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iPhone 14: Things You Should Know About the Latest Apple Smartphone

October 04, 2022

Apple's new entry models are the ones that have had the fewest changes compared to the terminals of the last generation. However, it is worth taking a look at its characteristics, to then give way to the older brothers.

To begin with, it is important to clarify that both models share the same functions. So much so that Apple's website presents them together, highlighting the only difference they have and that is the size of the screen. While the iPhone 14 has a 6.1-inch panel, the Plus version has a 6.7-inch panel. That’s why we will present them here together as one.

 

Design

Apple's two input models retain the aesthetics of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. That is - completely flat frames, aluminum finishes, and a glass back. The front notch remains where it is and the layout of the rear cameras appears in a square module with the sensors arranged diagonally.

The appearance of the device maintains an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic. For the same reason, although the model is repeated with respect to the previous generation, it is appreciated that Apple retains the interest in taking care of the design details - something that has always been a plus for most users who prefer the brand.

Both models are IP68 certified, which makes them resistant to water and dust.


Screen

Apple excitedly announces the 21% screen increase over previous models and highlights the technology packed into the panels and that in this case is Super Retina XDR.

With this, it leaves behind the attempt carried out with the iPhone 13 Mini, which was a point of contention for users who did not end up seeing this device as something coherent in the Apple catalog. In this way, it adds two phones with a generous screen that can take much better advantage of the power of the processor and the virtues of the OLED panel.

Both iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus offer high resolution and color accuracy, which makes everything on the screen look sharp and perfectly recognizable, with an exceptional multitasking and gaming experience.

On the other hand, True Tone technology can calibrate the screen to adapt according to the amount of ambient light. This system seeks to protect the eyes from excessive brightness when it is not necessary for low-light environments.


Processor

Both the iPhone 14 and the Plus version include an A15 Bionic chip with a 5-core GPU - the same that we find in the iPhone 13 Pro. This implies that we have guaranteed fluidity and speed in all processes, something that we can confirm with the use of multitasking and games, where there are no performance problems or unforeseen jams.

This is not new, considering that when the iPhone 13 Pro was launched, we were able to verify the efficiency and power of the chip - high performance and ideal for playing titles with a huge graphic load. In addition, the processor is compatible with augmented reality applications, where the performance is truly exceptional.

Apple highlights that the processor has a new design, which although it does not alter its power, does improve thermal efficiency to prevent the terminal from heating up after long days of gaming or multitasking.

Along with the A15 Bionic chip, we have another processor called Secure Enclave, dedicated exclusively to the protection of the terminal. Its function is to offer an additional security layer to manage and administer the system's private functions. Its peculiarity is that it has a micro-kernel that does not require its connection with the operating system. This way, the phone has a private processing space that cannot be accessed from the operating system. It is something that minimizes the dangers that could occur as a result of the use of malicious applications or any other attempt to attack the phone.

In this case, the Secure Enclave can store passwords as well as biometric data, which is what guarantees privacy for the confidential information of the most demanding users


Cameras

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have few changes from their predecessors. However, they have some new things, such as a new main camera with improved image processing. For example, it reinforces, above all, shots captured in low-light conditions.

Apple indicates that the new input terminals have main sensors with 2.5 times better performance compared to previous models if we use the main camera. Regarding the ultra-wide angle, the company points out that we can take photos twice the better in a low-light environment.

For video recording, we have Cinema Mode that can change the focus automatically to detect the protagonist of the scene. To enhance this, we have the possibility of making the video in 4K and at 2f/s.

On the other hand, as the new TrueDepth front camera offers autofocus and a larger aperture, close-ups and selfies take on much more detail. You also gain with color perception. Notably, the TrueDepth system and the A15 Bionic chip work together to make Face ID one of the most secure authentication systems on a smartphone.


Operating system and other details

These two phones come with the iOS 16 operating system. For this reason, they bring some important changes regarding the interface. The first improvement has to do with the lock screen. Now with iOS 16, more customization options appear. We can add favorite photos, change fonts, and add widgets to access relevant information at a glance.

Another interesting thing is the possibility of creating several lock screens, each one with its background and particular style. Best of all, you can switch from one to the other with a single flick of the finger. It improves the user experience regarding the personalization of the device.

In the notifications section, there are more options to organize them. We can group them in the form of a list and make them appear at the bottom of the screen. If we don't want distractions, we can hide them.

On the other hand, one of the most well-received features of iOS 16 is the new focus modes. Here Apple offers many more options to select what we want to do while we are working or doing something else that requires our maximum attention.


Final Words

While iPhone 14 does not offer many improvements over the previous series, it is still a new and slightly improved model, which can serve to refresh your tech arsenal. On the other hand, if you already have a phone from the iPhone 13 series, saving some cash can be a good idea.