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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

The iPhone 14 is among Apple's latest iPhones and follows 2021's iPhone 13, but 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. As devices that are more affordable than the "Pro" models, but more full-featured than the low-cost iPhone SE, the iPhone 14 will likely be the most popular option among customers, starting at a price of $799 for the 128GB model. The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 continue to be available from Apple for $599 and $699, respectively.

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.

Comparing the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14

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.


iPhone 13
  • 4-core GPU (A15 Bionic)
  • 4GB of memory
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dual-camera system
  • 12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • Up to 19 hours battery life during video playback
  • Thickness of 7.65mm
  • Weighs 174 grams
  • eSIM optional
  • Emergency SOS
  • Available in Green, Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)

iPhone 14
  • 5-core GPU (A15 Bionic)
  • 6GB of memory
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • "Advanced" dual-camera system
  • 12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture and larger sensor
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera with ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus
  • Photonic Engine
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (4K HDR up to 30 fps)
  • Action mode
  • Up to 20 hours battery life during video playback
  • Thickness of 7.80mm
  • Weighs 172 grams
  • eSIM only (in the U.S.)
  • Emergency SOS via satellite
  • Crash Detection
  • Available in Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)

Final Thoughts

The iPhone 14's upgrades over the iPhone 13 are mostly iterative, 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 come to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, are more significant upgrades for the safety-conscious, as well as the enhanced camera hardware. That being said, the iPhone 14 is probably best suited to those coming from an older device.

At face value, there is likely not enough to justify getting the new model over the iPhone 13 for most customers. Matters may be different if you want a larger display size, however, as there is no equivalent to the iPhone 14 Plus in the iPhone 13 lineup.

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 may be better to wait for a more substantial upgrade.

Article Link: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 Buyer's Guide: Should You Upgrade?
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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 6502
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 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 68020
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 68020
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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