Let's talk iPhone 14
You probably glimpsed a few headlines or clips from Apple's launch event last week.
We're not going to breakdown all the specs or share a fancy promo video. Instead, we will summarise the products and discuss some key points.
What is the new iPhone range?
As expected, Apple announced the iPhone 14, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max.
There is no iPhone 14 Mini. This is because the iPhone 12 Mini and 13 Mini sales figures were somewhat pitiful. Apparently, demand for pocket-size smartphones is currently as small as the devices themselves - or at least too low to warrant making a new version. The 4.7 inch SE 3rd Gen, released in March 2022, remains a good option for those seeking a smaller, bang up-to-date iPhone.
There is a new model, which will take the Mini's place - The iPhone 14 Plus. For all intents and purposes, this is a big iPhone 14. It has the same camera and chipset as the iPhone 14, but is the same size as the 14 Pro Max (6.7 inch vs 6.1 inch) - perfect if you like the size of the Pro Max but don't need its more expensive attributes.
Any new features?
- "Dynamic Island" replaces the notch on the 14 Pro and Pro Max. This is a really cool integration of hardware and software, which fits programs, notifications and other snippets into the cutout on the top of the phone.
- Always-on display for the 14 Pro and Pro Max allows you to see the time and notifications without waking your screen up - an option which users have been requesting for years, and which has been available on Android phones since 2013. Still, better late than never.
- An improved accelerometer and gyroscope enables Crash Detection, which will automatically contact the emergency services if you're in a serious accident. Again, a bit late to the party aren't we, Apple.
- The Pro and Pro Max models see the usual upgrades to the camera and processor.
> Any downsides?
- No processor upgrade for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus this year - they have the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13.
- The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus still only has a 60hz display, which is a disgrace.
- Still no USB-C port.
- US models will be e-SIM (no physical SIM slot). We'll discuss why this is an absolute nightmare in a future post.
You can check out detailed specs on techradar
When and how much?
The 14 series will be available from Friday, except for the 14 Plus, which is scheduled to be released on October 7th.
Side note: iOS 16 is already available.
To buy from Apple right now:
iPhone 14: £849, £959, £1179 for 128GB, 256GB, 512GB.
iPhone 14 Plus: £949, £1059, £1279 for 128GB, 256GB, 512GB.
iPhone 14 Pro: £1099, £1209, £1429, £1649 for 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB.
iPhone 14 Pro Max: £1199, £1309, £1529, £1749 for 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB.
So, £849 up to £1749. Quite a big range - more than double!
Prices are up about 10% compared to the 13 series, which is no trivial amount.
Yes, we are closing in on a £2K phone - by 2025 perhaps.
Get a good look at the colour options on Apple.
Which previous models will get the chop?
The iPhone 11, 12 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have been discontinued.
iPhone SE (1st Gen), 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus will not update to iOS 15.
Our final verdict
The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are very disappointing. As far as we can tell, this is quite literally a more expensive iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max have received some decent upgrades, and will certainly be two of the best smartphones on the market. The display, camera, battery life and processor is super impressive. Dynamic Island is a huge improvement to the usability and aesthetic.
Perhaps Apple are intentionally pushing people towards the more expensive (more profitable), premium models.
Have you got your pre-order in? Do you have your eye on a discounted iPhone 13? Or are you gonna sit tight with what you've got?
Can we tempt you with one of our refurbished iPhone 11's or 12's?
Thanks for reading!
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