” Push the limits. » This was the watchword repeated by Apple, during its back-to-school conference at its headquarters in Cupertino (California), where the brand presented its new iPhone 14 models. On site, “the Obs” was able to take control of the different versions of the smartphone for a first feeling.
The iPhone 14 Pro will appeal above all… to the pros
When we catch the different versions of the iPhone 14, at first sight there are not many evolutions compared to the previous generation. The design is all in all quite similar, the colors close, the essence similar. In use, we quickly understand that the innovations have been concentrated on the “Pro” and “Pro Max” versions, the most upscale.
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This is where we find the new bar where the applications are displayed in the background. For example, if a music is launched, one accesses a key to the volume controls, to the previous or next song. Same thing when the timer is launched to access it instantly. Simple to use, practical, but far from revolutionary. Especially since we detect a small defect: by systematically touching the screen, as soon as we take a selfie, fingerprints can degrade its quality.
Another novelty: improved cameras, which guarantee shots of impressive quality. The rear camera allows you to take a photo with a quality of 48 megapixels. That’s fine, at least in theory. Because it should be noted that in this case, each shot weighs nearly 80 MB. And that this quality is only available for shots in the professional Raw format, which then requires photo editing. For ordinary mortals who stay in classic mode and capture automatically, the quality is reduced to 12 megapixels. We bet that the new optics allows you to take advantage of an additional level of zoom (x2).
No real difference with the iPhone 13
Not all of these new features are introduced in the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, however. These two have to make do with 12 megapixel cameras, certainly powerful, but a notch significantly below the big brothers “Pro” and “Pro Max”. The same goes for video: all iPhone 14s benefit from the new image stabilizer, which handles moving sports sequences particularly well. But professionals will prefer the optimum, with the ProRes function (for a video of a few tens of seconds, you need almost 6 GB of memory).
Another novelty: the alert in the event of an accident. Impossible to test it concretely, but Apple promises that the iPhone can detect a “serious accident” by car, that is to say causing significant injuries (in short, not a collision in a parking lot). In this case, the smartphone automatically contacts the emergency services, shares the location, and can also contact people indicated as emergency contact.
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Finally, there are the capacities. And, again, the “Pro” and “Pro Max” models are clearly above, with their brand new chip. The iPhone 14 retain the chip from their predecessor. And, if Apple assures that the performances are nevertheless improved, it is not easy to really see the difference with the already powerful iPhone 13.
Should you crack?
Finally, at the end of this grip, the iPhone 14 leave a mixed impression. Admittedly, these are powerful phones, at the forefront of technologies offered by Apple. But the real innovations turn out to be very meager. Not to mention that the apple brand explodes prices, especially in France, offering no model below the symbolic bar of 1,000 euros. Prosaically, should we crack? It all depends on his situation.
- If you really need a new iPhone, then the iPhone 13 seems like a good opportunity, for similar features at a lower entry price (809 euros).
- If you already have an iPhone 13, then just take advantage of the upcoming iOS 16 system update to renew interest in the device, and at least wait until the next iteration.
- If you are a professional and/or have no budget problem, then why not be tempted by the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, which perfectly meets all expectations for a high-end smartphone. We will only insist on the need to then give to recycle any old model, or to resell it.
Why Apple will increase the price of its iPhone 14
iPhone 14 : 6.1 inch screen, rear camera up to 12 megapixels, front camera 12 megapixels, 4K video, 5G compatible. From 1,019 euros. Available September 16.
iPhone 14 Plus : 6.7 inch screen, rear camera up to 12 megapixels, front camera 12 megapixels, 4K video, 5G compatible. From 1,169 euros. Available September 16.
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iPhone 14 Pro : 6.1 inch screen, rear camera up to 48 megapixels, front camera 12 megapixels, 4K video, 5G compatible. From 1,329 euros. Available September 16.
iPhone 14 Pro Max : 6.7 inch screen, rear camera up to 48 megapixels, front camera 12 megapixels, 4K video, 5G compatible. From 1,479 euros. Available September 23.
iPhone 13 : 6.1 inch screen, rear camera up to 12 megapixels, front camera 12 megapixels, 4K video, 5G compatible. From 809 euros. Already available.