September 25, 2022
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iPhone 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max Hands-On: Apple’s New Dynamic Island Highlights Redesign

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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product.

Apple unveiled its new iPhone 14 lineup at its “Far Out” event, however reserved its greatest adjustments for its iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max fashions. The brand new standout function: The iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max swap out the notch for a small pill-shaped display cutout that homes a revamped TrueDepth digicam unit for Face ID, selfies and video calls. 

Moderately than ignore the cutout, Apple constructed a system of shifting alerts and notifications known as the Dynamic Island, which occupies the black house round it. Unusual identify apart, the function is compelling in individual and appears cool.

The Dynamic Island, not current on the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus, is simply one of many methods Apple widened the hole between Professional and non-Professional iPhone fashions. One other means is worth: The iPhone 14 Professional begins at $999, $200 greater than the iPhone 14. The 14 Professional prices the identical worth as earlier Professional fashions and the iPhone X, which debuted in 2018. However some individuals might be delay by the 14 Professional’s worth, or that of the 14 Professional Max, which begins at $1,099.

(For those who missed the Apple occasion final week, check out our live blog. Plus, here is what to know concerning the newly introduced AirPods Pro 2Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch Ultra and iOS 16.)

iPhone 14 show: Goodbye notch, hi there Dynamic Island

From the again, the iPhone 14 Professional does not look that a lot totally different from final yr’s flagship, the iPhone 13 Professional. However from the entrance, the 14 Professional’s show cutout seems to be modern and contemporary in comparison with the notch on the 13 Professional. The very first thing I observed choosing up an iPhone 14 Professional was that the notorious notch was gone. The pill-shaped show cutout is a lot smaller compared.

Apple’s Dynamic Island interface works so properly, too. For instance, I used to be listening to a music enjoying in Apple Music. After I closed the app there was a tiny waveform on one facet of the cutout and a minute thumbnail of the album’s paintings on the opposite. After I tapped on the Dynamic Island, I used to be instantly taken to the music within the Apple Music app. 

The cutout is only one a part of the Tremendous Retina XDR show, which might now hit 2,000 nits of brightness for higher visibility in shiny mild. Against this, the iPhone 13 Professional maxes out at 1,200 nits of brightness. The 14 Professional makes use of LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, know-how to deliver the refresh price right down to 1Hz, which might assist save on battery drain and permit for the always-on show. The 13 Professional’s LTPO display bottoms out at 10Hz. 

iPhone 14 Professional’s A16 Bionic: The brand new chip for 2022

Diagram of Apple's A16 Bionic chip, with callouts for its performance features

Apple A16 Bionic chip.


There’s additionally the brand new A16 Bionic chip which this yr is simply reserved for Professional fashions. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus use the identical model of the A15 Bionic chip present in final yr’s iPhone 13 Professional. The A16 chip’s high-performance cores, for demanding duties like gaming, use 20% much less energy than these on the A15 chip.

The A16 chip consists of 16 billion transistors on a 4-nanometer course of versus 15 billion transistors on the A15’s 5-nanometer course of. The soar in computational energy won’t be as important from the 13 Professional to the 14 Professional because it was from the 12 Professional to 13 Professional. It is also unsure how a lot RAM the iPhone 14 Professional can have as Apple traditionally does not share iPhone reminiscence particulars.

The GPU sees an improve as properly, with 50% extra reminiscence bandwidth. The show engine on the A16 Bionic chip helps energy the LTPO show in addition to the Dynamic Island. Apple says the A16 Bionic’s neural engine is able to 17 trillion operations per second, which is required for computational images.

In my jiffy with the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max, the system animations appeared easy and iOS 16 was peppy.

iPhone 14 Professional digicam: Pixel binning arrives on the iPhone

The iPhone 14 Professional can have a 48-megapixel camera. The quad-pixel sensor makes use of pixel binning to group four pixels and have them act as one large pixel for higher mild seize. Android telephones together with the Galaxy S22 Extremely make use of the same approach with high-megapixel digicam sensors. The handset’s Professional Uncooked mode permits images to be captured at its full 48-megapixel decision.

Apple developed a brand new computational image-processing technique to make the most of the brand new pixel sample for higher colour accuracy and element. It is known as Photonic Engine, which improves the iPhone Professional’s digicam efficiency two occasions in low-light in contrast with the iPhone 13 Professional. The 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max may use the 48-megapixel sensor to “punch-in” a photograph, emulating a 2x zoom with the center 12-megapixels of the sensor.

Learn extraWhy the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP Camera Deserves the Attention

The Photonic Engine processing additionally advantages the ultrawide digicam with a 3 times enchancment in low-light images, and two occasions higher on telephoto and front-facing digicam images.

Apple mentioned the iPhone 14 Professional will include Professional Video and Cinematic modes that may now file at 4K and 24 frames per second. Each Professional fashions additionally get Apple’s new video picture stabilization which is named Motion mode. Primarily when you’re filming a video, on the top-left nook of the digicam preview is the Motion mode icon. After I tried it out, it appeared to work properly smoothing out hand-shakes. I observed that if I had video decision set to 4K that Motion mode decreased it right down to 2.8K.

The iPhone 14 Pro's camera bump and its TrueDepth camera display cutout

iPhone 14 Professional’s digicam bump and new TrueDepth digicam show cutout. 


iPhone 14 Professional vs. iPhone 13 Professional

With the discharge of the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max, Apple additionally discontinued the iPhone 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max. Although Apple is not promoting final yr’s Professional fashions does not imply it is totally gone. Varied third-party retailers and carriers would possibly proceed to promote the outdated Professional. However do you have to get an iPhone 13 Professional or an iPhone 14 Professional?

By way of options, {hardware} and lifespan the iPhone 14 Professional appears to outshine the iPhone 13 Professional in practically each means. Nevertheless, typically there is not a drastic distinction between the 2 telephones. For those who personal an iPhone 13 Professional it seems to be like upgrading to the iPhone 14 Professional is pointless. However you probably have an older iPhone and are attempting to decide on between the 2, I would possible push you in direction of the newer 14 Professional, except you are getting an absolute killer low cost on the 13 Professional.

iPhone 14 Professional: Battery life, worth and different options

Apple mentioned the iPhone 14 Professional will function all-day battery life, longer than earlier fashions. It’s going to additionally embody the newly unveiled options discovered within the base iPhone 14, akin to Emergency SOS via satellite, a satellite-based system for communication in mobile and Wi-Fi lifeless zones, and Crash Detection, which lets the machine know when you’ve been in a automobile accident. 

The brand new iOS 16 would be the working system powering Apple’s iPhone 14 line out of the field. 

The iPhone 14 Professional will begin at $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749). The 14 Professional Max will begin at $1,099 (£1,199, AU$1,899). Each of Apple’s premium handsets are costlier than the bottom iPhone 14 and 14 Plus gadgets, which begin at $799 (£849, AU$1,399) and $899 (£949, AU$1,579) respectively.

Preorders started on Sept. 9, with the telephones launching on Sept. 16.

iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Plus vs. iPhone 14 Professional vs. iPhone 14 Professional Max

iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Professional iPhone 14 Professional Max
Show measurement, decision 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR, OLED show, 2,556×1,179 pixels 6.7-inch Tremendous Retina XDR, OLED show, 2,796×1,290 pixels
Pixel density 460 ppi 458 ppi 460 ppi 460 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 in. 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 in. 5.81 x 2.81 x 0.31 in. 6.33 x 3.05 x 0.31 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 147 x 72 x 7.8mm 161 x 78 x 7.8mm 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.07 oz.; 172g 7.16 oz.; 203g 7.27 oz.; 206g 8.47 oz.; 240g
Cell software program iOS 16 iOS 16 iOS 16 iOS 16
Rear cameras 12MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide) 12MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide) 48MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (telephoto) 48MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (telephoto)
Entrance-facing digicam 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video seize HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps
Processor Apple A15 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic Apple A16 Bionic Apple A16 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 20 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 26 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 29 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 29 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Particular options 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM) Dynamic Island; At all times-On show; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM) Dynamic Island; At all times-On show; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM)
Value off-contract (USD) $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB), $1,099 (512GB) $899 (128GB), $999 (256GB), $1,199 (512GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB), $1,499 (1TB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)
Value (GBP) £849 (128GB) £949 (128GB) £1,099 (128GB) £1,199 (128GB)
Value (AUD) AU$1,399 (128GB) AU$1,579 (128GB) AU$1,749 (128GB) AU$1,899 (128GB)
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