iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro

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Going from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 13 Pro means stepping up to the Pro model, which includes perks such as more storage space and a better camera system. The iPhone 12 storage options were 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB and the iPhone 13 Pro starts at 128GB and goes all the way up to 1TB. The front-facing camera on these phones was both 12MP TrueDepth, but the iPhone 13 Pro includes new features such as Photographic Styles and a Cinematic mode for recording videos. Similarly, these two features are also available on the rear camera, which on the iPhone 13 Pro is a Pro (triple) camera array with a telephoto, wide and ultra-wide lens, and features such as Apple ProRAW and Night mode portraits.

Price Comparison

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Pricing

iPhone 12 prices start at $334, which is cheaper than the iPhone 13 Pro low price of $508.

Specs Comparison

The “Pro” model iPhone has extra features not available on the non-Pro models. In the case of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro, this means a display that has ProMotion technology, more available storage space, and a better rear camera system. The iPhone 13 Pro feature set includes a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display, up to 1TB of storage, and a triple 12MP rear camera with a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens.

Size

Size iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro
Width 72 mm 2.8 inches 72 mm 2.8 inches
Height 147 mm 5.8 inches 147 mm 5.8 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 162 g 5.7 ounces 203 g 7.2 ounces

The display size on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro is 6.1 inches. And, while these two models also share the same exterior measurements, the iPhone 13 Pro is heavier than the iPhone 12. The measurements are as follows: 5.78” (H) x 2.82” (W) x 0.29” (D). The iPhone 12 weighs 5.78 ounces, versus the 7.19-ounce weight of the iPhone 13 Pro.

Camera

Camera iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024
Aperture f/2.4
Secondary 12.0 MP

The iPhone 12 has a dual 12MP rear camera system with a wide and ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 13 Pro has a triple rear camera system with a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. The iPhone 13 Pro also supports several camera features that are not available on the iPhone 12. These features include Apple ProRAW support, Night Mode Portraits, Photographic Styles, macro photography and video recording, ProRes video recording, and a Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field.

Screen

Display iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro
Screen Tech OLED None
Resolution 1170x2532 1170x2532
Screen Size 154 mm 6.1 in 155 mm 6.1 in
Pixels Per Inch 457 ppi 457 ppi
Refresh Rate 60 Hz - Hz

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro each have a 6.1” Super Retina XDR (OLED) HDR display with True Tone, wide color (P3), a PPI of 460, and a resolution of 2532 x 1170. Other specs for the displays include a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, and 1200 nits (HDR) max brightness. The key differences include ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz on iPhone 13 Pro display, along with a 1000 nits (typical) max brightness. The iPhone 12 does not support ProMotion and has a 625 nits (typical) max brightness.

Battery

Battery iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro
Capacity 2815 mAh 3095 mAh
Longevity 13 hours hours
USB Lightning Lightning

The iPhone 13 Pro offers longer battery life as compared to the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Pro battery offers up to 22 hours of video playback time or up to 75 hours of audio playback time. In comparison, the iPhone 12 battery offers up to 17 hours of video playback time or up to 65 hours of audio playback time. Otherwise, both models support MagSafe charging, Qi wireless charging, and are fast-charge capable when using a Lighting cable and Apple 20W wall power adapter.

Processing

Processor iPhone 12 iPhone 13 Pro
CPU Apple A14 Bionic APL1001 / APL1W01 Apple A15 Bionic APL1007 / APL1W07
CPU Cores 6
GPU 16-core Neural Engine
GPU Cores 4

Color Choices

iPhone 12

Available in 6 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Red
  • White

Which iPhone 12 color should you buy?

iPhone 13 Pro

Available in 5 colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Green
  • Sierra Blue
  • Silver

Which color iPhone 13 Pro is the most popular?

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Colors

The iPhone 12 introduces four new colors not found in the iPhone 13 Pro color palette: Gold, Graphite, Sierra Blue, and Silver. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro share one color: Green. However, the iPhone 12 does away with Black, Blue, Purple, Red, and White, previously seen on the iPhone 13 Pro.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 is available in six colors and the iPhone 13 Pro is available in five colors. The iPhone 12 colors include Black, White, Green, Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT(RED). The iPhone 13 Pro colors include Graphite, Silver, Gold, Sierra Blue, and Alpine Green.

Storage Options

iPhone 12

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPhone 12 storage should I buy?

iPhone 13 Pro

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1 TB

Which storage iPhone 13 Pro is the most popular?

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Storage

The iPhone 13 Pro introduces two new storage options not found on the iPhone 12: 512GB and 1 TB. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro share two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. However, the iPhone 13 Pro does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the iPhone 12.
Swappasaurus

The iPhone 12 offers storage options of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The iPhone 13 Pro storage options include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

Reviews

iPhone 12

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 13 Pro

10 reviews 4.9 stars

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 13 Pro Reviews

Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Pro earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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