iPhone 11 vs iPhone 12:  what are the main differences?

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 12: what are the main differences?

To users who don’t regularly follow Apple updates may view iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 as basically the same, and they actually are in many ways. However, they aren’t entirely the same. Apple has made several new changes to the iPhone 12 which makes it kind of different from its predecessor, the iPhone 11. 


But exactly what are the differences are we talking about? And are they good or functional enough to help buyers get the best performance and iPhone use experience possible? Check out the details below: 

1. Major changes in the overall form factor

When making the iPhone comparison between the two, one of the biggest changes to notice in the new iPhone 12 is an overhaul of the overall form factor. Unlike the iPhone 11 which has rounded edges and a bit bulky body, the iPhone 12 has chamfered edges and is sleeker. 


It is safe to say that the new iPhone 12 is reminiscent of earlier iPhones, including the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone SE 1st generation. What is interesting to know is that Apple has taken this approach across the entire iPhone 12 range, including the range-topping iPhone 12 pro max.

2. MagSafe charging

MagSafe charging is another new feature that makes the iPhone 12 different from the iPhone 11. Apple has integrated a dedicated magnetic wireless charging input that accepts the proprietary MagSafe charger. 


MagSafe charging is very similar to standard wireless charging. In fact, MagSafe charging can be more efficient than standard wireless charging as the charging magnets precisely align with each other to ensure optimum efficiency and fast charging.

3. Better screen protection

Apple claims that the new iPhone 12 has better screen protection than that of the iPhone 12. The brand calls the new improved screen protector they have used in the new iPhone 12 the Ceramic Shield. 


While the ceramic shield screen protection may not suffice for protecting the screen against aggressive damages, it sure can protect from everyday accidents such as minor falls and slips. 

4. 5G cellular support

Apple has marked the iPhone 12 lineup as a start for its new 5G series of iPhones. Every new iPhone 12 model supports a 5G cellular network along with smart features such as automatic 5G cellular mode on and off.


However, the one downside is not all countries have access to 5G-enabled iPhone 12 models. This largely has got to do with the availability of 5G cellular network infrastructure in the given country. 

5. A new mini model

One of the boldest moves Apple made with its new iPhone 12 lineup is the introduction of the iPhone 12 mini. While not so many, the new iPhone 12 mini is definitely smaller than the regular iPhone 12 and even the regular iPhone 11. 


As such, the new iPhone 12 lineup starts with the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 pro, and the iPhone 12 pro max. Also, it is interesting to note that the iPhone 12 mini is the most affordable model across the entire iPhone 12 range. 

6. Improved display

The iPhone 12 brings along with it a significant improvement in the display. Apple used a Liquid Retina Display in the iPhone 11 that has 625 nits of brightness. The brand has now upgraded the display to a Super Retina display in the iPhone 12. Compared to the Liquid Retina display, the Super Retina display is capable of supporting Dolby Vision as well as HDR 10. The display specifications remain the same across the entire iPhone 12 lineup.