iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: Their Biggest Difference

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12

We now know all the new iPhone 13 models, and Apple’s latest smartphone is Once again one of the best phones you can buy. Whether you are paying for the iPhone 13 Pro Max or the 6.1-inch iPhone 13, you can expect a phone with an excellent camera, a first-class processor, and an impressive array of features.

In fact, the iPhone 13 model has quickly replaced the iPhone 12 model at the top of the best iPhone list.

Now that we have tested all four new iPhone 13 models, we can give a clear judgment on the difference between iPhone 13 and iPhone 12. The newer iPhone has improved over the iPhone 12 in almost all important aspects, especially in terms of battery life and display.

iPhone 13 VS iPhone 12: Specs

iphone 13 mini iphone 13 iphone 12 mini  iphone 12
 Debut price      $699        $799      $599    $699
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB,512GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Screen size 5.4 inches 6.1 inches 5.4 inches 6.1 inches
Resolution 2340x1080 2532x1170 2340x1090 2532x1170
Processor A15 A15 A14 A14
Rear cameras 12MP main (ƒ/1.6); 12MP 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), 16MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.4)
Front camera 12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (ƒ/2.2)
Colors Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink White, black, blue, green, purple, [Product] Red White, black, blue, green, purple, [Product] Red
Battery life (Hrs:Mins) 8:44 10:33 7:28 8:25
Size 5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches 5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches
Weight 4.97 ounces 6.14 ounces 4.76 ounces 5.78 ounces
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68

iPhone 13 VS iPhone 12: Price and Release Date

There's one thing that hasn't changed as the iPhone 12 makes way for the iPhone 13 — the starting price for Apple's phones. The iPhone 13 models cost the same as their iPhone 12 counterparts: $699 for the iPhone 13 mini, $799 for the iPhone 13, $999 for the iPhone 13 Pro and $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 Pro VS iPhone 12 Pro Specs

  iphone 13 pro iphone 13 pro max iphone 12 pro iphone 13 pro max
Debut starting price $999 $1,099  $999 

$1,099

Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Screen size 6.1 inches 6.7 inches 6.1 inches

6.7 inches

Resolution 2532 x 1170 2778 x 1284 2532 x 1170

2778 x 1284

Adaptive refresh Up to 120Hz Up to 120Hz N/A

N/A

Processor A15 A15 A14

A14

Rear cameras 12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultra-wide (f/1.8), 12MP telephoto (f/2.8) with 3x zoom 12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultra-wide (f/1.8), 12MP telephoto (f/2.8) with 3x zoom 12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0) with 2x zoom

12MP wide (f/1.6), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.0) with 2.5x zoom

Front camera 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2) 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)

12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2)

Colors Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue

iPhone 13 VS iPhone 12: Design and Display

From a design point of view, there is not much difference between iPhone 13 and iPhone 12-with one very obvious exception. This will be the notch on the iPhone 13, which is smaller on all four new models (According to Apple, it is actually 20% smaller). Otherwise, the appearance of the phone is the same, with the same flat edges and ceramic shielding display to improve durability.

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iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Cameras

The camera is the main difference between iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, even though the number of lenses varies from phone to phone. That’s because Apple’s work on the camera hardware should make the camera experience on the iPhone 13 completely different

difference with iphone 12 and iphone 13

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini offer a 12MP main camera that has the biggest sensor ever used in a dual-camera iPhone. It should let in 47% more light than the iPhone 12 camera for sharper pictures. These two iPhone 13 models sport the sensor shift optical image stabilization feature Apple added to the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year, and the ultrawide lens promises more detail in the darker areas of your images.

The iPhone 13 Pro models feature even more dramatic camera changes. The main sensor is bigger on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max for better low light images, while the ultrawide angle lens has a wider f/1.8 aperture. (It was f/2.4 on the iPhone 12 Pro models.) Again, that's going to mean brighter, sharper images, even when the lights are low. And the 77mm telephoto lens on the iPhone 13 Pro models now offers a 3x optical zoom, an improvement over the 2.5x zoom found on the iPhone 12 Pro.iphone 13 vs. iphone 12

Night Mode works on all three iPhone 13 Pro cameras, and the iPhone 13 Pro offers sensor shift stabilization, instead of limiting that feature to the Pro Max mode

We haven't had a chance to do a head-to-head camera faceoff between any of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 models. But in some photo comps, you can see how the iPhone 13 handles low-light photography a little bit better than its predecessor. In this shot of hydrangeas, the leaves look pinker in the iPhone 13 shot, and there's brighter leaves surrounding the petals.

One other area worth highlighting is Cinematic mode, a video shooting feature available on all four iPhone 13 models. This mode automatically adjusts focus when you're shooting video, shifting between objects in the foreground and background as your filming warrants. You won't see a feature like this on the iPhone 12.

iPhone 13 VS iPhone 12: Performance and 5G

The iPhone 13 models are all powered by the A15 Bionic processor, an upgrade from the A14 Bionic chip found in all the iPhone 12 models. Considering the A14 was the fastest system-on-chip we've tested, that should mean for some pretty powerful performance. iphone 13 vs iphone 12After testing the iPhone 13 model, we found that the new chipset is faster than the A14 in the iPhone 12, although the gap between the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12 is not large.

One thing about the iPhone 13 Pro models-they have a 5-core GPU compared to the 4-core graphics processor on the regular iPhone 13.

Apple says the new phones should support even more 5G bands and says 5G support on the iPhone 13 models will double with more than 200 carriers in 60 countries and regions.

The iPhone 13 will ship with iOS 15 pre-installed. The iPhone 12 models currently run iOS 14, but you can now upgrade them by downloading the iOS 15 update. (You can read what we think of those new features in our iOS 15 review.)

iPhone 13 VS iPhone 12: Battery Life and Charging

Apple will not disclose battery size when it releases new phones, but we do know that they are larger and can last longer after being charged.

This is a good news. Except for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the other iPhone 12 models are far below average in our battery test. We let the phone surf through the cellular network until the battery runs out.iphone 13 vs iphone 12

Apple say, the battery life of the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro should be 1.5 hours longer than that of the iPhone 12. The improvement time for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max is 2.5 hours. Our tests definitely proved this.

iModel iBattery life (hours:mins)
iPhone 13 Pro Max 12:16
iPhone 12 Pro Max 10:53
iPhone 13 Pro 11:42
iPhone 12 Pro 9:06
iPhone 13 10:33
iPhone 12 8:25
iPhone 13 mini 8:41
iPhone 12 mini 7:28

As you can see, in our battery test, each model of iPhone 13 is more durable than similar products of iPhone 12. We believe that the phone can be used for more than 11 hours in our test.

Charging speeds are unchanged from the iPhone 12 —  MagSafe wireless charging and 20W charging. As with the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 models will ship without an included charger.