Apple’s new iPhone 14 lineup is here, and kudos to everyone who managed to get their hands on the new devices, considering the shortage of supplies caused by the rush that greeted stores on the first day of sales.
We’re aptly starting with the new entry-level device, the iPhone 14. We all know the mini version is gone and replaced by the Plus, which is a good place to start, especially for buyers on a budget.
Let’s find out what case makes it convince iPhone users to upgrade this year.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13: What’s the difference?
Not much. The iPhone 14 looks and feels like the iPhone 13, but the more important things are what makes it tick on the inside.
The latest iPhone’s 6.1-inch screen isn’t a surprise — it’s been standard since the 2019 iPhone 11.
Even the camera block has not been touched, unlike that of the iPhone 14 Pro models that have become larger.
And the durability remains the same: The iPhone 14 uses “ceramic armor,” which is aircraft-grade aluminum, which is IP68 rated. This makes it dust and splash resistant and able to withstand submersion of up to six meters for up to 30 minutes.
Also, don’t bother looking for the dynamic island; This is a feature exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models, but this is a review for later.
The iPhone 14 shares the same A15 Bionic chip as its predecessor – a very unusual move as Apple always upgrades its iPhone chips across the board every year. The iPhone 5c and all SE models, which used chips from their direct predecessors in the iPhone chronology, are exceptions to this.
However, the iPhone 14 has a five-core GPU – an extra core compared to the iPhone 13 – which means its graphics hold up better. The content seems fluid, especially in games and other heavy-duty applications that require a huge amount of hardware power.
Another important change, especially for users in the US, is that all iPhone 14 units sold there now only use eSIMs. Apple has used eSIMs since the iPhone XS and XR in 2018, but this is the first time iPhones have ignored physical SIM cards, at least in one country.
This won’t affect users in the UAE or anywhere else, but it does mean that Apple is now leaning seriously towards getting rid of physical SIM cards altogether. An iPhone 14 purchased in the US can benefit from eSIM transfer services in the countries they are traveling to. However, keep in mind that not all countries support eSIM, so getting a roaming plan seems to be the only solution.
The iPhone 14 retains a dual-lens camera system – main and ultra-wide – with a 12-megapixel sensor. Again, on the surface, it might seem that there isn’t much difference; There are only a few notable upgrades, one of which is that the main aperture is now wider at f/1.5, which means it can collect more light.
The other one is more important: Apple added its own “Photonic Engine” technology to the iPhone 14, and then it uses the same image processing as its Pro counterparts.
The Photonic Engine uses a combination of hardware, software, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to process images, and is essentially an evolution of its own “Deep Fusion” technology. This addition is noteworthy and is, by far, the biggest distinguishing factor from the iPhone 13.
The combination results in great images. As usual, you’ll be able to control your focus with a few taps on the screen, but overall, brightness, white balance, and exposure all blend well with each other.
Exposure equals the actual environment. Since users are accustomed to cameras that display excessive shots, it can be strange to see a “dark” result on them, but we always appreciate natural-looking results. The same goes for night shots, which are correct in form.
With the video, the iPhone 14 continues Apple’s Cinematic Mode, which the company says is a way to make Hollywood-style reels. Apple first added this mode to the entry-level iPhone 13 models last year, which greatly enhanced their appeal. With the latest device, you feel more streamlined and responsive.
The iPhone 14 battery is slightly bumped up from its predecessor to 3,279 mAh, and that translates to overall improvements in how long it will last.
Apple says the device will last “all day” but, to give you an idea, here are the numbers: The iPhone 14 is advertised for up to 20 hours for video, 16 hours for video streaming, and 80 hours for audio. These are all higher than the 19 hours, 15 hours, and 75 hours of the iPhone 13, respectively.
It might not mean much, but imagine all the times you’re running out of battery and trying to squeeze every watt out of your iPhone just to get something done. So these token increases can come in handy in those tough situations.
As always, Apple makes good on its promise all day, saving enough until around noon the next day or even beyond, depending on usage. In the hour-long YouTube full brightness test, the iPhone 14 ended up losing just 7 percent of battery, which is a pretty good number.
You’ll also still get the promise of fast charging your iPhone 14 to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with a 20W or higher charger. However, you will need to purchase it separately; Remember, Apple hasn’t included charging bricks and EarPods since the iPhone 12 in 2020.
Using Apple’s 30-watt charger, the iPhone 14 rose to 63 percent in 30 minutes — much higher than promised — and 87 percent in an hour before hitting the finish line almost half an hour later. We should note that this was done in off mode, which means that when the device is turned on, practically all background activities are disabled.
In all honesty, the Apple iPhone 14 is a symbolic upgrade from the iPhone 13. But despite this, it is still a very capable device.
The casing made by this device is twofold. First, we have to keep in mind that there is a market for users who do not need or want major features.
Second, not everyone can or wants to upgrade their iPhone every year, so the iPhone 14 is the best opportunity for iPhone 12 or iPhone 11 users — and perhaps even the iPhone XR — to change their devices.
Apple has kept prices on par with its counterpart last year, which is a smart move to attract new users or an upgrade.
If you don’t need the best features of its pro counterparts, the iPhone 14 is more than enough. But if you want to go a step further with the full experience on a larger 6.7-inch screen without using the Pro – She has 400 dirhams to spare Consider waiting for the iPhone 14 Plus coming out on October 7.
Updated: September 22, 2022, 9:45 am
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