If you don’t feel like carrying a giant Max-sized phone in your pocket, the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro is Apple’s latest flagship that’s just right for you, but what’s the difference from the previous-generation iPhone 13 Pro? And is it worth upgrading to the 14 Pro if you already have the 13 Pro?
The iPhone 14 Pro brings a very small change from the familiar last-generation design, with a larger screen and thinner bezels around the screen, which should make the phone a bit narrower and easier to grip with one hand.
Anyway, in this article we summarize everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro, and let’s start with the…
- Thinner bezels, larger screen aspect ratio
- i-shaped cutout instead of the notch
- Faster A16 Bionic chip
- New 48MP main camera
- Potentially $100 higher starting price
- Possible satellite connection
Design and display
Similar design, but thinner bezels and improved screen
The iPhone 14 Pro rolls with the familiar styling of the previous two generations: frosted glass back, stainless steel housing, flat sides. However, leaked cases have revealed that the edges are more rounded and with thinner bezels around the screen and a larger new 20:9 screen aspect ratio, the phone is physically narrower. This makes the device easier to grip with one hand.
Practically speaking, you get the same IP68 water and dust protection on both the 14 Pro and 13 Pro, and both use the Lightning connector (that USB-C iPhone could happen in 2023, though).
The most noticeable change is on the front, where instead of the notch you now get a more discreet “i”-shaped Face ID system. It still takes up quite a bit of space, but less than the notch, and it makes the iPhone 14 Pro super easy to spot in a crowd.
Don’t expect any changes to the box contents: a Lightning to USB-C cable is included, but there’s no charger inside.
So… what about the screen? Both phones come with a 6.1-inch OLED display, almost identical resolution.
The most exciting rumor claims that the 14 Pro will get a better ProMotion. While the 13 Pro has an LTPO display that dynamically refreshes between 10Hz and 120Hz, the 14 Pro is expected to go with a more advanced version that goes from 1Hz to 120Hz. Going all the way to 1 Hz would theoretically allow for an always-on screen on the iPhone, just like we have on the Apple Watch, and that would be a great feature. Still, that remains just speculation at this point, so take it with a grain of salt.
And when it comes to security, both phones use Face ID. Despite that new i-shape on the 14 Pro, the sensors inside are the same, and Face ID will work just like it did on the 13 Pro.
Performance and software
What’s new about the Apple A16 chip?
The iPhone 14 Pro comes with Apple’s next-generation silicon, the A16 Bionic chip. This new processor is an upgrade of the Apple A15 and the newer chip is expected to be built on 4nm technology, more efficient than the 5nm technology used for the A15.
We haven’t seen any leaked benchmarks yet that would indicate what kind of improvement the new processor brings, but we’ll be keeping an eye out and will update you as soon as we know more.
Both the iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro run on the latest iOS 16 software. The 14 Pro will be launched with it, while the 13 Pro will get it as an update, but in the end you will have the same software on the two.
For software updates, Apple traditionally keeps its phones up to date for 5 or even 6 years, so both devices are nicely future-proof.
New 48MP main camera sensor ups the ante
The big new camera feature of the iPhone 14 Pro has to be the rumored bigger 48MP sensor for the main camera. It comes to replace the current 12 MP version, and due to its larger size, the camera bump on the back is expected to get even bigger.
In return, though, you don’t just get high-resolution photos (great for landscape shots with incredible detail), but also the ability to record 8K video, which is arguably the 14 Pro’s signature camera feature.
We also expect improvements to the Cinematic Mode launched last year. The background blur feature in video is very similar to portrait mode for photos, but only works in 1080p and often has visible artifacts, which we hope will be fixed.
iPhone 14 Pro vs 13 Pro camera expected differences:
- 1X camera: 48MP on 14 Pro vs 12MP on 13 Pro
- 0.5X camera: 12MP, f/1.8 on both
- 3X camera: 12MP, f/2.8 on both
Audio quality and haptics
Overall, the iPhone 13 family has made a huge leap forward in audio quality with louder and richer sound on all four models. That wasn’t even discussed by Apple, but we still thought it was one of the most impressive new features, so we keep our fingers crossed that the company can deliver another leap in sound quality with the 14 Pro.
Remember that neither the 14 Pro nor the 13 Pro have a headphone jack, so your good old classic headphones will only work via an adapter that you have to buy separately.
As for haptic feedback, we’ve had no issues with the 13 Pro and its Taptic Engine, and we expect similar excellence in the 14 Pro, with no changes in this area.
Battery life and charging
Will we get another boost in battery life?
The iPhone 13 Pro provided a noticeable improvement in battery life, mainly due to a greater physical capacity of the battery.
So far we haven’t heard any specific rumors of a further increase in battery capacity on the 14 Pro, so we have to be realistic and say we don’t expect any major changes in battery life on the newer iPhone.
- iPhone 14 Pro expected battery size: 3,095mAh or more
- iPhone 13 Pro battery size: 3,095 mAh
Likewise, we don’t expect any major changes with loading speeds. The 13 Pro maxes out at a 20W charge, meaning a full recharge with a compatible charger takes about 2 hours. On the 14 Pro, we expect roughly the same speeds and charging times.
And both the iPhone 14 and 13 series support MagSafe, the futuristic magnetic wireless charging technology that offers speeds of up to 15W.
*Information in the table above is based on leaks and rumors and is not final or official.
Summary and final verdict
In summary, we can say that the iPhone 14 Pro is going to be a gradual improvement over the 13 Pro, and based on the current leaks, it probably doesn’t make sense to upgrade from a largely comparable 13 Pro.
Or Apple could just be really good at keeping the best features of the 13 Pro a secret! After all, we had similar feelings about the iPhone 13 series before its launch last year, and Apple managed to surprise us.
And if you ask me, I think the 14 Pro’s new, narrower body is a small but significant change to make the phone feel a little better for those of us wanting a smaller phone now that the mini is gone.
Anyway, let us know: are you looking forward to the new iPhone 14 Pro? Is there a particular feature that you would like Apple to introduce or improve upon?