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Apple’s iPhone 14 is shaping up to be a game-changer for the iPhone lineup, with new features that are set to differentiate it from its predecessor, the iPhone 13.
The company’s senior director of iPhone design, Richard Dinh, recently spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald and made some bold claims about the new device. Despite having the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13, Dinh says that the iPhone 14 is actually more powerful than the iPhone 13 Pro.
Historically, Apple has given all new iPhones the same A-series chip upgrade, with differentiation between the base and Pro models achieved through things like camera features. Last year, however, the iPhone Pro models received an upgrade to the new A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus were powered by the same A15 chip as the iPhone 13.
Dinh says that the iPhone 14’s performance is better sustained than last year’s Pro models, thanks to a design overhaul that includes a central aluminum structure that acts as a backbone and helps to dissipate heat more evenly across the entire surface. This design change helps to reduce thermal throttling, which is when a device slows down to avoid overheating.
In addition to better performance, Dinh highlights other advantages of upgrading from the iPhone 13 to 14. The new model is lighter, easier to repair, and has a longer battery life. The camera has also been improved, with a larger main camera, better low-light performance, and a brand-new ambient light sensor in the back.
One of the biggest changes with the iPhone 14 is its repairability. Unlike the iPhone 13 and models before it, the back glass on the iPhone 14 can be removed, making repairs easier and less risky. This is a major departure from older models, which required the display to be removed to access any internal components, and it’s the reason why the cost of repairing a screen fault has almost halved.