iPhone 14 Plus

Funny new Apple ad highlights long, long battery life of iPhone 14 Plus

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Funny new Apple ad highlights long, long battery life of iPhone 14 Plus
This guy has all day to listen to his favorite rappers on his iPhone 14 Plus.
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Battery for Miles, a just-released advert for Apple, stars an elderly farmer driving a tractor and listening to Ludacris on his iPhone … as one does. He’s many hours from his destination but he doesn’t care — his iPhone 14 Plus has all the battery life he needs.

Apple also premiered Crash Test to advertise the iPhone’s Crash Detection feature.

iPhone 14 Plus is more successful than iPhone 13 mini was

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iPhone 14 Plus review: Go big or go home
iPhone 14 Plus is selling better than many had previously thought.
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Apple’s experiment with the iPhone 14 Plus is paying off… somewhat. The first 6.7-inch non-Pro model is selling much better than the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini it replaced, according to a market analysis firm.

That said, the Plus reportedly has the weakest demand of any of the handsets Apple released in fall 2022.

Yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus hit store shelves

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Yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus hit store shelves
The wait is over: iPhone 14 and 14 Plus in yellow are now in stores.
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The recently announced iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in yellow casings are now in Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores.

The new color option was announced in early March and then went up for preorder a few days ago, but Tuesday is the real launch day.

Yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus go up for preorders

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iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus now come in yellow as well as a rainbow of other colors.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus now come in yellow as well as a rainbow of other colors.
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The online Apple store began taking preorders on Friday for the recently announced iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in yellow casings.

The canary-colored handsets won’t be in stores until March 14,though.

Why Apple should drop the iPhone 14 Plus

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Why Apple should drop the iPhone 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Plus should go.
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The iPhone 14 Plus isn’t selling well, and the same was true for the model it replaced, the iPhone 13 mini. With that in mind, it seems reasonable for Apple reduce the number of product lines it offers.

There are currently five iPhone models in production. Dropping to four would benefit the company and its customers.

Apple launches yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, plus new case colors

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iPhone 14 lineup colors: You can't miss the yellow one on the right. The others are midnight, starlight, Product (Red), blue and purple.
You can't miss the yellow one on the right. The others are midnight, starlight, Product(Red), blue and purple.
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Apple rolled out yellow versions of its iPhone 14 and 14 Plus handsets Tuesday as part of a typical midcycle refresh. The new color joins midnight, starlight, Product(Red), blue and purple in the lineup. Apple made four new silicone case colors available, too.

You can preorder the new yellow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus as of Friday. The new phones arrive in stores on March 14, Apple said. The cases are available now.

iPhone 14 Pro wait times now stretch to 2023

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iPhone 14 Pro in 2023
If you haven't already ordered an iPhone 14 Pro, it won't arrive before 2023.
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It’s no longer possible to order a new top-tier iPhone from Apple and have it delivered this year. The iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max are both backordered until early January 2023.

The delay is the result of strong demand for these handsets coupled with production problems in China.

iOS 16.1.2 aims to fix iPhone 14 Crash Detection feature

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iOS 16.1.2 aims to fix iPhone 14 Crash Detection feature
iPhone 14 Crash Detection feature should only be set off by a real crash.
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The new iOS 16.1.2 update is intended to make the iPhone 14 stop calling for an ambulance when the user takes a tumble. It includes “Crash Detection optimizations” according to Apple.

The update released Wednesday also makes some other tweaks so it’s worth installing on all compatible iPhones.

Show your iPhone 14’s guts with bold new schematic wallpaper

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Show off your iPhone 14's innards in the form of a schematic wallpaper.
Show off your iPhone 14's innards in the form of a schematic wallpaper.
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Mac maven Basic Apple Guy just rolled out a project he said he’s been slaving over since late September — a set of detailed and layered iPhone 14 schematics you can download and use as display wallpaper in your choice of colors on your handset.

It’s kind of like displaying an X-Ray of your iPhone on the device itself. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus schematics are out Tuesday with the ones for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max following on Wednesday.

It’s already too late to order iPhone 14 Pro in time for Christmas

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The new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come in four colors -- two of them new (space black and dark purple).
It's too late for many people to have a shiny new iPhone 14 Pro under their Christmas tree.
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There are going to be many sad Apple fans this Christmas. An iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max ordered today won’t arrive until after Christmas – six weeks from now.

Problems at a giant iPhone assembly plant in China mean the supply of the two iPhone 14 Pro models is falling far behind demand.

Apple launches free Emergency SOS via satellite on all iPhone 14 models

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Apple launches free Emergency SOS via satellite on all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models
Starting Tuesday, an iPhone 14 can now communicate with satellites.
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iPhone 14 models can now use Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite service. It allows users of the latest iOS handsets to exchange texts with emergency services while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.

The new feature debuted Tuesday in the United States. Apple says the satellite SOS service will become available in France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom starting in December.

Dress up iPhone 14 in a classy and protective leather case

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Mujjo's leather wallet case carries up to three cards.
Mujjo's leather wallet case carries up to three cards.
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There’s nothing like leather to add stylish protection to your iPhone. If you have a new iPhone 14, it’s a good idea to dress up that pricey device in a high-quality leather case that’ll protect the handset and look good doing it.

For whichever iPhone 14 model you have, you can find eight Mujjo leather and leather-wallet iPhone 14 cases in the Cult of Mac Store.

Roller coasters set off iPhone 14 Crash Detection

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Roller coasters set off iPhone 14 Crash Detection
"This ride is so much fun it should make my iPhone call 911!"
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People are reportedly getting off roller coasters and discovering that their new iPhone 14 called 911 for them. Turns out the handsets mistook thrilling rides for a car wreck and thought their users needed emergency help. It’s an unintended result of Crash Detection, a feature added to Apple’s latest handsets.

Fortunately, there are a couple of options to use as a workaround until Apple has a better solution.

iPhone 14 Plus review: Go big or go home ★★★★

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iPhone 14 Plus review: Go big or go home★★★★
The iPhone 14 Plus offers a big, beautiful display and impressive battery life at a nice price.
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The iPhone 14 Plus combines two popular phone features: larger screens and lower prices. With a 6.7-inch screen, it offers Apple’s largest display but for a lot less money than any previous model this size.

I replaced my iPhone 13 with the larger Plus. The large screen and lengthy battery life make me happy with the change, and they’re why I recommend others choose a larger iPhone, too.

iPhone 14 Plus finally goes on sale

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iPhone 14 Plus has a 6.7-inch screen and a long battery life.
You can finally get your hands on the iPhone 14 Plus.
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A month after its announcement, the iPhone 14 Plus finally goes on sale in over 30 markets today. The ‘Plus’ model is the newest addition to Apple’s iPhone lineup.

With a starting price tag of $899, the iPhone 14 Plus is $100 more expensive than the iPhone 14. But for that additional money, you get a bigger 6.7-inch display and longer battery life.

iPhone 14 Plus review roundup: Bigger is better

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Why iPhone 14 Plus is delayed until October
The iPhone 14 Plus delivers a large screen with a lengthy battery life.
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Early reviews of the iPhone 14 Plus praise its long battery life and large display. There are also positive comments on the camera and the smartphone’s weight.

Apple’s first 6.7-inch non-Pro handset reaches store shelves on Friday.

iPhone 14 Plus vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison: Which is right for you?

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iPhone 14 Plus vs iPhone 14 Pro Max comparison: Which 6.7-inch iPhone 14 is right for you?
Which 6.7-inch iPhone 14 is right for you?
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If you want an iPhone 14 with a large screen, you now have two choices: iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

That’s because Apple tweaked its iPhone 14 lineup this year, replacing the “mini” model with a “Plus” variant. The new iPhone 14 Plus comes with a 6.7-inch display, giving it similar dimensions to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, it comes with different features — and a smaller price tag.

So, what compromises did Apple make to reach that lower price point? And, if you want a large iPhone, which model should you buy? Read our comparison of the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max to find out.

iPhone 14 Pro wait times stretch out to November

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iPhone 14 Pro Camera
You'll need patience when ordering an iPhone 14 Pro.
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The two iPhone 14 Pro models have been on the market for several weeks now but demand still outstrips supply. As a result, anyone shopping for the handsets should expect to wait until November to get one, especially the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The iPhone 14 Plus is set to launch October 7 and already has a short wait time beyond that date. Those shopping for the basic iPhone 14 face no wait.

iPhone 14 series is a bigger hit than iPhone 13

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The new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come in four colors -- two of them new (space black and dark purple).
While Apple is producing fewer iPhone 14 units, it's making a lot more iPhone 14 Pro Max ones.
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Reports that Apple is making fewer iPhone 14 units than its predecessor are true… but that’s not the whole story. Apple is producing many more units in the entire iPhone 14 series than it did the earlier models, according to an analyst.

And the change will be a benefit for Apple’s bottom line.

iPhone 14 Pro wait times reach 4 to 6 weeks

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iPhone 14 Pro has the processing power for great gaming.
If you waited to order an iPhone 14 Pro until now, you'll have to be patient for weeks before receiving it.
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If a coworker came in today with a new iPhone 14 Pro, you may have decided you just have to have one. Bad news: the wait is a month or more before it can be delivered.

There’s much better news for anyone interested in the more basic iPhone 14.

Choose from Speck’s array of 10 new iPhone 14 MagSafe cases

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Speck's lineup of new iPhone 14 series cases includes 10 models.
Speck's lineup of new iPhone 14 series cases includes 10 models.
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Speck released a wide assortment of 10 new cases for the iPhone 14 series. All but one of them are designed for MagSafe. The collection includes Presidio cases with 13-foot drop protection and and upgraded version of the colorful CandyShell Pro case.

The company said the cases are slim, durable and protective, with Microban antimicrobial protection.

iPhone 14 Pro performance whips Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra [Updated]

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iPhone 14 Pro performance whips Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The iPhone 14 Pro comes out way ahead of the Galaxy S22 Ultra in a popular cross-platform benchmark test.
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Benchmark tests done on the newly announced iPhone 14 Pro show that its Apple A16 processor offers far better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

So, for another year, Apple’s flagship smartphone is much faster than Samsung’s.

iPhone 14 review roundup: Deja vu all over again

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iPhone 14
iPhone 14 could be a good upgrade for those coming from iPhone 11 or older.
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Early reviews of the new iPhone 14 are rolling in. The consensus? It’s a capable iPhone — basically an iPhone 13 with minimal improvements (and nowhere near as cool as the feature-rich iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max).

So it’s not quite worth an upgrade from an iPhone 13, or maybe even the fairly similar iPhone 12. Only people holding iPhone 11 and older have something to get excited about.

But for some who want the big screen of the iPhone 14 Plus — not yet in the hands of reviewers — an upgrade from a recent handset may be worth it.

Why iPhone 14 Plus is delayed until October

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Why iPhone 14 Plus is delayed until October
No one can get their hands on the iPhone 14 until October. Here's why.
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Three of the new iPhone 14 series models first reach customers on September 16, but not the iPhone 14 Plus. That’s on hold for three extra weeks.

Apple didn’t explain the delay, but an analyst has the likely reason why: Cupertino can’t get enough of a critical component.