The iPhone 14 Pro is Apple’s most recent flagship smartphone which comes equipped with improved cameras, a new display that is always on, and some wacky animations centred around a new design for the floating notch, called Dynamic Island. In addition to these new features the price has significantly increased.
The new iPhone is £150 more pricier than its old iPhone 13 lineup, coming in at £1,099 in the UK, and only costing $999 in the United States due to weak exchange rate against the dollar.
Apple has replaced the large notch at the top of the screen that previously housed the cameras for Face ID with a pill-shaped design that it refers to as the “Dynamic Island.” The 14 Pro has the same 6.1-inch OLED screen and premium stainless steel and glass design as past iPhone 13 Pro models. However, the size of the notch has been reduced by 31%.
The pill-shaped design is animated, and can increase and decrease in side to facilitate the system alerts as well as notifications, such as; charging status, music album, a tiny waveform when music is playing or a countdown timer. Other examples of these kinds of alerts and notifications include; the remaining of the battery life and directions, and etc. Simply tapping the notch launches the application, but tapping and holding it shows further information about the notifications, such as; controls for the music player or directions route.
Since it is possible to display up to two different things at the same time, for example, if you are using Spotify while also running a timer, both of these will be displayed at the very top.
One tiny inconvenience aside, it is quite handy for information that can be gleaned from a quick scan. Because the 3/4/5G indication is covered up when the notch is expanded, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you are in an area of a good coverage.
The pill serves as the primary focus for a number of additional animations, including the appearance of the Face ID logo during the authentication process for purchases. The overall feeling of this new feature is a joy and fun.
Another notable improvement is indeed the ability to maintain the display up at all times, even when the device is in standby mode. The Always On Display have been used on Android devices for decades, but Apple takes a somewhat different approach. Instead of displaying a standard clock or other notifications, it shows a muted version of the lock screen that includes notifications as well as widgets in full colour.
Because the always-on screen stays in full colour and can reach brightness levels comparable to those of laptops, it might be difficult to determine whether or not the phone is turned on. It can be turned off fully to save battery life, or it will turn off automatically when it is placed in a purse or pocket and when it is nighttime.
The display, which measures 6.1 inches, is currently the most advanced available. Rich, crisp, and smooth, as well as exceptionally bright, reaching 2,000 nits of peak brightness outdoors, which is a typical measure of screen brightness, and so surpassing the Samsung S22 Ultra, which was the previous record holder. You won't have any trouble reading anything on this screen no matter the lighting conditions. The display should be able to go as bright as possible so that it is easier to read in direct sunshine.
- Display is a 6.1-inch OLED display with Super Retina XDR (120Hz) technology (460ppi).
- Apple A16 Bionic is the processor.
- RAM: 6GB.
- Storage capacities of 128, 256, 512, or 1 terabyte.
- Operating system: iOS 16.
- 48-megapixel primary, 12-megapixel ultrawide and 3-megapixel front-facing camera.
- 5G, WiFi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, Lightning, ultra wideband, and GNSS connectivity are all included (dual-band).
- IP68 stands for water resistance (6 metres for 30 mins).
- Dimensions: 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm.
- Weight: 206g.
When utilising a adaptor with 20W or more, the phone is fully charged in around 94 minutes and reaches 80% capacity in 49 minutes. Additionally, it allows wireless charging of up to 15 watts.
Because it utilises Apple's most recent A16 Bionic processor, the iPhone 14 Pro is the most powerful iPhone currently on the market. This processor is approximately 10% more powerful than its predecessor, the A15. It can easily do anything you want to accomplish on a smart phone and will maintain its speed for many years to come.
The battery performance is respectable, however it varies more previous iPhone models. The battery life of the iPhone 14 Pro is approximately 39 hours when it is laid down flat on a desktop for the majority of the day, with only 5.5 hours of actual use. When the phone is placed in a pocket, the display is turned off, and the phone can go approximately 45 hours without needing a charge.
The iPhone 14 series sold in the United States does not come with a SIM card slot since it relies exclusively on eSim, which is a totally digital counterpart of the traditional physical SIM card. It will remain to have a SIM slot if you buy it in the UK. In November, Emergency SOS via satellite will become available, but only on iPhones purchased in the United States or Canada.
The iPhone 14 Pro has a camera bump that is somewhat greater than its predecessor, and the entire device is 2 grams heavier than the model it replaces. Apple does not specify a projected longevity for the iPhone 14 Pro's battery life, however the battery can withstand more than 500 full-charge cycles while maintaining at least 80 percent of its original capacity. The battery may be changed for £105 if necessary. Repairs to screens that are no longer covered by warranty and will cost £349. The repairability of the 14 Pro was rated 6 out of 10 by the specialised website iFixit.
The new iPhone is made out of some gold that has been recycled, plastic, tin, tungsten, and rare earth metals. In its analysis, the firms analyses the impact that the phone has had on the environment. Apple provides trade-in plus free recycling programmes, even for devices that are not manufactured by Apple.
iOS 16, which comes pre-installed on the 14 Pro, is a version of Apple's software that is more child-friendly and has a redesigned lock screen in addition to numerous other new features. You can expect to get at least five years worth of security and software updates, with the possibility of receiving up to 7 years.
Car-crash detection is a brand-new feature introduced with the iPhone 14 series. This feature can detect the extreme impact force of a vehicle accident and will immediately alert the emergency services for you if you do not respond to your iPhone within 20 seconds.
The iPhone 14 Pro incorporates one of the most significant improvements to an iPhone's camera technology that Apple has made in recent years. The low-light performance of all cameras, front and back, has been improved by a factor of two to three, thanks to a newly developed processing Photonic Engine system. This is especially helpful when photographing indoors in artificially reduced light.
The sensor of the primary camera is now 65% larger than the one that was on the iPhone 13 Pro from the previous year, and it has a greater resolution of 48MP. It can take pictures with a resolution of 12 megapixels by default, and it does so by merging 4 pixels on the sensor as 1 pixel in the final photo. This increases the light sensitivity of the camera and helps reduce artefacts and noise. Pixel binning is a technology that has been utilised for many years by multiple companies, including Samsung.
The camera is also capable of capturing full 48MP photographs in ProRaw mode and producing a 2x zoom by shooting just on the centre point of the image sensor. While this is useful, it does struggle a little in lower light circumstances because it only shoots on the centre point of the image sensor.
The 3x telephoto and ultra-wide cameras, both have the same resolution of 12 megapixels, however the ultra-wide camera features a lens that is more sharp, which results in clearer macro images. Because the front-facing camera now has improved low-light capabilities and an autofocus feature for the very first time, selfies taken up close are noticeably clearer than they were previously. Even though Portrait mode can now blur both the foreground and the background of a photo, making it more realistic, it still has difficulty with hair and other fine components more so than its competitors.
The videography is still the best in its class, and it has been upgraded with an outstanding new action mode which stabilises film in the same way that an action camera would. However, this mode can only function properly in highly lit environments.
In general, the main 48-megapixel camera is certainly more capable in mediocre to bad light and a touch crisper on fine detail, but other than that, it is pretty identical to the iPhone 13 Pro, as are the other cameras. The difference between the two is negligible. This implies that the 14 Pro still boasts some of the greatest cameras that are currently available; nevertheless, it is not a dramatic improvement.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at a price of £1,099 ($999 USD) for the 128GB storage capacity model. To put these prices in perspective, the iPhone 14 is priced at £849, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max is priced at £1,199. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is priced at £949, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is priced at £999, and the Google Pixel 6 Pro is priced at £849.
At first look, it would appear that the iPhone 14 Pro is not significantly different from earlier iPhone 13 series. But if you look beneath the surface, you'll see that Apple has added new features to the new iPhone 14 Pro to make it more enticing for shoppers.
The dynamic island interface gives the impression that the phone is more active and responsive. The dynamic island, which is in the shape of a pill and grows and expands in a seamless fashion, brings together system notifications and on-going tasks. It has a potential to revolutionise the way the phone functions. The always-on display and the newly redesigned lock screen in iOS 16 have a familiar feel to them, thanks to the inclusion of live alerts and widgets.
However, in order for either feature to work properly, app developers will need to upgrade their software and support Apple's philosophies. For the time being, the notch serves as a convenient storage area for Spotify, timers, directions and other components.
Even though I wouldn't call it a huge upgrade on the already outstanding 13 Pro, incorporating a higher-resolution lens for the cameras is a new approach for Apple, with favourable performance, particularly in challenging light conditions.
On top of that, you get everything that is great about an iPhone, including a long-lasting battery life, very quick performance that lasts for years, long-term software support, a genuinely magnificent touchscreen, Face ID, recycled materials, and a vast ecosystem.
It is unfortunate that prices have gone up outside of the United States. $1,099 is very lot of money to pay, particularly in the current economic climate. It's possible that a battery replacement for your older iPhone will be a wiser investment this year.
Pros and Cons
Pros: The advantages include a new dynamic island feature with Face ID, excellent cameras, three times the optical zoom, incredibly long battery life, amazing performance, a spectacular 120Hz screen, 5G, and extensive software support.
Cons: it is not a huge advance, it does not have USB-C, you need to bring your own charger, it is hefty, it is quite pricey, and it is not cutting edge in comparison to devices that have folding screens.