Introducing the new iPhone 14
On Wednesday, during its famous iPhone-centric event, Apple announced the debut of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. They also introduced the new Apple Watch Series 8 models, a revamped version of the Apple Watch SE, the Apple Watch Ultra, and the Airpods Pro 2.
A Guided Tour of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
Let’s have a quick preview of all the new features, which include major camera improvements, more robust eSIM support and new Emergency SOS via satellite functionality.
- The iPhone 14 Plus comes with a big 6.7-inch display for those who want a larger canvas, while the iPhone 14 offers a more compact 6.1-inch display.
- Apple mentioned larger batteries for the iPhone 14 models that last for a longer period of time, around an hour of improvement with direct comparisons to prior-generation iPhone 13 models.
- Emergency SOS via satellite functionality can be used to communicate when you’re out of cellular range. Launches in November and will be free for two years.
- The iPhone 14 comes in five colours, including midnight, starlight, blue, purple and product red.
- With the A15 Bionic chip, the gadgets are 18% faster in terms of performance.
- The camera has a bigger sensor (1.9 microns and 49% low-light improvement).
- Photonic Engine: Through a deep integration of hardware and software, Photonic Engine improves mid- to low-light performance for photos across all cameras: up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera, and an impressive 2.5x on the new Main camera. Photonic Engine enables this dramatic increase in quality by applying the computational benefits of Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging process to deliver extraordinary detail, preserve subtle textures, provide better colour, and maintain more information in a photo.
- Big improvement to the video: advanced stabilisation mode, Action mode is new and can be toggled on for a smooth video. No gimbal is required.
- The iPhone 14 supports eSIM only, so there’s no SIM card tray.
iPhone 14 and 14 Plus has not changed a lot in terms of design. They look basically the same as the iPhone 13, with the same rear camera module with a diagonal layout and the same slim notch as the iPhone 13. Both gadgets come in five colours: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and Product(RED).
Then there are the Pro versions: the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, again at 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch respectively. In a way, this simplifies our options. It gives us two sets of smartphones – an entry-level pair and a high-end pair – each available in the same two sizes. The Pros come in black, silver, gold and a new deep purple.
Always-On Display, brighter screen
For the first time, the iPhone offers an Always-On display thanks to its new 1Hz refresh rate display. In addition, the 14 Pro can have the same peak HDR brightness level as Pro Display XDR with 1,600 nits, and outdoor peak brightness with up to 2,000 nits. Plus the Ceramic Shield on the front glass for added durability.
The iPhone 14 comes in two screen sizes like in previous years: 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch respectively.
As in previous models, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have two rear cameras: the main wide-angle and the ultra-wide-angle. Meanwhile, on the Pro models, Apple implemented triple cameras with an extra LiDAR: the main wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and a 3x telephoto camera for portraits and optical zoom.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have a new, 48 MP sensor, which can take sharper photos, or bin pixels together for brighter photos.
Better Night Mode
Binning pixels is one great feature. Apple also upgraded its Deep Fusion imaging pipeline known as Photonic Engine. Basically, it’s a new iPhone camera technology that delivers better images in low-light conditions. The way that it works is it shoots at multiple exposures and extracts the highest quality pictures from each part of the frame. The result comes from the combination of all these best-exposed pictures into one sharp, well-lit photo.
Selfie camera with auto-focus
Both sets of phones have front cameras with auto-focus and a wider aperture of f1.9. The wider aperture allows to camera to capture more light but also blurs the objects that are not in the focus area. Because of that, it needs to compensate with the auto-focus feature. Compared to the previous model, the iPhone 13 has a selfie camera with fixed focus and an aperture of f2.2.
Action Mode video
With this exciting new feature, Apple will probably replace the GoPro action camera. Action Mode is a super-enhanced stabilisation mode that will allow you to use your phone to record the type of activities that you would normally use a GoPro for. The advanced stabilisation uses the entire sensor to help deliver a very smooth action shot. You also get Dolby Vision and HDR for great-looking videos of your outdoor activities.
Cinematic Mode gets 4K and 24 FPS
One of the greatest features available with the iPhone 13 was the Cinematic mode. Previously locked to 1080p at 30 fps, now things have changed giving you more options. With the iPhone 14 Pro, you can now record up to 4K HDR at 30 fps. Also, you will have more control over changing focus points when editing the footage and you will be able to mix 24 FPS and 30 FPS clips in the same project. This is available on both iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.
Adaptive LED flash
Adjusts flash strength depending on focal length — can get 2x brighter for telephoto shots.
Same storage capabilities
Nothing has changed in terms of storage capabilities. The new Apple smartphones will be available with the same options as the previous models: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite
As Apple announced, the Emergency SOS via satellite will be available starting in Canada and USA in November. For the first 2 years, the service will be included for free with the activation of the iPhone 14 Pro. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t disclose how much it will cost after that.
These are the first tidbits about the new iPhones. Are you excited about them? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.