The new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus were unveiled by Apple. For those who prefer a bigger canvas, the iPhone 14 Plus boasts a massive 6.7-inch display, while the iPhone 14 has a smaller 6.1-inch screen.
Here is a summary of every new feature on the iPhone 14, including significant camera enhancements, enhanced eSIM compatibility, and new Emergency SOS through satellite capability.
Here is a brief description of the new iPhone 14 and its features, along with our first hands-on footage of the device. When you’re done reading, be sure to read our hands-on reviews of the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 design
With the design of the iPhone 14, Apple didn’t invent anything new. In actuality, it resembles the iPhone 13 in almost every way. It’s not a negative thing that the rear camera module is still laid out diagonally because it looks nice. It has the same narrow notch that was first introduced in 2017.
There is one upgrade under the hood. The thermal performance of the iPhone 14 has allegedly been upgraded by Apple, allowing for extended use (such as with gaming). The physical SIM tray has also been eliminated by Apple, making the iPhone 14 an eSIM-only device.
The iPhone 14 also has Emergency SOS with Satellite as a new feature. This is the rumoured satellite connectivity that would essentially allow you to call for aid in an emergency even if you don’t have regular mobile service. For those living in remote or wilderness settings, this is perfect. You receive two years of Emergency SOS with Satellite for free with the iPhone 14.
The Series 8 Apple Watch introduced Crash Detection, which is also present on the iPhone 14. This can recognize when a car accident has occurred, and if you are unable to respond, it will automatically alert emergency personnel.
iPhone 14 displays
Like in previous years, the iPhone 14 has two screen sizes, but the latest one is the bigger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus. Despite the iPhone 14’s larger 6.1-inch display, both devices use Apple’s Super Retina XDR OLED screens, with a peak HDR brightness of 1200 nits.
Both have Ceramic Shield on the front glass, for increased durability.
iPhone 14 cameras
The iPhone 14’s camera was significantly improved. The iPhone 14 has a 49% boost in low-light performance because of its larger primary sensor, bigger pixels (1.9 microns), quicker f/1.5 aperture, and sensor-shift image stabilization. Even night mode gets a boost since it now has a faster exposure time.
Apple didn’t provide many details on the ultrawide’s specifications, which led us to believe it would be identical to the iPhone 13. (Also, the iPhone 14 Pro received a significant ultrawide improvement.) However, TrueDepth and autofocus updated the front camera (f/1.9) with a hybrid focusing system.
Specifications and batteries for the iPhone 14
According to speculations, the new A16 Bionic chipset, which is a pro exclusive for this year only, was not included with the iPhone 14. In its place, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus receive the more advanced A15 Bionic chip that we previously saw in the iPhone 13 Pro. That means the iPhone 14 now includes a 5-core GPU for improved gaming performance, in addition to the same 6-core CPU and 16-core Neural Engine.
Regarding battery life, Apple claims that the iPhone 14 will last “all day,” which is at best ambiguous. Fortunately, the iPhone 13 had reasonable battery life, so we’re not too worried.
iPhone 14 and iOS 16
About iOS 16, we already know everything there is to know, but the iPhone 14 will make use of all of its most recent improvements, such as the updated lock screen, modifications to Mail and Messages, and more. In the next weeks, iOS 16 will be included with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
You can also benefit from the upgraded Live Text and Visual Lookup as well as the new iCloud Shared Photo Libraries.
iPhone 14 outlook
For the iPhone 14, it appears that many of the rumours from the previous year were accurate. In actuality, the differences between it and the iPhone 13 are minimal. The iPhone 14 Plus replacing the iPhone mini is the most significant update.
It appears that the iPhone 14 is not a significant improvement over the iPhone 13, but it is still a nice device for those who are using an iPhone 12 or earlier. The iPhone 14 appears to be a modest offering for 2022 with the A15 Bionic CPU, stronger cameras, and increased battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro.