Customers have gotten their hands on Apple’s latest family of iPhones, including the largest iPhone ever, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. While customers have been enjoying using the new phones, over at iFixit, the team has been busy tearing them apart. They’ve taken apart the iPhone 12 mini and the two medium-sized iPhone 12s, the 12 and 12 Pro. Over this past weekend, the iFixit crew got to work dismantling the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
|Image courtesy of iFixit and Creative Electron.|
Before diving in, it’s worth recapping the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s features. It is powered by an Apple A14 Bionic system on chip and includes 6GB of RAM. Internal storage options include 128GB, 256GB and 512GB options. The phone features a 6.7″ Super Retina XDR OLED display with a P3 wide color gamut and Apple’s True Tone technology. It is the largest display ever in an iPhone, and according to DisplayMate, it’s a fantastic display.
|iPhone 12 Pro Max camera modules. Image courtesy of iFixit.|
With respect to photography, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has unique components. It has a 12MP triple camera system like the iPhone 12 Pro, but the Max includes a 47% larger image sensor, a faster F1.6 lens, improved image stabilization, a new 65mm (equivalent) telephoto lens, and improved high ISO performance. If you want to learn more about the performance of the new camera system in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, check out this article: ‘Halide’s deep dive into why the iPhone 12 Pro Max is made for ‘Real Pro Photography’.
|X-ray image of the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s rear camera module. The bottom left camera, the standard wide angle camera, has a 47% larger image sensor than the camera found in the iPhone 12 Pro. The four black magnets around the same camera are used for the new sensor-shift image stabilization feature, found exclusively in the iPhone 12 Pro Max and not Apple’s other iPhone 12 models. Image courtesy of Creative Electron and iFixit.|
After taking apart the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s new case construction, iFixit was able to investigate the new camera array. As you can see in the x-ray image above captured by Creative Electron, the standard wide camera (shown bottom left) has a noticeably larger image sensor. You can also see magnets around the sensor, which are being used for the new sensor-shift image stabilization tech found exclusively in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. For those lamenting the lack of the larger sensor in the standard iPhone 12 Pro, iFixit states that ‘There’s a decent chance this sensor wouldn’t fit in the cramped corner of the smaller iPhone 12 Pro without compromises.’
|Close-up image of the standard wide angle camera module in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Image courtesy of iFixit.|
There’s a lot to see inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max. You can head to iFixit’s teardown for more photos and information about the different internal components and how they relate to the features of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. You can also see a replay of iFixit’s live-streamed teardown of the phone below.