The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have started to reach customers around the world. For those who have upgraded to one of the devices, we’ve put together a list of 10 useful settings worth checking out below.
Some of the settings are exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models, while others were introduced in iOS 16 for a wider range of iPhones.
New settings for iPhone 14 Pro models
Enable 48MP ProRAW photos
iPhone 14 Pro models feature an improved rear camera system that can take 48-megapixel photos, but only in ProRAW mode, which can be enabled in the Settings app at Camera → Formats → Apple ProRAW with the resolution set to 48MP. In the Camera app, a button labeled RAW will appear in the upper right corner to easily turn ProRAW on or off.
ProRAW photos preserve more detail in the image file for greater editing flexibility. 48-megapixel ProRAW photos are very large files clocking in at around 75MB each or more, so keep your iPhone’s storage space in mind if you take photos in this mode.
Enable 4K cinematic mode
On all four iPhone 14 models, cinematic mode videos can now be recorded in 4K. To enable the highest resolution in the Settings app, tap Camera → Record Cinematic and choose 4K at 24 frames per second or 4K at 30 frames per second.
Introduced with the iPhone 13 lineup, Cinematic Mode features a depth effect with automatic focus changes for “cinema-style” videos.
Optimize action mode for low light
All four iPhone 14 models feature a new action mode that adjusts for significant shakes, motions, and vibrations for smoother video. Apple says the feature can be used to record video while driving a vehicle off-road, film a runner, and more.
A button for Action mode can be found in the upper left corner of the Video Camera app. In the Settings app, Action mode can be optimized for low-light conditions by navigating to Camera → Record video → Low light action mode.
Activate a startup sound
A new optional accessibility feature allows all iPhone 14 models to play a sound when they turn on and off. The feature can be enabled in the Settings app under Accessibility → Audio/Visual → Power On/Off Sounds.
Turn off the always on display
The new iPhone 14 Pro always-on display mode is enabled by default. It can be disabled in the Settings app under Display and brightness → Always on.
Always-on display mode dims the entire lock screen, but still shows the time, date, widgets, wallpaper, and unread notifications. Once you pick up iPhone, tap or swipe up at the bottom of the screen, or press the side button, the screen returns to its normal brightness.
New settings in iOS 16
Enable haptic feedback for the keyboard
iOS 16 added a new haptic feedback option to the standard iPhone keyboard. Like many Android smartphones, the iPhone can make a slight vibration after each key you press while typing, providing physical confirmation that the key was hit.
In the Settings app, the feature is below Sounds and Haptics → Keyboard Feedback → Haptic.
Add a battery percentage icon to the status bar
iOS 16 finally reintroduced the option to see a battery percentage icon in the status bar on the iPhone X and newer, removing the need to swipe down to open Control Center to see the percentage. To enable the new icon on iPhone 14 Pro models, open the Settings app and navigate to Battery → Battery percentage.
Send messages automatically with Siri
Siri normally asks for confirmation before sending someone a message, but in iOS 16, there’s a new option to skip the confirmation step. To enable this in the Settings app, tap Siri and Search → Send messages automatically.
The feature can also be enabled when an iPhone is connected to headphones or CarPlay.
Ask Siri to hang up a phone call
With iOS 16, you can say “Hey Siri, hang up” during a phone call to end the call hands-free, but be aware that others on the call can hear the command. In the Settings app, this feature can be enabled under Siri and Search → Call to hang up.
View Wi-Fi passwords
You can finally see the password of a Wi-Fi network you’ve previously connected to in iOS 16. In the Settings app, tap Wi-Fi → tap a network → tap the password field and authenticate with Face ID to see the password.