Apple has recently announced the iPhone 14, as well as the more capable Plus, Pro, and Pro Max versions. Because the iPhone 14 is a brand-new generation, you should expect to encounter more than a few changes and improvements.
A shift to eSIM (for the US market)
Apple made headlines when it decided to remove USB-A ports, headphone jacks, and optical drives from its devices. Now, the company has replaced the regular SIM slots with an embedded SIM or eSIM. So, when you pick an iPhone from a specific carrier, it already has an embedded and unremovable SIM card. It’s not a new thing and Apple has introduced it with some iPhone XS units, but it’s now a requirement for US consumers.
iPhone 14 supports Emergency SOS via Satellite and it’s helpful if you want to contact the emergency service in areas without cellular coverage. This service is initially available in Canada and the United States. It sends text messages to SOS service through relay centers to pass along your emergency messages. This service can be potentially used for non-emergency uses, such as letting people know what’s your current situation, which can help to prevent potential emergencies.
No iPhone mini
The regular iPhone 14 now has a 6.1-inch display, which is quite compact for today’s standards. Unfortunately, if you want something more compact, but still functional, there’s no mini version of the iPhone 14. The iPhone 13 mini has a 5.4-inch display, which appeals to users who don’t use their iPhone too often. If you are still using an older mini iPhone, you can still buy an iPhone 13 mini, but you should consider its shorter battery life, which is three hours less than the regular iPhone 14.
All iPhone 14 models have built-in high-G accelerometers and high dynamic range gyroscopes, which are usable for many implementations, including crash detection. The iPhone 14 may detect sudden deceleration, caused by car impacts and it will offer you to dial an emergency service. If you don’t respond promptly, then the iPhone 14 will call for help and it will send your GPS coordinate as well. The iPhone 14 doesn’t only detect sudden changes in speed, but also air pressure changes due to deployed airbags, loud sound levels, and sudden changes in direction.
A new notch
The notch above the iPhone’s display has become quite controversial and the iPhone 14 now comes with a pill-shaped cutout to accommodate Face ID sensor, ambient light sensor, and FaceTime camera. Called Dynamic Island, it’s an attempt to make the notch-less intrusive aesthetically. Now, it becomes an interactive part of the display. You can touch and hold Dynamic Island to reveal certain information and do playbacks of content. The TrueDepth component needed for Face ID is now 31 percent smaller.
The new iPhone is now more convenient for outdoor uses, with its 2000 nits of peak display brightness. This is double the peak brightness of the iPhone 13 Pro and it will work much better under direct sunlight.
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