iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: How Do They Compare?



Apple has released its new entry-level iPhones for 2022. But just how does the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus battle play out?


Apple’s September iPhone event has now passed and it was a doozy! Many consider the event one of Apple’s best in years, thanks in part to some truly mind-blowing features on the new iPhones like Emergency SOS via satellite and the Dynamic Island, which turned out to be more than just a pill.

It also didn’t hurt that the new Apple Watch Ultra was much more stunning than people thought – not to mention that the Apple Watch Ultra, and the new iPhone 14 Pro series, came in priced below rumored prices hikes (the iPhones cost the same as last year’s models did).

“Our customers rely on their iPhone every day, and iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus introduce groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. With the new, larger 6.7-inch display on iPhone 14 Plus, users can enjoy more content onscreen when browsing the web and even more text,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Both phones have a powerful new Main camera with a huge leap in low-light performance, advanced connectivity capabilities with 5G and eSIM, and the incredible performance of A15 Bionic, which helps enable even better battery life. All of this, tightly integrated with iOS 16, makes iPhone more essential than ever.”

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But while the Apple Watch Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro series with its Dynamic Island stole the show, the “regular” iPhone 14 series also didn’t disappoint. That’s mainly because they have more new features (over the iPhone 13) than people thought they would.

The iPhone 14 series now comprise two models: the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus.

But just how do they compare? Read on…

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: How Do They Compare?
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iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Specs

First, let’s get the raw specs out of the way…

iPhone 14

  • Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi
  • CPU: A15 Bionic chip
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
  • Biometrics: Face ID
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP camera system (Main and Ultra Wide)
  • Front Camera: 12MP TrueDepth front camera with autofocus
  • Video: 4K recording
  • Connectivity: 5G, Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
  • Charging: MagSafe and Qi wireless charging
  • Connector: Lightning
  • Splash, Water, and Dust Resistance: IP68
  • Battery Life: Up to 20 hours video playback
  • Safety: Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection
  • SIM card: Dual eSIM support, physical SIM (in select countries)
  • Colors: Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, Product Red
  • Price: Starting at $799

iPhone 14 Plus

  • Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display, 2778-by-1284-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • CPU: A15 Bionic chip
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
  • Biometrics: Face ID
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP camera system (Main and Ultra Wide)
  • Front Camera: 12MP TrueDepth front camera with autofocus
  • Video: 4K recording
  • Connectivity: 5G, Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
  • Charging: MagSafe and Qi wireless charging
  • Connector: Lightning
  • Splash, Water, and Dust Resistance: IP68
  • Battery Life: Up to 26 hours video playback
  • Safety: Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection
  • SIM card: Dual eSIM support, physical SIM (in select countries)
  • Colors: Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, Product Red
  • Price: Starting at $899

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: How Do They Compare?

Look, we’ll cut to the chase. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are nearly IDENTICAL except for a few areas. The iPhone 14 has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display at a 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution with a 460 ppi. The iPhone 14 Plus, on the other hand, has a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display at a 2778-by-1284-pixel resolution with a 458 ppi.

Apple has essentially just made the iPhone 14 Plus a bigger version of the iPhone 14. The Plus model doesn’t come with any additional features per se, save for the fact that it has a bigger display and a larger battery. The 14 Plus is basically for people that don’t want a Pro model but would like better battery life. And I think we can all get behind that logic.

The iPhone 14 Plus replaces the iPhone 13 Mini. There is no iPhone 14 Mini for a couple of reasons, the most notable of which is that sales for both the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 mini were pretty poor. The other reason is that battery life on both the iPhone 12 mini and the 13 mini was diabolically bad – you had to top-up the charge on both mid-way through the day. And in 2022, that’s no good at all.

How much longer does the iPhone 14 Plus last? Apple says you’ll get an additional six hours of charge from the iPhone 14 Plus compared to the iPhone 14 which is a pretty impressive figure. I think plenty of people will flock to this phone for this reason alone. The fact that it runs a larger display is just a nice bonus.

AND THOSE ARE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES. And even though the phones have different display sizes (and thus resolution), their display technology is also identical. Both phones have:

  • An HDR display
  • A True Tone display
  • A Wide color display (P3)
  • A 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 800 nits max brightness 
  • 1200 nits peak brightness (HDR)
  • Haptic Touch

And if you want to get technical (and obvious), of course the phones have different weights. The iPhone 14 weighs 6.07 ounces (172 grams) and the iPhone 14 Plus weighs 7.16 ounces (203 grams).

And OK, the dimensions are obviously different, too:

  • iPhone 14 Plus: 6.33 inches (160.8 mm) x 3.07 inches (78.1 mm). 
  • iPhone 14: 5.78 inches (146.7 mm) x 2.82 inches (71.5 mm)

But even their depth is the same – both come in at 0.31 inch (7.80 mm).

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Cost

Apple has a pretty simple cost structure for the iPhones:

  • iPhone 14: 128GB ($799), 256GB ($899), 512GB ($1099)
  • iPhone 14 Plus: 128GB ($899), 256GB ($999), 512GB ($1199)

And those are the differences. No joke – practically everything else about the phones are identical.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus: Which is Best?

iPhone 14 Worth It
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Out of the two phones, one could argue that the iPhone 14 Plus is the superior option. It has a bigger display and vastly better battery life. Everything else, however, is exactly the same – from the phones’ internal specs to their feature-sets which include things like Apple’s new Photonic Engine which will dramatically improve the quality of images snapped with the 14 and 14 Plus’ dual-12MP cameras. 

You’ll get the same level of processing performance too, as both run the same tweaked A15 CPU, the same camera module, and the same amount of RAM, so the question you need to ask yourself when looking at the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus is whether you want to pay extra for six hours more battery life? 

Is an extra six hours of battery life and a larger display worth an extra $100 to you? If it is, go with the iPhone 14 Plus. If it isn’t, go for the cheaper iPhone 14. Both are solid performers across the board, so all it really comes down to is battery life and screen size. And in this context, the iPhone 14 Plus is obviously the superior phone by quite a margin. 

You can now order the iPhone 14 series – check here for all the latest deals. 

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.

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