Apple’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are very similar, but they have some important differences, too. The iPhone 14, released in September 2022, features excellent cameras, Action Mode video and A15 Bionic chipset power. 2021’s iPhone 13 is now more affordable thanks to the passing of time and remains a high-performing phone complete with Cinematic Video Mode.
Maybe you’re tossing up which one to get or trying to decide whether it’s time to upgrade from a 13 to a 14. The good news is that both phones will offer you value for money, especially when you buy refurbished ones.
One thing you may have noticed is that the iPhone 13 and 14 are the same size, or at least they look like it. In the interests of saving yourself some cash and cutting down on the number of accessories you have to buy, is it possible to re-use your iPhone 13 phone case for your iPhone 14?
Mobile phone cases, along with other accessories like screen protectors, offer great protection for smartphones. There are plenty of stylish, durable iPhone cases on the market made from strong materials and designed to guard your iPhone from potential hazards. Many also come with benefits such as shock resistance, MagSafe charging and water and dust resistance.
Do you need to buy an iPhone 14 case just for your new phone, or will your iPhone 13 phone case still get the job done? In this article, we take a closer look at the differences between the two phones, including size, take you through some popular iPhone case options and explain the benefits of buying iPhones and iPhone cases from OzMobiles.
Refurbished iPhone 14 Vs iPhone 13
Reviewers have noted the similarities between the iPhone 14 and its predecessor while still calling the 14 the best value phone for the money. Like many of Apple’s recent models, the iPhone 14 comes in four different varieties: the regular, the Plus, the Pro and the Pro Max. With Apple ditching the Mini model of the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 comes in just two sizes: 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches.
Which phone offers a better bargain today? That’s up for debate. Time has made the iPhone 14 a bit more affordable, although buying refurbished allows you to take home either one for much less than you’d expect to pay new. Some of the upgrades you’ll find on the iPhone 14 compared to the iPhone 13 include:
The A15 Bionic chip powers the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13, but the iPhone 14 comes with the 5-core GPU found in the iPhone 13’s Pro model. A 2022 report revealed the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max to be the fastest 5G devices in the USA.
While both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 have 12MP and Ultra-Wide cameras, the iPhone 14 has a new Photonic Engine, which brightens images in low lighting.
The iPhone 14 comes with Action Mode, a highly powerful form of video stabilisation that lets you capture smooth and stable images even in the midst of the action.
Are the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 14 the same size? While they may look identical, some subtle differences determine how well an iPhone 13 phone case will fit your iPhone 14 or whether a new iPhone 14 case is on the cards.
Does an iPhone 13 Phone Case Fit an iPhone 14?
At first glance, it looks like the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 14 are the same size. So, in theory, it shouldn’t be an issue to take your iPhone 13 phone case (as long as it’s still in good condition) and place it on your iPhone 14.
It’s true that the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13 are practically the same size. The dimensions of both standard models are virtually identical. Both the base-model iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are 146.7 mm tall and 71.5 mm wide. The iPhone 14 is 0.01 inch thicker, which is not enough to make a difference as far as choosing a case is concerned. Size-wise, an iPhone 13’s phone case will fit on an iPhone 14. The limitation is that Apple changed the sizes and locations of the volume and power buttons. If you want to continue accessing those buttons easily, specifically buying an iPhone 14 case is recommended.
The business gets even more complicated when you factor in the other iPhone 14 models. The iPhone 14 Pro is 0.03 inches higher than the iPhone 13 Pro, making it too large to recycle your iPhone 13 Pro case. The same applies to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which adds a third camera with bigger sensors. If you have a 14 Pro Max, you’ll need an iPhone 14 Pro Max case. The case you’ve been using for an iPhone 13 Pro Max won’t cut it.
Your best bet is to familiarise yourself with the dimensions of your phone and buy a case designed for them. Fortunately, there are a lot of great cases that fit iPhones.
The Different Types of iPhone Cases
There’s an endless amount of variety when it comes to iPhone cases. While you can find cheap plastic cases at almost any shopping centre, big-name brands have gotten in on the action, too, manufacturing cases from premium materials like high-quality leather and synthetic fibre.
Whatever model of iPhone you have, you’re certain to be able to find a case for it easily. However, here are a few common kinds of cases you should know about:
Charging cases: These are cases that you can use to charge your iPhone. A popular example is MagSafe iPhone charging cases.
Leather cases: Leather iPhone cases not only look chic, but they’re great if you want a case made from waterproof material.
Water-resistant cases: Typically made from plastic or silicon, these cases are designed to provide your iPhone with a high level of protection from moisture and dust.
Shockproof cases: If you’re prone to dropping your phone, you may want to invest in a shock-absorbent case. Often made from sturdy materials like TPU and PC, these hardy phones are built to survive an accident or two.
Buy iPhone Cases at OzMobiles
The easiest place to buy a high-quality refurbished iPhone and the right phone case to go with it is right here on the OzMobiles website.
Our affordable refurbished iPhone 14s include models of the Plus, Pro and Pro Max varieties. Our refurbished iPhone 13 selection offers a similarly wide range of options, including more compact (and now discontinued) Mini models. And when you need a case to go with your new phone, we have a range of strong and reliable iPhone cases – including iPhone 13 phone cases - to take your pick from as well.
Every refurbished device we sell is fully functional and comes with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. As part of our 72-point checking process, we test the battery life of your device to make sure it’s at least at 80%.
If you have any questions about our iPhone models, iPhone 14 or iPhone 13 phone cases and other deals, contact the OzMobiles team.