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Apr 12, 2001

The iPhone 14 now sits in the middle of Apple's iPhone lineup below the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, but above the iPhone SE and iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 starts at $599, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are priced at $699 and $799, so how different are the two successive iPhone generations?


In 2021, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 as the successor to the popular iPhone 12, with improved rear cameras, longer battery life, the A15 Bionic chip, and more. The iPhone 14 launched one year later, with the headline upgrade being a new iPhone 14 Plus model with a 6.7-inch display – a screen size that was previously exclusive to Apple's "Pro" iPhones. Upon the debut of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, Apple dropped the price of the iPhone 13, iPhone 14, and iPhone 14 Plus to $599, $699, and $799, respectively. The iPhone 13 mini has now been discontinued.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 both feature the same display size, 5G connectivity, A15 Bionic chip, and design. Nevertheless, the iPhone 14 still offers a number of upgrades, such as an additional GPU core, Emergency SOS via satellite, the Photonic Engine, and Action Mode.

As the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 share the overwhelming majority of their features and have the same design, should you consider sticking with the iPhone 13 to save money? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhone models is best for you, and serves as a way to clearly see the differences that the iPhone 14 brings to the table.

iPhone 13iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
Thickness of 7.65mmThickness of 7.80mm
Weighs 174 gramsWeighs 172 or 203 grams
4-core GPU5-core GPU
4GB of memory6GB of memory
12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture and larger sensor
12-megapixel front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture12-megapixel front-facing camera with ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus
Photonic Engine
Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (4K HDR up to 30 fps)
Action mode
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.3
Emergency SOSEmergency SOS via satellite
Crash Detection
19-hour battery life20- or 26-hour battery life
eSIM optionaleSIM only (in the U.S.)
Available in Green, Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)Available in Blue, Yellow, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)
Starts at $599Starts at $699 or $799

The iPhone 14's upgrades over the iPhone 13 are fairly minor, offering small refinements in terms of photography and videography capabilities, battery life, and GPU performance. 6GB of memory, Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite, three features that also came to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in 2022, are moderate upgrades for the safety-conscious. That being said, the iPhone 14 is probably best suited to those coming from an older device and intend to keep their iPhone for a long time.

At face value, there is likely not enough to justify getting the iPhone 14 over the iPhone 13. Matters may be different if you want a larger display size, as there is no equivalent to the iPhone 14 Plus in the iPhone 13 lineup. Even then, the iPhone 14 Plus's $799 starting price is the same as the iPhone 15 – one of Apple's latest models. The iPhone 15 sports a wide array of new features, such as the Dynamic Island, a 48-megapixel camera, a USB-C port, and more, making for a much more attractive and future-proof purchase.

The iPhone 13 is still highly capable for everyday use, and iPhone 14 shares the vast majority of the iPhone 13's most versatile features, such as the A15 Bionic chip, OLED Super Retina XDR display, Ceramic Shield, Night mode, MagSafe, and IP68 water resistance, so it is generally better to save the $100 and get the older model, or opt for the iPhone 15 instead.

Article Link: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 Buyer's Guide: Apple's Mid-Range iPhones
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macrumors member
May 17, 2018
ah yeah, a buyer's guide based on speculations. I recon, why buy the 13 or 14, heck skip until we reach 20. I heard the 20 will have killer features and way worth the wait. Considering the price jump between 16 and 17 will be very steep it only makes sense to upgrade when the 20 hits the market. Save up, until then. /s

Thomas Davie

macrumors 6502a
Jan 20, 2004
Well, thank-you for telling me that my 13 Pro Max that I bought ~6 weeks ago is still highly capable for daily use. Much appreciated.

I will upgrade, but there just is no need to purchase every iteration now that I'm on medical retirement. I figure I'll use my iPhone for 2 years, pass it along to a family member and then get a 16 Pro Max.

Maybe throw a pico projector in the 16 Pro Max for me please.



macrumors 6502a
Oct 31, 2018
Halmstad, Sweden
I know the article s about 13 vs 14, but I am using a 12 Pro Max and I haven't decided yet if I'm gonna upgrade to the 14 PM.
My heart wants to, but the 12 PM is still so good. So fast, take good pictures and amazing 4K video and the design is so good.
Well I have time to decide...


macrumors regular
Sep 10, 2021
I still have Iphone 11 from release with og battery, health at 82% and ios 15.6.1, I go to bed with ~50%, its fast enough and cameras are still good, Im not upgrading from 11 to 14 either, replacing battery this year though. Hope iphone 15 brings more than 14


macrumors regular
May 22, 2017
Darmstadt, Germany
Based on experience from previous years, the answer to "should you upgrade from iPhone X to iPhone X+1?" is almost universally no. Same for Watch and iPad. The devices have all reached a maturity where they can easily be used for 3+ years.

That being said, I agree with previous comments that "should you upgrade" articles seem kind of ill-advised before the device in question is actually out.


macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2003
I still have Iphone 11 from release with og battery, health at 82% and ios 15.6.1, I go to bed with ~50%, its fast enough and cameras are still good, Im not upgrading from 11 to 14 either, replacing battery this year though. Hope iphone 15 brings more than 14
My spouse has the 11 and her battery is the big problem, she has to charge it at least once, maybe twice during the day. We could replace the battery, but we're going to get the 14 Pro for her since the camera is so much better (I can say that since even if it was equivalent to the 13 Pro it would be better) vs the 11.


macrumors 68040
Jun 6, 2005
Do people who read articles like this base their voting on what politicians say they are going to do? Maybe people who pre-order video games just based on E3 hype videos? All we have are rumors…how can you even speculate on upgrades without knowing the real features?


macrumors 68030
Nov 22, 2021
How do you know? Your basing it on rumor & hearsay? 🙄🤦‍♂️
based on history, its always a good update to upgrade your 4-5 year old iphone to the new one 🤦‍♂️
Even going from iphone 8/X to the iphone 13 is a good update
And not just in this segment...even in laptops or tablets or PC....nowadays everything is on fast forward in tech industry


macrumors 68030
Nov 22, 2021
Comparing a non-existant product,..what next?? 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️😂

I'm about to compare my Samsung OLED S95B to the S100B released in 2026, anyone interested?
so you still have doubts that the iphone 14 will not have the same notch, the A15 SoC, the same 12MP camera? iPhone coudltnt be kept in secret in days of iphone 4, nowadays is even harder
In the last years we barley get any new iphones news on the presentation ....the rumours are very accurate in present days
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