Apple’s iPhone 14 is, by and large, quite a safe update for those who already love the iPhone 13. It keeps what is becoming an iconic design and – almost surprisingly – last year’s A15 Bionic (which is, granted, an extremely powerful chip in its own right), however it also doesn’t advance the art in a way which helps Apple keep up with competitors.
What we have now, for the very first time in a while, is two distinctive iPhone tiers: for lack of a better term, Basic, which includes this iPhone 14 as well as the iPhone 14 Plus, and what we’ll call Premium, which encompasses the iPhone 14 Pro in addition to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Last year, the whole line of iPhones got the same A15 Bionic chip. This year, the Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Plus get the A15 Bionic, while the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max get the new A16 Bionic. Also worth noting is that the iPhone 13 mini did not get an upgrade, so it may be reaching the end of its pint-sized life.
There No Longer Exists Notch For The Truedepth Camera System
Instead, Apple adopted what it calls the Dynamic Island, which is a pill-shaped cut-out at the front of the display that contains camera equipment and can change in shape and size utilising software dependent upon what’s on the screen.
Apple says that the Dynamic Island is meant to merge the line between hardware and software. It is able to change in real time, showing alerts, notifications as well as activities in the space where the notch was. There is still hardware under there however the TrueDepth camera takes up less space and the Dynamic Island makes it blend seamlessly into the background by taking much better advantage of the screen.
The Dynamic Island can show payment confirmations with Face ID, Maps directions, phone calls, music information, Live Activities such as sports scores, timers, and more. In addition, it can be interacted with utilising a tap and hold gesture.
Both the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max feature a new Super Retina XDR display with updated ProMotion technology. This allows for an Always-On display which is a first for an iPhone and ideal for playing at a live casino online. The Always-On display is made possible via a new 1Hz to 120Hz refresh rate together with improved power efficient technologies. When the Always-On display is active, the time, widgets – as well as the Live Activities – continue to be available at a glance at all times and the wallpaper is dimmed.
Both the iPhone 14 and the larger iPhone 14 Plus come standard with Apple’s Super Retina XDR OLED display with a peak HDR brightness of 1200 nits. They have Ceramic Shield on the front glass for better durability. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max can go up to 1 600 nits of brightness and a peak 2 000 nits for outdoor use, beating the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.