iPhone 14 launch live blog: Reviews, deals and everything you need to know

ByDonald L. Leech

Sep 16, 2022

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Whoops ! It seems that Apple itself was aware of the rumors that the iPhone 14 Pro series was going to have two cutouts at the top of the display. As reported by MacRumors (opens in a new tab)Apple has shown a punch hole and a pill-shaped cutout for the iPhone 14 in various support documents, even though the new Dynamic Island uses a single cutout.

iPhone 14 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22

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As good as the iPhone 14 is, it’s not necessarily the best phone in its price range. Example: the Samsung Galaxy S22. Samsung’s $799 handset offers a 120Hz display and 3x telephoto zoom, two features the standard iPhone 14 lacks.

Here’s a quick look at four ways the Galaxy S22 beats the iPhone 14. But we’ll also see where Apple beats Samsung. Plus, we have a full showdown coming up this weekend to declare a definite winner.

A graphic showing the new iPhone lineup after the launch of iPhone 14.

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With any new iPhone launches, you will find that Apple gives the ax to some older phones. So be sure to check out our overview of the iPhones Apple has discontinued (opens in a new tab) after the release of iPhone 14.

The iPhone 11 is no more, and there is no iPhone 12 mini either. The departing iPhone 11 hurts the most because there’s no solid sub-$500 iPhone in Apple’s lineup now with a screen size of 6 inches or more.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max

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The iPhone 14 is a good phone, but you really need to know all the differences between it and the iPhone 14 Pro before buying. Our iPhone 14 versus iPhone 14 Pro (opens in a new tab) the comparison breaks it all down so you can make the most informed decision.

Here’s the gist. The iPhone 14 Pro has many exclusive features, including an always-on display, Dynamic Island, and a 48MP main camera. But that’s not all.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

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We’ve just completed some additional battery testing on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and we have some good news. Apple’s 6.7-inch flagship lasted an average of 13 hours and 39 minutes, putting this phone on our best phone battery life list.

Anything over 11.5 hours is considered excellent. Stay tuned for more results for all new iPhones!

iPhone 14 Pro Max

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Early benchmarks before the iPhone 14 arrived suggested it might not be as powerful as people had hoped.

We needn’t worry, though, as our own benchmarks tell a very different story about just how powerful the A16 Bionic really is.

In short: Apple has cemented its lead in mobile system-on-chips, as the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the fastest and most powerful phones ever. Find out the whole story in our iPhone 14 benchmarks test report.

Action mode is another new feature in the iPhone 14, and the best way to show it off is to simply watch footage with it on and off. And it’s pretty easy to do; All you need to do is press a button in the camera app while recording video, and you should see smooth, steady video, just like using a gimbal.

Climbing this slope on a path, you can see that the video is much more stable with Action mode activated. Without it, I feel like I’m veering wildly from side to side. Our iPhone 14 Pro Max review has more comparisons to check out.

Have you ever wondered what the inside of an iPhone 14 Pro Max looks like? No, don’t go and force the back of your new phone, that’s not a good idea. Instead, take a look at the iPhone 14 Pro Max teardown video above by PBKreviews (opens in a new tab)which disassembles the new device piece by piece to compare it to the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

It’s fascinating if you’re interested in what’s inside your phone rather than what it can do.

Satellite emergency SOS on iPhone 14

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The iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via satellite option is another new feature in Apple’s latest handset, and it’s available on all models rather than the Pro.

It currently has limited global coverage, in that it’s only available in the US and Canada, but good news is on the way: iPhone 14 satellite connectivity could be coming in more than country this year.

Dynamic Island for iPhone 14 Pro

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The dynamic island is also interactive. Long-press this area to reveal more controls, such as playback, so you don’t have to keep jumping between multiple apps or swiping down from the top of the screen.

It’s getting better. As third-party developers leverage Apple’s Live Activites API, you’ll be able to see your Lyft ride status, your favorite NFL team’s score, or the ETA for your food delivery order. It’s smart, and it worked well in our testing.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

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Another big new feature in the iPhone 14 is the Dynamic Island found on both Pro models. You’re going to hear this word a lot, so let’s break down what it means. Dynamic Island replaces the notch in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

This pill-shaped cutout doesn’t just house the TrueDepth camera and technology for Face ID; it provides information and changes shape on the fly. You can start a timer and see the countdown to the top of your screen, or album art for music playing or next turn for Apple Maps.

iPhone 14 Pro always-on screen

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You might think from the name that the always-on display will always be…well, on. But Apple has now confirmed that there are instances where the always-on display will turn off temporarily.

There are eight, including when your iPhone is face down, in a pocket or bag, and when Low Power Mode is on, the idea being that disabling the feature at these times will help you preserve the battery life of your phone.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

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Aside from a few bugs and a few (unavoidable) lags, that’s pretty much all good news as far as the iPhone 14 lineup goes. In fact, there are so many positives, especially with the Pro models, that it’s hard to know where to start.

But to pick one at random, how about the iPhone 14 Pro’s new always-on display?

This shows you a low-light version of your current lock screen, allowing you to check your notifications, your iOS 16 lock screen widgets, and of course the clock.

It’s something Android phones have had a version of for a while, but none look as pretty, or show off as much at once, as Apple’s AOD.

There is also a bug that allegedly affects iMessage and FaceTime. According to 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab)this may prevent users from receiving messages and calls, or sending iMessages with the generic green bubbles to other iPhone users.

Luckily, there’s a fix for this, which we detail in our iPhone 14 release day bugs article.

iPhone 14

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So what can you expect if you have a shiny new iPhone 14 in your mitts today? Well, mostly a lot of very good things, but also a few small negatives.

We’ll start with the negatives, just because they’ve just been pointed out. For example, there seems to be an iPhone 14 activation bug that could cause the setup process to fail for some people.

This is from MacRumors (opens in a new tab), who says he saw an internal memo from Apple in which the iPhone 14 does not connect to open Wi-Fi networks during setup. The solution is to use a PC or Mac for this part of the process instead, which isn’t the most elegant solution. Hopefully Apple will fix this issue soon.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max

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It’s no surprise that so many people want to get their hands on the iPhone 14 Pro models – in fact, we think the difference between the base model and its more expensive siblings is bigger than ever. .

Why? Well, there are several reasons, including the Pro replacing the split notch with the really smart Dynamic Island, upgrading the camera to a 48MP sensor, and increasing the duration of battery life.

Here, our Global Editor Mark Spoonauer explains why the iPhone 14 Pro is so much better than the iPhone 14.

iPhone 14 Pro

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The situation isn’t just bad for people looking to buy certain iPhone 14 Pro models today either – even some people who pre-ordered these phones are being told they might not receive their handset in time. .

According to 9to5Mac, several iPhone 14 pre-orders have been delayed to the 11th hour. Many have contacted them to express their frustration with estimated delivery dates slipping to September 23. And some have even been pushed back to September 30.

A screenshot showing iPhone 14 Pro Max lags

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In the UK, for example, where Apple stores are already open, I can order an iPhone 14 Pro now and pick it up at my local outlet tomorrow. However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is showing as unavailable in one of the 12 nearest stores.

There are no such issues with the base iPhone 14: it’s readily available for pickup tomorrow in multiple colors and configurations.

Model Estimated delivery date (US) Estimated delivery date (UK)
iPhone 14 September 20 September 21
iPhone 14 Plus October 7 October 7
iPhone 14 Pro October 17-24 October 18-25
iPhone 14 Pro Max October 24-31 October 25-November 1

Hello and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s iPhone 14 launch day live blog.

Let’s start by talking about wait times. As the table above shows, some new iPhone 14 models are much easier to get than others. For example, if you order the base iPhone 14 today, it should ship as early as next week. But if you want the iPhone 14 Pro Max, you might have to wait until late October to get your hands on it!

Store availability is potentially better than that, but it will depend on the model you want and where you are. Either way, it’s clear that the Pro models are more in demand than ever this year.