What is the newest iPhone? We break it down

Apple has a tendency to push the envelope. If it seems like the tech giant almost always has some new software update or new technology on the market, it’s because it very often does. Everybody wants the latest iPhone, but with new model releases every year, it can be hard to keep up with what’s the most up-to-date phone. The casual phone enthusiast may not even know that their iPhone X is pretty out of date.

Apple is up to the iPhone 14 today and also sells a number of older models. This article is here to keep you up to date on this model and whichever one becomes the hottest new device on the market in the future. We’ll give you the lowdown on the newest iPhones, as well as offer capsule reviews of the latest iPhones Apple is selling through its website. Hopefully, this should keep you up to date with the current state of the iPhone and help you zero in on the one for you.

The newest iPhone

The iPhone 14 is the newest iPhone, and is comprised of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. But those aren’t the only iPhones Apple currently sells. You can also buy the third edition of Apple’s more budget-friendly Apple iPhone SE (2022). At $429, the iPhone SE is designed to thread the needle of affordability and performance in Apple’s smartphone line. It’s also a more traditional model than the iPhone 14, retaining some classic features like a home button with Touch ID.

The new iPhone 14 and SE aren’t the only iPhones available, though, and you can still purchase three other very recent models from Apple’s website. These are the following:

  • iPhone 13 & 13 Mini: 2021’s model has a larger battery than the iPhone 12, more default internal memory, and an upgraded camera on all models. The Mini is the last small iPhone you can buy new.

  • iPhone 12: 2020’s model. Very similar in performance to the iPhone 13, albeit with a smaller battery and less default internal memory.

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Pros

  • Comfortable, high-end build
  • OLED screen looks fantastic
  • A15 chip performs great
  • Good camera upgrades
  • Dependable battery life
  • Helpful safety features

Cons

  • 60Hz display
  • No telephoto camera
  • eSIM might be a pain for some

It might not have changed a huge amount, but that’s something of a strength in the iPhone 14’s case. Since the Pro variant was introduced, the basic iPhone has sat at a nice point in Apple’s lineup. Not too expensive, not too big, nice and powerful. This year, there are more disadvantages to picking the basic model, though. Not content with downgrading the camera, Apple has also included an older processor on the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. Instead of the shiny new A16 Bionic the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max get, both basic iPhones get last year’s A15 Bionic. This isn’t a huge problem, the A15 is still a very strong chip, and isn’t going to fail you — but it does rankle a little bit.

As we’ve already mentioned, the iPhone 14 basically looks the same as the last few generations of iPhone. There’s a dual-sensor camera setup on the back, which takes predictably excellent shots, and the battery life has been excellent, managing a day even when it has been pushed pretty hard. However, another area the iPhone 14 is starting to feel old is the display. It’s bright, crisp, and colorful, but it’s limited to 60Hz. The iPhone 14 Pro’s 120Hz display is missing, which is fine when viewed in isolation However, many midrange Android phones now come with a 120Hz display, and the iPhone 14’s screen is starting to look sluggish in comparison.

Thankfully, iOS 16 isn’t sluggish, and the iPhone 14 shares many of the iPhone 14 Pro’s biggest new features. You obviously don’t get the Dynamic Island feature or the always-on display, but you do get car crash detection and the satellite calling safety feature to boot. We’re not sure about you, but we’d take solid safety features over a couple of additional quality-of-life improvements any day.

Sure, it has some downsides, and you may find yourself coveting your neighbor’s iPhone 14 Pro from time to time. But even with those in mind, the iPhone 14’s value speaks for itself. If you’re looking to upgrade from an iPhone 12, 11, or even earlier, the iPhone 14 is a big enough leap that you won’t feel shortchanged — but it’s also familiar enough that you won’t feel lost after the switch.

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Pros

  • Large, vibrant, detailed screen
  • Two-day battery life
  • Easy to use software
  • Great everyday camera

Cons

  • It’s a big phone
  • 60Hz refresh rate

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a “Plus” iPhone, and the iPhone 14 Plus is a worthy successor to the name. It’s big, powerful, and a great choice if you want a big iPhone, but don’t want to spend all that money on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The big screen is gorgeous and provides strong blacks and vivid colors, but it is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. The design also leaves a little to be desired. We found the flat sides to be quite sharp, and as a result, it made a slippery phone even more difficult to hold. It’s a little awkward, so maybe check it out in a retailer before you buy it.

Like the iPhone 14 above, the 14 Plus isn’t getting the latest A16 Bionic processor and has the A15 Bionic instead. But even though it’s running a year-old processor, the iPhone 14 Plus is still a smooth performer, and capable of running the latest 3D games without hitches or lag. Add iOS 16 to this, and you’ve got a great experience for everyone, and thanks to Apple’s stellar update record, it’s one that can last a long time too.

As you might expect from an iPhone, the iPhone 14 Plus has a solid camera setup. There are two lenses on the back, a 12MP main lens, and a 12MP wide-angle lens, with another 12MP lens around the front for selfies. It’s outpaced by more camera-focused smartphones, like the Google Pixel 7, but it’s still a great snapper that takes consistently good stills. Video capabilities are just as good, and you’re unlikely to be disappointed by anything it puts out.

So does this mean the battery is the weak point? Thankfully, not at all. The iPhone 14 Plus consistently showed us a solid two days of battery life, even with heavy use, and careful users could find their phone stretching into the third day. That’s an exceptional showing, and it’s the one reason to really buy the iPhone 14 Plus over its smaller sibling, the iPhone 14.

The iPhone 14 Plus starts from $899, with 128GB of storage, and stretches up to $1,199 for the 512GB variant. It’s far from the cheapest iPhone, but certainly not the most expensive, and its battery expertise probably makes it the iPhone of choice if you need a long-lasting phone.

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