After months of leaks and speculation, Apple has finally revealed the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max at its September Apple event. And this pair of iPhones brings some significant changes.
Not only is the infamous display notch gone, but the iPhone 14 Pro also gets a new 48-megapixel main camera, new A16 Bionic chip, and other improvements. In fact, we’d say it’s one of the most significant iPhone Pro updates in a while, and offers a lot more than the standard iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus.
So read on for everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 Pro.
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iPhone 14 Pro cheat sheet: everything that’s new
- The notch is dead and in its place is a pill-shaped cut-out to house the Face ID sensors and front-facing camera.
- This cut-out is called the “Dynamic Island” that changes size depending on alerts, like calls or Face ID use, AirPods on charge and background activity.
- The new display is now brighter at 1,600 nits and has slimmer bezels. And peak brightness tops out at 2,000 nits for use in sunlight.
- There’s now an Always-on display, enabled thanks to new tech that allows for refresh rates as low as 1Hz, as well as a new LTPO panel to seriously dim the screen for low-power mode.
- A new A16 Bionic chip mixes the power of 16 billion transistors with efficiency. It’s built on a 4-naonmeter process, with a 6-core CPU that beats the A15 Bionic, yet sucks up less power than the competition; think the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. There’s a 5-core GPU more with 50% more bandwidth and a display engine to power the Dynamic Island. The Neural Engine can now handle 17 trillion operations per second to help aid computational photography.
- A new 48MP camera promises more detail-rich photos and improved low-light photography, with up to 2x performance than the iPhone 13 Pro, thanks to Apple’s new Photonic Engine. ProRAW can also be used with uncompressed 48 megapixel photos, enabling more editing flexibility for adjusting white balance and tone mapping.
- All three cameras (main, telephoto, ultrawide) all get improved low-light photography. A new flash with 9 LEDs helps facilitate this.
- For video, there’s 4K resolution up to 40 frames per second for Cinematic mode, and the new action mode is put to use for improved video stabilization.
- Apple promises an “all day battery life.”
- There’s also crash detection so the iPhone 14 Pro can automatically call emergency services if it detects you’ve had a crash.
- The iPhone 14 Pro still starts at $999 (AU$1,749) and iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,099 (AU$1,899), with pre-orders coming September 9 and a full release on September 16.
iPhone 14 Pro release date
The sale of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will start from September 16.
But those who want to stand out from the crowd can pre-order both the iPhone 14 Pro models on September 9.
T-Mobile US customers can save up to $1,000 on the iPhone 14 Pro if you trade in your old phone. Actually, you can get the base of iPhone 14 Pro for free.
iPhone 14 Pro price
Despite rumors of a price hike, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will remain at starting prices of $999 (AU$1,749) and $1,099 (AU$1,899) respectively.
As for the upgrades on offer, it seems generous to Apple. But sadly, the initial storage is still stuck at 128GB, which may be limited to some.
Both phones come in four color options: Space Black, Silver, Gold and a new Deep Purple.
iPhone 14 Pro specs
|iPhone 14 Pro||iPhone 14 Pro Max|
|CPU||Apple A16 Bionic||Apple A16 Bionic|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Cameras||48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom||48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom|
|Colors||Space Black, Silver, Gold, Deep Purple||Space Black, Silver, Gold, Deep Purple|
iPhone 14 Pro design and display
Well it looks like all the leaks and rumors were true: Apple has finally done away with the display notch with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Instead, there is a single pill-shaped display cut-out.
Considering that many of the best Android phones use a single punch-hole camera cutout, you might think that the size of the tablet would look dumb. But there is extended functionality in the form of Dynamic Island.
It’s the fancy name that Apple has cut-out to communicate a series of alerts via software and graphics to confirm that the AirPods are properly connected to the phone to indicate some background activity . Charging and expansion began, expansion may occur; It becomes an island when the music is played.
As for the display, the size of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches respectively.
But not only are the bezels thinner, a new LTPO panel is used to enable refresh rate scaling from 120Hz to 1Hz. Doing so can also save battery life by enabling the new all-on display, which can show notifications and information even when the phone is locked, by raising the iPhone or tapping the display.
And for those who prefer to watch things like the Move on their iPhone, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can now hit 1,600 nits of brightness, with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits for outdoor use. It’s brighter than the mighty Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The rest of the design for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is broadly similar to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The edges remain flat and are made of steel as before.
iPhone 14 Pro cameras
As the rumors anticipated, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max both got new 48-megapixel main cameras.
At a base level, these will enable higher resolution photos with more detail and better low-light photography. But there’s more to it than just a simple specs boost.
Along with the quad-pixel sensor, the new main camera combines four pixels into a single large quad pixel measuring 2.44 µm, and allows the sensor to adapt to the picture being captured. So while photos will, by default, be a manageable 12MP resolution, there is room to capture more detail and expose a lot more light.
To really drive home the ‘Pro’ element of the new Pro iPhone, ProRaw mode can now capture uncompressed 48MP photos to enable greater editing capability. And for video fans, the 48MP camera allows 4K in cinematic mode at 30 frames per second; Sadly, there’s no 8K video capture on offer.
Second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization and the smart processing of the A16 Bionic chip’s Neural Engine (more on that later) provide a new action mode for video stabilization when moving at speed over rough terrain.
The 48MP camera enables a new 12x zoom mode using the main sensor’s central 12 megapixels for full-resolution photos and 4K video without any digital zoom.
While the ultrawide and telephoto cameras remain at 12MP, they have been improved. The telephoto camera still hits 3x optical zoom but comes with a 6x optical zoom range. And the ultrawide camera is new, using 1.4 micron pixels for sharp images and a better macro mode.
The new 12MP TrueDepth front-facing camera comes with a /1.9 aperture that enables better low-light performance for photos and videos, and also gets autofocus for the first time. This should allow for better photo capture in low light and better group shots from afar.
On the computational photography side, Apple has a new Photonic Engine that promises better mid-to-low light performance across all three cameras; 2x boost on the main camera, 3x on the ultrawide and 2x on the telephoto camera, as well as a 2x enhancement on the front-facing camera.
Building on Apple’s Deep Fusion AI technology, the Photonic engine will clearly process more detail in photos while preserving subtle textures, delivering better colors, and retaining more detail in the photo.
On top of all that, a new “Adaptive True Tone Flash” uses nine LEDs to adapt to lighting conditions and further promote low-light photography.
iPhone 14 Pro chipset and battery life
The new A16 Bionic chip is available in both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Building on the already faster A15 Bionic, the 6-core CPU is up to 40% faster than the competition (think Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Still being built on a 4-nanometer process and sporting 16 billion transistors, the chip’s two high-performance cores consume 20% less power than before.
The 5-core GPU provides 50% more bandwidth, providing greater gaming performance and more graphically intensive apps. And a display engine is added to the mix to take care of the dynamic island.
But the performance of iPhones has never decreased, so the interesting thing here is that the Neural Engine can now handle 17 trillion operations per second and 4 trillion operations per photo. Working with the image signal processor, this should mean that the iPhone 14 Pro’s computational photography prowess should be quite impressive.
Apple didn’t reveal any battery size, but promised that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max would offer “all-day battery life.” We’ll have to see about this in our testing. Fast charging is offered with a 20W adapter that fills the battery up to 50% in about 30 minutes.
There was no mention of RAM, either capacity or type, but expect the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max to be much faster. Storage will come in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB options.
iPhone 14 Pro outlook
What might seem like an incremental upgrade at a glance, all the changes here are a significant iPhone update and contenders for our best phones list.
Dynamic Island may sound a bit strange, but it could set the standard for how the display cut-out and notch can be used as a feature rather than a necessary inconvenience. And with third party support, the new alert feature can be used for all cases of smart purposes.
Next is the 48MP camera. While Android phones are no strangers to high-megapixel sensors, Apple’s use of computational photography at the hardware and software level could really set a new standard for the best camera phones.
Of course, we’ll have to test the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max for ourselves before drawing any conclusions. In the meantime check out our iPhone 14 Pro Max review.