Happy iPhone launch day! iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max are officially in customer hands and are available at Apple retail stores worldwide. We got our hands on 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.
First off, Dynamic Island is one of the most exciting new features in the iPhone 14 Pro because it’s a clever redesign that makes the TrueDepth system hardware part of the UI. Right out of the box, Dynamic Island works great and is going to change the way we view information and interact with our iPhones.
Dynamic Island changes form and function for alerts like incoming phone calls, AirPods connection, Face ID, Apple Pay, charging, when the camera is in use, when music is playing, and more. It does a lot, and since it’s front and center, it feels like a more seamless and integrated notification experience.
Apple 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 dimmer version of your lock screen with no additional customization options, so you can see the time, your widgets, and a dark version of your wallpaper even when the iPhone screen isn’t in use active. The always-on display uses a new 1Hz refresh rate to preserve battery life, but reviews so far have suggested you might see some battery drain when using it. We’re going to try that next week.
There’s a new 48-megapixel camera in the iPhone 14 Pro, which also has an updated sensor that lets in more light, along with “Photonic Engine” software optimizations that further improve low-light photography. Pictures, of course, look fantastic, but we’ll dive deeper into the camera to dig deeper into the differences between the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro models.
You’ll notice improvements in low-light photography, and with close-up photos, you’ll be able to see a more natural bokeh effect even when you’re not using Portrait mode.
By default, Apple uses pixel binning to combine the data from four pixels 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 a bit, and Apple has also used it to provide a 2x zoom option that’s available alongside the 3x telephoto zoom. 2x zoom is better 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 at up to 2.8K resolution, and outside of action mode you have 4K video available at 60, 30, and 24fps. Unfortunately, we never got that supposed 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 blazingly fast, so you may not see noticeable changes in daily use, and in benchmarks we can see differences in CPU and GPU performance, but it’s not a drastic upgrade.
We weren’t able to test Crash 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’ll review them in more detail at a later date. .
Have you bought an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max? Let us know what you think of it in the comments. Please note that most features, with the exception of crash detection and satellite connectivity, are limited to iPhone 14 Pro models and are not available on iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus.