First look at iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini


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At 6.7 inches, the new iPhone 12 Pro Max is one monster of a big phone. 

a hand holding a camera: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and Mini

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and Mini

And the teeny Mini looks and feels like an iPhone from years ago, before they started growing in size. 


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An early look at the devices, which go on sale Friday morning, reveals much that will clearly appeal to iPhone fans. The small form factor of the Mini will be applauded by people who thought the iPhones had gotten just too big, while the Max will take some getting used to. It’s that huge.  

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Apple initially released two new iPhones in October, the 12 and 12 Pro, selling for $799 and $999. The second waves of phones caps off Apple’s year with Friday’s release of the Mini at $699, and the Max starting at $1,099, the same price as last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max. 

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max touts camera features not found on other phones, including a bigger zoom lens and image pixels, better image stabilization for photos and videos and what Apple says is superior performance in low light. It’s being marketed as the ultimate iPhone for photographers and general camera nerds. 

The iPhone SE is still Apple’s most economical phone, starting at $399. But if you have the extra $300, you get a lot more phone with the Mini. 

The Mini has two camera lenses, a wide and ultra-wide, compared to just one for the SE, the faster A14 Apple processor, higher resolution screen (2340×1080 versus 1334×750) and more importantly, the new improved glass that Apple touts as being four times less likely to break. 

Both phones come with 64 GB of storage, which won’t last you very long in a world of higher-resolution photos and videos and apps that eat at a lot of our storage. The Mini costs $749 with 128 GB of storage, compared to $449 for the SE with 128 GB.