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iPhone 14 Vs iPhone 13: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

iPhone 14 Vs iPhone 13: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

This blog is for everyone, including those who have an iPhone 13 or a lower model and are thinking of upgrading. After all, you must be thinking whether the upgrade is worth it given the fact that iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 look strikingly similar and yet have a price difference of almost $300 (iPhone 13 Pro Max v iPhone 14 Pro Max – 128GB 6GB RAM).

All the while, this blog is also for first time iPhone buyers. With a price difference of at least $175 (iPhone 13 v iPhone 14 – 128GB 4GB RAM) why should you buy the new iPhone 14 when iPhone 13 looks strikingly similar? 

However, as they say, there’s more to this than meets the eye. There are real differences between the two, which you need to consider before dishing out your hard earned money. 

So, let’s dig in. 

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13

SpecificationiPhone 14iPhone 13 
Dimensions/Weight146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm / 172g146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm / 174g
Build & SafetyAluminum Frame
Gorilla Glass (Front & Back)
IP68 dust/water resistant
Aluminum Frame
Gorilla Glass (Front & Back)
IP68 dust/water resistant
ColorsMidnight, Purple, Starlight, Blue, RedStarlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, Red, Green
Display6.1 inches 
Super Retina XDR OLED
HDR10, Dolby Vision
1170 x 2532 (~460 ppi) 
6.1 inches 
Super Retina XDR OLED
HDR10, Dolby Vision
1170 x 2532 (~460 ppi)
Rear Cameras 12 MP Main
12 MP Ultrawide
12 MP Main
12 MP Ultrawide
Rear Camera Video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps
4K@24/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Selfie / Front Camera12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Depth / biometrics sensor, SL 3D
12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Selfie / Front Camera Video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
Chipset & CPUApple A15 Bionic (5 nm) & Hexa-coreApple A15 Bionic (5 nm) & Hexa-core 
GPUApple GPU (5-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
Memory OptionsRAM: 4GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
RAM: 4GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
ConnectivitySatellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, USB 2.0, GPS
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 2.0, GPS
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Battery LifeVideo playback: 16 – 20 hours
Audio playback: Up to 80 hours
Video playback: Upto 19 hours
Audio playback: Up to 75 hours

So, as you can see, specs wise both are very similar in a lot of ways. The screen size, refresh rate, storage capacity, CPU, and rear camera specifications are identical, while there are minor differences between the two in terms of RAM and front-facing cameras.

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Is iPhone 14 faster than the iPhone 13? No. They both use the same chipset. 

Design wise, it’s similar to iPhone 13 in terms of display notch, dimensions and diagonal camera array layout on the bump. Though iPhone 14 is a bit lighter than the iPhone 13. 

With the exception of some minor hardware tweaks, the camera setup in both remains the same. 

Therefore, in our opinion, it’s not worth the upgrade. Of course, that may not be the case when we compare the Pro models of the two, so keep reading.  

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 Price

iPhone 14 Price in PakistaniPhone 13 Price in Pakistan
128GB: $799 (~Rs.178,000) 128GB: $600 (~Rs.133,550)
256GB: $899 (~Rs.200,000)256GB: $700 (~Rs.155,800)
512GB: $1099 (~Rs.245,000)512GB: $900 (~Rs.200,300)

*Prices in Rupees are approximate and as per current dollar rate and EXCLUSIVE of all duties and taxes. 

iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro

SpecificationiPhone 14 ProiPhone 13 Pro
Dimensions/Weight147.5 x 71.5 x 7.9 mm / 206 g146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm / 204 g
Build & SafetyStainless Steel Frame
Gorilla Glass (Front & Back)
IP68 dust/water resistant
Stainless Steel Frame
Gorilla Glass (Front & Back)
IP68 dust/water resistant
ColorsSpace Black, Silver, Gold, Deep PurpleGraphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue, Alpine Green
Display6.1 inches
LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED
120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision
1179 x 2556 (~460 ppi)
6.1 inches
Super Retina XDR OLED
120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision
1170 x 2532 ((~460 ppi)
Display FeaturesAlways On Display
Dynamic Island (shape shifting) punchhole camera cutout
Rear Cameras 48MP Main
12MP Ultrawide,
12MP Telephoto (with 3x optical zoom)
12 MP Main
12MP Ultrawide
12MP Telephoto (with 3x optical zoom)
Rear Camera Video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps
4K@24/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Selfie / Front Camera12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Depth / biometrics sensor, SL 3D
12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6
“Depth / biometrics sensor, SL 3D
Selfie / Front Camera Video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120fpsGyro-EIS
4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
Chipset & CPUApple A16 Bionic (4 nm) & Hexa-coreApple A15 Bionic (5 nm) & Hexa-core
GPUApple GPU (5-core graphics)Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
Memory OptionsRAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB 
RAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB 
ConnectivitySatellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, USB 2.0, GPS
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 2.0, GPS
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Battery LifeVideo playback: 20-23 hours
Audio playback: Up to 75 hours
Video playback: up to 22 hours
Audio playback: Up to 75 hours

iPhone 14 Pro has got some major upgrades in camera, performance, and features. Its primary camera is now 48 MP as compared to the 12 MP of its predecessor iPhone 13 Pro. Cinematic mode is introduced. For the performance, the company has introduced its best chipset (A16 Bionic) so far and the latest IOS 16. Due to this, you will get a great performance boost when upgrading from 13 Pro to 14 Pro.

The best and the most awaited upgrade is one in the display as it has a pill shape punchhole camera with next level features. The software used that makes the camera punchole so amazing is named Dynamic Island (shape shifting technology). Another amazing feature of iPhone 14 Pro is Satellite Connectivity (for emergency SOS). These features are not available in iPhone 13 Pro.

It is crystal clear that if you buy iPhone 14 Pro, you will experience a lot of new features, better camera, and performance boost. So, it is a better choice. 

If budget is an issue, you can buy a used iPhone 13 Pro at a cheaper price.

iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Price 

iPhone 14 Pro Price in PakistaniPhone 13 Pro Price in Pakistan
128GB: $999 (~Rs.222,000)128GB: $999 (~Rs.222,000)
256GB: $1099 (~Rs.245,000)256GB: $1099 (~Rs.245,000)
512GB: $1299 (~Rs.289,000)512GB: $1299 (~Rs.289,000)
1TB: $1499 (~Rs.334,000)1TB: $1499 (~Rs.334,000)

iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max

SpecificationiPhone 14 Pro MaxiPhone 13 Pro Max
Dimensions/Weight160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85 mm / 240g160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7 mm / 240g
Build & SafetyStainless Steel Frame
Gorilla Glass (Front & Back)
IP68 dust/water resistant
Stainless Steel Frame
Gorilla Glass (Front & Back)
IP68 dust/water resistant
ColorsSpace Black, Silver, Gold, Deep PurpleGraphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue, Alpine Green
Display6.7 inches
LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED
120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision
1290 x 2796 (~460 ppi) 
6.7 inches
Super Retina XDR OLED
120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision
1284 x 2778 (~458 ppi)
Display FeaturesAlways On Display
Dynamic Island (shape shifting) punchhole camera cutout
Rear Cameras 48MP Main
12MP Ultrawide
12MP Telephoto (with 3x optical zoom)
12MP Wide
12MP Ultrawide
12MP Telephoto (with 3x optical zoom)
Rear Camera Video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps
4K@24/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Selfie / Front Camera12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Depth / biometrics sensor, SL 3D
12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Depth / biometrics sensor, SL 3D
Selfie / Front Camera Video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
Chipset & CPUApple A16 Bionic (4 nm) & Hexa-coreApple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
GPUApple GPU (5-core graphics)Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
Memory OptionsRAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
RAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
ConnectivitySatellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, USB 2.0, GPS
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 2.0, GPS
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Battery LifeVideo playback: 25-29 hours
Audio playback: Up to 95 hours
Video playback: Up to 28 hours
Audio playback: Up to 95 hours

As the comparison table shows, most of the specs are similar among the two models but there are some worthy improvements seen too. iPhone 14 Pro Max has replaced the small notch in iPhone 13 Pro Max with a pill-shaped cutout which has made the display screen more attractive. However, the screen size is the same. 

A new feature called Always-on display has also been added. It means exactly what it says.

Just like the other iPhone 14 models, this model comes with Satellite Connectivity too, a feature never seen before in iPhones. 

The camera and the chipset have shown major improvements as well. The main camera has gone from 12MP to 48MP which is a major jump. Secondly, A16 Bionic chip has replaced the A15 chip in the new model and has boosted the overall performance of iPhone 14 Pro Max.

It is safe to say that iPhone 14 Pro Max is definitely worth the upgrade! Due to the ongoing fluctuation in dollar rate plus the added taxes and duty, the price is definitely high. 

If it is easily affordable, you should waste no time buying iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, if you are looking for a slightly cheaper phone, buying an iPhone 13 Pro Max in used condition is a great option too. 

iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Price 

iPhone 14 Pro Max Price in PakistaniPhone 13 Pro Max Price in Pakistan
128GB: $1099 (~Rs.245,000)128GB: $1099 (~Rs.245,000)
256GB: $1199 (~Rs.267,000)256GB: $1199 (~Rs.267,000)
512GB: $1399 (~Rs.311,000)512GB: $1399 (~Rs.311,000)
1TB: $1599 (~Rs.356,000)1TB: $1599 (~Rs.356,000)

*Prices in Rupees are approximate and as per current dollar rate and EXCLUSIVE of all duties and taxes. 

We hope you found this comparison helpful and now feel more informed than before? Let us know if you ended up upgrading your iPhone or decided to stick with your old set. 

Also feel free to comment below about what you think about the four new iPhones. 

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