The more things change, the more they tend to stay the same. Remember, a few years ago, when the collective wisdom of social media voices consigned the iPhone XR to the bin of irrelevance. Among the many reasons mentioned, a single camera for photography. It turns out that the iPhone XR itself ended 2019 as the world’s best-selling smartphone and continued that momentum into the first half of 2020. Strong verdicts, often delivered in a hurry, tend to be erroneously based on a reading of the spec sheet.
Shades of the same are repeated with the new Apple iPhone 14 Plus. Nothing to suggest that it will, in fact, be a hit anywhere near the iPhone XR. The opposite also is true. Launched alongside the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, it’s being criticized (again, voices on social media) for running a processor that’s an older generation. Really matters? shouldn’t Admittedly, it’s not that simple when price tags are mixed into the buying decision equation.
No story load, but does it mean a new direction?
The iPhone 14 Plus has no ancestry to lean on. It’s, simply put, a different approach from Apple to the latest lineup of iPhones outside of the “Pro” family. First of all, the screen size (it’s 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR) is as big as the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The latter is no longer unique.
The screen is the big draw for anyone counting the money for a new iphone. For a significantly lower outlay ( $89,900 and up compared to $1,39,900 and up), the iPhone 14 Plus is a check mark for the need for a big-screen phone.
The last two years, there was the iPhone Mini, specifically the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini, which were the most prominent. A comparatively much more compact phone, and also rare in the modern world of smartphones. This time around, Apple is tackling the other side of the demand: big-screen phones, at more than one price point.
you will be spending $89,900 and up for a new iPhone 14 Plus: This is still a lot of money, but there’s no predecessor to compare this to (and compare a steal offer, if there was one). The only comparison comes to the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro Max, and indeed last year’s iPhone 13 Pro Max (if you can find a good deal and the always-on display isn’t calling you).
Just a big screen, or is there more?
The iPhone 14, with its 6.1-inch display, wouldn’t be able to cut it on its own when consumer preferences (often driven by a lack of any other options) often yearn for 6.5-inch and larger screens. . That certainly limited your options, with the Pro Max phones being your only option. Often, they would be well beyond the budget for a new phone.
iPhone 14, and indeed the iPhone 13 before it, couldn’t deliver the same big-screen immersive experiences we demand now. Bigger is better with real estate, for gaming, scrolling Instagram, browsing websites, and quickly working on a document too (try doing this on a smaller screen and you’ll be in for real frustration). After really compact phones, a suitably big phone.
Apple hasn’t tested too many things. This display hasn’t gotten the 120Hz refresh rate (also called ProMotion), but everything else (brightness, color accuracy, and balance) is what you’d expect from an iPhone. In fact, the lack of a refresh rate above 60Hz is good news for battery life.
Old is gold, but what happens when it’s not exactly old?
The elephant in the room needs to be tackled. The processor, the beating heart, is at the core of Apple’s attempts to more clearly differentiate non-Pro phones like the iPhone 14 Plus from Pro phones (like the iPhone 14 Pro Max). The iPhone 14 Plus is powered by an A15 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 14 Pro series runs the new A16 Bionic chip.
However, without going too much into complicated technicalities, we will cover the smaller differences. The A15 Bionic that is doing the functions in the iPhone 14 Plus has an upgraded 6-core CPU and a 5-core GPU or graphics processing unit. The latter has an additional core this time around, while updates to larger core configurations focus on improving battery life.
“Our longest battery life ever” is not hyperbole
Battery life has received a significant boost, while performance was and still isn’t a concern for any iPhone running the previous iteration of the A15 Bionic. There are two and a half ingredients why the iPhone 14 Plus has a battery life that will last days in the real world, and not a day or a few hours.
First, there is the physical capacity of the battery, which is as much as the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Paired with chip level buffs for frugality, that’s a pretty potent combination to build on. Finally, unlike the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Plus doesn’t have a display that consumes as much power.
To give you a fair idea of where we came from, let us illustrate a real-world scenario, as it played out. iPhone 14 Plus with about 4 hours of screen time on (brightness set to auto; dark mode on) with only 25 percent of the day spent on 4G networks (resting on stable Wi-Fi and sadly not 5G yet ), the battery drain was between 30 and 35 percent for an entire day, including standby on the bedside table at night (we did notice some quirks with the Find My app active late at night). night, when it was inactive).
These observations indicate that you can go three full days, and not just hours of work, before having to go back for the charger. Admittedly, play games or use the camera more, and estimates will vary, but the underlying improvements are a solid foundation to work from. This kind of resistance is incredibly rare for an iPhone, although the Pro Max phones come close.
But it’s the extreme comfort and complete lack of battery anxiety that add more value to this iPhone experience.
Is this a brand new phone or a new family phone?
Unlike the iPhone 14 which was more similar to the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 Plus doesn’t have that problem. Performance is fast even when you are not careful about the applications running at the same time. It may be a one-decimal-point evolution of last year’s chip, but it certainly has more than enough power to put many Android phones in the shade.
Apple, and this is very clear, has taken conservative measures with the iPhone 14 Plus. The cameras, for example, are the same as the iPhone 14, meaning there’s no new 48-megapixel sensor, but a very capable 12-megapixel dual-camera combo for photography and video. The new Photonic Engine image processing showed us the benefits in the iPhone 14, and those will be on view here too.
With the iPhone 14, the upgrade guide was not that clear. Perhaps it made sense to many to opt for the very similar iPhone 13 and save a bit of money in the process (deals on the iPhone 13 really drive the price down). But it’s different with the iPhone 14 Plus, because the size of the screen makes it all worth it: you see more than once, you scroll less over time, and it’s still very affordable.
Despite last year’s specs for the most part, the Apple iPhone 14 Plus, for all it has, is more than enough of a smartphone for most iPhone users.