iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 : The biggest changes

We test, benchmark, and analyze Apple’s latest phones every year to complete the sentence: The iPhone [insert version number here] is the model that most people consider to be the best, because it comes in a popular size, has a good feature set, and is affordable.

Normally, the iPhone 13 would be the phone at that position. The iPhone 13 is a terrific phone at $799, but the iPhone 12 is still a great phone for $100 less, especially if you don’t need all of the additional features. Let’s take a look at how the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 compare in terms of major components.

IPhone 12 vs. iPhone 13: Colors and Design

You might not be able to identify the difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 at first glance. They both have a flat-edged design, and the main difference in size is that the iPhone 13 is somewhat thicker.

There are three significant differences to be aware of:

-On the iPhone 12, the two lenses on the back camera bump are vertical. They’re diagonal on the iPhone 13.
-The iPhone 13 is somewhat heavier than the iPhone 12. (roughly 0.4 ounces).
-The color options are unique. Even the same-named colors on both models—blue and Product(RED)—have distinct tints.

You’ll also notice that the iPhone 13’s buttons are slightly lower than those on the iPhone 12. This may take some getting used to, but it also means that an iPhone 12 cover will not fit correctly on an iPhone 13.

Our recommendation: The design variations aren’t significant enough to influence you one way or the other. The lens arrangement is unimportant, and the iPhone 13’s greater weight isn’t enough to sway a decision. It could come down to personal preference, and each phone’s color palette is unique—but if you put a case on the iPhone, you might not care about the phone’s hue.

Display Comparison: iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 13

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 both sport a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display with a 25321170 pixel resolution at 460 ppi, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, True Tone, and P3 color support, as well as a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio on the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 is 28 percent brighter than the iPhone 12, with a usual maximum brightness of 800 nits compared to 625 nits for the iPhone 12. The HDR maximum brightness on both phones is 1,200 nits.

The main cosmetic difference is that the iPhone 13 has a smaller notch, which allows for more screen on the top. However, because Apple hasn’t included this in iOS 15, it’s essentially unused space that doesn’t add anything to the iOS experience.

Our opinion: If you frequently find yourself in a position where you have trouble reading the screen in bright light, the iPhone 13 is a good option. While the iPhone 12’s brighter screen may make it easier to view in those scenarios, it is still more than enough for regular use. And, because Apple hasn’t done anything (yet) with iOS and the iPhone 13 to take advantage of the extra screen real estate generated by the smaller notch, you’re not getting much there either.

Cameras on the iPhone 12 versus. iPhone 13

Here are a few distinctions between the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12 that may influence your decision. The new camera features may entice those who take their images and movies seriously.

The rear camera lenses of the iPhone 13 are now diagonal in order for Apple to incorporate a sensor-shift optical image stabilization technology in there. It goes above and beyond the iPhone 12’s usual optical image stabilization. The main camera specifications for both phones are the same—12MP Wide (/1.6 aperture) and Ultra Wide (/2.4 aperture), however the main camera has a bigger sensor for enhanced low-light performance. Although the front cameras have the same specifications (12MP, /2.2 aperture), the iPhone 13’s selfie cam supports the new iPhone 13 features.

Photographic Styles, which may modify color tones without impacting skin tones, are now available on the iPhone 13. When you use the Rich Contrast style, the shadows in a photo darken and the colors appear richer. The Vibrant style brightens photos, whilst the Warm style boosts golden tones and the Cool style highlights blue colors.

Cinematic mode, which generates a short depth of field—the individual remains in focus while the background blurs—is a crucial new video feature. You may alter the focus from one person to another, and you can even tweak the blur or change the focus on the iPhone. The cinematic mode runs at a resolution of 1080p at 30 frames per second.

The iPhone 13 is the way to go for customers who value their cameras above everything else. The cameras have improved, and the new features are ideal for content makers who want to get more out of their images and films. If your use case is primarily about photos and brief video clips, the iPhone 12 has a fantastic camera.