iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 Buyer's Guide: Should You Upgrade?

The iPhone 14 is among Apple's latest iPhones and follows last year's iPhone 13, but how different are the two successive iPhone generations?

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14 Feature
In 2021, Apple unveiled the ‌iPhone 13‌ as the successor to the popular iPhone 12, with improved rear cameras, longer battery life, the A15 Bionic chip, and more. As devices that are more affordable than the "Pro" models, but more full-featured than the low-cost iPhone SE, the ‌iPhone 14‌ will likely be the most popular option among customers, starting at a price of $799 for the 128GB model. The ‌iPhone 13‌ mini and ‌iPhone 13‌ continue to be available from Apple for $599 and $699, respectively.

As the ‌iPhone 13‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ share the overwhelming majority of their features and have the same design, should you consider sticking with the ‌iPhone 13‌ to save money? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two ‌iPhone‌ models is best for you, and serves as a way to clearly see the differences that the ‌iPhone 14‌ brings to the table.

Comparing the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14

The ‌iPhone 13‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ both feature the same display size, 5G connectivity, A15 Bionic chip, and design. Nevertheless, the ‌iPhone 14‌ still offers a number of upgrades, such as an additional GPU core, Emergency SOS via satellite, the Photonic Engine, and Action Mode.

Differences


iPhone 13

  • 4-core GPU (A15 Bionic)
  • 4GB of memory
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dual-camera system
  • 12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • Up to 19 hours battery life during video playback
  • Thickness of 7.65mm
  • Weighs 174 grams
  • eSIM optional
  • Emergency SOS
  • Available in Green, Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)


iPhone 14

  • 5-core GPU (A15 Bionic)
  • 6GB of memory
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • "Advanced" dual-camera system
  • 12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture and larger sensor
  • 12-megapixel front-facing camera with ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus
  • Photonic Engine
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (4K HDR up to 30 fps)
  • Action mode
  • Up to 20 hours battery life during video playback
  • Thickness of 7.80mm
  • Weighs 172 grams
  • eSIM only (in the U.S.)
  • Emergency SOS via satellite
  • Crash Detection
  • Available in Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)

Final Thoughts

The ‌iPhone 14‌'s upgrades over the ‌iPhone 13‌ are mostly iterative, offering small refinements in terms of photography and videography capabilities, battery life, and GPU performance. 6GB of memory, Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite, three features that also come to the iPhone 14 Pro and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max, are more significant upgrades for the safety-conscious, as well as the enhanced camera hardware. That being said, the ‌iPhone 14‌ is probably best suited to those coming from an older device.

At face value, there is likely not enough to justify getting the new model over the ‌iPhone 13‌ for most customers. Matters may be different if you want a larger display size, however, as there is no equivalent to the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus in the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup.

The ‌iPhone 13‌ is still highly capable for everyday use, and ‌iPhone 14‌ shares the vast majority of the ‌iPhone 13‌'s most versatile features, such as the A15 Bionic chip, OLED Super Retina XDR display, Ceramic Shield, Night mode, MagSafe, and IP68 water resistance, so it may be better to wait for a more substantial upgrade.

Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 14
Buyer's Guide: iPhone 14 (Buy Now)
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Top Rated Comments

AppliedMicro Avatar
17 weeks ago
No mini - no upgrade.
Score: 78 Votes (Like | Disagree)
schneeland Avatar
17 weeks ago
Based on experience from previous years, the answer to "should you upgrade from iPhone X to iPhone X+1?" is almost universally no. Same for Watch and iPad. The devices have all reached a maturity where they can easily be used for 3+ years.

That being said, I agree with previous comments that "should you upgrade" articles seem kind of ill-advised before the device in question is actually out.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eriamjh1138@DAN Avatar
17 weeks ago
The 14 will be the best iPhone ever.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NoIdentity Avatar
17 weeks ago
ah yeah, a buyer's guide based on speculations. I recon, why buy the 13 or 14, heck skip until we reach 20. I heard the 20 will have killer features and way worth the wait. Considering the price jump between 16 and 17 will be very steep it only makes sense to upgrade when the 20 hits the market. Save up, until then. /s
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yegon Avatar
17 weeks ago

The 14 will be the best iPhone ever.
We think you’re going to love it.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wildkraut Avatar
17 weeks ago
Waiting for iPhone 15 with USB-C and alternative AppStores, alternative Payment + Sideloading :D
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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