Apple launched the all-new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max at the Far Out event. We call them “all new” because there are a number of changes and new features to talk about. This is the first time that Apple has made changes to the notch which it launched with the iPhone X in 2017. They are also the first iPhones to feature a 48-megapixel camera sensor and features such as collision detection and satellite connectivity.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max sport a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display respectively. The old notch design has been replaced with a new design. It now has a pill-shaped cutout for the Face ID sensors and a punch-hole for the front camera, but when you look at it, it looks like a single pill-shaped cutout. The good thing is that Apple uses this space to provide real-time alerts and notifications for various apps through cool animations.
The feature is officially called Dynamic Island. It will help you keep updated on various background activities such as maps, music, timer, ongoing phone calls, live scores, etc. A user can press and hold the same to get more information about the particular activity. It will work with Apple and third-party apps as long as they support it.
Both models have screens with a 120Hz refresh rate, but there’s a new controller that will allow it to drop the refresh rate to 1Hz. This is the first time Apple has added Always-On Display functionality. to an iPhone. The new panels support up to 2,000 nits of maximum outdoor brightness, which is the highest on a smartphone.
In the camera department, the iPhone 14 Pro models come with a 48-megapixel quad-pixel camera sensor with an f/1.78 aperture. This means that it will take 12 megapixel photos by default, which is also the case on Android smartphones. It further offers a 2x telephoto option which can be used to click full resolution photos and 4K videos without digital zoom. The other two cameras include a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom.
The front camera is a 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. It comes with improved low-light performance for clicking photos and videos. You’ll get all the usual camera features like Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4, ProRAW, and Portrait Mode with six lighting effects.
There are two new features called Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite. The first feature will allow the iPhone to detect a serious car accident and call emergency services when a user is unable to reach the device or is unconscious. The second feature will help users to send messages via satellite connectivity when cellular reception is not available. It will contain a few questions for a user to answer to assess the situation. It will also help users point their iPhones in the right direction for the best possible connection.
Both iPhone 14 Pro models are powered by the new A16 Bionic chipset. Apple claims it’s 40% faster than the competition and has 50% more memory bandwidth on the GPU. 5G connectivity is supported on both models, but no SIM card tray. Apple launched eSIM-only models in the US this year.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,099 in the US. These will be up for pre-order on September 9 and sales will begin on September 16. These new phones will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options. A buyer can further choose from Gold, Silver, Deep Purple and Space Black colors.