Apple iPhone 14

Apple just revealed it’s new flagship phones for 2022, the iPhone 14 series. This time, there are four variants instead of three: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The base model has a stunning 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and offers 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution.

Performance-wise, both the base model and the Plus variant still have the Apple A15 Bionic chip, while the Pro and the Pro Max versions already have the Apple A16 Bionic chip.

Features

  • Super Retina XDR display
  • Emergency SOS Crash Detection
  • Advanced dual-camera system
  • A15 Bionic chip
  • Face ID
  • Superfast 5G cellular

Specs

  • Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (peak)
  • 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM
  • Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
  • iOS 16
  • Li-Ion 3279 mAh, non-removable (12.68 Wh)
  • 12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm (wide), 1.9µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide)
  • 12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″, PDAF SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
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Should you buy an iPhone 14?

The new iPhone 14 is undeniably a very powerful smartphone and if you decide to buy it, it’s gonna be worth it, especially if you’re upgrading from mid-range devices.

You will surely be able to notice the difference in performance and you will appreciate how responsive the new iPhones are. Not to mention the many features you cannot find in any entry-level and mid-range phones.

However, if you’re an owner of an iPhone 12 or 13 and wondering if it’s worth it to upgrade to the new iPhone 14, then we can tell you that you might not be able to notice that much of a difference in the overall impression and performance.

There will still be a small difference when it comes to performance but there wouldn’t be that much of a difference to the overall user interface. After all, previous iPhone models will still be able to get an update to iOS 16.

iPhone 14 Overview

Apple introduced the new iPhone 14 and its variants on September 7 and will start shipping the new devices on September 16.

The phone has a strong build with its aluminum frame but also looks delicate and elegant with its glass front and back. It has a 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm dimension, which translates to just .31 inches thickness and only weighs 172 grams. It is thin enough for a device that’s more powerful than many laptops in the market today.

The iPhone 14 boasts of its 6.1-inch display panel with Super Retina XDR OLED screen. It has a resolution of 1170 x 2532 pixels, which is 19.5:9 ratio and gives you around 460 PPI density, making the images crisp and the colors more vivid.

iPhone 14 Price and Availability

The iPhone 14 became official on September 7 and the shipment will start on the 16th of the same month. Similar to previous releases, users in the US will be able to get their hands on the new device first before the rest of the world can hold them.

The base model has a price tag of $799 and the Plus version is more expensive at $899. The Pro and the Pro Max versions will be marketed at $999 and $1099, respectively.

The iPhone 14 can be purchased online from Apple website and Amazon. You can also buy it from Samsung retail locations and third-party retailers in the U.S. like Best Buy, Walmart and Target.

iPhone 14 Reviews

Considering the fact that it looks similar to the iPhone 13 and still sports the A15 Bionic chip, the base model might not get good review scores from tech enthusiasts. But the device itself isn’t bad, in fact, you can still find it very responsive and intuitive especially if you’re a new iOS user.

The other 3 variants on the other hand, might get really good reviews as that’s where most of the “updates” and “upgrades” can be found. If you’ve been an iPhone 13 user, you won’t feel much difference when you use the new iPhone 14. However, if you have on your hand the iPhone 14 Pro or the Pro Max, that’s when you feel that the new devices are much more responsive and stylish.

We are still waiting for the devices to get released soon to learn how people feel while using them. That’s the time we can say if the new series is a success or not.

iPhone 14 Key Features

Here are the key features of the new iPhone 14:

Design

There is nothing wrong with the iPhone 14 design. It’s a virtual replica of the iPhone 13 but might suffer a bit in comparison to the new iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, both of which sport the new Dynamic Island, a fungible zone that houses both the TrueDepth module and display information.

Size

The phone has a strong build with its aluminum frame but also looks delicate and elegant with its glass front and back. It has a 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm dimension, which translates to just .31 inches thickness and only weighs 172 grams. It is thin enough for a device that’s more powerful than many laptops in the market today.

Color options

For the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus, you get to choose between midnight (black), starlight (white), blue, purple and Product RED. Moonlight, Starlight and RED are mainstays of the iPhone lineup.

But for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, here are your options: Space Black, Gold, Silver, Deep Purple.

Water resistance

The iPhone is not waterproof, it’s water resistant. The IP68 certification, makes your phone dust and water resistant but there are conditions. You can only submerge your phone about 1.5 meters and soak it not longer than 30 minutes.

You should know that the waterproofing methods used for these devices are done using glue, which deteriorates over time. So depending on the integrity of those sealants, the 30 minutes can turn into 5 minutes or less.

Display

Apple has left the iPhone 13’s 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display pretty much intact on the iPhone 14. It still has a 2532 x 1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi and also still has the notch, which accommodates the updated TrueDepth module that includes all the AR sensors and, still, a 12MP camera.

Platform & Memory

Apple’s flagship phones are expected to sport the latest chips in the market for the year they’re released as well as the latest version of Android that’s already available. In the case of the iPhone 14, it already runs on iOS 16 out of the box.

The iPhone 14 units will sport the Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) with Hexa-core (2×3.23 GHz Avalanche + 4×1.82 GHz Blizzard) and Apple GPU (5-core graphics).

Potential buyers can choose between units with 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM.

Cameras

You have a total of three cameras on Apple’s iPhone 14, the 12MP wide and the 12MP ultrawide on the back, and the 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front.

Apple said it upgraded the main camera with a larger ƒ/1.5 aperture and larger 1.9 µm pixels for better low-light performance. The 12MP wide-angle appears unchanged. However, the TrueDepth camera on the front now supports autofocus.

Battery life

The iPhone 14 has a Li-Ion 3279 mAh, non-removable (12.68 Wh) battery. Apple said that it has the best battery life ever on an iPhone. We’ll have to assume that means at least 15 hours but could mean a day or more of video playback. Obviously, I’d need to test these claims.

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