Deciding between an iPhone and its Pro counterpoint has long been an area of interest for potential buyers. Due to the $200 starting price difference between the standard and Pro models, questions often arise: do I need the features of the Pro? Will they really benefit the things I use my phone for? Plus, the all-important consideration of different color options, some only available on regular iPhones or Pros.
Unfortunately, I cannot help you choose a color. If you are attracted, for example, by the shiny stainless steel frame, you will have to choose the Pro model. What I can help with, however, is understanding how the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus differ from the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
To give a quick preview in advance, the iPhone 14 Pro has a much better camera system as well as a technically advanced screen. The iPhone 14’s cameras and screen are excellent compared to previous phones, but the new Pro phones differ significantly in both areas.
This year’s iPhone 14 Pro models include a new A16 Bionic system on a chip, while the regular 14 models retained last year’s A15 Bionic, which also appeared in the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. advantages with the A16 chip compared to the A15, but this is probably not a decisive difference. That alone probably shouldn’t determine whether you choose the regular phone or the Pro option.
The iPhone 14 discussion below also applies to the 14 Plus model. They both have the same components and specs, minus the different screen sizes. Likewise, talking about the 14 Pro also applies to the 14 Pro Max, as they feature the same capabilities and only differ in screen size.
Every year, every iPhone gets some new camera system of some sort, and that instantly makes previous iPhones inferior. The question you should ask yourself about the camera system is not: Am I going to use it? – everyone uses their camera a lot – but rather, How am I going to use it?
In general, I would recommend people creating video or photo content to go for a Pro phone model with the best camera system. Likewise, even if you’re not taking photos for real estate listings or filming lucrative YouTube videos but you’re still obsessed with photo editing and printing or cataloging your images, you should probably look at phones too. Pro.
Even though the iPhone 14 Pro has a 48MP main camera, most of the time it will combine pixels to act like a 12MP camera with much larger pixels. The Quad Bayer pattern used here should reduce image size while increasing photo quality. Using Apple’s ProRAW format will allow access to all 48 MP.
If none of this means much or piques your interest, the standard iPhone 14 and its camera system should work just fine for you. It has an improved front camera with autofocus. Selfies should be more dynamic than with older iPhones. As has been the case when comparing many of the features of these phones: it’s not good versus bad, it’s good versus better. The 14 Pro simply goes above and beyond with more capabilities.
The display on Pro phones was better than regular iPhones in the past, but this year the delta is more important. On Pro models, you will still be able to see the time and the widgets you have configured. You will also still be able to see your wallpaper when the phone is sleeping.
The always-on display shouldn’t drain the battery, so it has almost no downside. If you don’t want to see it all the time, you can turn it off. Interestingly, if you’re wearing an Apple Watch and leave the room where the phone is, the watch will trigger the complete shutdown of the screen, for more privacy and more. battery savings.
The notch area on the 14 Pro phones is also different this year. It’s now the dynamic island, which will show system alerts and things like music that’s playing. It’s fine and should be useful now, but it might take a while to reach its full potential.
Beyond the camera system and screen, there are still other differences between the phones. Most of the time, these are features or details that alone would not justify choosing one phone over another.
Both phone models include satellite emergency SOS and collision detection. Both can now record in cinematic mode in 4K at 24 frames per second. And for better or worse, no phone uses physical SIM cards from network operators, they use eSIMs.
Apple is positioning the iPhone 14 Pro to be better, so, of course, it’s the most attractive device. However, most people are really trying to figure out if these advanced features are useful to them and don’t make their choice based on cost alone.
Upgrading from an iPhone 13 to an iPhone 14 this year won’t pay much – don’t do it if your 13 isn’t broken. However, you will see a more noticeable difference going from an iPhone 13 or 13 Pro to the iPhone 14 Pro.