The iPhone 14 is a leftover from 2021 that still starts at $799 in the US and costs a lot more elsewhere, despite the lack of upgrades.
Apple isn’t a particularly generous brand when it comes to treating smartphone buyers with hardware upgrades despite charging a hefty sum, but iPhone 14 This line extends very far. On its own, one could argue that the iPhone 14 is a good phone for the asking price. The internal chip is still more powerful than Qualcomm’s best chipset inside Android flagships, battery life is also among the best in the segment, and iOS 16 continues to lead with updates, software smoothness, and privacy. Plus, if the iPhone 13’s camera performance is anything to go by, the iPhone 14 will be another reliable shooter.
While the iPhone 13 lacked the innovation of flagship Android phones in the same price category, it was a phone that was well received for its price. Of course, the iPhone 14 should have no problem in the market with an identical price tag. It’s always great to see a brand release an upgraded version without raising the price. But despite the iPhone 13’s solid reputation, the iPhone 14 feels like a replica with a different badge in 2022, rather than a meaningful upgrade from generation to generation. Apple keeps the iPhone 13 design for another generation, which is certainly lazy, but it is no longer a fundamental sin of the smartphone industry, as Android device manufacturers have also started to follow in the same footsteps recently. Apple just adds a new color to the jazz.
But the iPhone 14 can hardly be called an upgrade. On the contrary, the iPhone 14 It serves the same as the iPhone 13. Let’s start with the more natural upgrade that buyers have come to expect from the next generation flagship – silicon. In a bewildering turn of events, Apple has armed the iPhone 14 with the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13 series. The only thing that changes here is that the iPhone 14 uses the five-core GPU variant of the A15 Bionic like the iPhone 13 Pro models, rather than the four-core variant GPU. This extra GPU core will hardly make any difference to real world usage. One might argue that Apple saved money by skipping the silicon upgrade, and choosing to focus its resources elsewhere. But this is not really the case.
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Apart from the processor, the other two areas that buyers take into consideration before flaunting a new phone are the cameras and battery life. Apple still serves the same 12MP dual-camera array on the back and has only widened the aperture of one of the lenses. There is no user-facing camera feature upgrade either. It’s a shame that the $800 phone still doesn’t offer a dedicated zoom camera and sticks to a 60Hz screen. As for the battery capacity, there is only a difference of 52 mAh between the Li-ion cells installed inside the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13. Needless to say, it won’t make much difference. There is no increase in charging speed either, which maxes out at 20W is painfully outdated. Compared to the competition on the Android side, the iPhone 14 is four to six times slower filling the tank. Oh, there’s no charger in the box either.
iPhones often evade specs comparison criticism in relation to Android phones, and the main defense is always the arguments for longer software support, rich application ecosystem, reliable cameras, etc. An old relic as a next-gen phone at the same ambitious price. And this is only for the US market. In overseas markets such as Europe and Asia, Apple charges a generation of fat for a generation upgrade fee. iPhones have already been a hard-to-swallow pill for smartphone shoppers who care about specifications, innovation, and the overall competitive value of their purchase. The iPhone 14On the other hand, it is a test of patience and stretches Apple’s dominant influence in the market to its limits.
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