Comparing iPhone 13 and iPhone 12: buy new or not in a hurry?



Apple has announced a new range of smartphones, and the base iPhone 13 is likely to become the
most popular model in our country. Nevertheless, one wonders how much the new product is ahead
of its closest predecessor, the iPhone 12, in technical terms. For those who want to buy the new
iPhone 13 to replace the previous model, we offer a small analysis of the main points.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: design
There's no secret that Apple's smartphones were very similar to each other before the iPhone 12,
when for the first time since the introduction of the iPhone SE in 2016, the smooth curves of the
body were replaced by a flatter design. And today, the iPhone 13's exterior follows the older series in
terms of look and colour concept. Not only that, judging by Apple's portfolio, there's no reason to
believe that the iPhone will get a completely different design any time soon.

Both have similar, but not similar dimensions. The 12th iPhone measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm,
while the base thirteenth model measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm. Also, the newer one is 10 grams

Both phones feature similar aluminium edges and glass surfaces, except that there are slight colour
differences. The iPhone 13 comes in pink, blue, midnight blue, "glow star" and red, while the iPhone
12 comes in black, white, red, green, blue and the latest purple. And yet the most noticeable
difference, apart from the new colour options, is the change in the positioning of the camera lenses,
which are now mounted diagonally as opposed to vertically on the 12. Otherwise, the screen of both
devices is protected by ceramic nano-crystal glass, while the moisture protection rating is IP68, which
means it can work underwater to a depth of 6 metres for 30 minutes and resist dust ingress. Both
versions also have Face ID, but the new iPhone itself has a 20% smaller front camera notch, so it has
a slightly larger usable screen area.

What's different between iPhone 13 and iPhone 12: the screen
As expected, Apple's most popular smartphone of 2021 gets a very similar panel to the previous
model, namely: A 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED with a resolution of 1170 x 2532 pixels. The slight
difference is that the iPhone 13 reaches a maximum brightness of 800 nits, which means it's closer to
the more expensive iPhone 12 Pro . This means that the newcomer is 28% brighter than its rival. That
said, let's not forget that under HDR conditions both panels show a light output of 1200 nits.

Although Apple's marketers claim that the iPhone 13's screen has become more efficient than
before, its refresh rate remains the same – 60Hz, the same as the iPhone 12.

Which is better: iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12 – discussing the camera
The smartphones we're reviewing have a dual (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle) camera with 12 MP
sensors each, but the iPhone 13's system has been significantly improved, at least that's what the
manufacturer says. Among the obvious improvements is the wide-angle lens, which captures 47%
more light than before, and its sensor pixel size is 1.7 µm (compared to the iPhone 12's 1.4 µm). In
addition, improvements to the base range include optical image stabilisation with a shift sensor,
which Cupertino engineers had previously only used on the flagship iPhone 12 Pro Max. It was a
surprise to see the latest technology on a more budget-friendly model, and on top of that, early
reviews of the iPhone 13 already suggest improved low-light photography.

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The new ultra-wide-angle sensor has also been improved – it's got optics with an f / 1.8 aperture,
compared to the f / 2.4 of its opponent. Again, the panoramic module promises to be better in poor
visibility conditions. Apple's cameras have always been pretty good with hardware, so for a more
substantial upgrade, the company's specialists have to resort to software upgrades. Today's
"Thirteen" has "cinematic" focusing: when shooting a video, it automatically sharpened the desired
objects, resulting in a result like expensive professional cameras. There are other features as well,
but it's simply not possible to talk about all of the improvements in a short article.

What to choose in 2021 – iPhone 13 or iPhone 12: specs and performance
Apple's latest range of smartphones brings us an introduction to a new processor. The move from
the A14 Bionic that was the iPhone 12 to the A15 Bionic gives a significant performance boost,
although both chips are manufactured on 5nm process technology. So, the 6-core processor is 50 per
cent faster than its most direct competitor, while its 4-core GPU gives a 30 per cent performance
boost. The new chip's Neural Engine is capable of performing 15.8 trillion operations per second,
compared to the A14 Bionic's 11 trillion operations. By the way, note that the iPhone 13 Pro's A15
Bionic model has an additional GPU core, which further boosts graphics performance. Not yet up to
date for Russia, and yet Cupertino says that the iPhone 13 supports more 5G bands. What's
encouraging is Apple's abandonment of 64GB storage – today the company offers smartphones with
128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: who has the bigger battery
The iPhone 12's 2,815mAh battery was a step backwards compared to its predecessor. Thankfully,
the company is correcting that mistake by bundling the new phones with a reinforced battery.
Though Apple isn't yet talking about its actual capacity, there are rumours of 3,095mAh. Thanks to
this, the smartphone's battery life has been improved by more than 2.5 hours. Strangely, the
marketers don't mention MagSafe accessory compatibility, which is another plus for the new models.
We hope the information about the iPhone 13 specifications will become more complete in the

Having analyzed the above we can summarize: iPhone 13 is not something revolutionary. In fairness
it should be noted that there is nothing dramatically new on the horizon in the near future for any
manufacturer (except the move to a flexible screen such as the one that Samsung is experimenting
with today). Still, the 13th iPhone shows a serious improvement over the 12th model. Nevertheless,
there's no point in swapping the previous model for the new one. And those who decide to buy
iPhone 13 to replace an older device should not be stopped by its price or other factors. Such a
purchase will certainly be rational and justified.

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