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iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12: A Comparison

29 Dec 2022
iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12

At the start of 2021, Apple announced the release of the iPhone 13, designed to supplant the highly sought-after iPhone 12. This new device boasts superior rear cameras, an extended battery life, the A15 Bionic chip, and a variety of other features. As it is more affordable than the Pro models and has more capabilities than the iPhone SE or 11, the ‌iPhone 13‌ is likely to be the most favored choice among buyers.

Is it worth buying the ‌iPhone 12‌ to save money, or should you buy the ‌iPhone 13‌? Our guide helps you determine which of these two iPhones is ideal for you, but the ‌iPhone 13‌ is just a modest improvement over the ‌iPhone 12‌Apple lists these same features of the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌:




  • 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with HDR, True Tone, P3 wide color, and Haptic Touch
  • Face ID
  • 6GHz 5G connectivity (and mmWave in the U.S.)
  • Six-core A-Series Bionic chip
  • 4GB of memory
  • Dual 12MP ƒ/2.4 Ultra Wide and ƒ/1.6 Wide cameras with two-times optical zoom out
  • Photography features including Night mode, Deep Fusion, True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Portrait mode, and more
  • Videography features including 4K video recording at up to 60fps, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision, Audio zoom, slo-mo video up to 240fps at 1080p, Night mode Time-lapse, and more
  • Ceramic Shield front
  • IP68 rated splash, water, and dust resistance
  • Aerospace-grade aluminum
  • MagSafe and Qi wireless charging
  • Lightning connector
  • Available with 128GB and 256GB storage options
  • Available in (PRODUCT)RED


The iPhone 12 Pro Max delivers a few extra benefits than the iPhone 12 Pro besides a much larger 6.7-inch screen. Optical zoom range, sensor-shift image stabilization, a long-lens with a large aperture, and longer battery life are all provided.

iPhone 13    iPhone 12
  • Super Retina XDR display with 800 nits max brightness (typical)
  • 20 percent smaller notch
  • A15 Bionic chip
  • Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM) and dual eSIM support
  • Smart HDR 4 for photos
  • Photographic Styles
  • Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K at 60fps
  • Cinematic mode video recording with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • Up to 19 hours battery during video playback
  • Weighs 174 grams
  • Available in Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, Green, and Product Red
  • Available with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options
  • Super Retina XDR display with 625 nits max brightness (typical)
  • A14 Bionic chip
  • Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)
  • Smart HDR 3 for photos
  • Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K at 30fps
  • Up to 17 hours battery during video playback
  • Weighs 164 grams
  • Available in Purple, Blue, Product Red, White, and Black
  • Available with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options



Design and Colors

The ‌iPhone 12‌ and the ‌iPhone 13‌ feature the same industrial design with squared-off edges and a flat aluminum strip around the edges. The edges are made of aerospace-quality aluminum, and a single piece of polished glass is used on the rear. The ‌iPhone 13‌ has dual rear cameras that are offset diagonally, whereas the ‌iPhone 12‌ has a vertical alignment.

The iPhone 13‌ has a 20 percent smaller notch for the TrueDepth camera array, which makes the cutout less obtrusive. Aside from the positioning of the rear camera and the smaller notch, the devices appear otherwise identical.

The ‌iPhone 13‌ is available in Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, and Green, while the ‌iPhone 12‌ is available in Purple, Blue, Green, White, and Black. The two Blue colours are similar, as are White and Starlight, and Black and Midnight. Personal preference will determine whether you prefer the ‌iPhone 12‌ or the ‌iPhone 13‌ in terms of design and colour. Both are also available in Product Red.


The ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ both have an 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with HDR, True Tone, P3 wide colour, and ‌Haptic Touch‌. The ‌iPhone 13‌’s display is capable of reaching 175 nits brighter during typical non-HDR use, but this is not a significant reason to choose the newer model.

A14 vs A15

The ‌iPhone 13‌’s A15 Bionic chip delivers modest performance enhancements over the A14 Bionic in the ‌iPhone 12‌. According to benchmarking, the A15 in the ‌iPhone 13‌ delivers roughly 10 percent better single-core performance and 18 percent better multi-core performance than the ‌iPhone 12‌’s A14 chip. The ‌iPhone 13‌’s A14 Bionic chip performs around 15 percent better in graphics operations than the ‌iPhone 12‌’s A14 Bionic chip. These improvements with the A15 are iterative rather than

iphone13 vs iphone 12

sufficient reason to upgrade alone. The A14 is still an extremely capable chip, and in day-to-day use, the two devices are likely to perform similarly.

Dual Sim

The ‌iPhone 13‌ is able to support two eSIMs simultaneously, in addition to having a physical nano-SIM and an eSIM. If you need to switch between two eSIMs, you will need to get the ‌iPhone 13‌ to accomplish this.



The ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ have dual 12MP rear cameras with an ƒ/2.4 Ultra Wide and an ƒ/1.6 Wide lens. The ‌iPhone 13‌’s Wide lens has a larger sensor than the ‌iPhone 13‌, capturing 47 percent more light for less noise and brighter images, while the Ultra Wide captures more detail. Sensor-shift optical image stabilization is also included in the Wide lens’s sensor to produce smoother videos and better pictures.

The ‌iPhone 13‌ can record Dolby Vision HDR video up to 60 fps, whereas the ‌iPhone 12‌ recorded at a max of 30 fps.


The iPhone 13‌ is capable of recording video with a shallow depth of field at 1080p and 30 frames per second using its new Cinematic mode. Users can capture video and rack focus to shift the focus from one subject to the next. Blur and focus can be adjusted after recording using the Photos app. Blur and focus are automatically changed when a new subject appears. This keeps the subject in focus while blurring the background.

You can use Photographic Styles on the iPhone 13 to boost or dim colors without impacting skin tones. They can be used to alter the appearance of an image rather than the whole image. Vibrant, Rich Contrast, Warm, and Cool are some of the available styles. Each one of them allows you to fine-tune the tone and warmth to get the look you desire.

The ‌iPhone 13‌ features a camera with the same specifications as the ‌iPhone 12‌, but in addition to offering Dolby Vision HDR video, Cinematic mode, and Photographic Styles, it also has a higher frame rate, sensor and sensor-shift stabilization. The ‌iPhone 12‌ still has an excellent camera, but with extra photography and videography options and better image quality, the ‌iPhone 13‌ is the better option.

Battery Life

The ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ have a significant difference in battery life. The ‌iPhone 13‌ has up to 19 hours of battery life during video playback, which is two hours more than the ‌iPhone 12‌’s 17 hours. Both the ‌iPhone 12‌ and the ‌iPhone 13‌ can stream video for 15 hours, but the ‌iPhone 13‌ can stream audio for 10 hours longer. The ‌iPhone 13‌ has a battery life that is twice as long as the ‌iPhone 12‌’s. Users who need the biggest possible battery life from their ‌iPhone‌ should choose the ‌iPhone 13‌ over the ‌iPhone 12‌.


The ‌iPhone 12‌ comes with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options, whereas the ‌iPhone 13‌ comes with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. If you want more than 256GB of storage, you must get an ‌iPhone 13‌ with a 512GB storage option. Otherwise, storage options are the same.

The ‌iPhone 13‌’s improvements over the ‌iPhone 12‌ are largely iterative, providing refinement on a variety of fronts, including brighter displays, smaller notches, performance improvements, and new camera software features. The more substantial upgrades include better camera hardware and longer battery life, but there may not be enough on the surface to convince most consumers to get the ‌iPhone 12‌ rather than the ‌iPhone 13‌.

New vs Refurbished

Iphone 12 with 256GB storage cost AED 3099 where as Iphone 13 with 256GB storage costs AED 4249. Yes,  It’s true! iPhones are notoriously pricey, but you can get your hands on Apple’s latest technology without wiping out your bank account if you purchase a refurbished iPhone 13 in UAE.  At Revibe, you can save upto 70% on iPhones with excellent conditions. All devices at Revibe’ goes through 50 point system check before they are graded as Good, Very Good or Excellent. 


Buying a refurbished iPhone is an excellent, environmentally friendly choice. The total emissions of a single smartphone throughout its lifetime amount to around 80kg of carbon, with 80% of the total occurring during manufacturing. If you choose a pre-loved iphone rather than a new one, you’ll save a massive amount of carbon emissions. Furthermore, purchasing a refurbished iPhone in UAE will not only help reduce electronic waste, but also contribute to environmental conservation.

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