The definitive comparison: iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 — 2022

They say that comparisons are odious, but the truth is that in the case of smartphones it is quite the opposite. Being able to know what the differences are between one and the other can be key to choosing the one that best suits our use to make the best investment. So what are the differences between iPhone 12 and iPhone 13? How do they look alike? Is it worth the jump from one to the other? We answer these and other questions in this post.

Comparative table of these iPhone

Logically, we could not ignore the technical specifications that mount these devices. They are not everything, since they are data that admit many nuances, but that can help us to see their main similarities and differences first.

iphone 13 and iphone 12



CharacteristiciPhone 12iPhone 13
Colors-Black
-White
-Green
-Blue
-Purple
-Red (PRODUCT) RED
-Midnight
-star white
-Blue
-Pink
-Red (PRODUCT) RED
Dimensions-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.74cm
-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.76cm
Weight162 grams173 grams
Screen6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)6.1-inch Super Retina Display XDR (OLED)
Resolution2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 pixels per inch
Brightness625 nits (typical) and up to 1,200 nits (HDR)800 nits (typical) and up to 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA14 Bionic with fourth generation Neural EngineA15 Bionic with fifth generation Neural Engine
Internal memory-64 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
Speakerstwo stereo speakerstwo stereo speakers
Autonomy-Video playback: 17 hours
-Video streaming: 11 hours
-Audio playback: 65 hours
-Video playback: 19 hours
-Video streaming: 15 hours
-Audio playback: 75 hours
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceFrom 809 euros at AppleFrom 909 euros at Apple

Although later we will make a more exhaustive analysis of these similarities and differences, we want to emphasize what are the most important points What we think you should look at when choosing a smartphone.

    Dimensions:a point that can be decisive when it comes to knowing if it will be an ergonomic smartphone or not. In this case, both are very similar and their difference is scarce. Screen:the fact that both coincide in size, resolution and adopted technology helps a lot. They are very good quality screens. Processor:A14 vs A15, two different chips a year apart. We will analyze later if this difference is very noticeable, but at first it is a very relevant difference. Memory:Not running out of space on the mobile is essential and in the case of these devices, capabilities are offered for practically any type of audience. Autonomy:another determining point today to be able to enjoy a smartphone without worries. In these cases there are very notable differences between the two. Camera:obviously this is also an important area in recent years, given that in many cases smartphones already perfectly replace traditional cameras in many situations. Price:We could not ignore a factor that in the end in most cases ends up being decisive. 100 euros is what differentiates these and to see if it is justified or not is what we will do in the following sections.

These are the aspects where they are similar

We tend to always look for the differences between devices like these, but there is no doubt that analyzing the similarities is important as well. This is precisely what we are going to see in the following sections, so that you can know in which sections you will feel practically the same with an iPhone 12 as with an iPhone 13.

Few differences in design

Straight frames and curved corners in the purest iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 style. This at the time was a feature that the iPhone 12 recovered and that the iPhone 13 has now also inherited. You may like it more or less, something totally subjective, but the reality Is that in way and dimensions are the same. Of course, there is a difference and it is that the iPhone 13 weighs more . Is the latter noticeable? Yes, but we can guarantee you that it is not excessive either and it feels very comfortable too.

notch difference

The color range they offer is also different. Not even the tones that they seem to share (black and white) are exactly the same in them. Neither does the blue. Speaking of colors, we must also mention Apple's movement in both models, since with the iPhone 12, after a few months the Cupertino company launched a new color on the market, in this case the purple , while with the iPhone 13, it has repeated this same movement, but with a different color, in this case the green , something that attracts attention. However, the reality is that both ranges of finishes are very diverse and means that all users can choose an option that catches their attention and that, at least aesthetically, attracts them. Below we leave you the color ranges of each of these teams.

    iPhone 12
    • Green
    • Purple
    • Blue
    • White
    • Black
    • (PRODUCT) RED
    iPhone 13
    • Green
    • Pink
    • Blue
    • Midnight
    • star white
    • (PRODUCT) RED

Another appreciable difference is the already characteristic notch . This has been significantly reduced in the iPhone 13, being narrower despite gaining a little in height. It continues to exist and in the end it is something that one quickly gets used to and forgets, but it is there, in fact, the reality is that on a day-to-day basis this notch reduction is not something that users are going to notice since they really Functional level does not change anything at all, since Apple has not been able to take advantage of that free space to put more information in the top bar, so the difference will really be noticeable the moment you put an iPhone next to another. like the layout and size of the rear cameras , going from being vertical in the iPhone 12 to increasing in size in the '13' and being seen diagonally.

Identical OLED screens, although the '13' shines brighter

Apple's adoption of OLED technology for its entire smartphone range began with the iPhone X in 2017 and ended in 2020 with the iPhone 12, when all four models in this series incorporated panels of this type. They have many benefits when it comes to displaying more vivid colors without losing naturalness and offering purer blacks that even save battery life.

In this sense, everything we say about the iPhone 12 is applicable to the iPhone 13, including the 6.1-inch size. Now, the base number '12' has brightness of 625 nights , while the most recent model adds a base of 800 nits . The difference is evident? Well, being honest, no. Perhaps in certain conditions in which the light falls directly on the screen (for example that of the sun), if you can notice some improvement in the iPhone 13, but it is not something extremely remarkable either and in the '12' there is not much Difficulty seeing content well in almost any circumstance.

iphone 13 and iphone 12

Face ID is still the old reliable

The use of masks or other elements that cover the nose and/or mouth continues to be an obstacle for the iPhone's facial recognition sensor (unless you have Apple Watch and configure the corresponding option). It is also a handicap to have to adjust to a certain angle so that our face is recognized.

However, it is still the best face unlock on the market which is extremely efficient and safe. There is no difference in the sensors of these two iPhones beyond the fact that in the '13' they have been integrated differently to narrow the notch. Therefore, you will be able to continue making the same use in any to unlock it, make payments with Apple Pay and even fill in passwords without having to write them.

Same iOS, with guaranteed years of updates

Although sometimes we can find differences in the same version of iOS depending on the iPhone used, this is not the case with these iPhones. Not only do they update to iOS 15 at the time of publishing this comparison, but they are also guaranteed updates for at least 6 or 7 years . Apple is increasingly prolonging the years in this case, having examples such as the iPhone 6s, which in 2022 will have completed 7 years of updates.

ios 15

Although it is true that the iPhone 12 could run out of updates at least a year before the '13', being objective, it seems difficult for us to reach that moment. Or rather that it happens to you, since we imagine that before this event occurs you will have already changed your smartphone. In any case, you should know that iPhones remain functional even when they run out of updates, always depending on whether you take care of them or not.

With 5G, a technology still in the future

That the iPhone 12 had been the first to incorporate this connectivity and had been withdrawn in '13' would be absurd. And no, it didn't happen. Both share the possibility of connecting to high-speed mobile networks thanks to their modem that allows this connection, although only in the United States do they offer the mmWave antenna that improves this type of connection.

We do not doubt that 5G far exceeds 4G networks and that it is undoubtedly the best data connection today. But as long as it is at its maximum splendor and in coverage areas. And here is the problem, given that today there are still very few areas where there is quality 5G coverage, so in the end the use of this technology may end up being anecdotal. Although, hey, it's always better to have it than not to have it.

Main differences of iPhone 12 and 13

Now comes the part where we are really going to find the most important points of the comparison, such as the real differences between these devices. They will be decisive in the end to end up tipping the balance and we already warned you that in some aspects the difference is really appreciable.

Is the generational jump of the processor noticeable?

The chips that mount the iPhone are extremely efficient when it comes to managing the performance of the device, mounting coprocessors and neural motors that facilitate many tasks at the software level. And we could explain to you on a technical level how much improvement Apple has made in the A15 Bionic of the iPhone 13 compared to the A14 of the iPhone 12. Because there is and it is worth admiring, but how does this transform on a day-to-day basis?

Well, to be fair, in everyday actions the difference between the two is not too noticeable and we find that they allow us to handle the iPhone very smoothly, offering minimum loading times and whose difference between one processor and the other is practically imperceptible. Now, there are two sections where we notice a difference that, although it is not that it leaves the iPhone 12 in the lurch, its improvement in the '13' is greatly appreciated.

a14 vs a15 apple

The first of these is graphically , something enjoyable for example in video games. The A15 chip has greatly improved its performance in this graphic section and in addition to offering greater fluidity, it also manages resources better, making even consumption less noticeable, something that is always worth mentioning in actions that have such an impact on consumption.

The other is the processing of photo and video at the computational level . Although we haven't gotten to the cameras section yet, you should know that both teams are capable of making the most of the cameras of the devices with a multitude of operations carried out in a few thousandths of a second and that they considerably improve the results of our photographs and videos. And although in the iPhone 12 this is very much appreciated, the new modalities introduced in the iPhone 13 would not be possible without the A15 (and if they were, they would do so with less efficiency).

More base memory in the iPhone 13

We do not doubt that the 64 GB may be enough for many. Moreover, a server who writes these lines to you has always lived wonderfully with this capacity. Now, for those more reluctant to resort to cloud storage services or to have to continually measure space, the fact that the iPhone 13 starts from the 128 GB is excellent news. In addition, it is something that Apple should have already done in past generations, even with the iPhone 12, since as the capabilities of the cameras of these devices have increased, so has the weight of the files they capture, that is. That is, the weight of both images and videos, so the 128GB of base storage is very positive news, albeit a late one.

The capacity of 256 GB It is the maximum in the case of the iPhone 12, while it is the intermediate of the iPhone 13, which can reach up to 512 GB. With these capacities, probably no one is unhappy, while with the iPhone 12 the aforementioned 64 GB may fall short. In any case, that in the end will depend on the use that each one makes.

A big jump in battery from one to another

It is striking that, according to the data offered by Apple and commented on in the table with which we started this post, the iPhone 13 offers more hours of autonomy in many fields. Especially in the video playback where it adds 4 hours more than the iPhone 12 and in the audio with up to 10 hours. Although obviously these data are relative, since nobody uses the mobile only to perform a single action without interruption.

However, the actual experience in the day to day tells us that if the difference is noticeable. We start from the basis that the iPhone 12 is already a good mobile in this field, even offering better data than the '12 Pro'. Without being the device on the market with the most battery, it manages to get to the end of the day with normal use (social networks, navigation, music, camera...). But the iPhone 13 surpasses it.

While it is true that the iPhone 13 is not the best on the market here either, it offers plenty of autonomy to get through the day without difficulty making normal use like the one we described above, even reaching 20-30% battery at night. Even with a little more intensive use, it pays off, so in the end and despite the benefits of the '12', we have to give the iPhone 13 the battle for the win at this point. And it is that, after all, the autonomy of a device is a very important point, especially for those users who are attracted to the iPhone due to the possibilities it offers at the camera level. Therefore, surely for those people who are thinking of acquiring one of these two models, they have to take this into account, since depending on the use they are going to make or need to make of this equipment, it may deserve more or less. worth it, pay that difference and go straight for the iPhone 13.

Of course, in either of the two you must take into account that the deterioration of the battery will occur sooner or later. While in the first few months you will enjoy the battery at its best, after a year you will already notice a reduction. Although in the end it will not be anything to worry about, since until after 2-3 years you will not notice that there has been enough wear to consider replacing the battery.

Camera: these are its differences

Both have a double lens with ultra wide angle and wide angle with, a priori, identical specifications. But this is not really the case, since the iPhone 13 not only incorporates larger and higher quality lenses, but also adds other elements such as a sensor motion image stabilizer . What does this mean? Well, when you take a photo freehand, it will come out much sharper and without being moved thanks to this element. And although stabilization works quite well on the iPhone 12, the fact that it is done by software makes a difference.

And although in photography we found similar results , if there is something to highlight in the jump from iPhone 12 to 13, it is that the latter has incorporated a spectacular cinematic mode . Broadly speaking, what this modality offers is being able to make videos with portrait mode (background blur). Although logically it is not at the level of a professional camera, the truth is that it is very successful and precisely the culprit is the A15 chip that we talked about in a previous section.

The cinema mode allows you to focus and blur the subjects of a video intelligently, being able to choose the focus manually during recording and, best of all, in editing. From the editing settings of the Photos app, you can change all the parameters to make the video as professional as possible.

Now, without wanting to detract from this video functionality that seems spectacular to us, it is true that it is not made for all audiences. If you do not usually use the iPhone to record videos or do not do it professionally, it may not be a factor that marks your purchase decision. And we insist that at the photographic level they offer very even results, with a slight improvement in the night mode of '13', which is also not highly relevant.

iphone 13 and iphone 12

specsiPhone 12iPhone 13
photos front camera-Smart HDR 3
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Smart HDR 4
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
Videos front camera-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization in 4K, 1080p and 720p
-Slow motion in 1080p (Ultra HD) at 120 frames per second
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Cinema mode in 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization in 4K, 1080p and 720p
-Slow motion in 1080p (Ultra HD) at 120 frames per second
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Photos rear cameras-Optical Image Stabilization
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Close-up zoom x5 (digital)
-Flash True Tone
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 3
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Optical image stabilization by sensor movement
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Close-up zoom x5 (digital)
-Flash True Tone
-Advanced Portrait mode with depth control and portrait lighting
-Smart HDR 4
-Photographic Styles
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos rear cameras-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical image stabilization for video
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Zoom out x3 (digital)
-Audio zoom
-Time-Lapse with stabilization
-Time-Lapse in Night Mode
-Stereo recording
-Cinema mode at 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second
-Video recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical image stabilization for video by sensor displacement
-Zoom out x2 (optical)
-Zoom out x3 (digital)
-Audio zoom
-Time-Lapse with stabilization
-Time-Lapse in Night Mode
-Stereo recording

Final conclusions of the comparison

At this point, you are probably wondering what to do if you already have an iPhone 12 . Our advice here is clear and it is that really, despite all the improvements of the '13', the jump does not seem to be justified. More if this also means an important investment of money. If you can afford it and feel like giving yourself a treat, we are not going to deny that you will enjoy the mobile a lot, but you will not feel the change so much.

Yes you don't have any of them and you come from a generation prior to '12' and even Android, possibly if you notice the change more and the iPhone 13 could be an excellent option. Although in this case, the iPhone 12 is not disposable if you find a special offer that makes it cheaper. In any case, if the 100 euro difference doesn't seem like much to you or you think it may be justified, going for the '13' will always be a better choice.