iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro: Which is better for you?

Four new iPhones are being released in the coming weeks: two regular iPhone 14 models and two iPhone 14 Pro series offerings. Like in past years, there are significant differences between both sets of smartphones, as they have been designed to attract different types of users. On the one hand are the Pro models that offer the hottest new features available on Apple's most important product line. On the other is the People's iPhone, the one for most users. The one that's best for you will depend on two main factors: features and price. 

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So, what's different between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro? Let's take a look and get started with this comparison guide. 

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Header Cell - Column 0 iPhone 14 Pro/Pro MaxiPhone 14/14 Plus
DesignCeramic Shield front, Surgical-grade stainless steelCeramic Shield front, Aerospace-grade aluminum
ColorsDeep Purple, Gold, Space Black, SilverBlue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, (PRODUCT)RED
ProcessorA16 Bionic A15 Bionic
DisplayiPhone 14 Pro: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display; iPhone 14 Pro Max: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR DisplayiPhone 14: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display; iPhone 14 Plus: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Display
Back cameraPro camera system: 48MP Main, Ultra Wide, TelephotoAdvanced dual-camera system 12MP Main Ultra Wide
Front cameraAdvanced dual-camera system 12MP Main Ultra WideAdvanced dual-camera system 12MP Main Ultra Wide
SOS emergencyYesYes
Crash alertYesYes
Dynamic IslandYesNo
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Battery (video-playback)iPhone 14 Pro: up to 23 hours; iPhone 14 Pro Max: up to 29 hoursiPhone 14: up to 20 hours; iPhone 14 Plus: up to 26 hours
Always-On displayYesNo
SizeiPhone 14 Pro: 5.81 by 2.81 by 0.31 inches; iPhone 14 Pro Max: 6.33 by 3.05 by 0.31 inchesiPhone 14: 5.78 by 2.82 by 0.31 inches; iPhone 14 Plus: 6.33 by 3.07 by 0.31 inches
WeightiPhone 14 Pro: 7.27 ounces; iPhone 14 Pro Max: 8.47 ouncesiPhone 14: 6.07 ounces; iPhone 14 Plus: 7.16 ounces
Starting priceiPhone 14 Pro: $999; iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1,099iPhone 14: $699; iPhone 14 Plus: $799

As you can see, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro share many similarities, including the overall design, Ceramic Shield front, water resistance up to six meters for up to 30 minutes, starting 128GB storage capacities, and MagSafe. Both models also include the new SOS emergency and crash detection safety features. However, the most significant differences are the display and camera options. 

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro: Display

IPhone 14 Pro specs

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Interestingly, the displays found on these four newest iPhones are remarkably the same despite the price differences. Each one has a Super Retina XDR display that uses OLED technology. However, some differences exist when it comes to pixels. 

For example, the iPhone 13 comes with a 6.1-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED display with a 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution of 460 PPI. Contrast this with the 6.1-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED display on the iPhone 14 Pro, which has a 2556-by-1179-pixel resolution at 460 PPI. 

Meanwhile, there's the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus with 2778-by-1284-pixel resolution at 458 PPI and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max with 2796-by-1290-pixel resolution at 460 PPI.

The iPhone 14 Pro series is the only one with an Always-On display and a Dynamic Island. The former has long been a feature of Android-based smartphones, so it's good to see Apple finally come on board here. However, the second feature is unique to Apple. The Dynamic Island now sits at the top of the display (where the notch used to be), where the front-facing camera hardware is also housed. The all-new Dynamic Island combines hardware and software to create a place where you will find alerts from your favorite apps such as Music, News+, and more. The alerts will be real-time and interactive. Unfortunately, this is only available on the Pro series, with the regular iPhone 14 and 14 Plus still using the notch.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro: Cameras

iPhone 14 Pro camera

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One of the most significant differences over the years between the regular iPhone and the iPhone Pro has been the camera systems. That's again on display when looking at the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. On the former, you'll find a dual camera system with 12MP Main and Ultra Wide lenses. On the latter, Apple has included a next-generation "Pro" camera system with a 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide, and 12MP Telephoto lens. It also offers second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization.

The front-facing cameras on both series are much more similar. On both, you'll find a 12MP TrueDepth camera with a Retina Flash and an all-new Photonic Engine. There's also Cinematic mode and more. Unfortunately, the regular iPhone 14 series won't include ProRes video recording, which is only available on Pro devices.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro: Which should you buy?

The iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus will be the best iPhone for most people. They're less expensive, come in brighter colors, and have many of the same excellent (and new) features found on the Pro models. If you are heavy into photography, however, really need the outstanding new Dynamic Island feature, and are less worried about cost, go with the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max and don't look back. You'll be happy with your choice. 

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.