iPhone 14 vs iPhone 11: Expect the biggest upgrades


If your iPhone 11 is looking a bit dated, you might consider switching to the iPhone 14 when it arrives this fall. Three years between phones is a long time, so what can we expect from the new iPhone 14, and how does it compare to the iPhone 11?

The iPhone 11 lineup itself was a big step forward, introducing us to pro-level iPhones with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max and enhancements like Night Mode photography and Apple's U1 Ultra Wideband chip. But the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are expected to feature updated graphic designs, newer cameras, more powerful 5G-capable chips, larger batteries, and better displays. All of these changes combined could make the iPhone 11 lineup look pretty dated.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 11: Prices

Based on the iPhone 13 models currently on sale, we should see the iPhone 14 priced at around $799/£779 and the iPhone 14 Pro at $999/£949. That would put the iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,099 / £1,049.

The new iPhone 14 Max we're getting should be somewhere in the middle, probably around $899/£879. Rumors of a price increase, however, mean those numbers could end up being even higher, especially for the iPhone 14 Pro model, which could go up by $100.

For now, you can still pick up the iPhone 11 from Apple for a budget-friendly $499/£489, while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max aren't part of Apple's lineup. When the iPhone 14 series goes on sale, likely, the iPhone 11 will also be eliminated.

While you might still find some iPhone 11 models (including the two Pro variants) in stores for less than the iPhone 14, they're likely to be in short supply. You can also always use the refurbished iPhone 11s market to get the body repaired and a new battery if you want.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 11: Design

The iPhone 11 series is the last of the Face ID iPhones to adopt a curved surface design, and the iPhone 14 is expected to continue the flat design of the iPhone 13 series. So while the iPhone 11 and iPhone 14 may look similar from the front, they feel very different in the hand On the back, the dual or triple camera modules will only vary slightly. Both the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will likely feature two cameras arranged diagonally, making them look different from the vertically stacked sensors on the iPhone 11. The camera triangle pattern on the iPhone 14 Pro andPro Max should be the same as on the iPhone 14. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, but the dimensions could be quite different given how big the lenses are on the iPhone 13 Pro models.

The base iPhone 14 is believed to be the same size as the standard iPhone 11 at 6.1 inches. However, the iPhone 14 Pro models are believed to be slightly larger than the iPhone 11 Pro models, measuring 6.1 inches for the Pro and 6.7 inches for the Pro Max instead of 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches.


The rumored iPhone 14 Max model doesn't have a direct comparison, but it would also feel larger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 6.7 inches.

Although the back and front of the iPhone 11 are made of tempered glass, it misses out on the Ceramic Shield glass that Apple introduced with the iPhone 12 and continues with the iPhone 13. This could mean that the iPhone 14 will also feature Ceramic Shield glass, making it stronger than the iPhone 11.

We're not yet sure what the iPhone 14 colors will be, but the base model will likely come in basic black, white, and Product Red options, and the Pro model will likely come in silver, graphite gray, and gold, just like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 also comes in yellow, purple, and green, while the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max offer a deeper matte green option.

The only rumored new color for the iPhone 14 is purple, and there are two different versions, Pro and non-Pro. There may also be a new Sky Blue option for the regular iPhone models, replacing the dark blue currently offered on the iPhone 13.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 11: Revealed

While the iPhone 11's display should be the same size as the iPhone 14's, the underlying technology will likely be different. All iPhone 13 models use OLED panels instead of the iPhone 11's LCD, which allows for better colors and greater power efficiency. We expect the iPhone 14 series to use OLED as well.

Aside from the size difference, the biggest upgrade between the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro is the rumored new notch design. Instead of a rounded rectangle, the iPhone 14 Pro models could feature a combination of punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts for more display.

There's also ProMotion, which debuted on the iPhone 13 Pro and appears to be available on the iPhone 14 Pro as well. This allows the display to increase its refresh rate up to 120Hz, which makes swiping around the iPhone's interface much smoother. Building on the current version, ProMotion on the iPhone 14 Pro could also enable an always-on display for easy at-a-glance information, according to some sources.

iPhone 14. vs iPhone 11: Cameras

Starting with the base model, we should see two 12MP cameras on the back of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max in the main and ultrawide roles, just like on the iPhone 11, just with updated sensors and optics. Apple replaced the 7MP camera on the front of the iPhone 11 with a 12MP version on the iPhone 12, and this should carry over to the iPhone 14.


The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11Pro Max feature three 12MP cameras on the back, with a main lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2x telephoto lens. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max should differ in two key ways. First, the main camera is said to be being updated to a higher-resolution 48MP sensor, allowing for more detail and light in photos. Second, we expect the iPhone 14 Pro to retain the iPhone 13 Pro's 3x telephoto camera, which is 50% higher than the iPhone 11's maximum optical magnification.

Also, since the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro use lidar scanners, we might see them on the iPhone 14 Pro as well. This help enhances AR apps, 3D scanning, and photo effects, something the iPhone 11 Pro lacks entirely.

Apple has also introduced several camera app improvements since the launch of the iPhone 11. That means we should see things like night mode portraits, movie mode video on all iPhone 14 models, and macro mode and ProRAW/ProRES on iPhone 14 Pro models that the iPhone 11 can't match, and Apple Any new photo/video features introduced this year.


We shouldn't see any changes to the front camera. Both iPhone 11 Pro models have 12MP sensors, which hasn't changed for the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. There aren't any rumors saying anything different, and we expect the same for the iPhone 14 Pro.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 11: Performance and 5G

As powerful as the A13 chip in the iPhone 11 series at the time, Apple's A15 chip used in the iPhone 13 is already far ahead in terms of performance. That's good, according to some sources, because the base iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max could also use those chips instead of getting newer ones.

However, the iPhone 14 Pro models will reportedly move to the new Apple A16 processor, which could further widen the performance gap. All iPhone 14 models (8GB) will have increased RAM, which should make multitasking smoother than the 4GB in the iPhone 11.

The default storage on all iPhone 11 models is a paltry 64GB. Recently, Apple sold iPhones with 128GB by default, with up to 1TB of storage options available on the Pro models. We should see this again with the iPhone 14 series, which is good news if you're running low on space for photos.

Apple only introduced 5G to its iPhone 12 phones, which means all three iPhone 11 models will only support 4G compatibility. While this isn't a deal breaker right now, as coverage increases you'll notice download/upload speeds fall short on cellular compared to other phones.

The iPhone 14 series will support 5G. Sadly, they're rumored to miss out on the new Qualcomm 5G modem and Apple's rumored first 5G modem, but they'll likely still work just fine with the latest networking standard.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 11: Battery and charging

Apple offered a sizeable increase in battery capacity for all iPhone 13 models compared to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11, and rumor has it that those capacities haven't changed much for the iPhone 14 lineup. That means they'll likely still be considerably larger than the iPhone 11's batteries, and thus last longer on a single charge.


We haven't heard anything about the new charging standard for the iPhone 14, so we should see support for 20W wired charging and 15W MagSafe wireless charging on all models. The iPhone 11 series has wired charging of up to 18W and wireless charging of up to 7.5W and does not support Apple's magnetic charging pad. This will make the iPhone 14 faster and easier to boot up when needed.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 11: Software

The iPhone 11 series shipped with iOS 13, but when the software launches in the fall, it will be able to be updated to iOS 16. iOS 16 will be the default software on the iPhone 14 when those devices start shipping.

However, being a newer phone, the iPhone 14 will continue to get operating system updates when Apple decides to drop support for the iPhone 11. That may still be a few years away, but that could affect your buying decision.

Phone 14 vs iPhone 11: Looking ahead

Unsurprisingly, the three-year gap between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 14 means that if you're looking for the best overall performance, photography, battery life, and display, the iPhone 14 will be an overall worthy upgrade.

However, the new iPhones will be more expensive and larger than the equivalent iPhone 11. Plus, their 5G-enabled chips may not yet be a key selling point for users who live far outside of current coverage.

Since the iPhone 15 in 2023 promises big things, like a periscope telephoto lens for better zoom performance, it might be worth holding out for another year so you can get in on the next big iPhone update. But if you're looking to upgrade earlier, there doesn't seem to be anything stopping you from moving from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 14 once the new phone arrives.


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