Is the iPhone 14 Worth the Upgrade for Stockpile Measurement?

Author: Stockpile Reports

Football season has officially started! That also means Apple announced the new lineup of iPhones. We eagerly watched the Apple event last week to see what new iPhone features will improve stockpile measurements with our SR Measure app.

As expected, there weren’t any shocking announcements that revolutionized the smartphone world. However, we highlight 3 enhancements to the new iPhone 14 lineup that will improve your stockpile measurement experience.

At the end of this article, we will sum up the enhancements and provide a recommendation that will help you decide if you should upgrade to the new iPhone 14.


Supersized Base Model

Apple unveiled a larger screen option for the base iPhone 14. In the past, if you wanted a larger screen you had to upgrade to the Pro model. Now the 6.7″ model is available for both the base and Pro model iPhones. Aside from having 21% more screen to better see what you are doing while measuring stockpiles, the larger format iPhone has a larger battery that translates into 6 more hours of usage before you need to recharge. The largest drawback to the larger screen is that it can be more cumbersome to hold one-handed.

The iPhone 14 and 14 pro side by side for size comparison

Less Shake = Better Video

The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro have greatly improved cameras. However, how much better? That is hard to say until we have the new phones in house.

We do know that the iPhone 14 received a feature from the Pro line this year that will help reduce blurry video: Sensor Shift Optical Image Stabilization. This feature mechanically shifts the camera sensor with your movement which reduces motion blur in the video. What does that mean for you? The image quality will improve if you have to walk over uneven terrain.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro also have larger sensors which help capture details in low-light situations. While this is a great enhancement, any iPhone from the XS lineup and newer already does great in low-light for stockpile measurement.

The Pro Turns Up the Light!

The iPhone 14 Pro’s screen is now brighter than ever before. The maximum outdoor brightness has increased to 2000 nits which makes it easier to see the screen on sunny days. To put that number in perspective, the screen is now 66% brighter outdoors than the previous generation iPhone. You may finally be able to measure a stockpile in the Texas sun without having to hold your hand over the screen to shade it.

WATCH: Dive Deep Into the iPhone 14 Details

If you want to dive deep into the detail of the new iPhone 14 lineup, our Chief Scientist, Jared Heinly, and our Technical Evangelist, Jonathan Stephens, hosted a livestream last week to break down everything we saw at the Apple keynote event. Jared explains what the advancements with each camera mean to an average user and what they mean for capturing objects in 3D.

Is It Worth Upgrading?

Steve Jobs’ daughter summed up the new iPhone perfectly in her social media post. The iPhone 14 looks just like the iPhone 13! Even with the advancements with the camera and screen, there wasn’t anything announced this year that makes this iPhone a must-have.

Our Buying Recommendation:
We recommend buying the iPhone 14 or 14 Pro if you have an iPhone 7 or older. This will be a huge leap in camera quality and a much faster user experience when navigating apps. You will also have fewer issues measuring stockpiles when the sun is low in the sky.

If you have an iPhone 12 or 13, this iPhone will feel mostly unchanged. We suggest upgrading only if you want the latest iPhone for non-Stockpile Reports uses.

For those of you holding an 8, X, XR, XS, or 11? That’s a hard one to answer, but we always recommend dressing for the mission. These iPhones have great cameras for SR Measure. For example, the XS and 11 model iPhones added XDR to their cameras which virtually eliminates sun flare in your measurements.  For general use, the 8, X, and XR are great smartphones. So, consider an upgrade if budget allows and you plan to use it for more than stockpile measurement.

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