New sensors for car accident detection and camera improvements are some of the novelties of the iPhone 14 line.
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O iPhone 14 was released in September of this year, together with the extended family of Apple’s latest model update: the iPhone 14 Plus and the Pro range with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In this launch, the novelty was that the American company abandoned the mini version as part of the new iPhone 14 line and gave greater prominence to the Plus model, which offers a 6.7-inch screen.
In terms of design, the changes compared to the iPhone 13 predecessor are minimal. Users will hardly notice the difference in the increase in thickness by 0.1 mm and by two grams in the weight of the new iPhone 14.
It is in the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max versions that the biggest aesthetic differences are noticed where the notch, the notch so criticized by many, gives way to the so-called dynamic island, an interactive space in the form of a tablet at the top of the screen.
It is in this new “dynamic island” that several features are housed, such as the front camera and facial identification sensors, a place that also connects to various features, such as music playback controls, notifications or AirPods battery levels. . This change does not happen in the 14 and 14 Plus models that keep the traditional notch on their screens.
iPhone 14: car accident detection
One of the new features introduced by Apple is Accident Detection that allows the iPhone 14 to identify if the user has had a car accident and notify local emergency services.
The system is designed to detect serious car accidents, such as frontal or side impact, rear-end collisions and rollovers, and can work via satellite connection in the event of network or Wi-Fi coverage failure. Appears on all new iPhone 14 models where iOS will help send short messages with distress calls and correctly direct the smartphone to a satellite.
As far as features are concerned, the iPhone 14 does not represent a major evolution over the iPhone 13, which Apple will continue to sell. Both work with the same Super Retina XDR OLED technology, with a Full HD+ resolution (1170 x 2532 pixels) and allow connection to the 5G network and wireless charging.
The iPhone camera features the same resolution as the predecessor model, albeit with a slight improvement in performance in the dark due to a larger lens aperture, and it offers a new autofocus function in the selfie camera and a new action mode to achieve record more “stable” videos.
Regarding the processor, the iPhone 14 maintains the A15 Bionic of the iPhone 13, with only a slight change in the GPU, which gained an extra core in the new generation.
The new A16 Bionic chip was reserved for the Pro and Pro Max models only. Although Apple does not disclose the amount of RAM in its smartphones, benchmark tests reveal that the iPhone 13 is equipped with 4GB and the new iPhone 14 model has increased to 6GB of RAM.
iPhone 14: Longer battery life
Regarding the battery, Apple promises 20 hours of video playback on the iPhone 14, 16 hours of streaming video and 80 hours of audio, while for the iPhone 13 the figures are 19 hours, 15 hours and 75 hours respectively. These values are surpassed by the iPhone 14 Plus with 26 hours, 20 hours and 100 hours in the same parameter comparison.
In terms of charging, these two models are compatible with 20 W fast charging. With this, it is possible to take the battery from zero to 50% in 30 minutes. The iPhone 14 also comes with Bluetooth 5.3, a little faster than the iPhone 13’s Bluetooth 5.0.
The new iPhone 14 model is sold in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions at prices of €1039, €1169 and €1429 and with a choice of 5 colors blue, purple, midnight, starlight and red. But is it really worth switching to the new model?
Smaller digital footprint but worse than keeping iPhone 13
The new model includes a slightly smaller carbon footprint than the previous model. The iPhone 14 represents 61 kg of CO2e in greenhouse gases, compared to 64 kg of CO2e for an equivalent iPhone 13. Despite this improvement, swapping your old iPhone for the newest model is the worst option you can make for the sustainability of our planet if your iPhone is still in good working order.
According to Apple’s own figures, 79% of a cell phone’s life cycle carbon emissions are released during its production. Resisting the switch to the new model will no longer prevent emissions from products that have just been launched, but it can help limit those that will be produced in the future, countering the tendency of these companies to constantly launch new models with minimal updates. .
Not buying sends the right message to the manufacturer: produce less if not to introduce relevant changes and maintain support and updates for existing models longer.