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iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro go on sale, and Tim Cook’s excited [Updated]

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Apple customer holding the iPhone 14 Pro
Apple's latest iPhones go on sale today.
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The first set of iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max preorders began arriving for customers around the world Friday morning. Further, the phones are now on sale in more than 30 markets.

Apple Watch Series 8 and 2022 Apple Watch SE preorders are also arriving for customers today.

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.

Keep iPhone 14 safe on the mean streets with MagSafe Urban Folio

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The folio case keeps your iPhone 14 and other valuables safe.
The folio case keeps your iPhone 14 and other valuables safe.
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Some new accessories for iPhone 14 are almost unbelievably practical. Why just slap a plain-jane case on your handset when you get much more use out of a Laut MagSafe Urban Folio?

The Urban Folio is both a protective case and a handy, detachable wallet for your cards and cash. And you can get right now in the Cult of Mac Store.

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.

iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max review roundup: A trip to Dynamic Island

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iPhone 14 Pro wait times already stretch into October
Early reviews of the iPhone 14 Pro models are generally very positive about the Dynamic Island, Apple's replacement for the screen notch.
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The first reviews of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max praise the replacement for the screen notch and the always-on display. Most are unimpressed with the 48-megapixel camera, though.

Some early feedback from reviewers on Apple’s newest top-tier handsets might help you decide if you want to upgrade.

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.

Enter to win a shiny new elago iPhone 14 case of your choice [Cult of Mac giveaway]

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Pick your color with the new elago iPhone 14 Silicone Cases.
Pick your color with a new iPhone 14 silicone case from elago.
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This week’s giveaway is to ensure your glossy new iPhone 14 is protected the best way possible. elago, one of our favorite Apple accessory-makers, just launched its new iPhone 14 cases, and we are giving three lucky readers a chance get their hands on one of them.

The best bit is, if you win, the case choice is yours.

Go luxe with Mujjo’s new leather iPhone 14 cases

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Mujjo's new cases feature Ecco leather and machined metal buttons.
Mujjo's new cases feature Ecco leather and machined metal buttons.
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New iPhone 14 owners have a luxe choice of case in Mujjo’s new lineup of leather cases, with wallet or not. The company rolled them out the same day Apple released the iPhone 14 series.

Mujjo said all the new cases include “machined metal buttons to optimize responsiveness.”