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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Smartphone Review – Large High-End Apple Phone

Ginormous performance. LiDAR sensor, ceramic shield, 5G, MagSafe. Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max high-end smartphone features the latest technology, albeit the differences to the iPhone 12 Pro are small. Find out in our test who this ginormous smartphone is for.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most expensive and largest device in Apple’s 2020 iPhone line-up. Like the other models it, too, features the new design language, and has received various improvements as well as a storage upgrade while starting at the same price as last year. With the launch of this model, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has been officially discontinued.

Prices can go up to $1,399 for the highest storage-tier model, and AppleCare+ adds another $199 adding up to a total of $1,599. That is a lot of money for a smartphone, but with a LiDAR sensor for nighttime photography and AR applications, the new MagSafe connector, Apple’s own RAW and HDR formats, and support for fast 5G connectivity there are quite a few benefits for professionals thrown in.

Let’s take a closer look at the smartphone in order to find out whom this most expensive iPhone is really made for.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (iPhone Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
6.70 inch 19.5:9, 2778 x 1284 pixel 457 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, Super Retina XDR display, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 112 GB free
Connections
Audio Connections: audio via lightning port, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, Lightning port, MagSafe
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G,3G,4G(B1/​2/​3/4/​5/​7/​8/​12/​13/​17/​18/​19/​20/​25/​26/​28/​30/​32/​34/​38/​39/​40/​41/​42/​46/​48/​66),5G(n1/​2/​3/​5/​7/​8/​12/​20/​25/​28/​38/​40/​41/​66/​77/​78/79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.4 x 160.8 x 78.1 ( = 0.29 x 6.33 x 3.07 in)
Battery
3687 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/​1.6, phase comparison-AF (Dual-pixel), OIS, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​60fps (Camera 1); 12.0MP, f/​2.2, phase comparison-AF, OIS, telephoto lens (Camera 2); 12.0MP, f/​2.4, wide angle lens (Camera 3); ToF (LiDAR) (Camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @2160p/​60fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Lightning to USB cable, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.98W/​kg (head), 0.99W/​kg (body); IP68-certified; 1x nano SIM, 1x eSIM , fanless, waterproof
Weight
228 g ( = 8.04 oz / 0.5 pounds), Power Supply: 70 g ( = 2.47 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
1249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89 %
12/2020
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
228 g128 GB NVMe6.70"2778x1284
87 %
09/2019
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
226 g64 GB SSD6.50"2688x1242
89 %
07/2020
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
226 g512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.58"2640x1200
89 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11
208 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.90"3088x1440
85 %
09/2020
Sony Xperia 1 II
SD 865, Adreno 650
181.4 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.50"3840x1644
88 %
04/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
208 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.67"2340x1080

Case – Great Quality, but Delicate

Graphite
Graphite
Silver
Silver
Gold
Gold
Pacific Blue
Pacific Blue

The camera module and the large notch at the top of the display are the most prominent similarities to its own predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apart from that Apple’s new design language is a return to iPhone models of yore, and the new devices feature sharp and squared edges. In our humble opinion this renders the devices even more premium and unique than the rounded edges of previous generations.

As always, Apple’s Pro models come in a rather discreet selection of colors. This year’s color selections include Graphite, Silver, Gold, and Pacific Blue. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s is ever so slightly taller than its predecessor but also ever so slightly narrower in return. At 228 g the smartphone remains a fairly heavy contender and continues to require rather large hands to be used comfortable due to its width.

At the front we find Apple’s own “Ceramic Shield” ceramic glass covering the display. Drop tests performed on the internet showed that it is indeed surprisingly strong on the smaller iPhone models. However, the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max still requires a protective case with a protruding bezel around the display because its glass will break much more easily. The same is true for the glass at the rear, which will require replacing the entire case should it shatter.

Considering the great visual impression the combination of matte rear glass and shiny metal frame make it is truly a shame to hide the iPhone 12 Pro Max in a protective case, but it is without a doubt highly recommended nevertheless.

Just like last year this year’s case is waterproof. In addition, Apple releases an environmental report for every one of its products allowing customers to get a glance at the true environmental impact for each and every device. In case of the iPhone 12 Pro Max Apple claims to use 98 % recycled rare earth elements as well as other recycled material and claims to avoid using various potentially harmful substances.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Size Comparison

164.8 mm / 6.49 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 71.1 mm / 2.8 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 181.4 g0.3999 lbs162.6 mm / 6.4 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.96 mm / 0.3528 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs160.8 mm / 6.33 inch 78.1 mm / 3.07 inch 7.4 mm / 0.2913 inch 228 g0.503 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 226 g0.4982 lbs158 mm / 6.22 inch 77.8 mm / 3.06 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 226 g0.4982 lbs

Connectivity – Same Price as Last Year

The good news this year is that customers get more storage at the same price as before, at least when opting for the lowest storage tier entry-level model. The following storage tiers are available:

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max with 128 GB storage: $1,099
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max with 256 GB storage: $1,199
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max with 512 GB storage: $1,399

All SKUs are equipped with 6 GB of RAM. While this may seem fairly low compared to various Android competitors previous Apple smartphones have never exhibited any performance deficits whatsoever because of it.

All 2020 smartphones from Cupertino come with a Nano SIM slot as well as an integrated eSIM, both of which can be used simultaneously.

A new feature is the magnetic ring at the rear referred to as MagSafe. It connects to various accessories and supports charging.

Bottom: microphone, Lightning port, speaker
Bottom: microphone, Lightning port, speaker
Top: no connectivity
Top: no connectivity
Left: mute switch, volume rocker, SIM slot
Left: mute switch, volume rocker, SIM slot
Right: power button
Right: power button

Software – iOS 14 with Enhanced Privacy

iOS 14 contains a variety of new features and supports iPhones as far back as the more than 5-year-old 6S. Thus, you can rest assured that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will continue to be receive security and software updates for many years to come.

New features include app management. For example, you can now prohibit apps from permanently accessing your location or restrict apps to access only certain selected photos instead of your entire photo library. If you only need specific widgets at specific times of the day, for example while at work, you can rotate and swap them out automatically. The App Library groups apps automatically and gives you an improved overview over all of your installed applications.

Preloaded third-party software applications are traditionally not a thing on Apple smartphones, and this year’s devices are no different. Instead, the devices come with various Apple in-house apps preloaded, such as Apple’s own office suite, iMovie to edit movies, or GarageBand to create and edit your own audio tracks.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Software
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Software
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Software

Communication and GPS – Now with 5G

For the first time ever Apple’s iPhones support fast 5G connectivity. Unfortunately, the extremely fast mmWave technology is not available on European iPhone models and thus far limited to devices sold in the US and Canada. This may not be a huge deal right now due to the lack of mmWave-compatible European 5G networks but can become an issue for those who travel frequently.

Apple does not specify its LTE modem’s maximum transfer rates but only states that it supports 4x4 MIMI Gigabit LTE, which should be much faster than most currently available LTE networks are capable of delivering. In our tests, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s connectivity was very good, and it often showed 3/4 or even all bars inside buildings. Other smartphones perform at a similar level but some, such as the OnePlus 8 Pro, only reached half that under similar circumstances.

Wi-Fi 6 is supported as well, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max does a better job than its predecessor albeit with some issues when receiving data. When connected to our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router the data rate fluctuated immensely and was only good enough for last place and similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Granted, 575 Mbps are anything but slow and more than fast enough for most networks but it has to be noted that other premium smartphones perform much better in this test and offer much higher Wi-Fi speeds. All was hunky-dory when transmitting data though, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max secured a place somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1414 (1369min - 1469max) MBit/s ∼100% +146%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
883 (834min - 919max) MBit/s ∼62% +54%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
870 (841min - 882max) MBit/s ∼62% +51%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
748 (550min - 820max) MBit/s ∼53% +30%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
580 (550min - 597max) MBit/s ∼41% +1%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 128 GB NVMe
575 (364min - 613max) MBit/s ∼41%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1414, n=300, last 2 years)
388 MBit/s ∼27% -33%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1599 (1502min - 1669max) MBit/s ∼100% +89%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
875 (787min - 899max) MBit/s ∼55% +3%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 128 GB NVMe
848 (822min - 881max) MBit/s ∼53%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
816 (403min - 832max) MBit/s ∼51% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
772 (691min - 832max) MBit/s ∼48% -9%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
589 (461min - 625max) MBit/s ∼37% -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=300, last 2 years)
373 MBit/s ∼23% -56%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø575 (364-613)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø848 (822-881)

Supported GNSS services include GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, QZSS, and Galileo. The device also comes with a digital compass as well as barometer for determining altitude based on ambient air pressure.

Just like every device we test the iPhone 12 Pro Max had to prove itself on our outdoor bicycle tour around the block where we compared its GPS tracking accuracy with that of a professional Garmin Edge 520 satnav. All things considered the iPhone performed very well, and its location accuracy was very high even under rather difficult circumstances. We noticed only minor dropouts, and the iPhone placed us on the wrong side of the road when crossing the bridge, but overall accuracy was so good that the iPhone 12 Pro Max is highly recommended when and if exact and accurate GPS data is required.

Location services Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: overview
Location services Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: overview
Location services Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: turning point
Location services Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: turning point
Location services Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: bridge
Location services Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: bridge
Location services Garmin Edge 520: overview
Location services Garmin Edge 520: overview
Location services Garmin Edge 520: turning point
Location services Garmin Edge 520: turning point
Location services Garmin Edge 520: bridge
Location services Garmin Edge 520: bridge

Telephony and Call Quality – Not Very Clear

Apple’s telephony app features four tabs for direct access to contacts, favorites, recents, and a dial pad. Calls from third-party applications such as Skype show up in that recents list as well, and the app will always open up with the tab that was active when it was last closed. If, for example, you are using the favorites tab most often then that is what you will see most of the time when launching the app.

Call quality on earphone was okay, however our conversational partner was not always very clear at maximum volume, and we found voices to be slightly dampened with a minor hum. Quality improved noticeably when lowering the volume, but voices remained slightly distant, nevertheless. Our own voice was recorded very well by the iPhone’s microphones regardless of whether we were speaking loudly or quietly. The overall soundscape was similar on speakerphone, and the microphones continued to perform at a high level.

Cameras – Larger Sensor and Space Technology

Selfie portrait in good light
Selfie portrait in good light
Selfie portrait night mode
Selfie portrait night mode

When compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera updates seem fairly minor at first glance. It continues to feature three 12 MP lenses at the rear. The main camera’s aperture was increased for improved light sensitivity, and a LiDAR sensor was added to the triple-camera array for improved portrait mode photos in low-light situations. The night mode is now available for the ultra-wide angle lens as well, and the telephoto lens’s aperture is lower than on the iPhone 12 Pro.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s main camera continues to create extremely detailed well-exposed photos, even when zoomed in. When subjected to low-light situations with a single light source creating a high contrast between light and dark areas the iPhone continued to create well-exposed photos with a high level of details even in the dark areas. The wide-angle lens takes photos with a high dynamic range, but its photos were not as sharp as the main camera’s when zoomed in.

Videos are recorded in 4K at 60 FPS, and a hybrid zoom between the wide-angle and the main camera is supported in various small steps even while recording. Apple also promises the ability to use the telephoto lens for zoom. However, this feature is only available in situations with a decent amount of light available. Even in rooms with average lightning the phone reverted to the more light-sensitive main camera and used a digital zoom instead.

There is one feature exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Its new optical image stabilizer no longer stabilizes the lens but rather the sensor through an array of magnets allowing for up to 5,000 adjustments per second compared to just 1,000 adjustments for the older system. However, we were unable to notice any differences between the iPhone 11 Pro Max with the lens-mounted OIS and the iPhone 12 Pro Max with its new sensor-mounted OIS, neither when taking photos nor videos with shaky hands. In both cases optical image stabilization worked very well, and the image remained smooth as long as you do not shake too much. The only way to tell that the stabilizer had to make adjustments is via a minor flicker in the light when recording videos.

The front-facing camera features a 12 MP sensor. It takes well-exposed selfies with high focus and supports background blurring via portrait mode. This worked very well and looked very natural despite having to resort to software-enabled background blurring. A night mode can improve photos taken in low-light situations noticeably. Portraits taken in low light benefit from the main camera’s LiDAR sensor and turn out pretty well overall. However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max cannot operate in complete darkness and requires a minimum of light in order to take photos.

Apple’s default camera app lacks most features and settings professionals would love to see. Instead, it is geared much more towards automatic image improvements allowing everybody to take good photos. You can find a great selection of professional camera apps in the app store that will allow you to set parameters such as shutter speed manually.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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When subjected to normalized conditions in our lab the camera took very sharp photos with only very minor loss of focus towards the edges. Colors are slightly distorted, sometimes a bit too dark, sometimes a bit too light (e.g. blacks).

With very little light available the iPhone 12 Pro Max managed to take a well recognizable photo with an acceptable level of grain in the details.

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11.5 ∆E
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8.3 ∆E
12 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: 7.54 ∆E min: 3.23 - max: 12.02 ∆E
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ColorChecker Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max: 9.41 ∆E min: 4.74 - max: 16.42 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Charger Not Included

Starting with this year’s generation Apple no longer includes a charger or a headset with their iPhones. According to Apple, these steps were taken purely for environmental reasons. After all, most users will already own a matching 20-Watt power supply. Truth be told we find this rather doubtful. First of all, Apple only started including the fast charger with its previous generation of iPhones, and devices before that had to make do with the slow 5 W charger. In addition, Apple could have passed on the savings resulting from the smaller package and the missing power supply to its customers and lowered the iPhone’s price by $20, which just so happens to be the premium Apple charges for aforementioned 20 W charger.

Alas, the only things we find in the box in addition to the phone and the usual paperwork are a USB-C to Lightning cable as well as a SIM tool. By default, all Apple devices come with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty. Keep in mind that EU customers get to enjoy a total of 24 months of limited seller warranty. However, after six months the burden of proof that the defect existed when the device was purchased lays upon the user. An additional $199 will get you two years of AppleCare+, including accidental damage protection at a per-case fee.

Without a doubt, the highlight for third-party accessory companies is Apple’s new MagSafe connector. It is even strong enough to safely secure the iPhone 12 Pro Max in car mounts without the help of plastic brackets along the sides. At the time of writing MagSafe accessories were few and far between and limited to protective cases, a MagSafe charger, and a small magnetic wallet that attaches to the back of the phone. However, we expect a huge variety of additional third-party accessories to become available in the near future.

Silicon case with MagSafe
Silicon case with MagSafe
Leather wallet with MagSafe
Leather wallet with MagSafe
MagSafe charger
MagSafe charger
Leather case with MagSafe
Leather case with MagSafe

Input Devices & Handling – Very Accurate Handling

The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s touchscreen was very quick to react, responsive, and very accurate. Hardware buttons are located on both sides of the device. They are clearly palpable and easy to use. In addition, a hardware slider on the left-hand side serves as the iPhone’s traditional hardware mute switch.

The fact that the display only supports 60 Hz impacts usability insofar as the system’s responsiveness suffers slightly and is therefore subjectively slower than on systems with high refresh rate displays.

Biometric security features include Apple’s Face ID technology, an infrared-supported face detection feature using the front-facing camera. It is very accurate and works in the dark, and thus both tamper-proof and reliable.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – Fine Details and HDR

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Apple’s displays traditionally lag behind their competitors in regard to resolution. Keep in mind though that their displays are also slightly longer. Native 4K is not supported, but in turn is not really a thing on other high-end smartphones either and would probably not make a whole lot of sense on a display this small. By and large the Super Retina XDR display is very detailed and supports HDR.

According to Apple’s specifications, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s display should peak at 800 nits, which was exceeded by a significant margin in our tests. Numbers were even higher when measuring only a small area on the display, as is common for HDR content.

Overall brightness distribution as fairly even and balanced, and colors were pretty accurate. Keep in mind that you may want to disable TrueTone should you require utmost display color accuracy as Apple’s ambient light-based color adjustment feature can distort colors quite a bit.

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862
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855
cd/m²
858
cd/m²
862
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854
cd/m²
847
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 865 cd/m² Average: 857.2 cd/m² Minimum: 6.26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 855 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 1.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.187
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
OLED, 2778x1284, 6.70
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
OLED, 2688x1242, 6.50
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
OLED, 2640x1200, 6.58
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Dynamic AMOLED, 3088x1440, 6.90
Sony Xperia 1 II
OLED, 3840x1644, 6.50
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.67
Screen
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855
790
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672
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860
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557
-35%
753
-12%
Brightness
857
790
-8%
672
-22%
878
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561
-35%
762
-11%
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96
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96
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4.5
-309%
2.86
-160%
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2.51
3.4
-35%
3.2
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-314%
7.29
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1.4
1.9
-36%
2.4
-71%
2.4
-71%
5
-257%
1.5
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Gamma
2.187 101%
2.23 99%
2.25 98%
2 110%
2.171 101%
2.24 98%
CCT
6337 103%
6466 101%
6250 104%
6466 101%
6993 93%
6415 101%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 238 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 238 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 238 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9716 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Given that Apple’s smartphone display is based on OLED technology PWM is almost impossible to avoid. We found an average PWM frequency of 238 Hz, and PWM was always present as soon as display brightness was dimmed. We would thus advise users sensitive to display flicker to closely inspect the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s display before making any purchasing decisions.

Given that the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s display’s refresh rate is just 60 Hz animations are subjectively not as smooth as they are on other high-end smartphones.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN grayscale with TrueTone enabled
CalMAN grayscale with TrueTone enabled
CalMAN color accuracy with TrueTone enabled
CalMAN color accuracy with TrueTone enabled

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.5 ms).

Outdoors, the display truly shines. It remained well readable even in bright environments. Direct sunlight can be an issue due to the display’s reflectiveness and should thus be avoided if possible, in order to protect your eyes.

Viewing angles were superb, and we found almost no color distortions and only a minor drop in brightness when looking at the display from the sides.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – Apple’s A14 is just an Evolution

Apple’s A14 Bionic is another self-designed Apple SoC. It comes with a total of six cores, two high-performance and four efficiency cores for less demanding tasks. This differentiation helps to improve energy efficiency.

Compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s processing performance is by no means a huge leap. In some benchmarks, both devices scored almost identically. And while it is at least possible that future software updates will improve upon the A14 Bionic's performance a bit we would advise you to not base your purchasing decision on expected noticeable performance improvements.

Despite all this the iPhone 12 Pro Max continued to wipe the floor with its Android competitors, and its graphics performance improved a bit. Those improvements were, however, quickly nullified by the 12 Pro Max’s slightly higher display resolution over the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Geekbench 5.3
Metal Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
7252 Points ∼76%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
7252 Points ∼76% 0%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (7252 - 12665, n=4)
9590 Points ∼100% +32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7252 - 9272, n=4, last 2 years)
8237 Points ∼86% +14%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
3476 Points ∼87%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
3476 Points ∼87% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3183 Points ∼79% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
2787 Points ∼69% -20%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3290 Points ∼82% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3338 Points ∼83% -4%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (3476 - 4334, n=5)
4017 Points ∼100% +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4201, n=193, last 2 years)
1896 Points ∼47% -45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
1326 Points ∼86%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
1326 Points ∼86% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
783 Points ∼51% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
940 Points ∼61% -29%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
898 Points ∼58% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
906 Points ∼59% -32%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (1326 - 1604, n=5)
1542 Points ∼100% +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=193, last 2 years)
547 Points ∼35% -59%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
3115 Points ∼54%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5766 Points ∼100% +85%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
4273 Points ∼74% +37%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5354 Points ∼93% +72%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5277 Points ∼92% +69%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (2631 - 3187, n=5)
2892 Points ∼50% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5780, n=280, last 2 years)
2807 Points ∼49% -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
11824 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6756 Points ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
8239 Points ∼70% -30%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9380 Points ∼79% -21%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9356 Points ∼79% -21%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (9833 - 12112, n=5)
10821 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12616, n=280, last 2 years)
3224 Points ∼27% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
7294 Points ∼91%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6508 Points ∼81% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
6830 Points ∼85% -6%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8037 Points ∼100% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7986 Points ∼99% +9%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (6119 - 7294, n=5)
6701 Points ∼83% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9643, n=280, last 2 years)
2925 Points ∼36% -60%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
2622 Points ∼46%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5721 Points ∼100% +118%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
4127 Points ∼72% +57%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5359 Points ∼94% +104%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4283 Points ∼75% +63%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (2622 - 3084, n=5)
2953 Points ∼52% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5765, n=278, last 2 years)
2761 Points ∼48% +5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
22052 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7834 Points ∼36% -64%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
9536 Points ∼43% -57%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12667 Points ∼57% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12694 Points ∼58% -42%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (20511 - 23094, n=5)
21609 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=280, last 2 years)
4487 Points ∼20% -80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
8333 Points ∼86%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
7240 Points ∼74% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
7385 Points ∼76% -11%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9721 Points ∼100% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8823 Points ∼91% +6%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (8333 - 9173, n=5)
8974 Points ∼92% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=280, last 2 years)
3603 Points ∼37% -57%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
39194 Points ∼84%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
33898 Points ∼73% -14%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46692 Points ∼100% +19%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
39724 Points ∼85% +1%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
28603 Points ∼61% -27%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
32384 Points ∼69% -17%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (38650 - 39194, n=4)
39042 Points ∼84% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4811 - 59268, n=248, last 2 years)
22353 Points ∼48% -43%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
224130 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
206190 Points ∼92% -8%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
81847 Points ∼37% -63%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
84533 Points ∼38% -62%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
143643 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
150281 Points ∼67% -33%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (208752 - 224130, n=4)
218495 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=247, last 2 years)
53373 Points ∼24% -76%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
109408 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
96826 Points ∼88% -12%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
70116 Points ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
67590 Points ∼62% -38%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
75850 Points ∼69% -31%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
82937 Points ∼76% -24%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (105536 - 109408, n=4)
108078 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=247, last 2 years)
37471 Points ∼34% -66%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
313.8 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
287 fps ∼91% -9%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
152 fps ∼48% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
145 fps ∼46% -54%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
203 fps ∼65% -35%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
203 fps ∼65% -35%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (264 - 325, n=5)
308 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.3 - 322, n=232, last 2 years)
93.4 fps ∼30% -70%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
60 fps ∼55%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
59 fps ∼54% -2%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼55% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
110 fps ∼100% +83%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼55% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
90 fps ∼82% +50%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (40 - 60, n=5)
55.9 fps ∼51% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8.2 - 143, n=232, last 2 years)
51.7 fps ∼47% -14%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
170.4 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
157 fps ∼92% -8%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
117 fps ∼69% -31%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
96 fps ∼56% -44%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
123 fps ∼72% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
122 fps ∼72% -28%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (148 - 180, n=5)
170 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 180, n=231, last 2 years)
54.6 fps ∼32% -68%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
59.8 fps ∼66%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼67% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼67% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
90 fps ∼100% +51%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼67% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
88 fps ∼98% +47%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (52 - 60, n=5)
58.3 fps ∼65% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 120, n=230, last 2 years)
40.3 fps ∼45% -33%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
106 fps ∼91%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
100 fps ∼86% -6%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
75 fps ∼65% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
65 fps ∼56% -39%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
86 fps ∼74% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
86 fps ∼74% -19%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (106 - 137, n=5)
116 fps ∼100% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 117, n=228, last 2 years)
37.3 fps ∼32% -65%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
59 fps ∼77%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼78% +2%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
55 fps ∼71% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
61 fps ∼79% +3%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
59 fps ∼77% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
77 fps ∼100% +31%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (45.4 - 60, n=5)
55.5 fps ∼72% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 106, n=228, last 2 years)
31.3 fps ∼41% -47%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
40 fps ∼87%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
46 fps ∼100% +15%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
26 fps ∼57% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
34 fps ∼74% -15%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
27 fps ∼59% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼65% -25%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (35.6 - 53, n=5)
44.6 fps ∼97% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=278, last 2 years)
13.3 fps ∼29% -67%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
30 fps ∼98%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
29 fps ∼95% -3%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
19 fps ∼62% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
22 fps ∼72% -27%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼65% -33%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼65% -33%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (29 - 32.9, n=5)
30.6 fps ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.26 - 101, n=277, last 2 years)
9.17 fps ∼30% -69%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
53.5 fps ∼92%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
58 fps ∼100% +8%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
40 fps ∼69% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
49 fps ∼84% -8%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
42 fps ∼72% -21%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
47 fps ∼81% -12%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (40.5 - 60, n=5)
54.1 fps ∼93% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 66, n=279, last 2 years)
20 fps ∼34% -63%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
85 fps ∼97%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
75 fps ∼86% -12%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
50 fps ∼57% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
43 fps ∼49% -49%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼60% -38%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
54 (20min) fps ∼62% -36%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (79 - 106, n=5)
87.7 fps ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.94 - 257, n=279, last 2 years)
22.9 fps ∼26% -73%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
75 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
63 fps ∼84% -16%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
43 fps ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
38 fps ∼51% -49%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
51 fps ∼68% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼67% -33%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (66 - 87.2, n=5)
74.3 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.89 - 75, n=227, last 2 years)
22.4 fps ∼30% -70%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
42.9 fps ∼89%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
48 fps ∼100% +12%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
34 fps ∼71% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
34 fps ∼71% -21%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
39 fps ∼81% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼94% +5%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (40 - 52, n=5)
47.6 fps ∼99% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 60, n=227, last 2 years)
19.6 fps ∼41% -54%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
510245 Points ∼86%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 4096
510245 Points ∼86% 0%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
527856 Points ∼89% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 12288
527820 Points ∼89% +3%
Sony Xperia 1 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
538107 Points ∼90% +5%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
595466 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (510245 - 647374, n=5)
580942 Points ∼98% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 727247, n=166, last 2 years)
328950 Points ∼55% -36%
Basemark GPU 1.2
3840x2160 Metal High Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
51.45 fps ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (50.3 - 51.5, n=2)
50.9 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (50.3 - 51.5, n=2, last 2 years)
50.9 fps ∼99% -1%
Metal Medium Native (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
120.02 fps ∼77%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (120 - 136, n=2)
128 fps ∼82% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (120 - 211, n=3, last 2 years)
156 fps ∼100% +30%
1920x1080 Metal Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple A14 Bionic, A14 Bionic GPU, 6144
169.4 fps ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic
  (168 - 169, n=2)
169 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (137 - 169, n=3, last 2 years)
158 fps ∼93% -7%

Browsing performance continues to be excellent, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max once again dominates its competition. It is leaps and bounds ahead in all benchmarks, which translates to quickly loading websites and images as well as smooth and instant scrolling in the real world.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Apple A14 Bionic (158 - 167, n=5)
161 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
158.281 Points ∼98%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 13.1)
129.096 Points ∼80% -18%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Huawei Browser 10.1.2.322)
69.565 Points ∼43% -56%
Sony Xperia 1 II (Chrome 85)
66.937 Points ∼42% -58%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
64.958 Points ∼40% -59%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (Chrome 84)
56.788 Points ∼35% -64%
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 161, n=195, last 2 years)
46.4 Points ∼29% -71%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
375.22 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (305 - 376, n=5)
353 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 13.1)
301.91 Points ∼80% -20%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Huawei Browser 10.1.2.322)
116.5 Points ∼31% -69%
Sony Xperia 1 II (Chrome 85)
115.95 Points ∼31% -69%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
115.43 Points ∼31% -69%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (Chrome 84)
96.234 Points ∼26% -74%
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 375, n=201, last 2 years)
82.1 Points ∼22% -78%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Apple A14 Bionic (188 - 198, n=5)
194 runs/min ∼100% +3%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
188 runs/min ∼97%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 13.1)
153 runs/min ∼79% -19%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Huawei Browser 10.1.2.322)
71.8 runs/min ∼37% -62%
Sony Xperia 1 II (Chrome 85)
70.5 runs/min ∼36% -62%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
68.6 runs/min ∼35% -64%
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 196, n=174, last 2 years)
47.7 runs/min ∼25% -75%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average Apple A14 Bionic (191 - 195, n=5)
193 Points ∼100% +1%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
191 Points ∼99%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 13.1)
181 Points ∼94% -5%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Huawei Browser 10.1.2.322)
124 Points ∼64% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (Chrome 84)
102 Points ∼53% -47%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
101 Points ∼52% -47%
Sony Xperia 1 II (Chrome 85)
97 Points ∼50% -49%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=216, last 2 years)
74.6 Points ∼39% -61%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
58632 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (55710 - 58632, n=5)
57766 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 13.1)
49388 Points ∼84% -16%
Sony Xperia 1 II (Chrome 85)
23762 Points ∼41% -59%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Huawei Browser 10.1.2.322)
23338 Points ∼40% -60%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
22834 Points ∼39% -61%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (Chrome 84)
19695 Points ∼34% -66%
Average of class Smartphone (1986 - 58632, n=227, last 2 years)
15671 Points ∼27% -73%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 29635, n=228, last 2 years)
4665 ms * ∼100% -899%
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (Chrome 84)
2295.8 ms * ∼49% -392%
Sony Xperia 1 II (Chrome 85)
2053 ms * ∼44% -340%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (Chrome 81)
2021.2 ms * ∼43% -333%
Huawei P40 Pro Plus (Huawei Browser 10.1.2.322)
1913.5 ms * ∼41% -310%
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 13.1)
570.9 ms * ∼12% -22%
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Safari 14)
467 ms * ∼10%
Average Apple A14 Bionic (460 - 467, n=5)
463 ms * ∼10% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming – 60 FPS Gaming on the iPhone

As expected, Apple’s largest iPhone is well-suited for gaming. Its display supports HDR and offers very fine details, its touch input is very reliable, and the device offers more than enough performance for even the most demanding mobile games.

In all three of our game benchmarks, we managed to achieve a more or less consistent 60 FPS, which was most likely limited by the iPhone 60 Hz refresh rate; a pity for ambitious gamers. Frame rates were recorded using GameBench.

Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
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; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.1.0: Ø59.4 (58-60)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.1.0: Ø59.2 (53-60)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; 2.5.3: Ø57.7 (39-60)
; Arena of Valor; min; 1.36.1460240: Ø59.5 (57-60)
; Arena of Valor; high HD; 1.36.1460240: Ø59.6 (58-60)

Emissions – Almost No Throttling under Sustained Load

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

At the rear top, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s surface temperatures peaked at 44 °C during our tests. It remains an isolated hot spot though, and temperatures were significantly lower just a few centimeters away. The front remained more comfortable to the touch. Overall, the iPhone did not get particularly hot, but it might just get hot enough in warmer environments to become uncomfortable to hold in hand when gaming.

But what about performance? While it may decrease a bit under load the worst drop we saw when running our GFXBench battery test was by around 5 %, so it should not be too much of an issue.

Max. Load
 36.2 °C
97 F
36 °C
97 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
 39.9 °C
104 F
36.3 °C
97 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 40.8 °C
105 F
38.9 °C
102 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
34.3 °C
94 F
37.5 °C
100 F
34.1 °C
93 F
34.5 °C
94 F
37.8 °C
100 F
40 °C
104 F
34.5 °C
94 F
40.7 °C
105 F
44 °C
111 F
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 37.5 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.9 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.8 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.8 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Heatmap rear
Heatmap rear
Heatmap front
Heatmap front

Speakers

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a set of stereo speakers: A dedicated speaker at the bottom and the earphone itself. Sound was okay overall, but it became obvious during our tests that the speakers were not the most powerful at maximum volume. Lowering volume by one or two clicks significantly improved sound quality. Bass is not particularly present but at least low mids were well pronounced. All things considered the soundscape was decent, which does not mean there are not better smartphone speakers out there.

Connecting analog 3.5-mm audio equipment requires a Lightning to 3.5-mm headphone jack dongle. Alternatively, you can also connect Bluetooth headphones wirelessly. Unfortunately, the iPhone lacks support for wireless high-resolution audio codecs, which require wired headphones instead. The audio signal was flawless in both cases, wired and wireless.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.941.82533.737.73125304029.329.8503331.86325.626.18020.826.110022.634.112515.342.516014.249.32001248.22501147.131510.8504009.351.95009.857.1630116180011.260100012.861125013.667160012.869200012.772.4250013.872.2315014.372.640001569.6500015.765630016.760.4800017.667.41000018.4741250019.3681600020.149.1SPL66.326.981.2N19.50.746.5median 13.8median 61Delta2.79.632.239.436.225.529.126.83027.742.342.426.827.220.325.22536.717.244.817.954.317.153.817.95316.253.616.55615.35915.664.415.664.814.867.214.472.314.67314.776.914.176.414.476.914.475.914.973.514.773.814.57214.866.6156316.649.427.185.80.961median 15median 64.81.29.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 12 Pro MaxApple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 40% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life – Smaller Battery, Same Battery Life

Power Consumption

Apple’s A14 Bionic turned out to be a major improvement over its predecessor when it comes to energy efficiency. The new iPhone was more efficient than all of its Android competitors under maximum load.

Wireless charging is supported via Qi with up to 7.5 W or MagSafe with up to 15 W. Keep in mind that in order to charge an iPhone 12 wirelessly with up to 15 W using MagSafe you have to meet a number of requirements, as various reports have been able to confirm. For example, you need to use Apple’s own power supply, and charging at maximum wattage is only available until the case crosses a certain temperature threshold.

As before, you can also use a cable to charge the phone. Unlike previous generations, the 2020 iPhone no longer comes with a charger, though.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.8 / 1.5 / 1.9 Watt
Load midlight 3.4 / 4.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
3687 mAh
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
3969 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
4200 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
4500 mAh
Sony Xperia 1 II
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4500 mAh
Average Apple A14 Bionic
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-40%
-16%
-19%
-91%
-5%
-44%
-25%
Idle Minimum *
0.8
0.92
-15%
0.82
-3%
0.65
19%
1.7
-113%
0.61
24%
0.852 (0.62 - 1.3, n=5)
-7%
0.911 (0.37 - 2.3, n=245, last 2 years)
-14%
Idle Average *
1.5
2.9
-93%
2.06
-37%
1.06
29%
2.3
-53%
1.19
21%
2.66 (1.18 - 7.89, n=5)
-77%
1.82 (0.82 - 3.94, n=245, last 2 years)
-21%
Idle Maximum *
1.9
2.94
-55%
2.07
-9%
1.49
22%
2.9
-53%
1.23
35%
2.81 (1.21 - 7.91, n=5)
-48%
2.11 (0.85 - 4.2, n=245, last 2 years)
-11%
Load Average *
3.4
3.65
-7%
2.99
12%
4.91
-44%
7.2
-112%
4.18
-23%
4.66 (2.1 - 9.28, n=5)
-37%
4.4 (1.94 - 8.4, n=245, last 2 years)
-29%
Load Maximum *
4.7
6.18
-31%
6.64
-41%
10.29
-119%
10.6
-126%
8.53
-81%
7.09 (3.86 - 10.8, n=5)
-51%
7.12 (3.06 - 12.3, n=245, last 2 years)
-51%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

At 3,687 mAh the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery is slightly smaller than its predecessor’s. Nonetheless, its battery life was improved slightly over previous models, and the new iPhone ran for almost exactly 16 hours in our Wi-Fi test. Its battery life is thus excellent, and other high-end smartphones are often incapable of keeping up despite larger batteries. Apple’s power optimization efforts and software optimizations for a select number of SoCs seem to have paid off.

Wired charging using Apple’s own power supply will charge the phone with up to 20 W. The phone will charge from near empty to full in between 1:30 and 2 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
43h 31min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 01min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
22h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
7h 03min
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
3687 mAh
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
3969 mAh
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
4200 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
4500 mAh
Sony Xperia 1 II
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-3%
-34%
-33%
-49%
-27%
Reader / Idle
2611
2618
0%
1422
-46%
1223
-53%
1295
-50%
2133
-18%
H.264
1356
1346
-1%
1115
-18%
993
-27%
781
-42%
973
-28%
WiFi v1.3
961
909
-5%
750
-22%
644
-33%
467
-51%
865
-10%
Load
423
408
-4%
209
-51%
338
-20%
195
-54%
198
-53%

Pros

+ great build quality
+ water and dust proof
+ accurate location services
+ long battery life
+ flexible high-quality camera system
+ very bright and color-accurate display
+ plenty of performance

Cons

- short warranty
- charger must be purchased separately
- expensive repair costs
- display only 60 Hz
- PWM flickering

Verdict – Still a Great Tool

In review: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
In review: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Yes, Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max remains one of the most expensive smartphones money can buy. You do get a lot in return, though. We liked the new case design, and plenty of long-time Apple users will get that unmistakable retro tingling. Apple continues to maintain an excellent build quality and offer plenty of performance.

Despite a smaller battery the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery life did not suffer noticeably, and the display’s color accuracy was great. Furthermore, the new iPhone now supports modern 5G connectivity, which brings its support for cellular standards up to speed again. Thanks to a wide range of frequencies, it should work as intended worldwide.

Thanks to various innovative new features, such as ProRAW (not yet available at the time of writing but scheduled to arrive with an update in the near future), HDR3, and DolbyVision support for recorded videos the “Pro” moniker seems to be well justified. Photo and video editing professionals will certainly benefit from these new features.

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max is expensive, no doubt. However, it remains a superb device and great tool for professionals and ambitious hobbyists.

The fact that Apple publishes an environmental report for every one of its devices deserves praise in and by itself. Granted, marketing and PR played an important role in this decision, and the report conveniently glances over and omits potential problems. Nevertheless, it allows users to get an idea of the impact their purchasing decisions have on the environment, which is more than most other OEMs choose to reveal about their products.

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max - 12/03/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
54 / 70 → 77%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
92%
Games Performance
65 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
93 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
74 / 90 → 83%
Camera
80%
Average
83%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2020-12- 3 (Update: 2020-12- 3)
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Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 842 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
When I was 12, the first computer came into the house and immediately I started tinkering around, taking it apart, getting new parts and replacing them - after all, there always had to be enough power for the current games. When I came to Notebookcheck in 2009, I was passionate about testing gaming notebooks. Since 2012, my attention has been focused on smartphones, tablets and future technologies.