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iPhone 14 (Plus, Pro) is here: Was the wait worthwhile?

Introducing Apple’s brand new iPhone 14. Here is a list for you that includes all of the models, features, and prices.

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With the release of the iPhone 14, Apple introduced four new models: two Pro and two non-Pro variants. Apple has discontinued the iPhone Mini and replaced it with a bigger conventional iPhone dubbed the iPhone 14 Plus. Below is the whole new iPhone 14 lineup:

  • iPhone 14 (6.1 inches)
  • iPhone 14 Plus (6.7 inches)
  • iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inches)
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inches)

Unlike previous generations, Apple’s new iPhones have a clear division between the Pro and regular variants. Find out here what sets these models apart and what pros they provide in general.

Design: Notch is gone, long live the notch—”Dynamic Island”

After much criticism, Apple has finally “removed” the notch from its smartphones, replacing it with a new notch called “Dynamic Island.”

The new 14th-generation iPhone seems superficially identical to the 13th-generation models. Apple has stuck with the angular look that we’ve been familiar with for the past two generations. There is one major difference, however, and it’s exclusive to the Pro models: Apple has done away with the notch in favor of a centrally located display cutout in the shape of an elongated oval that provides access to some neat software functions.

It’s part of Apple’s “Dynamic Island” system. What this implies is that the new little black space can be used to show additional information, such as a phone call or the currently playing album. The “Island” can be interacted with, and information can be gleaned from it by tapping on it. Additionally, here is where you’ll be able to see your incoming and outgoing phone calls. A handy function that keeps crucial information visible across all open programs.

As for the traditional notch at the top of the screen, that’s still only available on the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. There are five colors to choose from for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus:

  • Starlight
  • Midnight
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Product Red

There are four distinct colors to choose from when purchasing an iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max:

  • Space black
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Deep purple

Display: 120 Hertz and Always-On only in iPhone 14 Pro (Max)

Last year’s iPhone 13 Pro versions were the first to have Apple’s adaptive 120 hertz display. As was widely speculated, the LTPO displays with a refresh rate of 1 to 120 hertz are once again exclusive to the Pro variants of the iPhone 14. The iPhone’s frame rate adapts automatically to your current activity. Sadly, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are left behind.

Only the 15th generation iPhone, we may assume, will make the whole transition to 120 hertz. Since even $300 Android phones have this capability, we find this to be nearly an impertinence on the part of the buyer.

The Always-On function has been requested by iPhone customers for a long time, and it has finally been included in the 14th generation iPhone by Apple. Here, we refer to a screen that stays on at all times. If you use an Apple Watch for the last several years or an Android device, you already know about this useful function. Even when the screen is off, you can still see the clock, battery life, and alerts. And don’t worry, this won’t increase the frequency with which your iPhone needs charging since it uses so little power on OLED displays.

However, Apple will only include this function on the iPhone 14 Pro. If everything goes well, Apple’s next iPhone 15 will have an Always-On screen on its base models as well.

Performance: New A16 chip for iPhone 14 Pro (Max)

Only the new Pro variants of the iPhone 14 employ Apple’s A16 Bionic processor. The basic iPhone 14 and 14 Max get by with an updated version of the A15 chip found in the iPhone 13 series.

The A16 chip, manufactured at 4 nanometers, is, as promised, both more powerful and more efficient than its predecessor. Apple claims its new A16 Bionic chip is the world’s most powerful mobile device chip. Apple claims a speed advantage of 40% over its most powerful rivals. The A15 processor is already more powerful than the CPUs in Android phones, so we have no doubts about that.

New feature: Satellite communication

The 14th-generation iPhone adds satellite communication, so users may send an SMS in an emergency even if they are in an area without cell service. However, for the time being, this service is only free for the first two years and is only accessible in the United States and Canada. After that point, you may expect to pay for this service.

Camera: 48MP

Starting with the professional grade models: the iPhone’s camera module has once again increased in size, as has been previously announced. The new 48-megapixel camera sensor is 65 percent bigger than the previous one, allowing for improved low-light photography. You may still take pictures at a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels, just as on many other smartphones. This combines four pixels into a single one that is 2.44 times bigger than the iPhone 13’s 1.7-micrometer pixels. As a result, images are more clearer and brighter, and you can zoom in very close.

Apple claims that images shot using a telephoto lens are now superior. While many had hoped for it, we now know that the periscope is not offered. The focusing feature is likewise included in the front-facing camera of the standard iPhone 14 (Plus). But, no top-tier smartphone will ship with a subpar camera anyway. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus don’t have any major upgrades.

Memory

The Pro variants still provide storage capacities of 128, 256, 512, and 1 terabyte. The usual storage capacity for the iPhone 14 and 14 Max remains at 512 GB.

Prices and availability

The iPhone 14 series are available for pre-order starting on September 9 and shipping on September 16.

  • iPhone 14: starting at $799 (€999)
  • iPhone 14 Plus: starting at $899 (€1,149)
  • iPhone 14 Pro: starting at $999 (€1,299)
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max: starting at $1,099 (€1,449)

However in Europe, Apple, as was widely predicted, increased pricing, making the most affordable iPhone 14 model at least €100 more expensive. The price of an iPhone 14 Pro is even €150 higher than the previous model in Europe.

iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max
6.1” Super Retina XDR display6.7” Super Retina XDR display6.1” Super Retina XDR display6.7” Super Retina XDR display
2532×1170 pixels2778×1284 pixels2556×1179 pixels2796×1290 pixels
460 ppi460 ppi460 ppi460 ppi
OLEDOLEDOLEDOLED
60 Hertz60 Hertzup to 120 Hertzup to 120 Hz
nonoYesYes
Classic notchClassic notchDynamic IslandDynamic Island
800 nits maximum typical / 1200 nits maximum800 nits maximum typical / 1200 nits maximum1000 nits maximum typical / 1600 nits maximum (2000 nits outdoors)1000 nits maximum typical / 1600 nits maximum (2000 nits outdoors)
A15 BionicA15 BionicA16 BionicA16 Bionic
128/256/512GB128/256/512GB128/256/512GB/1TB128/256/512GB/1TB
Wide angle 12 megapixels, ƒ/1.5 aperture | Ultra wide angle ƒ/2.4 apertureWide angle 12 megapixels, ƒ/1.5 aperture | Ultra wide angle ƒ/2.4 apertureWide angle 48 megapixels, ƒ/1.78 aperture | Ultra wide angle ƒ/2.2 aperture | Telephoto lens ƒ/2.8 apertureWide angle 48 megapixels, ƒ/1.78 aperture | Ultra wide angle ƒ/2.2 aperture | Telephoto lens ƒ/2.8 aperture
True Depth, 12MP, ƒ/1.9 apertureTrue Depth, 12MP, ƒ/1.9 apertureTrue Depth, 12MP, ƒ/1.9 apertureTrue Depth, 12MP, ƒ/1.9 aperture
FaceIDFaceIDFaceIDFaceID
LightningLightningLightningLightning
YesYesYesYes
5G5G5G5G
Nano SIM and eSIMNano SIM and eSIMNano SIM and eSIMNano SIM and eSIM
Black, Polaris, Blue, Purple, RedBlack, Polaris, Blue, Purple, RedBlack, Silver, Gold, Dark PurpleBlack, Silver, Gold, Dark Purple
20 hours26 hours22 hours29 hours
80 hours100 hours75 hours95 hours
20 watts or more (50% in 30 min)20 watts or more (50% in 30 min)20 watts or more (50% in 30 min)20 watts or more (50% in 35 min)
146.7 x 71.5 x 7.80mm
(5.78 x 2.81 x 0.31 in)
160.8 x 78.1 x 7.8mm
(6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 in)
147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm
(5.81 x 2.81 x 0.31 in)
160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm (6.33 x 3.06 x 0.31 in)
172 g (6.06 oz)203 g (7.16 oz)203 g (7.27 oz)203 g (8.47 oz)
$799 / $899 / $1099
€999 / €1129 / €1389
$899 / $999 / $1199
€1149 / €1279 / €1539
$999/ $1099 / $1299 / $1499
€1299 / €1490 / €1689 / €1949
$1099 / $1199 / $1399 / $1599
€1499 / €1579 / €1839 / €2099

iPhone 14 series compared to iPhone 13 series

While the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro had a lot of similarities, the iPhone 14 Pro variants are now vastly distinct from the regular iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models. Only these models include the newer A16 chip, the better camera, and the greater storage choices, as well as 120 hertz and always-on display.

Also, the Pro models are the only ones that have “Dynamic Island,” which is a feature that will come in handy in actual use. Upgrading to an iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max might be necessary if you’re looking for a novel iPhone experience. Due to the lack of significant improvements over the iPhone 12 and 13, upgrading to the iPhone 14 (Plus) is only suggested if you are presently using a very old iPhone. Especially considering that the price has gone up for both the Pro and non-Pro versions.

When the standard models get the required upgrade to make them appealing again, the 15th generation of iPhones will be more interesting.



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