iPhone 14 and 14 Pro review: A picture is worth a thousand dollars

whether we’re talking about iphone 14The iphone 14 proeither iphone 14 pro maxThis year’s update focuses on the cameras.

Yes, the Pro model has an always-on display and an oh-so-very-Apple approach to replace the controversial screen notch. But as good as the benefits are, that shouldn’t be the reason why you should buy these phones.

Cameras are so prominent now – especially in Pro models – that it’s starting to seem like we should be calling these devices “smart cameras” instead of smartphones.

smart fone Has been proven more or less over the years; There aren’t many new frontiers to explore in that space. But in ways both big and small, Apple (along with its competitors) keeps finding new ways to improve the amateur digital photography experience.

As a result, the iPhone 14 models are some of the best smart cameras you can buy—even if they aren’t a revolutionary upgrade over the devices that came before them.

About iPhone 14

Because the iPhone 14 is such a minor update year after year, we paired it with the 14 Pro in this review. Most of the review will discuss the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, but we’ll briefly discuss the 14 here on a regular basis, and we’ll assess the phone together in the performance and camera section of the review.

The iPhone 14 is barely a step up from 2021 iphone 13, It has a similar design and, at least at launch, similar feature set. It also has the same system-on-a-chip (SoC), the A15, so it offers similar performance, though the thermals are reportedly slightly better for continuous performance, and there’s a tweak that should improve graphics performance slightly. needed.

The most important advantage of the iPhone 14 over the iPhone 13 is in battery life and photo quality. While the iPhone 13 advertises up to 19 hours of video playback, the iPhone 14 promises up to 20. It’s not much (and we didn’t notice it) but hey, we’ll take what we can get since some things are more important than battery life.

As far as photo quality is concerned, we’ll look at some comparison shots in the camera section of this review, but here’s a quick rundown: There’s a new front-facing, TrueDepth camera with a faster aperture and support for autofocus. The main practical benefit from those improvements is that the camera should have better performance in low light.

The wide-angle camera on the back of the iPhone 14 has a larger sensor and a faster aperture, and promises 49 percent better low-light photo performance than its predecessor. Apple has somewhat expanded the software suite for the camera to deliver better low-light performance across all of the phone’s cameras. In other words, the regular iPhone 14 is getting some of the same benefits that were seen in last year’s Pro model.

When repair shop/publishing iFixit tore down the iPhone 14, it discovered something Apple hadn’t advertised: the iPhone 14 is easier to service and repair than other recent iPhones – including its Pro siblings –Thanks to a removable back glass panel, For most users, this doesn’t matter much, but for some, it can improve device longevity and save money on repairs if you forgo AppleCare+, Apple’s repair service subscription.

On October 7, Apple plans to launch a new iPhone 14 model called the iPhone 14 Plus. It will likely be similar to the iPhone 14, only with a 6.7-inch screen (the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max) instead of 6.1 inches.

This year, the iPhone 14 Plus replaces the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini in the flagship lineup, though Apple is still selling the iPhone 13 mini for users who prefer one-handed phones at the expense of screen size and battery life. Huh.

By no means would we recommend upgrading from iPhone 13 to iPhone 14. We wouldn’t even recommend going from 12 to 14, in fact—there have been iterative improvements, but even over a few generations it hasn’t added up to anything too radical, especially in the non-Pro models.

But if you’re on the XS or earlier, here are some important upgrades; For more on them, see our iphone 13 and 13 pro review since last year. Everything said there about 13 applies here as well.

Glasses

Specs at a Glance: iPhone 14, 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max
screen 2532×1170 6.1-inch OLED (14), 2556×1179 6.1-inch OLED (14 Pro), 2796×1290 6.7-inch OLED (14 Pro Max)
OS iOS 16
cpu Apple A16 Bionic
to hit 6GB
GPU Apple A16 Bionic
storage 14 for 128, 256, or 512GB; 128, 256, 512GB, or 1TB for 14 Pro/Max
networking Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, 5G
ports lightning
camera two 14 MP rear cameras for 12 (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle); three rear cameras (48 MP wide-angle, 12 MP ultra-wide-angle, 12 MP telephoto) for 14 Pro/Max; 12 MP Front Camera; Dolby Vision HDR 4K Video Capture
Shape 146.7×71.5×7.8mm (14), 147.5×71.5×7.85mm (Pro), 160.7×77.6×7.85mm (Pro Max)
weight 172 g (14), 206 g (Pro), 240 g (max)
Face value $799 (14), $999 (Pro), $1,099 (max)
other facilities MagSafe, Face ID, Dynamic Island (Pro Model), Always-on Display (Pro Model)

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the first devices to use Apple’s new A16 SoC, the first iPhone chip manufactured on a 4 nm process.

The A16 has the same number of cores as its predecessor—that is, it has a six-core CPU with two performance and four efficiency cores, a six-core GPU, and a 16-core NPU called the Neural Engine—but Apple says It should offer up to 10 percent faster performance. The A16 has 50 percent more memory bandwidth than the A15, which makes a lot of sense for 3D games and a little bit for computational photography features.

So apart from the memory bandwidth part, the A16 isn’t a huge performance leap. But updates to this chip weren’t really focused on speed. Rather, they are about facilitating new features. More importantly, the chip has a new ISP, which enables some new camera features and added fidelity. It also has a new display engine. Display Engine tweaks make two of the most attractive new features possible: the always-on display and the notch-replacing dynamic island functionality.

Like the iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 14 Pro also has 6 GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 sticks with last year’s A15, which is still faster than any other phone SoC on the market in most functions. It gets a bump from 4GB RAM to 6GB.

The screen sizes and display resolutions of all three phones are the same as last year: 6.1 inches and 2,556×1,179 pixels for the iPhone 14 Pro, 6.7 inches for the iPhone 14 Pro Max and 2,796×1,290 and 6.1 inches and 2,532×1,170 for the iPhone 14 . In terms of pixel density, all three clock in at 460 ppi. And all three use OLED technology, which is to be expected of any high-end flagship smartphone these days, and for good reason.

The iPhone 14 offers 800 nits of typical maximum brightness and 1,200 nits of peak HDR brightness – the same as the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 14 Pro and its larger sibling offer 1,000 nits of typical maximum brightness and 1,600 nits of peak HDR brightness, as well as a new ability to reach 2,000 nits in sunny, outdoor scenarios. That’s better than even the best high-end HDR TVs, and better than any computer monitor except for hardware used by video professionals. In fact, 1,600 nits of peak HDR brightness matches Apple’s $5,000 Pro Display XDR.

Our tests largely debunked these claims, which is quite impressive. Regardless of the type of device we’re talking about, these are probably going to be the highest-quality screens you’ve ever owned.

Last year, Apple introduced ProMotion to the iPhone, enabling dynamic refresh rates from 10 Hz to 120 Hz. It’s still on offer here, but the feature can now go up to 1Hz to support an always-on display. (More on that soon.)

The phone also has an additional light sensor, which takes the count to two.

Lastly, there’s an updated sensor suite to enable a new crash detection safety feature. If it detects a crash, it will prompt to see if you are okay and call for help if you are not. This feature requires an updated sensor, so it won’t be available in older iPhones, but it’s available on the iPhone 14 line as well as newer Apple Watch models launching this year.

Apple is planning another security feature: sending simple text messages and location data via satellite to emergency responders when you’re off the grid and need help. However, this feature will not be applicable till November.

One thing we wish Apple had improved is fast charging. These all-new iPhones still charge much slower than some Android flagships, both wired and wireless, which is a pity. It is a small thing that can make a practical difference in the daily life of the users. Here’s hoping we see some improvement next year.

As always, there’s only one port: Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. Like the rest of the world, we I wish Apple USB-C . moves on,

In any case, Apple has promised marginally better battery life in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. We’re still running formal battery tests, but unsurprisingly it felt like the new phones offered about the same, or perhaps worse, battery life.

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