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Updated January 10, 2024·

If price is a considerable factor for you, the iPhone 12 offers a midrange option, whereas the iPhone 14 Pro is priced at a premium level. The iPhone 12 still delivers good camera performance for both still photos and video, but if you prioritize having a top-tier camera with the latest features and advancements, the iPhone 14 Pro significantly outstrips the iPhone 12 in overall camera quality, including a higher megapixel count and better video capabilities. The iPhone 14 Pro also has a faster refresh rate for smoother visuals, a brighter display for enhanced outdoor viewing, and superior battery life. Both phones have a 6.1-inch screen size and offer 5G connectivity, but the iPhone 14 Pro includes additional features like Always On Display and a more powerful A16 processor compared to the A14 in the iPhone 12. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12
  • The Apple iPhone 12 has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 14 Pro.
Advantages of the Apple iPhone 14 Pro
  • Excellent for taking photos
  • Best in class for recording videos
  • Good battery life
  • Best in class display quality
  • Best in class performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
iPhone 14 Pro
9.2
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro has excellent overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 12 has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
iPhone 14 Pro
9.1
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro takes excellent photos, while the Apple iPhone 12 takes good photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
iPhone 14 Pro
9.5
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro takes best in class videos, while the Apple iPhone 12 takes good videos.

Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
iPhone 14 Pro
7.3 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$600
iPhone 12
iPhone 14 Pro
$900
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The Apple iPhone 12 has a price of $600 and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro costs $900.
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Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro is 6.1 inches.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple iPhone 12Apple iPhone 14 Pro

GENERAL

Price
$600
$900
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
October 23, 2020September 16, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.1"
Resolution
2532 x 11702556 x 1179
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
460460
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14A16
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/109.2/10
Photos Score
7.1/109.2/10
Videos Score
7.3/109.5/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mAh3200 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"5.81" x 2.81"
Weight
5.78 oz7.27 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 70, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedDeep Purple, Gold, Silver, Space Black
SD Card
NoNo
Custom ROM Support
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 12

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Pocket-lint

Stuart Miles | March 2022
"The iPhone 12 offers many of the important things that you want from the iPhone: a decent camera, 5G, great screen, fast processor. For the group of people who want a new iPhone without the price tag of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 range, this is a great choice. There's no settling for second best with this smartphone."

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

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Tom's Guide

Jordan Palmer | March 2023
"I am confident in saying that, based on my usage and time with the device, the iPhone 14 Pro is the best phone Apple’s made. It’s powerful, has amazing cameras, sports a beautiful display, and the notch is dead. It’s hard to think of anything truly wrong with this device and it’s perfect for people tired of giant handsets."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

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