iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max announced with a smarter notch, Always-On Display, and more

iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max announced with a smarter notch, Always-On Display, and more

After twelve months of rumors and leaks, the two highest-end Apple phones of the year are here. During its Far Out event, the company launched the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. These two devices come packed with hardware upgrades — some of the biggest changes we’ve seen on an iPhone in many years. These include the retirement of the notch in favor of a smarter hole-and-pill cutout, in addition to upgraded camera systems, and more. At this event, Apple also announced the iPhone 14 series, AirPods Pro 2, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, and the Apple Watch Ultra.

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iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max Specifications

iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max
Processor
  • A16 Bionic chip
  • A16 Bionic chip
Body
  • 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85 mm
  • 206 g
  • 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85 mm
  • 240 g
Display
  • 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • 2556‑by‑1179-pixel resolution at 460 ppi
  • Support for HDR, ProMotion technology (120Hz), True Tone technology, Always-On Display, Dynamic Island, and 2,000 nits max brightness.
  • 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • 2796‑by‑1290-pixel resolution at 460 ppi
  • Support for HDR, ProMotion technology (120Hz), True Tone technology, Always-On Display, Dynamic Island, and 2,000 nits max brightness.
Cameras
  • Pro rear camera system:
    • Main: 48MP, ƒ/1.78
    • Ultra Wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2
    • Telephoto: 12MP, ƒ/1.78
  • TrueDepth front camera: 12MP, ƒ/1.9
  • Pro rear camera system:
    • Main: 48MP, ƒ/1.78
    • Ultra Wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2
    • Telephoto: 12MP, ƒ/1.78
  • TrueDepth front camera: 12MP, ƒ/1.9
Memory
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
Battery
  • Up to 75 hours of audio playback
  • Up to 95 hours of audio playback
Connectivity
  • 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.3
Resistance
  • IP68
  • IP68
Security
  • Face ID
  • Face ID
OS
  • iOS 16
  • iOS 16
Colors
  • Space Black
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Deep Purple
  • Space Black
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Deep Purple
Material
  • Glass back
  • Stainless steel frame
  • Glass back
  • Stainless steel frame
Price
  • Starts at $999
  • Starts at $1,099
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Display

iPhone 14 pill

For starters, the iPhone 14 Pro utilizes the new pill cutout to display relevant software elements. So, for example, if you’re using Face ID, the authentication pop-up smoothly expands from the pill, then shrinks away in a similar manner. This replaces many of the UI elements that used to occupy the middle of the screen. As a result, the user experience becomes less distracting, thanks to this execution. In the display department, we also got some other interesting upgrades. Notably, the screen now has smaller bezels and supports up to 2,000 nits of brightness, making it very easy to view content in sunny, outdoor environments.

Speaking of the screen, the iPhone 14 Pro introduces always-on display (AOD) support. This means you can leave your screen on at all times — without draining the battery significantly. Unlike what we see on mainstream Android phones, the AOD feature on these iPhones has an innovative touch to it. Instead of going for a pitch-black, plain background, the phone retains certain elements of the darkened wallpaper. This way, even when in AOD mode, the iPhone still looks familiar and unique to its user. Apart from that, users get to view information at a glance, such as the time, Lock Screen widgets, and more.

Design

In terms of design, the iPhone 14 Pro is available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch options. Apart from the larger camera bump, the rear side remains unchanged for the most part. The more exciting modifications are on the front-facing side. Apple has finally dropped the notorious notch in favor of two cutouts — a hole and a pill. This redesign provides users with more screen space and looks more futuristic than the wide notch. Expectedly, Apple has stuck to the stainless steel build and glass back. Though, the color variations have been adjusted. This year we get Space Black, Silver, Gold, and Deep Purple finishes in the Pro iPhone department.

Performance

Apple A16 Bionic chip

This year’s iPhone 14 Pro models pack the all-new Apple A16 Bionic chip and solid battery life. As you may have assumed, these phones support the Qi and MagSafe wireless charging standards. Additionally, you get to refill their juice through a Lightning cable. The good news is that this could be the last year Apple utilizes the proprietary and ancient Lightning port on an iPhone. Next year’s release could be the first to include the USB Type-C port instead.

In the connectivity department, users in the U.S. and Canada get satellite access for Find My and emergencies. The service, which works in no-coverage areas, will remain free for two years — after it launches in November. It’s still unclear how much it’ll cost afterward, though. Speaking of emergencies, the iPhone 14 models also introduce a crash detection feature. Interestingly, those buying an iPhone 14 Pro in the United States will only get a dual eSIM option. Apple has retired the physical SIM in this country.

Cameras

The cameras get a lot of love this year — particularly on the iPhone 14 Pro models. Apple has finally upgraded the Wide rear lens’ resolution from 12MP to a whopping 48MP. This contributes to the larger camera bump that keeps on growing with every annual iPhone release. The Wide lens now supports the Pixel Binning technology, combing four pixels into one. This leads to even better shots, especially when it comes to capturing light. Pixel Binning utilizes the 48MP lens to produce higher-quality 12MP shots. Those wishing to work with 48MP output can resort to ProRaw for that.

iPhone 14 Pro Pricing and Availability

The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max start at $999 and $1,099 in the U.S. respectively. They will be available for pre-order starting Friday, September 9. They will then start shipping to customers on September 16.

    The iPhone 14 Pro replaces the notch with the Dynamic Island and supports the Always-On Display feature.

Do you plan on buying an iPhone 14 Pro? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging with his dogs at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

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