If the iPhone 14 isn't enough phone for you but you don't want to go iPhone 14 Pro Max, the new iPhone 14 Plus might be for you. And now that the review embargo has lifted we can see what people make of the new 6.7-inch monster.
As we could probably have predicted, the iPhone 14 Plus is an iPhone 14, but bigger. And that's just fine.
Bigger and better
The new iPhone 14 Plus comes with a 6.7-inch screen, larger than the standard iPhone 14's 6.1-inch offering. That's a big difference for people who want some extra screen real estate, but it also means that the device itself is larger. As a result, there's more battery inside with Apple saying this is the longest-lasting iPhone ever.
If the early reviews are any indication, it might have a point.
The Verge notes that Apple is keeping some features back for the Pro models, even if they're already available on competing Android devices.
"There’s no ProMotion, super-smooth scrolling 120Hz refresh rate here, which is a shame. Apple’s still reserving that for the Pro models, long after fast refresh rates have become the norm for Android phones at the same price," the review notes. "It’s not something you’ll miss if you’re coming from a phone with the same standard 60Hz refresh rate, but I did notice it when I switched from the 14 Pro — maybe even more so because the screen is so big."
The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern says the iPhone 14 Plus is the best option "for those looking for a big phone with long battery life that’s a little lighter on frills."
Great iPhone, but not a Pro
What many of the reviews note is that while the iPhone 14 Plus does have that larger screen, it isn't quite the same as the one in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It's the same size, yes, but it lacks 120Hz ProMotion and the new Always-On Display, so if those are things you need you're going to want to go Pro.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.