Why The iPhone 12 Pro Can’t Have Apple’s Best Camera

Sometimes, the best smartphone features are reserved almost inexplicably, for the largest models. However, a new report reveals one possible reason why the regular iPhone 12 Pro misses out on Apple’s best camera.

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Pro Max but, unfortunately for those with smaller hands, only the larger model gets Apple’s best camera hardware. Now, a recent teardown by iFixit reveals one very good reason behind this decision. It simply won’t fit.

On paper, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max main cameras look almost the same. Both offer 12-megapixel sensors paired with  f/1.6 lenses but, as iFixit’s recent teardown shows, Apple has given the Pro Max model an improved version with a 47 percent larger sensor as well as Apple’s latest sensor-shift stabilization technology.

These two features provide significantly improved low-light performance but also result in a camera model that is unlikely to fit within the standard iPhone 12 Pro’s case without compromises.

You can see these improvements reflected in Dxomark’s recent test results for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which award the larger phone 64 points in the Night test, while the smaller model merits only 59. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also makes small gains in the Noise, Texture and Autofocus tests, all of which benefit from the improved light-gathering ability of the larger main camera. The bigger handset also benefits from an improved telephoto lens, resulting in better zoom performance.

It’s good to see Apple making the most of the space available, but it does seem likely that smaller iPhones might continue to lag behind on camera quality in the future.

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