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iFixit’s teardown reveals how large the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera actually is

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest iPhone ever, and the large 6.7″ display isn’t the only thing big about it. After tearing apart the iPhone 12 Pro, along with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, the folks over at iFixit have published their teardown of the top-of-the-range iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The highlight? Size matters.

“Sorry to break it to you, but size does matter—at least when it comes to camera sensors”.

One of the highlights of the teardown is, of course, the camera setup on the 12 Pro Max. Apple promises an 87 percent improvement for low-light photos, and to achieve this, they’ve gone with the biggest sensor we’ve ever seen in an iPhone.

The standard wide camera (main cam) uses a sensor that is 47 percent larger than the iPhone 12’s, with the report confirming that it is “definitely bigger”. Instead of the more conventional optical image stabilisation (OIS) tech that many competitors use, Apple has gone with its new sensor-shift tech—as evidenced by four magnets surrounding the phone’s wide camera sensor.

“Since Apple went out of their way to bring sensor-shift to the iPhone, either they think that’s the way to go, or perhaps they just couldn’t adequately stabilize the larger version of their new f/1.6 lens.”

Also, it turns out that the larger camera sensor might not have fit into the smaller iPhone 12 Pro—without any compromises, that is. So, why is the large camera sensor so significant? Even with the same 12MP resolution, the larger sensor on the range-topping model means that each pixel is larger. More light is captured, which helps with low-light photography.

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Besides the camera sensor, you also get a larger battery under the hood on Apple’s premium iPhone 12 model. Just like the 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 Pro Max features an L-shaped battery—which offers the best specs out of the iPhone 12 range. It has a power capacity of 14.13Wh, which is significantly more than the 10.78Wh iPhone 12 and 12 pro, and almost double the Mini’s 8.57Wh capacity.

And of course, they gave it a repairability score, too. With six out of 10, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is just as repairable as the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, with the screen and battery “reasonably accessible” for repair techs (or adventurous DIY specialists). If you break the glass back on the phone, it requires a full case replacement—so that drops the score down a bit.

So, what do you think? Have you been experimenting with low-light photography on your iPhone 12 Pro Max? Share your results in the comments section below—we’d love to hear from you.


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