Apple, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced the successor to its iPhone lineup today at its big iPhone event. This fall, Apple will release two slightly different iPhones: the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus. For months prior to this launch, so many reliable sources have regularly leaked out plenty of official information related to these phones. By the time the launch event came around, these leaks have essentially revealed everything about the new iPhones. Apple is always trying to make a competitive flagship phone every year. Apple has also announced Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, and Apple Watch Ultra at the same event.
As usual, Apple is back to bother the big boys with premium-priced pairing. Apple handsets are some of the best smartphones money can buy with crazy/premium price tags. Of course, a premium price tag demands a premium design. As expected earlier, Apple hasn’t launched the 5.4-inch mini version at this event.
Hardware-wise, the iPhone 14 shares the same of its internals with the iPhone 14 Plus, except the latter version gets a bigger battery with 4,325 mAh capacity. Apple has decided on a new hole-punch camera to replace the current notch for this new line-up. The iPhone 14 boasts a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, while the iPhone 14 Plus comes with the same Super Retina XDR display at a 6.7-inch screen size. These displays are OLED panels that support up to 1200 nits of peak HDR brightness, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and Dolby Vision with Apple’s Ceramic Shield protection. Both these phones capped out at 12Hz ProMotion technology, which is even better than last year.
The cameras have always been one of the iPhone range’s highlights. Both these handsets ship with a 12MP primary camera (now with sensor-shift OIS support) and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. Apple has also punched a 12MP TrueDepth camera in the notch on the front. It helps you to capture “more of a scene, and Photonic Engine for a giant leap in low-light performance”. The main camera includes a larger sensor with 1.9µm pixels (up from 1.7µm) and has a brighter f/1.5 aperture (up from f/1.6). Thus it captures 49% more light compared to the iPhone 13 camera.
There is a new, 48 MP camera sensor, which is exclusive to iPhone 14 Plus. Apple announces a massive upgrade to low-light and Night Mode photography. Software processing brings a new Action Mode, which provides better stabilization and it also supports capturing video in Dolby Vision HDR. The camera still captures the videos at 4K resolution (60fps).
In contrast to the previous rumors, Apple hasn’t equipped both handsets with its latest A16 Bionic chipset. Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by the A15 Bionic chipset, which powers last year’s iPhone 13 series. Apple has announced that iPhone 14 Plus will be the first iPhone model to support always-on display functionality. This Always-On Display feature has been available for Android phones for years.
Apple has introduced a new dual-core accelerometer with a Crash Detection feature, which has also been introduced in the newly launched Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra devices. This feature is capable of detecting G-force measurements of up to 256Gs, plus a new high dynamic range gyroscopic. If the phone detects an accident or a severe crash, the emergency services call interface will appear on Apple Watch. Both iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro support Emergency SOS via satellite, which is the first time for any iPhone. It is an emergency service that enables messaging with emergency services when outside of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Using this feature, The iPhone 14 helps you to point the device in the right direction until you get a proper satellite connection. Apple says that this feature only works outdoors with “a clear view of the sky.” It also lets you share your location with friends and family via Find My and you can also call an emergency service or send a text message when there’s no cellular signal coverage from your carrier. The satellite connectivity of the iPhone 14 hits the US and Canada and it will be free for two years.
When it comes to the battery, both phones support fast wireless and fast wired charging. You can watch up to 26 hours of video on the iPhone 14 Plus handset. Apple seems to be doing everything it can to keep you from buying an iPhone. All iPhone 14 Plus models sold in the United States will not have a physical SIM card. The buyers will have to sign up for cellphone plans using eSIM functionality.
As for colorways, both devices ship in midnight, blue, starlight, purple, and (PRODUCT) RED. Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will begin this Friday, September 9th with their first availability one week later on September 16th. Prices start at $799, while the iPhone 14 Plus starts at $899. The iPhone 14 Plus will be available later, on October 7th. To be precise, iPhone 14 available in $799 (128GB) / $899 (256GB) / $1099 (512GB), while the iPhone 14 Plus costs at $899 (128GB) / $999 (256GB) / $1199 (512GB).