Apple iPhone 14: All information and first impressions of the iPhones 2022
With the iPhone 13 , Apple launched its most powerful iPhone fleet to date in 2021, which is at the top of the smartphone leaderboard . On September 7th, the successors were presented at the Apple Keynote 2022 in Cupertino. The iPhone 14 in the smallest memory variant is the only device under 1,000 euros! In addition, the larger, but otherwise comparably equipped iPhone 14 Plus , and the more expensive top models iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max were presented. iPhone mini fans went away empty-handed. The iPhone 13 mini remains the last super small iPhone for now. The new smart watches Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2022 get support from the more extreme Apple Watch Ultra and then there are the new AirPods Pro 2022 on the ears. Here you can read all the details about the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14: Familiar design
During the first hands-on after the keynote in the Steve Jobs Theater, one notices: On the outside, Apple is sticking to the familiar design that has changed since the iPhone 12 has not fundamentally changed. You know the iPhone 13? Then you also have a good idea of the iPhone 14. It can best be recognized by the new color purple. It comes with a 6.1 inch display. The iPhone 14 Plus has a 6.7-inch screen. The iPhone 14 measures 146.7×75.5×7.8 mm and weighs 172 grams. The Plus comes in at 160.8×78.1×7.8 mm at 203 grams. The OLEDs should bring it to a brightness of 1,200 candelas per square meter – good if not as strong as the Pro models, which are said to create up to 2,000 candelas in the bright sunlight. The iPhone 14 has a resolution of 2532×1170 pixels, resulting in a good sharpness of 460 ppi. For practically the same sharpness of 458 ppi with 2778×1284, the Plus has to drum up a little more pixels.
Only the pros offer an always-on display that can show information on the lock screen in a power-saving manner. Thanks to iOS 16 , there is at least a new lock screen. The metal frame remains angular, the back is made of glass. Underneath sits Apple’s MagSafe technology. The notch for the front camera with Face ID remains the same, it gets smaller for the pros – but only at first glance. Because the black field is versatile and becomes a “Dynamic Island”. The Ceramic Shield on the front is said to be particularly robust. Of course, the new iPhones are also waterproof.
New cameras, old resolution
The selfie camera’s resolution (f/1.9) stays at 12 megapixels, but there’s finally autofocus – a first for the iPhone. This also improves the portrait mode (bokeh effect). On the back, the main camera (f/1.5) with a pixel size of 1.9 µm corresponds to a 26 mm lens. According to Apple, the main camera uses a new sensor compared to the iPhone 13, hence the larger pixel size. It’s not supposed to be the sensor on the 13 Pro camera. The ultra wide-angle camera (f/2.4) corresponds to 13 mm. As usual, both bring it to 12 megapixels. Overall, the photo quality should also benefit from the better image processing in the Photonic Engine. This is similar to the earlier Deep Fusion, but intervenes when the raw data from the camera is processed, i.e. earlier in the image processing. The camera hardware and software as well as the A15 bionic chip are coordinated with each other, so it will not come to the iPhone 13 via a software update. The Pros offer a new 48-megapixel camera and have a telephoto lens. But the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus also have new cameras with better light sensitivity. The main camera has optical image stabilization. This goes beyond the normal level: the new action mode ensures smooth videos and is designed to prevent wobbles, movements and vibrations particularly effectively. The effect should be similar to a gimbal, but is based on evaluations of the camera sensor. Therefore, videos in action mode are not possible with full 4K resolution, but “only” with 2.8 K resolution or Full HD.
A15 Bionic for iPhone 14
The new 2022 A16 Bionic processor is reserved for the Pro models. iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will stick with the A15 Bionic. As expected, when trying it out in Cupertino, Christian Just, Our Head of Internet & Telecommunications, could not identify any disadvantages. No wonder: the A15 chip is currently one of the fastest processors in the smartphone world and even leaves top androids behind. Both iPhone models are available with 128, 256 or 512 gigabytes of memory. The 14 Plus model is said to offer the best battery life of any iPhone. As before, charging is via the Lightning connector. With the optional fast charger with up to 20 watts. That’s not really fast. Wirelessly, 15 watts are included via MagSafe or 7.5 watts via the Qi standard. Only one USB-C to Lightning cable is included.
Crash detection and emergency call via satellite
Like the new Apple Watch, the fresh iPhones have the “Crash Detection” feature. Sensors register whether there has been an accident and make an emergency call. There is also “Emergency SOS via Satellite” for emergency calls outside of normal mobile network coverage. A satellite phone is usually required for this. Apple integrates this into the iPhone antennas. The service starts in the US and Canada and is free for two years after activation. When and if these functions will come to Germany is still open.
Battery capacity: Not all new iPhones are increasing
When it comes to the size of the battery, Apple traditionally holds back with precise information. Details are usually only known when the first sales devices are opened and the components are examined. But now Macrumors claims to have learned the exact capacity from documents from Chinese authorities. Interesting: The battery is only significantly larger in the small Pro model. The capacity of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max remains about the same, while the capacity of the Pro Max even shrinks slightly. The iPhone 14 Plus (identical to the 13 Pro Max) has the largest battery in the new fleet – which Apple despite lower runtime specifications for individual test points such as video runtime (20 hours of streaming compared to 25 hours of streaming with the 14 Pro Max) overall than the iPhone with the applied for the longest term to date.
Battery capacity in comparison:
iPhone 14: 3,279 mAh, little more than iPhone 13 (3,227 mAh)
iPhone 14 Pro: 3,200 mAh, significantly more than iPhone 13 Pro (3,095 mAh)
iPhone 14 Pro Max: 4,323 mAh, less than iPhone 13 Pro Max (4,352 mAh)
iPhone 14 Plus: 4,325 mAh, no predecessor available
iPhone 14 in some regions without a plastic SIM
It has long been speculated that Apple could remove the slot for the real SIM cards and only use virtual SIM cards, the so-called eSIM , in the future. And with the iPhone 14, Apple is putting more emphasis on that option. Providers could deliver the iPhone 14 with an activated eSIM. In fact, most German providers now offer an eSIM as an alternative to the plastic SIM, even from the discount store. But changing the SIM card from cell phone to cell phone is often more cumbersome with some providers and involves longer waiting times than with the plastic SIM. At least the second SIM card is always an eSIM.
Apple iPhone 14: price and availability
The iPhone 14 comes in Midnight, Blue, Polaris, Purple and PRODUCT(RED) colors. The iPhone 14 can be pre-ordered from September 9th and should be available by September 16th. The iPhone 14 Plus will be available from October 7th. Prices for the iPhone 14 start at 999 euros, for the iPhone 14 Plus at 1,149 euros.
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