Apple has given select media outlets and YouTubers access to the new iPhone 14 before it starts arriving in customers’ hands on Friday, September 16.
The new iPhone 14 is an incremental upgrade compared to iPhone 13featuring the same overall design, the same A15 Bionic chip with an additional GPU core, and slight improvements to the rear and front cameras.
There are two iPhone 14 models, the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus. The iPhone 14 Plus doesn’t start shipping to customers until Friday, October 7, so reviews are focused on the smaller standard model.
The display on the standard iPhone 14 is almost identical to the one on the iPhone 13, with The VergeAllison Johnson says it’s a great display but note that there are other options that offer more advanced displays with 120Hz refresh rates for about the same price.
It’s a nice screen, but the competition is running around Apple here. Android phones from the flagship class up to the $350 Samsung A53 5G offer screens with 120Hz refresh rates. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s one area where it feels like the standard iPhone is overdue for an update.
The iPhone 14 features the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Compared to the A15 Bionic chip in last year’s standard iPhone 13, the iPhone 14’s chip features an additional GPU core. CNET said that the iPhone 14 is “fast” with smooth animations and no performance hiccups.
The iPhone 14 also includes an improved internal design that manages heat better, allowing users to play high-intensive games for longer without the device overheating. Engadget the device is said to remain “cool to the touch” while gaming and the phone remains competent in terms of performance.
The iPhone 14 may have used last year’s A15 Bionic processor, but it’s still a capable phone that holds its own against this year’s flagships. My fevered rounds of Royal Match while messaging fellow reviewers my thoughts on the iPhone 14 Pro went smoothly, and the phone generally stayed cool to the touch. It got hot when I repeatedly tried the selfie camera’s autofocus in low light, but I didn’t get hot.
The standard features of the iPhone 14 a slightly larger one battery than the standard iPhone 13. Apple promises up to 20 hours of video playback and up to 80 hours of audio playback for the iPhone 14, making similar claims as it did for the iPhone 13 last year.
The Verge said that in real-world testing, the iPhone 14 ended the day with about 40% to 50% of battery life remaining, adding that though it was difficult to compare with the iPhone 13 given limited testing and various usage, this should be sufficient for most. users.
In the real world, after three to four hours of screen-on time, I had a 40 to 50 percent charge by the end of the day. Whether that’s better than the excellent iPhone 13 is hard to say, but it’s good enough to get most people through a full day, and that’s what counts.
Both the front and rear cameras have received some upgrades on the iPhone 14. On the front, the selfie camera is an all-new 12MP camera that features autofocus. Apple says the new camera delivers up to 2x better low-light photos thanks to its larger aperture.
On the back, the iPhone 14 features the same dual-camera setup as the iPhone 13 but now includes improved Main and Ultra Wide lenses. The new Main camera has an ƒ/1.5 aperture that allows 49% more light to enter each shot. The Main camera also benefits from a new workflow that Apple calls the Photonic Engine. The Photonic Engine combines multiple pixels from multiple exposure levels to deliver brighter and “more lifelike” colors in low-light situations.
CNET the iPhone 14 is said to take acceptable photos in low-light conditions and handle details well.
And in my tests, the iPhone 14 takes great photos and videos. I managed to get a respectable snap, even though the lighting wasn’t great. Check out the photo below of a dog that I took in the dimly lit interior of a coffee shop. Notice how well 14 captures the texture and detail in the dog’s fur. It also did a good job of freezing the action even when the dog was moving his head while I was taking the picture.
For videos, iPhone 14 includes a new Action mode that delivers stabilized video when active. The Verge says Action mode is “very designed for use in bright outdoor light,” noting that in any other conditions, videos look “horribly spotty.”
For those who want to watch video reviews, we’ve embedded a few below.