iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Which iPhone should Aussies buy in 2024?

At first glance, the battle between iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13 seems like it would have an obvious victor. Apple's iPhone 14 is newer and more advanced than its predecessor, but are its additional features enough to justify its higher price?

In terms of their design, both handsets appear nearly identical to each other, leading many to consider the new iPhone an underwhelming upgrade — especially when compared to the iPhone 14 Pro, which feels like a proper successor and a legitimate evolution of Apple's smartphone approach.

That said, you shouldn't write off the iPhone 14 entirely, because this year's entry-level flagship still offers a number of notable upgrades — it's got a larger, brighter main camera sensor, as well as new safety features like Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection. 

Additionally, it also sports modified version of Apple's A15 Bionic chipset that came in the iPhone 13 for a bit of extra power (though the A16 Bionic chipset featured in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would have been much better).

However, there's no denying that Apple's iPhone 13 is very similar, and comes in a bit cheaper now that the iPhone 14 lineup is available, making it a good option for those looking to save a bit of money. And, let's not forget that it's still one of best phones you can buy in 2023. 

With these things in mind, we hope our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 guide will help you decide which phone is best suited to your needs. 

Want to know what Apple's cooking up for this year? Take a look at our iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro rumor hubs.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Cheat sheet

  • Design: The design of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 is nearly the same, though the iPhone 14 loses the SIM Card tray.
  • Price: The iPhone 14 starts at AU$1,399 while the iPhone 13 comes in at AU$1,229. The new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus costs AU$1,579 for its base model, and Apple lowered the price of the iPhone 13 mini to AU$1,049.
  • Performance: Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 use the A15 Bionic chipset, but the new model has the 5-core GPU found in the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 has a quad-core GPU.
  • Cameras: The iPhone 14 has 12MP main and ultrawide cameras, just like the iPhone 13, but Apple introduced the new Photonic Engine this year. This elevates lighting in photos to brighten images, especially in low light. 
  • Video: The iPhone 14 sports Action mode, which is video stabilization on steroids. It's ideal for situations where the subject or videographer are in constant motion.
  • Battery life: Battery life on the iPhone 14 got worse, however, down to 9 hours, 28 minutes in our testing from the iPhone 13's 10 hours, 33 minutes. The iPhone 14 Plus fared much better at 11 hours, 57 minutes.
  • iOS 16: Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 run iOS 16, though the latter needs to update to it. This version includes sweeping changes to the lock screen and a bunch of other neat features.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 13iPhone 13 mini
Current starting priceAU$1,399AU$1,579AU$1,229AU$1,049
Screen Size6.1 inches6.7 inches6.1 inches5.4 inches
Display resolutionSuper Retina XDR OLED (2532x1170)Super Retina XDR OLED (2778x1284)Super Retina XDR OLED (2532x1170)Super Retina XDR OLED (2340x1080)
Max display brightness1200 nits (HDR)1200 nits (HDR)1200 nits (HDR)1200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA15 Bionic chip with 5-core GPUA15 Bionic chip with 5-core GPUA15 Bionic chip with 4-core GPUA15 Bionic chip with 4-core GPU
Rear cameras12MP main (f/1.5); 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)12MP main (f/1.5); 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)12MP main (f/1.6); 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)12MP main (f/1.6); 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4)
Front camera12MP TrueDepth camera (f/1.9) with Autofocus12MP TrueDepth camera (f/1.9) with Autofocus12MP TrueDepth camera (f/2.2)12MP TrueDepth camera (f/2.2)
Battery lifeUp to 20 hours video playbackUp to 26 hours video playbackUp to 19 hours of video playbackUp to 17 hours of video playback
ColorsMidnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and (Product) RedMidnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and (Product) RedPink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Green and (Product) RedPink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Green and (Product) Red
Size146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8mm160.8 x 78.1 x 7.8mm146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7mm

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Price and availability

iPhone 14 Plus shown on table

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The standard iPhone 14 costs AU$1,399. That had been the iPhone 13's price, which is now AU$170 cheaper at AU$1,229.

Apple gave the iPhone lineup a huge shakeup for the iPhone 14 launch by dropping the iPhone mini in the new range (the iPhone 13 mini is still available, though). Instead, there's a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus, which costs AU$1,579.

The Plus is very similar to the iPhone 14 and the only notable differences are the screen size and battery. (Our iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Plus comparison goes into greater depth on what's the same and what's different.)

All that remains of the iPhone 13 lineup on Apple's store is the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, which is AU$1,049. The iPhone 13 mini joins the iPhone SE 2022 as the last remaining compact phone in Apple's lineup.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Design

iPhone 14 Plus shown held in hand

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The iPhone 14 looks very similar to the iPhone 13. Both are made of glass and aluminum with glossy backs. The iPhone 14 has a Ceramic Shield on the front glass for added durability, just like the previous model. Based on drop tests involving the iPhone 14 Plus, though, it sounds like the new models are still prone to damage from drops, so you'll want to get one of the best iPhone 14 cases or the best iPhone 14 Plus cases, just as the best iPhone 13 cases helped prevent damage to Apple's older phones.

The iPhone 13 changed the rear camera module layout from vertically stacked lenses to diagonally arranged ones on the back. iPhone 14 sticks with that approach. Up front, the new phone uses the slightly smaller notch that we saw on the iPhone 13 instead of the Dynamic Island cutout that the iPhone 14 Pro models now utilize.

iphone 13 from the back

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The iPhone 14 comes in five colors: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and (Product) Red. The iPhone 13 colors include Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Green and Red. 

Apple has done away with the physical SIM tray on U.S. iPhone 14 models, which means that the iPhone 14 is an eSIM-only phone. So if you want a SIM card tray, the iPhone 13 might be a better choice for you. 

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Display