Apple has announced the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max smartphones with a new interactive notch feature called “Dynamic Island“, always-on display support, a powerful new A16 chip, and a 48MP wide camera. The smartphones also feature new Emergency SOS through satellite, as well as Crash Detection.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
The design of the new iPhone 14 Pro has not changed from the previous iPhone 13 Pro models. It is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and features a matte glass finish. However, Apple has completely redesigned the notch by making the TrueDepth component smaller. A new Dynamic Island feature has been added which seamlessly blends the notch with software, and makes it look like an animated object. This area now shows notifications such as important alerts and activities. Background activities from apps like Maps, Music, timer, as well as sports scores and ride-sharing alerts are also shown in this area. Even Face ID unlock animation is now part of Dynamic Island, which shows it expanding to show that the phone has been unlocked.
The Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion has seen some updates, and now features an Always-On display, which is a first for any iPhone. The display can go as low as 1Hz refresh rate while conserving power. The display now features a peak HDR brightness of 1600 nits, while outdoor peak brightness now goes up to an astonishing 2000 nits.
The Always-On display now shows the lock screen at all times, ensuring that widgets and notifications are glanceable. Machine learning ensures that the skin tones of any wallpapers on the lock screen remain intact when the Always-On display is in use. When the iPhone is put in a bag or in a pocket, the Always-On display goes dark to save battery life.
The camera system has now seen major new updates, with a new 48MP wide camera with a quad-pixel sensor, alongside second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization. The quad-pixel sensor uses pixel-binning to combine four pixels into one quad pixel of 2.44 µm. Captures photos are at 12MP, but they feature improved colors and more details. The quad-pixel sensor also enables 2x Telephoto image capture for both images and 4K videos. For ProRaw capture, images can be captured at a full 48MP resolution, supported by machine learning.
The 12MP Ultra Wide camera has also been updated with 1.4 µm pixels for more detailed captures and sharper images. The telephoto camera still captures photos at 3x optical zoom.
The front-facing TrueDepth camera now supports autofocus and has an aperture of. f/1.9, which enables better low-light capture.
A new Photonic Engine powers all the cameras and improves mid-to-low light performance, with up to 2x on all cameras, with the Ultra Wide camera seeing 3x improvement. The Photonic Engine applies Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging pipeline, right after the raw image data is captured. This enables improved details, colors, and texture preservation.
Here are the complete specs for the new cameras:
- Main: ƒ/1.78 aperture
- Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.2 aperture
- Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
- Second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization
- Adaptive True Tone flash, which features an array of nine LEDs
- New Action mode enables smooth video capture, which removes the need for a gimbal.
- Cinematic mode now supports capture at 4K/30fps and 4K/24fps.
A16 Bionic chip
The new A16 Bionic chip powers all the new camera and display capabilities in the new iPhone. The architecture of the A16 Bionic chip now features a 6-core CPU which is 40% faster than the competition, while the 5-core GPU features 50% more memory bandwidth. The Neural Engine features 16-cores and performs 17 trillion operations per second. The image signal processor works with the CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine to perform 4 trillion operations per photo, which enables the new Photonic Engine.
Emergency SOS via Satellite
iPhone 14 now supports emergency features that allow its antennas to connect directly with satellites for low bandwidth messaging. To help save bandwidth, iPhone front-loads important questions to assess a user’s emergency situation and tells them where to point their phone to connect to a satellite. This feature allows specialists to receive information via satellite and place emergency calls on behalf of the user.
The satellite connectivity also allows users to share their location with Find My even when there is no cellular connectivity or Wi-Fi. Apple will be introducing the feature to users in the US and Canada, and it will be free for two years. Apple has not shared any details on a global rollout or pricing plans.
Similar to Apple Watch Series 8, the new iPhone 14 lineup supports crash detection thanks to a new dual-core accelerometer that can detect G-force measurements of up to 256Gs, and a new high dynamic range gyroscope, in combination with the barometer, microphone, and GPS. This allows these iPhones to detect car crashes and automatically call emergency services if the user is unresponsive.
Apple combines advanced machine learning algorithms, trained using millions of hours of real-world driving, to accurately detect car crashes. If a user also has an Apple Watch, both devices are used for improved detection of a car crash. The Apple Watch takes priority in such situations, and the emergency services call interface appears on it first.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are available in Deep Purple, Gold, Silver, and Space Black colors.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in the following storage variants:
The prices of both smartphones are as follows:
- iPhone 14 Pro: $999
- iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1099
Customers can pre-order the smartphones starting from Friday, September 9, while shipping will start on Friday, September 16.