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iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: Should you pay more?

During the Far Out event, Apple revealed a barrage of new iPhone 14 models, bringing into question which iPhone is worth the upgrade.

In typical Apple style, there are four different variations of the iPhone 14 model, with eagle-eyed fans noticing that the company omitted the Mini from the lineup. The new handsets include the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, with the Pro and Pro Max models flaunting more features and a more recent chipset.

And the company didn’t stop there, announcing three new Apple Watches – Apple Watch Series 8Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE 2 – rounding out the show will the reveal of the AirPods Pro 2.

If you’re interested in seeing how these iPhone models compare to other phones on the market, be sure to check out the iPhone 14 vs Pixel 6iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13iPhone 14 Pro vs Pixel 6 Pro and the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus.

And make sure you keep reading, as we’re going to run through some of the critical differences between the vanilla iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro, so you can decide which phone is best for you.

More megapixels

The biggest difference between the Pro and the regular iPhone 14 models must be the camera. While both feature new additions like the Photonic Engine for improving detail in low-light scenarios and Action Mode for more stable video when you’re on the move, the Pro gives us a new 48MP wide sensor. This is the first time Apple has shifted away from the 12MP sensor size.

The main sensor in iPhone 14 Pro is, according to Apple, 65% larger than the iPhone 13 Pro and it packs so many pixels that Apple has added an extra 2x telephoto zoom option alongside the 3x option that was there previously.

On the iPhone 14, there are still just two rear cameras and no dedicated telephoto zoom. However, Apple hasn’t added a hefty periscope zoom on the Pro models – this is the excellent zoom tech you’ll find on something like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

iPhone 14 Pro camera set up

A very different notch

One of the most noticeable design differences between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro is the way the notch dipping into the display has been designed.

On the Pro, Apple has a new feature called Dynamic Island, which builds software tweaks around the new pill-shaped notch. The iOS software will show album artwork, incoming calls and more using the updated notch design as a base. Devs will also be able to use Dynamic Island to bring extra functionality into apps.

On the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, the notch remains the same as it was on the iPhone 13 without any of the software tricks.

The iPhone 14 Pro has ProMotion

If a high-end screen is top of your wishlist, you’ll want the Pro. While both come in two sizes (6.1-inch and 6.7-inch) and use OLED tech, the Pro pack a load more goodies. For one, it packs ProMotion so you get a silky smooth 120Hz refresh rate as opposed to a slower 60hz version.

The iPhone 14 Pro also has a new Always-On display mode that keeps certain elements of your lock screen always visible but dimmed. You won’t find this on the iPhone 14.

The Pro model has a brighter screen

One of the more noticeable differences between the vanilla and Pro model is the maximum amount of nits available, with more nits meaning that the screen can get brighter, which is ideal if you want to look at your phone in bright environments.

The iPhone 14 has a peak HDR brightness of 1200 nits, with the maximum nit brightness going up to 800 nits during typical use.

The iPhone 14 Pro, however, has the brightest screen of any iPhone on the market, with a typical brightness of 1,000 nits, which is double the nit count of the iPhone 13 Pro. Its max peak brightness for outdoor use comes in at 2000 nits, suggesting that this model will be very clear and easy to use even on sunny days, though we will be sure to test this when we have the model in for a review.

Faster internals

For the first time, Apple is offering different chipsets depending on which model you choose. As rumours had suggested, the iPhone 14/14 Plus sticks with the same A15 Bionic while the Pro models up that to the A16 Bionic. This A16 Bionic uses a 4nm architecture, meaning it should be more efficient than the 5nm A15.

Different design and colour options

As has been the case for a couple of years, the Pro models have shiny aluminium sides and more muted colours. This year, the colourways available are Space Black, Silver, Gold and Deep Purple.

The iPhone 14, on the other hand, has poppier colours, including a new pastel blue option that looks sleek. If you’re interested in the iPhone 14, it will be coming in Midnight, Purple, Starlight, PRODUCT RED and Blue.

The iPhone Pro packs a more powerful battery

While both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are fast-charge capable, the iPhone 14 Pro does feature a more powerful battery. The iPhone 14 Pro is capable of up to 23 hours of video playback, up to 75 hours of audio playback and comes with a 4,325mAh battery.

The iPhone 14, meanwhile, still packs an impressive battery, though Apple claims that it’s not as capable as its Pro model. It has video playback for up to 20 hours and audio playback for up to 80 hours.

While we won’t know which model lasts the longest during day-to-day use before we get them in for testing, it looks like the Pro model will pack a larger battery that lasts longer, making it the better choice for anyone who wants a long-lasting device.

Pricing

The iPhone 14 starts at $799/£849 and then rises to $899/£949 for the Plus. The Pro is, obviously, pricier – starting at $999/£1099 and $1099/£1199 depending on your screen needs.

All the specs you need to know about

Below you’ll find all the important specs for the four iPhone 14 models so you can compare.

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Refresh Rate
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RAM
Colours
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