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iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14: Should I Wait for iPhone 14?

Axel Nash

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"iPhone 14 is going to come out this September. Should I wait for iPhone 14 or buy iPhone 13? Can anyone help me decide?"

Later, questions like this have surfaced on the internet, especially from users anticipating iPhone 14 launch.

Well, wait till iPhone 14 is released by September or buying iPhone 13 all depends on your choice. However, reading this article will give you a concise idea of which of these Apple devices will be perfect to suit your requirements.

In this iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14 guide, we've compared the iPhone 13 models and iPhone 14 models based on the current information and rumors around the iPhone 14 lineup to help users decide whether to wait for iPhone 14 or buy iPhone 13. So, before deciding which iPhone you should get between iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, we recommend you read this article to learn more about both devices.

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Part 1: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14: A Detailed Comparison

Some leaked dummy units and experts' suggestions indicate that iPhone 14 will have the same look and feel as iPhone 13 variant.

And while there aren't many verified claims that would make it suitable for one-on-one comparison, here's a little comparison table that will give you an idea of how the iPhone 14 will be different compared to the iPhone 13.

Specs iPhone 13 iPhone 14
Dimension 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.3 in 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes
Weight 6.14 oz; 174g 164 grams (rumored)
Screen Super Retina XDR display 15.4 cm / 6.1‑inch (diagonal) all‑screen OLED display 2532x1170-pixel resolution at 460 PPI. 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes
Notch Yes, all models. Pro models might be notch less.
Processor A15 Bionic High-end A15 Bionic Or A16 chip
Battery life 10 hours and 33 minutes (2,025 mAh - 4,352 mAh) 2,025 mAh - 4,352 mAh
Front Cameras 12 MP 1/3.6" sensor, five-part lens, f/2.2-aperture 12 MP sensor, six-part lens, larger f/1.9-aperture
Rear Cameras 12MP camera system Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture. Ultra-Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view. 2x optical zoom out. Digital zoom up to 5x. 48 megapixels, periscope, 8K videos.
Charging Speed 20W wired charging 20W wired charging
Price Around US$ 700 expected after iPhone 14 launch. US$ 1099 and US$ 1199.

And while this comparison is based on speculations made about iPhone 14 on Forbes, Bloomberg, and MacWorld. There is much more to know about iPhone 14.

Read on to find out how iPhone 14 will be completely different from iPhone 13, and whether the wait will be worth it.

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Part 2: Should I Wait for iPhone 14? - Yes! [6 Reasons]

It is a no-brainer that you should buy iPhone 13 outright if your phone is damaged or not working. But if you can wait for two more months, you will have the most popular smartphone in your hands.

Here are some rumors (mostly verified) that there is every reason to wait for the iPhone 14:

Reason 1: Brand-new Design

According to new unconfirmed dummy leaks of iPhone 14, most reports suggest that the iPhone 14 will look and feel exactly the same as the iPhone 13. For instance, it is going to have the same 6.1-inch OLED screen and flat design.

Some reports claim that iPhone 14 will have glass on both the front and back, with the middle frame being aluminum.

At the same time, Jon Prosser's design shows that notch might disappear in the new iPhone model. The glass sides on both the front and back will be further from the edges — like iPhone 12. Moreover, according to this rendered image, Apple is likely to use Titanium; instead, stainless steel.

notch might disappear

Furthermore, as can be seen in the image, the Apple logo is more likely to be under the glass, unlike on the surface of the previous iPhone models.

Another thing to notice in the image is the camera hump, which according to the rendered image, will disappear in iPhone 14.

Additionally, flash and lidar sensors will be seamlessly attached to the framework, leaving no hump at all. In all, if any of these rumored designs turn out to be true — the iPhone 14 will have the best look compared to any previous iPhone.

Reason 2: Smaller Notch

smaller notch

iPhone 14 is more likely to have a notch-less design. The Truedepth camera will be as it is, and the sensor's placement will be similar to iPhone 13. Still, given the thinner bezels on iPhone 14 Pro models, it will be a sight for sore eyes.

The aspect ratio will also be different on the Pro models of the iPhone 14. 9to5Mac's report suggests that the aspect ratio on iPhone Pro models will be 19.5:9 to 20:9.

And while iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are rumored to have a notch, the iPhone 14 Pro max and iPhone 14 Pro will be notch-less. Instead, there will be a pill-shaped cutout for Truedepth sensors and a circle-shaped cutout for the selfie camera.

In all, if the notch less designs happen to be a true rumor, then iPhone 14 Pro models, at least, will feel a bit longer. And the looks, needless to say, will be magnificent. And their cost will be around US$ 1299. So, you better start saving money, if you want iPhone 14 notch less models.

Plus, iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max — if that is the question, then note that both of these models will look like two completely different phones, but is that a good reason for you to wait till launch? Well, the ball is in your court!

Reason 3: Return of Touch ID

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a series of Tweets last September said Apple would bring the Touch ID across its flagship, starting from iPhone onwards.

Other reports from 9to5Mac suggest that Apple will adopt in-display fingerprint sensors like Samsung. And this is more likely given Apple filed a patent for an in-display fingerprint sensor last year.

Equally important to note is that Apple will not replace Face ID with Touch ID. Instead, the two will co-exists on the newer iPhone 14 models.

Overall, many reports and even Apple analyst Kuo have confirmed that Apple has plans to bring the Touch ID back.

But it is not clear whether the return of Touch ID will be with iPhone 14 or subsequent models next year. Still, if you are someone who adores the Touch ID like me, I think you should definitely wait for iPhone 14.

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Reason 4: New iPhone 14 Max

Unlike iPhone 13 models, the newer iPhone 14 will not have a mini model. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests these four models of iPhone 14:

  • iPhone 14 (6.1 inches)
  • iPhone 14 Max (6.7 inches)
  • iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inches)
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inches)

And if turns out to be true, then there will be no mini model of iPhone 14. Instead, there will be a Max of the standard version.

Given many reports suggesting that Apple will hike up the prices for iPhone 14 models, the new model will be cheaper for those who cannot afford the Pro models but need a bigger screen.

MacWorld's report suggests that compared to the previous iPhone 12 models, the new 6.7-inch model from Apple will be US$ 200 cheaper (around US$ 900) than iPhone 12 Pro Max for the same screen size.

Reason 5: Better Cameras

Now Apple may not have figured out the battery-life game, but when it comes to cameras, no doubt, it is phenomenal. Each new model brings better, bigger, and unique cameras.

Just compare the iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12; the iPhone 13 cameras are greater than iPhone 12 in every possible way. In fact, personally, I like iPhone 13 more than my Nikon DSLR lenses.

iphone13 vs iphone12

Now, coming to the rumors, iPhone 14 supposedly has 48-megapixel cameras, replacing the 12-megapixels of iPhone 13 models. And that too with a bigger camera sensor.

If that turns out to be true, you can use your iPhone 14 to capture video footage up to 8K resolution. Plus, MacWorld's reports suggest Apple will be introducing a periscope for 10x zoom for the first time with its new iPhone 14 lineup.

So, if you are an enthusiast photographer, the answer to your question, "should I wait for the iPhone 14" is simple — Yes, you should wait for iPhone 14.

Reason 6: Faster Refresh Rate

Apple is far behind in refreshing rates compared to other competitors. Samsung and Xiaomi all have 120Hz— sometimes 144Hz. But iPhone 13 has a 60Hz refresh rate, expect the Pro models.

But that is going to be changed. Every model of iPhone 14 will have a 120-hertz OLED display. To give you an idea of how different this will be, 120 hertz mean the screen can render 120 times per second, which is 33 percent faster than what a 90Hz screen offers.

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Part 3: Should I Buy iPhone 13 or wait for 14? - Buy Now! [4 Reasons]

Now it will be unfair to sing the glory of the iPhone 14 alone, given features and specs are speculations. iPhone 14 might be a regular update from Apple (of course, it won't. No, it can't be).

But if your iPhone is damaged and you cannot wait for iPhone 14 release date, here are some reasons to buy iPhone 13 and not wait for iPhone 14.

Reason 1: Price Drop Down

Amazon, Walmart, and even retail stores have dropped the prices of iPhone 13 models significantly. So there is no better time to purchase a new iPhone 13.

Not only on the newer iPhone 13 models, the refurbished models — which are just repaired and usually cost less — now have significantly cheaper price models.

Reason 2: A15 Chip is Good Enough

The iPhone 13 Pro models have an A15 Bionic chip and a more powerful GPU than regular iPhone 13 models. And given price drops, you can consider iPhone 13 Pro models and have a device with the fastest processors seen in a smartphone.

Reason 3: iPhone 13 Cameras are Great

iPhone 13 did take things to a new level compared to iPhone 12 models. But the biggest upgrade was the new capabilities of cameras seen in iPhone 13 models.

iPhone 14 might bring 48 megapixels, periscope cameras that allow you to shoot up to 8K resolution. But iPhone 13 cameras are great as it is.

Reason 4: Notch is still There

Many Apple users are used to the notch. And rumor has it, iPhone 14 Pro models may not have one. So, this one is more of a personal choice.

If you want a notch, there is no reason to wait for iPhone 14, given the notch less design leaks. But then again, only iPhone 14 Pro models are speculated to be notch-less.


iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 14 is not a fair comparison because the subsequent model from Apple brings new capabilities, cutting-edge features, and unique and funky displays. But with rumors around that Apple is saving the big change for the iPhone 15 lineup and there will not be many changes in the iPhone 14, lots of folks are still contemplating whether the wait will be worth it or they should just acquire the iPhone 13.

This article has unbiasedly compared both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. So, it's up to you to make a decision that you think is right for you.

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