It’s September, and you know what that means? New iPhone time. Apple has unveiled four new iPhone models that offer a range of features and a couple of design changes. Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.
Everything we know about the iPhone 14
What are the new iPhone 14 models?
At its September 2022 event, Apple unveiled four new models of the iPhone.
As always there are two Pro models, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, and two standard models, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. As predicted, the iPhone Mini was ditched this year after poor sales performance in previous years.
iPhone 14 Pro
The iPhone 14 Pro is getting a leg up from the standard model this year with the introduction of a new ‘dynamic island’ which essentially shrinks the notch portion of the display into a small pill shape. Apple has re-worked the iOS software to incorporate notifications into the new pill shape, integrating it neatly into the new design.
For the first time, the iPhone Pro will also get an Always-On display.
Size-wise the Pro matches the previous edition with 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes for the Pro and Pro Max respectively. They also come with a new OLED Super Retina XDR display that uses ProMotion and has a 120Hz refresh rate. The brightness also now reaches 2000 nits, which is double that of the iPhone 13 Pro.
As for the housing the iPhone 14 Pro models use surgical-grade stainless steel, a ceramic glass shield cover, and textured matte glass, which comes in four different colours: Space Black, Silver, Gold and Deep Purple.
As is customary with the iPhone Pro models, the camera is where it’s really packing.
In 2022, Apple has introduced a 48MP main camera alongside the ultra wide, telephoto and TrueDepth cameras. An advanced Photonic Engine will help capture mid to low-light images across all the cameras and use Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging process to provide extra detail.
Apple went into depth on its new camera technology — none of which a mere mortal like myself can understand — but you can read more about it here.
New this year is Crash Detection on iPhone which can help to detect if you’ve been involved in a severe car crash and then automatically dial emergency services to come to your aid.
Apple Fitness+ is also coming to all iPhone users later in the year, allowing those without an Apple Watch to take advantage of the fitness subscription for the first time.
iOS 16 will also be launched on the new iPhone models and offers a reimagined lock screen that is more personal and helpful. iMessages can also be recalled and edited and live text has the ability to recognise text in video, convert currency and translate text.
Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip uses two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores to provide performance that Apple claims is up to 40% faster than the competition. A new 16-core Neural Engine is capable of nearly 17 trillion operations per second and helps power that new high-performance camera.
The iPhone 14 Pro will be offered in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
This year Apple is going the opposite direction with its standard iPhone models, instead offering a larger 6.7-inch model in place of the Mini edition. The standard iPhone will remain at 6.1-inches in size.
The Dynamic Island notch shape is exclusive to the Pro models of the iPhone 14, leaving the standard edition with the same notch design as the previous generation.
The display is an OLED Super Retina XDR with up to 1200 nits of brightness on offer.
The new iPhone will be available in midnight, blue, starlight, purple, and Product Red colours and offered in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage capacities.
The iPhone 14 also gets an updated camera, albeit not as significants as the Pro models. The 2022 edition features a 12MP main camera with larger sensors and larger pixels and a new front TrueDepth camera. The Photonic Engine will also offer a giant leap in low-light performance.
The iPhone 14 models receive the A15 Bionic chip, which is a 5-core GPU offering smooth graphics for gaming and video apps, better battery life and a Neural Engine capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second.
In terms of features, the iPhone 14 will also receive iOS 16 and features crash detection like the Pro models.
iPhone 14: Australian Pricing and release date
Apple confirmed the prices of the new iPhone models at its Far Out event and they are seeing a slight increase across the board this year. The Australian pricing is as follows:
- iPhone 14 – starting at $1,399
- iPhone 14 Plus – starting at $1,579
- iPhone 14 Pro – starting at $1,749
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – starting at $1,899
Pre-orders begin at 10:00 pm AEST on Friday, September 9 with general availability beginning on Friday, September 16.
Once pre-orders open, you’ll be able to access plans from Telstra, Optus and more, and take your pick from the four new iPhones.
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