Apple has officially announced the iPhone 14. It is packed full of new features, incremental improvements, and groundbreaking digital trends. For fans of Apple and the iPhone, it’s an exciting next step in the line of phones.
The phone was announced via the annual Keynote event on September 7, and it will be available at stores and for delivery on October 7. If you’re into iOS app development, here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone.
Building on Expectations
The new iPhone is building on a long legacy of success, and fans can expect incremental improvements in many aspects of the device. There are still two versions, the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro. Additionally, you can get a “Plus” variation of either phone with extended battery life.
The new batteries reach a maximum of 26 hours of video playback. That is on a larger and improved screen with better video. Part of the improved battery life is thanks to enhanced thermal efficiency with the A15 chip. This is the same chip that was in the iPhone 13, but refined to squeak out more efficiency. Android app development might be taking a backseat as everyone rushes to take advantage of the new iPhone.
Some New Tricks
The iPhone 14 has a brand new camera, and you can expect better, bolder pictures and video. It also features a new ceramically shielded screen that Apple is claiming to be the toughest in the industry.
Alongside these hardware changes, Apple has some new software tricks up their sleeve, and they were proud to give each a segment in the recent Keynote event. You won’t find anything about Android apps development in here.
The big talk of the day was safety. Apple has new safety features for all of its mobile devices. As they pertain to the new iPhone, there are two that require some explanation.
First is the new satellite SOS feature. If you are outside of cell service, your iPhone 14 will be able to send emergency text messages via satellite. No matter where you are in the world, this feature should be able to connect and send out a request for help.
The other is crash detection. For a few years now, iPhones have been able to detect when you are driving, and they will even send automated responses to any messages to inform your contacts that you’re not available.
Crash detection adds a new application to that technology. Your phone can now identify when you have been in a vehicular crash. It will ask if you want to contact emergency services, and if it doesn’t get a response from you, it will call for help automatically.
Developing Android apps will want to play catch-up with these safety improvements.
On a completely different note, Apple also unveiled Dynamic Island. This is a software update for iPhone 14 (Pro versions) that gives users more control with fewer steps.
Dynamic Island appears as a banner at the top of the phone. It can give you notifications and allow you to control various interactions on the phone, all without leaving the app you are currently using.
As an example, if you’re using your iPhone to control your Apple TV while reading emails, you can turn the volume of the TV up or down without leaving your email app. The full range of options is rather expansive. The new iPhone really caters to multitasking and convenience. It works with any web application or other feature on the phone. Anyone working in iOS apps development can incorporate Dynamic Island controls into their app features.
The last major update is Apple Fitness+. Apple has decided that this should be available to all iPhone users as a default. So, when you order your new iPhone, it will come with the Apple Fitness app out of the box, however full access to Apple Fitness+ stil requires a paid subscription.
Apple Fitness+ gives you live coaching, recorded fitness instructions, a fitness community, and everything else packed into the feature. It will all connect with your Apple ID, making it easy to get the most from your fitness benefits.