Here is the new iPhone 14: For the big and the not so small
Apple is killing off the small iPhone 13 mini – instead, a large ‘Plus’ model is on offer.
The Apple iPhone 14 is out – but with it no longer comes a neat little mini model.
Now it is instead joined by a large ‘iPhone 14 Plus model.
In addition to the new format, this year’s iPhone update corresponds to what was previously called an ‘S’ model in Apple parlance.
So no visual overhaul, but instead a series of overhauls inside the engine room itself and upgrades of crucial components, such as the camera. In iPhone 14, it even turns into some revolutionary features.
Meet the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus
If you have become familiar with the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 will therefore seem extremely familiar.
The screen still extends over 6.1 inches and apart from a smaller ‘notch’, you will mostly not only see that it is a new iPhone. Even the colour selection is the same.
The same story could be written about the iPhone 14 Plus, which can be described as an iPhone 14 that has been blown up to iPhone 13 Pro Max format – i.e. with a 6.7 inch screen.
It is worth noting that Inside the engine room has not been upgraded either. Here, Apple chooses to reuse the ‘proven’ A15 Bionic processor, which can be found in last year’s iPhone 13 models, while you have to pay for the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro, to get the latest, most powerful processor.
However, the differences between A15 and A16 seem to be relatively limited compared to the quantum jumps we have previously seen between generations.
A good camera and satellite messages
On the camera front, however, there have been new additions to the soup. Apple has transferred what looks like the strong camera setup from the iPhone 13 Pro and baked it into the iPhone 14 – minus the telephoto lens.
A completely unique feature, on the other hand, is the built-in satellite antenna, which makes it possible to send messages over satellite connections in places that the mobile network does not cover at all.
However, the function requires optimal conditions such as an open sky and offers only extremely limited bandwidth, which Apple limits to exclusively sending emergency messages to emergency authorities or sending location information via the ‘Find’ app.
Under optimal conditions, it takes at least 15 seconds to send a message while the mobile is pointing in the direction of the satellite to be pointed at. If there is little cover, for example in a forest, it can take several minutes to send a message, according to Apple.
While Apple maintains the prices of the new iPhone in the American market, the current exchange rate means that the iPhone 14 buyers are looking at price increases.