This week, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 14, this time available in a new larger size – akin to what Apple offers with the Pro Max devices. Apple stopped using the Plus naming after the iPhone 8 Plus was launched, back in 2017. The company then unveiled the iPhone XS Max in 2018, which marked the change in naming scheme going forward. Ever since Apple launched the iPhone XS and XR models, you had to spend more money on the Pro models to be able to get the larger screen size, if that is what you wanted. This continued with the iPhone 11, 12 and 13. However, it all changes now with the iPhone 14.
This year, the base model iPhone 14 is now available in a larger Plus size, with the same size screen as the Pro Max devices, at 6.7-inches. The smaller device still has a 6.1-inch display. Intrestingly, comparing the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 14, it is now two grams lighter and 0.1-inch thicker.
This year, not much has changed really, they still have the same Super Retina display with the ceramic shield to help reduce scratches. There are however, some new colours, with a new blue tone and purple option.
For the past few iPhone models, the standard model and the Pro models have had the same chip, this year the base iPhone has the same A15 chip from last year, with the iPhone 14 Pro seeing an upgrade to the A16 processor.
Most of the main changes are with the camera. The main camera is still 12MP, but has a larger sensor and pixels. Apple has added a new recording model for video with ‘Action Mode’ which looks to do an impressive job of video stabilisation.
As rumoured, Apple has done some work with satellite communications this year. Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro can now use satellites to get you help when you need it. ‘Emergency SOS via satellite’ will be available when there is no signal or WiFi and will help you send a message to the appropriate emergency teams. Apple will also let you use the same satellites to share your location with Find My, for when you go deep off grid – so your family know you are safe.
Emergency SOS via satellite will be available only in the US and Canada for now and will be free to use for two years, with the purchase of a new iPhone.
Also for iPhone 14 models sold in the US, Apple has removed the physical SIM card tray. Instead, going all in on eSIM. This should free up some space internal as well as making the device more waterproof.
The new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are up for pre-order starting today (9th September) with prices starting at $799 US and £849 UK for the base model and $899 US and £949 UK for the Plus version. iPhone 14 will be available from 16th September and the Plus from 7th October.