Is The iPhone 12 Pro Max Worth Buying In 2022?

It's hard to believe that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has already been discontinued. After all, it was only released in September of 2020! Nevertheless, Apple has confirmed that this product is no longer being manufactured and sold. So what does that mean for you if you're thinking of buying one? In this article, we'll take a look at the iPhone 12 Pro Max's features, design, and cost. We'll also explore why Apple discontinued this product and what your options are if you want to buy an iPhone 12 Pro Max today.

iPhone 12 Pro Max: Release, Features, and Specifications

Side angle of iPhone 12 Pro Max, available now on Doji

The 12 Pro Max was released on November 13th 2020 in the United Kingdom, it had a load of really impressive features.  At launch, it boasted the largest display on an iPhone with a whopping 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Display (OLED). It has three rear cameras with a massive main sensor, which still capture some of the best photos of any smartphone.  With Apple's A14 Bionic processor inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max's performance was, and is, fantastic! It outperforms its main competitors in terms of GPU and CPU, and the battery life was exceptional. The design was a stunning throwback to the iPhone 5 or 5S, with flat edges making a return from the iPhone 12 onwards.

There was, however, one big drawback. The cost. At £1099, this was one of the most expensive iPhone's ever released. Plus with the iPhone 13 models arriving on the market (with loads more improved and additional features) only 6 months after its release, its reign was short-lived.

Specifications of the iPhone 12 Pro Max vs iPhone 12


iPhone 12 Pro Max
 

iPhone 12
 
Display 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
Rear Cameras Pro 12MP camera system (Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto) Dual 12MP camera system (Ultra Wide and Wide)
Front Camera 12MP TrueDepth camera 12MP TrueDepth camera
Face / Touch ID Face ID Face ID
Chip A14 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine A14 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine
Dust and Water Resistance IP68 [IEC Standard 60529] - maximum depth of 6m for up to 30 mins IP68 [IEC Standard 60529] - maximum depth of 6m for up to 30 mins
Wireless Charging Works with MagSafe and Qi wireless chargers Works with MagSafe and Qi wireless chargers

Does Apple still make the iPhone 12 Pro Max?

Unfortunately not. The 12 Pro Max was removed from the Apple Store only six months after its release to make room for the iPhone 13s. Apple kept the iPhone 12 and cut the cost across its site, but removed the Pro Max entirely.

How much is the iPhone 12 Pro Max today?

Although it's not available on the Apple Store anymore, you can still find the 12 Pro Max on several different sites and it has held its price fairly well. We'll explore a few of your options for buying one below, and the pros and cons of each:

  • High Street Stores: There are a few high street stores, like Computer Exchange, that offer refurbished or used phones. It's currently available to buy for £635 at Computer exchange and comes with the piece of mind that you can always take it back if there are any issues. The problem with these high street stores, is that they add their own markups to the product prices.
  • Online Market Places: There are numerous online market places you can get an iPhone 12 Pro Max from, such as: Facebook Marketplace and eBay. Price and the condition of the phone will vary dramatically, and buying through these platforms can come with some real issues. Scams, damaged or malfunctioning phones - the list goes on. The worst part is, you'll have to foot the bill for repairing the phone or attempt to return it.
  • Doji: We might be biased, but we think Doji is your best option. We like to think that it offers the best of both worlds. You can bid what you want for the product and using our order book, we'll tell you how likely it is your offer will be accepted. Before your product reaches you, it will go through our Doji 52-point check and we'll make sure it's up to standard for you. If there are any issues, we deal with the seller for you and find and resolution. Best of all, our fees are tiny - we only charge for our checks and the shipping. Remember you're not buying the phone from us, we're just the middle-man, but we want to make sure you're getting a product you'll love.

Buying refurbished also helps the planet?

Every time you buy refurbished tech, you're stopping electronic waste going to landfill. Smartphones and tech need loads of finite resources for their production, the mining and transportation of these assets is costly and causes irreparable damage to our world. In landfill these phones will release toxic chemicals into our environment and with new phones purchased on average every 18 months - this is a growing problem. And less than 15% of phones in the developed world actually make it into recycling schemes.

On Doji, we want to create a circular economy. Meaning once you've found your new phone with us, you can pop your old phone up on our store. This makes you some fast cash, helps reduce e-waste and provides somebody else with a new piece of tech to love.

As if that wasn't enough, from the 22nd April Doji customers will be making even more of a positive environmental impact with every purchase! You won’t only be directly contributing to a reduction in global e-waste, you’ll be helping to support the lungs of our planet by preserving trees in the rainforest with One Tribe.

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