iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: Differences, Features, Specs, Price, and More
The highlight of Apple’s “Far Out” event earlier today was the iPhone 14 Pro series, the company’s latest flagship lineup. Apple’s 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max represent the best the tech giant has to offer, with several upgrades and refinements over last year’s iPhone 13 Pro.
On the outside, the only noticeable changes from the previous generation are a larger camera island on the back and a new pill-shaped display cutout on the front. But there’s more on the inside.
Take a look at the differences between the iPhone 14 Pro and its predecessor below…
The iPhone 14 Pro comes in four colourways: Space Black, Silver, Gold, and Deep Purple. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 Pro launched with Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Sierra Blue colour options. Apple later also debuted an Alpine Green colour for the iPhone 13 Pro.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $1,399 CAD for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro with 128GB of storage, and $1,549 for the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max with 128GB of storage. This year’s models top out at a whopping $2,239 for the 1TB configuration of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
That’s the same launch pricing as last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, which Apple has now dropped from its lineup.
Face ID and the Notch
Both the iPhone 14 Pro and its predecessor support Face ID. Unlike the iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 14 Pro finally gets rid of the display notch — it only took Apple five years.
Apple has replaced the oft-criticized notch with a pill-shaped cutout that’s less of an eyesore. Instead of the notch that blocked most of the status bar on previous iPhone models, users now get the new “Dynamic Island,” which Apple called “a new way to interact with iPhone.”
That’s right — that hole at the top of your display is no longer a distraction, it’s a feature. Apple said the Dynamic Island shows alerts using the Face ID and front camera cutout. This feature is interactive, complete with lively and fluid animations.
Display and Cameras
The iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro share the same 6.1″ (6.7″, in the case of their Pro Max variants) OLED Super Retina XDR displays with ProMotion (adaptive 120 Hz capability). This year’s model, however, also brings Always-On display functionality to the table.
In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro sports thinner bezels than its predecessor. The iPhone 14 Pro (2556×1179 pixels) has an ever so slightly higher screen resolution than the iPhone 13 Pro (2532×1170 pixels), thanks to the front camera and Face ID tech taking up less space in a pill-shaped cutout. Pixel density remains the same on both models, however, at 460 ppi.
The displays on both phones support HDR, True Tone, and Wide Colour. They also have the same 1,000 nits typical max brightness (typical), but the iPhone 14 Pro does 1,600 nits peak brightness in HDR, as opposed to the 13 Pro’s 1,200 nits. Furthermore, the iPhone 14 Pro’s OLED screen can reach 2,000 nits peak brightness outdoors, making the screen twice as bright in the sun.
Both generations feature a triple camera setup on the rear. While the iPhone 13 Pro has 12MP sensors for all three cameras, this year’s “Pro” iPhones get a major camera upgrade with a beefed up 48MP main Wide camera and improved 12MP sensors for the Ultra Wide and Telephoto shooters.
iPhone 14 Pro’s main 48MP camera has a quad-pixel sensor that’s 65% bigger than before, according to Apple. There’s also a new 23mm focal length, as well as major low light improvements with what Apple calls its new “Photonic Engine.” Apple has also improved the 2x Telephoto lens to offer more details and bokeh.
To top things off on the hardware side, the iPhone 14 Pro gets Apple’s new second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) and Adaptive True Tone flash.
The iPhone 14 Pro is capable of 4K HDR video recording up to 30 fps in Cinematic Mode, as opposed to 1080p at 30 fps on its predecessor.
Also, the iPhone 14 Pro lineup gets more advanced video stabilization in what Apple is calling “Action Mode.” The company said it makes video look “incredibly stable” for smooth recording and even supports Dolby Vision HDR.
Apple’s premium photography/videography features, like Night Mode, Deep Fusion, and Apple ProRAW, are available on both devices.
On the front, the iPhone 14 Pro has a new TrueDepth Camera that supports Apple’s Photonic Engine and, for the first time, features autofocus. iPhone 14 Pro’s hybrid system delivers better low-light performance.
The rest of the camera specs remain the same for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro.
Networking, CPU and Battery Life
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are powered by Apple’s A16 Bionic processor, a generational upgrade over the iPhone 13 Pro’s A15 Bionic and Apple’s first chip based on the 4nm process. Apple hailed the A16 Bionic as the new “fastest chip ever in a smartphone.”
Both phones offer 5G networking (sub-6 GHz and mmWave) with 4×4 MIMO (Canada doesn’t have mmWave 5G, so Canadian iPhone models lack mmWave support).
This year’s entire iPhone lineup also introduces the long-rumoured Emergency SOS via Satellite functionality, which lets users send emergency texts even when there are no cell towers around. The feature launches in November and will be free for two years. In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro also brings Apple’s new Crash Detection feature.
Battery life gets a slight bump on this year’s iPhone 14 Pro, which manages up to 23 hours of video playback versus the iPhone 13 Pro’s 22 hours.
Naturally, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a bigger battery that gets up to 29 hours of video playback. However, the generational improvement is still about one hour, since the iPhone 13 Pro Max can handle up to 28 hours of video playback.
The iPhone 14 Pro stands 147.5 mm tall and 71.5 mm wide, with a thickness of 7.85 mm. In comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro is 146.7 mm tall and 71.5 mm wide, with a thickness of 7.65 mm. This year’s model is also just 2 grams heavier than its predecessor, making any physical differences between the two pretty subtle.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro Max measures 160.7 mm tall and 77.6 mm wide, with a thickness of 7.85 mm. Last year’s iPhone 13 Pro Max was also identical, at 160.8 mm tall, 78.1 mm wide, and 7.65 mm thick. The two phones weigh the same (240 grams).
Both of this year’s Pro models are just a tad chunkier than their counterparts from last year, but the most noticeable physical difference between the two is the size of their respective rear camera bumps. We got a sneak peek at the larger camera module last month, and it is more pronounced on the smaller frame of the iPhone 14 Pro than on the larger Pro Max.
Both devices have a Ceramic Shield front for added protection. Water resistance is also identical, with both models being rated IP68 under IEC standard 60529. They are water-resistant to a maximum depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes.
The iPhone 13 Pro and its successor both feature MagSafe to support wireless chargers and accessories.
Capacity options haven’t changed between the two generations, with the iPhone 14 Pro also available with 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, or a whopping 1TB of internal storage.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro both have Dual eSIM support, furthering Apple’s push for virtual SIMs. This year, Apple has decided to do away with the SIM tray altogether on U.S. iPhone 14 models.
iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: Which One Should You Buy?
Apple no longer sells the iPhone 13 Pro, so buying either of those phones new is pretty much out of the question. But is the iPhone 14 Pro a worthy upgrade? Well, like most things, that depends.
The very first thing that depends on is how much moolah you can afford to spend on a phone right now. At $2,239 for a completely decked-out iPhone 14 Pro Max, you’re not getting an iPhone 14 Pro for peanuts.
Unlike the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, though, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max actually get generational performance upgrades and camera improvements that are invaluable to creators and professionals. Oh, and the notch is (sort of) gone too!
It all comes down to whether all of those things are enough to justify the upgrade for you.
An iPhone 13 Pro or even an iPhone 12 Pro will serve you just fine for now, provided you can go without having the latest and greatest from Apple. And if you can’t, well — why are you here instead of on Apple.ca pre-ordering your new iPhone 14 Pro?
Customers can start placing pre-orders for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max this Friday, September 9, at 5am PT in Canada. The iPhone 14 Pro will officially launch the following week on September 16.