iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: What's the Difference?

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: What’s the Difference?

Apple’s new cellphones excite — at least on paper — and we’ve got our first official look at the iPhone 13. In addition to a new A15 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 13 Pro models will include larger sensors for improved low-light photographs, larger batteries, and fast-refreshing displays that adjust based on your on-screen activity. That’s some very impressive stuff.

The iPhone 13 is so good that it appears to be a major upgrade over its iPhone 12 predecessors at first look. And those phones, which were released only a year ago, are still among the best on the market.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: What's the Difference?
iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12 ( Image credits: phonearena)

To make a conclusive assessment, we’ll have to examine all four new iPhone 13 models. However, our initial iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 comparison reveals a number of areas where Apple is improving. Here are the specs for the new iPhones, as well as how the iPhone 13 differs from the iPhone 12.

Specifications

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Specs

SpecsiPhone 12 miniiPhone 13 miniiPhone 12iPhone 13
Water resistanceIP68IP68IP68IP68
Price$599$699$699$799
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Screen size5.4 inches5.4 inches6.1 inches6.1 inches
Resolution2340x10902340x10802532x11702532x1170
ProcessorA14A15A14A15
Cameras12MP main (ƒ/1.6), 16MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)12MP main (ƒ/1.6); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)12MP main (ƒ/1.6), 16MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)12MP main (ƒ/1.6); 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)
Front camera12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)
ColorsWhite, black, blue, green, purple, [Product] RedRed, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, PinkWhite, black, blue, green, purple, [Product] RedRed, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink
Size5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches
Weight4.76 ounces4.97 ounces5.78 ounces6.14 ounces

Price and release date

The starting pricing for Apple’s phones has remained unchanged as the iPhone 12 gave rise to the iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 costs $699, the iPhone 13 costs $799, the iPhone 13 Pro costs 999 dollars, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max costs $1,099 dollars.

You get more storage for your money with the iPhone 13 and 13 mini than you did with the similar iPhone 12 versions. Instead of the 64GB of storage that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini had, the two iPhone 13 models now have 128GB. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, on the other hand, now offer new 1TB storage options.

Both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini appear to be staying in Apple’s portfolio, although at lower costs. The iPhone 12 will cost the same as Apple’s iPhone 13 mini, while the iPhone 12 mini will cost $599.

Specs of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro vs. iPhone 12 Pro specs

SpecsiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 Pro Max
starting price$999$1,099$999$1,099
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Screen size6.1 inches6.7 inches6.1 inches6.7 inches
Resolution2532 x 11702778 x 12842532 x 11702778 x 1284
ProcessorA14A14A15A15
Adaptive refreshN/AN/AUp to 120HzUp to 120Hz
Rear cameras12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0) with 2x zoom12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0) with 2.5x zoom12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultra-wide (f/1.8), 12MP telephoto (f/2.8) with 3x zoom12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultra-wide (f/1.8), 12MP telephoto (f/2.8) with 3x zoom
Front camera12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)
ColorsSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific BlueSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific BlueGraphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra BlueGraphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue
Size5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches
Weight6.7 ounces8 ounces7.2 ounces8.5 ounces
Water resistanceIP68IP68IP68IP68

Design

Except for one highly noticeable distinction, there isn’t much of a design difference between the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12. That’s the iPhone 13’s notch, which is smaller on all four new models. Aside from that, the phones have the same design, with flat corners and Ceramic Shield displays for increased durability.

The upgraded versions are slightly heavier, owing to the larger batteries included with the iPhone 13, and there are new color possibilities. On the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, a pink model joins the black (Midnight), white (Starlight), blue, and Product [RED] colors. Sierra Blue is a new color choice for the iPhone 13 Pro series, joining graphite, gold, and silver.

Although the AMOLED panels used in the iPhone 13 family are the same size as their predecessors, Apple has made the most improvements to the displays since the iPhone 12. Instead, Apple promises brighter displays, which will be 28% brighter than the iPhone 12’s. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have a brightness of 800 nits, while the iPhone 13 Pro versions have a brightness of 1,000 nits.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: What's the Difference?
iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which are the first Apple phones with ProMotion screens, are the focus of the larger display story. That implies they can vary their refresh rate dynamically between 10Hz and 120Hz to match the activity onscreen. The iPhone 12 Pro versions, like the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 mini, were stuck at 60Hz.

Cameras

Even if the number of lenses is unchanged from phone to phone, cameras are expected to be a primary point of differentiation between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12. Because of what Apple has done with the camera hardware, the iPhone 13’s photography experience should be entirely different.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: What's the Difference?
iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12

The 12MP main camera of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini is the largest lens ever used in a dual-camera iPhone. For clearer pictures, it should let in 47 percent more light than the iPhone 12’s camera. The sensor-shift optical image stabilization technology, which Apple added to the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year, is available on these two iPhone 13 models, and the ultrawide lens offers better detail in darker regions of your photographs.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12

The camera modifications on the iPhone 13 Pro versions are much more significant. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max include a larger primary sensor for improved low-light shots, and the ultrawide angle lens has a wider f/1.8 aperture. (On the iPhone 12 Pro version, it was f/2.4.) Even in low-light situations, this will result in brighter, sharper photographs. Furthermore, the iPhone 13 Pro’s 77mm telephoto lens now sports a 3x optical zoom, up from 2.5x on the iPhone 12 Pro.

Night Mode is available on all three iPhone 13 Pro cameras, and sensor-shift stabilization is available on the iPhone 13 Pro rather than just the Pro Max model. We’re excited to see how all of these improvements translate into better images.

5G and performance 

The A15 Bionic CPU is used in all iPhone 13 models, which is an update from the A14 Bionic chip used in all iPhone 12 models. Given that the A14 was the quickest system-on-chip we’ve tested, we expect some impressive performance, though we’ll have to benchmark the phones to see how fast they are.

One difference between the iPhone 13 Pro and the standard iPhone 13 is that the Pro models have a 5-core GPU, whilst the regular iPhone 13 has a 4-core graphics processor. When compared to last year’s iPhones, this should make the Pro versions a gaming powerhouse.

Although the iPhone 12 has some of the finest 5G compatibility, Apple claims that the upcoming phones will be able to support even more 5G bands. Apple states that by the end of the year, 5G support for iPhone 13 models will have doubled, with more than 200 carriers in 60 countries and regions.

iOS 15 will come pre-installed on the iPhone 13. The iPhone 12 devices are now running iOS 14, but when iOS 15 is released on September 20, they will be able to upgrade to it. (In addition, if you downloaded the iOS 15 beta, your iPhone 12 is already running iOS 15.)

Battery life

We don’t know how big the iPhone 13 batteries are in comparison to their iPhone 12 counterparts because Apple doesn’t reveal battery sizes when it unveils new phones. However, we do know that they are larger, which should imply greater battery life.

That’s excellent news. The other iPhone 12 models, with the exception of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all performed poorly in our battery test, in which we had phones surf the web over cellular until they ran out of power.

The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro, according to Apple, should last up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max will gain 2.5 hours of battery life. If that’s the case, the iPhone 13 Pro Max would make the list of the best phones for battery life.

The iPhone 12’s charging speeds remain the same: 15W MagSafe wireless charging and 20W wired charging. The iPhone 13 models, like the iPhone 12, will come without a charger.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Battery life and charging

PhoneVideo PlaybackVideo playback (streamed)Audio playback
iPhone 13 miniUp to 17 hoursUp to 13 hoursUp to 55 hours
iPhone 13Up to 19 hours Up to 15 hoursUp to 75 hours
iPhone 13 ProUp to 22 hoursUp to 20 hoursUp to 75 hours
iPhone 13 Pro MaxUp to 28 hours Up to 25 hoursUp to 95 hours
iPhone 12Up to 17 hours Up to 11 hoursUp to 65 hours
iPhone 12 miniUp to 15 hoursUp to 10 hoursUp to 50 hours
iPhone 12 ProUp to 17 hoursup to 11 hoursUp to 65 hours
iPhone 12 Pro MaxUp to 20 hours Up to 12 hoursUp to 80 hours

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: What’s the Difference?

You’d think phones would become better with each generation, but the differences between the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12 are striking. Better storage options, a quicker processor, and camera enhancements would be enough to justify the upgrade. This is a considerable advance over last year’s model, with better battery life and—in the case of the iPhone 13 Pro variants—fast-refreshing displays.

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