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iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: The biggest differences

Comparison image of iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13
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An iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 comparison should come in handy whether you're thinking of an upgrade or you just want to know the biggest differences between these two phones. After all, Apple may have just introduced the iPhone 14, but the iPhone 13 remains on sale at Apple's store for a reduced price.

At first glance, the iPhone 14 looks pretty much identical to the iPhone 13, but there's plenty of notable upgrades, including a bigger and brighter main camera sensor, safety features like Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection and a slightly more powerful version of Apple's A15 Bionic chipset.

However, the iPhone 13 has now been discounted and remains one of the best phones around. This iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 guide will help you decide which phone is better for your needs. 

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Models

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus at Apple Event

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Apple has given its iPhone lineup a huge shakeup this year by killing the iPhone Mini. Instead, there's a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus (opens in new tab). The Plus is very similar to the iPhone 14 and the only notable differences are the screen size and battery. 

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. With Apple also dropping the iPhone 12 mini from its ranks, the iPhone 13 mini joins the iPhone SE 2022 as the last remaining compact phone in Apple's lineup.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Price

The standard iPhone 14 costs $799. While the iPhone 13 launched at $799, it has now been discounted to $699 with the arrival of the iPhone 14.

The iPhone 14 Plus comes in at $100 more than the iPhone 14, with a $899 price tag. The iPhone 13 mini now costs $599.

Preorders for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus begin September 9, with the standard iPhone shipping September 16. You'll have to wait a bit longer for the iPhone 14 Plus, which doesn't arrive until October 7.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Specs

iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 13iPhone 14 mini
Current starting price$799$899$699$599
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
Size5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches
Weight6.07 ounces7.16 ounces6.14 ounces4.97 ounces

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Design and display

iPhone 14 at Apple Event

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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.

iPhone 13 changed its camera module layout from vertically stacked lenses to diagonally arranged ones on the back. iPhone 14 sticks with that approach. Up front, it uses the slightly smaller notch that was seen on iPhone 13 instead of the Dynamic Island cutout that the iPhone 14 Pro models now utilize.

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. 

Under the hood, Apple has brought some significant changes to the iPhone 14. This includes improving the phone's thermal performance and a new Emergency SOS satellite feature that will let you get help even when there is no cellular connection.

Apple has also done away with the physical SIM tray on US 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 13 pro max front

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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 have identical 6.1-inch OLED displays, featuring HDR support, 800 nits of brightness and 1,2000 nits of peak brightness with HDR content. The only difference of note is that you can go bigger if you want with the iPhone 14 Plus, which gives you more real estate with 6.7 inches. This panel fits more content on screen at once and is more immersive for watching videos. 

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: Performance and battery life

a15 bionic

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A new iPhone normally means new chipsets, but for the first time in the iPhone's history, this is not the case for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Apple has stuck with the high-end A15 bionic that powered last year's iPhone lineup, though it's not the exact same silicone that the iPhone 13 used. Instead, this is the same chip found in the iPhone 13 Pro, so Apple is promising an 18% improvement for any iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13 comparisons. iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 benchmarks are here and they reveal a much faster iPhone 14.

Looking for new Apple silicon? Try the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which both feature the 4-nanometer A16 Bionic.

As for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, the A15 remains a pretty powerful chip that brings the same 6-core CPU 16-core Neural Engine, but the iPhone 14 now enjoys a 5-core GPU for boosted gaming performance. The A15 Bionic also enables computational photography features like Photonic Engine for better low-light performance. 

The iPhone 14 is rated for up to 20 hours of video playback, 16 hours of streamed video and 80 hours of audio. The iPhone 13 is rated for 19 hours, 15 hours and 75 hours, so you should see a boost with the iPhone 14. That's great news since the iPhone 13 lasted nearly 10.5 hours on our battery test, which beats the average smartphone.

The iPhone 14 Plus packs a bigger battery and ups those numbers to 26, 20 and 100 hours. That could place the iPhone 14 Plus on our best phone battery life list, though we've have to put the new handset through our battery test to confirm.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: Cameras

iPhone 14 at Apple Event

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Some of the biggest upgrades included with the iPhone 14 involve its cameras. Like its predecessor, the new iPhone 14 models feature a pair of rear 12MP cameras — one a main camera, the other an ultrawide shooter. But this time, the iPhone 14's main sensor is much larger with bigger pixels (1.9 microns), and with a faster f/1.5 aperture and sensor-shift image stabilization).

All of this should add up to better photos and video, delivering better detail and less noise. Night mode should also be improved with the exposure now twice as fast. A Photonic Engine feature helps improve low-light performance across all of the cameras. 

The front camera on the iPhone 14 has also changed. This new TrueDepth camera has an ƒ/1.9 aperture that is supposed to help in low light. In contrast, the iPhone 13 makes do with an f/2.2 aperture. And you get autofocus for the first time on a front iPhone camera with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

In terms of video, Apple has introduced a new Action mode that is designed to add better stabilization to videos taken on the go on the iPhone 14. We've now seen the first-real world Action mode video, and it looks pretty impressive. 

We will have to see if the iPhone 14 makes it to our best camera phones list, but the early camera specs are promising.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: Outlook

The iPhone 14 brings some upgrades like SOS Emergency satellite connectivity, Crash Detection and improvements in low light photography. Even with those improvements, you'll still find many similarities to the iPhone 13.

This includes the A15 Bionic chip, the display (with the exception of the larger iPhone 14 Plus model) and the overall design. With iOS 16, the iPhone 13 will also get all of Apple's latest software features, including the customizable lockscreen display. 

Overall, the iPhone 14 doesn't seem like a big leap over the iPhone 13. But if you own an iPhone 12 or older handset — or if you want to splurge for the new bigger Plus model — the new phones could be of interest. We'll update this iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13 face-off with our test results once we get our hands on the new phones. 

Next: Our News Editor thinks the iPhone 14 upgrades are so minimal — you should just get the discounted iPhone 13. If you have just bought an iPhone 14, you can check out our guide to the best iPhone 14 cases.

Sanjana Prakash
News Editor

Sanjana loves all things tech. From the latest phones, to quirky gadgets and the best deals, she's in sync with it all. Based in Atlanta, she is the news editor at Tom's Guide. Previously, she produced India's top technology show for NDTV and has been a tech news reporter on TV. Outside work, you can find her on a tennis court or sipping her favorite latte in instagrammable coffee shops in the city. Her work has appeared on NDTV Gadgets 360 and CNBC.

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