Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 14 line on September 7, according to people familiar with the matter. This will kick off a busy fall product cycle for the company, which also plans to roll out multiple new Macs, low-end and high-end iPads, and three Apple Watch models.
The new phone packs an impressive camera system, with the main camera receiving a major upgrade that’s rated to let in 2x more light and deliver up to 4x better low-light performance. It also has a new computational photography feature called Photonic Engine, which preserves color and texture data for lifelike images.
The iPhone 14 is the cheapest and lightest model in the new iPhone lineup, replacing the older and heavier iPhone 13 as the entry-level device. The phone is also the most affordable in Apple’s current generation, starting at $599, but it lacks some of the more advanced screen technology and other upgrades found on iPhone Pro models.
The standard iPhone 14 has a 6.1-inch display with an LCD panel and a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 pixels. The display isn’t quite as good as some Android phones with 120Hz refresh rates, but it still works well and looks crisp.
Another upgrade is Emergency SOS via satellite, which uses new antennas to connect your phone to a satellite when you’re stuck without cellular or Wi-Fi coverage and get emergency help to your location. During a demo, the system locked onto a satellite quickly and asked a series of questions to get to know you and your location.
Apple’s upcoming fall launch event will likely take place on September 7 according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, and it might be followed by a new iPhone release date as early as Friday, September 16. That would put the device on sale about a week before last year’s schedule.
This model is practically identical to its predecessor when it comes to the exterior, although it does come in some new colors including Blue, Purple, Midnight (black/navy), and Starlight (silver). The notch remains, but there’s an improved A15 Bionic processor.
Its camera system is also better, with the Photonic Engine applying Deep Fusion processing earlier in the image processing chain. That’s good news for photos, as it improves color handling and sharpness.
This is also the first iPhone to feature Car Crash Detection, which can automatically call emergency services and notify your designated contacts if the phone detects that you’ve been in an accident. It’s a useful feature that’s unlikely to be used a lot, but it’s still nice to know you’re prepared for an emergency.
If you’re interested in a new iPhone, you can pre-order the device starting Friday, September 9. But those first orders won’t start arriving to consumers until October 7; this means that Apple will be selling the device in stores on October 7.
The new iPhone 14 offers some significant improvements over last year’s model. It’s got a better processor, improved battery life, better video recording, and a redesigned front camera system.
The main camera gets a larger sensor, which should result in 49 percent better low-light performance. It also adds a Photonic Engine that will improve stabilization when shooting video and a 4K Cinematic Mode. The selfie camera is also enhanced with an f/1.9 aperture and an Action Mode. Other upgrades include Crash Detection, Emergency SOS via satellite, and Bluetooth 5.3, among others.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new iPhone launch in October. However, it looks like we might be in for a change as supply chain whizz Ming-Chi Kuo has spotted a new device with a radically improved selfie camera.
According to the tipster, this will come with a 6P lens instead of a 5P one, giving the front snapper a huge upgrade. The new phone could also enjoy a brighter f/1.9 aperture as well.
In addition to the selfie cam upgrade, Apple’s next-generation smartphone will also feature Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite, which will be available for free for two years.
The device will come in a variety of colors including midnight, blue, starlight, purple, and (PRODUCT)RED, as well as storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It will also feature the same A15 Bionic chip as last year’s model and be powered by iOS 16.