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Has Apple’s iPhone 14 Made Its Fanbase A House Divided?

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The scaled-down approach to the basic variants contrasts with Apple’s focus on the Pro models, which get a very different screen design with the ‘dynamic island’, which has many usage scenarios

The scaled-down approach to the basic variants contrasts with Apple’s focus on the Pro models, which get a very different screen design with the ‘dynamic island’, which has many usage scenarios

Apple announced four new handsets under the iPhone 14 series on Wednesday, which may have split its fan base. The division stems from the company’s plan to split its latest smartphone between base variants and Pro models. A deep dive into the device specs reveals a stark contrast between the variants – the system on chip (SoC).

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Apple has placed the A15 bionic processor in the basic variants of iPhone 14. This same chipset powers its predecessor and the iPhone SE 2022. The phones use the same lens arrangement as the previous iPhone 13 series and there are only a few incremental changes.

Also, Apple has killed the mini variant of the Series 14 iPhone and replaced it with iPhone 14 Plus, which has a 6.7-inch notch display. The base models come with satellite connectivity, which may not be available in all areas, and the crash detection sensor. The OLED displays generate 1200 nits peak brightness and feature Dolby Vision. For a change, both iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus get iOS 16 out of the box.

For the Indian market, “basic models will fuel the aspirants who want to join the Apple family,” said Faisal Kawoosa, founder and chief analyst at Techarc.

The scaled-down approach to the basic variants contrasts with the company’s focus on the Pro models, which get a very different screen design with the ‘dynamic island’, which has many usage scenarios.

An iPhone 14 series handset featuring the pill-shaped ‘dynamic island’ | Photo credit: Apple

Leg up for Pro

For the first time in three years, Apple has changed the pattern of the rear camera. Now it has a 48MP main lens, accompanied by a 12MP telephoto camera and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor.

The iPhone 14 Pro series is powered by the A16 Bionic SoC, which is said to improve performance and battery life. The screen size is comparable to the basic variants; but the peak brightness goes up to 2000 nits.

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