If you are deciding whether upgrading to iPhone 14 is right for you, it is helpful to know the differences between recent models and what has changed across generations. Below we have put iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13, comparing their standout features to help you determine which iPhone device is right for you.
iPhone 10 set the benchmark for successive iPhone generations with its bezel-less design, and iPhone 14 and 13 models both share this form factor. At 5.78-inches tall and 2.82-inches wide, neither can be separated, yet the iPhone 14 is slightly thicker due to internal changes such as an additional GPU core.
Interestingly, despite being thicker, iPhone 14 weighs less at 172g, compared to 173g in iPhone 13. These differences in dimensions are minor and unlikely to be immediately apparent in the hand. If you are happy with the feel of iPhone 13 or are concerned about a heavier new device, fear not.
There is also parity in design between iPhone 14 and 13. Both have a Ceramic Shield front screen for resistance against scratches and knocks, alongside a premium-feeling aluminium frame.
You will also get identical IP68 protection from dust and water submersion on both phones, making both iPhone 14 and 13 viable options if you want a strong, resilient device.
If you were impressed by the visual quality of iPhone 13’s display, 14 is also a standout device. Both handsets have a 6.1-inch OLED screen with HDR and True Tone for realistic contrasts; perfect for playing games and watching movies.
This also makes iPhone 14 and 13 outstanding camera phones. Not only does HDR mean photos look true-to-life, both phones have a peak brightness of 1200 nits, resulting in images that burst with detail in dark and bright environments.
It’s in the performance of iPhone 14 that we see some key differences begin to emerge. The 14 is equipped with the same A15 Bionic chip found in iPhone 13, yet it comes with one new GPU core. This is significant when playing games, as the additional graphics processing power results in less stutter, particularly during fast-paced games or those with lots of visual effects.
RAM is also increased in iPhone 14, rising to 6GB compared to 4GB in iPhone 13. Combined with the new GPU core, the performance of the 14 is further improved in games and during general use, such as streaming videos or swapping between apps.
If gaming is one of the core reasons for wanting to upgrade, iPhone 14 is a step above previous generations, however, anyone looking for all-around improvement in performance will find that too.
Whilst on a hardware level iPhone 14 and 13 have identical 12MP main and ultrawide cameras, iPhone 14 includes some potent software that improves picture quality across the board.
Most impressive is the new Photonic Engine. By utilising the increased processing power in iPhone 14 and within iOS 16, this software processes pixels faster and with greater clarity, even in low-light photos. Images are therefore sharper and capture far more detail compared to what the previous generation iPhone 13 could accomplish.
Benefiting from the Photonic Engine also requires no input from the user, as it runs in the background. This also works with 2x zoom images on the ultrawide camera, and at 2.5x on the main lens.
Video recording sees improvements on iPhone 14 too. Cinematic Mode, which adds a shallow depth-of-field to action-heavy videos, is now capable of recording in 4K resolution with HDR, up to 30 frames per second. This is a huge increase in the visual quality of videos on iPhone 14, plugging some gaps that iPhone 13 had in its arsenal.
With the new Action Mode for stable, smooth footage alongside it, iPhone 14 is the go-to device for filmmakers and photographers.
Apple has positioned iPhone as an essential, all-around tool, with safety features such as Emergency SOS on iPhone 13. New features in iPhone 14 push it even further in this direction, making it a must-have if you want your phone to cover as many bases as possible.
iPhone 14 has Emergency SOS similar to its predecessor, but also adds new technology in the form of Crash Detection. If you happen to be in a crash, iPhone 14 will contact emergency services for assistance. The 14 does this with motion sensors which are triggered by changes in speed or direction.
To provide enough battery life for these new features and hardware additions, iPhone 14 builds on the 13’s battery performance by making battery consumption more efficient. This has resulted in increases in video and audio playback, from 19 and 75 hours on iPhone 13, to approximately 20 and 80 hours on iPhone 14 respectively.
The cumulative effect of these changes is a longer-lasting phone, especially if you regularly listen to music on the go.
Whilst many of the improvements from iPhone 13 to 14 seem minor, in reality, they add up to form an iPhone that is faster, and more efficient, than what came before.
If you want to learn more about the iPhone 14 range of devices, check out our detailed review for a full breakdown of the 14, Plus, Pro, and Pro Max.