Apple has given selected media outlets and YouTubers access to the new iPhone 14 before it starts arriving in the hands of customers on Friday, September 16.
The new iPhone 14 is an incremental update compared to the iPhone 13with the same general design, the same A15 Bionic chip with an additional GPU core and slight improvements to the rear and front cameras.
There are two models of the iPhone 14, the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus. The iPhone 14 Plus won’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 nearly identical to the iPhone 13, with the edgeAllison Johnson’s Allison Johnson says it’s a good display, but points out that there are other options that offer more advanced displays with 120Hz refresh rates for about the same price.
It’s a good screen, but the competition is circling Apple here. Android phones from the flagship class up to the $350 Samsung A53 5G offer displays 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 upgrade.
The iPhone 14 features the same A15 Bionic chip that powered the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max. Compared to last year’s standard iPhone 13 A15 Bionic chip, the iPhone 14 chip features an additional GPU core. CNET said the iPhone 14 is “fast” with smooth animations and no performance issues.
The iPhone 14 also includes an improved internal design that manages heat better, allowing users to play high-intensity games for longer without the device overheating. Take part he said that the device managed to stay “cool to the touch” during games and that the phone is still capable performance-wise.
The iPhone 14 may use last year’s A15 Bionic processor, but it’s still a capable phone that holds its own against this year’s flagships. My feverish rounds of Royal Match while messaging other reviewers about my thoughts on the iPhone 14 Pro went off without a hitch, and overall the phone stayed cool to the touch. It got warm when I repeatedly tried the selfie camera’s autofocus in low light, but it didn’t get alarmingly hot.
The standard features of the iPhone 14 a little bigger 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 to what it made for the iPhone 13 last year.
the edge said that in real-world testing, the iPhone 14 ended the day with about 40% to 50% of battery life remaining, adding that while it’s hard to compare it to the iPhone 13 given the limited testing and the variable usage, should be enough for most users
In the real world, after three or four hours of screen time, I was about 40 to 50 percent charged by the end of the day. Whether that’s substantially better than the already 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 on the iPhone 14 received some updates. Up front, the selfie camera is an all-new 12MP camera that features autofocus. Apple says the new camera offers 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 primary and ultrawide lenses. The new main camera has an ƒ/1.5 aperture that lets in 49% more light in each shot. The main camera also benefits from a new workflow that Apple calls the Photonic Engine. Photonic Engine combines multiple pixels from multiple exposure levels to deliver brighter, “truer” colors in low-light situations.
CNET said the iPhone 14 takes decent photos in low light and handles detail well.
And in my tests, the iPhone 14 takes great photos and videos. I was able to get a respectable snap, even when the lighting wasn’t great. Check out the photo below of a dog I took in the not-so-bright interior of a coffee shop. Notice how well the 14 captures the texture and detail in the dog’s coat. It also did a good job of freezing the action despite the dog shaking its head while taking the shot.
For videos, the iPhone 14 includes a new action mode that offers stabilized video when active. the edge he says that the action mode is “very much designed for use in bright light outdoors”, noting that in any other conditions, videos look “terribly blotchy”.
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