Read this before You buy iPhone 14 Plus or iPhone 14 Pro Max: Buyer’s Guide

The iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max are two of Apple’s newest models, following the iPhone 13 small and iPhone 13 Pro Max from the previous year. Now that Apple is selling two 6.7-inch iPhone models, how different are they from one another, and what advantages does a “Pro” smartphone offer?

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What differentiate the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro last year were ProMotion, 2GB of memory, three hours of battery life, and rear cameras with different apertures. With the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple’s “Pro” and non-Pro iPhone models diverge more than ever. However, both smartphones share modern features like Emergency SOS via satellite, Crash Detection, Action mode, 6GB of memory, a Photonic Engine, and an improved 12-megapixel TrueDepth front camera with autofocus.

Our post not only explains how to pick between these two iPhone models but also what upgrades and added functions the iPhone 14 Pro Max offers.


iPhone 14 Plus

Aerospace-grade aluminum design with glass back

800 nits max brightness (typical)

1,200 nits peak brightness (HDR)

Sensor-shift optical image stabilization

True Tone flash

160.8mm height

“Notch” TrueDepth camera array

A15 Bionic chip

“Advanced” dual-camera system

2x optical zoom range (2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 5x)

12-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture

12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture

77.6mm width

7.80mm thickness

Weight of 203 grams

26-hour battery life (during video playback)

128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options

Available in Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)

It starts at $899

iPhone 14 Pro Max

Surgical-grade stainless steel design with a frosted glass back

Promotion with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz

Always-on display

1,000 nits max brightness (typical)

1,600 nits peak brightness (HDR) and 2,000 nits peak brightness (outdoor)

TrueDepth camera array with Dynamic Island

A16 Bionic chip

Adaptive True Tone flash

LiDAR scanner

“Pro” camera system

6x optical zoom range (3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 15x)

48-megapixel Main Camera with ƒ/1.78 aperture

12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture

12-megapixel Telephoto camera with ƒ/2.8 aperture

Second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization

Night mode portraits

Macro photography

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ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity)

Macro video recording, including slo‑mo and time‑lapse

160.7mm height

78.1mm width

7.85mm thickness

Weight of 240 grams

29-hour battery life (during video playback)

128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options

Available in Deep Purple, Space Black, Silver, and Gold

Starts at $1,099

Final Thoughts

The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a lot of enhancements over the iPhone 14 Plus. With just a $200 price difference, many consumers will be able to rationalize selecting the iPhone 14 Pro Max over the iPhone 14 Plus in exchange for a brighter display with ProMotion and always-on functionality, the Dynamic Island, the A16 Bionic chip, and a radically different rear camera setup, in addition to longer battery life and a more upscale design. Because of the breadth and depth of improvements and capabilities on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, consumers should typically intentionally choose the high-end model.

If you prefer a lighter device, don’t care for features like ProMotion and the always-on display, or are unwilling to afford the additional $200 for the premium model, the iPhone 14 Plus is preferable to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. You will still have satellite access to shared features like Emergency SOS in this circumstance. The iPhone 14 Plus is still a pretty well-rounded device, even for those who want larger screen sizes and are upgrading from a much older model.

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