Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the company’s next-level Smartphone series from iPhone 14 series, with exclusive features, new upgraded cameras, a unique notch design, and a fresh chipset.
Before we go further, we would love to point out that the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by an A15 Bionic chipset, but the Pro arrives with something bigger and much better. For your information, Apple skipped the “mini” version from the iPhone 14 series.
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come in Space Black, Silver, Gold, and Deep Purple colors in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options. Similar to others, it also supports an IP68 rating, for water and dust resistance.
The new A16 Bionic chipset
Everything is revolutionalized with the new A16 Bionic chipset from the software to the camera. It arrives with a 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores, a 4nm chip with 64-bit architecture, and four high-efficiency cores and is up to 40% faster than the competition.
The A16 Bionic chips feature an accelerated 5-core GPU with 50% more memory bandwidth and a new 16-core Neural Engine capable of nearly 17 trillion operations per second. Overall performance proves to be more advanced in technicality than the previous generation.
Apple mentioned that the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and image signal processor seamlessly work together to support the new camera hardware and perform up to 4 trillion operations per photo.
The unique notch design
The internal software isn’t noticeable at first, but the very feature that’s on top of everything is the new unique notch design. That’s actually the most pronounced visual feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
On top of the screen is a pill-shaped cutout, when compared to the old notch, it is smaller and it also explains the fact that the cameras inside are now 30% smaller. The new unique notch design is called Dynamic Island, with some black pixels in play around the cutout.
In order to reduce the notch display, Apple moved the proximity sensor under the display. Well, there are plenty of activities going on around the new Dynamic Island. It adapts in real-time to show important alerts, notifications, and activities.
The TrueDepth camera also takes up less of the display area. Dynamic Island maintains an active state to allow users easier access to controls with a simple tap-and-hold, there are ongoing background activities, and many other features.
When it comes to the display, the iPhone 14 Pro Max takes the highest screen size, featuring a 6.7-inch (2796×1290 pixels) while the iPhone 14 Pro sports a 6.1-inch (2556×1179 pixels) with both featuring OLED 460ppi Super Retina XDR display.
It comes with 1000 nits brightness, and up to 2000 nits brightness, which is as twice as iPhone 13 Pro. There’s HDR, True Tone, Dynamic Island, ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz.
For the first time, there’s Always-On display on an iPhone, thanks to new 1Hz refresh rate and multiple power-efficient technologies. It supports Ceramic Shield protection, which is similar to the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.
Obviously, the camera brings one of the major upgrades overtime, but the most conspicuous changes around the back camera is the “quad-pixel” sensor, which is the first for an Apple iPhone product but also an old feature for Android fanboys.
The rear camera setup begins with 48-megapixels f/1.78 main camera with a quad-pixel sensor that combines every four pixels into one large quad pixel equivalent to 2.44 µm at 12-megapixels and has second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization.
The quad-pixel sensor supports ProRAW at 48MP, and also enables a 2x Telephoto option that uses the middle 12-megapixels of the sensor for full-resolution photos and 4K videos with no digital zoom. It supports HDR video recording with Dolby Vision at 4K 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240fps, and Cinematic mode up to 4K HDR at 30 fps.
The high-res main sensor enables a new intermediary zooming step of 2x in the camera app, by cropping from the middle, perfect for Portrait Mode shots. Next is the new 12-megapixels 120° ultra-wide camera has 1.4 µm pixels, and improved macrophotography capabilities that takes sharper images with more detail.
Lastly, there’s an improved 12-megapixels telephoto camera offers 3x optical zoom, and it supports optical image stabilization. It comes with 6P lens, 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 6x optical zoom range; digital zoom up to 15x.
The new front 12-megapixels TrueDepth camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture enables better low-light performance for photos and video. A new Adaptive True Tone flash that has been completely redesigned with an array of nine LEDs that change pattern based on the chosen focal length.
Connectivity and Battery
As present in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, these have Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite, which allows you to contact emergency services via satellite if you find yourself ‘off the grid’ but under “light foliage” or in direct view of a satellite.
Other connectivity includes 5G (sub‑6 GHz) with 4×4 MIMO, Gigabit-class LTE, 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.3, Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness, NFC with reader mode, GPS with GLONASS. There’s no SIM tray for the US market it relies on eSIM only.
While the iPhone 14 Plus still wins the best battery life among the lineup, the iPhone 14 Pro comes with up to 23 hours, and iPhone 14 Pro Max with up to 29 hours of video playback. There’s built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 15W MagSafe wireless charging, and fast charging.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Pricing
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099, bear in mind that they are bigger and larger memory configurations – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options. While pre-orders begin Friday, September 9, but they’ll both be available starting from September 16.