Apple has lifted the cover on its iPhone 14 range. But there is one major difference: There’s no iPhone 14 Mini.
The small-screen iPhone, as rumoured before its release, has been discontinued in favor of the new 6.7in nonPro model. iPhone users now have the option of a large-screen iPhone, without the need to purchase all the high-end tech on the Pro Max model. This is the first time that this has happened since Apple’s Standard and Pro deviation.
Although it is exciting, this is not the main feature of the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus. In fact, there are many things to be excited about in the year ahead. Apple has updated the camera system by adding a rear-facing 12Mp camera that features a larger sensor with larger 1.9 micron pixels and 49% better low-light performance. However, the ultra-wide lens is unchanged.
The upgraded front-facing 12Mp camera boasts key upgrades such as improved low-light performance, autofocus and more. Satellite connectivity is also available on the iPhone 14. This allows users to connect to satellites without using a bulky antenna. It’s ideal for emergencies and to let loved ones know where you’re at via Find My.
Only surprise is that the A15 Bionic chipset was used in the Pro models last year, and not an upgrade of the processor like previous years.
This article will cover everything you need to know regarding the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. It includes pricing information, release dates, and key features from Apple’s flagship range.
When will the iPhone 14 go on sale?
Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus can be made via Apple Store. The iPhone 14 will be available on 16 September. However, those who want the iPhone 14 Plus must wait until 7 October.
What is the cost of the iPhone 14?
The base price of the iPhone 14 has increased due to the elimination of the entry-level iPhone mini. The iPhone 13 range is available for $699, but the iPhone 14 range starts from $799.
You can order the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus now from Apple and select retailers if you are tempted.
What’s new in the iPhone 14?
Apple is dropping the mini-sized iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.7in screen, as was widely rumoured before its announcement. The large-screen model brings the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s functionality to the regular iPhone range. Consumers can choose a 6.7in model and not have to pay extra for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apart from the 6.7in Super Retina XDR display and improved battery life, the iPhone 14 Plus offers a number of benefits. Apple claims that the iPhone 14 Plus has the longest ever battery life of any iPhone, even the Pro models. The iPhone 14 Plus is a great option if you are looking for battery life.
This model is next to the 6.1in iPhone 14 with the same Super Retina XDR display technology as last year. The 60Hz limit is a difference between Pro and standard models.
The iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Plus have a better rear camera setup, but the real hardware improvements are only for the 12Mp sensor. Apple claims that the 12Mp sensor has a larger sensor with larger 1.9-micron pixels. This sensor is also said to improve low-light performance by up to 49%. It also features sensor-shift OIS technology and a faster aperture, which can snap fast-moving photos. The 12Mp ultrawide snapper is unchanged in physical form, but Apple has made improvements to its image processing tech to offer up to 2x higher low-light performance and better colour accuracy.
The front camera has also been upgraded with a 12Mp TrueDepth camera that offers a better f/1.9 aperture for low light shots. However, the biggest improvement will be the introduction autofocus. It combines the Face ID sensor and the camera sensor to quickly focus on the faces in the shot, even in low lighting.
The iPhone 14 range also sees improvements in video. Apple has introduced an Action Mode, which uses the full sensor’s overscan technology and roll correction technology to give a gimble-level stabilisation experience that is ideal for recording videos while running or cycling.
Satellite connectivity is a brand new feature in the iPhone 14 range. It’s one of the first smartphones to offer this tech. Smartphones connect to cell towers only a few miles away. The new range of smartphones can connect to satellites hundreds and miles above the earth at 15,000mph. Impressive stuff.
The iPhone 14 features custom hardware in the antenna and a custom UI created by Apple with first responders in order to provide Emergency SOS via Satellite in areas without coverage. It will require you to point your iPhone at a specific area of the sky in order to keep connectivity. However, it is a great addition to those who travel far from the main road.
The biggest surprise of the evening was confirmation that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will once again use the A15 Bionic chipet. However, it’s the upgraded A15 Bionic that is used in the Pro models. It’s still faster that most Android competitors, so it won’t really matter to most people, but it is a significant improvement over the iPhone upgrade we already know.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will also have the same crash detection technology as the Apple Watch Series 8. This tech can detect if you’ve been involved in a serious accident and call emergency services. The US consumer has no choice but opting for eSIM connectivity. However, it will still have a SIM tray in most countries around the world.
At release, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus come in five colours: midnight, starlight purple, starlight purple and red.
Apple didn’t make this announcement alone. Apple also announced the Apple Watch Series 8 – a budget-friendly Apple Watch SE that is pro-exercise-grade and the second-gen AirPods Pro.