iPhone 14 early hands-on: The camera is where all the action takes place

Strong Points

  • improved camera
  • Consistently talented
  • Battery seems to hold up well


  • For some, the lack of a SIM card tray becomes a problem

shipment of Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup It is now arriving at customer doors and retail shelves.Apple announced Four new iPhone 14 models Earlier this month, along with other new hardware, far out eventAs per current tradition, the model is split as follows: Size difference between iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

There are two models in each category, Apple and Ditch the smaller Miniit iPhone 14 PlusThe Plus model is available for pre-order now, but won’t arrive until October 7th. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Maxboth of which are the same size as their predecessors.

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I have the iPhone 14, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max on my desk or in my hand for about 48 hours, and I use them almost all of that time. $799 iPhone 14 as my main phone instead of last year iPhone 13 Pro Max.


processor Apple A15 Bionic
screen 6.1 inch Super Retina XDR
memory 6GB
depository 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
camera 12 Megapixel Main, 12 Megapixel Ultra Wide, 12 Megapixel True Depth
battery up to 20 hours
connectivity 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.3, 5G (Sub6/mmWave)
operating system iOS16
colour Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, Product Red

Go all-in with eSIM

whole iPhone 14 lineup will not have a SIM card tray. Apple has a so-called eSIMs, or digital versions of the little plastic cards that have moved between mobile phones. During the initial setup of my iPhone 14, I was asked if I wanted to Migrate existing phone numbers from me personally iPhone 13 Pro Max Before I turned on my iPhone 14 and signed in with my Apple ID, remember that the iPhone 14 had no way of knowing what phone number I had or was assigned.

After I chose to use my phone number on my iPhone 14, Apple and my carrier did some magic behind the scenes and my number was transferred to my new iPhone within 2 minutes. It was a really easy experience.

Also: Click here for iPhone 14 eSIM handling by major carriers

described in detail the creation of Click here to switch from SIM card to eSIMwhen you get your iPhone 14, you should be ready to go.

iPhone 14 stands on edge, showing no SIM card slot

The side of the iPhone no longer has a SIM card slot.

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performance and battery life

if you visit Apple comparison toolpitting iPhone 13 against iPhone 14, you’ll notice it uses the same A15 Bionic processor. It’s the first time Apple has used the previous-generation processor in a new iPhone model, and iPhone makers are relying on the already solid performance that the A15 Bionic brought to the iPhone 13.

Just to clarify, the A15 Bionic used in the iPhone 14 has a slight difference. It features a 5-core GPU as opposed to the 4-core iPhone 13 version. According to Apple, the extra cores will increase the iPhone 14’s GPU performance by about 18%.

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Other internal differences between the two generations include an increase in memory from 4GB on the iPhone 13 to 6GB on the iPhone 14. The added memory helps keep apps and tabs open in memory longer and improves overall multitasking.


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The first two days with your new iPhone are usually filled with waiting for all your personal data to sync to the phone. That’s exactly what my experience with the iPhone 14 has been so far, so I’m not going to judge. Not yet about performance. That said, I haven’t noticed any areas or instances where the iPhone 14 feels slower than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The iPhone 14 has an extra hour of video playback, so battery life should be slightly better. My his iPhone 14 review unit is in sync and in some form or another almost constant use, but never needed a battery charge before the end of the day. Again, it’s too early to make a final judgment, but it looks promising!

I usually Largest iPhone model This year, it will extend battery life, which will be an option for those who don’t want the Pro model. 6.7 inch iPhone 14 Plus exists.

Also: iPhone 13 vs iPhone 14: Should You Upgrade?

A camera is shown on the back of the iPhone 14

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camera upgrade

All of the biggest changes Apple made to the iPhone 14 have to do with the camera. Apple calls the iPhone 14’s camera system an “advanced dual camera system.” iOS camera software features What’s new this year.

There’s a new 12-megapixel main camera with a larger sensor that takes advantage of Apple’s new Photonic Engine for better performance. Apple promises improved low-light performance from the engine and the addition of new action modes for capturing video.

Also: iPhone 14 Pro: Huge new camera sensor, equally slow Lightning transfer

Enabling Action Mode stabilizes the recorded video in a manner similar to GoPro cameras. We recommend using the new mode outdoors, or at least in well-lit areas. I tried randomly jogging around my house and backyard and I can confirm. In action mode, iPhone videos are smooth and stable.

I can’t wait to play around with this feature some more and see where it really excels and where it falls short.

As for the main camera, I took a few shots and it seems to take slightly sharper photos than the iPhone 13. Last night, a quick introduction to dog portrait photography. New camera test.

A bulldog on a blanket with a detailed squishy face

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Zooming in on that photo reveals detail in almost every area. For your information, his name is his Emoji.


You can expect even more features to be enabled on the iPhone 14. Emergency SOS via satellite For example, the feature is not yet available. This he will be published in November and will be free for the next two years. Price after that is unknown. Garmin offers a similar service A standalone device with pricing plans starting at $15/month, I think Apple will come up with a way to bundle it. apple one schedule.

We’ll probably do a full review of the iPhone 14 next week, but in the meantime, if you have an iPhone that’s a few years (or older) and the iPhone 14 meets your size and budget criteria, ,surely big upgrade For you.

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