iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro: Is the “pro” model worth it?

When it comes time to upgrade your iPhone, there is no shortage of options, especially if you’re open to the idea of getting a pre-owned phone. But if you’ve been eyeing the iPhone 12 lineup, you might be wondering if the Pro model is worth the extra cost. What are the features you can only get with iPhone 12 Pro?

Keep reading to see exactly how iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro compare.

Before you upgrade to iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro

The last thing you want to do is transfer a bunch of garbage onto your new phone. That’s why it’s always a good idea to clean up your photo library so you’re not wasting space on duplicates and similar-looking images.

The good news is, you can use Gemini Photos to help you quickly clean up your library. Once you download Gemini Photos from the App Store, you just follow these steps:

  1. Open Gemini Photos and let it scan.
  2. Tap Duplicates.
  3. Select one of the groupings.
  4. Choose which copies you want to delete.
  5. Repeat for all the duplicate groupings.
  6. Tap Delete [x] Duplicates.

When you’re finished going through all of your duplicate pics, you can then go through other categories like Similar, Notes, Screenshots, and more.

One of the nice things about Gemini Photos is that it only moves your pictures and videos to the Recently Deleted album. So, if you accidentally delete an image, you can restore it within 30 days. But if you want to go ahead and free up that space immediately, just open Photos and navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted > Select > Delete All.

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro: What are the key differences?

The nice thing about iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is that they share many of the same features. The biggest difference between these two models is their camera. But aside from that, the differences are only minor things here and there, and most will probably go unnoticeable.

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro: The camera

The most significant point of difference between these two models is with the camera. iPhone 12 only has a dual-lens rear camera, while iPhone 12 Pro has all three lenses: Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto.

Because it has the third lens, iPhone 12 Pro has a LiDAR scanner for improved Night mode or low-light pictures. The other great feature the LiDAR scanner can offer is Night mode portraits, which combines the best of both Night and Portrait modes.

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro display and size

As far as the display goes, both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have identical screens. The pixel count and resolution are exactly the same. And they’re both the same form factor because of it.

Now, if you were to hold the two phones side-by-side, the only thing you might notice is that iPhone 12 Pro is slightly heavier by about 25 grams because of the third lens.

Battery life and storage

The battery life between the two models is identical. But when it comes to storage, iPhone 12 starts a little lower at 64, 128, and 256 GB, while iPhone 12 Pro is on the higher end with 128, 256, and 512 GB variations.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro prices

As with all iPhones, the price of the specific device depends on what storage configuration you get. But at the time of this writing, the iPhone 12 is about $150 to $200 cheaper than a comparable iPhone 12 Pro model.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, side by side

Let’s take an even closer look at what features iPhone 12 gives you versus what you can get on iPhone 12 Pro. Here’s how the two models break down:

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 Pro


6.1” Super Retina XDR

6.1” Super Retina XDR

Display Resolution




Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture

Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture

Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture

Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture

Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture


64, 128, 256 GB

128, 256, 512 GB


Up to 17 hours video playback

Up to 17 hours video playback

Size and Weight

5.78 x 2.82 x .29 inches

5.78 ounces (164 grams)

5.78 x 2.82 x .29 inches

6.66 ounces (180 grams)


Purple, Blue, Green, Black, White, Product (Red)

Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite, Silver




There’s a lot to love about both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. But that’s mostly because they share so many incredible features. Hopefully, this article helped you spot the differences between iPhone models and decide which one will work best for you.

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