At its "Far Out" presentation on Wednesday, Apple announced a new lineup of iPhones, but it saved the most significant updates for the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
The absence of a notch on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max is the new distinguishing characteristic. The revised TrueDepth camera unit for Face ID, selfies, and video calls is now housed in a small pill-shaped screen cutout in its place.
Apple created Dynamic Island, a system of shifting alerts and notifications, to make use of the cutout rather than disregard it. Despite the odd moniker, the feature is interesting and stylish in person.
One way Apple expanded the gap between Pro and non-Pro iPhone models is by removing Dynamic Island from the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Another factor is cost. Starting at $999, the iPhone 14 Pro costs $200 more than the iPhone 14, which has a $799 starting price. The pricing of the 14 Pro is the same as those of earlier Pro iterations and the 2018 iPhone X. However, some customers may be turned off by the 14 Pro's or the 14 Pro Max's starting price of $1,099.
The iPhone 14 Pro doesn't appear all that different from the iPhone 13 Pro from last year when viewed from the back. In contrast to the notch on the 13 Pro, the display cutout on the 14 Pro looks modern and new from the front. When I picked up an iPhone 14 Pro, the iconic notch was no longer present. Comparatively, the pill-shaped display cutout is substantially smaller.
There is also the brand-new A16 Bionic chip, which is only available in Pro versions this year. The A15 Bionic chip featured in the iPhone 13 Pro from the previous year is used in both the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. The A16 chip is more energy-efficient than the A15 chip and consumes 20% less power.
A 48-megapixel camera will be available on the iPhone 14 Pro. For enhanced light capturing, the quad-pixel sensor uses pixel binning to combine four pixels into one big pixel. Similar methods are used by Android phones, such as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with their high-megapixel camera sensors. Photos may be taken using the phone's Pro Raw mode at its full 48-megapixel resolution.
The iPhone 14 Pro, according to Apple, would have a longer battery life than earlier generations. It will also come with the recently disclosed capabilities included in the base model of the iPhone 14, such as Crash Detection, which alerts the device if you've been in a car accident, and Emergency SOS via satellite, a satellite-based method for communication in cellular and Wi-Fi dead zones.
Pre-orders start on Sept. 9 and shipping begins on Sept. 16.