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The iPhone 14 is official: release date, price, specs and features

iPhone 14 and 14 Plus in new blue colour
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The iPhone 14 is on sale now. Two standard models are brand new: a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, and brand new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus model.

Upgrades to the new 14 line come in the form of major camera enhancements for low light photography, a faster GPU, satellite calling connectivity, crash detection and what Apple is claiming to be the 'best iPhone battery life ever'.

The Plus signifies the end of the Mini line of iPhones, which only lasted for two generations. However, this does hark back to the iPhone 6, which was the first to feature a standard and 'Plus' size option. A more accessible 6.7-inch OLED equipped iPhone could excite many, especially those looking for a portable movie and TV device that runs iOS.

The iPhone 14 range also boasts two 'Pro' models – the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max flagship devices – but we'll concentrate on the two standard models here. 

Thinking of upgrading? Here's a closer look at the iPhone 14's price, features, design and technology...

iPhone 14 at a glance

  • Two iPhone 14 models and two 14 Pro models
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus
  • Pro models to have 'notch-less' design
  • Starting price: £779 / $799 / AU$1349

iPhone 14 release date 

Apple

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The standard 6.1-inch iPhone 14 went on sale on 16th September. Pre-orders opened on 9th September.

The iPhone 14 Plus is launching slightly later, on 7th October. Pre-orders also opened on 9th September.

This isn't the first time that the iPhone has seen a staggered launch for differing size models, with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro launching before the 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max back in 2020.

iPhone 14 price

Pricing for the iPhone 14 varies across regions, and it's not good news for UK and Australian customers. The standard iPhone 14  costs around £150 / AU$200 more than the standard iPhone 13, which started at at £849 / $799 / AU$1399. That pattern is repeated across the board, with the 14 Plus retailing for what the 13 Pro used to retail at (£949 / $899 / AU$1579). 

The price jumps don't affect the US, though – iPhone 14 prices in the States are consistent with last years' models. 

iPhone 14 prices
UKUSAustralia
iPhone 14 128GB£849$799AU$1399
iPhone 14 Plus 128GB£949$899AU$1579
iPhone 14 Pro 128GB£1099$999AU$1749
iPhone 14 Pro Max 128GB£1199$1099AU$1899

iPhone 14: design

iPhone 14 in all new available colours

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While the 14 Pro line enjoys a brand new design with pill-shaped Dynamic Island notch, the iPhone 14 sticks to the design language of its predecessor.

iPhone 14 series line-up:

iPhone 14 – 6.1-inch display

iPhone 14 Max / Plus – 6.7-inch display

iPhone 14 Pro – 6.1-inch 120Hz display

iPhone 14 Pro Max – 6.7-inch 120Hz display

The flat metal rails, dual camera bump and slightly smaller Face ID equipped notch of the iPhone 13 all make a return, with five shades to pick from: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple and Product Red. The major change within the standard iPhone 14 lineup is the inclusion of the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus model, replacing (and totally opposing) the compact iPhone 13 Mini.

But while the iPhone 14 might look almost identical on the outside, its internals have undergone a complete redesign. According to a teardown, the iPhone 14 now opens from the front and the back, with the same two screws giving you access to the rear of the phone and to the screen. Which makes it much easier to repair yourself. The Pro models stick to the same internals as the iPhone 13 Pro, however, making them just as fiendishly difficult to fix yourself.

iPhone 14: screen

iPhone 14 display

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The iPhone 14 features the same OLED Super Retina XDR display as its predecessor; equipped with Dolby Vision and unfortunately retaining the 60Hz refresh rate. ProMotion remains a Pro model exclusive once again, although the iPhone 13 was an admirable performer in the screen department so this isn't necessarily a drawback on the iPhone 14.

Apple says that the iPhone 14 will reach 1200 nits peak brightness and feature a claimed contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. It's covered with the ceramic shield layer for enhanced protection against drops and scratches. 

iPhone 14: features

iPhone 14 in all new colours

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The iPhone 14 breaks a cycle for Apple, reusing last year's A15 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 3rd Generation. This still remains a powerhouse device, with Apple managing to squeeze 15 percent more GPU performance out of the A15. 

Battery sees a boost on the iPhone 14, especially on the larger Plus model as larger chassis equals larger battery. Apple is calling this the best battery life on an iPhone, as the larger battery was once reserved for the Pro Max model – now it can be paired with the less demanding screen and specs of a standard iPhone model which results in a much more power efficient phone. It manages 26 hours of video playback, while the standard iPhone 14 is good for 20 hours.

Unfortunately the Lightning charging port that had been rumoured to finally give way to USB-C this year still lingers, although Magsafe and Qi wireless charging remain as alternatives. However, after the European Union's ruling of universal charging standards, the iPhone 15 is set to jettison the Lightning port in favour of USB-C, though only in Europe, not the UK.

Storage options on the iPhone 14 remain the same as last year too. Starting at 128GB, the iPhone can be configured with up to 512GB of internal storage with no option for SD card expansion down the road. The iPhone 14 also features a major upgrade in connectivity, with satellite connectivity for SOS calls in remote environments. 

Running the show is Apple's new iOS 16 operating system which it debuted earlier this year, including an overhauled lock screen and shared cloud based photo library.

iPhone 14: camera 

Rear camera iPhone 14

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Camera performance is where the iPhone 14 sees a significant upgrade too – with a 12MP main camera that features a larger and faster aperture. Apple claims that this will improve low light performance a whopping 49 per cent, and cut the exposure time in Night Mode down by half. The ultra-wide camera also makes its return, alongside the TrueDepth front camera which is now 38 per cent better in low light situations and feature auto focus. 

Video capabilities on the 14 are also looking to be as cinematic as ever, with a new "Action Mode" featuring improved stabilisation which Apple claims will enable smoother video. As well as this, you'll be able to shoot in Dolby Vision and HDR on the iPhone 14, making it a tempting offer for budding videographers and directors who want a portable movie making machine.

These cameras are arranged in the same orientation as found on the iPhone 13, in a diagonal stack on the rear and notch cutout on the front.

What's under the hood is where the iPhone 14 sees massive photo gains, with the new Photonic Engine improving low light image processing on all cameras. This image pipeline processing should deliver "extraordinary detail, and preserve subtle textures, provide better color, and maintain more information in a photo" according to Apple.

iPhone 14: name

iPhone 14 in purple

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Apple introduces new iPhone monikers – X, XS, Xr, Pro, Pro Max, etc – as and when the technology demands it. Apple's newest iPhone sticks with its familiar naming standards. Here's the story so far...

2007 - iPhone
2008 - iPhone 3G
2009 - iPhone 3GS
2010 - iPhone 4
2011 - iPhone 4s
2012 - iPhone 5
2013 - iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c
2014 - iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
2015 - iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
2016 - iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
2017 - iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
2018 - iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
2019 - iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
2020 - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max
2021 - iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max
2022 - iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max
2023 -
iPhone 15 (TBC)

iPhone 14: initial verdict

The iPhone 14 is the anticipated upgrade that looks to be doing everything as expected; better cameras, new size option and fresh new colours. It may not be Apple's latest and greatest, with the 14 Pro series immediately taking the spotlight, but these iPhones are still the dependable devices we've come to expect from Apple's non-Pro range. 

With a display that looks to be lifted from the 13, and no word on upgraded speakers, we expect the 14 to be a relatively similar experience to the 13 overall – it's the 14 Plus that's really caught our attention and looks to be the most exciting out of the two devices. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a fully featured review coming soon where we can put the iPhone 14 through its paces using our thorough testing methods to see if this iPhone is worth the hype – and the inflated price tag.

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Tom is a journalist, copywriter and content designer based in the UK. He has written articles for T3, ShortList, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Elle Deco, The Sunday Times, Men's Health, Mr Porter, Oracle and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include mobile technology, electric vehicles and video streaming.

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  • Navanski
    Am I missing something? The name of this website/online publication is 'What Hi-Fi' isn't it? If that's still the case then why am I invited to examine a new iPhone?
    In case anyone is not aware, the iPhone hasn't had a headphone socket for years. Nor has it had a even a headphone DAC.
    Why not rename this site as 'What bit of random tech'?
    Reply