Comparison of iPhone 14 Plus vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max: which one to choose?

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The most popular iPhones are those with the giant screen diagonal. So in 2022, Apple will highlight the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max. To help you choose, our comparison highlights the commonalities and differences between the two versions.

No more iPhone in mini version, Apple is drawing a line under it in 2022 and the iPhone 14 focuses on smartphones with larger screens. For the occasion, the 6.7-inch diagonal lands on iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Their display is therefore the same, but Apple has taken the price difference into consideration. The two devices do not have the same design. Their characteristics also differ on the technical part. As usual, the cameras aren’t on the same level either.

The differences between iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max should help you decide which model to choose and which 6.7-inch iPhone 14 is the best in 2022. Our comparison will allow you to find out more too on the new features that are coming to this new generation for the iPhone. One thing is certain, in view of the price increase (+15%), the arrival of an iPhone 14 Plus is good news for anyone looking for an iPhone with a large screen, without necessarily needing a a Pro version.

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The new iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max in Cupertino, September 7, 2022 © Presse-citron

Until now, you had to go through a Pro model to be able to benefit from the Max size. This was the case on iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple has differentiated its new iPhone 14 Plus by not recovering the name of Max, to leave exclusivity to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, because ultimately only the diagonal of the screen is taken up. There are many differences between iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and in particular on the battery!

The iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max were presented on September 7, 2022 at 7 p.m. in France. They will be available for pre-order from September 9 (at 2 p.m.) for first deliveries on September 16. Here is now our iPhone 14 Plus vs 14 Pro Max comparison.

Comparison: iPhone 14 Plus or iPhone 14 Pro Max?

To start in this iPhone 14 Plus vs iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison, we have to take some time to talk about the changes Apple has made to its new range. Whether between the versions of the iPhone 14 and between previous generations, the smartphone is changing. The biggest novelty that jumps out at you is certainly the arrival of a punch instead of a notch. Apple still integrates Face ID sensors into it, hence the fact that the nibbled part of the screen is so wide and in two parts. First observation, this new design only concerns the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max!

Differences in their design

 6.69 inch for iPhone 14 Plus

6.69 inches for the iPhone 14 Pro Max

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In terms of design, the arrival of the new punch offers multiple possibilities for iOS 16 software integration, which takes advantage of it to create new animations for notifications and control functions. This new device also saves a little screen display, but the difference is not very significant between iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Choosing one or the other will not make a real difference in the display, especially for videos.

The design of the two devices does not change, as do the dimensions, which are almost identical. But the weight varies between the two products: 203 g for iPhone 14 Plus and 240 g for iPhone 14 Pro Max. This is explained by the photo sensors, the battery, but also the stainless steel chassis on iPhone 14 Pro Max and aluminum on iPhone 14 Plus.

As usual, Apple separates the Pro family from the classic family in terms of colors. Count 4 different shades on iPhone 14 Pro Max: purple, gold, silver and space black. Five colors are available on iPhone 14 Plus: blue, mauve, midnight black, white and red (Product RED). The colors of the iPhone 14 Pro Max are more intense and the borders are shiny, where we find more matte shades and sides similar to what we also find on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

Screen technology

The screens do not share the same technologies. Between an iPhone 14 Plus and an iPhone 14 Pro Max, you have to take into account the screen technologies that modify the experience to some extent. Both devices are equipped with an OLED panel and micro-scratch resistance of the same order, but on iPhone 14 Pro Max, the brightness is much higher, at 2000 nits against 1200 nits on iPhone 14 Plus. The difference is significant, especially in the daylight display, to the advantage of the iPhone 14 Pro Max of course.

Apple is introducing something new to the Pro line this year. This is ProMotion technology, for a variable refresh rate of 120Hz to 1Hz. On iPhone 14 Pro Max, customers will be able to enable Always-on Display, a feature that allows you to keep your screen on without draining battery. . The inspiration comes from the Apple Watch, which inaugurated this feature to give users the time at all times, without them having to turn on the screen.

Camera: should you choose an iPhone 14 Pro Max?

To continue in our iPhone 14 Plus vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison, let’s move on to the photo and video part. Apple presents its new pro range with new features. Are the new iPhone 14 Plus shunned for all that? We will try to guide you in your choice by giving you the differences between the cameras of the iPhone 14 Plus and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

A new 48 MP sensor instead of 12 MP

Apple has chosen to finally turn to a larger sensor to make a real upgrade on the performance of iPhones in low light. And for once, he is! On iPhone 14 Pro Max, there is now a 48 MP primary sensor of very proper size.

With it, the lens can capture much more light even when it lacks it, to avoid using the flash or seeing the photo degraded with grain. The sensor can also “stack” pixels to make a brighter 12 MP photo. The difference between 12 and 48 MP is also in the level of detail on the captures. It will be easier to crop an image without losing quality.

The other sensors are also being refined – the iPhone 14 Pro Max has three sensors, and the telephoto lens’s optical zoom is x6 magnification. On iPhone 14 Plus, we remain on a classic endowment with a primary sensor of 12 MP and an ultra wide-angle of 12 MP. It is not possible to find an amplitude greater than x2 on the optical zoom of an iPhone 14 Plus. The endowment on iPhone 14 Pro is, therefore, better on the photo part of the module on the back of the device, especially since it offers the ProRAW format and the Night Portrait mode for lovers of photography.

On the front, however, all new iPhones get a new selfie camera with a wider aperture (ƒ/1.9 vs. ƒ/2.2 previously) to get better shots in low light. The sensor is now equipped with Autofocus, which was not the case on iPhone selfie cameras until now.

What about the video?

The program formats for the photo are added to the Cinematic mode on iPhone 14 Pro Max, which allows you to vary the focus and obtain depths of the field like in the cinema. New this year: this format accepts 4K. On iPhone 13 Pro Max, it was throttled to 1080p resolution. Otherwise, we also find the ProRes format, which is not available on iPhone 14 Plus and offers a more excellent dynamic range for colors and lights more faithful to reality.

These features may be more for the pros, and you may not see their point. So, an iPhone 14 Plus is more than enough for the rest. Indeed, iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max offer 4K, from 24 to 60 frames per second. The slow motion mode at 120 frames per second is limited to 1080, whether on one or the other smartphone.

iPhone 14 Plus vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max specs: technical differences

The various obstacles to tech in 2022 (shortage of components, war in Ukraine, oil prices) have strongly penalized tech companies for innovating. Improvements on the processor side, at their peak for a year, have naturally pushed Apple to settle down this year. The chips from TSMC, called Apple silicon, could not arrive in time (3 nm engraving), but the new A16 Bionic chip is still engraved in 4 nm. It only equips the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max; therefore, the iPhone 14 Plus is excluded.

Before going into the detail of the comparison of the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max technical characteristics, let us first look in this comparison at the differences in the technical sheets.

If iPhone 14 Pro Max is equipped with a new generation A16 Bionic chip, iPhone 14 Plus remains with the chip of the iPhone 13 Pro released last year: A15 Bionic. Both are excellent, but Apple went to grab a few additional resources, especially on the efficiency and GPU part. Four of the six cores of its CPU are devoted to this quiet power, with such efficiency that the A16 Bionic chip would consume only 1/3 of the energy of the current best competing chip on the market. The GPU would be given 50% more bandwidth.

For storage on iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, only those looking for an iPhone with 1 TB of internal memory should pay attention. The range is strictly the same otherwise, with an offer of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. The 1 TB version is reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the larger version of the iPhone 14 Plus stops at 512 GB.

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We thought we would see WiFi 6E connectivity coming to the new iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but that’s not the case. On the other hand, both devices are updated to take advantage of the new Bluetooth 5.3 standard to guarantee excellent stability in connection with the devices. Also, Apple has launched a new satellite emergency message function but reserves this feature for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It allows you to send an emergency message in remote areas without a cellular network. Apple is the only brand with Huawei to offer such a device for security.

Autonomy and recharging: beware of received ideas

No, the autonomy is not the same on iPhone 14 Plus as on iPhone 14 Pro Max. And the difference is even very significant. This received idea because of the size of the two smartphones is logical. In particular, many customers who have opted for the Max model in recent years did so to take advantage of a larger battery. But this year, iPhone 14 Plus does not play in the same court as the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The autonomy of an iPhone 14 Plus is 20 hours in video playback, just like on a classic iPhone 14. On the other hand, the autonomy is 25 hours in video playback on iPhone 14 Pro Max. We can clearly distinguish the difference at the end of the day between one and the other smartphone. Apple did not install the same battery in its two smartphones, which explains the difference in weight between the two products.

On the charging part, however, neither of them stands out. Apple offers its two devices with compatibility for fast charging of 20W. In wireless charging, MagSafe is 15W on iPhone 14 Plus as on iPhone 14 Pro Max. The brand has not chosen to embark on the bath of reverse charging this year. None of the iPhone 14 models have it. The products are essentially the same as the old iPhone 13 on the issue of charging. Apple announces 35 minutes to recover 50% autonomy on the two devices connected to a cable at the fastest.

Price comparison between iPhone 14 Plus and 14 Pro Max

Now let’s talk about the fee schedule. It is very different between iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Depending on this, your choice could vary. Apple has increased its prices by 15% this year to offer an iPhone 14 range only above 1000 euros. A version of the iPhone 14 Pro Max even exceeds 2000 euros. This is, of course, the version with 1TB of storage capacity.

The price difference between an iPhone 14 Plus and an iPhone 14 Pro Max is 310 euros. The iPhone 14 Plus starts at 1,169 euros, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at 1,479 euros.

Prices for an iPhone 14 Plus:

iPhone 14 Plus 128 GB: €1,169

iPhone 14 Plus 256 GB: €1,299

iPhone 14 Plus 512 GB: €1,559

Prices for an iPhone 14 Pro Max:

iPhone 14 Pro Max 128 GB: €1,479

iPhone 14 Pro Max 256 GB: €1,609

iPhone 14 ProMax 512 GB: €1,869

iPhone 14 Pro Max 1TB: €2,129

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Comparison report

Apple is paying the price for better screen technology (brighter, with Always-on Display), a notch shortened to a punch, and a new, much larger photo sensor. The difference in price and technologies between an iPhone 14 Plus and an iPhone 14 Pro Max is significant. Unfortunately, we will not be able to enjoy equivalent autonomy on the two products either.

The new iPhone 14 Plus is a novelty, however, as older generations of the iPhone did not offer a version with a large screen. Apple marketed, on the contrary, a mini version of 5.3 inches which ultimately did not meet with the desired success (for a question of autonomy in particular). In the end, the iPhone 14 Plus trades most of the features of the iPhone 13 Pro, and most customers will be satisfied with the 15 Bionic chip that integrates the device, the photo equipment, and the 120 Hz OLED screen. That said, if you want to take advantage of the latest innovations brought by Apple this year, you will have to choose an iPhone 14 Pro Max.

iPhone 14 Max vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max in a nutshell:

For the photo: iPhone 14 Pro Max (48 MP sensor)

Battery: iPhone 14 Pro Max (25 hours streaming)

screen: iPhone 14 Pro Max (punch, brightness)

most potent: iPhone 14 Pro Max (A16 Bionic)

the cheapest: iPhone 14 Plus (320 euros less)

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