Bad Apple! Big Setback for iPhone 14 buyers, they won't get the BEST feature

Is Apple shortchanging buyers with the iPhone 14? Apple has not put the best part in it.

| Updated on: Sep 09 2022, 18:56 IST
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1/7 Apple has launched four models in the iPhone 14 series – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max have the same form factor as their counterparts from last year, the iPhone 14 Plus has been launched as a replacement for last year’s iPhone 13 Mini. (Apple)
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2/7 The iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max have been launched with an all-new notch design with what Apple calls “Dynamic Island”. It is a pill-shaped notch instead of the traditional notch. Apple has changed the UI in iOS 16 to take advantage of this new notch. (Apple)
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3/7 Apple has launched an all-new satellite messaging service for the iPhone 14 series. It will allow users to send messages via satellite even when there is no cell reception in remote areas. Apple calls it “emergency SOS via satellite feature”. (Apple)
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4/7 The pricing for the iPhone 14 has been kept the same as last year. The iPhone 14 is priced at $799 while the iPhone 14 Plus is priced at $899. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have been priced at $999 and $1,099 respectively. Apple will start the pre-orders for the iPhone 14 starting September 9. It will be available in stores starting September 16. (Apple)
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5/7 Apple has also launched an ultra-Apple Watch for adventure enthusiasts who love the outdoors. The Apple Watch Ultra has a built-in compass in its dial and a dedicated Oceanic app for scuba diving enthusiasts. Apple claims nearly 60 hours of battery life in the Apple Watch Ultra. It is priced at a hefty $799. (Apple)
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6/7 Apple has also launched the Apple Watch Series 8 which further improves on last year’s Series 7. Apple claims the watch is swim proof, dust proof and crack resistant. The Series 8 watch also has a crash detection feature to alert emergency services in case of an accident via G-force tracking. It has been priced at $399. Apple has also launched its trimmed down version, the Apple Watch SE priced at $249. All watches will be available starting September 16. (Apple)
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7/7 The tech giant has also launched the second iteration of its Airpods Pro, the Airpods Pro 2 offering personalized spatial audio and a new H2 chip and offering nearly double the amount of Active Noise Cancellation compared to the first gen Airpods Pro. Airpods Pro 2 have been priced at $249 with pre-orders beginning September 9 and store availability from September 23. (Apple)
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Apple fans were left disappointed after the iPhone 14 launch turned out to be underwhelming. It missed out on some of the best upgrades. (Apple)

On Wednesday, September 7, Apple held its big Far Out event from the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. During the event, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple stated that the new iPhone 14 lineup is moving in the direction to make the smartphones more essential to the buyers. However, once the dust was cleared, the iPhone 14 non-Pro models surprisingly lacked the kind of upgrade that many fans wanted. The general feeling among the fans was that the iPhone 14 missed out on some big and ‘essential' parts and features.

The iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max were the stars of the show. Both the devices received the latest A16 Bionic chipset, a 48MP primary rear camera, a redesigned pill shaped notch which doubles as a ‘Dynamic Island' and shows animated notification alert as well as always-on display. All of these upgrades were pretty major and have given these devices a substantial edge over its predecessor. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

iPhone 14 misses out on the best features

The iPhone 14 on the other hand, got the previous year's A15 Bionic chipset, albeit with some minor upgrades, the details of which are not known yet. The camera on the device is also the same as the iPhone 13, although Apple promises better processed images with its Photonic Engine. The front camera did receive autofocus feature, but that can barely be called a major upgrade.

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There is no notch replacement on the non-Pro models and as a result these devices also miss out on the cool functionalities of the Dynamic Island. And in the same vein, no always-on display for these devices either.

It's not as if Apple just refurbished the iPhone 13. The phone has been promised a better performing battery, faster performance and better image quality. And some niche features like satellite connectivity which is not likely to be released in India anytime soon. Crash detection has also come to the iPhone 14 but unless you get in a crash, this feature is going to sit quietly in the background.

On a whole, it does feel that the iPhone 14 has gotten the shorter stick and missed out on some much needed features that could have helped differentiate it from its predecessor. But as things stand, apart from new colorways, there is not really much that can convince the buyers to take a stab at the iPhone 14.

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First Published Date: 09 Sep, 18:54 IST
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