iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro Buyer's Guide

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are among Apple's latest iPhone models and follow last year's iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, but how different are the two 6.1-inch ‌iPhone‌ models this year, and what exactly does a "Pro" device give you?

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro Feature
Last year, the biggest differences between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were ProMotion, 2GB of memory, three hours of battery life, and rear cameras with different apertures. With ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌, both devices share new features like Emergency SOS via satellite, Crash Detection, Action mode, 6GB of memory, Photonic Engine, and an upgraded 12-megapixel TrueDepth front camera with autofocus, but Apple's "Pro" and non-Pro ‌iPhone‌ models are more different than ever.

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 what additional features and upgrades the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ brings to the table.

Differences


iPhone 14

  • Aerospace-grade aluminum design with glass back
  • 800 nits max brightness (typical)
  • 1,200 nits peak brightness (HDR)
  • "Notch" TrueDepth camera array
  • A15 Bionic chip
  • "Advanced" dual-camera system
  • 2x optical zoom range (2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 5x)
  • 12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture
  • 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Sensor-shift optical image stabilization
  • True Tone flash
  • 146.7mm height
  • 7.80mm thickness
  • Weight of 172 grams
  • 20-hour battery life (during video playback)
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options
  • Available in Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)
  • Starts at $799

iPhone 14 Pro

  • Surgical-grade stainless steel design with frosted glass back
  • ProMotion with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
  • Always-on display
  • 1,000 nits max brightness (typical)
  • 1,600 nits peak brightness (HDR) and 2,000 nits peak brightness (outdoor)
  • TrueDepth camera array with Dynamic Island
  • A16 Bionic chip
  • "Pro" camera system
  • 6x optical zoom range (3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 15x)
  • 48-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.78 aperture
  • 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • 12-megapixel Telephoto camera with ƒ/2.8 aperture
  • Second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization
  • Adaptive True Tone flash
  • LiDAR scanner
  • Night mode portraits
  • Macro photography
  • Apple ProRAW
  • ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity)
  • Macro video recording, including slo‑mo and time‑lapse
  • 147.5mm height
  • 7.85mm thickness
  • Weight of 206 grams
  • 23-hour battery life (during video playback)
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options
  • Available in Deep Purple, Space Black, Silver, and Gold
  • Starts at $999

Final Thoughts

The ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ offers a large number of upgrades over the standard ‌iPhone 14‌. With just $200 difference to obtain a brighter display with ProMotion and always-on functionality, the Dynamic Island, the A16 Bionic chip, and a radically different rear camera set up, not to mention longer battery life and a more premium design, many customers will be able to justify getting the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ over the ‌iPhone 14‌. Due to the scale and breadth of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌'s improvements and features, customers should actively choose the high-end model in most cases.

It will only be worth getting the ‌iPhone 14‌ over the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ if you want a lighter device, do not care for the "Pro" rear camera setup or features like ProMotion and the always-on display, or cannot afford the $200 to upgrade to the high-end model. In this instance, you will still benefit from shared features like Emergency SOS via satellite. The ‌iPhone 14‌ is still a well-rounded device, especially for customers coming from a much older model.

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Top Rated Comments

Luna Murasaki Avatar
2 weeks ago

This is a reasonable, rational concern. But, to Apple's credit, they support their devices for many years. For example, iOS 16 is supported all the way back to iPhone 8, released in 2017. That's pretty darned solid.

It's likely the 14/Plus will be supported for 5+ years. That's a long time to keep a phone...
Well, we've been looking at our budget here at our household and we are trying to save money where we can. We were upgrading our phones every 4 years but want to move to a 6-year cycle instead. We can't be the only ones thinking of this. These things are expensive and if it still works well, can still get the latest iOS with the latest security patches, and can still run the latest apps, and you aren't a tech enthusiast or someone with shallow friends, it doesn't seem a huge sacrifice to keep the device longer, especially with how mature the iPhone's feature set is at this point. This also applies to people on a hand-me-down system with a relative which is part of what we are doing. So I think the concern is more relevant than it seems at first glance.

If you do the math by calculating the price of each device per year of support rather than the total price, having one less year of support for the non-Pro shrinks the already small price gap between the two phones considerably. And with how badly they differ this year in terms of specs, it's looking like the non-Pro is a rip-off to me. I agree it greatly depends on the person though, and this is of course assuming they actually WILL get 1 year less of support, which we don't and can't actually know.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
2 weeks ago
you should point out just the difference to be easier for understanding
Car industry is doing it like this for years and its easy to understand what the pro has additional
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Luna Murasaki Avatar
2 weeks ago
To me, I'm very concerned with the use of last year's chip in the non-Pro iPhone 14. That makes me think it won't be supported as long in new iOS releases, making it necessary to replace it earlier and calling into question how much money you actually save by getting it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
You're So Right Carl Avatar
2 weeks ago

Still on my XR and was debating getting the 14 Pro since it looks like the Apple Store near me has plenty in stock for same day delivery, but this phone still just works. So I’ll hold out for at least a USB-C iPhone.
XS user here. I'm picking up what you're putting down.

Plus, my gal still uses an 8 Max. She's winning this war of attrition!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
snipr125 Avatar
2 weeks ago
The regular 14 is a good device in its own right, but just too expensive and not worth it IMO if one already has an iPhone with an A15 chip (13, 13 Mini and SE3). If they had at least put in a 90 hz refresh rate display, then its value proposition would be a lot higher.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
2 weeks ago

I'm sorry, what are the other models among which these are the latest?
The 6.7" 14 Plus and Pro Max. They are explicitly only comparing the 6.1" models here.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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