes back to basics

In terms of design, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a combination of the past and present. The device is clearly inspired by earlier Apple devices, such as the iPhone 5S and iPad Pro, but in a jacket that suits this time.

What should you imagine? A metal frame, ‘flat’ screen that appears to lie on top of the case and upright edges. At the top of the display is a notch for the TrueDepth sensor so that you can unlock the device with Face ID facial recognition.

Furthermore, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is completely dust and waterproof thanks to the IP68 certification: it must survive an old-fashioned Dutch rain shower. The device is available in four colors: blue, gold, graphite and silver.

iPhone 12 Pro Max camera welcomes LiDAR scanner

2019 was a huge year for the iPhone camera. The iPhone 11 Pro Max got a sensor on the back, so that the device has a triple camera system. This year the changes are less earth-shattering, but no less pleasant.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max largely continues on the same footing in the camera area, but does get a LiDAR sensor. You use this for making 3D images, for example. A LiDAR sensor is also ideal for taking portrait photos, for example, because it excels at estimating depths.

Furthermore, the largest iPhone of 2020 has three cameras on the back. The normal camera is supported by a wide-angle lens – which is useful for taking group photos – and a telephoto lens. The latter is ideal for zooming in without loss of quality. The optical zoom goes up to 5x, which is a big improvement compared to its predecessor.

The ‘normal’ camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max also captures more light. This is especially nice for when you photograph in low natural light, because the device now manages to take clear pictures. Finally, Apple has also tinkered a lot with the Night Mode. This mode can now, for example, handle Portrait mode, so you can also take beautiful photos in the dark with a depth-of-field effect.

Screen: big, bigger, biggest

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is not a small phone with its 6.5-inch screen, but the successor goes a step further. The iPhone 12 Pro Max measures no less than 6.7 inches. You would expect that the device has also become considerably larger, but appearances are deceiving. Because the screen edges have been reduced, the screen of the 12 Pro Max can be enlarged without the housing growing.

iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini

As you would expect from a Pro iPhone, the 12 Pro Max is also equipped with an OLED panel. OLED is of better quality than LCD and, for example, excels in showing contrasts, shows colors faithfully and the color range is also fine.

No charger and EarPods in the box

The Apple community was outraged when the company released the iPhone X. Phones with notches were not commonplace in 2017 and many people thought the design choice was disgusting. However, Apple is looking for controversy, because this time too the company is kicking against holy houses.

All iPhone 12 phones are supplied without a charger and earbuds in the packaging. Don’t have an adapter or EarPods at home? Then you have to buy it separately. Apple is making this decision from an environmental point of view.

However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max can handle MagSafe. Apple has revived its magnetic connector with the iPhone 12 series. This opens the door wide for a whole host of new accessories, including cases that ‘stick’ to the back of your device. There are also wireless MagSafe chargers and card holders on the market, for example.

Performance: A14 chip and iOS 14

The A14 processor is the beating heart of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The successor to the A13 chip debuted in the iPad Air 2020 and is much faster. Apple therefore blows high from the tower and claims that the A14 is the fastest smartphone processor ever. In addition, the new chip is also a lot more energy-efficient, which is nice for the battery life.

All four iPhone 12 phones also run on iOS 14. However, this is not a unique feature: almost all recent iPhones run this software. However, that does not detract from the value of iOS 14. The software update of 2020 finally offers iPhone owners the freedom of choice to arrange their own iPhone home screen as they want.

iPhone introduces 5G

Providers, telephone manufacturers and adjacent companies are busy with 5G. So is Apple. We’ve been hearing rumors for years about the arrival of an iPhone with 5G internet, and with the 12 Pro Max it finally comes true. The entire iPhone 12 series can handle the successor of 4G.

This is especially nice with a view to the future. The Dutch 5G network will mature in the coming years and will be rolled out nationally. In addition, the very important 3.5 GHz band will be auctioned in 2022, which promises to make mobile internet a lot faster. Since more and more people are taking longer with their phone, it’s nice that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 5G.

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There’s the iPhone 13 Pro Max

The successor to the iPhone 12 Pro Max can already be ordered. This newer model has a much improved screen and an even faster A15 Bionic chip. Obviously we are talking about the iPhone 13 Pro Max here. Via the comparator below you can easily see the most important similarities and differences with the previous devices.

At the same time as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the normal iPhone 13 was also released, along with the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13 Pro.

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