The brand new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have just been launched and Gadgets 360 is on view at Apple Park in Cupertino so you can get your first look at them. We can finally put an end to all the rumors and speculation, which is interesting because the devices I have are not what I was expecting – or maybe scary. There’s clearly a lot to talk about beyond the new “Dynamic Island” front camera design. If you’ve always loved having the latest and greatest iPhone, or if you’ve been waiting a while to upgrade, read on.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max price in India
Thanks to a stronger US dollar, both the new Pro phones from Apple are more expensive in India than their predecessors, even though the price level in the US has not changed. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at Rs. 1,29,900 for 128GB, Rs. 1,39,900 for 256GB, Rs. 1,59,900 for 512GB and Rs. 1,79,900 for the 1TB option. The bigger iPhone 14 Pro Max is priced at Rs. 10,000 more on each level, so the prices are Rs. 1,39,900 Rs. 1,49,900 Rs. 1,69,900, and Rs. 1,89,900 respectively. It is still unclear why the gap between iPhone and iPhone Pro prices in India is so wide compared to other countries – Apple should be using the same multiplier in its products, but it is not.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max (Review) have been officially discontinued, but should be available from third-party retailers for some time, hopefully at discounted prices.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max “Dynamic Island”
So, all the leaks and rumors were accurate, but it turns out that what we knew before this launch was only a small fraction of the whole story. It’s a great reminder that we shouldn’t all get on the hype (or hate) train based only on leaks, and it’s also an example of how we can be surprised and delighted by technology. I think Apple must have had a lot of fun knowing that it can still surprise people, and as a spokesperson said in the keynote, it’s Apple’s unique approach to designing hardware and software together. Dedication is what makes things like this possible.
Several leaks and renders over the course of several months, based on technical specifications, all agreed that Apple had settled on a strange pill-and-hole camera cutout design. Although it seemed so obviously weird and distracting, it wasn’t hard to imagine Apple going with it just to be different — it’s finally the company that gave us the idea of the Notch, trying to catch up to the Touch Bar. and failed. , and even once convinced himself that a Buttonless and Screenless iPod was a good idea.
The latest leaks prior to this revelation were somewhat on the right track. While there is space between the bullet and the hole, it will not be visible to users as the hole is actually expanded using software, so you get used to seeing a black patch. It is integrated into the UI elements for notifications and status indicators, and it is interactive. Apple has worked on a set of fluid animations and transitions that all turn this distraction into an asset.
I’m glad full-screen video won’t play around two holes – I still dislike one too – and I’m really looking forward to seeing Apple use their hardware and software expertise together to make it a useful UI element. How is it changing. , The active display area expands into a notification popup when needed, and will otherwise show things such as a smaller version of album artwork when music is playing, a charging or payment indicator, etc. Apps can use this to show the status of ongoing activity, such as your next turn-by-turn direction, ongoing game scores, or updates about delivery status. In fact you can see the two movements side by side – the secondary one appears in a small circular bubble to the right of the “island”. This is where I believe Apple is just trolling the leakers – it looks exactly like a leaked “pill and hole” arrangement.
Overall, it’s undoubtedly an improvement over the notch, and it makes the premium iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feel very refreshed. It’s still distracting when watching full-screen videos, but we still live with it. In my brief practical experience, it seemed that the cameras still constrained the display area, no part of the island is a dead zone for touch, so the swipe works no matter where your finger moves across the island.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max Design
This year, the new signature color is Deep Purple and it’s quite subtle. The color is deep and desaturated so it actually looks gray with a bit of tint. If the past two years are any indication, a new color option could be introduced mid-cycle as early as next year. Other options are Space Black, Silver and Gold. The frames of both phones are still made of polished stainless steel. The iPhone 14 Pro weighs 206 grams while the iPhone 14 Pro Max weighs 240 grams.
In terms of size and proportions, not much has changed since the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro series. You still have a flat back and frame that runs all the way around—the MagSafe accessory ecosystem hinders Apple a bit in this regard. The camera module on the rear has been revamped so unfortunately won’t fit last year’s phone cases. If you’re in the US, you’ll notice the complete lack of a SIM tray – a goal Apple has been working towards for some time, but it has its disadvantages and India is spared for now.
There’s still a Lightning port at the bottom – rumors now suggest that next year will be the year Apple finally moves to USB Type-C. This may be required by law in many countries but it also makes a lot of sense.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max Display and Specifications
Dynamic Island Pro is exclusive to iPhones because of the display technology Apple can take advantage of at these prices. The Super Retina XDR display is now a bit taller and has narrower borders. Apple claims a peak brightness of 1600nits for HDR and these panels are rated to hit 2000nits outdoors. The refresh rate can go up to 1Hz to save power.
Always-on display is a first for iPhones and it’s a huge change. In typical Apple fashion, it takes a very special visual style to implement. Instead of plain text or simple graphics on a black background that you might expect on an Android phone, the new iOS 16 Always On display is just your lockscreen, but is dimmed. Apple uses machine learning to optimize your wallpaper image to lower the brightness but preserve the details. Your lockscreen widgets remain visible.
Apple claims a battery life of 29 hours with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and 23 hours with the iPhone 14 Pro. There’s a new A16 Bionic SoC with improvements across the board. It has 16 billion transistors and uses a 4nm manufacturing process. Apple boasts industry-leading performance and power efficiency with its six CPU cores, five GPU cores, 16 Neural Engine cores, and several other subsystems.
iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max Cameras
Of course, there’s also a new camera setup, which for the first time includes a 48-megapixel camera and quad-pixel binning. Apple claims that this sensor is 65 percent larger than the sensor of the iPhone 13 Pro. In most cases, the camera will be optimized for light capture, with four pixels grouped into one, resulting in 12-megapixel photos. Low-light quality is said to be 2X better and subjects can be in sharper focus even with blurry motion behind them. On the other hand, you can optimize for detail using the Pixels individually, which lends itself to more creative options for shooting and editing. There’s even a new 2X zoom option that effectively crops the middle of a 48-megapixel shot to give you 12-megapixel results with high detail. You can also shoot ProRAW 48-megapixel photos. Action Mode is a new video feature that also crops the video to compensate for motion, much like a gimbal to effectively stabilize the video.
Then there’s a new 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera sensor with more focus pixels for sharper macros and better low-light shots. The front camera gets autofocus for the first time and f/1.9 aperture for better low-light shots. With nine LEDs and intelligent pattern and intensity adjustments, the rear flash is now adaptive. We’ll see how it all works when we review the all-new iPhones.
Other new features include crash detection and satellite-based emergency messaging (for now only in the US and Canada). The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will come with iOS 16 which also introduces a bunch of new capabilities.
It seems the new Pro iPhones are fresh enough to inspire people to upgrade, and the difference between these phones and their non-Pro counterparts is by far the biggest difference. However, the prices will keep them out of reach of many buyers. Check out the full Gadgets 360 review, coming soon, to decide whether you should take advantage of it or not.
Disclosure: Apple sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel stays for the launch event in Cupertino.