iPhone 14: Release Date, Specs, Price, and News

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Four new iPhone models arrived in 2022 that brought changes to the physical design and improvements to battery life, cameras, safety, and more.

iPhone 14 Release Date

Apple showed the iPhone 14 lineup during the September 7, 2022, Apple event. The iPhone 14, Pro, and Pro Max have been available online and in stores since September 16—visit Apple's website to order—while the iPhone 14 Plus will launch on October 7.

iPhone 14 Price

There are four models. These are the starting prices, which vary depending on the storage option you choose.

  • iPhone 14: $799
  • iPhone 14 Plus: $899
  • iPhone 14 Pro: $999
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1099
The iPhone 14

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iPhone 14 Series Features

There are a few big new features that arrived this year, and many smaller ones.

  • Hole and pill-shaped cutouts for camera and sensor
  • Front camera's upgrade to autofocus (vs fixed focus)
  • The A16 chip in Pro models only
  • No physical SIM card tray for US models (only eSIM) means you can have multiple numbers and data plans on a single phone
  • Action Mode provides smoother stabilization when taking videos
  • Always-on display that goes dark when the phone is face down or in your pocket
  • The Super Retina XDR display is twice as bright in the sun than previous models
  • Emergency SOS via satellite for reaching emergency services even if you don't have Wi-Fi or cell service
  • Crash Detection can detect a severe car crash, then call emergency services and tell your emergency contacts where you are

The iPhone 14 ships with iOS 16. Check out that link for specific on what else is coming to the iPhone OS.

iPhone 14 Pro crash detection

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iPhone 14 Specs and Hardware

As stated above, there are four models (no mini option this year). The iPhone 14 Pro Max and Plus have 6.7-inch screens, and the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro have 6.1-inch screens.

The iPhone 13 was the first iPhone to offer 1 TB models, and it's continued again this year.

It was thought by some that this could be the year the iPhone went entirely port-less. Or at the very least, a move to USB-C. Instead, we again get the standard Lightning connector at the bottom like other iPhones. The iPhone 15 might change it up, though...we'll have to see next year.

A huge change to this year's iPhone (the Pro models) is the front-facing display. As you can see in the photos above, the notch moved away from the top of the display and is now a pill-shaped hole to house the camera. A new Dynamic Island feature makes it not so noticeable, by merging things with it, like music and FaceTime notifications. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus resemble the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are available in Midnight, Purple, Starlight, PRODUCT Red, and Blue. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come in Deep Purple, Gold, Silver, and Space Black.

The iPhone 14 Pro has a 65% larger camera sensor than the iPhone 13 Pro, and should produce better low-light photos with the Ultra Wide, Main, and Telephoto cameras. The 48MP main camera provides four times the image resolution.

Here's a look at how the iPhone 14 Pro Max compares to the 13 Pro Max:

iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max
  iPhone 14 Pro Max iPhone 13 Pro Max
Capacity:  128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB
Display: 6.7" / 2796x1290px resolution at 460 ppi 6.7" / 2778x1284px resolution at 458 ppi
Chip: A16 Bionic chip / 6-core CPU / 5-core GPU / 16-core Neural Engine A15 Bionic chip / 6-core CPU / 5-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
Camera: 48MP main / 12MP ultra-wide / 12MP 3x telephoto 12MP telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide cameras / 3x optical zoom
Video: 4K/1080p recording at 24/25/30/60 fps & 720p recording at 30 fps 4K/1080p recording at 24/25/30/60 fps & 720p recording at 30 fps
Battery: 29hr video playback / 25hr streaming video / 95hr audio playback 28hr video playback / 25hr streaming video / 95hr audio playback
Sensors: Face ID, LiDAR Scanner, Barometer, High dynamic range gyro, High-g accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Dual ambient light sensors Face ID, LiDAR Scanner, Barometer, Three‑axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

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