iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 – Compare the Differences!

The iPhone 13 lineup has just been announced and as per its official specifications, it’s certainly a powerful device. So, if you currently have the previous iPhone general model, you probably wonder how it compares to the latest iPhone. And with that said, we wish you a warm welcome to our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 comparison!

Tip

If you wonder whether you should wait for the iPhone 13 or buy one of the iPhone 12 models, make sure to use the provided link. You’ll be taken to our comprehensive guide comparing what you’ll get and for what price – helping you make up your mind.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 – What’s the Same & What’s Different Between the Two Lineups? 

We’ll check the differences and similarities between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 through a series of individual segments. So, let’s dive right in. 

Design and Display 

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 13 – Display / Screen Sizes

iPhone 13 iPhone 12
Screen Sizes From 5.4″ to 6.7″ From 5.4″ to 6.7″
Display Type Up to Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED Up to Super Retina XDR OLED
Display Resolution Up to 1,284 x 2,778px Up to 1,284 x 2,778px
Other Features 120Hz refresh rate
Wide Color Gamut
True-Tone
60Hz refresh rate
Wide Color Gamut
True-Tone

When it comes to the base iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 models, there aren’t any differences in terms of their display technologies. However, that’s not the case with the ‘Pro’ lineup, which features a 120Hz ‘ProMotion’ screen. In comparison, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max still feature 60Hz displays. 

And when it comes to their designs, the iPhone 13 isn’t any different from the iPhone 12. As per the latest reports, the iPhone 13 models are a bit thicker, and they come with slightly more prominent camera bumps that will make lenses protrude less. 

Processor & Performance

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 13 – Performance / Specs

iPhone 13 iPhone 12
OS iOS 15 Upgradeable to iOS 15
Chipset Apple A15 Bionic (5nm) Apple A14 Bionic (5nm)
CPU Hexa-core Hexa-core
GPU Apple GPU Apple GPU

The latest iPhone generation comes with a new processor. The A14 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 12 made its way for an A15 chip, which powers all four of the 2021 iPhone models (the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro & Pro Max). 

As per Apple’s official documentation, the A15 chip has a 50% faster CPU and 30% faster GPU than its competition. That doesn’t tell us if there’s a huge leap between the A14 and A15 but it’s certain that performance improvements are there.

Photography & Videography

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 13 – Cameras

iPhone 13 iPhone 12
Wide 12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm
Telephoto 12 MP, f/2.8, 65mm, 1/3.4″ 12 MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″
Ultrawide 12 MP, f/1.8, 65mm, 1/3.4″ 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm, 1/3.6″
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash
HDR (photo/panorama)
Dual-LED dual-tone flash
HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 4K@24/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
10‑bit HDR
Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps)
Cinematic Mode
ProRes Video Capture
4K@24/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
10‑bit HDR
Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps)

Last year, Apple introduced a whole range of enhancements to the iPhone’s camera. As a reminder, we’ll say that the iPhone 12 lineup features Dolby Vision support, up to 5x optical zoom, and there’s support for the company’s own ‘ProRAW’ file system. 

Now, when it comes to cameras found in the iPhone 13 lineup, you can expect a noticeable step forward in 2021. More precisely, the sensor size is bigger, which should help with low-light conditions.

Aside from that, the ‘Pro’ versions of the iPhone 13 come with an improved ultra-wide camera, getting an f/1.8 aperture (up from f/2.4), as well as a six-element lens (up by one). 

Battery Life & Charging Tech

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 13 – Battery Sizes

Battery Size iPhone 12 Equivalent
iPhone 13 Mini 2,406 mAh 2,227 mAh
iPhone 13 3,095 mAh 2,815 mAh
iPhone 13 Pro 3,095 mAh 2,815 mAh
iPhone 13 Pro Max 4,352 mAh 4,687 mAh

We’ve seen many reports saying that the iPhone 13 lineup will come with the most powerful batteries yet, in terms of their capacities, of course. We’re sure that will make you happy – but keep in mind that having a “bigger” battery doesn’t always mean you’ll get more “use time” out of your iPhone. 

As you can see above, the iPhone 13 Pro Max got quite an upgrade in the battery department. Still, remember that we talked about the 120Hz ‘ProMotion’ display earlier, which is expected to draw plenty of power. As per Apple’s documentation, you can expect from 1.5 up to 2.5 hours of extra use if you decide to get the latest iPhone.

Price

And lastly, our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 comparison wouldn’t be complete without talking about their prices. And with that said, we expect that Apple will stick to the currently available pricing scheme – $699, $799, $999, and $1,099, respectively. 

To learn more about the prices of the latest iPhone generation, make sure to use the provided link. You’ll see that even though the prices of the base models are the same, they also went up for bigger storage tiers.

That would be all for our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 comparison. In case you have any questions, let us know via the comments section below. And lastly, thanks for reading!

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