The brand new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have just been launched, and Gadgets 360 is at Apple Park in Cupertino to give you a first look at them. We can finally put a pause on all the rumors and speculation, which is interesting because the devices I brought with me weren’t quite what I expected – or possibly scary. Aside from the “Dynamic Island” front camera design, there’s obviously quite a bit more to say. If you want to always have the latest and greatest iPhone, or if you’ve been waiting a while to upgrade, read on.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max prices in India
Thanks to a stronger US dollar, both of Apple’s new Pro phones are more expensive compared to their predecessors in India even though the price in the US is unchanged. The iPhone 14 Pro starting from Rs. 1,29,900 for 128GB, Rs. 1,39,900 for 256GB, Rs. 1,59,900 for 512GB and Rs. 1,79,900 for the 1TB option. The bigger one iPhone 14 Pro Max cost Rs. 10,000 more at each level, so the price is Rs. 1,39,900, Rs. 1,49,900, Rs. 1,69,900 and Rs. 1,89,900 respectively. It’s not yet clear why the gap between iPhone and iPhone Pro prices is so much wider in India than in other countries – Apple should use the same multiplier across its products, but it doesn’t.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max “Dynamic Island”
Therefore, all the leaks and rumors is correct, but it turns out what we knew before this launch only a very small part of the whole story. This is a great reminder that we shouldn’t all get on the hype (or hate) train based solely on leaks, and it’s also an example of how we can amazed and delighted by the technology. I think Apple must be delighted to know that it can still surprise people, and as a spokesperson said in the keynote, it’s Apple’s unique dedication to hardware design and software together made everything possible.
Multiple leaks and renders based on specifications, over the course of several months, all seem to agree that Apple has resolved the issue. camera cutout design with holes and weird pill shape. While it obviously seems awkward and distracting, it’s not hard to imagine that Apple would make it different – that’s the company that gave us trench ideatried and failed make the Touch Bar workand even convinced myself that iPod without buttons and without screen is a good idea.
The latest leak prior to this disclosure was somewhat on the right track. Although there is a space between the pill and the hole, the user won’t see it because the hole has actually been enlarged by software, so you’ll get used to seeing a black patch. It’s integrated into user interface elements for status messages and indicators, and it’s interactive. Apple worked on a flexible set of animations and transitions to turn this distraction into an asset.
I’m glad fullscreen video won’t play around two holes – I still don’t like having even one – and I’m really curious to see how Apple is using its hardware and software expertise. to make this a useful UI element. The active display area expands into notification pop-ups when needed, and otherwise shows things like small versions of album artwork while music is playing, charging or billing indicators, etc. Apps can use it to show ongoing activity status, such as next turn-by-turn directions, ongoing sports scores, or delivery status updates. In fact, you can see two activities at once – the second one appears in a small round bubble to the right of the “island”. This is where I believe Apple is just trolling the leakers – it looks exactly like the leaked “pill and hole” arrangement.
Overall, it’s definitely an improvement over the notch and it makes the premium iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feel very refreshing. It’s still distracting to watch full screen videos but that’s what we live for anyway. In my brief hands-on experience, it seems that while the camera still interrupts the display area, no part of the island is a dead zone to touch, so swipes work regardless of finger. Where does your hand move?
Design iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
This year, the new signature color is Deep Purple and it’s quite subtle. The color is dark and unsaturated so it really looks gray with a little nuance. If the past two years are any indication, a new color option could be introduced mid-cycle, early next year. Other options are Space Black, Silver, and Gold. The frames of both phones are still made of polished stainless steel. The iPhone 14 Pro weighs 206g while the iPhone 14 Pro Max weighs 240g.
In terms of shape and proportions, not much has changed since the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro series. You still get a flat back and the frame runs around all four sides – the MagSafe accessory ecosystem really limits Apple a bit in this respect. The camera module at the back has evolved again so unfortunately cases for last year’s phones won’t fit. If you’re in the US, you’ll notice completely missing the SIM tray – this is a goal that Apple has been aiming for for a while, but it has its downsides and now India is gone.
There is still a Lightning port on the bottom – Rumors now suggest that next year will be the year when Apple finally uses USB Type-C. This may become required by law in many countries, but it also makes a lot of sense.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max specifications and screens
Dynamic Island is exclusive to the iPhone Pro because of the display technology that Apple can take advantage of at this price point. The Super Retina XDR display is now slightly taller and has narrower bezels. Apple claims a peak brightness of 1600nits for HDR, and these panels are rated to reach 2000nits outdoors. Refresh rate can be reduced to 1Hz to save power.
The always-on display is a first for the iPhone, and it’s a big change. In typical Apple fashion, there is a very distinctive visual style to its implementation. Instead of the plain text or simple graphics on a black background you might expect on an Android phone, the new iOS 16 always-on screen is simply your lock screen, but dimmed. Apple uses machine learning to adjust your background image to reduce brightness while preserving detail. Your lock screen widgets keep showing up.
Apple claims a battery life of 29 hours with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and 23 hours with the iPhone 14 Pro. There’s a new A16 Bionic SoC with improvements across the board. It has 16 billion transistors and uses a 4nm manufacturing process. Apple claims industry-leading performance and power efficiency with six CPU cores, five GPU cores, 16 neural engine cores, and many other subsystems.
Camera iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
There’s also a brand new camera setup, of course, with a 48-megapixel camera and quad-pixel grading for the first time. Apple claims the sensor is 65% larger than the one on the iPhone 13 Pro. In most cases, the camera will be optimized for light capture, with four pixels grouped into one, resulting in 12-megapixel photos. Low-light quality is said to be 2x better, and subjects can be in sharp focus even with motion blur in the background. On the other hand, you can optimize details using individual pixels, which allows for more creative options for shooting and editing. There’s even a new 2X zoom option that effectively cuts between 48-megapixel photos to give you 12-megapixel results with high detail. You can also take 48-megapixel ProRAW photos. Action Mode is a new video feature that also cuts video to compensate for motion, making video stabilization as effective as a gimbal.
Then there’s a new 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera sensor with more focus pixels for sharper macros and better low-light photography. The front camera has autofocus for the first time and an f/1.9 aperture for much better low-light shots. The flash on the rear is now adaptive, with nine LEDs and smart adjustment of intensity and pattern. We’ll see how all of this works out as we review all the new iPhones.
Other new features include accident detection and satellite-based emergency messaging (currently US and Canada only). The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will ship with iOS 16 which also introduces a host of new features.
It seems the new iPhone Pro models are new enough to push people to upgrade, and the gap between these phones and their non-Pro counterparts is the largest ever. However, the price will not reach many buyers. To decide if you should participate, check out the full 360 Gadgets review coming soon.
Disclosure: Apple sponsored reporters’ flights and hotels for the launch event in Cupertino.