The iPhone 14 lineup is finally here. It comes in two models; the iPhone 14s and the iPhone 14 Pros. You’re probably wondering, what are the main differences between the two, and which one is best for me? Well, here are 10 major differences to help you make up your mind; iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro
Let’s Dive right into our comparison…
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro
This is one of the most noticeable differences between the iPhone 14s and the 14 Pros. The iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus come with the same notch that was in the iPhone 13s. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro and the 14 Pro Max have that punch hole cutout that Apple calls the Dynamic Island. This is essentially an area that automatically adapts depending on what you’re doing. You can see your phone calls, notifications, music controls, voice recordings, status updates etc. This is definitely one of the coolest new features of the iPhone 14 Pros and it’s loved by many.
Here’s another area where we have slight differences. The iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus feature the same A15 Bionic chip that is the iPhone 13 Lineup. However, they all come with a 5-core GPU that was in the iPhone 13 Pros only. This gives the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus an 18% Speed bump.
On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pros come with the new A16 Bionic chip. This chip uses a 4nm Processor unlike the 5nm Processor found in the A15 Bionic chip. Apple claims that the GPU has 50% more bandwidth, and CPU consumes 20% lower power. The performance difference between the A15 and the A16 is quite small. We wouldn’t recommend upgrading your phone for performance only.
There’s a ton of differences when it comes to the camera hardware. The iPhone 14 comes with the same 12MP camera that was in the iPhone 13 Pro. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pros get a brand new 48MP Camera with quad-pixel sensor. Apple claims the new 14 Pros have 2X low light performance compared to the 13 Pros and the iPhone 14 models. The 12MP Ultra-Wide camera also has a 3X improvement in low-light photos. There’s also a 12MP telephoto camera with a 3X Optical Zoom in the 14 Pros that the regular iPhone 14 does not have. On top of that, there’s a brand new 2X digital zoom, which is basically sensor-cropping in on the 48MP sensor.
The flash is also twice as bright in the Pro models. In addition, there’s a lidar sensor that allows you to scan objects in 3D.
Other than the Camera hardware, there are also a few differences in the camera features. The Pro Models offers Macro photography, which sadly the non-Pros do not have at all. You can also do Night Mode portraits thanks to the lidar sensor. Even more, you can shoot photos in RAW up to 48MP thanks to Apple’s ProRAW. The iPhone 14 Pros can shoot ProRes 4K at 30fps compared to no ProRes in the non-Pros.
Design and Build Quality
Another slight difference in the design and the build quality. The Pro models feel significantly heavier than the regular models. This is probably because of the “Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel” compared to the Aluminum frame found on the non-pro models. The iPhone 14 is 34g lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro, while the 14 Plus is 37g lighter than the 14 Pro Max.
Another difference is with the colors. There is a new space black, and a darker purple, that are only available on the Pro models. On the non-pros, we have a new shade of Red, a new Blue, and a new lighter purple.
The iPhone 14s come with 800 nits of brightness during normal use compared to the 1000 nits of the 14 Pros. While watching HDR content, the non-Pros can do up to 1200 nits while the Pros can do up to 1600 nits. The 1600 nits are also on the display of the 14”/16” MacBook Pros, 12,9” iPad Pro and the ProDisplay XDR. In addition, the Pro models have an outdoor display mode. It automatically increases the brightness to 2000 nits compared to just 800 nits on the non-Pros. The iPhone 14 Pros have the brightest display on any smartphone out right now.
This is just a fancy way of saying, “a refresh rate that can scale”. It allows the refresh rate to go all the way up to 120Hz making the display really smooth and fluid. On the other hand, the refresh rate can scale down to 1Hz to save power.
The “Always-On Display” is another feature that is only found in the iPhone 14 Pro Models. When the phone goes into sleep, the lock screen remains visible. It will be dimmed, but that’s definitely better than being entirely dark. This means that you can still view notifications, live activities, time, and widgets. This is one feature that almost every iPhone user has been longing for.
As always, the Pro models offer more battery life than the non-pros. The iPhone 14 gets 20 hours of battery life compared to 23 Hours on the 14 Pro. The 14 Plus offers 26 hours compared to 29 Hours on the 14 Pro Max.
Our last difference is with the Price. In the United States the Prices are the same. Starting from $799 all the way up to $1099. However, in the UK and other places the prices have been increased. The Prices start from 849 up from 779 to 1199 up from 1049.
There you have it. iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro. Those are the 10 major differences between the two phones. I hope I have helped you decide which one would be better for you.
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