iPhone 14 remains solid this year, whether you’re upgrading or moving forward with iOS.
The iPhone 15 series is now official and many fans are surely crazed by the latest models. However, some are thinking if iPhone 14 is still viable this year or even next year. While iPhone 15 has upgrades, iPhone 14 is not far behind all things considered.
Screen Display and Protection
The base versions of iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 are not different in this case. Both have 6.1 inches of Super Retina XDR OLED display with 460 pixels per inch. The slight difference is the 2532 x 1170 resolution on iPhone 14, while 2556 x 1179 on the latest model. This means that the image quality when you watch videos or view images are the same.
Meanwhile, iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 14 Plus have the Super Retina XDR display on their 6.7-inch screens. The former has a 2796 x 1290 resolution at 460ppi, but the latter 2778 x 1284 resolution at 458ppi. The difference is so marginal that you won’t notice it every day.
Of course, there are differences between the past and present models. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus have Dynamic Island and up to 2000nits of peak brightness outdoors. But both series have Ceramic Shield at the front and IP68 rating, so you didn’t lose too much.
iPhone 14 naturally loses on the chipset because the latest model has a new one. A15 Bionic chip powers iPhone 14 while A16 Bionic chip for iPhone 15. The difference? Nothing big unless you demand a lot on the processor side.
According to Apple, A15 and A16 Bionic chipsets have six cores, two performance and four efficiency cores, a five-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. Any enhancements from A15 to A16 are unlikely to be massive since the number of cores across all noted aspects are the same. The enhancements are perhaps focused on optimization rather than breakthrough.
Here is where iPhone 15 will most likely win against iPhone 14. The latest model has a triple camera system at the back, composed of a 48-MP main shooter, 12-MP ultrawide lens, and 12-MP telephoto lens. That system is way better than the 12MP + 12MP main and ultrawide shooters on the past model.
Moreover, iPhone 15’s rear cameras have a digital zoom of up to 10x, eclipsing the 5x digital zoom of iPhone 14. However, recording high-quality videos on iPhone 14 is like doing it on iPhone 15. Both are capable of 4K at 60FPS, 4K Cinematic Mode at 30FPS, and HDR with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60FPS. Your iPhone 14 can record videos as an iPhone 15 can.
The rear cameras on iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 have a few differences and they may not be significant enough to affect your daily shots. Check them out below.
|Features||iPhone 15||iPhone 14|
|HDR||Smart HDR 5||Smart HDR 4|
|Focus and Depth||Next-generation portraits with Focus and Depth Control||Portrait mode with Focus and Depth Control|
Do you mind the Lightning connector on iPhone 14? If so, you’re not going to get much ahead since iPhone 15 only went for USB-C, which is so common today. If the iPhone 15 received something truly unique, not something you can even find on Android, then that’s a huge milestone.
Well, that’s the only thing that sets apart iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 in this section.
As we’re discussing the USB-C and Lightning connector, do you fancy the same charging speed? The wired charging speed on both iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 are the same, and this is because the USB-C in the latest phone is just USB 2. It isn’t even faster in transferring data than the Lightning connector.
Check out the battery performance of both iPhones as per Apple.
|Features||iPhone 14||iPhone 14 Plus||iPhone 15||iPhone 15 Plus|
|Video playback||Up to 20 hours||Up to 26 hours||Up to 20 hours||Up to 26 hours|
|Video playback (streamed)||Up to 16 hours||Up to 20 hours||Up to 16 hours||Up to 20 hours|
|Audio playback||Up to 80 hours||Up to 100 hours||Up to 80 hours||Up to 100 hours|
|Battery type||Li-Ion 20w wired charging||Li-Ion 20w wired charging||Li-Ion 20w wired charging||Li-Ion 20w wired charging|
Your iPhone 14 is a solid iPhone today and there’s no need to upgrade. Your phone is even eligible for iOS 17, so you’re getting the same software as the iPhone 15. If you’re thinking of moving forward with iOS, iPhone 14 is not a bad choice as a starter. You can use this version to get a feel of iOS without spending your entire savings.
When you’re convinced to do an upgrade, I recommend doing that with the iPhone 16, which will clearly get something better.
iPhone 14 starts at ₱49,990 and iPhone 14 Plus at ₱56,990. iPhone 15 is initially priced at ₱56,990 and the iPhone 15 Plus at ₱63,990. Notice the prices? That same price of ₱56,990 on the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 15 is a simple argument of screen size versus the latest package.