Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Press Image

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14: Plus, Pro and Pro Max models compared

It’s official: The iPhone 14 is here. After months of leaks and speculation, Apple officially announced the latest addition to its smartphone lineup at a “Far Out” event on Wednesday, where the company also gave a glimpse of the long-rumored Apple Watch Ultra, the new Apple Watch SE. And the second-generation AirPods Pro.

Apple’s new iPhone 14 series includes the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Preorders for all the phones will begin on September 9, with the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max launching on September 16. The iPhone 14 Plus, meanwhile, won’t be available until October 7.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will retain Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset, but bring several changes to the iPhone lineup, including emergency messaging via satellite and improved battery life. The premium iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, on the other hand, tout the aforementioned satellite functionality along with a new 48MP main camera, an always-on display, and a notch replacement that displays real-time notifications.

However, each phone is so different in terms of features and pricing — the entry-level iPhone 14 starts at $799 — that you may wonder which model is right for you. To help you make sense of Apple’s crowded lineup, we’ve summarized and compared the specs for each model (along with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini from last year). And while we haven’t officially reviewed the iPhone 14 yet, if you want a closer look at Apple’s upcoming flagships, we’ve published our early hands-on impressions.

iPhone 14 with always-on screen

Both iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come with Always On Display.
Photo by Allison Johnson/The Verge

New features, battery life and more

No matter which iPhone 14 model you buy, there are some changes and features that apply across the board. For example, US models no longer have a physical SIM tray, instead all go into eSIMs, which won’t affect those on a major carrier but could become a bottleneck with some providers. Plus, the entire iPhone 14 lineup runs iOS 16 out of the box, so you’ll be able to edit sent messages and add widgets to your lock screen no matter which phone you buy.

All new phones will also support satellite-based Emergency SOS starting in November. This makes it possible to send messages via communication satellites when you don’t have a cell signal. Although this is a premium service, those who purchase the iPhone 14 model can use the feature for free for two years. Additionally, every phone in the iPhone 14 lineup — as well as the Apple Watch Series 8 — offers the ability to automatically connect you with emergency services if it detects you’ve been involved in a car accident.

Here are two screenshots of Apple's Emergency SOS by Satellite feature, one explaining the feature and the other showing the phone trying to locate a satellite.

Apple’s satellite-based emergency SOS feature is a first for the iPhone.
Image: Apple

And that’s where most of the similarities end. Besides price, all phones vary in terms of battery life and size. The iPhone 14, for example, starts at $799, but for $100, you can buy the iPhone 14 Plus, which comes with a larger 6.7-inch display and longer battery life. The iPhone 14 Plus offers up to 26 hours of video playback on paper, as opposed to the iPhone 14, which maxes out at 20 hours. Interestingly, the iPhone 14 Plus battery even beats the battery life of the $999 iPhone 14 Pro, which offers up to 23 hours of video playback. That means the cheaper iPhone 14 Plus has a battery life second to that of the $1,099 iPhone 14 Pro Max, which offers up to 29 hours.

An image of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, both in light blue.

iPhone 14 (left) and iPhone 14 Plus (right).
Image: Apple

Similarities abound

However, in other ways, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus aren’t all that different. They both use last year’s A15 Bionic chipset and share the same dual camera system that includes a new ultrawide camera and a 12-megapixel main shooter. Both also feature a new 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with autofocus that can capture group shots from longer distances. Apple also claims it’s improved low-light image quality by 49 percent and made Night Mode twice as fast — something we’ve yet to test in practice. Every phone in the iPhone 14 lineup also includes Apple’s new Action Mode, which stabilizes video while you’re recording, similar to a gimbal. All models also have a cinematic mode that can record 4K resolution at 30fps and 4K at 24fps.

A picture of someone holding the iPhone 14 Pro in the air.

Unlike the standard iPhone models, the iPhone 14 Pro has a triple camera array.
Photo by Allison Johnson/The Verge

If you’re looking for a more powerful camera system, check out the iPhone 14 Pro lineup. While the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro is lighter and smaller than the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, they offer the same three-camera system and a 48MP main camera, which is the first time we’ve seen such a sensor on an iPhone. . The Pro models also include Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip and a 1TB storage option, which is missing from the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. They feature an always-on, 120Hz promotion high refresh rate display that does away with the notch. In its place, you’ll find a pill-shaped cutout called the “Dynamic Island” that can display various notifications, alerts, and activities in real-time.

By numbers

This is just a glimpse of some of the key differences that distinguish each model in the iPhone 14 lineup. However, for a more thorough breakdown, we’ve collected all the relevant specs so you can compare them for yourself in the chart below. We’ve also included the last-generation iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini if ​​you’re thinking about upgrading from one of last year’s models. However, keep in mind that the iPhone 13 mini may be the last of its kind.

iPhone 13 models vs. iPhone 14 models

SpecificationiPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max
SpecificationiPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max
OSiOS 16iOS 16iOS 16iOS 16iOS 16iOS 16
presentation5.4-inch OLED6.1-inch OLED6.1-inch OLED6.7-inch OLED6.1-inch OLED6.7-inch OLED
Always show onNoNoNoNoYesYes
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz60Hz60Hz120Hz120Hz
Maximum brightness1200 nits peak brightness (HDR)1200 nits peak brightness (HDR)1200 nits peak brightness (HDR)1200 nits peak brightness (HDR)1600 nits peak brightness (HDR); 2000 nits max brightness (outdoor)1600 nits peak brightness (HDR); 2000 nits max brightness (outdoor)
Clarity2340 x 10802532 x 11702532 x 11702778 x 12842556 x 11792796 x1290
Dimensions (mm)64.2 x 131.5 x 7.6571.5 x 146.7 x 7.6571.5 x 146.7 x 7.8078.1 x 160.8 mm x 7.8071.5 x 147.5 x 7.8577.6 x 160.7 x 7.85
Weight (grams)141g174172.00203.00206240
Color optionsGreen, Red, Pink, Blue, Starlight/Cream-colored White, Midnight/Navy BlueGreen, Red, Pink, Blue, Starlight/Cream-colored White, Midnight/Navy BlueLight blue, red, starlight/cream-colored white, midnight/navy blueLight blue, red, starlight/cream-colored white, midnight/navy bluePurple, gold, silver, blackPurple, gold, silver, black
Battery Up to 17 hours of video playbackUp to 19 hours of video playback

Up to 20 hours of video playbackUp to 26 hours of video playbackUp to 23 hours of video playback

Up to 29 hours of video playback
ProcessorA15A15A15A15A16A16
storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
PortsLightning dockLightning dockLightning dockLightning dockLightning dockLightning dock
Rear cameraDual-camera system / 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawideDual-camera system / 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawideAdvanced dual-camera system / 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawideAdvanced dual-camera system / 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawidePro Camera System / 48-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, 12-megapixel telephoto cameraPro Camera System / 48-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, 12-megapixel telephoto camera
Front camera12MP TrueDepth front camera12MP TrueDepth front camera12MP TrueDepth front camera with autofocus12MP TrueDepth front camera with autofocus12MP TrueDepth front camera with autofocus12MP TrueDepth front camera with autofocus
BiometricsFace IDFace IDFace IDFace IDFace IDFace ID
Water and dust protectionIP68IP68IP68IP68IP68IP68
SIM supportSIM and eSIMSIM and eSIMeSIM only (in US)eSIM only (in US)eSIM only (in US)eSIM only (in US)
Satellite based emergency SOSNoNoYesYesYesYes
Crash detectionNoNoYesYesYesYes
Wireless charging?YesYesYesYesYesYes
Connectivity5G / Bluetooth 5.05G / Bluetooth 5.0

5G / Bluetooth 5.3

5G / Bluetooth 5.35G / Bluetooth 5.35G / Bluetooth 5.3
Starting price$599$699$799$899$999$1,099

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