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iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: What to buy?

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: What to buy?

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: What to buy?

The iPhone 14 is the most affordable of Apple’s latest generation of iPhones. However, the company continues to sell last year’s iPhone 13. Whether you’re considering an upgrade or looking to buy a new iPhone for the first time in years, here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 vs. the iPhone 14.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: Display

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have 6.1-inch displays that Apple labels Super Retina XDR displays. The specifications for each of the devices are identical, including the same brightness, resolution and colors:

  • Super Retina XDR display
  • 6.1-inch (diagonal) OLED screen
  • HDR display
  • Resolution 2532×1170 pixels at 460 ppi
  • 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone screen
  • Wide color screen (P3)
  • Haptic Touch
  • 800 nits maximum brightness (typical)
  • Maximum brightness of 1200 nits (HDR)

Note that unlike the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, neither the iPhone 13 nor the iPhone 14 have a ProMotion display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Instead, you’ll get a 60Hz refresh rate.

Design

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: What to buy?
iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 share the same design that we first saw on the iPhone 12 in 2020. This includes straight edges made of aluminum, an edge-to-edge display on the front with Face ID, and a glossy finish on the back in a color of your choice choice.

While the iPhone 14 Pro features a new Dynamic Island design to house the Face ID and front-facing camera components, the iPhone 14 uses the same notch design as the iPhone 13. The overall dimensions of the iPhone 14 are pretty much identical to the iPhone 13 as well. The only difference is that the iPhone 14 is slightly thicker and slightly lighter.

iPhone 14 Cases:

Best iPhone 13 Cases:

iPhone 13 dimensions:

  • Height: 5.78 inches (146.7 mm)
  • Width: 2.82 inches (71.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.30 inches (7.65 mm)
  • Weight: 6.14 ounces (174 grams)

iPhone 14 dimensions:

  • Height: 5.78 inches (146.7 mm)
  • Width: 2.82 inches (71.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.31 inches (7.80 mm)
  • Weight: 6.07 ounces (172 grams)

iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are resistant to water, dust and splashes with an IP68 rating for a maximum depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes. The durability of the devices is also the same, as both have Ceramic Shield fronts and aerospace grade aluminum.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: Performance

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The performance of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 is almost identical, but there are a few ways in which the iPhone 14 has the edge. Both are powered by the A15 Bionic chip inside, but the version of the chip inside the iPhone 14 has an extra GPU core.

iPhone 13 chip:

  • A15 Bionic chip
  • 6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficient cores
  • 4-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine

iPhone 14 chip:

  • A15 Bionic chip
  • 6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficient cores
  • 5-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine

This difference is unlikely to significantly affect day-to-day performance in the real world. Perhaps more significantly, the iPhone 14 has 6GB of RAM, compared to the iPhone 13’s 4GB of RAM. This could help with longevity when it comes to new features being added to future versions of iOS.

Connecting

iPhone 14 eSIM

If you want 5G connectivity, both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have you covered. Apple says this enables “super-fast downloads and high-quality streaming”. This includes support for mmWave 5G connectivity in the United States, as well as sub-6GHz 5G in the United States and other countries.

One notable change, however, is that the iPhone 14 sold in the United States does not offer a physical SIM card slot. Instead, it relies solely on eSIM technology. You can find out more about this at our complete guide right here.

Collision detection and emergency SOS

iOS 16.1 will have 'Demo Satellite Connections' for iPhone 14 users

Apple continues to expand its collection of features designed to help you in an emergency. These are features you hope you never need to use, but they’re nice to have just in case. Exclusive to iPhone 14 are the following two features:

  • Collision detection that can recognize when you’re in a car accident and call an ambulance
  • Satellite connectivity for reach emergency services when you are not connected to a mobile or WiFi network

Rear cameras

The iPhone 14 offers several improvements over the iPhone 13 in terms of rear camera technology. There are still two lenses, the main camera and the ultra-wide camera. One change is the addition of what Apple calls a “photon engine”.

Apple describes this as a new computational photo feature that offers “a giant leap for mid-to-low-light photo performance across all cameras through deep hardware and software integration.” On the iPhone 14, Apple says you can expect improved medium to low light performance of up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera and 2.5x on the main camera compared to the iPhone 13.

iPhone 14 iPhone 13
Main camera 12MP, aperture ƒ/1.5 12MP, aperture ƒ/1.6
Optical sensor with displacement
image stabilization
Ultra Wide 12MP, aperture ƒ/2.4 12MP, aperture ƒ/2.4
Telephoto lens
Zoom 2x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom 2x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom
Apple ProRAW
Smart HDR 4
Photonic Engine
Photographic styles
Panoramas ✅, 63MP ✅, 63MP
fashion portrait

Selfie camera

The iPhone 14 offers a significant leap in front camera performance. The front-facing selfie camera on iPhone 14 has an aperture of ƒ/1.9 that enables better low-light performance for photos and videos. For the first time, it also offers autofocus, so it can focus in low light and take group selfies from a greater distance.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 offers a 12 MP non-autofocus front camera with an aperture of ƒ/2.2. This means that the iPhone 14 should significantly outperform the iPhone 13 in front-facing camera performance.

Video recording

iPhone 14 camera technology for video:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Cinema mode up to 4K HDR at 30 fps
  • Action mode up to 2.8K at 60 fps
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Time-lapse in night mode
  • QuickTake video
  • Optical image stabilization with sensor shift for video (main)
  • 2x optical zoom
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Audio Zoom
  • True Tone flash
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous video with autofocus
  • Take 8MP photos while shooting 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Recorded video formats: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

iPhone 13 camera technology for video:

  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Cinema mode (1080p at 30 fps)
  • Optical image stabilization with sensor shift for video (main)
  • 2x optical zoom
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Audio Zoom
  • True Tone flash
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Time-lapse night mode
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous video with autofocus
  • Take 8MP photos while shooting 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Recorded video formats: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

Battery life

Strong demand for the iPhone 13 led Foxconn to beat earnings expectations

iPhone 13 Battery Rating:

  • Audio playback: 75 hours
  • Video playback (streaming): up to 15 hours
  • Video playback: until 7 p.m

iPhone 14 Battery Rating:

  • Audio playback: 80 hours
  • Video playback (streaming): up to 16 hours
  • Video playback: 20 hours

iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have a Lightning connector on the bottom and support for MagSafe connection on the back. There is also support for 7.5W Qi wireless charging and 15W wireless charging when using the MagSafe wireless charger. Both devices support fast charging for up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with a 20W power adapter.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14: Pricing and Storage

iPhone 13:

  • $699 – 128GB
  • $799 – 256GB
  • $999 – 512GB

iPhone 14:

  • $799 – 128GB
  • $899 – 256GB
  • $1099 – 512GB

Colors

iPhone 14 Launch Hub

iPhone 13 colors:

  • Midnight
  • Starlight
  • Blue
  • (Product) ORDER
  • Pink
  • Green

iPhone 14 colors:

  • Midnight
  • Purple
  • Starlight
  • (Product) ORDER
  • Blue

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: Features Comparison Chart

iPhone 14 iPhone 13
Display 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Promotion Display
Finish it Aluminum Aluminum
Processor A15 Bionic A15 Bionic
RAM 6GB 4GB
CPU cores 6 cores 6 cores
GPU cores 5 cores 5 cores
Durability IP68 IP68
Battery life Video until 8 p.m Video until 7 p.m
Camera Dual lenses 12MP Dual lenses 12MP
Optical zoom range 2x 2x
Video Dolby Vision HDR up to 4K at 60 fps Dolby Vision HDR up to 4K at 60 fps
Optical image stabilization
Photographic styles
Photonic Engine
Cinematic mode
Dual eSIM support
Physical SIM card slot ❌ (Still available outside the US)
5G
Weight 6.07 ounces (172 grams) 6.14 ounces (174 grams)
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Prices From $799 From $699

What’s included in the box

Citing environmental concerns, Apple doesn’t include headphones or a charger in the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14 boxes. Here are some accessories you might consider to fill that void and complement your new iPhone.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14

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The differences between iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are small. In fact, this might be one of the smallest year-over-year iPhone upgrades in recent memory. There are some improvements to the camera along with the addition of features such as collision detection and emergency SOS via satellite.

However, due to the minor changes, it’s hard to recommend anyone who currently has an iPhone 13 to upgrade to the iPhone 14. In everyday use, many of the changes won’t be noticeable. The design is the same, the performance is almost identical, and the battery life is about the same. In fact, it’s also hard to recommend upgrading from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 14.

If you’re running something like an iPhone 11 or older, you’ll notice some major changes when you jump all the way up to the iPhone 14. The cameras will be noticeably better, there’s a nice performance boost, and you should benefit from some improvements in battery life.

If you’re buying a new iPhone, this is a tricky decision. For many people, the iPhone 13 is more than enough. You’re still getting great performance, a great camera, and a stylish design for $100 less than the iPhone 14. However, if you have the money to spend, you should consider getting the iPhone 14 because of those camera upgrades.

What do you think about the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14 debate? Are you planning to buy a new iPhone this year? Let us know in the comments!

Wondering about iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro? Check it out our full comparison for more.


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