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The iPhone 14 looks identical to the iPhone 13, but there's a new 6.7-inch model called the iPhone 14 Plus. Under-the-hood improvements include 6GB of RAM, a 5-core GPU, Bluetooth 5.3, and multiple camera updates. Color options have been updated with (PRODUCT)RED, blue, purple, midnight, and starlight.

● 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes
● Emergency SOS via satellite
● Lightning port and notch remain
● No SIM tray in the United States
● A15 processor with 5-core GPU

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Apple announced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus during the "Far Out" Apple event on September 7, 2022. These devices could easily be mistaken for their predecessors, minus the larger 6.7-inch model.

Despite minimal external updates, Apple pushed these base models forward with several user-facing updates and quality-of-life improvements. The iPhone 14 Pro lineup saw more significant changes that widened the gap between pro and base models, but customers have a clear throughline for features and prices from top to bottom.

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Wireless carriers are offering incentives on Apple's iPhone 14 lineup, bringing the cost down to free in some instances. See each carrier for terms and conditions pertaining to the offers.

iPhone 14 Features

Apple has continued the approach of offering identical feature sets across models in the same device class. Therefore, there are no exclusive features for the larger iPhone 14 Plus besides the display size and battery life.

Note that there isn't an iPhone mini in this generation. The 5.4-inch display size was eliminated in favor of the larger 6.7-inch model, allegedly due to a lack of demand for smaller iPhones.

Design

Besides some slight color changes, the iPhone 14 looks nearly identical to the iPhone 13 it replaces. The notch, diagonal rear camera system, and aluminum chassis are the same. The 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display is 460ppi.

The Super Retina XDR display still has a notch The Super Retina XDR display still has a notch

The bigger iPhone 14 Plus is a new model but takes on all aspects of the smaller version, including the same-sized camera bump. It uses a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display at 458ppi. However, it does not have ProMotion like the pro model size it is emulating.

Like the iPhone 13, the displays support HDR, True Tone, and have a P3 color gamut. The OLED offers a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio and 800 nits of brightness in normal use.

The only notable design alteration is the lack of a SIM card tray in the U.S. version of the devices. Apple has gone all-in on e-SIM support, so users won't have to bother with physical cards anymore.

Cameras

Apple updated the newly dubbed Main Camera, formerly referred to as the Wide Camera, with a larger 12MP sensor with a wider f/1.5 aperture. This enables higher quality photos and faster low-light performance. Apple clocks this at a 49% improvement in low light.

The 12MP Main Camera has improved low-light capabilities The 12MP Main Camera has improved low-light capabilities

The Ultra Wide Camera is unchanged, and there was no mention of the macro photography feature coming to non-pro phones. Apple would need to add autofocus to the Ultra Wide Camera to enable the feature.

The selfie camera is improved with an f/1.9 aperture and autofocus. When combined with the depth sensors used for Face ID, the selfie camera can take better photos faster.

Also, improvements in the chipset enable 4K recording when using Cinematic Mode. Users can set 30fps or 24fps and take advantage of the better camera performance.

Emergency SOS via satellite

Apple developed special antennas and equipment so the latest iPhones could connect to a satellite miles above the Earth's surface without a giant antenna module. This system is meant primarily for emergency purposes.

Communicate via satellite in emergency situations Communicate via satellite in emergency situations

With a clear view of the sky or below light foliage, a user can activate Emergency SOS via satellite to send out a distress signal. The device will walk the user through prompts to ensure communication is kept short while being detailed.

UI on the display will show the user which direction to point the iPhone to get the best signal from the satellite. Messages sent using this method can take anywhere from 15 seconds to several minutes to relay.

There's a non-emergency use for this as well. If a user wants to update friends or family on their location in the wilderness, the iPhone can use a satellite signal to relay that location data.

Ports and battery life

The Lightning port remains even as rumors point to USB-C in the 2023 "iPhone 15." Speculation had suggested Apple might move to a 30W fast charging speed, but Apple kept it at 20W.

The battery life increased thanks to efficiency improvements The battery life increased thanks to efficiency improvements

Apple claims the battery life has improved, placing the smaller 6.1-inch iPhone at 20 hours during normal use. The iPhone 14 Plus can last up to 26 hours.

Both models have fast charge support, officially rated at 20W. So, plug the iPhone into a 20W charger to get a 50% charge in about 30 minutes.

MagSafe accessories and charging are also supported with no change over previous generations.

Processor, biometrics, wireless

Apple reserved the latest A16 Bionic for the iPhone 14 Pro lineup, leaving the iPhone 14 with the A15 Bionic. This isn't the same processor used by the iPhone 13, instead, it is the iPhone 13 Pro's version.

Apple used the pro A15 Bionic in the iPhone 14 Apple used the iPhone 13 Pro A15 Bionic in the iPhone 14

It has a 5-core GPU, enabling improved processing in some apps and across the system. This updated processor is also why the iPhone 14 gets access to the updated 4K Cinematic Mode.

Face ID hasn't been updated and still lives behind the same-sized notch as iPhone 13. However, thanks to iOS 16, users can unlock their iPhone 14 in portrait or landscape orientation.

WiFi connectivity, 5G, and the U1 were not updated for the iPhone 14 lineup. However, Apple did include the newer Bluetooth 5.3 spec. The AirPods Pro 2 also use Bluetooth 5.3, but no information was provided to explain the benefit of this newer standard.

Previous rumors

The rumor cycle for iPhone 14 started early. Just days before Apple announced the iPhone 13 lineup, Jon Prosser shared an image of the 2022 iPhone.

Renders from Jon Prosser show drastic design alterations for the 'iPhone 14' Renders from Jon Prosser show drastic design alterations for the 'iPhone 14'

However, this image was a far cry from what was ultimately announced. There were just too many technological advancements that would be needed for it to be possible.

The alleged design showed that the camera bump was gone, a single camera cutout had replaced the notch, and the sides resembled an iPhone 4.

After this render made the rounds for a few weeks, more realistic rumors appeared. Apple would retain the iPhone 13 design, keep the notch, and even offer the same processor in its next device.

Very little was shared about what would actually change in the base models, just that Apple would abandon the mini size for a "Max" or "Plus" with a 6.7-inch display.

Ultimately, Apple leaned on camera improvements, satellite communications, and crash detection as new tentpole features. Big changes are expected for "iPhone 15" too, namely adding a USB-C port, but only time will tell.

iPhone 14 pricing and release

Both models are available in blue, purple, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED. Storage can be configured to 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB.

The iPhone 14 starts at $799 and began shipping to customers on September 16, 2022. The iPhone 14 Plus starts at $899 and ships on October 7.

 

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