iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: the key upgrades to Apple's latest standard model

Apple's entire iPhone 15 line is now out in the wild, with the standard model having arrived alongside the iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max on September 12, 2023.

All four devices are among the best iPhones ever made, and you'll find our full verdict on Apple's latest standard model in our iPhone 15 review. For our thoughts on the other new models, check out our iPhone 15 Plus review,  iPhone 15 Pro review, and iPhone 15 Pro Max review.

Our comparative pieces on the iPhone 15 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro vs iPhone 15 Pro Max highlight how Apple’s top-level phones stack up against one another, but in this article, we compare the vanilla iPhone 15 against the vanilla iPhone 14, specifically.

iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: Specs comparison

The iPhone 15 from the front and back

The iPhone 15 from the front and back (Image credit: Apple)

Here's how the key specs of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 14 compare:

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iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: Specs
iPhone 15iPhone 14
Dimensions:147.6 x 71.6 x 7.80 mm 146.7 x 71.6 x 7.8mm
Display:6.1-inch Super XDR OLED6.1-inch Super XDR OLED
Resolution: 2556 x 1179 pixels2532 x 1170 pixels
Refresh rate:60Hz60Hz
Chipset:A16 BionicA15 Bionic
Rear cameras: 48MP main (24mm, ƒ/1.78), 12MP ultra-wide (13mm, ƒ/2.2)12MP main (26mm, f/1.5), 12MP ultra-wide (13mm, f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP12MP
Storage:128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB

iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: Price and availability

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The iPhone 15 series launched in September 2023 (Image credit: Apple)

The iPhone 14 was officially unveiled on September 7, 2022, before going on sale on September 16 for the following prices: 

  • 128GB: $799 / £849 / AU$1,339
  • 256GB: $899 / £959 / AU$1,579
  • 512GB: $1,099 / £1,179 / AU$1,899

The iPhone 15 was officially unveiled almost a year later, on September 12, 2023, and went on sale on September 15 for the following prices: 

  • 128GB: $799 / £799 / AU$1,499
  • 256GB: $899 / £899 / AU$1,699
  • 512GB: $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$2,049

As you can see, iPhone 15 launch prices in the US are identical to iPhone 14 launch prices in the same region, while UK prices are slightly reduced. iPhone 15 launch prices in Australia, though, are a touch higher than their iPhone 14 equivalents. 

Obviously, since the iPhone 14 is now the older phone of the two, you'll likely be able to pick up a new model for less than those aforementioned starting prices. Check out our iPhone 14 deals page for the latest prices, or our iPhone 15 deals page for any early offers on Apple's latest phone.

iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: Design

The most significant differences between the iPhone 15 and iPhone 14 come in the design department. 

The dimensions and weight of both phones are near enough identical – 147.6 x 71.6 x 7.8mm and 171g for the iPhone 15, and 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8mm and 172g for the iPhone 14 – but these are two very different-looking devices.

For starters, the iPhone 15 rocks slightly curved edges, where the iPhone 14 maintains the straight-sided aesthetic of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. That's not to say the iPhone 15 looks much like the iPhone 11 (i.e. the last Apple phone to get curved sides), mind, but Apple's new device does hit a nice sweet spot between that 2019 handset and its vanilla iPhone 14.

The iPhone 15 gets color-infused glass, too, and is available in either black, blue, green, yellow or pink. The iPhone 14, on the other hand, uses Apple's traditional transparent glass, and is available in either Midnight, Starlight, red, blue, purple or yellow.

The other main design difference between these two phones is the presence of a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port on the iPhone 15. The EU told Apple that it must add USB-C charging ports to all iPhones sold in Europe from 2024, but the company opted to heed that regulation a year early with the iPhone 15 line.

Functionally, though, these ports are identical, with the move to USB-C bringing improved data transfer speeds to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, exclusively. The USB-C port on the standard iPhone 15, in contrast, delivers data transfer speeds of just 480 Mbps (i.e. the same as Lightning). Both phones have the same IP68 rating, too, meaning they're dust-proof and water-resistant.

The other headline design features of Apple's iPhone 15 line – titanium sides, thinner bezels, the Action button and so on – are also reserved for its latest Pro phones.

iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: Display

The iPhone 14 being held in a hand

The iPhone 14 display (Image credit: Future)

When it comes to the phone’s displays, the iPhone 15 delivers one major improvement over the iPhone 14.

The latter sports a 6.1-inch Super XDR OLED display that offers a 2532 x 1170 pixel resolution, and the iPhone 15 follows suit (albeit with a different 2556 x 1179 pixel resolution). However, the iPhone 15 inherits the Dynamic Island – Apple’s fancy screen cutout – from the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which gives the phone a more premium feel, as well as enhanced functionality.

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The iPhone 15 display (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Beyond the Dynamic Island, though, the iPhone 15’s display is pretty much identical to its predecessor’s. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro boast adaptive 1-120Hz refresh rate technology (dubbed ProMotion) that automatically adjusts the smoothness of their displays to suit whatever’s happening on-screen, but the iPhone 15 sticks with the iPhone 14’s static 60Hz refresh rate.

iPhone 15 vs iPhone 14: Cameras

The yellow Apple iPhone 14 on a grey background

The iPhone 14's rear camera array (Image credit: Apple)

The iPhone 14's rear camera setup comprises the following two lenses: a 12MP main (26mm, f/1.5) and a 12MP ultra-wide (13mm, f/2.4).

Apple's latest standard iPhone likewise gets a dual-sensor camera setup, though the iPhone 15 inherits the 48MP main sensor boasted by the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, rather than the 12MP main sensor used by the vanilla iPhone 14.

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The iPhone 15's rear array (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Suffice to say, this is a big plus for the iPhone 15. While the iPhone 14’s cameras are adequate enough for general photography tasks, they’re essentially unchanged from the iPhone 13 (save for the upgraded imaging pipeline powering them). The iPhone 15's 48MP main sensor, on the other hand, introduces pixel binning to the standard iPhone for the first time and, alongside better shooting in all environments – including low light – delivers better quality 2x zoomed shots and portrait photography. Not to mention better stabilization across stills and video.

On the selfie-snapping front, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 share the same 12MP selfie camera (as do the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro, if you're wondering).

Here's how the rear cameras of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 compare:

iPhone 14 camera samples

iPhone 15 camera samples