In general, Apple’s iPhone 14 is a secure update for those who already adore the iPhone 13.
It maintains the design that is quickly becoming recognisable and, somewhat surprisingly, the A15 Bionic from last year (which is, admittedly, a wickedly potent chip in and of itself), but it also doesn’t advance the art in a way that would enable Apple to keep up with rivals.
For the first time in a while, we now have two distinct iPhone tiers: what I’ll call Premium, which includes the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and, for lack of a better term, Basic, which includes this iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus.
The same A15 Bionic chip was installed in all iPhone models the previous year.
While the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max receive the new A16 Bionic this year, the Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Plus receive the A15 Bionic.
It’s also important to note that the iPhone 13 mini did not receive an upgrade, which indicates that its diminutive lifespan may be coming to an end.
iPhone 14 price and availability
Given how similar the iPhone 14 is to the iPhone 13, it should not be a surprise that the cost is the same (at least in the US) for the base 128GB model: $799, £849, or AU$1,399
Preorders for the iPhone 14 begin on Friday, September 9, and deals for the device will be available starting on September 16
Design, materials and display
The design of the iPhone 14 is flawless.
The new iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max both feature the new Dynamic Island, a fungible zone that houses both the TrueDepth module and display information. While it is a virtual replica of the iPhone 13, it may fall short in comparison.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 is essentially a thin piece of technology sandwiched between two opulent pieces of glass that may or may not be Gorilla Glass Victus, for those who are unfamiliar with the design language Apple first introduced with the iPhone 12.
Software and performance
Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is one year old, powers the iPhone 14.
Although it’s disappointing not to see the newest silicon, the A15 Bionic is still the leading mobile CPU in its field.