Apple’s iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: All the major differences


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We may be on the lookout for Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone SE 3 in 2022, but last year’s iPhone 13 lineup, consisting of the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, has some handy camera system and storage upgrades to differentiate it from the iPhone 12. Apple’s 2021 flagship even sports a slightly smaller notch. (Rumors say the iPhone 14 may ditch the notch entirely, but we’ll have to wait and see.) But, for the price of $829 (£779, AU$1,349) for the base iPhone 13, is it worth it to upgrade from the iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini aren’t going anywhere. Both phones’ prices dropped, so they now start at $599 for the 64GB iPhone 12 Mini and $699 for the 64GB iPhone 12. If you can make do with less storage space, the iPhone 12 models are still great phones that run plenty fast, support 5G and are powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chip. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, however, have been discontinued to make room for the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

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Let’s go over a few key differences between the 13 line and the 12 line, to help determine whether you might want to spring for a 2021 iPhone or stick to a 2020 iPhone.


At first look, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini’s starting prices are a full $100 cheaper than the corresponding iPhone 13 models, but that’s before you take storage space into consideration. Both iPhone 12 models start at 64GB, which several years ago used to be plenty of room. Now with apps getting larger and cameras taking even more detailed photos along with video, you could run up against that storage limit over the course of your time with the phone. The iPhone 13 starts at 128GB, so if you compare that with a 128GB iPhone 12, now you’re looking at only a $50 price difference.

For that $50…