Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.7-inch Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (with Apple A16 Bionic) that was released on September 7, 2022, against the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is powered by Apple A14 Bionic and came out 23 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Higher display refresh rate – 120 Hz
  • Delivers 104% higher peak brightness (1766 against 866 nits)
  • Shows 30% longer battery life (45:56 vs 35:25 hours)
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5.3)
  • The rear camera has a 3x optical zoom
  • The phone is 1-year and 11-months newer
  • Comes with 636 mAh larger battery capacity: 4323 vs 3687 mAh
  • 32% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (971K versus 737K)
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR5

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type OLED OLED
Size 6.7 inches 6.7 inches
Resolution 1290 x 2796 pixels 1284 x 2778 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
PPI 460 ppi 458 ppi
Refresh rate 120 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 1000 nits 800 nits
Max rated brightness in HDR 1600 nits -
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Ceramic Shield Ceramic Shield
Screen-to-body ratio 88.3% 87.4%
Display features - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
- DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 99.4%
PWM 240 Hz 238 Hz
Response time 1 ms 8 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity ∞ Infinity
Peak brightness test (auto)
1766 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 160.7 mm (6.33 inches) 160.8 mm (6.33 inches)
Width 77.6 mm (3.06 inches) 78.1 mm (3.07 inches)
Thickness 7.85 mm (0.31 inches) 7.4 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 240 gramm (8.47 oz) 226 gramm (7.97 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Black, Silver, Gold, Purple Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue
Fingerprint scanner No No
Screen-to-body ratio

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A16 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Max. clock 3460 MHz 3100 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 2.02 GHz: Sawtooth
- 2 cores at 3.46 GHz: Everest
- 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Icestorm
- 2 cores at 3.1 GHz: Firestorm
Lithography process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Memory
RAM size 6 GB 6 GB
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Channels 4 2
Storage
Storage size 128, 256, 512, 1024 GB 128, 256, 512 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
CPU 242019 198261
GPU 407261 274782
Memory 167432 126169
UX 145864 131354
Total score 971221 737153
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 82% 75%
Graphics test 58 FPS 47 FPS
Graphics score 9796 7882
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 16 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1) iOS 14.1 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1)
OS size - 16 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 4323 mAh 3687 mAh
Charge power 27 W 18 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes (7.5 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (48% in 30 min) Yes (55% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:52 hr 1:32 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 15:02 hr 12:04 hr
Watching video 21:10 hr 14:25 hr
Gaming 07:12 hr 07:11 hr
Standby 156 hr 122 hr
General battery life
45:56 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 48 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 8000 x 6000 4032 x 3024
Zoom Optical, 3x Optical, 2.5x
Flash Dual LED Dual LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 120° 120°
Lenses 4 (48 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 0 MP) 4 (12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 0 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 48 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 24 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.28"
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.6
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.7 micron
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Focal length: 77 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.5"
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- Focal length: 65 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4", Sony IMX613 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Sensor: 1/2.55"
- Phase autofocus
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.4", Sony IMX372 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
Depth lens Yes Yes
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4290 x 2800
Aperture f/1.9 f/2.2
Focal length 23 mm 23 mm
Pixel size - 1 microns
Sensor type - Exmor-RS CMOS
Sensor size 1/3.6" -
Video resolution 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5.3 5
Bluetooth features LE LE, A2DP
USB type - No
USB version 2 -
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
eSIM support* Yes Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 20 18
5G support Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2022 October 2020
Release date September 2022 November 2020
SAR (head) - 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) - 0.99 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
- Hall-effect sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is definitely a better buy.

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User opinions

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Ram S 25 October 2022 09:01
Thanks for the comparison. I am planning to hold my iPhone 12 Pro Max for another year or even more (depending on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, and its price) by replacing its batteries which have degraded so much (82% Max). Otherwise, I do not see any big differences between the two. I can pay $60 and get the battery replaced seems to be a prude decision than buying a very expensive 14 Pro Max 512 GB.
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Kelly 11 October 2022 14:10
I upgraded from iPhone 12 Pro Max to iPhone 14 pro max because of the new camera. It’s the camera I almost always have with me and the difference in indoor/low light pictures is HUGE! I feel it’s worth it.
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itsky 15 September 2022 18:54
The lack of a physical SIM slot on the 14 pro max is a deal breaker for me. :/
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Bobby 10 September 2022 07:15
Looking forward to the actual experience review. I agree that from the 12 Pro Max, the differences are not crazy, but with the decent trade-in after 2 years, I still retrieve the value for what I have for a minimal delta vs waiting another year(s) to lose most value. See you in 2 or 3 years.. or more right… went from 6S plus to 12 Pro Max, so we’ll see how long this one holds.
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frenchtoasted 09 September 2022 00:59
what a wonderful and complete comparison of the 12 pro max and the 14 pro max. The differences are so slight that upgrading (to me) is just a waste of money at this point. Unless someone can't be without a purple phone, the basic differences just don't amount to much. Even the "upgraded" photo specs - are not all that. (a plus is that the iphone 12 pro max holds its battery longer and actually charges faster than the new 14 pro max!)
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SusiW 08 September 2022 10:32
Just wanted to thank you for this amazingly useful site. You helped me decide to keep my 12 Pro MAX for another year. Why? 1. I keep my iPhones until I have the new ones that have a feature that makes an upgrade worthwhile. The 14 Pro MAX doesn't have one for me. (Past iPhones, 4S and 6S+) 2. Although I pass my iPhones on to my husband when I upgrade, and even though the 6S+ has reached its EOL as regards iOS upgrades, I cannot afford the financial hit in this economy from the cost of a new phone.
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Gary 10 September 2022 19:08
Crash protection, 120 Hz display, better battery, and awesome purple make it a go for me!
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