Apple’s iPhone 14 and 14 Pro are set to begin shipping this week after a brief pre-order period. These are the company’s flagship products for the year, and there are loads of expectations on them. Apple made some changes to the iPhone (well, the iPhone Pro) this year. There’s a new display with a new interface paradigm, a new high-resolution camera, and the notch is gone too! Is all this enough to justify shelling out over $1,000 on a new phone? well we have to review See it more for yourself.
Pending our reviews of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, here are some key findings from our colleagues at other tech sites.
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are the first full-screen iPhones to come without a notch. Instead, Apple has equipped them with “dynamic islands,” a sort of side-eye-shaped cut-out at the top of the screen that turns into a play space for small bits of iOS interaction. This includes Face ID pop-ups, music controls, Apple Pay confirmation, live activities, and more.
“I need to spend over a week with the iPhone 14 Pro to know how much impact it will have on my life, but for now, the biggest impact is beauty. Turning the tablet into a square when signing in to apps or Apple Pay with Face ID, plus the turn right arrow appears when I’m navigating somewhere, is a nice touch,” said Cherlynn Low of Engadget Told.
Of course, Dynamic Island has a lot to offer. You can’t know how many apps will plug into the little live activities API and make that space useful. It won’t be until the release of iOS 16.1 that apps start taking advantage of it. It will take some time, and then we will be able to do a full assessment.
Nilay Patel wrote on The Verge, “But right now, Dynamic Island feels like one of those things that needs a year of refinement and developer attention before we really know how much of it.” is important.”
The other part of the display that is catching everyone’s attention is the always-on display. Finally joining the ranks of Samsung, OnePlus and other Android phone makers, the iPhone’s display will no longer keep itself active when not in use.
“While it’s true that I first fell for the idea of AOD, as it is briefly, on the 2013 release of Motorola, the Moto X, the iPhone 14 Pro and its customizable lock screen I think Samsung and Google are their We’re doing a little more with the respective version of Tech,” Android aficionado Florence Ion cheered on Gizmodo.
Unlike Android phones, which feature a minimalist clock and few notification icons, Apple’s always-on display implementation leaves you with a fully visible lock screen — just dimmed. It’s actually “always on”. Not everyone was a fan of this implementation. “As someone who doesn’t use a personal background, I don’t find this to be a major plus,” Low said.
With the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, Apple is joining the parade of high-resolution cameras you’ll find on the best Android phones. From a 12-megapixel main camera, the company is making the jump to 48MP. It is competitive with most Android phone manufacturers that run the gamut from 50MP to 200MP. Like its Android counterparts, however, the jump in quality of results hasn’t been as impressive as it seems on paper.
“The reality is a little different. Photo details are sharp, with less image noise in almost all types of lighting, of course, but they’re pretty much the same as photos taken with the iPhone 13 Pro. Can you imagine the image quality in this external comparison? Unless you zoom in and do a whole lot of side-by-side comparisons, not really,” said Ray Vongi, writing for Input Mag.
“In general, the 14 Pro and 13 Pro take really similar photos. The 14 Pro is a bit cooler and captures a tiny bit more detail in dim light at 100 percent, but you really have to go looking for it,” The Verge’s Nilay Patel said.
The iPhone still has a pretty decent camera, all things considered. Perhaps, like Dynamic Island, it’s one of those things where third-party developers and talented photographers need to flesh out the true potential of the iPhone’s camera, especially with the RAW support Apple builds into its iPhones.
“In a 12-megapixel photo, a full-size crop can only zoom so far. But look at the 48-megapixel RAW file below — you can zoom in so close. More details! That’s really impressive for a smartphone camera. Often, high-megapixel photos from Android phones mean crisp details. Everything Apple is doing with the Photonic Engine is practically magic,” Wong writes.
It’s still a good result, but you get the sense that reviewers expect better out of the box.