Apple iPhone 14: Tech giant launches its ‘most advanced’ smartphone yet with longer battery life and camera upgrades | Science & Tech News

Apple has launched the iPhone 14 as its “most advanced” smartphone yet, with longer battery life and a host of camera upgrades.

Its four new models are between 6.1 and 6.7 inches long, which means they have larger screens than the iPhone 13.

They can also last all day on a single charge.

However, one expert pointed out that Apple it had reserved the “biggest jumps”, like a more powerful processor, for the Pro, its most expensive phone.

iPhone 14 and 14 Plus come with an improved 12-megapixel main camera, with a brighter flash, wide-angle capability, and a video action mode that adjusts for shake, motion, and vibration.

The more expensive Pro and Pro Max phones have a 48-megapixel camera.

All four phones are equipped with a larger light sensor that can produce low-light photos with twice the quality of the previous generation.

“Low-light photography has always been a challenge given the size of the sensor in mobile phones,” said Ru Bhikha, a mobile expert at leading comparison site Uswitch.com.

“So any kind of improvement there, given how many photos we take on a daily basis, it’s definitely going to look like a worthwhile upgrade compared to iPhone 13.”

However, while the standard iPhone 14 uses its predecessor’s A15 bionic chip, the Pro will be equipped with the faster A16 chip.

“Apple has stood firm and reserved its greatest strides in innovation for its most premium phones, despite the economic challenges facing many consumers,” Bikha said.

Similarly, the Pro versions feature an “Always On Screen” which means users can see basic notifications while the screen is locked.

Introducing the feature at a virtual event, Apple executive Greg Joswiack said, “It’s easy to see the time and other core information without picking up the iPhone or touching the screen.

“This keeps central information available for times when all you need is just a glance…this is the most advanced display we’ve ever shipped.”

Joswiack added that it was made possible by the Pro’s “incredibly energy efficient” display, which runs at a refresh rate as low as 1Hz.

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Apple has ditched the iPhone mini seen in previous generations, the “cheapest, most pocketable phone in the main series,” Bikha said.

The new phones have also left behind the SIM card tray of previous models, allowing users to connect to networks and swap SIM cards digitally.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will also have an “Emergency SOS” feature, meaning users can still get help over the phone if they’re out of range of a cellular signal.

Apple said the feature will show the user where to point their phone to connect to a satellite.

They will be guided through a questionnaire and follow-up messages sent to centers staffed by Apple-trained specialists who can request help on your behalf.

Users will also be able to manually share their satellite location with “Find My” when there is no mobile or Wi-Fi connection.

Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users in the US and Canada in November, and will be free for two years.

No details were given on when or if the service would be available to users in the UK.

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The iPhone 14 will be available for £849 on September 16, while the Plus will appear on shelves for £949 on October 7.

The Pro and Pro Max retail for £1,099 and £1,199 on September 16 and 23.

The virtual event also saw the unveiling of the Apple Watch Ultra, which the company’s COO Jeff Williams called “the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet.”

It is aimed at those involved in extreme sports, such as deep-sea diving, and is reinforced with a titanium case and a sapphire crystal screen protector.

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