It was first announced at the Far Out event on 8 September at 1 am Malaysian time. On Malaysia Day, Apple began accepting pre-orders for the latest iPhones from Malaysian customers. A week later on Friday 23 September, the iPhone 14 officially arrived on Malaysian shores.
In the beginning, we had a lot of assumptions about the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro. All the official information we had came from Apple’s keynote and websites.
As the first wave of iPhones arrived in selected countries and now our own, we realised that we did not get everything right.
So let’s fix that. Here are what we got wrong about the iPhone 14, the misconceptions that we had, and what it actually is.
Before we go ahead though, we’d like to clarify that in this list, when we say iPhone 14, it also applies to the iPhone 14 Plus (coming 7 October); and when we say iPhone 14 Pro, it also includes the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The iPhone 14 & iPhone 13 Do Not Share The Same Chip
This is the root of a lot of misconceptions about the iPhone 14, especially about how it is so similar to the iPhone 13.
Although the chip in the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13 is called A15 Bionic, the one in the iPhone 14 has a 5-Core GPU, 6GB of RAM, and Bluetooth 5.3. In comparison, the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 has a 4-Core GPU, 4GB of RAM, and Bluetooth 5.0.
In practice, the difference is most apparent when we get to the camera and the Photonic Engine.
The Cameras On iPhone 14 & iPhone 13 Are Not The Same
While the main front and back cameras on both iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 shoot in 12MP, the lenses on iPhone 14 have a bigger aperture.
The back camera on iPhone 14 is an f1.5 and the front camera is an f1.9. On the other hand, the back camera on iPhone 13 has an f1.6 and the front camera is an f2.2.
Not only that, iPhone 14 has a bigger rear camera sensor, its front camera has autofocus, and there’s the Photonic Engine that is made possible by the more capable processor.
All that translates to better images, especially in low light. And that goes for the iPhone 14 Pro too. It has a 48MP main camera and an A16 Bionic chip; a high-resolution sensor with a processor that makes the most of it.
Old Covers Are Not Compatible With The New iPhone
Apple is such a wascally wabbit. At a glance, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro looked similar to their counterparts from last year.
But if you try to put, for example, an iPhone 13 Pro Max case on an iPhone 14 Pro Max and vice versa, you’ll see that the dimensions and the placements of certain elements are just different enough that they are not compatible.
Thankfully iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro have Ceramic Shield over their display making a case optional.
Also, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are still compatible with other accessories such as cables, chargers, and Mag Safe accessories.