Apple iPhone 12 vs 12 Pro: How different are they on the inside?

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 26 Oct 2020
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Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro receive the teardown treatment

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have a lot in common

Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are up for pre-orders in India

Apple iPhone 12 vs 12 Pro: How different are they on the inside?
Apple iPhone 12 vs 12 Pro: How different are they on the inside?

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Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have received a teardown treatment from the good folks over at iFixit, revealing how both the phones have a lot in common on the inside. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were both launched on October 14 and have recently gone up for pre-orders in India with sales commencing from October 30. The iFixit teardown gives us a glimpse at the internal hardware of the new iPhones, revealing that the two are very much alike.

According to the detailed teardown report by iFixit, there are cosmetic differences between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro along with RAM capacities and an additional camera on the iPhone 12 Pro along with the LiDAR sensor. The teardown of the new iPhones also hints at the compromises Apple had to make for getting on the 5G bandwagon such as the battery and logic board design. 

Apple iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro: key differences

Apple iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 iFixit teardown

Starting with the design, the iPhone 12 uses an aluminium chassis while the iPhone 12 Pro has a stainless steel build. The dimensions of both the phones are nearly identical with the iPhone 12 weighing in at 164 grams and the iPhone 12 being a bit heftier at 189 grams. The difference is due to the stainless steel frame and an additional camera.

iFixit notes that they had to apply more heat to the phone’s display to detach it completely from the frame, something that Apple officially suggests its repair centres follow as well. This could be due to the use of a new adhesive solution that assists in getting that IP68 dust and water-proofing. 

The display sizes of the phones are the same, however, the iPhone 12’s Super Retina XDR screen supports 625 nits brightness while the iPhone 12 Pro has a brighter panel offering 800 nits of brightness. The report also states that both the screens work interchangeably between the 12 and 12 Pro.

The highlighting difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is the 12MP telephoto camera on the back of the latter, along with the LiDAR depth sensor. Surprisingly on the iPhone 12, there appears to be a “plastic spacer” where the third camera and LiDAR sensor are situated on the 12 Pro. 

As the iPhone 12 series support 5G, the teardown reveals a slightly bigger logic board that accommodates the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55M 5G module. That said, the only seeming difference in the logic board between iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is the use of 4GB RAM on the former and 6GB RAM on the 12 Pro.

The taptic engine on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is also a bit smaller than the iPhone 11 but is slightly thicker by around 2 millimetres. 

Both the phones have the same battery capacity rated at 10.78 Wh, which is tad a bit smaller in capacity than the 11.91 Wh and 11.67 Wh of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. Having said that, the L-shaped battery design is gone and now it's just a rectangular bar-shaped design.

As for the pricing, the iPhone 12 is priced starting at Rs 79,900 for the 64GB model while the iPhone 12 Pro starts at Rs 1,19,900 for the 128GB variant. Want to be the first in line to grab either of the new iPhones, here's how you can pre-order the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro.

Apple iPhone 12 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price:
Release Date: 14 Oct 2020
Variant: 64GB , 128GB , 256GB
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    6.1" (1170 x 2532)
  • Camera Camera
    12 + 12 | 12 MP
  • Memory Memory
    64 GB/ NA
  • Battery Battery
    2775 mAh
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