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iPhone 14 Vs. iPhone 12: Should You Upgrade Or Wait?

The most awaited iPhone 14 lineup is here, and users are comparing it with old iPhones, including the iPhone 12. To recall, the iPhone 12 came out in 2020, and shortly after, it became the most popular iPhone in the series, with three other iPhones, including the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

However, after the launch of the iPhone 14, Apple discontinued many models, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. It means that Apple won’t sell these iPhones anymore, online or in-store. However, these iPhones might be available through third-party retailers while the stock lasts.

Related: Did Apple Launch An iPhone 14 mini?

Their design is the most apparent difference between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 12. Not that these smartphones look generations apart, but the placement and size of specific design elements differentiate between them. For instance, both smartphones have a glass back, flat aluminum frame and ceramic shield front. However, the notch on the iPhone 14 is significantly smaller than on the iPhone 12. Further, the rear cameras on the iPhone 14 are placed diagonally against the linear placement on the iPhone 12. In addition, the iPhone 14 is thicker at 7.80mm than the iPhone 12 at 7.4mm, although that could be due to the presence of a larger battery. For the display, both iPhones flaunt a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 460 ppi and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Although the peak brightness of both the models is the same, i.e., 1200 nits, the iPhone 14 has a higher typical maximum brightness of 800 nits against 625 nits on the iPhone 12.

This year, Apple has reserved the new, most powerful chipset for the iPhone 14 Pro models. Hence, the regular iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus run on A15 Bionic. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 comes with the A14 Bionic. Now, both the chipsets are among the best, most powerful, and at the same time, most efficient chipsets on any smartphone. Hence, playing games like Genshin Impact or editing videos is not an issue for both models. However, the A15 Bionic scores about 10 to 15 percent better scores on synthetic benchmark platforms such as Antutu and Geekbench. Another notable difference is that the iPhone 14 ships with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, whereas the iPhone 12 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In addition, both smartphones can leverage high upload and download speeds as they support 5G connectivity.

When it comes to cameras, iPhone 14 takes the lead with its new 12MP (f/1.5) primary sensor, larger pixel size, and sensor-shift image stabilization. All these improvements, along with the new Photonic Engine, produce brighter images with high dynamic range even in low light. In comparison, the iPhone 12 has a smaller 12MP (f/1.6) primary sensor with optical image stabilization. Both iPhones have the same 12MP (f/2.4) ultrawide sensor and support Portrait Mode with advanced depth control. Although the iPhone 12 has Night Mode, it does not have Photographic Styles. For those who record videos using their iPhone, the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 12 can shoot up to 4K resolution at 24/25/30/60 fps and 4K HDR with Dolby Vision at 30 fps. However, the iPhone 14 features Cinematic Mode, a revolutionary feature that uses the A15 Bionic’s power to apply a layer of background blur on videos. Second, the iPhone 14 comes with a new Action Mode (2.8K at 30 fps) for stabilizing videos with excessive motion. Last but not least, Apple has also equipped the iPhone 14 with a new 12MP (f/1.9) autofocus front camera.

Another aspect that should concern users is the battery life. While the iPhone 12 is rated to last for 17 hours of video playback, the iPhone 14 is rated to last for 20 hours of video playback. This means the iPhone 14 should last about 15 percent more daily than iPhone 12. However, there is no update in terms of charging speed; both the models can reach from zero to 50 percent charge in around 30 minutes with Apple’s 20W Power Adapter and support MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W.

Additional features on the iPhone 14 include Emergency SOS via satellite connectivity and Crash Detection. If someone already has the iPhone 12, waiting for Apple to release the next iPhone would be a better idea. The iPhone 12 supports the latest iOS 16 and should get software updates for another three to four years. Hence, it will be a couple of years before the model loses its game. While the differences in performance and cameras do not concern regular users, someone looking for a powerful smartphone that can take excellent images/videos should go with the iPhone 14.

Source: Apple 1, 2

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