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Apple iPhone 14 smartphone review - Small upgrades for the Apple phone

More like an iPhone 13S. The generational upgrades for the iPhone 14 are limited to a few subtle changes. At the same time, however, the base price climbs to 800 USD, while the only true innovation happens inside the iPhone 14 Pro series. In this review we will explore, whether the standard iPhone still remains one of the best smartphones available today.
Apple iPhone 14

With features such as the Dynamic Island, the always-on display, a 48-MP camera, and the latest A16 Bionic SoC, the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max are the center of attention. The standard models do not offer the same level of new and exciting features.

The iPhone 14 is very similar to the iPhone 13. There are barely any external physical changes. However, a few things have changed on the inside. The iPhone 14 comes with the same SoC as the iPhone 13 Pro and also inherits its 12-MP main camera. Additionally, it comes with 50 % more RAM compared to its predecessor and offers exciting new features such as automatic emergency calling.

Apple iPhone 14 (iPhone Series)
Processor
Apple A15 Bionic 6 x - 3.2 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
6.10 inch 19.5:9, 2532 x 1170 pixel 460 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, OLED, HDR (HDR10, Dolby Vision), glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 116 GB free
Connections
Audio Connections: Audio via Lightning port, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, face scanner (3D, infrared), UWB
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), 4G (band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 53, 66), 5G (band n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n26, n28, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n53, n66, n70, n77, n78, n79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 146.7 x 71.5 ( = 0.31 x 5.78 x 2.81 in)
Battery
3279 mAh Lithium-Ion, Charging: 20W (Lightning), 15W (MagSafe), 7.5W (Qi)
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 16
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Dual: 12MP (26 mm, ƒ/1.5, sensor‑shift optical image stabilization, 7‑element lens, 4K video) + 12MP (2x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, 13 mm, ƒ/2.4, 120°, 5‑element lens)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix ƒ/1.9, 6‑element lens
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers (hybrid), Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Lightning-to-USB-C cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP68-certified; 0.98 W/​kg (head), 0.98 W/​kg (body) , fanless, waterproof
Weight
172 g ( = 6.07 oz / 0.38 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89.2 %
10/2022
Apple iPhone 14
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
172 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2532x1170
88.7 %
10/2021
Apple iPhone 13
A15, A15 GPU 4-Core
173 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2532x1170
88.6 %
09/2022
Asus Zenfone 9
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
169 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash5.90"2400x1080
87.4 %
11/2021
Google Pixel 6
Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20
207 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2400x1080
87 %
08/2022
OnePlus 10T
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
203.5 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2412x1080
87.7 %
03/2022
Xiaomi 12
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
179 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.28"2400x1080

If it were not for the new color variants, the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13 would be visually indistinguishable. The flat design and the rounded-off corners are present on both models. Similarly, nothing has changed in terms of the diagonal arrangement of the rear cameras. The size and position of the display cutout, which contains the front camera and a few sensors, also have not changed.

Aside from the familiar colors black, white, and red, the iPhone 14 is now available in purple or a new, lighter blue. With 7.8 vs. 7.7 millimeters (~3.07 vs. ~3.03 inches), the Apple smartphone is very slightly thicker compared to its predecessor. Cases for the iPhone 13 will still fit the iPhone 14, however.

As per usual, Apple has not made any compromises in terms of the build quality. The aluminum case shines with great workmanship and resists twisting attempts from the corners. Apple's ceramic glass, Ceramic Shield, protects the front and back. The iPhone 14 is dust- and waterproof as specified by IP68. According to Apple, this allows the smartphone to survive being submerged up to 6 meters (~19.69 ft) under water for up to 30 minutes without any damage.

The European version of the iPhone 14 continues to offer a nano SIM slot. Meanwhile, the US models omit the SIM slot in favor of exclusive eSIM support.

The perhaps biggest change can be found inside the sleek chassis, since Apple has entirely revamped the internal layout of the smartphone. As a result, the iPhone 14 is much easier to repair than its predecessor. The smartphone can now for example be opened from the back, since the back panel is no longer attached to the case.

Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14

Size Comparison

163 mm / 6.42 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 8.75 mm / 0.3445 inch 203.5 g0.4486 lbs158.6 mm / 6.24 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 207 g0.4564 lbs152.7 mm / 6.01 inch 69.9 mm / 2.75 inch 8.66 mm / 0.3409 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs146.5 mm / 5.77 inch 68.1 mm / 2.68 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 inch 71.5 mm / 2.81 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity - 50 Percent more RAM for the Apple Smartphone

Apple's iPhone 14 comes in three different storage configurations. The 128-GB model costs 799 USD, the 256-GB model 899 USD, and the 512-GB model 1099 USD. With 6 GB of RAM, each, the smartphone has access to 50 % more system memory compared to the 4 GB of last year's model.

Aside from NFC, MagSafe, and UWB, the connectivity also includes Bluetooth 5.3 (iPhone 13: Bluetooth 5.0). Apple's proprietary Lightning port is still used for charging and data transfers with the latter reaching speeds of up to 480 Mb/s, making them comparable to USB 2.0.

It is still unknown, whether Apple will switch to USB-C for the iPhone 15. Although the European comission has decided that USB-C will become mandatory on smartphones, the regulation only comes into effect in mid 2024, making the iPhone 16 the first of its kind that it applies to. Other rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 will not use any physical interfaces at all. Aside from wireless MagSafe charging, the switch to eSIMs on the US models also seem indicate this.

Left: Mute switch, volume buttons, SIM slot (intl. version)
Left: Mute switch, volume buttons, SIM slot (intl. version)
Right: Standby button
Right: Standby button
Top: No connectivity
Top: No connectivity
Bottom: Speakers, Lightning port, microphone
Bottom: Speakers, Lightning port, microphone

Software - iOS 16 and a Customizable Lock Screen

The iPhone 14 comes with iOS 16. At the time of testing in mid October, it has already received an update to version 16.0.3, which includes a range of bug fixes and security patches. Since Apple's latest OS version supports all smartphones from the release of the iPhone 8 and later, prospective buyers of the iPhone 14 can expect OS updates for at least 5 years. However, the manufacturer does not officially confirm this.

Although the design of iOS feels familiar, there is a plethora of new features. The customizable lock screen is likely the most prominent one and individually adaptable with user backgrounds, widgets, and live activities. Furthermore, the focus feature has been improved, sent messages can be edited retroactively, the dictation functionality has been revised to include emojis, and the iCloud photo library is now easier to share with family members. All the new features of iOS 16 are listed here.

The Dynamic Island and the always-on display are exclusive to the Pro models.

Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14
Apple iPhone 14

Communication and GNSS - Crash Detection

With 22 supported 5G and 28 supported 4G bands, the Apple iPhone 14 offers a very wide frequency range, which should be sufficient to get a signal almost anywhere. The Apple phone uses four antennas (4x4 MIMO) for LTE connections in order to reach a better data throughput.

The iPhone 14 comes with two new communications features, which you hopefully will not need: Crash detection and satellite SOS. The former detects high acceleration forces and is able to autonomously call emergency services after a crash. The crash detection, which is enabled by default, can be toggled from the the iPhone 14's iOS settings under Settings, Emergency SOS, Crash Detection, and Call After Severe Crash.

The satellite SOS fulfills a similar fuction as the crash detection and is only available for emergency calls while there is no active cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The satellite SOS will first be available to users in the US and Canada starting in November this year. It is unknown whether there are any plans to expand the support to include areas outside of North America.

The iPhone 14 uses Wi-Fi 6 with 2 antennas for Wi-Fi communications. It achieves consistently good transfer rates, which are slightly faster than those of the iPhone 13.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
934 (768min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100% +25%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
919 (892min - 936max) MBit/s ∼98% +23%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
854 (763min - 898max) MBit/s ∼91% +14%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
746 (642min - 765max) MBit/s ∼80%
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 1736, n=121, last 2 years)
601 MBit/s ∼64% -19%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
938 (470min - 957max) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
933 (865min - 958max) MBit/s ∼99% +4%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
894 (834min - 918max) MBit/s ∼95%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
757 (380min - 826max) MBit/s ∼81% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (57.7 - 1710, n=123, last 2 years)
648 MBit/s ∼69% -28%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1715 (801min - 1773max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (853 - 1894, n=18, last 2 years)
1496 MBit/s ∼87%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1407 (872min - 1714max) MBit/s ∼82%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1751 (879min - 1776max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1602 (797min - 1629max) MBit/s ∼91%
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1757, n=19, last 2 years)
1315 MBit/s ∼75%
iperf3 transmit AX12
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
833 (794min - 859max) MBit/s ∼100%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
802 (421min - 857max) MBit/s ∼96%
Average of class Smartphone
  (16.9 - 1368, n=129, last 2 years)
511 MBit/s ∼61%
iperf3 receive AX12
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
895 (870min - 907max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
715 (672min - 723max) MBit/s ∼80%
Average of class Smartphone
  (31.1 - 953, n=130, last 2 years)
483 MBit/s ∼54%
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Apple iPhone 14; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø746 (642-765)
Apple iPhone 14; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø894 (834-918)

The iPhone 14 relies on the satellite networks GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou for its locating capabilities. This allows the Apple smartphone to determine our position quickly and with an accuracy of within around 3 meters (~9.84 ft) even indoors.

On our bike ride, the geolocation of the smartphone competes against our fitness smartwatch Garmin Venu 2, which we bring along for comparison purposes. In dense housing areas, the iPhone occasionally slightly deviates from the track and in some instances the recorded route even penetrates the walls of some buildings. It still does well in terms of navigation overall and almost matches the measured total track distance of the smartwatch. For day-to-day use, the accuracy is easily sufficient.

iPhone 14: Overview
iPhone 14: Overview
iPhone 14: Bridge
iPhone 14: Bridge
iPhone 14: Turn
iPhone 14: Turn
Garmin Venu 2: Overview
Garmin Venu 2: Overview
Garmin Venu 2: Bridge
Garmin Venu 2: Bridge
Garmin Venu 2: Turn
Garmin Venu 2: Turn

Telephony and Call Quality - Dual eSIM or Nano SIM + eSIM

The iPhone 14 supports VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling. European models also come with a SIM slot that accepts a nano SIM card. Additionally or alternatively, an eSIM can be activated. The US models instead use a dual eSIM and no SIM slot.

The iPhone 14 offers a good call quality with clear voices even in relatively loud environments. While ambient noise may occasionally be noticeable during a call, it is then quickly cancelled out after a short time. In hands-free mode, the call quality remains distinct, although the volume of our voice decreases even when speaking into the microphone from a short distance.

Cameras - Main Camera from the iPhone 13 Pro

Picture captured with the selfie camera
Picture captured with the selfie camera

Like its predecessor, the iPhone 14 uses a dual camera with 12 MP, but there have been upgrades in multiple places. The 12-MP main camera is identical to that of the iPhone 13 Pro. This increases the sensor size from 1.7 to 1.9 µm and improves the aperture from f/1.6 to f/1.5.

Like the main camera, the selfie camera also benefits from a better light yield (f/1.9 vs. f/2.2). Additionally, it comes with an autofocus, which increases the sharpness slightly particularly at short distances. Compared to the iPhone 13, nothing has changed in terms of the ultra-wide camera. While it still does not feature optical image stabilization and produces good results, it cannot quite match the quality of the main camera.

The main camera of the iPhone 14 uses sensor-shift image stabilization and captures excellent pictures with natural colors and many details. There are barely any differences in the quality compared to the iPhone 13 with one exception.

Thanks to its more light-sensitive optics and the integrated image processing engine of the camera software, which Apple calls Photonic Engine, the iPhone 14 takes better night shots than the iPhone 13. Our low-light scene also shows this with the newer model capturing more details and richer colors in dark areas. Even though the Photonic Engine is a software feature, it is exclusively available on the iPhone 14 series and not enabled on older iPhones, even after they were updated to iOS 16.

The iPhone 14 also receives two new features for video recording. Many users will already be familiar with the cinema mode from the iPhone 13, which recognizes faces and automatically adds a bokeh effect and is now also available at 4K with 24 or 30 frames per second. Previously, Full HD was the limit in this mode.

The action mode is completely new and electronically stabilizes videos captured with the main or ultra-wide camera. This works very well in practice. The image is stabilized even when the camera shakes due to being attached to a bike handle or while sprinting with the iPhone in hand. Since action mode videos look quite grainy, users should not expect too much in terms of the quality.

Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the main camera
Picture captured with the ultra-wide camera
Picture captured with the ultra-wide camera

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Under fixed lighting conditions, the main camera proves itself once more. Even at a brightness of 1 lux, it captures the test chart with rich contasts and a surprisingly high color fidelity, albeit with a slightly lower sharpness than under ideal conditions.

ColorChecker
11.6 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
15 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 14: 11.57 ∆E min: 3.74 - max: 15.84 ∆E
ColorChecker
7.3 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
1.2 ∆E
8 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
6 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
10 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 14: 6.54 ∆E min: 1.17 - max: 12.31 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Still No Charger Included

The iPhone 14's scope of delivery is not exactly vast. The flat package only includes the smartphone itself, a USB cable (USB type-C to Lightning), a SIM tool, an Apple sticker, a quick-start guide, and the warranty information. Apple offers a wide range of optional accessories including an appropriate charger, MagSafe cases, and headphones.

Apple offers a standard one-year limited warranty in the US. The scope of services can be expanded with the AppleCare+ plan, which comes in the form of an unlimited monthly subscription or a one-time payment for 2 years. Regardless of the payment method, AppleCare+ includes unlimited accidental damage repairs.

Input Devices & Handling - 60 Hz as the Gold Standard

Even though the iPhone 14 costs almost 800 USD, this has done nothing to dissuade Apple from relying on a 60-Hz screen. Although animations are less smooth compared to the Pro models as a result, inputs are still very precise and responsive.

The iPhone 14 does not feature a fingerprint sensor. This makes the facial recognition Face ID the only available biometric authentication method. It is very reliable and considered to be extremely robust thanks to its use of a 3D camera. Thanks to the use of an integrated infrared sensor, Face ID even works in the dark.

Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode

Display - Same OLED Panel as the iPhone 13

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Compared to the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14's display has not changed. The 6.1-inch OLED display has a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels for an excellent pixel density of 460 PPI. With an advertised typical maximum brightness of 800 nits, Apple is being relatively modest. The evenly illuminated OLED panel reaches an average brightness of 840.7 nits and a peak brightness of 858 nits while displaying SDR content. HDR10 and Dolby Vison are supported.

The display runs at 60 Hz at all the brightness levels we tested. This may be a problem for sensitive users, since the PWM flickering cannot be circumvented by choosing a higher brightness setting. Thus, we advise users to try the iPhone 14 before buying.

848
cd/m²
833
cd/m²
849
cd/m²
840
cd/m²
835
cd/m²
858
cd/m²
836
cd/m²
830
cd/m²
837
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 858 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 840.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 835 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.05 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.034
Apple iPhone 14
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.10
Apple iPhone 13
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.10
Asus Zenfone 9
AMOLED , 2400x1080, 5.90
Google Pixel 6
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
OnePlus 10T
Fluid AMOLED, 2412x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi 12
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.28
Screen
21%
-17%
-7%
-29%
-13%
Brightness middle
835
831
0%
793
-5%
805
-4%
861
3%
867
4%
Brightness
841
830
-1%
796
-5%
805
-4%
856
2%
867
3%
Brightness Distribution
97
98
1%
97
0%
98
1%
97
0%
98
1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.05
0.77
27%
1.9
-81%
1.4
-33%
2.27
-116%
1.7
-62%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.81
1.52
46%
3.4
-21%
3.7
-32%
4.17
-48%
4.4
-57%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.6
1.2
54%
2.3
12%
1.8
31%
2.9
-12%
1.8
31%
Gamma
2.034 108%
2.209 100%
2.26 97%
2.29 96%
2.303 96%
2.2 100%
CCT
6616 98%
6501 100%
6860 95%
6507 100%
6141 106%
6762 96%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 60 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 60 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 60 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19454 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Using True Tone, the iPhone 14 adjusts the display colors to the ambient lighting conditions in order to ensure a consistent image. Since this causes the colors to constantly shift, we have to disable True Tone before performing our CalMAN measurements. Even without this auxiliary feature, the iPhone 14 shines with an excellent color accuracy in our test laboratory.

Color accuracy (True Tone enabled)
Color accuracy (True Tone enabled)
Grayscale (True Tone enabled)
Grayscale (True Tone enabled)
Saturation (True Tone enabled)
Saturation (True Tone enabled)
Color space (sRGB)
Color space (sRGB)
Color space (AdobeRGB)
Color space (AdobeRGB)
Color space (DCI P3)
Color space (DCI P3)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

Thanks to its bright display and great viewing angles, the iPhone is well suited to outdoor use. The screen's content remains easily readable even under direct sunlight.

Outdoor use (in the autumn sun)
Outdoor use (in the autumn sun)
Outdoor use (in the shade)
Outdoor use (in the shade)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - A15 Bionic with One Additional GPU Core

New iPhone, new processor: Apple breaks with this tradition and introduces a two-class society with the iPhone 14. While the Pro models receive the brand-new A16 Bionic, the standard models have to make do with the A15 Bionic, which is the SoC from the iPhone 13 generation. There is still one small processor upgrade. The A15 Bionic in the iPhone 14 uses the same processor as the iPhone 13 Pro. As a result, it is equipped with the 5-core-GPU version instead of the 4-core-GPU version of the A15 Bionic.

Since the iPhone 13 performs essentially identically, the iPhone 14 does not appear to benefit much from the additional graphics core in synthetic benchmarks. In contrast, the additional GPU power becomes apparent in the graphics benchmarks with higher 3DMark and GFXBench scores from our test model. It also secures a small advantage in the browser benchmarks excluding Kraken 1.1, although this can likely be traced back to the newer browser version.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
1755 Points ∼100% +1%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1732 Points ∼99%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (1590 - 1755, n=9)
1723 Points ∼98% -1%
Asus Zenfone 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1322 Points ∼75% -24%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1277 Points ∼73% -26%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1237 Points ∼70% -29%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
1041 Points ∼59% -40%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=262, last 2 years)
767 Points ∼44% -56%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
4820 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (4559 - 4914, n=9)
4755 Points ∼99% 0%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
4733 Points ∼98%
Asus Zenfone 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
4436 Points ∼92% -6%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
3987 Points ∼83% -16%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
3581 Points ∼74% -24%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
2805 Points ∼58% -41%
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=262, last 2 years)
2468 Points ∼51% -48%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Asus Zenfone 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1081005 Points ∼100% +30%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
982789 Points ∼91% +18%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
846323 Points ∼78% +2%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
829792 Points ∼77%
Apple iPhone 13
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 4-Core, 4096
813876 Points ∼75% -2%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (722973 - 832548, n=8)
788523 Points ∼73% -5%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
702981 Points ∼65% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1300282, n=164, last 2 years)
600849 Points ∼56% -28%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1180 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenfone 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
1163 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
  (1132 - 1190, n=5)
1156 Points ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1109 Points ∼94% -6%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
849 Points ∼72% -28%
OnePlus 10T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 16384
806 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1332, n=101, last 2 years)
786 Points ∼67% -33%


3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2876 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
2776 Points ∼97%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2698 Points ∼94% -3%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2418 Points ∼84% -13%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
2313 Points ∼80% -17%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1823 Points ∼63% -34%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
3005 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2824 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2754 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2586 Points ∼86% -14%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
2470 Points ∼82% -18%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2067 Points ∼69% -31%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
11779 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11087 Points ∼94% -6%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10989 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
9979 Points ∼85% -15%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9782 Points ∼83% -17%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7064 Points ∼60% -40%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼100% +102%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps ∼99% +100%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼74% +50%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
60.1 fps ∼50% 0%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps ∼50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
446.6 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
435 fps ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
428 fps ∼96% -4%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
416.3 fps ∼93% -7%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
381 fps ∼85% -15%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
144 fps ∼32% -68%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼100% +102%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
116 fps ∼96% +94%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps ∼65% +32%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
60.2 fps ∼50% +1%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps ∼50%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
253 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
221 fps ∼87% -13%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
217.4 fps ∼86% -14%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
213 fps ∼84% -16%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
176 fps ∼70% -30%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼36% -64%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼100% +102%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps ∼73% +47%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
60.1 fps ∼50% 0%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps ∼50%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps ∼47% -5%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
172.4 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
171 fps ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
164 fps ∼95% -5%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
138.6 fps ∼80% -20%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
114 fps ∼66% -34%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼35% -65%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps ∼100% +35%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps ∼95% +29%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼74% 0%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps ∼74%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
58.5 fps ∼72% -2%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps ∼44% -40%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
108 fps ∼100% +3%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
105.2 fps ∼97%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
96.6 fps ∼89% -8%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
84 fps ∼78% -20%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼72% -26%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼37% -62%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
86 fps ∼100% +49%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69 fps ∼80% +20%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps ∼69% +2%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
57.6 fps ∼67%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
54.9 fps ∼64% -5%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼47% -31%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼100% +15%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps ∼100% +15%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼89% +2%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
38.2 fps ∼87%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
37.2 fps ∼85% -3%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps ∼52% -40%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps ∼100% +63%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
93 fps ∼95% +55%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼61% 0%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps ∼61%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼48% -22%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps ∼100% +11%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
112.9 fps ∼92% +2%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼91% +1%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
111.1 fps ∼90%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 fps ∼80% -11%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼40% -56%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
189.85 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (173.5 - 189.9, n=8)
182.1 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
180 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus Zenfone 9 (Chrome 104)
147.648 Points ∼78% -22%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
113.8 Points ∼60% -40%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
90.1 Points ∼47% -53%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
81.383 Points ∼43% -57%
Average of class Smartphone (14.8 - 282, n=171, last 2 years)
77.1 Points ∼41% -59%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
341 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (228 - 347, n=8)
266 runs/min ∼78% -22%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
244 runs/min ∼72% -28%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
107 runs/min ∼31% -69%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
104 runs/min ∼30% -70%
Asus Zenfone 9
102 runs/min ∼30% -70%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
93.4 runs/min ∼27% -73%
Average of class Smartphone (12.8 - 375, n=158, last 2 years)
73.1 runs/min ∼21% -79%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (188 - 189, n=3)
188.3 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
188 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenfone 9 (Chrome 104)
146 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=58, last 2 years)
90.6 Points ∼48% -52%
OnePlus 10T
75 Points ∼40% -60%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
279 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (219 - 279, n=8)
254 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
219 Points ∼78% -22%
Asus Zenfone 9 (Chrome 104)
168 Points ∼60% -40%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
148 Points ∼53% -47%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
110 Points ∼39% -61%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
106 Points ∼38% -62%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 292, n=169, last 2 years)
104.7 Points ∼38% -62%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
65726 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (57143 - 65969, n=8)
63305 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
62664 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus Zenfone 9 (Chrome 104)
54646 Points ∼83% -17%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
43376 Points ∼66% -34%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
39982 Points ∼61% -39%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
37279 Points ∼57% -43%
Average of class Smartphone (3905 - 74261, n=196, last 2 years)
27605 Points ∼42% -58%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 12437, n=181, last 2 years)
2398 ms * ∼100% -383%
OnePlus 10T (Chrome 104)
1627.3 ms * ∼68% -228%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
1034 ms * ∼43% -108%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
930 ms * ∼39% -87%
Asus Zenfone 9 (Chrome 104)
768.66 ms * ∼32% -55%
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
496.4 ms * ∼21%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (414 - 507, n=8)
456 ms * ∼19% +8%
Apple iPhone 13 (Safari 15)
413.6 ms * ∼17% +17%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming - Gaming at Maximum Details

With the A15 Bionic SoC and its 5-core GPU Bionic A15 5-Core, the iPhone 14's performance is sufficient to smoothly display all of the games available on the App Store. The tactical shooter PUBG Mobile, for example, is buttery smooth even at the maximum "Ultra HD/Maximum" setting. Since the performance of the A15 GPU is very high, users will most likely not run into any performance issues for years.

Since our test app Gamebench does not yet support iOS 16, we unfortunately cannot show gaming benchmarks here. We hope to be able to append our results to this article as soon as possible.

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Emissions - More Than Just Lukewarm Under Load

Temperature

Under load, the iPhone 14 can reach a temperature of up to 41.7 °C (107.06 °F) and thus can feel somewhat uncomfortably warm after prolonged use. This can become especially bothersome when using the smartphone in environments that exceed the typical room temperature.

The internals of the Apple smartphone can also reach very high temperatures. As our 3DMark Wild Life stress tests show, this happens after running the benchmark app for only a few loops. Similar to the iPhone 13, the performance deficit over time amounts to about 10 to 15 %. Thanks to the high overall performance of the A15 Bionic, the throttling will likely only be an issue for very demanding apps and almost never during daily use.

Max. Load
 32.4 °C
90 F
33.5 °C
92 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
 34.6 °C
94 F
35.6 °C
96 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
 36.4 °C
98 F
39.7 °C
103 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
30.1 °C
86 F
36.2 °C
97 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30.6 °C
87 F
38 °C
100 F
33.2 °C
92 F
32 °C
90 F
41.7 °C
107 F
39.5 °C
103 F
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.5 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.7 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.8 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92.7 % ∼100% +10%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
84.1 % ∼91%
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
80.1 % ∼86% -5%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.1 % ∼57% -37%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.1 % ∼57% -37%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46.3 % ∼50% -45%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Apple iPhone 13
A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
77 % ∼100% +2%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
75.5 % ∼98%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54.9 % ∼71% -27%
Asus Zenfone 9
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
52.8 % ∼69% -30%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
% ∼0% -100%
OnePlus 10T
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
% ∼0% -100%
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Apple iPhone 14 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø14 (13.2-17.5)
Apple iPhone 13 A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.1 (12.3-16)
Apple iPhone 14 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø49.9 (48.4-57.6)
Apple iPhone 13 A15 GPU 4-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø47 (44.5-55.5)

Speakers

With one speaker on the bottom and one on the top above the notch, which serves as a hybrid speaker, the iPhone 14 uses the same stereo speaker setup that users of the iPhone 13 are already familiar with. The sound is still dominated by the treble, which makes for a somewhat feeble audio experience with annoying characteristics at high volume levels.

Wired headphones and speakers can be connected to the iPhone via the Lightning port or an appropriate adapter, while wireless devices can connect via Bluetooth 5.3. Since the aptX codecs are not supported, users should ensure their Bluetooth devices support the AAC codec.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.2382531.632.13128.224.54029.6285034.2366326.723.68019.421.710020.132.612513.839.516013.347.620010.448.325011.248.43159.553.2400957.75009.463.36309.365.580013.165.3100015.168.7125015.568.316009.671.620009.370.7250010.170.3315010.671.8400011.469.250001268.2630012.964.2800013.5641000014.168.51250014.966.61600015.558.5SPL24.480.9N0.548.6median 12median 65.3Delta2.17.729.53833.134.327.42831.331.730.332.729.628.924.124.520.730.417.639.414.845.712.34912.853.410.453.9957.611.363.214.464.817.166.31469.110.471.29.472.310.67111.473.813.676.713.768.215.370.715.467.716.66717.67017.366.917.662.726.383.20.754.5median 14median 66.92.88.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 14Apple iPhone 13
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 14 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple iPhone 13 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Marginally Better Than the iPhone 13

Energy Consumption

The A15 Bionic of the iPhone 14 shines with a very good energy efficiency and consumes even less power during idle than its SoC sibling iPhone 13. The slightly higher power draw under load can likely be explained by the additional GPU core. Android competitors in our comparison cannot come close to the energy efficiency of the iPhones.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 Watt
Load midlight 5.4 / 9.2 Watt
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Apple iPhone 14
3279 mAh
Apple iPhone 13
3240 mAh
Asus Zenfone 9
4300 mAh
Google Pixel 6
4614 mAh
OnePlus 10T
4800 mAh
Xiaomi 12
4500 mAh
Average Apple A15 Bionic
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-5%
-14%
-8%
-8%
-42%
-24%
-36%
Idle Minimum *
0.6
0.6
-0%
1.01
-68%
0.68
-13%
0.8
-33%
0.87
-45%
0.66 ?(0.51 - 1.1, n=8)
-10%
0.889 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=187, last 2 years)
-48%
Idle Average *
0.8
1
-25%
1.1
-38%
1
-25%
1.2
-50%
1.7
-113%
1.303 ?(0.8 - 2.2, n=8)
-63%
1.554 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=187, last 2 years)
-94%
Idle Maximum *
1
1.3
-30%
1.17
-17%
1.02
-2%
1.3
-30%
1.82
-82%
1.748 ?(1 - 4.2, n=8)
-75%
1.763 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=187, last 2 years)
-76%
Load Average *
5.4
4.5
17%
3.3
39%
5.39
-0%
3.5
35%
4.68
13%
4.85 ?(2.65 - 6.7, n=8)
10%
4.35 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=187, last 2 years)
19%
Load Maximum *
9.2
7.8
15%
7.89
14%
9
2%
5.9
36%
7.41
19%
7.77 ?(3.56 - 11.4, n=8)
16%
7.23 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=187, last 2 years)
21%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 nits)

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Apple iPhone 14 Apple A15 Bionic: Ø4.94 (0.779-10.1)
Apple iPhone 13 Apple A15 Bionic: Ø4.54 (0.574-10.7)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 nits)

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Apple iPhone 14 Apple A15 Bionic; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.37 (7.63-8.9)
Apple iPhone 13 Apple A15 Bionic; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.76 (4.8-9.44)
Apple iPhone 14 Apple A15 Bionic; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.701 (0.658-0.95)
Apple iPhone 13 Apple A15 Bionic; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.709 (0.637-1.368)

Battery Life

With 3729 mAh vs. 3240 mAh, the battery of the iPhone 14 is very slightly larger compared to the iPhone 13. While both batteries are small by Android standards, they use ther energy reserves very efficiently.

The iPhone 14 lasts ever-so-slightly longer than the iPhone 13 and with almost 17 hours of web-browsing use and 21 hours of video playback, achieves very good results.

The iPhone 14 supports a maximum charge rate of 20 watts. With the official, but unfortunately not included Apple charger, fully recharging the empty battery takes 1:34 hours. Alternatively, the smartphone can be charged at up to 15 watts via MagSafe or wirelessly via Qi Charging at up to 7.5 watts.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
44h 49min
WiFi Websurfing
16h 50min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
21h 06min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 49min
Apple iPhone 14
3279 mAh
Apple iPhone 13
3240 mAh
Asus Zenfone 9
4300 mAh
Google Pixel 6
4614 mAh
OnePlus 10T
4800 mAh
Xiaomi 12
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
1%
4%
-17%
-1%
-7%
Reader / Idle
2689
2734
2%
1685
-37%
2020
-25%
1795
-33%
2558
-5%
H.264
1266
1224
-3%
1401
11%
1219
-4%
1646
30%
890
-30%
WiFi v1.3
1010
1019
1%
825
-18%
627
-38%
856
-15%
760
-25%
Load
289
299
3%
462
60%
291
1%
332
15%
385
33%

Pros

+ excellent OLED display
+ dust- and waterproof
+ fast Wi-Fi
+ wide range of supported frequencies
+ great camera
+ very fast performance
+ good battery life

Cons

- display limited to 60 Hz
- charging rate limited to 20 watts
- no macro lens
- wide notch

Verdict on the Apple iPhone 14

In review: Apple iPhone 14
In review: Apple iPhone 14

Compared to last year's iPhone 13, not much has changed for the latest iPhone. An improved main camera, a stronger GPU part for the A15 Bionic, a slightly bigger battery, and software features such as a crash detection - those are some of the most important, but also almost the entirety of the new features the iPhone 14 has to offer.

Apple's message is clear: Users who are looking for innovation along the lines of the 48-MP camera, a faster SoC, or a 120-Hz display, will have to go with the more expensive pro models.

Spotting the differences between the iPhone 14 and its predecessor almost requires a magnifying glass. Regardless, the Apple phone remains an excellent, albeit expensive smartphone overall.

Despite or due to the mini upgrade, our verdict remains identical to that on the predecessor. The iPhone 14, too, is an excellent smartphone that belongs to the most high-end device class thanks to its build quality, display, camera, battery life, and performance.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks to the iPhone 14. Charging 800 USD for a smartphone with a 60-Hz display is something only Apple can get away with. Similarly, users are still going to have to contend with relatively slow fast charging and a wide notch. Furthermore, Apple's much-lauded satellite emergency SOS is limited to the US and Canada for now.

Alternatives to the iPhone 14 include both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro with the latter offering advantages such as an adaptive 120-Hz display and an additional telephoto camera for almost the same price. On the Android side, we recommend compact and powerful models such as the Asus ZenFone 9 or the Xiaomi 12.

Price and Availability

When purchased on the official store directly from Apple, the base model iPhone 14 with 128 GB storage costs 799 USD. The 256-GB and 512-GB models cost 899 USD and 1099 USD, respectively. Other retailers often list the smartphone for a similar price.

Apple iPhone 14 - 10/13/2022 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 69%
Weight
90%
Battery
92%
Display
90%
Games Performance
72 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
91 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 90 → 90%
Camera
80%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Manuel Masiero, 2022-10-13 (Update: 2022-10-13)