Apple has launched the latest iPhone 14 series comprising the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The iPhone 14 Pro models stand out most among the four models. That is because both handsets have a new pill-shaped cutout that replaces the notch and can adjust dynamically. Both devices include a speedier A16 Bionic chip as well as an always-on display.
Let’s take a look at their specs, design, and pricing of the new iPhone 14 models.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus retain much of the design of the iPhone 13 – including the previous-generation A15 Bionic CPU. Apple skipped the Mini version this year meaning buyers will have to choose between the 14 and 14 Plus whose displays are really not compact. The iPhone 14 models won’t feature the conventional SIM tray in the US but will have support for eSIM.
In terms of the display, the iPhone 14 packs a 6.1-inch screen, while the 14 Plus has a larger 6.7-inch screen. Both models retain last year’s A15 Bionic chipset, which is a significant departure for Apple, which has traditionally unveiled a new processor for use throughout its entire iPhone portfolio every year.
Both models enable Emergency SOS, the much-rumored emergency messaging service delivered via communication satellites while you’re out of cell signal range. The antennas on the phone can link to satellite frequencies. Apple claims that sending a message with a clear view of the sky can take less than 15 seconds, and the interface assists users to position their phones in the appropriate direction and talks them through the processes to connect with emergency service providers. You can also use the Find My app to communicate your location without sending a message. It is free for the first two years for the iPhone 14 models.
For selfies, the iPhone 14 models pack an ultrawide and a new 12-megapixel main camera with an f/1.5 aperture and sensor-based stabilization. Apple says the image quality in low light has improved by 49%, and Night Mode is now twice as quick. A new 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera with front focusing is also available. Apple claims to be implementing its “Photonic Engine” technology, which improves color rendering and low-light performance, sooner in the image pipeline. Action Option, a new stabilization mode for video recording, makes use of the entire sensor to provide gimbal-like steadiness.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are the “most creative pro range yet.”
The display is the first noticeable design change with the iPhone 14 Pro versions. While Apple will provide the standard 6.1- and 6.7-inch screen sizes, the notch will be replaced by a pill-shaped cutout for the Face ID components and a second circular cutout for the front-facing camera.
Apple has relocated the proximity sensor behind the display, and notifications will now be animatedly shown in the notch. Apple refers to this mechanism as Dynamic Island. Notifications and alerts will adapt and move around the pill-shaped notch, and Apple is putting a lot of emphasis on how it animates and uses the system for new notifications.
Apple showcased how the Dynamic Island will animate and function in practice, featuring live activity widgets springing to life and music animations and controls. Background chores like music listening will be moved to the island when you swipe to go home.
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will both have an always-on display that will operate with iOS 16’s new lock screen widget feature. It will enable information such as reminders, calendar events, and weather without requiring the iPhone to wake up in order to display it. There’s also a sleep mode for iOS 16 wallpapers that darken them to save battery life.
Apple’s A16 Bionic chip powers the iPhone 14 Pro variants. With its new CPU, Apple has prioritized battery efficiency, display, and camera. The six-core CPU has two high-performance cores that utilize 20% less power and four efficiency cores that use a third of the power of competitors’ CPUs.
This new A16 chip powers the Dynamic Island’s silky animations and will also power Apple’s new camera system.
Speaking of the camera, for the first time, the iPhone will use a 48-megapixel sensor instead of a 12-megapixel sensor. The redesigned main camera improves low-light shooting with a quad-pixel sensor, f/1.78 aperture, and 24mm focal length.
To maximize light collection, the sensor will take 12-megapixel binned pictures for most shots. This also enables Apple to crop the sensor in various ways to provide genuine 2x zoom at a focal length of 48mm. This could produce some stunning images, and the new sensor even optimizes details in Apple’s ProRAW format.
The new ultrawide camera also improves macrophotography and provides a 3x boost in low light. Apple has also improved the flash on the iPhone 14 camera system, making it twice as bright and responsive to photo focal length. The cinematic mode now supports 4K resolution at 30fps and 4K resolution at 24fps.
Overall, the iPhone 14 Pro delivers far more than last year’s minor updates to the iPhone 13 Pro models, which included a 120Hz ProMotion high refresh rate display and three all-new cameras. On the Android front, Samsung has the Galaxy Fold 4, which merges a tablet and phone experience into a single device, as well as the Galaxy Flip 4, which folds in half.
Apple iPhone 14 series Pricing and Availability
The base iPhone 14 model costs $799, while the 14 Plus costs $899. Preorders will begin on September 9th, with the normal 14 shipping on September 16th and the 14 Plus following on October 7th.
The iPhone 14 Pro will cost $999, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max will cost $1,099. Both will be available for preorder on September 9th, with in-store availability on September 16th.