OPINION: Apple introduced a host of new technologies this week, including the iPhone 14 family of phones, AirPods 2 Pro, Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch SE 2, and Apple Watch Ultra.
And while I found a lot to get excited about with the Apple Watch Ultra and Pro models on the iPhone 14, I struggled to really get excited about the base iPhone 14 for one key reason: There’s a much more interesting flagship around the corner. I’m talking, of course, about the already presented Google Pixel 7.
The Pixel 7 is the long awaited sequel to one of my favorite phones to come out in the last 12 months, the Pixel 6. The phone was unveiled at Google I/O 2022, showing off the look of the phone and its Pro sibling alongside the Pixel Watch and Pixel Tablet.
While Google didn’t reveal anything about its specs at the event, I think it’s already more exciting than the iPhone 14 for several reasons. First, because of how much I’ve enjoyed using the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ever since we got them to test.
Both phones offer best-in-class camera performance, gorgeous screens, and a few features you won’t find anywhere else thanks to the use of Google’s homemade Tensor silicon. The coolest feature I use regularly includes the phone’s ability to translate in real time, record conversations, and Magic Eraser.
The latter is a photo mode that allows you to retroactively remove unwanted people or objects from photos in the camera app. I have used it more than once to save photos from important events such as my anniversary. This feature is also exclusive to Pixel phones as it is based on the machine learning capabilities of the Tensor chip.
Since Google is teasing that it’s going to use next-gen Tensor 2 silicon to further improve the Pixel 7’s camera performance and add even more exclusive new features, that automatically makes it more interesting than the iPhone 14 in my eyes.
The second reason I think the iPhone 14 isn’t as eye-catching as its rapidly approaching rival Google is simple. In particular, that the iPhone 14 is a very boring update.
The body looks identical to the iPhone 13, features the same A15 Bionic chip (rather than the new A16 Bionic found in Pro mode) and has the same size 6.1-inch screen that hasn’t been updated to support Quick Variable. refresh rate, advertising screen. In 2022, this is a strange omission as Android phones, which cost significantly less, now have fast screen refresh as standard.
As far as I can tell, Apple only updated the camera for a jump up from the iPhone 13. Apple added autofocus to the front camera while making a number of hardware and software upgrades to the rear camera to help boost the low resolution. easy execution.
Don’t get me wrong, if Apple’s claims ring true, when we get the iPhone 14 for testing they’ll be welcome as low light was a key area where the iPhone 13 struggled to compete with the best camera phones when we reviewed it in last time. year. But that’s still not enough to make the iPhone 14 as exciting as the Pixel 7 in my opinion.
That’s why I can’t help but feel that Apple’s iPhone 14 is a boring release that could very well be overshadowed in the very near future.