Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone Pro out now: everything you need to know
Finally available are the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. There are four different iPhone 14 models available, with the iPhone 14 Plus being the newest addition (it won't be available until October 7th). The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max are available (alas, the poor iPhone mini is no more).
What improvements do the new phones offer? Well, it might be said that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are slightly improved over the iPhone 13. Although better low-light photography is much appreciated, the battery life and camera have only seen small enhancements. Though the notch is gone, the iPhone Pro 14 is more of an exhilarating departure, bringing about a few much-awaited design tweaks. Check out our review of the hand-owned iPhone 14 Pro for additional details.
To learn more about the whole range, continue reading. Order the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro right away, or read our evaluation of the iPhone 13 to see how they stack up against it. See our selection of the best iPhone 14 cases if you already own your new phone and want to keep it safe.
The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the four iPhone 14 variants that Apple is releasing, however, you may think of them as two models that each come in two sizes. The latest addition to the lineup is the iPhone 14 Plus, which functions as a larger version of the ordinary iPhone 14 in the same way that the iPhone 14 Pro Max functions as a larger version of the iPhone 14 Pro.
There is no longer a small iPhone. You now have "large or bigger," as Apple puts it. In a way, this streamlines the product line by offering us a pair of entry-level and a pair of high-end phones that are both offered in the same two sizes.
With the entry-level iPhone 14, not much has changed in terms of design. The new iPhone 14 sports a larger 6.7in screen, the same size as the Pro Max, but the ordinary iPhone 14 keeps the 6.1in screen size of its predecessor. They resemble the iPhone 13 in terms of overall appearance, have a diagonally arranged back camera module, and a thin notch.
Both of them are available in the following five hues: Midnight (black), Starlight (white), Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT (RED). Regular iPhone colours are Moonlight, Starlight, and RED. The other two are brand-new, and the blue is paler than the blue found on the iPhone 13.
Then there are the Pros: the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, which are both 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches in size, respectively, though they are slightly larger overall than the iPhone 13 Pro and have a noticeably larger camera bulge. The two Pro variants are available in two each of the familiar black, silver, and gold, as well as a fresh deep purple (much darker than the purple iPhone 14 and 14 Plus).
Many of the Pro-related rumours we heard proved to be accurate, so many people will be pleased to see that the iPhone 14 Pro does away with the infamous selfie-camera notch. This does not imply that the screen is faultless. As an alternative, there is a pill-shaped cutout that Apple refers to as a "Dynamic Island" (yes, really). This section can enlarge to reveal background activity and notifications.
The interesting screen update is that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have always-on displays, which customers have been demanding. The bezels have also been made smaller. Apart from that, the design is largely identical to that of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, including a Ceramic Shield display and flat, stainless steel borders. However, we can't say we have any qualms about that, and the design is still really lovely.
The Super Retina XDR OLED display on Apple's iPhone 14 and bigger iPhone 14 Plus both have a peak HDR brightness of 1200 nits. For increased durability, the front glass has Ceramic Shield. In comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the brightness of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max can reach 1,600 nits indoors and a maximum of 2,000 nits outdoors.
They have an always-on display that may show notifications and other information even while the phone is locked, as we've already stated. When the always-on display is activated, a new LTPO panel allows the refresh rate to drop down from 120Hz to 1Hz in order to conserve battery life.
The A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 is identical to that in the iPhone 13. Yes, that may seem a little depressing to those who were looking for a performance gain, but it will include a 5-core GPU that Apple claims will increase graphics by 20%. Apple claims to have enhanced the thermal performance of the iPhone 14, which should help anyone who wish to use the device for gaming.
Other than that, the camera (see below) and battery life represent the biggest advancements. Apple claims that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus can play videos for up to 20 hours and 26 hours, respectively. That would be an iPhone's best-ever battery life (claimed battery life for the iPhone 13 was 19 hours).
The widely rumoured satellite connectivity is among the other new features. Without a mobile signal, you can call for emergency assistance with Emergency SOS with Satellite, which could be a lifesaver for folks living in extremely remote places. With the phone, you receive two years of service for free.
Additionally, Crash Detection has been added, which is intended to recognise when it believes you have been involved in an automobile accident and will automatically contact emergency services if you are unable to do so. It should be noted that the iPhone 14 only supports eSIM and lacks a SIM card tray.
The Pro and Pro Max will include a new A16 Bionic chip with a 6-core CPU that was created using a 4-nanometer manufacturing technique. It has a display engine for that Dynamic Island and a 5-core GPU with 50% greater bandwidth. According to Apple, the Neural Engine can handle 17 trillion processes related to computational photography every second.
Camera on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
With a new 12MP main camera and a larger sensor than its forerunner, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are said to boast a 49% improvement in low light performance. The front camera is also 12MP, and for the first time it has autofocus in addition to a faster lens for improved low-light performance.
Apple has unveiled new technology throughout its entire lineup that it refers to as a Photonic Engine. With a 2x upgrade on the front camera and an ultra-wide and 2.5 x enhancement on the primary camera, low-light performance should be even better than before. Another improvement to video is the addition of an improved stabilisation option dubbed Action mode, which can be activated to improve the quality of moving video.
camera on the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max
As anticipated, the Pros also receive a significant camera improvement. Improved low-light photography benefits all three cameras (main, telephoto, and ultrawide), and a new 9-LED flash also helps here. Thanks to the new Photonic Engine, the new 48MP main camera delivers greater detail and two times better low-light performance.
Video may now be taken at 4K up to 40 frames per second in Cinematic mode and ProRAW can also be used uncompressed at 48 megapixels, providing more editing freedom. (There is also a new Action mode that comes with the normal iPhone 14).
iPhone 14: price and availability
Available today are the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, Pro, and Pro Max. At Apple.com, you may order them right now. (new tab opens)
Starting at $799 / £849, the iPhone 14 is identical to the iPhone 13 in terms of price. The smaller iPhone 14 Plus costs $899 / £949 at launch. The starting prices for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will remain at $999 / £1,099 and $1,099 / £1,199, respectively.
Even if the price of the iPhone 13 has been decreased to suit the release of the newer phones, we believe that some customers will miss the somewhat less expensive iPhone small. Therefore, if you want to save some money, Apple currently offers the iPhone 13 for $699 and the iPhone 13 small for $599. Below are links to further alternatives.