Apple iPhone 14 vs. Apple iPhone 13: Should You Change to The Latest Base Model?

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The new iPhone 14 line from Apple is now official, and this year there are four new models. But as we pointed out in our article about the differences between each iPhone in the 14 line, the regular iPhone 14 doesn’t offer much more than last year’s regular iPhone 13.

Is the new iPhone really better than the one from last year? Let’s compare the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13 to find out.

Differences Between the Apple iPhone 14 and The iPhone 13

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Here’s a quick look at what each phone has to offer, based on its specifications:

Specification iPhone 14 iPhone 13
Build Ceramic shield front
Glass back
Aluminum mid-frame
IP68 dust and water resistance
Ceramic shield front
Glass back
Aluminum mid-frame
IP68 dust and water resistance
Dimensions & Weight 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8mm
172g
146.7 x 71.5 x 7.6mm
174g
Display 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display
2532 x 1170p resolution, 460PPI
HDR
True Tone
The wide color (P3)
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
800nits max brightness, 1200nits peak brightness
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display
2532 x 1170p resolution, 460PPI
HDR
True Tone
The wide color (P3)
2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
800nits max brightness, 1200nits peak brightness
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
SoC Apple A15 Bionic
6-core CPU
2 performance cores
4 efficiency cores
5-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine
Apple A15 Bionic
6-core CPU
2 performance cores
4 efficiency cores
4-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine
Storage 128GB
256GB
512GB
128GB
256GB
512GB
Battery & Charging Battery-rated for up to 20 hours of video playback
up to 16 hours of video streaming
Up to 80 hours of audio playback

Fast-charge capable to 50% charge in about 30 minutes with a 20W adapter or higher (sold separately)

MagSafe and Qi wireless charging

Battery-rated for up to 19 hours of video playback
up to 15 hours of video streaming
up to 75 hours of audio playback

Fast-charge capable to 50% charge in about 30 minutes with a 20W adapter or higher (sold separately)

MagSafe and Qi wireless charging

Security Face ID Face ID
Rear Camera(s) Primary: 12MP f/1.5, sensor-shift OIS
Ultra-wide: 12MP f/2.4, 120-degree FoV
Sapphire crystal lens cover
True Tone flash
Primary: 12MP f/1.6, sensor-shift OIS
Ultra-wide: 12MP f/2.4, 120-degree FoV
Sapphire crystal lens cover
True Tone flash
Front Camera(s) 12MP f/1.9, autofocus with Focus Pixels
12MP f/2.2, autofocus with Focus Pixels
Port(s) Lightning connector
Lightning connector
Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz, mmWave) with 4×4 MIMO
4G LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
Wi-Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.3
Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness
NFC
Dual eSIM support (U.S. models are not compatible with physical SIM cards)
5G (sub-6GHz, mmWave) with 4×4 MIMO
4G LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
Wi-Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.3
Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness
NFC
Dual SIM support
Software iOS 16 iOS 16
Other Features Barometer
High dynamic range gyro
High-g accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Dual ambient light sensor
Barometer
High dynamic range gyro
High-g accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Dual ambient light sensor

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Design and Display

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The style is the first thing the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13 have in common. They both look the same and are about the same size, with flat aluminum tracks.

The new iPhone is a little bit bigger and heavier than the one from last year, but you won’t notice it right away, even if you hold them both at the same time. They look so much alike that you’d have a hard time telling them apart if it weren’t for the three new colors.

The iPhone 14 comes in a new Blue color, a new Purple color, and a slightly lighter Product Red color. We looked at both phones in the Starlight color, and as you can see from the pictures, they look the same.

Even though the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13 look the same from the outside, there is one major change in how they are made. iFixit’s teardown showed that Apple has completely changed the way the iPhone 14 works on the inside, making it easy to take off the back glass for repairs.

This makes the iPhone 14 the one that can be fixed the most. This won’t change how you use the phone on a daily basis, but it will make it easy to keep the new iPhone for a long time.

The changes in the way they work on the inside don’t affect how long they last, so they both use the same materials and have the same IP68 rating. In this comparison, the style is not the only thing that is similar.

The screen of the iPhone 14 is almost exactly the same as the screen of the iPhone 13. This means that it still has a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2532 x 1170p and a frame rate of 60Hz.

The 60Hz refresh rate isn’t exactly a deal-breaker, especially if you’re coming from an older iPhone, but it’s definitely an area where the iPhone needs an update.

So, if you were hoping that the new iPhone 14 would have a screen with a faster update rate, you’ll be disappointed to learn that it doesn’t. The iPhone 14 Pro versions will still cost you money.