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Say Hello to the iPhone 14

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By Christopher Brown

Key Takeaways

  • Crash detection and satellite emergency services highlight a string of innovative new features.
  • Say goodbye to the iPhone mini and hello to the iPhone Plus.
  • Expect a similar look to the iPhone 13, but much better performance.

Finally, after all the rumors, the iPhone 14 has arrived. Reactions to these monumental announcements are always mixed, but you can’t form your own opinion without unpacking the new features or taking in Apple’s new design.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Plus, we’ll briefly touch on Apple’s innovative new Pro and Pro Max models. Specs, camera details, battery life, new features, and, of course, the price will all be covered here.

The wait is over. Say hello to the next generation of Apple’s premier smartphone, the iPhone 14.

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The Models

iPhone’s foray into “mini” versions of its flagship phones may be dead in the water, but the launch of Apple’s latest smartphone has more than cushioned that blow. The iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus are leading Apple’s 2022 charge. Both the base model and the Plus are available in blue, purple, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED. Plus, they tout a lengthy list of innovative new features and hardware upgrades.

If Apple’s new “affordable” models aren’t powerful or large enough for your tastes, you can always opt for the supercharged iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The Display

Don’t expect a revolutionary new display this year. 2022’s iPhone 14 uses the exact same display as the iPhone 13. Though some may be disappointed by this lack of innovation, it’s hard to be bummed out by an OLED Super Retina XDR display with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

The base iPhone 14 offers a 6.1-inch version of the aforementioned display, while the iPhone 14 Plus offers the larger, 6.7-inch version. Both models are protected by a “Ceramic Shield” material, which Apple claims is tougher than any other smartphone glass on the market today.

The Cameras

The dual-lens rear camera features a 12-megapixel wide lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens. It’s been upgraded over the iPhone 13 to allow for better performance in low light. These slight adjustments and the introduction of the Photonic Engine is said to provide more detail and improved color to deliver up to 2.5 times better low-light photos.

The iPhone 14’s front-facing camera has been updated similarly to allow improved photos in lower light. Apple has also added autofocus, night mode for selfies, 4K video recording, and a lot more.

The Battery Life

Both iPhone 14 models are fast-charge ready. As a result, they’re capable of reaching a 50 percent charge in 30 to 35 minutes.

The iPhone 14 comes with a 3,279mAh battery, which is bigger than that of the previous generation. The battery offers up to 20 hours of video playback and up to 80 hours of audio playback. The iPhone 14 Plus takes it a step further, with a 4,325mAh battery that boasts up to 26 hours of video playback and up to 100 hours of audio playback.

New Features

It’s going to be hard to squeeze in all the innovative new features coming to this iPhone. There really are that many!

The ones stealing the most headlines are those that pertain to safety. Emergency SOS allows iPhone users to connect to a satellite in space as a means to send out a distress signal, relay location data, and send messages without a wireless signal.

The iPhone 14 comes equipped with a dynamic range gyroscope, which is used in combination with several other features to deliver what Apple is calling Crash Detection. Crash Detection is used to detect severe crashes and can automatically dial emergency services in the event that you can’t.

Many of the most noteworthy features are available only on the upgraded iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped cutout at the uppermost edge of the screen that shifts and changes depending on what you want your phone to do, is one such feature.

The Specs

Both the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus rely on the very same A15 chip that Apple has used in the previous generation’s Pro and Pro Max versions. It’s a six-core CPU that performs a bit better than it did on the iPhone 13 due to improved thermal efficiency.

The models did receive an RAM upgrade over the previous generation, with the 14 receiving 6GB of RAM. While the 14 and 14 Plus come standard with 128GB, Apple offers 512 GB versions at a higher price point.

iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

The premium upgrades to the iPhone 14 offer more than just a name. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max benefit from Apple’s powerful new A16 Bionic chip and boast speeds faster than ever. Both models feature the brand new, Super Retina XDR display with Always-On capabilities that serve to completely revolutionize what you can expect to get out of your standard lock screen.

Other advancements include:

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models offer different colors than their baseline models too. You can get the Pro models in deep purple, silver, gold, or space black.

The Price

So, what should you expect to pay to upgrade your current iPhone to the very latest models?

The iPhone14 starts at $799 for the 128GB base model, while the larger iPhone 14 Plus can be yours starting at $899 for the 128GB version. As with all things Apple, the price trends upwards depending on the amount of storage you desire.

The Pro versions are more expensive still. iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099.

Conclusion

The iPhone 14 may look similar to the last generation Apple smartphone, but that’s where the similarities end. An upgraded camera, more storage, more RAM, better battery life, and new and exciting features like satellite emergency services make all models of the iPhone 14 an attractive option for anyone looking to upgrade their phone.

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