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iPhone 14 features: What’s really new in Apple’s latest iPhone?

Updated Sep 28, 2023 - The highly anticipated wait for the launch of the iPhone 14 is finally over. Leaks about satellite emergency services, more splash, water, and dust resistance, and major camera improvements had Apple fans excited for the new iPhone 14. We’re breaking down all the features of the new iPhone 14 in this review, to give you a complete overview of what’s really new and what’s just hype.

When was the iPhone 14 released?

Apple released the iPhone 14 on September 7, 2022 during their Keynote event in Cupertino, CA. There are four models in the iPhone 14 series:

  • iPhone 14: the base model that replaces iPhone 13

  • iPhone 14 Plus: a larger version that’s quite a pivot from last year’s iPhone 13 Mini

  • iPhone 14 Pro: an upgraded version of the iPhone 14

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max: a larger version of the Pro

Now that we’ve laid out the iPhone 14 models, let’s get into the details and see how much has really changed from previous iPhones.

How much storage does the iPhone 14 have?

The storage options for the iPhone 14 series are the same as iPhone 13: 128, 256, and 512GB for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, while the Pro and Pro Max are also available in 1TB capacities.

Here are the different storage capacities for each iPhone 14 model: 

iPhone 14

128GB

256GB

512GB

iPhone 14 Plus

128GB

256GB

512GB

iPhone 14 Pro

128GB

256GB

512GB

1TB

iPhone 14 Pro Max

128GB

256GB

512GB

1TB

Does the iPhone 14 have expandable storage?

Like previous Apple devices, there’s no option for expandable storage on the iPhone 14. One reason that iPhones don’t have external storage is that it tends to be slower than the internal storage on iPhones. Adding an SD card slot on the iPhone might compromise the speed and quality that they’re known for.

Price may be another factor in Apple’s decision to eschew external storage. By offering the iPhone 14 with varying built-in storage capacities, Apple can structure the price of each device to increase along with how much memory it has.

iPhone 14 price

iPhones are high-end phones, and they come with a high-end price tag (especially if you buy them new). The iPhone 14 price structure is no exception to the general rule that more storage, a bigger screen, and upgraded features will cost you more money. Since there is no Mini iPhone in the latest lineup, prices for the iPhone 14 may seem higher but they’re actually pretty consistent with what we saw in the iPhone 13 release.

If you have the patience to wait a few months for a refurbished iPhone 14, you can certainly save some money and still get your hands on the latest iPhone. Can’t wait? Here are the iPhone 14 prices if you buy new: 

iPhone 14 Model

Price*

iPhone 14 128 GB

$699

iPhone 14 256 GB

$799

iPhone 14 512 GB

$999

iPhone 14 Plus 128 GB

$799

iPhone 14 Plus 256 GB

$899

iPhone 14 Plus 512 GB

$1,099

iPhone 14 Pro 128 GB

$899

iPhone 14 Pro 256 GB

$999

iPhone 14 Pro 512 GB

$1,199

iPhone 14 Pro 1 TB

$1,399

iPhone 14 Pro Max 128 GB

$999

iPhone 14 Pro Max 256 GB

$1,099

iPhone 14 Pro Max 512 GB

$1,299

iPhone 14 Pro Max 1 TB

$1,499

*Prices on Apple.com as of Sept 2023 - subject to change (Apple is no longer selling the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max for new on their site)

Apple promises customers the “most advanced smartphone ever” year after year, which helps make the newest iPhone sound enticing enough to justify dropping all that cash. But once you’ve compared the iPhone 14 to previous models, you might find that you can get all the features you want with an earlier model. In that case, consider yourself lucky: you’ll be able to find great deals on comparable models like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.

iPhone 14 size

There are two choices for the iPhone 14 screen size: 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch. The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro have the popular 6.1-inch display size, while the iPhone 14 Plus and 14 Pro Max have the larger 6.7-inch display for those who prefer a big screen. While the Mini will be missed, it’s nice to have the option for a bigger screen without needing to upgrade to the Pro Max model.

Here are the exact dimensions for each iPhone 14 model: 

Model

Height

Width

Depth

Weight

iPhone 14

5.78 inches

(146.7 mm)

2.82 inches

(72 mm)

0.31 inches

(7.80 mm)

6.07 ounces

(172 grams)

iPhone 14 Plus

6.33 inches

(160.8 mm)

3.07 inches

(78.1 mm)

0.31 inches

(7.80 mm)

7.16 ounces

(203 grams)

iPhone 14 Pro

5.81 inches

(147.5 mm)

2.81 inches

(71.5 mm)

0.31 inches

(7.85 mm)

7.27 ounces

(206 grams)

iPhone 14 Pro Max

6.33 inches

(160.7 mm)

3.05 inches

(77.6 mm)

0.31 inches

(7.85 mm)

8.47 ounces

(240 grams)

iPhone 14 processing chips

Many anticipated that the iPhone 14 would get a brand new chip. However, Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip is only available in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

This is quite a pivot from previous iPhone releases. In the past, Apple has included a new chip in every model of the lineup (though the Pro versions have included an upgraded chip). For example, every iPhone 13 model has the A15 chip, but the 13 Pro and Pro Max have a slightly different A15 chip with an extra core.

👯 Twin alert: The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus actually have the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.

This A15 chip has a 6-core CPU: 2 for higher performance and 4 cores for efficiency. That's not all; it also boasts a 5-core GPU and 16-core Neutral Engine for a lag-free experience while gaming and performing other tasks. The A15 chip is plenty advanced and it’s included in many of the most popular iPhone 13 features.

The new Apple A16 Bionic chip is in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max only. At a glance, the specs look familiar: 

  • 6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores

  • 5-core GPU

  • 16-core Neural Engine

While Apple hasn’t released any details about exactly how different the A16 chip is from its predecessor, they claim it’s the highest-performing smartphone processor yet. While most users probably won’t notice much difference in everyday performance, the chip in your phone can enable advanced camera functions and better power efficiency.

iPhone 14 battery life

The iPhone 14’s “all day” battery life is one of Apple’s biggest selling points for this device. Like earlier iPhones, it has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery and MagSafe for wireless charging. It’s also fast-charge capable so if you’re short on time, you can get up to a 50% charge in 30 minutes (you’ll need to purchase a 20W or higher charger separately for that, though).

The iPhone 14 models have larger batteries that last about an hour longer than their iPhone 13 counterparts, at least when it comes to watching videos. The iPhone 14 lasts up to 20 hours of video playback, 16 hours of video streaming, and 80 hours of audio