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iPhone 14 specs — how the four new iPhones compare

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Now the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models are all official, it's time to dive into the specs comparisons. If you're unsure which model is right for you, this might be the way to figure out what your next iPhone will be.

There are some big shifts in how the different iPhones relate to each other this year. The Pro iPhones and non-Pro iPhones have drifted further apart with the Pros offering a new display design, always-on display capabilities, revamped cameras and an even higher price than before,not to mention the fact they are holding Apple's new chip hostage, leaving the regular iPhones with last year's silicon.

Also, there's a whole new iPhone in the form of the iPhone 14 Plus. Offering a big iPhone experience but with none of the Pro features to pump the price up, it could be a great compromise phone for users who want more iPhone but don't want to spend the extra it would take to buy a Pro.

Below we've got a full table of all the available iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro specs, and below that we've got analysis of the key points of comparison. While we'll save our full opinions of these phones for our reviews, we'll do what we can to judge which iPhones will suit which users best based on the raw figures.

iPhone 14 specs

iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max
Screen size6.1-inches6.7-inches6.1-inches6.7-inches
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz1-120Hz1-120Hz
CPUApple A15 BionicApple A15 BionicApple A16 BionicApple A16 Bionic
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB256GB, 512GB, 1TB256GB, 512GB, 1TB
CamerasDual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom 48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom
Size5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 inches5.81 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches6.33 x 3.05 x 0.31 inches
Weight6.07 ounces7.16 ounces7.27 ounces8.47 ounces
Dust/Water resistanceIP68IP68IP68IP68
ColorsPurple, blue, midnight, starlight and Product REDPurple, blue, midnight, starlight and Product REDPurple, gold, silver and space blackPurple, gold, silver and space black

iPhone 14 specs: Size and weight

Apple’s experiment with mini iPhones is over. The iPhone 12 and 13 mini reportedly sold so poorly that Apple has pulled the plug on an iPhone 14 mini, meaning that the 6.1-inches will be as small as it gets this time around. You should be able to buy an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro in that size.

So what’s replacing the mini? The anticipated device is the iPhone 14 Plus — a 6.7-inch handset that matches the iPhone 14 Pro Max for screen real estate. 

In short, Apple is simplifying the lineup: now you don’t need to spend top dollar to get a large panel. The flipside, unfortunately, is that those who favor the best small phones will have to settle for last year’s iPhone 13 mini instead.

Weight-wise, this means that the basic iPhone 14 will be similar to the iPhone 13, which tips the scales at 174g or 6.1 ounces. The others are harder to guess, thanks to the uncharted territory of the larger regular version and a more complicated camera setup on the Pro models.

We do expect that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be heavier and thicker, owing to a new 48MP camera and bigger camera bump. 

iPhone 14 specs: Display and refresh rate

Although the screen sizes may now be the same between the regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro series, the tech is set to remain one of the biggest dividing lines between the tiers. 

The iPhone 13 Pro series introduced 120Hz refresh rates (or ProMotion as Apple brands it) and this is returning to the iPhone 14 Pro handsets. In fact, it’s improved, with the refresh rate capable of dropping as low as 1Hz, meaning an always-on display is available for the first time on the two iPhone Pro models.

The regular iPhone 14 isn't getting this, however. While still OLED, the panels are capped at 60Hz, making things a bit less smooth and meaning buyers won’t get access to the brand new always-on display mode.

There's a similar gap with brightness. Apple rates the maximum HDR brightness for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus as 1,200 nits, but at 1,600 nits for the Pro and Pro Max.

iPhone 14 specs: performance

In the past, iPhones have shared the same chipset within generations. Whether you buy a $399 2022 iPhone SE or the $1,099 iPhone 13 Pro, you’ll still get the Apple A15 Bionic chip powering things.

Not so this generation. Apple has given the Pro models an edge by giving it exclusive access to the all-new A16 Bionic processor. The regular iPhone 14 is sticking with the familiar A15, but is using an improved version with better graphics and internal cooling.

Just like before, all handsets will start at 128GB of storage. You also have the option of upgrading to 256GB and 512GB of storage for all iPhone 14 handsets, and 1TB as well for the Pro models. 

iPhone 14 specs: Cameras

This is another area where Apple has a big iPhone 14 Pro upgrade, but not as much new stuff for the regular iPhone 14. The standard iPhone 14 models are sticking with 12MP cameras across the board (although they do have new larger apertures and sensors for the main camera), but the Pro versions will get a 48MP main camera, the first megapixel upgrade since the iPhone 6s debuted back in 2015. It'll be capable of 8K video as well as higher-res photos

Once again, telephoto cameras are Pro exclusives too, capable of 3x optical zoom. All phones have 12MP ultrawide cameras, and a new front camera with autofocus capability, which should improve selfie shots. 

As for new software tricks, Apple's added the Photonic Engine, a new part of the iPhone's post-processing that improves low-light performance, and Action Mode for video, which boosts stabilization when recording. 

iPhone 14 specs: Battery and charging

We're going to have to wait for the teardowns to show us what the actual capacity of the iPhone 14 batteries are, but Apple has given us some indication of how long these phones last.

The two Pro models apparently have all-day battery life, which ends up as 23 hours of video playback for the Pro model and 29 hours for the Pro Max model.

The iPhone 14 Plus has the best iPhone battery life yet, but on the same video playback measurement, it gets to 26 hours. The base iPhone 14 is the shortest lasting, but still manages 20 hours of playback.

Apple made no changes to the iPhone 14 family's charging systems, so once again all models will charge at 20W when plugged in directly, or up to 15W wirelessly when using the correct MagSafe accessories.

iPhone 14 specs: Colors

Apple historically likes to offer different color options for the regular and Pro iPhones, and the 2022 handsets are no different.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are available in purple, blue, midnight, starlight and Product RED color schemes. The Pro version, meanwhile, comes in either purple, gold, silver or space black.

iPhone 14 specs: Outlook

For those with their hearts set on an iPhone 14 Pro, this looks like an exciting upgrade. The new 48MP camera could make it worth the price of entry alone, with the always-on display and faster chipset as an added bonus.

For wannabe buyers of the regular iPhone 14, it’s a more complicated picture. There aren't many hardware upgrades for the basic model, although the new iPhone 14 Plus may appeal to some customers with its larger size for less money. We're going to have to spend some time with all four phones before we decide not only which is the best of the bunch, but which is also the best value for money.

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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