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iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14: Should You Upgrade?

Axel Nash
Axel Nash Originally published Nov 15, 22, updated Jul 24, 23

The new iPhone 14 has been released, and all iPhone users want nothing more than to get their hands on the latest iPhone. Suppose you are an iPhone 12 user and have waited 2 years to get the new iPhone. But now you are wondering if you should go for it or wait for a bit more that's why it is necessary to check an iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 12 comparison.

To solve this problem, we have discussed all the close details of the iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14 in this article. So please stick with us to determine whether you should move to iPhone 14 or wait for the next model.

iphone 12 vs iphone 14

Part 1: iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 12: Basic Specifications

The iPhone 14 is the latest release, while iPhone 12 was released two years ago. iPhone 14 follows the same design with minor improvements as iPhone 12. It means both devices share many similarities when compared, and aside from a few major ones, other differences are minute. You can see the basic specifications of iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14 in the table below:

Specs iPhone 12 iPhone 14
Chipset Apple A14 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic
Display Size 6.1" (15.49 cm)
1170x2532 pixels, 457 PPI
6.1" (15.49 cm)
1170x2532 pixels, 457 PPI
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Cameras Rear: 12 MP + 12 MP (Dual)
Front: 12MP (Single Camera)
Rear: 12 MP + 12 MP (Dual)
Front: 12MP (Single Camera)
Color White, Black, Blue, Purple, Red, Green Product Red, Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple
Battery 2815 mAh 3279 mAh

Part 2: iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14: Quite-alike Design and Display

Since iPhone 14 follows the iPhone 12 in design, they both look similar at first glance. Both devices have almost the same dimensions, with iPhone 12 being 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4(mm) and iPhone 14 being a little thicker at 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8(mm). iPhone 14 is also a bit heavier at 172g compared to iPhone 12's 164g.

One distinctive iPhone 14 feature is that its notch is 20% smaller than iPhone 12. The camera position is also slightly different from iPhone 12, offering two new colors, Midnight and Starlight.

iphone 12 display

Regarding the display, both iPhone 14 and iPhone 12 have 6.1 inches OLED display. Both devices also have an 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution. The screen refresh rate on both devices is also 60Hz. However, iPhone 14 is brighter due to its 800 nits high brightness compared to iPhone 12's 625 nits. It means the iPhone 14 will be brighter under sunlight than iPhone 12.

iphone 14 display

Verdict: Comparing design and display, we have to say that iPhone 14 edges out of iPhone 12 primarily due to being the latest device.

Part 3: iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14: Upgraded Camera

Cameras are among the major differences between iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 12. iPhone 14's cameras are far superior to iPhone 12.

The primary camera of iPhone 14 is 12MP with a wider aperture (f/1.5) and a larger pixel size of 1.9μm. In comparison, iPhone 12's primary camera is a 12MP with an f/1.6 wide aperture and 1.4μm pixel size. In addition, iPhone 14's camera also has an advanced sensor-shift OIS.

When comparing ultra-wide shooters, both devices have the same f/2.4 wide aperture 12MP cameras with 13mm focal length. When taking photos, iPhone 14's latest Photonic Engine allows it to take great shots in low-light situations. While iPhone 12 lacks Photographic Styles. The front camera of the iPhone 14 also features a wider aperture f/1.9, and it also has autofocus.

iphone 12 vs iphone 14 camera

You can shoot up to 4K quality video at up to 60fps using both iPhone 12 and iPhone 14. However, iPhone 14 comes with two new modes, the Cinematic Mode and Action Mode. The Cinematic Mode adds cinematic feelings to your video by applying a background blur. The Action Mode can be used to stabilize videos with excessive motions.

You can read the camera details for iPhone 12 and iPhone 14 in the table below.

Camera iPhone 12 iPhone 14
Rear Camera Module Dual Dual
Rear Camera 12 MP f/1.6, 26mm Wide Angle, Primary Camera
dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP f/2.4, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
(13 mm focal length, 3.6" sensor size)
12 MP f/1.5, 26mm Wide Angle, Primary Camera
dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
12 MP f/2.4, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
(13 mm focal length)
Front Camera 12 MP f/2.2, Wide Angle, Primary Camera
(23 mm focal length, 3.6" sensor size)
SL 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)
12 MP f/1.9, Wide Angle, Primary Camera
(23 mm focal length, 3.6" sensor size)
SL 3D (depth/biometrics sensor)

Verdict: The features and specs of the camera of iPhone 14 outperform the iPhone 12 camera, so the winner is the iPhone 14.

Part 4: iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14: Powerful Processor

The chipset used in iPhone 12 is Apple A14 Bionic, while iPhone 14 uses the same chip as iPhone 13, the Apple A15 Bionic.

Even though the chipset in iPhone 14 is a year old, it is still among the most powerful chipsets in the market. Both A14 Bionic and A15 Bionic use 5-nanometer technology. However, A15 Bionic was about 15% faster in benchmark tests performed by Geekbench and AnTuTu. The new 5-core GPU also makes the iPhone 14 much faster than iPhone 12.

a15 vs 14 bionic chip

iPhone 14's RAM capacity has updated to 6GB compared to iPhone 12's 4GB. It boosts the performance of the iPhone 14 greatly, making using heavy apps easier and smoother. iPhone 14 also comes with the latest iOS 16, while iPhone 12 can also be upgraded to the newest iOS 16.

Processor iPhone 12 iPhone 14
Chipset Apple A14 Bionic (5nm) Apple A15 Bionic (5nm)
CPU Hexa Core (Dual-core 3.1 GHz Firestorm + Quad-core 1.8 GHz Icestorm) Hexa Core (Dual-core 3.23 GHz Avalanche + Quad-core 1.82 GHz Blizzard)
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
OS iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 16.1 iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.1

Verdict: Due to a better chipset and 5-core GPU, iPhone 14 wins this round by outperforming iPhone 12. Although it has to be said that iPhone 12 isn't that bad given that iPhone 14 is merely 10%-15% faster than it.

Part 5: iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14: Extended Battery Life

The battery capacity of the iPhone 14 is higher than iPhone 12 as it has a 3279 mAh battery compared to iPhone 12's 2815 mAh. The batteries in both devices are Li-ion non-removable type.

Both devices also support fast charging and wireless charging. Using a fast 20W charger will take half an hour to charge the iPhone 50% on both devices. You can use a 15W MagSafe charger or a 7.5W Qi charger for wireless charging.

The video playback time for iPhone 12 is approx. 15 hours while iPhone 14 has approx. 20 hours of video playback time. You can read the further battery details in the table below:

Battery iPhone 12 iPhone 14
Battery Capacity Li-ion 2815 mAh, Li-ion 3279 mAh,
Type Non-removable (10.78 Wh) Non-removable (12.68 Wh)
Fast Charging Yes
20W wired, PD2.0
20W wired, PD2.0
Wireless Charging Yes
15W wireless (MagSafe)
7.5W wireless (Qi)
15W wireless (MagSafe)
7.5W wireless (Qi)
Video Playback Hours 15 20

Verdict: The battery life of the iPhone 14 is 15 to 20 percent higher than iPhone 12, and thus iPhone 14 is the winner.

Part 6: iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14: Should You Upgrade?

So, the answer to the question about whether you should move on to iPhone 14 depends upon your situation.

If you need to buy a new device for some reason, then iPhone 14 is obviously the best choice as long as it is affordable. The only smartphones it lags in performance are its expensive variant iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

However, if you are already using a good-conditioned iPhone 12, we recommend not moving to iPhone 14. It isn't behind that large of a margin for you to worry about its performance. Plus, iPhone 14 doesn't have any major updates, so wait a year more and go for the next version of the iPhone.

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Final Thoughts

This article has provided an in-depth iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 14 comparison and concluded that iPhone 14, the latest Apple device, is the better smartphone. So, as an iPhone 12 user, you want to move on to iPhone 14 is understandable.

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Axel Nash
Axel Nash Jul 24, 23
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