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iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: here's how they compare

iPhone 14 at Apple Event
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iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Plus is an all-new iPhone match-up this year, as Apple's ditching the smaller iPhone mini size for the larger Max. And that could have a big impact on your buying decision.

The iPhone 14 regular is the same mid-sized iPhone you're probably already familiar with. However, the iPhone 14 Plus will offer a cheaper way of getting the iPhone 14 Pro Max's size without having to pay out for its advanced features like an improved display or camera array. The gap between the iPhone 14 Pro and non-Pro iPhones seems pretty big this year, but if you're just after the largest possible iPhone screen and battery, the Max could suit you just fine.

We're looking forward to how the iPhone 14 Plus may open up a new rich niche of potential buyers, although early pre-order numbers are a tad soft. But for now, we can see how the regular iPhone 14 and the larger iPhone 14 Plus compare.

If you want to know what difference a Pro badge makes, take a look at our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro face-off too. 

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: specs

iPhone 14iPhone 14 Plus
Starting price$799$899
Screen size6.1-inches6.7-inches
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz
CPUApple A15 BionicApple A15 Bionic
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
CamerasDual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)
Size5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 inches
Weight6.07 ounces7.16 ounces
ColorsPurple, blue, midnight, starlight, Product REDPurple, blue, midnight, starlight, Product RED

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max: Price 

The standard iPhone 14 starts at $799 (AU$1,399) and the new iPhone 14 Plus costs a little more at $899 (AU$1,579). 

At that price, the iPhone 14 Plus could really blow Samsung and Google away. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is priced roughly the same and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus comes in for around $100 more in the US.

The iPhone 14 Plus could offer stiff competition to these flagship phones, although it might have a slight disadvantage with its camera and display.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max: Design and display

Size is the biggest iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus difference: the iPhone 14 will have a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 14 Plus gets a larger 6.7-inch display. Accordingly, the iPhone 14 weighs just over 6 ounces, while the iPhone 14 Max tips the scales at a little over 7 ounces.

But that aside, the phones don't differ much physically, and both mirror the shape and proportions of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max that came before.

The iPhone models get aluminum frames with glossy backs. And like with the previous gen iPhones, the iPhone 14 and 14 Max are IP68 water and dust resistant and have the Lightning port for charging (probably for the last time on iPhones).

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus stick with the same notch as the iPhone 13 series, which means it will very much be there but 25% smaller than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have gotten rid of the full notch and have a pill-shaped cut-out for Face ID and the front camera instead.

In terms of display, the phones have skipped Pro Motion, which Apple has again reserved for the Pros. They instead have 60Hz, which is behind the times for most phones but won't be noticeable if you're coming from any iPhone other than a 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max.

Both phones offer the same set of colors to pick from. Those are starlight, midnight, blue, purple and Product RED.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max: Cameras

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus share camera hardware. That includes two 12MP cameras on the back, serving main and ultrawide purposes, and another 12MP camera on the front for your selfie-taking needs.

One new feature that you won't find on previous iPhones is the Photonic Engine. This is Apple's fancy name for a new image processing pipeline that focuses on getting better low-light shots.

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max: Performance 

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus gave stuck with the 2021 A15 Bionic chip to power them. Apple decided to give only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max the new A16 Bionic chip.

The same chip does mean similar power for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, although both have an extra GPU core and improved cooling compared to the iPhone 13, meaning a slight performance bump even with the same silicon.

Apple also gave both phones the same new safety features - Crash Detection and satellite-powered Emergency SOS. Hopefully you'll never need to automatically notify someone you've been in a vehicle collision or have gotten lost somewhere in the wilderness, but either of these phones will help you with that.

And what about storage space? Both phones offer the same there too, with capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. 

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max: Battery 

This is where the difference between the two phones gets interesting. The iPhone 14 Plus lives up to its name and max out on the battery front, getting ahead of the iPhone 14. 

The iPhone 13 Pro Max did really well with its large battery and chassis. Going by that, we are hoping that the large iPhone 14 Plus will also do very well on our custom battery test and end up on our best phone battery life list

 iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Max: Bottom line 

Apple may be some of its best features for the iPhone 14 Pros like a 48MP camera, Pro Motion display and always-on display. But with the $100 price hike,  a lot of shoppers could turn to the regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.  

While the iPhone 14 and 14 Max are very similar, they differ in size, battery capacity and price. The iPhone 14 Plus might just outshine the iPhone 14 by offering a big-screen iPhone experience for a more affordable price than the Pro Max, but if it's not that much better than the regular iPhone 14, maybe the smaller handset will still offer the best bang for your buck.

Richard Priday
Staff Writer

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.

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