If you’re struggling to decide whether upgrading from an iPhone 13 Pro to the iPhone 14 Pro is worth it, 5G speeds could help seal the deal.
That’s because comparative testing was done by SpeedSmart (opens in new tab) found that the iPhone 14 Pro can achieve up to 38% faster 5G speeds than the iPhone 13 Pro when using Verizon and T-Mobile’s 5G networks. The results are as follows.
|iPhone 14 pro||iPhone 13 pro|
|Download on Verizon||175.56 Mbps||126.33 Mbps|
|Upload to Verizon||27.28 Mbps||21.64 Mbps|
|Download from T Mobile||255.91 Mbps||173.81 Mbps|
|Upload to T-Mobile||28.25 Mbps||22.51 Mbps|
Upload speeds may not offer a day-night difference, but it’s clear that the iPhone 14 Pro has the download speed advantage over its predecessor. In reality, that should mean that watching things like watching 4K movies on the go or downloading a relatively large game to play while on a trip will be faster on the newer iPhone.
And for people like me who have slow internet connections at home, this boost in 5G speeds would make for faster downloads and streaming when connecting a PS5 or Xbox Series X to an iPhone 5G hotspot, for example; This can turn the time it takes to download a large game from excruciating to more acceptable.
In addition to better 5G speeds, SpeedSmart also reported improved latency on the iPhone 14 Pro, reporting a ping of 52.88 milliseconds on T-Mobile’s 5G network compared to the iPhone 13 Pro’s 62.20 ms delivered. This should be a boon for anyone playing competitive online multiplayer games like Call of Duty Mobile over a 5G connection.
We ran the SpeedSmart test on our test iPhone 14 Pro Max in New York City through T-Mobile and found average download speeds of 213.3 Mbps and uploads of 133.9 Mbps.
The reason for this overall increase in 5G performance is due to the use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem chip, which is an upgrade of the Snapdragon X60 used by the iPhone 13 Pro. Not only are improved speeds on offer, but the chip is also more power efficient, which should also help the iPhone 14 Pro be a little more economical with battery life when using 5G.
As for other upgrades the iPhone 14 Pro brings to the table, the most notable is the Dynamic Island Display feature, which is joined by a 48MP main camera and a new A16 Bionic chip. Check out our overview of the iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro to see if these new features are worth upgrading or if you should wait for the iPhone 15.
We’ll also be posting our own 5G test results comparing the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro.