iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: main differences

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iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: main differences


For the first time ever, the new iPhone 14 uses the same processor as the previous model, and when you add the mostly unchanged cameras and very similar design, Apple might just have called this the iPhone 13S.

It's important to know that in the past, Apple made bigger changes to its new iPhone every year, and that is why the iPhone 14 feels different.

But it's not like Apple suddenly stopped innovating as a company. We still have a new and more powerful A16 chip, a more capable camera, and clever features like the Dynamic Island and an Always-On display, but... all of that is nowhere to be seen on the iPhone 14! It is only available on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max!

So then what is actually new in the iPhone 14 over the iPhone 13? And should you even consider upgrading?

Key iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 differences:

  • Very similar design (but 14 is a bit thicker so cases from the 13 won't fit)
  • New 12MP ƒ/1.9 front-facing camera with autofocus
  • New 12MP ultrawide camera
  • New main camera with larger, 1/1.65" sensor, and 1.9 micron pixels
  • 4K Cinematic mode at 30fps
  • Better low-light photos with Photonic engine
  • Faster, more energy-efficient 6nm Qualcomm 5G modem made by TSMC
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • 6GB RAM
  • Satellite connectivity for SOS messages
  • Penta-core GPU
  • New purple color and different blue and red hues
  • Larger battery
  • HDR gyro and high-g accelerometer for the new Crash Detection service
  • Action Mode video stabilization

Table of Contents:

AT&T iPhone 14 (128GB) at Walmart: save 11%

The iPhone 14 is now available to order with a carrier plan by AT&T Walmart. Prices for this device start at $21.64/month for 36 installments. The phone comes with 128GB of internal storage space. Currently, all color variants are available.
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Pre-paid iPhone 14 pre-paid by Verizon: buy at Walmart

The iPhone 14 is available at Walmart with a carrier plan by Verizon. All storage variants and color options are currently in stock. Starting at $21.64/month for 36 installments.
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iPhone 14 from Apple: save $40–$650 with iPhone 11 or higher trade-in

You can buy the new iPhone 14 at Apple, where the device is sold at its regular price. If you wish to save, opt for a trade-in. Trading in an iPhone 11 or higher can give you up to $650 off your new device. There are also big discounts if you purchase a locked device from Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

AT&T iPhone 14 Plus from Walmart

Order the Plus version of the iPhone 14 now at Walmart for AT&T. Currently, all color variants are available for purchase at the merchant. The phone with 128GB of storage is available at $24.42/month for 36 installments.
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Verizon iPhone 14 Plus: save with a new line activation

Get the iPhone 14 Plus for $00.00/mo with Verizon. This offer requires a new line activation and is only available online. It's available for a limited time. If you don't want to set up a new line, you can get up to $300 off with a trade-in and plan upgrade.
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iPhone 14 Plus from Apple: save $40-$650 with trade-in

You can get the iPhone 14 Plus from Apple as well. You can save with an eligible device trade-in. The trade-in credit amounts to as much as $650.
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iPhone 13 Pre-paid Straight Talk from Walmart

The pre-paid iPhone 13 is available at Walmart with a plan by Straight Talk. Get it with 128GB of internal storage space in the Blue color.

Get the iPhone 13 at Verizon and save $699.99 with a new line

Best deal: Get the iPhone 13 for $0.00/mo with a new line activation. There's a one-time activation fee of $35. Currently, all storage and color variants are available at the Verizon store. If you don't need a new line, you can get up to $600 off with a line upgrade.
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Design and Display Quality

No major changes

The iPhone 14 looks and feels almost the same as the current iPhone 13 model. The 6.1-inch form factor and the flat side design remain the same, and so does the dual camera system on the back. It comes in a new Purple color, though, and also the Blue as well as the Red models come in slightly different, more flashy shades.

Learn more: iPhone 14 colors

The iPhone 14 is made of glass on the back and Ceramic Shield display protection at the front with an aluminum frame in the middle. To answer your most pressing question - no, an iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 cases won't fit the iPhone 14 as it's thicker and throws their snugness off.

However, there is one very important design change that is invisible to the eye. The iPhone 14 is completely rearranged on the inside and these changes make it far easier to repair. If you broke the back glass on the iPhone 13 or earlier models, you would have to pay nearly $600 for a replacement in an incredibly complex repair, but now that is much easier on the iPhone 14 and only costs $150. Battery and screen replacement is also easier.

Apple iPhone 14

5.78 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches

146.7 x 71.5 x 7.80 mm


6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 13

5.78 x 2.81 x 0.3 inches

146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm


6.14 oz (174 g)

Apple iPhone 14

5.78 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches

146.7 x 71.5 x 7.80 mm


6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 13

5.78 x 2.81 x 0.3 inches

146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm


6.14 oz (174 g)

See the full Apple iPhone 14 vs Apple iPhone 13 size comparison or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.

At the front, the iPhone 14, just like the iPhone 13, has a 6.1-inch OLED screen with the familiar notch (the new pill-shaped cutout is only available on the iPhone 14 Pro series).

What matters here is what hasn't changed: the iPhone 14 still runs at 60Hz, so you DON'T have ProMotion 120Hz support like on the Pro models. Screen brightness remains the same with a peak of up to 1,200 nits and a typical brightness of 800 nits. 

For some reason, perhaps because this is now the entry level model, Apple didn't pay as much attention to the display calibration of the iPhone 14 and as a result its wide color gamut coverage is less accurate than on the iPhone 13 panel as you can see from our charts below.

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Nothing has changed on the biometrics front either: you have the familiar Face ID, and now that it works with masks, one of our major complaint against it is no longer a concern.

Performance and Software

The lack of a performance upgrade might be the biggest disappointment

The big news, or rather lack of, is Apple using mostly the same A15 Bionic chip on the iPhone 14 as it did on the iPhone 13 series. However, it is not quite the same configuration. The version of the A15 on the iPhone 14 comes straight from the 13 Pro with its 5-core GPU that delivers a 20% boost as you can see from our benchmarks below, so this is your consolation prize.

We also get a RAM boost from 4GB to 6GB on the iPhone 14.

Benchmark Results:

Geekbench 5 SingleHigher is better
Apple iPhone 141733
Apple iPhone 131728
Geekbench 5 MultiHigher is better
Apple iPhone 144648
Apple iPhone 134695
3DMark Extreme(High)Higher is better
Apple iPhone 143018
Apple iPhone 132357
3DMark Extreme(Low)Higher is better
Apple iPhone 142115
Apple iPhone 131712

Still, as you can see, the CPU performance on the iPhone 14 is absolutely identical to that of the previous generation phone.

However, with the new 5-core GPU, gamers will be happy to see the numbers the iPhone 14 can crunch. In 3D Mark, you have a 28% improvement in the initial performance, and after 20 minutes and some throttling, you still get a nearly 24% better GPU performance.

Another upgrade that you should know about is the brand new modem inside the iPhone 14. It uses the Qualcomm X65 modem, which was measured to deliver big improvements in 5G speeds in the US, plus it's the component that provides the important bands for the satellite connectivity features.

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Improved main, big news for the front camera

The iPhone 14 like its predecessor features two cameras on the back, a main and an ultra-wide one, in a similar diagonal arrangement. Unfortunately, neither of the phones comes with a dedicated telephoto lens, which hurts their zoom performance (and gives Apple a reason to convince you to get a pricier Pro model).

The iPhone 14 upgrades to a larger sensor size with the same 12MP resolution as before, and it is now paired with a faster, f/1.5 aperture, again a component directly lifted from the iPhone 13 Pro. The ultra-wide camera hardware is the same, but actually all of the cameras on the newer model benefit from a new processing model called the Photonic Engine.

All iPhone 14 models are also getting a new 12MP front facing camera with auto focus and optical image stabilization. The end result? 

Well, photos from the iPhone 14 are just better in all key aspects. The diminished halo around lamps in the night shots and the brighter shadows evidence dynamic range improvement, while the iPhone 14 captures more details, too. Apple has also finally moved the white balance slider towards the colder side of the spectrum by default, so the colors are not as bathed in an yellow overcast as on the iPhone 13 and all previous iPhones. The colors are still warm and pleasant to look at, but not as yellowish, and the slight increase in contrast makes them pop more along with finer detail.

The new 12MP selfie camera with autofocus and OIS is also better as it captures more detail and face features are not as smoothed over and beautified as on the iPhone 13, not to mention the higher color fidelity.

On the video front, both phones support up to 4K video, but you get a new Action Mode gimbal-like stabilization for extreme conditions where you have to run or walk at a fast pace with the iPhone in your hands.

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The video from the iPhone 13, however, is recorded in a slightly higher exposure bracket and looks brighter than what the iPhone 14's new HDR algorithms churn out.

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Audio Quality and Haptics

One of the most underrated improvements in the iPhone 13 was without a doubt the boomier, richer loudspeakers that delivered sound quality better than most other phones on the market. Needless to say, the same goes for the iPhone 14 now, a very welcome handover to keep a close... ear on!

There is no headphone jack on the iPhone 14, just like there hasn't been one on iPhone in the past few years. Haptics are taken care of by the giant Taptic Engine mechanism inside, which has been excellent, and we are glad there are no changes here.

Battery Life and Charging

A mixed bag

Last year, Apple made a huge jump in battery life with the iPhone 13 series, but the new iPhone 14 offers mostly the same battery life as its glorious predecessor.

Apple says the iPhone 14 lasts 16 hours for video streaming (up from an estimated 15 hours on the iPhone 13), and for audio playback, the iPhone 14 musters 80 hours, a bit more than the 75 hours you get out of the iPhone 13, so a battery increase is present, it's just not a huge one.

iPhone battery sizes:
  • iPhone 14: 3,279 mAh (+1.6% from previous gen)
  • iPhone 13: 3,227 mAh (+14.6% from previous gen)
  • iPhone 12: 2,815 mAh (-9.4% from previous gen)
  • iPhone 11: 3,110 mAh (+5.7% from previous gen)
  • iPhone XR: 2,942 mAh

The unit capacity is a tiny bit larger, and the iPhone 14 offers a bit longer battery life. Apple says that compared with the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 it can last an hour more of local video playback or streaming video, or five hours longer during audio playback sessions.

PhoneArena Battery Test Results:

Video Streaming(hours)Higher is better
Apple iPhone 148h 35 min
Apple iPhone 138h 15 min
Web Browsing(hours)Higher is better
Apple iPhone 1415h 23 min
Apple iPhone 1313h 43 min
3D Gaming(hours)Higher is better
Apple iPhone 146h 44 min
Apple iPhone 137h 28 min

We, however, clocked a much smaller difference during when it comes to, say, YouTube video streaming. During the standardized Wi-fi browsing session, however, our standardized test returned more significant gains for the iPhone 14 that surpass even what Apple promises. The faster penta-core GPU, however, drew more energy during 3D gaming and gave way to the iPhone 13 when it comes to battery life. Overall, the battery endurance of the iPhone 14 is a mixed bag compared to the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 14 is not getting faster charging speeds, however. The same 20W charging speeds apply to the 14, just as they did to the 13, and that works out to roughly 2 hours for a full top-up, a pretty pathetic metric compared to Android phones, no matter how you slice it. Plus, you have to buy the charger if you don't have one, but both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 also support MagSafe wireless charging at 15W speeds.

Specs Comparison

If you just want a quick reference to the key specs, well, you have it right below. Don't forget that we also have our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 specs page where you can find all the details.

Summary and Final Verdict

If we had to sum our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 comparison in one phrase, it would be "mostly the same." The iPhone 14 is probably the least worthy of a new name iPhone ever. This would barely pass for an iPhone 13S, let alone iPhone 14.

With Apple dropping the price on the iPhone 13 by $100, however, we can argue this gives many users a perfect argument to actually get the older model at that cheaper price since the differences are really not that many.

There are two things that might change your mind here: SOS via satellite and crash detection. While these two features could be lifesaving and might sway your decision in favor of the new model, rarely anyone would choose the iPhone 14 just because of them. You can also count on a slightly better camera when it comes to low-light shots, dynamic range, and detail capture, plus you get a better selfie snapper, which are important consideration, too.

For all other intents and purposes, save for the much lower repair price as you don't have to replace the whole body for a back plate now, the iPhone 14 is a rather lackluster upgrade over the iPhone 13, as Apple is pushing everyone towards its more expensive Pro models, it seems, so upgrading from its predecessor is rather pointless.

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