15 September 2022
Apple has launched the all-new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max at the Far Out event. We are calling these "all-new" because there are a number of changes and new features to talk about. It is the first time Apple has made changes to the notch that it debuted with iPhone X in 2017. These are also the first iPhones to feature a 48-megapixel camera sensor and features like crash detection and satellite connectivity.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max sport 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Display respectively. The older notch design has been replaced with a new design. It now has a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID sensors and a punch-hole for the front camera but when you will look at it, it gives an impression of being a single pill-shaped cutout. The good thing is that Apple is utilizing this space to deliver real-time alerts and notifications for various apps via cool animations.
The feature is officially called Dynamic Island. It will help you stay updated about various background activities like maps, music, timer, ongoing phone call, live scores, and more. A user can tap and hold on the same to get more information about the particular activity. It will work with both Apple and third-party applications as long as they have support for it.
Both models have displays with a 120Hz refresh rate but there is a new controller that will allow it to bring down the refresh rate to as low as 1Hz. It is the first time Apple has added Always-On Display functionality to an iPhone. The new panels support up to 2,000 nits of outdoor peak brightness which is the highest on a smartphone.
In the camera department, iPhone 14 Pro models come with a 48-megapixel quad-pixel camera sensor with f/1.78 aperture. It means it will shoot 12-megapixel photos by default which is also what happens on Android smartphones. It further offers a 2x Telephoto option that can be used for clicking full-resolution photos and 4K videos without digital zoom. The other two cameras include a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 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 will 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 severe car crash and call emergency services when a user is unable to reach the device or is unconscious. The second feature will help users send messages via satellite connectivity when cellular reception is unavailable. It will have a few questions that a user will need to answer for situation assessment. 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 is claiming it to be 40% faster than the competition and has 50% more memory bandwidth on the GPU. There is support for 5G connectivity on both models but no SIM card tray. Apple has released eSIM-only models in the US this year.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,099 in the United States. These will go on pre-orders on September 9th with sales beginning September 16th. 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.