iPhone 14 Quick Review:
You can watch this sort of trailer of The Pro version.
Apple has four new iPhones in its portfolio in 2022, but it’s a little hard to get excited about a new iPhone that has just the same as last year’s features, the same design, screen, and the same CPU, but taken on its own – out of the substantial shadow of the iPhone 14 Pro – The New Apple’s iPhone looks like another pretty darn good smartphone.
Even though the iPhone 14 looks a lot like the iPhone 13, with two standard models and two Pro models. Unlike 2021, when we saw a smaller iPhone mini accompany the regular 6-inch iPhone 13, this year the iPhone 14 is joined by a larger Plus, there are also numerous upgrades under the hood that promise to provide an improved user experience overall.
The new Apple iPhone is barely a step up over iPhone 13. It has almost the same feature set. It also has the same system-on-a-chip (SoC), the A15, so it offers also the same performance, though the thermals are reportedly better for sustained performance.
The iPhone 14 is good, both in its design and hardware. There are of course some new upgrades compared to the iPhone 13. – you get an upgraded front camera, an improved main camera, and a slight battery increase.
The iPhone 14 can be more of an “S” upgrade, for those with the iPhone 13, but without a new chipset. It makes more sense for those with an iPhone 12 or older to buy it, as the improvements will be clearer.
But this year’s update surely focuses on the cameras, Whether we’re talking about the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro, or the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The cameras are now so prominent that it’s starting to feel like we should not call these devices “smartphones” but “smartcameras”.
The iPhone has been more or less perfected over the years; there aren’t too many new things to explore. But in the other hand, Apple (along with its competitors) keeps finding new ways to improve the amateur digital photography experience.
As a result, we can say that the new iPhones are some of the best “smartcameras” you can buy—even though they’re not a revolutionary upgrade over the devices that came before them.
iPhone 14 Full Review:
iPhone 14 Camera:
The iPhone’s 14 two rear cameras – a 12MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide – have new sensors. All the lenses are now backed by Apple’s new technology, the Photonic Engine. And the 12MP TrueDepth camera can now autofocus and gobbles up more light.
As for photo quality, there’s a new front-facing, support for autofocus, and a TrueDepth camera with a faster aperture. The main practical benefit of those upgrades is that the camera should have better low-light performance.
Apple has worked to expand the software suite for the camera somewhat to provide improved low-light performance across all the cameras on the phone.
The wide-angle camera has a larger sensor and a faster aperture, with a 49 percent better low-light photo performance than its predecessor. In other words, the new iPhone is getting some features that were seen in last year’s Pro models.
iPhone 14 Battery:
There are some other important under-the-hood updates, we talk here about a new heat dissipation system that will help the phone manage temperatures better, and work more efficiently.
The iPhone 14 is better than the iPhone 13 in battery life and photo quality. Whereas the iPhone 13 can give you up to 19 hours of video playback, the iPhone 14 promises up to 20. It’s not a big jump since there are few things more important than battery life.
iPhone 14 Design:
With a weight of 7.27 oz (206 g) and measuring 5.81×2.81×0.31 inches (147.5×71.5×7.85 mm), it’s just a hair thicker than the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro Max is, predictably, larger at 6.33×3.05×0.31 inches (160.7×77.6×7.85 mm) and lighter at 6.07 oz (172 g)., which we assume is down to the new thermal architecture inside the device.
Those are very close to the same dimensions and weights as in 2021. From the back, the new phones look exactly the same as 2021’s models, apart from more pronounced camera lenses.
Despite the chassis similarities, the iPhone 14 doesn’t quite fit in an official iPhone 13 MagSafe case – the body slides in just fine, but the iPhone 14’s two-lens camera array is slightly larger (as are the lenses themselves).
All the materials – including the Ceramic Shield covering the display – are the same, and the dust and water resistance remains unchanged from the iPhone 13, as well. Naturally, we ran our iPhone 14 through a sprinkler, just to ensure it could handle it. It was fine – and it may have enjoyed the respite from the New York heat.
They look the same on the front, too, except that the Pro models have a pill-shaped screen cutout instead of a notch to house the front-facing camera and sensors.
So if you’re looking for a radically different iPhone that you can show off to all your friends, you’ll be disappointed.
That’s not a bad thing though. That classic “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” saying applies, and while we’d like to have seen the notch disappear for an all-screen design – or at least the same display design as the Pro models – the iPhone 14 remains a great looking device.
On the rear, there are two camera lenses once again. They sit diagonally in a square frosted-glass camera housing, offset against the rear’s otherwise glossy finish. There’s a seamless transition between the housing and the back panel as well, just as there was with the iPhone 13, which creates a lovely continuity.
The left edge features the signature silence switch, along with the volume buttons, while the right edge features the power button. The SIM tray is present on the left – that is, for all countries except the US. That’s because the iPhone has gone eSIM only there, and so the physical SIM slot has been replaced with a frosted section on the right edge instead.
Speakers have positioned on either side of the Lightning port – and yes it is still Lightning and not USB-C – while the speaker sits above the notch on the front of the device.
The Apple iPhone 14 shares an identical design to its predecessor, the iPhone 13. Offering an aerospace-grade aluminum frame over the Pro’s surgical-grade stainless steel body, and the flat edges we’ve seen since the iPhone 12 models, the only surface-level difference from the 2021 model is the new color options.
In fact, the only visual distinction that can be seen from afar is in the colors. The iPhone 14 comes in blue, purple, midnight, starlight, and PRODUCT (RED). For the Pro phones, it’s deep purple, gold, silver, and space black.
Aside from new colors – we tested the tasteful pale blue model – the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 looks very much like the iPhone 13. Its aluminum frame, button placement, stereo speaker grilles, Lightning port, and even the screen, all appear unchanged. There are, though, tiny structural differences.
iPhone 14 Hardware and specs:
There’s still a Super Retina XDR OLED screen, but if you’re not interested in that notch you may want to go ahead with iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, which have an adaptive refresh rate and always-on display.
Also, Apple made a decision to keep the iPhone 14 on last year’s Apple silicon. Granted, it’s not the same A15 Bionic that has been used in last year’s iPhone 13. this A15 Bionic has a five-core GPU, Instead of a four-core GPU. It’s basically the same chip that was in iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max and should give a better performance than the iPhone 13’s chip.
For all that hasn’t changed this year, there are some awesome new features, like crash detection; where the phone will automatically know if you’re in a car crash and alert the emergency services and key contacts. In addition, the iPhone 14 can now use satellite communications to contact emergency services, and it’s good to see that even Apple’s standard iPhone 14 got this new ability.
Apple also said that this iPhone is easier to repair than previous models, as – among other things, the back glass can now be replaced without having to swap out the entire enclosure, thanks to a removable back glass panel. For some users, it could improve the longevity of the device and save some money on repairs should you skip AppleCare+, and Apple’s repair service subscription.
Apple plans to launch a new iPhone model on the 7 October, called “iPhone 14 Plus”. It may be identical to the iPhone 14, just with a 6.7-inch screen (the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max) instead of 6.1 inches.
This year, the iPhone 14 Plus replaces the much smaller 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini in the flagship lineup, though Apple is still selling the iPhone 13 mini for users who prefer one-handed phones at the cost of screen size and battery life.
iPhone 14 Price:
If you already know that you want to buy one of these new iPhones, here are some details: these phones just released on Friday, September 16th, with one exception, which comes out on October 7th. That’s the iPhone 14 Plus .
The new iPhone is available and you can buy one through Apple, Walmart, and Best Buy starting at $799 for the 128GB model. If you want more storage you can go up to 256GB adds $100, while it’s $1,099 to get one with 512GB. The standard iPhone 14 is also available to existing AT&T and Verizon customers at Walmart with a monthly installment plan that starts at $21.64.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Plus vs iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max:
|iPhone 14||14 Plus||14 Pro||14 Pro Max|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
In any way, we do not recommend upgrading from the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 14. We wouldn’t even recommend going from the 12 to the 14, really—there have been iterative improvements, but even over a couple of generations, it hasn’t added up to anything radical, especially in the non-Pro models.
But if you’re on an XS or earlier, there are some substantial upgrades here.