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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups are officially available to order. The decision between choosing an iPhone 14 model can be tricky. The iPhone 14 Pro is obviously more powerful and capable, but you also have to factor in differences like pricing, battery life, and overall weight. Head below for a deep dive into the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro.

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iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: Screen sizes

For the first year ever, both the standard iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro are available in the same screen sizes. Regardless of which family you pick, you have your choice between a 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch screen. This is a major difference compared to the past two years, when the top-tier “Pro Max” was the only choice for those who wanted the largest 6.7-inch screen.

But with that in mind, there are some big differences in terms of the screen technology and features. Namely, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max offer ProMotion display technology for smoother animations, the new Digital Island that replaces the notch, and the first-ever Always-On display.

The iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-On display enables the screen to show you your lock screen widgets, the time, and your wallpaper at all times. This is the first time Apple has ever implemented an Always-On display for the iPhone.

Meanwhile, the Digital Island brings a new level of interactivity in replacement of the notch. You can tap and hold to find more options and controls. The Dynamic Island can show things like album art for content in the Music app, controls for FaceTime, specific background activities, and more. The new Live Activities feature coming iOS 16 also integrates with the Dynamic Island, meaning you can see live notifications directly in the new screen area.

While those are the bigger differences between the displays, there are some other technical details as well. Here’s the full breakdown of the display technology inside the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro.

iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
Size 6.1-inches 6.7-inches 6.1-inches 6.7-inches
Resolution 2532×1170-pixels 2778‑by‑1284-pixels 2556‑by‑1179-pixels 2796‑by‑1290-pixel
PPI 460ppi 458ppi 460ppi 460ppi
ProMotion?
Dynamic Island?
Always-on display?
Typical brightness 800 nits max 800 nits max 1000 nits max 1000 nits max
Outdoor brightness 800 nits max 800 nits max 2000 nits max 2000 nits max
HDR brightness 1200 nits max 1200 nits max 1600 nits max 1600 nits max
True Tone
Haptic Touch

Size and design

There are some notable differences in the design and dimensions of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups, even though they share screen sizes. There are also differences between the materials used for each model, the weight, and more.

iPhone 14 design

As you can see in the chart below, the rough dimensions of the respective iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models are the same. The biggest difference is the weight, with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max weighing noticeably more than the non-Pro counterparts. This is due to the heavier stainless steel edges, the larger camera modules (more on that in a bit), and the larger batteries.

Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.

iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
Height 5.78-inches (146mm) 6.33-inches
(160.8mm)
6.33-inches (140.7mm) 6.33-inches (160.7mm)
Width 2.82-inches
(71.5mm)
3.07-inches (78.1mm) 2.81-inches (71.5mm) 3.05-inches (77.6mm)
Thickness 0.31-inches (7.80mm) 0.31-inches
(7.80mm)
0.31-inches
(7.85mm)
0.31-inches
(7.85mm)
Weight 6.07-ounces
(172 grams)
7.16-ounces
(203 grams)
7.27-ounces
(206 grams)
8.47-ounces
(240 grams)
Durability IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes
Back material Glossy glass Glossy glass Matte glass Matte glass
Edges Aluminum Aluminum Stainless steel Stainless steel

iPhone 14 Pro Max cases:

iPhone 14 Pro cases:

iPhone 14 cases:

iPhone 14 Plus cases:

Performance

For the first year ever, Apple has split the performance between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. The iPhone 14 models are powered by an upgraded version of the A15 chip used last year (just with an added GPU core). The iPhone 14 Pro models use Apple’s newest A16 Bionic chip, which is Apple’s first 4nm processor.

We’re still waiting on the exact details on iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro performance. The fact of the matter is, however, that iPhone performance is already overkill for the majority of buyers nowadays.

Here’s a breakdown of the full iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 specifications:

iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
Processor A15 Bionic A15 Bionic A16 Bionic A16 Bionic
CPU 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency
GPU 5-core 5-core 5-core 5-core
Neural Engine 16-core 16-core 16-core 16-core
RAM 6GB 6GB 6GB 6GB
Back material Glossy glass Glossy glass Matte glass Matte glass
Edges Aluminum Aluminum Stainless steel Stainless steel

Battery life

Battery life is a big factor when deciding which iPhone 14 to order. The battery stats from Apple can be a bit vague, but here’s what we know.

iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
Video playback 20 hours 26 hours 23 hours 29 hours
Audio playback 80 hours 100 hours 75 hours 95 hours

Camera

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 pro camera

One of the biggest ways the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro differ is in terms of camera technology. The gap between iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro is even bigger this year than before. Because of the new 48MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro, the main camera uses quad-pixel technology to adapt to the photo being captured.

Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro also feature a new Photonic Engine. Apple describes this as a new computational photography feature that offers a “giant leap for mid- to low-light performance in photos across all cameras through a deep integration of hardware and software.”

On the iPhone 14, Apple says you can expect improved mid- to low-light performance of up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera, and 2.5x on the Main camera.

On the iPhone 14 Pro, the benefit is even better: up to 2x on the Main camera, up to 3x on the Ultra Wide camera, up to 2x on the Telephoto camera, and up to 2x on the TrueDepth camera.

Here are some more technical details on the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro camera systems:

iPhone 14/Plus iPhone 14 Pro/Max
Main camera 12MP, ƒ/1.5 aperture, 26 mm
2x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom
48MP, ƒ/1.78, aperture, 24 mm
Sensor-shift optical
image stabilization
Ultra Wide 12MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 13mm 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 13mm
Telephoto lens ✅: 48 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture
Zoom 2x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom 3x optical zoom in,
2x optical zoom out
digital zoom up to 15x
Apple ProRAW
Smart HDR 4
Photonic Engine
Photographic Styles
Panoramas ✅, 63MP ✅, 63MP
Portrait mode

Video recording?

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus camera technology:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Cinematic mode up to 4K HDR at 30 fps
  • Action mode up to 2.8K at 60 fps
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night-mode Time-lapse
  • QuickTake video
  • Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video (Main)
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Audio zoom
  • True Tone flash
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording
iPhone 14 camera

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max camera technology:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Cinematic mode up to 4K HDR at 30 fps
  • Action mode up to 2.8K at 60 fps
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)
  • Macro video recording, including slo-mo and time-lapse
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night-mode Time-lapse
  • QuickTake video
  • Second‑generation sensor‑shift optical image stabilization for video (Main)
  • Dual optical image stabilization for video (Main and Telephoto)
  • 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 6x optical zoom range
  • Digital zoom up to 9x
  • Audio zoom
  • True Tone flash
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC, H.264, and ProRes
  • Stereo recording

Selfie camera

iPhone 14 front camera

Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups offer one of the biggest jumps in front-camera performance we’ve ever seen. Both use a new camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture that enables better low-light performance for photos and video. It also offers auto-focus for the first time, so it can focus in low light and capture group selfies from farther away.

Full spec sheet for the selfie cameras on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro:

  • 12MP camera
  • ƒ/1.9 aperture
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Six‑element lens
  • Retina Flash
  • Photonic Engine
  • Deep Fusion
  • Smart HDR 4
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
  • Animoji and Memoji
  • Night mode
  • Photographic Styles
  • Apple ProRAW
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • Cinematic mode up to 4K HDR at 30 fps
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night-mode Time-lapse
  • QuickTake video
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)

Bolded bullets = iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max only

Colors

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are available in five different colors: 

  • Midnight
  • Purple
  • Starlight 
  • (Product)RED
  • Blue
iPhone 14 battery life

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are available in four different colors: 

  • Silver (Updated)
  • Deep Purple
  • Space Black 
  • Gold

Storage

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus:

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max:

Pricing

iPhone 14 sales | Apple images of iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14:

  • $799 – 128GB
  • $899 – 256GB
  • $999 – 512GB

iPhone 14 Plus:

  • $899 – 128GB
  • $999 – 256GB
  • $1099 – 512GB

iPhone 14 Pro:

  • $999 – 128GB
  • $1099 – 256GB
  • $1299 – 512GB
  • $1499 – 1TB

iPhone 14 Pro Max:

  • $1099 – 128GB
  • $1199 – 256GB
  • $1399 – 512GB
  • $1599 – 1TB

Other features

And here are some other features that are offered by both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro:

  • Crash detection that can recognize when you’re in a car accident and call emergency services.
  • Satellite connectivity for reaching emergency services when you aren’t connected to a cellular or WiFi network.
  • Action mode for stabilizing video during fast-moving scenarios like running or other sports.
  • Ceramic Shield front for improved display durability

Included accessories

Citing environmental concerns, Apple is not including headphones or a charging brick in the iPhone 14 box this year. Here are some accessories you might consider picking up to help fill that gap and complement your new iPhone.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: Which should you buy?

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups are similar in many ways. This is especially true because of the screen size options. As I said at the start, you no longer have to spring for the most expensive iPhone in order to get the largest display. For many people, the screen size is one of the deciding factors in picking an iPhone.

The biggest differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are the new display features, including Digital Island and Always-On, and the camera upgrades. The Digital Island and Always-On display both provide an additional layer of functionality compared to previous generations of iPhones. The advancements, however, aren’t ones that significantly change the day-to-day use of the iPhone.

The camera upgrades offered by the iPhone 14 Pro vs the iPhone 14 are the biggest things to consider. If you’re someone who is constantly taking videos and pictures with your iPhone, these changes are going to bring a significant improvement to the end result. The combination of the new computational photography features and the 48MP sensor is huge. This is the first time in years that Apple has increased the megapixel count of the iPhone’s main camera.

hands on with iPhone 14
Image via Brian Tong

My personal suggestion is to look at how you use your iPhone and look at the price differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. Do you take enough pictures and videos to really benefit from the new camera features? Are you consistently taking pictures and videos of something in your life that’s really important? If so, the iPhone 14 Pro is the way to go.

But if not, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are still incredible phones. The camera hardware is as impressive as in years past, and you benefit from some of the additional computational photography technology. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are also notably cheaper than the iPhone 14 Pro models.

What do you think about the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro debate? Let us know down in the comments!

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