The new generation iPhone 14 was presented as part of the “Far Out” event. The question therefore naturally arises: How do the new models differ from their predecessors? We make an overall comparison of the main categories.
The iPhone 13 generation consists of four different models:
- iPhone 13 mini (5.4 inch)
- iPhone 13 (6.1 inch)
- iPhone 13 Pro (6.1 inches)
- iPhone 13 Pro Max (6.7 inches)
As previously speculated upstream, Apple has effectively replaced the 5.4-inch iPhone mini with a 6.7-inch Plus. Here’s what the result is for the iPhone 14 line:
- iPhone 14 (6.1 inch)
- iPhone 14 Plus (6.7 inches)
- iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inches)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inches)
At first glance, the design hasn’t changed much, both Gen 14 and Gen 13 have the angular design that Apple (re)introduced with the iPhone 12. While Apple reduced the notch by 20% on all iPhone 13s, this has been completely replaced by a new “dynamic island” on Pro iPhone 14s.
Non-pro models still have the notch at the top of the screen. For the rest, the camera module is developed on the back.
When the iPhone 14s was released, to everyone’s surprise, Apple continued to sell the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 and did not reduce the price. Pro and Pro Max have been removed from the store. Here is the price of the remaining two:
- iPhone 13 mini: from €809
- iPhone 13: from €909
In Europe, including France, Apple has raised the prices of its new iPhones:
- iPhone 14: from €1,019
- iPhone 14 Plus: from €1,169
- iPhone 14 Pro: from €1,329
- iPhone 14 Pro Max: from €1,479
Like iPhone 13, iPhone 14 (Plus) is available in five different colors (Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, (PRODUCT)RED), while iPhone 13 is available in one additional color: Alpine Green. However, this color was only presented after the official iPhone 13 Keynote in spring 2022.
It is therefore very possible that Apple will announce another color of the iPhone 14 next spring.
For the iPhone 14 Pro (Max), Apple replaces Alpine Blue from the iPhone 13 Pro with a new Intense Violet. The 13 Pro units are also still available in Alpine Green.
Apple was able to shrink the edges of the iPhone 14 (Pro) a bit compared to the iPhone 13 (Pro), so the screen looks even bigger. Unfortunately, only the Pro models come with a Pro Motion screen.
For the first time, Apple is introducing always-on display for the iPhone 14 (Pro). Users can read the most important information on the home screen without having to wake the iPhone from sleep. However, Apple had a special idea, because unlike the already known Always-On display screens, the screen does not go completely black, so that the configured background image is permanently visible. According to Apple, however, this has no impact on battery life.
The photo sensors on the iPhone 14 models have changed a bit since the Pro models have the same telephoto lens, wide-angle sensor and an ultra-wide angle as its predecessor. While the standard versions have to give up a telephoto lens. The LiDAR scanner is also still Pro-only.
Thanks to a larger sensor, the iPhone 14 Pro can now take better photos in low light thanks to its new 48 MP sensor (by comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro has a 12 MP sensor). Thanks to pixel binning, the iPhone 14 Pro still produces images with a resolution of 12 MP. To shoot at 48MP, use Apple’s ProRAW format.
Compared to the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14’s camera has improved very slightly. The main camera in the next generation 14 has an improved aperture (f/1.5 instead of f/1.6).
A small sensation: Apple only offers the new A16 chip for the iPhone 14 Pro models. Until now, it was common for non-Pro devices to be equipped with the current chip as well. While the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max benefit from the maximum performance of the A16 chip, the iPhone 14 and 14 Max are equipped with a slightly redesigned A15 chip, taken from the iPhone 13 generation.
Apple was able to improve the battery life of the iPhone 13 (Pro) slightly, the battery performance of the iPhone 14 series has improved a little further. On Apple’s website, we can read that video playback (Apple’s measure of battery capacity) could be improved by one hour. The first tests should show what the batteries’ mAh value is.
Until now, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini were available with a storage capacity of 128, 256 or 512 GB, the 13 Pro models were also available with up to 1 TB of memory. This has not changed too the new generation of iPhone 14.
Adapted from Simon Lohmann’s original article on our sister site Macwelt.