Happy iPhone launch day! The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are officially in customer hands and available at Apple Stores around the world. We managed to grab an iPhone 14 Pro and thought we’d show it off for MacRumors readers waiting for their deliveries or still trying to decide on a purchase.
Above all, Dynamic Island is one of the coolest new features of the iPhone 14 Pro, as it’s a clever redesign that turns the TrueDepth system hardware into part of the user interface. Right out of the box, Dynamic Island works great and will change the way we view information and interact with our iPhones.
The dynamic island changes form and function for alerts such as incoming phone calls, AirPods connection, Face ID, Apple Pay, charging, camera use, music playback, and more . It does a lot, and since it’s in the foreground, it feels like a more seamless and integrated notification experience.
Apple has also introduced always-on display technology, which is a notable change and brings the iPhone 14 Pro models in line with the Apple Watch. Always-on display is just a darker version of your lock screen with no additional customization options, so you can see the time, your widgets, and a dimmed version of your wallpaper even when the screen is on. the iPhone is not used. The always-on display uses a new 1Hz refresh rate to preserve battery life, but reviews so far have suggested you might see a bit of battery drain while using it. We will test that next week.
There’s a new 48-megapixel camera in the iPhone 14 Pro, which also features an updated sensor that lets in more light, plus “Photonic Engine” software optimizations that further improve low-light photography . The images sure look fantastic, but we’ll dive deeper into the camera to really dig into the differences between the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro models.
You’ll notice the improvements in low-light photography, and with close-up photos, you can see more natural bokeh even when you’re not using Portrait mode.
By default, Apple uses pixel binning to combine four pixel data into one for a 12-megapixel photo from the 48-megapixel lens, but you can take full 48-megapixel RAW images. With this option you can crop decently, and Apple has also used it to provide a 2x zoom option available in addition to the telephoto 3x zoom. The 2x zoom is nicer for portraits, so it’s great to have options.
For video, there’s an Action mode that makes action sequences smoother and eliminates camera shake, mimicking what you might get when using a gimbal. Action mode works up to 2.8K resolution, and outside of Action mode you have 4K video available at 60, 30, and 24 fps. Sadly, we never got that rumored 8K video option.
Moving on to the A16, the iPhone 14 Pro models are the only ones to get an updated chip this year. The A16 is the first chip built on TSMC’s 4-nanometer process, an upgrade from the 5-nanometer process. The smaller node basically means the chips are faster and more efficient. The A15 was already extremely fast, so you might not see noticeable changes in day-to-day use, and on the benchmarks we can see differences in CPU and GPU performance, but that’s not a drastic upgrade.
We weren’t able to test collision detection or emergency SOS via satellite in time for this video, but these are two safety features that make the iPhone more valuable than ever in an emergency situation, and we will check in more detail on a later date.
Did you buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max? Let us know what you think in the comments. Note that most features except collision detection and satellite connectivity are limited to iPhone 14 Pro models and not available on iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus.
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