Apple iPhone 14 Plus overview: It’s an iPhone, however larger


Yearly Apple has a shock or two in retailer for its gadget lineup, and for 2022 a type of twists is the iPhone 14 Plus. That is as a result of as an alternative of constant to make a mini model of the fundamental iPhone, Apple has lastly created a extra reasonably priced big-screen possibility beginning at $899 for anybody who does not want or need to shell out for a $1,099 iPhone 14 Professional Max.

That stated, we have already taken a giant take a look at the vanilla iPhone 14. So in lieu of rehashing what is basically the identical telephone however with an even bigger show, this overview goes to give attention to an important parts together with what’s totally different on this 12 months’s new Plus mannequin.


  • Greater 6.7-inch display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Cheaper than iPhone 14 Professional Max


  • No 120Hz refresh charge
  • Nonetheless no USB-C port

The fundamentals

Packing a 6.7-inch OLED display with a 2778 x 1284 decision, the iPhone 14 Plus is similar dimension because the Professional Max, however with a a lot lighter physique (203 grams vs 240 grams). Actually, resulting from issues like its triple rear cameras and heavy stainless-steel body, the iPhone 14 Professional truly weighs a tiny bit extra (206 grams) than the 14 Plus, regardless of having a considerably smaller display.

Like the standard model, the iPhone 14 Plus features just two rear cameras.

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The iPhone 14 Plus has the identical fundamental options as the usual iPhone 14. You get a extra playful number of colours (blue, purple, midnight, starlight and pink) than the Professional line, however lose out on some extra refined tech comparable to Apple’s Dynamic Island, the brand new A16 Bionic chip or a devoted telephoto digicam. As a substitute, you get an A15 Bionic processor (the identical as final 12 months’s fashions), simply two rear cameras (together with the 12MP foremost sensor from the iPhone 13 Professional), and a brand new 12MP TrueDepth selfie cam in entrance.

The telephone nonetheless feels premium although, and has greater than sufficient efficiency to deal with something you may throw at it. And as one other perk for all of the butterfingered people on the market, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus have a brand new mid-frame that makes it simpler to interchange back and front glass panels within the occasion of an accident.

The iPhone 14 Plus (203 grams) is significantly lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max (240 grams).

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Simply do not attempt to carry over the bodily SIM card out of your earlier telephone, as a result of like the remainder of the iPhone 14 line, the Plus solely works with eSIMs. This modification should not be an enormous deal as a result of Apple has supported eSIMs on its telephone for years. However for many who have not made the change, simply bear in mind to save lots of time to contact your provider with a purpose to convert your bodily card right into a digital one.


The obvious benefit of the iPhone 14 Plus’ elevated dimensions is its potential to suit an even bigger display, and over the course of a few week, utilizing it has been a delight. When displaying HDR content material, Apple says peak brightness can go as excessive as 1,200 nits. In the meantime, utilizing a lightweight meter, I discovered that our overview unit truly exceeded its claimed typical brightness of 800 nits, hitting simply shy of 825 nits. And since it is an OLED panel, you get excellent distinction and vivid colours.

Thanks to its OLED panel, the iPhone 14 Plus outputs bright, vivid images.

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Actually, once in a while I discover myself pleasantly shocked {that a} telephone with a display this huge and vibrant is as gentle as it’s. That weight discount makes it just a bit bit simpler to carry than the Professional Max or comparable big-screen telephones whereas watching motion pictures. The one draw back to that’s as a result of the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus nonetheless characteristic 60Hz panels, show aficionados could extra simply discover that quick motion or UI animations do not look fairly as easy as they could on an iPhone or iPad with a 120Hz ProMotion display.

Battery life

The opposite huge improve on the iPhone 14 Plus over the usual mannequin is battery life, which is solely superior. A variety of gadget makers speak about making handsets that may final a number of days, however in my expertise, the iPhone 14 Plus is among the few that really delivers. Even with me going by way of customary setup, working a slate of benchmarks, watching a handful of YouTube movies and plowing by way of a bunch of ranges in Ustwo’s charming techniques recreation Desta, I nonetheless completed the day with greater than 45 p.c juice left. That meant even with average use, I did not have to fret about recharging till going to sleep the next evening.

Sadly, the iPhone 14 Plus still relies on a Lightning connector for wired charging and data transfer.

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And whereas I am primarily an Android person, I additionally need to commend the superb standby instances you get with iPhones. Sometimes I am used to telephones dropping between three and 5 p.c battery in a single day, however on the iPhone 14 Plus, I am taking a look at one, perhaps two p.c. I do know that does not sound like a ton, however it actually goes to indicate how environment friendly Apple’s handsets are. And in our customary video rundown take a look at, the iPhone 14 Plus lasted a whopping 21 hours and 17 minutes, which is the second longest time we have seen from any telephone this 12 months, solely behind the OnePlus 10T’s mark of twenty-two:59.


Not like the Professional line, the iPhone 14 Plus solely will get two rear cameras: a 12MP major shooter and a 12MP ultra-wide with a 120-degree discipline of view. In daytime pictures, the iPhone captured wealthy, punchy colours and many element that does not go away a lot room for critique. Nonetheless, if I am actually nitpicking, I did discover that when in comparison with the Pixel 6 Professional, the iPhone 14 Plus sometimes overexposed some pictures, which resulted in barely extra washed-out colours and a bit much less dynamic vary.

Thanks to its larger 6.7-inch display, watching movies and snapping pics is much more enjoyable on the iPhone 14 Plus compared to its smaller sibling.

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In the meantime in low gentle, the iPhone 14 Plus nearly matched the efficiency of Google’s Evening Sight mode on the Pixel 6 Professional, capturing vivid photographs with good element. In a single shot at evening of Grogu (aka child Yoda), the iPhone 14 Plus captured a stunning golden glow from close by lights. Sadly, that impact was considerably exaggerated as evidenced by the Pixel 6 Professional’s picture, which appears to be like extra balanced whereas additionally that includes barely sharper particulars on Grogu’s gown and the vegetation in again.

I feel the most important improve to the iPhone 14 Plus’ basic photograph expertise, although, is the Photonic Engine. Low gentle photograph processing is as much as two and a half instances sooner, which implies there’s much less ready round between pictures, and extra importantly, there’s additionally a smaller probability you’ll miss out on capturing that magic second.

Gallery: iPhone 14 Plus digicam samples | 6 Pictures

Apple’s improved digicam expertise carries over to the iPhone 14’s 12MP front-facing digicam as nicely. That is as a result of due to the addition of a real autofocus system (as an alternative of a hard and fast focus distance like on a number of different telephones), you may take sharper selfies with means much less effort. And for somebody like me who does not have a tried-and-tested selfie-taking posture like our resident selfie queen Cherlynn Low does, this makes it quite a bit simpler to seize a good wanting shot once I do.


Now I do know that the addition of a barely bigger fundamental iPhone to the road is way from a recreation changer. However, the introduction of the iPhone 14 Plus actually fleshes out the lineup. Beforehand, for those who needed an iPhone with a giant display, you had no alternative however to shell out for the Professional Max mannequin, which prices over $1,000. However with the 14 Plus, you will get the identical dimension display with out having to pay for fancy options you won’t need or want. As a bonus, its thermal administration is even higher than the usual mannequin, so that you nearly by no means have to fret about getting sweaty palms.

Thanks to a new mid-frame, it should be much easier to the repair the 14 Pluus compared to previous generations.

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I am nonetheless a bit bummed that it looks as if the Mini line needed to die to make means for the Plus, as a result of then the iPhone household would have a very nice vary of sizes and costs. I also needs to level out that Google gives a equally sized display and a devoted telephoto lens for a similar worth within the Pixel 6 Professional (and shortly, the Pixel 7 Professional, most likely). However I do know asking longtime Apple customers to modify OSes is pointless. So for all of the iPhone followers who simply desire a acquainted gadget with an even bigger display and excellent battery life, nicely then you definitely’re in luck as a result of the 14 Plus is your new champion.

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