iPhone 14 Vs. iPhone 13 Specs: Is It An Upgrade Or A Disappointment?

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TL:DR: Apple has not made any major changes to the iPhone 14, and most of the improvements are limited to the iPhone 14 Pro models that also feature an A16 bionic chip. Unfortunately, Apple has also announced that instead of an iPhone 14 Mini/Max, it is going with the Plus series this year.

Apple has finally revealed the iPhone 14 lineup during its launch event on September 7 in Cupertino. The iPhone 13 wasn’t that big of an improvement compared to the iPhone 12. So let’s compare this year’s iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13 to see how much of an upgrade it is.

The bad news is that the base model of the iPhone 14 is limited to the same old A15 Bionic chip. However, a few upgrades make the new iPhone 14 a better option than its predecessor. Apple iPhone 14 will go on sale on September 16, while the iPhone 14 Plus will be available on October 16. For a $100 price increase, the plus variant offers an increased display size from 6.1 to 6.7 inches.

iPhone 14 Vs iPhone 13 Specifications

SpecificationsiPhone 14iPhone 13
Price$799  (₹79900)$699 (₹69900)
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth)146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm
Resolution2532 x 1170/ 460 ppi2532 x 1170/ 460 ppi
Display6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
800 nits max brightness
1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
800 nits max brightness
1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
Rear camerasNew Dual 12MP (Wide, Ultra Wide)
Larger Sensor
Sensor-Shift OIS
49% improvement in low light
Dual 12MP (Wide, Ultra Wide)
Sensor-Shift OIS
Front camerasNew 12MP TrueDepth camera
Sensor-shift OIS
38% improvement in low light
1.9-micron pixels, F1.5 aperture 
12MP TrueDepth camera
Sensor-shift OIS
ProcessorA15 Bionic chip
6-core CPU with 4 efficiency cores and 2 performance cores
New 5-core GPU
16-core Neural engine
A15 Bionic chip
6-core CPU with 4 efficiency cores and 2 performance cores
4-core GPU
16-core Neural engine
Ram6GB4GB
BiometricFace IDFace ID
Battery Up to 20 hours video playback
Up to 16 hours video playback (streamed)
Up to 19 hours video playback
Up to 15 hours video playback (streamed)
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Cellular and Wireless5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave)
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.3
U1 Chip (Ultra Wide Band)
Dual eSIM support
5G (sub-6 GHz and mmWave)
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
U1 Chip (Ultra Wide Band)
Dual eSIM support
ColorsStarlight, Midnight, Blue, Purple, (Product) REDStarlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, (Product) RED

Which iPhone should you buy?

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Comparing the two iPhones side by side, it is clear that there are not many changes in the base models. However, if you plan to buy the newest models, you should consider the Pro models. However, despite losing some features to the Pro models, the new iPhone 14 does have some substantial upgrades.

Apple has said that the new iPhone 14 features the best battery life in an iPhone ever. Customers in the US are a bit unlucky as their version of the iPhone 14 will not have a sim tray and only supports eSIMs. However, Apple has added a crash detection feature similar to the Apple Watch.

Not much has changed in terms of the phone’s design. Even the notch has remained the same for the base model. The cameras are also pretty much the same except for a larger sensor. However, Apple has made really good improvements on the software side of things for better stabilization, low light improvement, and a new photonic engine.

The processor is also the same, the only difference being a 5-core GPU from a 4-core GPU. These changes, along with the A16 bionic chip exclusive to the Pro lineup, have forced potential customers to reconsider.

Either way, people would be pleased to know that Apple has launched iPhone 14 for $799, the same as iPhone 13 (at launch). Considering that the price of the iPhone 13 would also go down after some time, it will become a popular option for many users.

Many users might also want to consider iPhone 12 models due to the lower price. However, Apple will likely discontinue iPhone 12 by the end of next year. Despite that, users will get the complete iOS 16 experience, regardless of the older model they choose. Both iPhone 12 and 13 are also 5G-ready and will likely receive updates for years.

Pre-orders for iPhone 14 will start on September 9, 2022. Let us know in the comment section below which iPhone you are going to buy.

Nalin Rawat

Nalin Rawat

Nalin is a big fan of movies, comics, games, and awesome new gadgets. He has been writing about technology and gaming since college. In his free time, he plays FPS games and explores virtual reality. Reach out to him at @NalinRawat
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