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iPhone 14 Review: Is it Worth the Cost?

As expected, Apple has replaced the iPhone mini with the larger iPhone 14 Plus (originally rumored to be called iPhone 14 Max). It’s almost identical to the iPhone 14, save for the larger display, making it effectively the older sibling. It’s official: Apple has introduced the iPhone 14. The next iPhones will come in two sizes: the regular 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus.

Apple claims that the iPhone 14 Review has the greatest battery life. The new 14 series has significant camera upgrades for low light photography, a faster GPU, satellite calling connection, crash detection, and a longer-lasting battery. The Plus, however, means the end of the Mini series of iPhones after just two generations. This is reminiscent of the iPhone 6, the first to offer a standard and size option.

With months of expectations and rumors behind us, one of the main iPhone 14 Review is the shape out, and do they include enough to warrant upgrading? Two of the four new iPhones will be the iPhone 14, with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max acting as the flagship smartphones for Apple’s new iPhone line-up.

Overview of the iPhone 14

iPhone 14 Review: Is it Worth the Cost?
  • Four iPhone 14s and four iPhone 14 Pros
  • iPhone 14 at 6.1 inches and iPhone 14 Plus at 6.7 inches
  • The new professional models will be “notch-less.”
  • Starting at: $799 and Rs 79,900

When will Apple unveil the next iPhone?

The regular 6.1-inch iPhone 14 will be released on September 16, and the larger 6.5-inch iPhone 14 Plus will be released on October 7. This is not the first time the iPhone has seen a staggered launch for differing size models; the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro were released before the iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max in 2020.

Pricing for the iPhone 14

The iPhone 14 starts at £849 / $799 / AU$1399, which is a rise of £150 / AU$200 from the 13, and this is true across the board; the 14 Plus costs the same as the 13 Pro did before it was discontinued, at £949 / $899 / AU$1579. This confirms earlier rumors of a price increase, albeit it seems limited to specific locations; in the US, prices remain unchanged from last year’s models.

While the iPhone 14 maintains the same design language as its predecessor, the 14 Pro series has a new design with a pill-shaped Dynamic Island notch.

The new iPhone 14 models:

  • iPhone XR with a 6.1-inch screen
  • The 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 14 Max/Plus is a vast improvement over previous models.
  • Display size: 6.1 inches at 120 hertz (Pro model of iPhone 14)
  • The 6.7-inch, 120-hertz display of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The five color options of the iPhone 13 are back for the iPhone 14: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and Product Red. The iPhone 13 Mini has been replaced with the bigger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus model, which is opposed to the smaller iPhone 13 Mini.

When neither WiFi nor cellular service is available, Apple has equipped the iPhone 14 with the Emergency SOS via satellite feature, allowing for direct contact through satellite in the event of an emergency. Satellite-based emergency notification systems that may send SMS to first responders are effective in grassy or rocky terrain with minimal trees. 

Those in the US and Canada may use it for free for two years. If you’re hiking or camping in a distant place with no cell service, you can still utilize a satellite connection to update your loved ones on your whereabouts with the app Find Me.

Always-Connected Devices

A first for the iPhone, the Always-On display is made possible by the new 1Hz refresh rate setting. While always-on display technology has been available on the Apple Watch for some time, this is the first time Apple has successfully implemented it on an iPhone without significantly decreasing battery life. As the wallpaper is darkened to offer the Lock Screen a more understated appearance, the time and widgets continue to function in the Always-On mode. The status bar, flashlight, and camera buttons disappear when the screen is off.

For energy savings, the iPhone’s display goes dark when the device is placed face down or in a pocket.

Emergency SOS via Satellite

iPhone 14 Review: Is it Worth the Cost?

When cellular and WiFi networks are unavailable, users of iPhone 14 models may now establish a link with satellites for use in dire emergencies. For the new Emergency SOS via satellite capability, Apple worked with Globalstar to ensure that the iPhone’s antennae can establish a connection with their satellites.

The iPhone’s satellite communication capability is intended for usage in vast areas with few trees so that the device may establish a connection with a satellite in the sky in the event of an emergency when no other network access is available. 

Because transferring data via satellite may take minutes, Apple has designed a compressed messaging system and a walkthrough interface that tells you exactly how to hold the iPhone to connect to a satellite. If there are no trees in the way, quick communication to emergency services may get through in as little as 15 seconds.

When triggered, satellite-based emergency SOS systems ask vital questions designed to send critical information to responders as rapidly as feasible. If text messaging is available in your region, your responses will go straight to local emergency services. If not, they will be forwarded to local relay centers where Apple-trained personnel will make the calls for you. 

However, suppose you’re camping or trekking away from civilization and want to keep your loved ones apprised of your whereabouts. In that case, you may utilize satellite internet to update your Find My location and keep them informed of your whereabouts in case of an emergency.

Apple has not yet revealed how much it will cost beyond the introductory two-year period for all iPhone 14 owners to access Emergency SOS via satellite.

Crash Detection

iPhone 14 Review: Is it Worth the Cost?

With other iPhone sensors like a barometer that detect cabin pressure changes caused by deployed airbags, this new hardware enables a Crash Detection feature. The new hardware includes a high dynamic range gyroscope and a dual-core accelerometer capable of detecting G-force measurements of up to 256Gs.

Any mishap or accident, the iPhone 14 models may detect it and immediately contact emergency personnel if the passengers are gravely wounded and unable to do it themselves. Apple used over a million hours of driving and collision data to fine-tune its motion detection algorithms.

The iPhone’s GPS can pick up on changes in velocity, and its mic can identify the kind of jarring noises often associated with major vehicle collisions. The Apple Watch has its version of Crash Detection, which can coordinate with an iPhone to call for help in the event of an accident.

Technologies including Bluetooth, WiFi, Near-Field Communication, Global Positioning System (GPS), and U1

The 14 Pro and 14 Max feature Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO. A reader mode NFC chip and a U1 Ultra Wideband chip are included. Because of the U1’s enhanced sense of location, iPhone 14 models can pinpoint other U1-equipped Apple devices within a few centimeters.

Precise tracking, like finding AirTags, is possible with the U1 chip. It also works with the HomePod small U1 chip to enable directional AirDrop and other interactions. The 14th generation of the iPhone is the first to provide support for not only GPS but also GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou positioning systems.

Display, iPhone 14

iPhone 14 Review: Is it Worth the Cost?

Apple is breaking tradition with the iPhone 14, which will employ the same A15 Bionic CPU as the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 3rd Generation. Despite this, the iPhone 14 is still a powerful smartphone, as Apple has managed to wring an extra 15 percent of GPU performance out of the A15.

Apple claims that the iPhone 14 has the best battery life. This is because the larger battery, formerly reserved for the Pro Max model, can now be paired with the less demanding screen and specs of the standard iPhone model, resulting in much more power efficiency. After the European Union’s rule of universal charging standards, it seems we’ll have to wait until the iPhone 15 for the end of the Lightning connection, which was rumored to give way to USB-C this year finally. However, Magsafe and Qi wireless charging remain options.

The iPhone 14 significantly boosts connection, including satellite connectivity for SOS calls in remote situations. Still, the storage choices remain the same as last year, beginning at 128GB and going up to 512GB, with no possibility for SD card expansion in the future.

Apple’s redesigned lock screen and iCloud picture library will be part of iOS 16, the company’s latest mobile operating system.

iPhone 14 camera

iPhone 14 Review: Is it Worth the Cost?

The ultra-wide camera returns, and the TrueDepth front camera is now 38 percent better in low light situations and features autofocus, two areas where the iPhone 14 sees significant improvements. The iPhone 14 also features a 12MP primary camera with a larger and faster aperture, which Apple claims will improve low light performance by a whopping 49 percent and cut the exposure time in Night Mode in half.

New “Action Mode” with better stabilization, which Apple promises will allow smoother footage, and the ability to shoot in Dolby Vision and HDR on the iPhone 14 makes it an attractive proposition for aspiring filmmakers and directors in need of a portable movie-producing machine.

These cameras have the same diagonal stack on the back and notch cutout on the front as the iPhone 13.

The new Photonic Engine enhances low light picture processing on all cameras, promising “amazing detail, and preservation of delicate textures, provision of superior color, and maintenance of more information in a shot” for the iPhone 14.

Speculated names for the iPhone 14

Apple’s next iPhone will maintain the company’s consistent name conventions, including the X, XS, XR, Pro, Pro Max, etc.

Wrapping It Up

The iPhone 14 is the long-awaited improvement that seems to deliver on all fronts: improved cameras, a larger display option, and a slew of new colorways.

Since the 14 seems to use the same screen as the 13, and there has been no mention of improved speakers, we anticipate that using the 14 will be pretty similar to using the 13; nevertheless, the 14 Plus has attracted our eye and appears to be the more intriguing of the two devices.

Bookmark our in-depth iPhone 14 Review, where we put it through its paces utilizing our rigorous testing procedures to see whether or not it is worth the hype or the exorbitant price tag.

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