In terms of design, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus haven't altered much. They resemble the iPhone 13 in appearance, having the same back camera module with a diagonal arrangement and the same narrow notch. They are both available in five different colours: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT (RED).
Then there are the Pros: the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, both measuring 6.1in and 6.7in. In some ways, this streamlines the product line by providing an entry-level pair and a high-end pair of phones, all of which are available in the same two sizes. The Pros are available in black, silver, gold, and a new deep purple colorway.
The notch has been removed from the iPhone 14 Pro. That doesn't imply it's a perfect screen; instead, we have the pill-shaped cutaway 'Dynamic Island.' This opulent-sounding approach may be expanded to display notifications and background activity.
The iPhone 14 Pro also included an always-on display, which was a significant shift with the screen. The bezels have also been reduced in size, but the remainder of the design remains substantially unchanged from the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, with flat, stainless steel edges.
The iPhone 14 has the A15 Bionic CPU from the iPhone 13 Pro, which Apple claims is 18% quicker than the iPhone 13. Apple claims to have increased thermal performance, allowing you to push the iPhone 14 for longer periods of time, which should assist people who wish to use the phone for gaming.
Aside from that, the biggest enhancements are in the camera (see below) and battery life. Apple claims that the iPhone 14 can play video for up to 20 hours and the iPhone 14 Plus can play video for up to 26 hours. That would be the best iPhone battery life ever (claimed battery life for the iPhone 13 was 19 hours).
Another new feature is the long-rumored satellite connection. Emergency SOS with Satellite allows you to call for help even when you don't have a cell connection, which might be lifesaving for folks living in remote places. With the phone, you receive two years of service for free.
There's also Crash Detection, which detects when it believes you've been in a car accident and immediately contacts emergency services if you don't answer. It's also worth noting that the iPhone 14 lacks a SIM card slot, making it eSIM only.
The Pro and Pro Max will use a new A16 Bionic processor with a 6-core CPU based on a 4-nanometer technology. It boasts a 5-core GPU with 50% greater bandwidth and a Dynamic Island display engine. According to Apple, the Neural Engine can handle 17 trillion operations per second in computational photography.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus sport a new 12MP primary camera with a larger sensor than their predecessor, resulting in a 49% increase in low-light performance. The front camera is likewise 12MP, and for the first time, it includes autofocus as well as a faster lens for greater low-light performance.
The new Photonic Engine technology boosts low-light performance even more, with a 2x improvement on the front and ultra wide cameras and a 2.5x improvement on the main camera. Footage also receives an upgrade with the addition of an improved stabilisation feature dubbed Action mode, which can be toggled on to make video smoother when moving.
Apple's iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max
The Pros, as predicted, get a significant camera boost. All three cameras (main, telephoto, and ultrawide) benefit from enhanced low-light shooting, which is aided by a new 9-LED flash. The new Photonic Engine powers a new 48MP primary camera that offers better clarity and 2x increased low-light performance.
Video may now be filmed at 4K up to 40 frames per second in Cinematic mode (there's also the new Action mode that comes with the basic iPhone 14).
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will be available beginning September 16. Apple.com will open for orders on September 9.
The iPhone 14 is $799 / £849, while the iPhone 14 Plus is $899 / £949. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will retain their starting pricing of $999 / £1,099 and $1,099 / £1,199 from last year.