iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: the biggest updates to expect

ByDonald L. Leech

Jul 24, 2022

The iPhone 14 Pro is expected to succeed the iPhone 13 Pro this fall and bring some exciting new upgrades with it. The new iPhones Pro will likely continue the features of last year’s models – including 120Hz displays and telephoto lenses – but there’s plenty more in store based on leaks and rumours.

While we worry about how boring the standard iPhone 14 may be, the iPhone 14 Pro could gain things like a new punch-hole design, much improved cameras, always-on display and more. Unfortunately, this may come with some of the highest starting prices ever for an iPhone, so you better save up if you’re tempted to buy one,

There’s still a little time before Apple’s September event (which could be September 13). For now, we’ve rounded up all the rumors we’ve heard so far comparing the iPhone 14 Pro to the iPhone 13 Pro.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone 13 Pro, wondering which model to choose once both are available to buy, or want to know how Apple could maintain its hold on our best phones list, this guide should help you figure it out.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Price

At $999 / £949 and $1,099 / £1,049 respectively, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are already quite expensive phones. But unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, there are rumors of a $100 price increase for both Pro handsets according to multiple sources.

Apple will likely stop selling the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max once the iPhone 14 launches, because that’s what happened to both the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro. previous years. You’ll likely be able to find iPhone 13 Pro handsets at third-party retailers and mobile carriers for a while after they’re discontinued.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: design

iPhone 14 Pro renders

A render of the rumored iPhone 14 Pro (Image credit: Madmix)

iPhone 14 Pro rumors say the most obvious change from the iPhone 13 Pro will be that the front notch will be replaced with separate cutouts for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors.

You can see what that may look like in the renders on this page, or in these alleged iPhone 14 series display panel images. While the iPhone 13 series has reduced the size of the Face ID notch for the first times since its introduction on the iPhone X, the new pill cutout and punch-hole design would return more screen real estate to actual pixels, making it less distracting when using an app in full-screen mode.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Pro Max. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

We had thought there would also be a more obvious new look for the rear of the iPhone 14 Pro, but now it looks like it will be basically the same as the iPhone 13 Pro. One subtle difference is that the already large rear camera bump could get even bigger to accommodate some rumored upgrades. As a result, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max cases do not appear to fit the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max based on their schematics.

a photo of the iPhone 13 Pro

A photo of the iPhone 13 Pro (Image credit: future)

The iPhone 14 Pro should still have a Lightning port rather than a USB-C port for power and data transfer. This may change next year, however, due to changes in legislation in the EU and demand for similar legislation in the US.

For colors, the only rumor worth mentioning is that this year’s unique iPhone color could be purple, in a matte textured form for the Pro models. Otherwise, we’ll likely see silver, gray, and gold again, with another color option likely coming in mid-2024 like Apple did for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: display

Once again, we should see this year’s iPhone Pro sporting a 6.1-inch screen and the Pro Max version sporting a 6.7-inch screen. This description may be misleading, however, as the screens may be slightly larger than the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max thanks to reduced bezel sizes.

An unofficial render of the iPhone 14 Pro, focusing on Face ID and camera cutouts

(Image credit: Souta)

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max introduced 120Hz ProMotion adaptive displays to the iPhone for the first time, enabling a display that is both smoother and more energy efficient. iPhone 14 Pro rumors say it might get an upgraded version of this tech that can drop down to 1Hz instead of 10Hz.

Not only would this mean reduced power consumption, but it would enable the always-on display of the rumored iPhone 14 Pro that Apple may also add. This will apparently let you see widgets like the ones you can add to your lock screen in iOS 16 on your phone even when it’s locked, allowing for convenient updates at a glance.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Cameras

The iPhone 13 Pro used 12MP sensors for its four cameras, but the iPhone 14 Pro would get a 48MP main camera for higher resolution or brighter images, depending on how Apple wants to tune it. We could also see 8K video recording from the iPhone 14 Pro, which would be a first for Apple.

Render of the iPhone 14 Pro showing the camera bump

(Image credit: Souta)

The other rear cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro series – the ultra-wide camera and the telephoto camera – apparently remain the same as those of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple’s long-awaited first periscope camera apparently isn’t ready yet, so it’ll likely be another year or two before we see an iPhone with zoom capabilities beyond 3x magnification.

Camera iPhone 13 Pro Max green

(Image credit: future)

Meanwhile, on the front, the iPhone 14 Pro could get an improved selfie camera with a larger aperture and autofocus. These should make selfies brighter and sharper.

iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: chip and performance

We should see a new A16 Bionic chipset running the show inside the iPhone 14 Pro, an upgrade on the A15 Bionic from the iPhone 13 Pro. This new silicon is an upgrade that the regular iPhone 14 apparently won’t get, which could widen the gap between the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro compared to previous years.

iPhone 14 Pro concept render

(Image credit: Technizo Concept/Let’s go digital)

Alleged benchmarks for this new chip show an overall performance increase of around 5% over the iPhone 13 Pro, likely due to Apple’s move to faster LPDDR5 RAM. The same source says that this new chip will also impact the camera capabilities of the iPhone and help increase the battery life of the iPhone 14 Pro.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: battery

We haven’t heard much about the batteries inside the new iPhone Pro models, but one source says the iPhone 14 Pro will get an increase in capacity over the iPhone 13 Pro. However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max might actually get a slight decrease from what was in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to the same source.

Charging the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the MagSafe Battery

(Image credit: future)

This sounds like bad news for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but hopefully it won’t. For one thing, the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s battery life was already excellent, so a few milliamp-hours less shouldn’t make much of a difference. Also, Apple may have introduced some other changes like the new chipset that will help the phone be more efficient, allowing it to last as long or even longer than last year’s model.

No iPhone rumors have made any new claims about the charging speeds of the iPhone 14 series. Therefore, we expect to see the iPhone 14 Pro using the same wired and 20W MagSafe wireless charging technology. 15W than iPhone 13 Pro.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: outlook

The update from iPhone 13 Pro to iPhone 14 Pro seems to be quite spectacular. The new notch design, 48MP camera, upgraded chipset and improved always-on display would definitely set the iPhone 14 Pro apart from its predecessor,

rendering iphone 14 pro

(Image credit: Front Page Tech/Ian Zelbo)

These changes can come at a literal cost, though, and a price hike doesn’t sound great in this economy. We’re also a bit worried about the punch hole and pill-shaped notch and whether they’ll prove more distracting than the current design.

For now, be sure to keep up to date with our iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro hubs for the latest rumours, and re-read our iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max reviews to get an idea of ​​the strengths and weaknesses of these. models.