iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: Key Differences to Expect

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While Apple has traditionally made some pretty significant changes to its most popular iPhone every year, the upcoming iPhone 14 actually makes up for just that much less than previous upgrades: For starters, it’s rumored to come with the same chip used in the previous one. iPhone 13 model. Apple is preparing to debut a new chip, but it will only be used in iPhone 14 Pro series devices.

So what’s new in the iPhone 14 versus the iPhone 13? And should you even consider upgrading?

In this article, we’ll wrap up the leaks and rumors, and so far a quick rundown that Apple is expected to upgrade the memory, as well as some improvements to the camera system on the iPhone 14. Before we dive deeper, though, let’s take a look at the…

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 differences in a nutshell:

  • Same design, same processor
  • More RAM in iPhone 14
  • Improved ultra-wide and front cameras
  • Possibly brighter screen


Design and display quality

No major changes

Leaked dummy units and cases confirm that the iPhone 14 looks and feels practically identical to the current iPhone 13 model. The 6.1-inch form factor and flat design on the side remain the same, as does the dual camera system on the back.

The iPhone 14 is said to be made of glass on the front and back with an aluminum frame in the middle.

However, we expect to see a slightly different selection of colors.

On the front, the iPhone 14, like the iPhone 13, has a 6.1-inch OLED screen with the familiar notch (the new i-shaped cutout is only available on the iPhone 14 Pro series).

What matters here is what hasn’t changed: the iPhone 14 will still run at 60Hz, so you won’t have ProMotion 120Hz support like on the Pro models. However, we expect it to get a higher peak brightness for easier outdoor viewing.

We’ll be testing the display quality using specialist equipment once we get our hands on the new iPhone 14, so be sure to bookmark this article for future reference.

Also in the field of biometrics nothing has changed: you have the familiar Face ID and now that it works with masks, one of our main complaints against it is no longer a concern.

Performance and software

The lack of a performance upgrade is perhaps the biggest disappointment

The big news, or rather the lack of it, is that Apple is using the same A15 Bionic chip on the iPhone 14, as it does on the iPhone 13. However, rumor has it that the RAM will go from 4 GB to 6 GB of RAM of the newer ones. and faster LPDDR5 kind.

However, expect much the same performance from the iPhone 14, with the benefits reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro models this year.

We’re yet to see how this will affect software updates, but it’s only logical to assume that the Pro models with their newer chip should get at least an extra year of software updates over the non-Pro.


Improved ultra-wide, big news for the front camera

First of all, let’s say that the iPhone 14, like its predecessor, will have two cameras on the back, a main camera and an ultra-wide angle lens, but no dedicated telephoto lens (another feature reserved for the Pros).

At the same time, rumors point to largely the same 12-megapixel sensor used for the main camera, but the big change comes to the ultra-wide camera which will see an improvement, and our guess is that it will just adopt the ultra-wide camera from the 13 Pro model. from last year with autofocus and macro capabilities.

Interesting rumors coming from various places claim that all iPhone 14 models will get a new front camera that will cost up to 3x the price of the current 12 MP front camera. With autofocus, possible image stabilization and a quality that is said to be close to that of the rear camera, it will be great for vloggers and just people who enjoy a nice selfie.

We expect more interesting camera details to unravel as we approach the iPhone’s launch date, but so far that’s all we know.

Audio quality and haptics

Without a doubt, one of the most underrated improvements to the iPhone 13 was its more powerful, richer speakers that delivered better sound quality than most other phones on the market. Can Apple do it again with the iPhone 14 and improve further? We don’t have any information yet, but that’s an area we’re keeping a close eye on.

Of course, don’t expect a headphone jack on the iPhone 14, just as there hasn’t been one on the iPhone in recent years.

Haptics will be powered by the Taptic Engine, which has been excellent, and we don’t expect any changes there.

Battery life and charging

Don’t expect big changes

Apple has made a significant jump in battery life in the iPhone 13, but so far we have no information about whether it plans to increase the battery in the new iPhone 14 again.

Let’s remind you that the iPhone 13 made the jump from a 2,815mAh battery on the iPhone 12 to a much larger 3,227mAh battery cell.

Brief History of iPhone Battery Sizes:

  • iPhone 14: unknown
  • iPhone 13: 3,227 mAh (+14.6% from previous generation)
  • iPhone 12: 2,815 mAh (-9.4% from previous generation)
  • iPhone 11: 3,110 mAh (+5.7% from previous generation)
  • iPhone XR: 2,942 mAh

We’ll keep you posted as soon as new battery size information comes out.

What seems certain is that the iPhone 14 family won’t get faster charging speeds, but will instead keep the same 20W charge that we have on the iPhone 13, which equates to about 2 hours for a full charge.

Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 also support MagSafe wireless charging at 15W.

Specifications comparison:

And if you just want a quick reference to the key specs, you’ve got it below. Don’t forget we also have our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 specifications page where you can find all the details.

Summary and final verdict

If we had to sum it all up, so far rumors and leaks do more to convince us that the list of upgrades in the iPhone 14 is quite narrow. If Apple drops the price of the current iPhone 13 by $100, as expected, that would be a perfect argument for actually getting the older model cheaper instead of buying the new one.

Of course, it could be that Apple is really good at keeping the new iPhone 14 features a secret and hitting us with something really impressive in the fall. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for new and exciting leaks, but let us know: what does Apple need to do to convince you to upgrade to the iPhone 14?

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