Call of the specs: Here are the differences between the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro

Here’s how the new iPhone 14 Pro lineup compares to its predecessors. This Specs Appeal article lets you see the differences and specs of the iPhone 14 Pro, 13 Pro, and 12 Pro side-by-side with their Max variants.

Unlike the iPhone 14, which can only offer a larger Plus model for those planning to upgrade from the iPhone 13 or 12, the Pro line has bigger and more exciting changes this year. Apple ditched the notch for the first time since the iPhone X, giving buyers something called “Dynamic Island” – a pill-shaped cutout that integrates into the operating system providing additional information, whimsical animations and practical gestures. Additionally, the iPhone 14 Pro series has an eye-searing display that can peak at 2000 nits of brightness outdoors and reduce its refresh rate from 120Hz to 1Hz for the always-on feature.

Dynamic Island in iPhone 14 Pro

Cameras are another area where the iPhone 14 Pro lineup features significant changes. Apple has gone with a 48-megapixel main camera, ditching the good old 12-megapixel array it’s been using since the iPhone 6S. Also, a new flash made up of 9 LEDs makes it possible to adapt to the scene.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max side by side

Another notable feature of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is satellite communication which allows you to send an emergency SOS. And if you end up in a car crash, new sensors will detect the change in air pressure due to airbag deployment and up to 256G of acceleration. Like the Apple Watch and its fall detection system, the iPhone 14 Pro series can notify emergency services and contacts once a car crash is detected.

Finally, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are equipped with the next-generation Apple A16 processor. It retains the previous 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU configuration, but the raw performance has increased by around 25%.

Here are the main changes summarized in a list:

  • Significantly brighter screen with up to 2000 nits outdoors.
  • A reworked pill-shaped notch called “Dynamic Island”.
  • The new A16 Bionic processor.
  • Significantly improved camera with a 48MP main sensor, second-generation sensor-shift stabilization, photonics engine and adaptive flash.
  • Action mode for video with gimbal-style stabilization.
  • Improved front camera with wider aperture and 4K HDR video support.
  • Bluetooth 5.3, emergency SOS via satellite and car accident detection.
  • eSIM only (only in the United States).
  • Significantly better battery life.
  • New colors.

Now here’s a more detailed specs comparison with the main improvements of the iPhone 14 Pro series highlighted:

iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max
Display 6.1″
2556×1179
Brightness 1000/1600/2000 nits
dynamic island
Permanent display
1-120Hz
6.7″
2796×1290
Brightness 1000/1600/2000 nits
dynamic island
Permanent display
1-120Hz
6.1″
2532×1170
Brightness 1000/1200 nits
Narrower notch
10-120Hz
6.7″
2778×1284
Brightness 1000/1200 nits
Narrower notch
10-120Hz
6.1″
2532×1170
Brightness 800/1200 nits
Regular notch
60Hz
6.7″
2778×1284
Brightness 800/1200 nits
Regular notch
60Hz
CPU 6-core Bionic A16
5-core GPU
6-core Bionic A15
5-core GPU
6-core Bionic A14
4-core GPU
RAM 6 GB
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
Cameras 48MP wide + 12MP ultra wide + 12MP telephoto
aperture f/1.78 + f/2.2 + f/2.8
Second-generation sensor-shift OIS
True Tone Adaptive Flash
Photonic engine

deep fusion
Smart HDR 4 for photos
Photographic Styles
macro photography
3x optical zoom
2x optical zoom out
6x optical zoom range
12MP wide + ultra-wide + telephoto
aperture f/1.5 + f/1.8 + f/2.8
Sensor-Shift OIS
True Tone flash with slow sync
deep fusion
Smart HDR 4 for photos
Photographic Styles
macro photography
3x optical zoom
2x optical zoom out
6x optical zoom range
12MP wide + ultra-wide + telephoto
aperture f/1.6 + f/2.4 + f/2.2
Sensor-Shift OIS
True Tone flash with slow sync
deep fusion
Smart HDR 3 for photos
2.5x optical zoom
2x optical zoom out
5x optical zoom range
Video Cinematic mode for 4K HDR 30fps shallow depth of field video
ProRes video up to 4K at 30 fps
4K video at 60 fps
Macro video recording
Sensor-Shift OIS
Action mode
3x optical zoom
2x optical zoom out
9x digital zoom
Cinematic mode for 1080p 30fps shallow depth of field video
ProRes video up to 4K at 30 fps
4K video at 60 fps
Macro video recording
Sensor-Shift OIS
3x optical zoom
2x optical zoom out
9x digital zoom
4K video at 60 fps
Sensor-Shift OIS
2.5x optical zoom
2x optical zoom out
7x digital zoom
Front camera 12MP f/1.9 aperture
Photonic engine

Smart HDR 4
Photographic Styles
Cinematic mode up to 4K HDR 30 fps
HDR video with Dolby Vision 4K 60 fps
12MP f/2.2 aperture
Smart HDR 4
Photographic Styles
Cinematic mode 1080p 30 fps
HDR video with Dolby Vision 4K 60 fps
12MP f/2.2 aperture
Smart HDR 3
HDR video with Dolby Vision 4K 30 fps
Data GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+
5G (sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave)
WiFi 6
UWB chip
Bluetooth 5.3
Satellite Emergency SOS
Collision detection
GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+
5G (sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave)
WiFi 6
UWB chip
Bluetooth 5.0
SIM No physical SIM
Dual eSIM support
Dual SIM (physical nano-SIM and eSIM)
Dual eSIM support
Dual SIM (physical nano-SIM and eSIM)
Battery 3200mAh
23h of video playback
4323mAh
29h of video playback
3095mAh
Video playback 10 p.m.
4352mAh
28h video playback
2815mAh
5 p.m. video playback
3687mAh
20 hours of video playback
Ports Lightning, MagSafe and Qi
Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter
Colors Deep Purple, Gold, Silver, Black Space Alpine Green, Silver, Gold, Graphite, Sierra Blue Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite, Silver
$$$ $999 and $1099. iPhone 13 Pro and 12 Pro are now discontinued

You can also check out our other Specs Appeal articles where we compare the entire iPhone 14 lineup side by side and find out how the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus stack up against the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.

Are you planning to buy the iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max, or are you going to stick with the smartphone you currently own?

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