Buy iPhone 12 now or wait for iPhone 13?

The iPhone 12 was released in October 2020, the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12S will probably follow in September 2021. Anyone who is toying with buying a smartphone will ask themselves: Should I buy the iPhone 12 now or is it worth waiting for the next generation?

In short, the answer is: it depends. Which is the right decision depends on several factors.

My current cell phone is broken

If the old smartphone is broken, a replacement must be found quickly. It is no fun to hold out for several months with a cracked display, scratched camera or weak battery. In this situation, it makes sense to buy the current model with the iPhone 12 and not to hope for a successor to be released soon.

I am using an old model and urgently need an upgrade

If you are out and about with an older smartphone and would like to have fresh technology in your hands again, the wait for the next generation can seem very long. From an older model – something like the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or earlier generations – upgrading to the iPhone 12 is definitely worth it.

You can look forward to a significantly better performance with the A14 Bionic Chip and new features. For example, a better camera, a more stable display with ceramic shield, the new 5G cellular standard and a new design. Most older iPhones also do not have an OLED display.

If the device still runs well and does not cause any problems, you can probably bridge the time until the iPhone 13, which will offer the same features and more.

My smartphone is not that old, but I would like a new one

Anyone who is traveling with a relatively current model – we’re talking about the iPhone 11, which is the direct predecessor of the iPhone 12 – is better advised to wait for the next model. So shortly before the release of the next generation, it hardly makes sense to buy the previous year’s model if the upgrade from your own smartphone is rather small. After two generations, the benefit of the upgrade should be more noticeable.

I want to use the latest features

Anyone who always wants the latest features on their new smartphone will probably not buy the previous year’s model shortly before the successor is released. The iPhone 13 will probably get some functions that the iPhone 12 is still missing.

The rumor mill assumes that the upcoming iPhone will have a 120 Hertz display. The cameras should also continue to improve, especially on the Pro models. The LiDAR scanner could also come in the cheaper models. In addition, the notch should be a little smaller and the battery a little bigger. The next generation of processors also promises improved performance and it can be assumed that the newer model will be supplied with software updates for longer.

On the other hand, the iPhone 12 already offers many of the features that will be available again in the iPhone 13. The design will probably remain largely the same, 5G is already included in the current model and the performance will be sufficient for most applications for a long time. Apple’s update policy also guarantees that the iPhone 12 will be supplied with the latest software for a long time to come. The purchase decision therefore also depends on which features are personally important to you.

The question of price

Ultimately, for many, it will also be a question of price. Apple itself always sells the current iPhones at the RRP and the iPhone 13 will probably cost as much in the fall as the iPhone 12 now. At other retailers you can get the iPhone 12 a few months after the release, but also significantly cheaper. If you can find a good bargain, it may be worth buying the iPhone 12 now.

But even if you are toying with the iPhone 12 anyway, it can make sense to wait a little longer. Because after the iPhone 13 has appeared, the predecessor can be cheaper again. And if Apple, contrary to expectations, significantly lowers the price of the iPhone 13, you can spontaneously change your mind and also strike the new model.


Even several months after its release, the iPhone 12 is a good smartphone with strong performance that will stay up to date for years with software updates. If you want to buy a new smartphone now, you won’t make a mistake with the Apple model.

But if you can wait a little longer, you can look forward to more new features with the iPhone 13 or hope for better bargain prices for the iPhone 12.

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