Apple iPhone 14 Pro / Max review summary

Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will be delivered to customers and launched in Apple Store retail stores on Friday, September 16th, and now the first criticism of these devices has been released.

Key new features on iPhone 14 Pro models include Smart Island AOD always-on display with new "Pill + Punch", upgraded camera with 48MP primary lens, car crash detection and satellite connectivity for emergencies, A16 The Bionic chip offers faster speed performance, as well as new Deep Purple and Space Black color options. However, the satellite emergency SOS service will not be available in the US and Canada until November, and the China/Hong Kong/Macau version does not support this feature.

The only differences between the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are their respective 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes, battery life, and device weight, as the Pro and Pro Max once again have the same camera system.

The following is the content evaluation of the iPhone 14 Pro

Smart Island: The Smart Island is unique to the iPhone 14 Pro series models, and it replaces the traditional notch screen on the iPhone 13 series models. With the help of software, Pill + Punch morphs into different shapes and sizes for incoming calls, alerts, notifications, Face ID authentication, timers, turn-by-turn navigation, real-time activity, and more. While Smart Island is certainly more useful than the notch on previous iPhones, The Verge's Nilay Patel says the feature's potential has yet to be fully realized, as no third-party apps support Smart Island at launch. Third-party apps will be able to support Smart Island once the live events feature rolls out later this year. "Right now, Smart Island feels like it's going to take another year of refinement and developer attention to truly deliver its power."

AOD display: According to The Street's Jacob Krol, the iPhone 14 Pro's new all-weather AOD display didn't have a noticeable impact on battery life during testing: "From testing so far, using the AOD display does not negatively impact the battery life or overall runtime of the iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max. I was still able to get a full day of moderate use on the iPhone 14 Pro, the size The larger iPhone 14 Pro Max can last a day and a half with the same usage. Apple specifically mentioned some of the enhancements in the new A16 Bionic, the core of which is designed to work efficiently for the display.”

48-megapixel camera: Input's Raymond Wong tested the iPhone 14 Pro's new 48-megapixel primary lens and was impressed with the 48-megapixel ProRAW photos, but said he barely noticed a difference in the binned 12-megapixel photos in daylight.
"Apple's ProRAW DNG is a bit of a letdown on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro; 12-megapixel RAW has little more detail than 12-megapixel JPEG. Not so with 48-megapixel ProRAW files; these images are huge (usually between 70-80MB), a sufficient amount of detail that you can get on a phone.”

Raymond Wong also shared his thoughts on the new Deep Purple and Space Black color options:

"My iPhone 14 Pro reviewer is space black. I love it. The glass back and stainless steel bezel are noticeably darker than the gray graphite iPhone 13 Pro; like a mix of black and dark black iPhone 7. Another iPhone 14 The Pro Max reviewer is dark purple; it's a deep purple that sometimes looks gray or black. Both look stylish; both are still fingerprint collectors. You can also buy silver and gold."

A16 Bionic Chip

Raymond Wong shared the Geekbench 5 results of the iPhone 14 Pro model, showing an 8.7% increase in single-core performance compared to the iPhone 13 Pro? , the multi-core performance improved by 16.4%:

  • -iPhone 12 Pro: (A14 Bionic): Single-core 1586 / Multi-core 3937
  • iPhone 13 Pro: (A15 Bionic): Single-core 1725 / Multi-core 4722
  • iPhone 14 Pro: (A16 Bionic): Single-core 1875 / Multi-core 5495

Battery life: The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern said the iPhone 14 Pro models don't have much longer battery life than the iPhone 13 Pro models: "In terms of battery life, the iPhone 14 or 14 Pro models I've tried haven't lasted much longer than their predecessors. With the upgraded iPhone 14 Plus, things may be different. Apple says it has" Our longest battery life ever" - I'll test the battery usage of the 14 Plus when the time comes."

Body size and weight: The iPhone 14 Pro is 7.85mm thick and weighs 206 grams; the iPhone 14 Pro Max is 7.85mm thick and weighs 240 grams, making it the heaviest iPhone ever.
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 7.4mm / 187 grams
  • iPhone 13 Pro: 7.65mm / 203 grams
  • iPhone 14 Pro: 7.85mm / 206 grams
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: 7.4mm / 226 grams
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 7.65mm / 238 grams
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max: 7.85mm / 240g

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