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Comparisons Of iPhone 12 And iPhone 13: Complete Review

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iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 comparisons you should know about.

Apple just released its latest smartphone lineup, the iPhone 13 and people are considering upgrading from iPhone 12.

Although millions of the series 12 users are still fascinated by the latest rollout, they need to know some things.

Meanwhile, many are already considering buying the new version but don’t know if it’s wise to do so.

In fact, fans are asking, “what if the difference between iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 is not much?”

This is a concern because many people have low budget as a result of insufficient salaries.

But if you are one of them, then don’t worry for we have made the comparison of both ranges ranges for you.

What you should know first:

At the “California Streaming” event on September 14, Apple unveiled four models of iPhone 13.

The four models includes: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Meanwhile, the smartphone maker already has a range phones in the iPhone 12 family that it released in 2020.

However, we would compare the non-Pro iPhone models and their mini versions.

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So, how is the iPhone 13 and 13 mini different from iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini?

We would be spotting the difference using different categories:

iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, Comparisons Of iPhone 12 And iPhone 13: Complete Review

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13

Design and Packaging:

While iPhone 13 lineups don’t have plastic wrap packaging, the iPhone 12 series do.

In terms of physical design, both iPhone 13 range and iPhone 12 ranges are pretty much the same, except for their thickness and weight.

The iPhone 13 range has a 0.01 additional depth or thickness than the 12 range. So, they are heavier.

Length and Width:

Specifically, the flat versions – iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 – have lengths and widths of 5.78 inches by 2.82 inches.

On the other hand, the mini versions are 5.18-inch length and 2.52-inch width.

In terms of weight:

However, the iPhone 12 and 12 mini have same thickness of 0.29 inches. But then, they weigh 5.79 ounces to 4.76 ounces respectively.

Conversely, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are slightly heavier.

While iPhone 13 weighs 6.14 ounces, iPhone 13 mini weighs 4.97 ounces.

iPhone 12 Range And iPhone 13 Range Display compared:

All the iPhone ranges have Super Retina XDR displays.

However, iPhone 12 and 13 measure 6.1 inches while the displays for the Mini versions measure 5.4 inches.

Likewise, they all have a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 because they are OLED and have HDR support.

Their panels equally have Haptic Touch, Wide Color Display (P3) support and True Tone.

However, iPhone 13 range has slightly different brightness to their predecessors.

While the 12 lineup have a max typical brightness of 625 nits and a peak of 1,200 nits for HDR content, the 13 range provide up to 800 nits of typical brightness and a maximum of 1,200 nits when viewing HDR content.

Note however, that iPhone 12 has higher resolution of  2,532 by 1,170 pixels than the iPhone 12 mini, which is at 2,340 by 1,080.

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Comparisons of the Cameras of iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and the Mini versions:

The 12 family also have dual 12-megapixel ultra-wide and wide ranges cameras at their backs.

Also, the ultra-wide Camera has an aperture of f/2.4, the wide has f/1.6. aperture, explains Appleinsider.

The 12 series also have Night Mode and Deep Fusion support.

They also have optical image stabilization, a 2x optical zoom out and a 5x digital zoom.

Additionally, they have Portrait Mode as well as Portrait Lighting and Smart HDR 3.

Conversely, the iPhone 13 lineup has same Camera setup with little changes.

The iPhone 13 have sensor-shift optical image stabilization and also Smart HDR 4, which is an upgrade to Smart HDR 3.

Video Recording comparisons for iPhone 12 lineup versus iPhone 13 lineup:

The 12 lineup can record 4K between 24fps and 60fps, with HDR video recording in Dolby Vision available at up to 30fps.

Also, they offer Slo-mo video support for 1080p video at 120fps and 240fps.

They equally boast of a 2x optical zoom out and a 3x digital zoom, audio zoom, and OIS.

Conversely, the iPhone 13 lineup feature same 1080p and 4K video recordings specifications.

The variations however is that the 13 series have frame rates of 60 fps support for HDR video recording with Dolby Vision.

The 13 lineups also support sensor-shift optical image stabilization and a new Cinematic Mode that allows change of focus.

Cinematic Mode upgrades iPhone 13 with computational photography features.

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This mode makes the videos you shoot with the 13 series look like in cinemas.

In the front of iPhone 12, you see TrueDepth 12-megapixel resolution camera with f/2.2 aperture.

The cameras also have Portrait Mode, and Portrait Lighting, Night Mode support, and Deep Fusion.

Meanwhile, the TrueDepth camera can record 4K video at up to 60fps.

The front camera also has extended dynamic range up to 30fps, HDR video with Dolby Vision up to 30fps, and 1080p 120fps slo-mo.

On the other hand, iPhone 13 lineup have same specifications with additional features.

The additional features includes: Cinematic Mode, the bump to Smart HDR 4 for photos, and support for Apple’s new Photographic Styles feature.

The Photographic Styles allow users to create special intelligent filters for editing all photos.

Processing Performance of iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups compared:

While the iPhone 12 series have A14 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 13 lineup offer A15 Bionic chip.

Both the A14 and A15 bionic chipsets have a six-core CPU, two high-performance cores.

However, while A14 chip has four energy-efficient cores with a four-core GPU, the A15 chipset has two energy-efficient cores.

Also, while the A14 bionic chip has 16-core Neural Engine that can perform 11 trillion operations per second, the A15 Bionic Chip has 16-core Neutral Engine, which can perform up to 15.8 trillion operations per second.

The A15 is up to 50% faster than A14 and also provides up to 30% better graphical performance.

5G and connectivity comparisons for iPhone 12 and 13 series:

Both lineups have 5G connectivity with fast cellular speeds, low-band frequencies and mmWave.

However, the iPhone 13 lineup offer “more 5G bands.”

Also, Apple included support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

The 12 series also have NFC with reader mode to drive Apple Pay transactions in stores.

They equally have Ultra Wideband to use with Airtags.

Conversely, iPhone 13 lineup have dual-eSIM technology support but the 12 series lack this.

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Power and Battery comparisons for iPhone 12, 13 and the mini versions:

iPhone 12 and 12 mini batteries can last for 17 hours and 15 hours while playing videos, respectively.

Conversely, iPhone 13 and 13 mini can offer 19 hours and 17 hours of video playbacks, respectively.

For audio clips, the iPhone 12 and 12 mini can give up to 65 or 50 hours of audio playbacks, respectively.

Likewise, when playing audio, the iPhone 13 can last up to 75 hours while the mini version can last 55 hours.

Both the previous and latest lineups have very fast charging capabilities if you use a 20W or higher adapter.

Water, shock and dust resistance comparisons for both series:

All the lineups have IP68 rating which means they can survive at a maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes.

They also have water- and dust-resistance capabilities.

Price, Colour and Capacity comparisons for iPhone 12 and 13 lineups:

Surely, the lineups have different price variations.

For iPhone 12 mini, 64GB model costs $599, 128GB type costs $649 and $749 can buy you the 256GB model.

Conversely, the iPhone 12 adds $100 to each price, making it $699, $749, and $849 for the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB respectively.

On the other hand, iPhone 13 mini costs $699 for the 128GB, $749 for the 256GB, and $849 for the 512GB model.

Conversely, the iPhone 13 adds $100 to each price, making it $799, $849, and $949 for the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB respectively.

For capacity, the iPhone 12 lineup come in three types, viz: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Conversely, iPhone 13 lineups come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

In terms of colour, iPhone 12 come in six shades, viz: White, Black, Blue, Green, Purple and (Product)Red.

Conversely, iPhone 13 come in Midnight, Starlight, Pink, Blue, and (Product)Red.


Well, there is no much changes between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups. However, the 13 series sure promises speedier performance and better camera capabilities than the 12 series.

So, if you are a lover of more speed and better camera, then an upgrade from iPhone 12 to iPhone 13 is cool.

Also, the price differences for the 12 series are not that much from those of the 13 ranges.

So, you may want to go for an upgrade.

Meanwhile, the latest versions won’t be available until September 24.

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