iPhone 14 review: Familiar design but now easier to fix | Iphone

On the surface, the iPhone 14 seems like a very simple upgrade. But the redesigned interior makes the repair easier and cheaper, which is a huge turn in the right direction for Apple.

Weak currency rates against the dollar mean the new iPhone is £70 (AU$50) more expensive than its predecessor, priced at £849 (AU$1399) despite it costing the same $799 in the US. It’s a story sadly familiar to all current Apple products, and more will likely be launched this year.

On the outside, the iPhone 14 is basically the same as its predecessor with a 6.1-inch 60Hz OLED display, aluminum sides and a glass back. It even has the same A15 chip used in last year’s 13 Pro models, and the same long battery life that ranges from 44 to 48 hours between charges. Use it in moderation and you’ll get about two days between charges.

The glass back of the iPhone 14.
Back glass can now be replaced more easily if it has been shattered, making it faster and cheaper to fix. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The biggest changes are hidden from view. Previously, the rear glass panel was glued mainly to the frame, which made replacing it when shattered a laborious process that required complete disassembly of the device from the front. Now iPhone 14 has a new mid-frame design that allows it to be Open front and back. It’s not the standard user-fixable dream that Fairphone has demonstrated, but it’s a huge step in the right direction for Apple.

For the user, this means better heat dissipation so you can play longer. But for repairs, that means you can replace the back glass as easily as you can from the screen, which is a huge improvement to the longevity of the device. The result is that back glass repairs cost £169, down from £300 from Apple. Third parties will likely charge lower fees again.

Like the iPhone 14 Pro, the new phone ships without a SIM card in the US, credit Fully on digital eSimsbut you still have the sim tray outside the US, including the UK. SOS emergency satellite It will be released in November, but only for phones sold in the US or Canada.


  • Monitor: 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR (OLED) (460 ppi)

  • Healer: Apple A15 Bionic

  • RAM: 6 GB

  • storage: 128, 256 or 512 GB

  • The operating system: iOS 16

  • camera: 12MP dual rear camera with 12MP optically stabilized front camera

  • Delivery: 5G, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, Lightning, UWB, GNSS

  • Water Resistant: IP68 (6 meters for 30 minutes)

  • Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm

  • Weight: 172 grams

The Lightning port on the bottom of the iPhone 14.
The phone takes 110 minutes to fully charge, reaching 50% in 25 minutes using the included Lightning cable and 20W USB-C power adapter (not included). It also supports 15W wireless charging. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian


Apple does not provide an expected battery life but it must last more than 500 full charge cycles with at least 80% of its original capacity and can be Exchange £105. Out of Warranty Screen repair cost £289Rear glass repairs cost £169. iFixit repair specialists gave the phone seven out of 10 for repair, Praising the new interior design.

The 14 contains recycled gold, plastic, rare earth elements, tin and tungsten. The company is dismantling The impact of the phone on the environment in its report. Apple offers free exchange and recycling programs, including for non-Apple products.

iOS 16

iPhone 14 rear camera setup.
The dual-camera array on the back of the iPhone 14 is a bit larger than its predecessor which means the old cases won’t fit the new phone. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The 14 comes with iOS 16, which is a more playful version of Apple’s software and has a revamped lock screen among many other new features. You can expect at least five years of software and security updates and possibly up to seven years.

New in the iPhone 14 line is car accident detection, which senses the high impact force of a traffic collision and automatically calls emergency services if you don’t respond within 20 seconds.


Camera app on iPhone 14.
The Camera app is one of the easiest apps to use with new features like shooting modes, action camera, and enhanced picture modes that are accessed by swiping. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The 14 has the same familiar dual-camera setup on the back with no optical zoom, as previous non-Pro iPhones. But the 12MP main camera sensor is actually larger than its predecessor, boosting low-light performance by up to 49%. Shots taken in medium to low light conditions, such as indoors, are sharper than before, and a dedicated night mode is less required.

The Ultra Wide camera performs better in low light thanks to improved software processing but otherwise remains unchanged. Both are reliably good cameras, but the lack of optical zoom is disappointing compared to competitors.

The selfie camera was first improved many years ago on the iPhone, now with twice as good low-light performance, autofocus, and a sharper lens. Images are sharper with better detail, especially in low light or unstable conditions, as is the case for most selfies.

Video capture is still number one. The new motion mode stabilization system works wonders in bright light, but it struggles with nothing else.

Overall, the 14 cameras are good, but they lack the right price range.


iPhone 14 costs from £849 ($799/AUD 1399) with a storage capacity of 128 GB.

For comparison, the iPhone 14 Plus costs £949iPhone 14 Pro costs £1099Samsung Galaxy S22 + costs £949Galaxy Z Flip 4 costs £999 And Google Pixel 6 costs £599.


At first glance, the iPhone 14 is basically the iPhone 13 with slightly improved cameras. It has the same screen, chipset, long battery life and design. But it hides a transformative change for Apple with a reconfigured guts that allows it to be fixed more easily and at a lower cost. It’s a definite longevity upgrade, even if it’s not a great feature, and hopefully something will roll out to the rest of Apple’s smartphone line soon.

While it’s definitely not worth upgrading from newer models, if you’re looking to replace an outdated device that’s nearing the end of its life, the iPhone 14 is a great, secure phone that has all the elements that make iPhones one of the best. Market. Currency-driven price increases hurt, but trade deals can help cushion that blow.

Positives: Easier and cheaper to repair, better cameras, waterproof, Face ID, long battery life, good performance, good screen, durable and easy to grip, long software support.

Negatives: There’s no USB-C, you need your own charger, no telephoto camera, a slower screen than the competition and the 14 Pro, and price increases outside the US.

iPhone 14 is held in a hand showing the home screen.
The 6.1-inch size of the iPhone 14 is still the best balance of a large enough screen and a fairly compact body to carry and use. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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