With prices starting at $799, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are Apple's new "affordable" flagship iPhones. They are being sold alongside the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In 2022, Apple discontinued the "mini" series. The name "iPhone 14 Plus," which refers to the upcoming 6.7-inch iPhone 14, pays homage to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and earlier models. The iPhone 14 models from Apple have the same flat edges, aerospace-grade aluminum body, and glass back that supports wireless charging as the iPhone 13 models.
The iPhone 14 variants are IP68 water resistant, enabling them to survive a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes. A tough Ceramic Shield front shell safeguards the iPhone's display from shocks and drops.
The TrueDepth camera is in a notch at the top of the display on the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, unlike the iPhone 14 Pro versions. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, like the iPhone 13 models, have Super Retina XDR OLED display that support 1200 nits of peak brightness, a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, Dolby Vision, and True Tone support for matching the white balance of the display to the lighting in the room. The standard iPhone 14 models do not include ProMotion display technology; only the Pro models have this feature.
For the iPhone 14 models, Apple is using the same A15 chip that was in the iPhone 13 Pro models, but there has been an internal design modification that allows for better thermal performance. The A15 chip features a 16-core Neural Engine, a 5-core GPU, and a 6-core CPU.
An enhanced 12-megapixel Wide camera with sensor-shift optical image stabilization, a bigger sensor, an f/1.5 aperture, and larger 1.9 m pixels for better performance in low light is available. While the Ultra-Wide lens didn't receive any upgrades, the Photonic Engine improves low-light photography across all of the iPhone 14 cameras. Apple also added an updated TrueDepth camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture.
The Photonic Engine boosts low-light performance by up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera, and 2.5x on the Wide camera using a combination of hardware and software. The Photonic Engine expands on Deep Fusion by adding amazing detail, maintaining subtle textures, and delivering improved color.
There is an action mode for video that offers slick-looking video with superior picture stabilization. Even when video is recorded in the midst of an event, action mode can adapt to substantial shaking, movements, and vibrations. The cinematic mode has been enhanced and is now accessible in 4K at both 30 and 24 frames per second. The True Tone flash has higher consistency and is 10% brighter for more consistent lighting.
The dual-core accelerometer in the iPhone 14 models can measure up to 256Gs, and it powers the Crash Detection feature, which can instantly contact emergency services if you're in a catastrophic accident and can't get to your iPhone. In order to enable this feature, Apple also makes use of additional sensors, such as the barometer, the GPS, and the microphone. As a result, these sensors can all detect changes in cabin pressure as well as sudden changes in speed.
Additionally, Apple updated the iPhone 14 with Emergency SOS via satellite, a feature that enables users to communicate in an emergency without WiFi or cellular service by connecting directly to satellites. In open areas with few trees, emergency SOS via satellite can be used to text emergency personnel. It functions throughout the United States and Canada and is free for two years. When you're out hiking or camping in distant places, satellite connectivity can be used to broadcast your whereabouts with friends and family via Find My.
The iPhone 14 models employ a new Qualcomm X65 modem and, like the iPhone 13 models, support 5G connection (sub-6GHz and mmWave in the US). Since carriers now use eSIM, American iPhone models do not come with physical SIM cards.
The iPhone 14's battery life has improved, lasting an hour longer than the iPhone 13's. The iPhone 14 Plus offers an even longer battery life than the iPhone 14 due to its greater size. When playing video, the iPhone 14 can last up to 20 hours, while the iPhone 14 Plus can last up to 26 hours.
The storage options for the iPhone 14 variants are 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Fast charging over Lightning is possible with a 20W or higher charger, while MagSafe charging up to 15W is still supported. Additionally, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 are supported on the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.
iPhone 14 pricing starts at $799 for 128GB of storage, while pricing on the iPhone 14 Plus starts at $899 for 128GB of storage. Additional storage is available for a higher price. Pre-orders began on Friday, September 9, and a launch for the iPhone 14 followed on Friday, September 16. The iPhone 14 Plus set to launch on Friday, October 7.
iPhone 14's design is basically unchanged from the iPhone 13's. It has the same flat sides and squared-off edges as Apple's iPhones from a year ago.
Apple's iPhone 14 has a screen size of 6.1 inches, while the iPhone 14 Plus, which has a larger screen, has the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max at 6.7 inches.
The iPhone 14 variants have an all-glass front and colorful glass back that are framed by an aerospace-grade aluminum frame that matches their colors. The TrueDepth camera, speaker, and microphone are located in a notch at the top of the display, which Apple has kept on its more cheap handsets. Instead of a notch, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have a "Dynamic Island."
The phone has a power button on the right, volume controls, and a silent switch on the left, as well as a set of antenna bands on the top and sides. A 5G mmWave antenna is located underneath the power button, although it is only available on iPhone 14 versions that are sold in the US.
The bottom of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus has a Lightning port for charging, speaker holes, and microphones. Apple has eliminated the SIM slot in the United States, as it has transitioned to eSIM.
The iPhones' rear-mounted camera bump is still equipped with a microphone, a True Tone flash, and a diagonal lens configuration.
The iPhone 14 is similar to the iPhone 13 in every way except for thickness, measuring 5.78 inches long (146.7mm), 2.82 inches broad (71.5mm), and 0.31 inches deep (7.80mm). Most people won't realize that it is 0.15 mm thicker. The iPhone 14 is slightly lighter than the iPhone 13 at 6.07 ounces (172 grams). The iPhone 14 Plus measures in at 6.33 inches tall (160.8mm), 3.07 inches wide (78.1mm), and 0.31 inches thick (7.80mm). It weighs in at 7.16 ounces (203 grams).
No iPhone 14 Mini
Apple marketed a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini along with a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 last year, but there isn't a 5.4-inch iPhone this year. The iPhone is now available from Apple in two sizes, 6.1 and 6.7 inches, matching the sizes of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Since the 6.7-inch size of the iPhone was previously only available in "Pro" models, this is the first time Apple has offered a larger version of a standard iPhone.
Three of the five colors that are offered for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are brand-new hues. Except for PRODUCT(RED), which is now brighter, Apple elected to provide a slightly more subdued color palette this year even though prior normal iPhone lineup color options tended to be bolder and brighter. The five color options for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are:
Midnight, Starlight, PRODUCT (RED), Blue and Purple.
All iPhone 14 models start with 128GB of storage, and the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus can be ordered with up to 512GB storage space. The iPhone 14 Pro variants have up to 1TB of storage space.
Water and Dust Resistant
The IP68 rating for water and dust protection applies to both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The phones can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to six meters (19.7 ft).
The iPhone 14 can withstand dirt, dust, and other particulates thanks to the IP68 number's 6 dust resistance and 8 water resistance designations. The maximum dust resistance grade available is IP6x. The iPhone 14 can withstand splashes, rain, and accidental water contact thanks to its IP68 classification, however purposeful water exposure should be avoided.
According to Apple, dust and water resistance are not infallible states and can degrade over time as a result of ordinary use. It is best to exercise caution while handling liquid exposure because Apple's basic warranty does not cover liquid damage.
Comparing the iPhone 14 models to the iPhone 13 models from the previous generation, there have been no display upgrades. The OLED Super Retina XDR display on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus has a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 for darker blacks and brighter whites and a peak brightness of up to 1200 nits for HDR images, videos, TV shows, and movies. The basic iPhone 14 models typically have a maximum brightness of 800 nits, which is 200 nits less than the 14 Pro variants.
The resolution of the iPhone 14 is 2532 by 1170 with 460 pixels per inch, while the resolution of the iPhone 14 Plus is 2778 by 1284 with 458 pixels per inch.
Wide color support provides vibrant, true-to-life colors, and True Tone adjusts the display's white balance to the surrounding illumination for a viewing experience that is more comfortable for the eyes. A fingerprint-repellent oleophobic coating and support for Haptic Touch, which gives haptic feedback while manipulating the display, are also included.
The "Ceramic Shield" substance, which is created by fusing nano-ceramic crystals into glass, shields the display from damage. In order to maximize clarity while keeping robustness, ceramic crystals were modified for the display, which was developed in collaboration with Corning. Apple claims that Ceramic Shield is more resistant to scratches and daily wear and tear than any smartphone glass, thanks to a dual-ion exchange mechanism.
The ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate and the Always-On display technologies found in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are not supported by the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.
Compared to 4GB RAM in the previous generations, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus features 6GB RAM.
A15 Bionic Chip
This is the first time Apple has not changed the A-series chip across the whole iPhone lineup; the iPhones 14 and 14 Plus use the same A15 chip that was used in the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Apple did not use the A16 chip in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, although it is present in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Along with a 5-core GPU, the A15 contains a 6-core CPU with two performance cores and four efficiency cores. While CPU performance is roughly comparable between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, the GPU has seen some slight advancements. Apple has also updated its internal architecture to improve thermal efficiency.
Cinematic mode and Smart HDR 4 are powered by the A15 chip's 16-core Neural Engine, which can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus continue to use Face ID. Throughout iOS, Face ID is used to unlock the iPhone, grant access to passcode-protected third-party apps, confirm in-app purchases, authenticate Apple Pay transactions, and more. A system of sensors and cameras enables Face ID. In order to create a 3D facial scan that maps the curves and planes of each face, a Dot Projector casts tens of thousands of invisible infrared dots onto the surface of the skin. An infrared camera then reads the scan.
The A15 chip receives the facial depth map, which is subsequently converted into a mathematical model that the iPhone utilizes for identification verification. Face ID works with hats, beards, glasses, sunglasses, scarves, and other accoutrements that partially occlude the face in low light and the dark. As of iOS 15.4, Face ID also works with a mask.
Apple has done away with the notch on the iPhone 14 Pro models, but the display notch for the TrueDepth camera hardware is still present on the standard iPhone 14 models.
Apple has updated the Main camera with an ƒ/1.5 aperture, an improvement over the ƒ/1.6 aperture used in the iPhone 13 camera. More light is let in by the redesigned lens, which also features a bigger sensor, improving performance in low light. Apple claims that compared to the iPhone 13 camera, the new Main camera allows in 49% more light. There is no Telephoto lens, unlike with the 14 Pro and Pro Max, and the Ultra Wide camera has not been updated. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus can only zoom out digitally up to 5 times and by 2 times optically.
Photonic engine: A new software innovation in the iPhone 14 called The Photonic Engine expands on Deep Fusion, applying it earlier in the imaging process to provide more detail, preserve subtle textures, and enhance the color of the image.
For both the Main lens and the Ultra Wide lens, Apple claims that the Photonic Engine offers a “giant leap" for mid- to low-light photo performance. With Photonic Engine, your main camera's low-light images can be up to 2.5 times better than usual, and your ultra wide camera's low-light photos can be up to 2 times better.
Smart HDR 4: Up to four persons can be identified by Smart HDR 4, which then adjusts contrast, lighting, and even skin tones for everyone so that they all appear their best.
Photographic Styles: Smart, adjustable filters that can do things like boost or mute colors without affecting skin tone. Styles apply selectively to an image, unlike a filter that's applied to the entire image. Vibrant (boosts colors), Rich Contrast (darker shadows and deeper hues), Warm (accentuates golden undertones), or Cool (accentuates blue undertones) are some examples of photographic styles. You can achieve the precise look you desire because Tone and Warmth may be adjusted for each style.
Night Mode: Night mode enables shooting in extremely low lighting conditions by taking a sequence of photographs over a short period of time and combining them. With the Main iPhone 14 camera, night mode exposures can be made up to two times faster.
Deep Fusion: Enhances texture and detail in images in conditions of medium to low lighting.
Portrait mode: blurs the background while keeping the subject of the photo in focus. Photographs taken in Portrait mode can have their lighting altered using the Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, and High-Key Mono effects.
True Tone flash: This built-in flash is made to match ambient lighting so that when it is used, the photo's white balance is not affected. The flash in the iPhone 14 is brighter and has more stable brightness.
Panorama: Up to 63-megapixel panorama photos can be taken with this feature.
Burst mode: This feature makes it possible to take several pictures at once, ideal for high-action shots.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus offer up to 4K video recording at 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second. Time-lapse, slo-mo, ProRes, and HDR recording are all supported. A new Action mode was introduced by Apple to produce video that looks smooth and ignores motion, shakes, and vibrations. In action mode, up to 2.8K at 60 frames per second can be recorded.
The battery in the iPhone 14 is 3,279mAh, which is slightly bigger than the battery in the iPhone 13 from a previous generation. The battery size for the iPhone 14 Plus is 4,325mAh. Up to 20 hours of video playback, up to 16 hours of streaming video playback, and up to 80 hours of audio playing are all possible on the iPhone 14, which is an hour longer than the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 Plus has a maximum video playback time of 26 hours, a maximum streaming video playtime of 20 hours, and a maximum audio playtime of 100 hours.
With a power adapter of 20W or greater, both devices have fast-charge capabilities and can be charged to 50% in 30 to 35 minutes.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem that allows 5G connectivity is included in the iPhone 14 variants. Owners of iPhones can connect to mmWave and sub-6GHz networks in the US, while other countries are limited to sub-6GHz.
The fastest 5G networks are mmWave networks, however they are limited to major cities and urban regions, along with venues like concerts, airports, and other places where a lot of people congregate because they are short-range and can be blocked by buildings, trees, and other obstructions.
In urban, suburban, and rural locations across the United States and other nations, sub-6GHz 5G is more prevalent and accessible. When using a 5G network, you'll often be using Sub-6GHz 5G. When using mid-band spectrum, sub-6GHz 5G is often faster than LTE, although it isn't always the lightning-fast 5G you expect.
The iPhone 14 models have a high dynamic range gyroscope and a dual-core accelerometer that can measure G-forces of up to 256Gs. When combined with other iPhone sensors, such as a barometer that can detect changes in cabin pressure brought on by deployed airbags, this new hardware makes it possible to use a crash detection feature.
When the automobile's occupants are critically hurt or unable to reach their iPhone, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus may detect a significant car crash and automatically phone emergency services. For accuracy purposes, Apple trained motion detection algorithms on more than a million hours of actual driving and crash record data.
The iPhone's GPS can identify changes in speed, and its microphone can identify loud noises that are typically connected with serious auto accidents. When a collision happens, emergency services are contacted by a combination of the iPhone and Apple Watch thanks to Crash Detection, which is also available on the Apple Watch.
Emergency SOS via Satellite
When cellular and WiFi connectivity are unavailable in an emergency, all iPhone 14 models may connect to satellites. The new Emergency SOS via satellite function from Apple enables the iPhone's antennae to connect to Globalstar satellites.
The capability is intended to be utilized in broad areas with minimal trees so the iPhone can connect to a satellite that is in the sky and is available in emergency scenarios where you cannot connect to WiFi or a cellular tower.
Apple has created a compressed messaging protocol because transferring data via satellite can take minutes, and the business has a walkthrough interface that explains how to hold the iPhone to connect to a satellite. In an area with no trees, a short message to emergency services can send in as little as 15 seconds
When Emergency SOS via satellite is activated, it asks you a number of crucial questions, the answers to which are intended to deliver the vital information to emergency services as soon as possible. If text communication is supported in your area, the responses you give are either routed directly to emergency services or to relay centers staffed by Apple-trained professionals who can call emergency services on the user's behalf.
When camping or hiking off the grid, satellite connectivity can be used to update your Find My Location so that your family and friends know where you are. This gives them peace of mind that you are safe and sound. Satellite connectivity is primarily intended to allow users to contact emergency services in life-threatening situations. For two years, Emergency SOS via satellite is free for all iPhone 14 owners, and Apple has not yet said how much it will cost going forward.
Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, GPS, and U1
Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus feature Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax) with 2x2 MIMO. There is an U1 Ultra Wideband chip and an NFC chip with reader mode. The iPhone 14 models can precisely locate other U1-equipped Apple devices thanks to the U1's enhanced spatial awareness.
When locating AirTags, for instance, the U1 chip can be employed for precise tracking. Additionally, it is utilized for interactions with the HomePod mini equipped with an U1 chip and for directional AirDrop. The iPhone 14 versions are compatible with GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou location services in addition to GPS.
The back of the iPhone 14 models still has MagSafe magnets that can be used to attach to magnetic devices like the MagSafe charger. Apple and authorized third parties' official MagSafe chargers can wirelessly charge iPhone 14 models at up to 15W.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max
Apple is selling the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus alongside the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, which are quite an upgrade this year.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are superior than the iPhone 14 models thanks to its 48-megapixel main camera, faster and more effective A16 chip manufactured using a new 4-nanometer process, ProMotion display technology, and Always-On display.
Rumors around future iPhones
The release of the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024 may herald the arrival of Apple's first all-screen smartphone. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the phone could be the first to include both an under-screen front camera and Face ID, while according to display analyst Ross Young, the iPhone 18 will first introduce under-display Face ID.
According to display analyst Ross Young, 2023 iPhone 15s will likely have the same dual-hole cutout as the iPhone 14 Pro models from this year. The same design with a circular cutout and pill-shaped hole will be used by the 2023 versions, and the feature won't be exclusive to the Pro models. It may be possible to reduce the size of the pill and hole design, but it will be a few years before Apple is ready for full under-display Face ID.
The iPhone models from 2023 might feature a periscope telephoto lens, which would enable more zoom without adding to the overall thickness of the phone.
According to numerous speculations, Apple is attempting to eliminate the notch by putting the Face ID technology beneath the display. Initially, it was believed that Apple might implement under-display Face ID technology as early as 2022 but display analyst Ross Young predicts that it won't happen until 2023 or 2024.
Based on multiple reports and patents the company has filed, as well as competition from businesses like Microsoft and Samsung, which have created foldable cellphones, Apple may eventually release a foldable iPhone.