Apple released the iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inches) and the iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inches) at the same time as the iPhone 14/iPhone 14 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 8/Watch Ultra, and the AirPods Pro 2nd generation. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max have new features that set them apart from any other smartphone.
Dynamic Island is the one that stands out the most. With the dynamic island feature, the notch area is much more useful than it used to be. In terms of the notch, the iPhone 14 Pro has a smaller notch area, which has been rumored from leaks. Dynamic Island changes the notch area in real time to show useful information like alerts, notifications, and other activities going on in the background. The Dynamic Island feature can be used by other apps to show their background tasks.
The Super Retina XDR ProMotion 120 Hz display is on both the iPhone 14 Pro (2,556 x 1,179) and the iPhone 14 Pro Max (2,796 x 1,290). The Pro models also have a screen that stays on all the time (AOD), which is something Apple users have been asking for for a long time. The AOD on the iPhone 14 Pros has much more information than what we see on most Android flagships. The AOD displays widgets, Live Activities, and other data. It also shows the wallpaper, which has a lot of details like skin tones.
Apple said that the screen’s refresh rate can go as low as 1 Hz and as high as 120 Hz and that it has a contrast ratio of 20,00,000:1. This time, both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max can reach a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits outside and 1,600 nits in HDR mode. A Ceramic Shield front cover protects against spills and makes the device resistant to dust and water.
The camera system has also been greatly improved, which is mostly what the rumor mill has been saying up until now. Apple says that the A16 Bionic’s Photonic Engine and an improved Deep Fusion image processing method make the main camera, telephoto camera, TrueDepth camera, and Ultra-Wide camera work twice as well in low light as they did before.
The main camera has a resolution of 48 MP, but it groups together four pixels to make a 12 MP image. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max can also take 48 MP ProRAW photos. Among the camera’s other features are:
- The 12 MP Ultra-Wide has pixels that are 1.4 microns wide to make macros better.
- The Telephoto lens has a 3x zoom.
- A TrueDepth camera with an aperture of f/1.9
- A new Adaptive True Tone flash has a 9-LED array whose pattern changes depending on the focal length of the camera.
- Smart HDR4, Apple ProRAW, Portrait mode at night, Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, Portrait mode at night, Night mode
- Action mode to reduce shaking when making a video
- There is now a cinematic mode in 4K30 and 4K24.
- ProRes video and the full workflow for Dolby Vision HDR
- Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max have Crash Detection and a new satellite-based Emergency SOS function. The Emergency SOS feature is free to use for two years and is available in the US and Canada as of November. Apple is getting rid of the physical SIM tray on US models of the iPhone 14 and telling people to use eSIMs instead.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can be pre-ordered starting September 9, and they can be bought starting September 16. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at US$999 (1,29,000 after taxes) and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at US$1,099 (1,39,900 after taxes). Deep purple, silver, gold, and space black are the colors you can choose from, and the storage sizes range from 128 GB to 1 TB.