OPINION: Apple revealed 4 new telephones at its Far Out occasion, and regardless of the announcement of recent chips and extra options, I can’t assist however really feel underwhelmed with the bottom mannequin, and I don’t see why I anybody would select to improve to the iPhone 14.
Regardless of it being a yearly custom, I’m nonetheless shocked to see the announcement of one other collection of iPhones, because it appears like solely days in the past the iPhone 13 vary was revealed. And since I’ve solely owned my iPhone 13 Professional for round half a 12 months, it appears loopy to me that there’s already one other flagship iPhone mannequin obtainable for pre-order.
Nevertheless, I truly was impressed by the brand new iPhone 14 Professional; it’s all the time fascinating to see one other Apple Silicon Bionic chip, and the brand new Dynamic Island function not solely does away with the controversial notch, but it surely’s additionally developed it into its personal little hub that ought to make telephone navigation simpler.
What I’m not so impressed by is the bottom mannequin, the iPhone 14. Not solely did Apple get rid of the concept of an iPhone 14 Mini, however to me, because the proprietor of an iPhone 13 collection telephone, I can’t see something that’s price upgrading.
To make clear, I’m not saying that the iPhone 14 is totally pointless, and anybody who has been utilizing their present handset for a number of years will probably see extra worth within the newest mannequin than I do. However in case you personal a reasonably latest telephone that isn’t greater than possibly two or three years outdated, particularly one from Apple, there actually isn’t an excessive amount of there to drag you in.
For starters, the iPhone 14 makes use of the identical chip because the iPhone 13 vary, the A15 Bionic. Which means that basically, the telephones may have the identical quantity of energy and may have comparable ranges of efficiency. This could’t be mentioned for the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max since they’ve been kitted out with the newest A16 Bionic, which packs in additional transistors than its predecessor and has 50% extra GPU reminiscence bandwidth.
I’ll say that the iPhone 13 comes with a 4-core GPU whereas the iPhone 14 comes with a 5-core GPU, however the iPhone 13 Professional additionally has a 5-core GPU, which makes me surprise if the iPhone 13 Professional or iPhone 13 Professional Max are literally extra worthy as potential upgrades.
The iPhone 14 has the identical display screen because the iPhone 13; 6.1-inches, a 60Hz refresh charge and a peak HDR brightness of 1,200 nits. And whereas the digicam on the newest telephone has been upgraded, they in the end each pack a Twin and Extremely Extensive lens at 12MP, with the actual digicam enhancements being reserved for the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max.
Some new options, like Automotive Crash Detection and Emergency SOS, are presently unique to the iPhone 14 vary and are extra compelling, though I’d hope that these options are used sparingly, and it will be a little bit worrisome in the event that they have been your major purpose for upgrading.
I do suppose that if I owned an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X that was on its final legs, the iPhone 14 could also be a little bit extra interesting. However even saying that, Apple has so clearly stored all the most effective options reserved for its flagship fashions that I’ll even be tempted to attend a little bit longer and save up so I may deal with myself to the iPhone 14 Professional, which appears worlds away by way of efficiency and options.
Perhaps all of it comes again round to the yearly custom of showing a brand new batch of iPhones; not that many individuals need, or can afford, to improve their handset yearly, and when the adjustments to the bottom mannequin are so minor I really feel like folks ought to both splash out for the flagship fashions or follow the iPhone 13 collection of telephones, as on it’s personal, the iPhone 14 looks like a hole improve that already someway feels outdated.