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iPhone 14 Pro: Just Announced! Dynamic Island, A16 Chip, Satellite Connectivity – MacRumors


Announced on September 7, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are Apple’s new high-end flagship smartphones, being sold alongside the lower-cost iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The iPhone 14 Pro models are much more feature rich than the iPhone 14 models, offering camera technology improvements, better display capabilities, a faster A16 chip, and more.
The 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro models look like the iPhone 13 Pro models with featuring flat edges, stainless steel enclosure, a textured matte glass back, IP68 water resistance, and a Ceramic Shield-protected display, but the camera bumps are larger to accommodate new lenses, and the display has also changed.
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There is no longer a notch for the TrueDepth camera system, with Apple instead adopting what it calls the Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped cutout at the front of the display that houses camera equipment and can change in shape and size using software depending on what’s on the screen.
Apple says the Dynamic Island is meant to blend the line between hardware and software. It is able to adapt in real time, showing alerts, notifications, and activities in the space where the notch used to be. There is still hardware under there, but the TrueDepth camera takes up less space and the Dynamic Island makes it blend into the background by taking better advantage of the screen. The Dynamic Island can show payment confirmations with Face ID, Maps directions, phone calls, music information, Live Activities like sports scores, timers, and more, plus it can be interacted with using a tap and hold gesture.
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The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max feature a new Super Retina XDR display with updated ProMotion technology that allows for an Always-On display, a first for an iPhone. The Always-On display is made possible through a new 1Hz to 120Hz refresh rate along with improved power efficient technologies. When the Always-On display is active, the time, widgets, and Live Activities remain available at a glance at all times, and the wallpaper is dimmed.
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In addition to Always-On technology, the iPhone 14 Pro’s Super Retina XDR display offers higher peak HDR brightness at up to 2000 nits, which puts it on par with the Pro Display XDR. It offers the highest outdoor peak brightness in a smartphone, and it is twice as bright as the iPhone 13 Pro when in sunny conditions.
There’s an updated A16 chip in the iPhone 14 Pro models, and this marks the first time that Apple has used different chips for the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro. The A16 is the first chip built on the new 4-nanometer process, bringing speed and efficiency improvements. The A16 has a faster 6-core CPU, an accelerated 5-core GPU with 50 percent more memory bandwidth, and an updated 16-core Neural Engine performs 17 trillion operations per second.
Apple added a 48-megapixel Wide camera with a quad-pixel sensor that adapts to the photo being captured, so the detail of a 48-megapixel photo is compressed into a 12-megapixel photo. For most photos, every four pixels is combined into one large quad pixel for even better low-light performance. The 48-megapixel lens also enables a 2x Telephoto mode that uses the middle 12 megapixels for full-resolution photos with no digital zoom. This joins the existing 3x zoom enabled by the dedicated Telephoto lens, which has also been improved.
The iPhone 14 Pro models are able to shoot at the full 48MP with ProRAW, enabling the new iPhones to take impressive professional photos. Second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization reduces shake and blur, and a new 12 megapixel Ultra Wide camera has larger pixels for sharper images with more details and a better macro mode.
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The TrueDepth front-facing camera has an improved f/1.9 aperture for better low-light selfies and videos, and it supports autofocus for the first time. The Adaptive True Tone flash has been redesigned with an array of nine LEDs that change pattern based on the lens focal length. Features like Night mode, Smart HDR 4, Portrait Mode, and Photographic Styles continue to be available.
Apple’s A16 chip powers a Photonic Engine that improves low-light performance across all of the lenses in the iPhone 14 Pro models. The Telephoto, Wide, and front-facing TrueDepth cameras offer 2x better low-light performance with the Photonic Engine, while the Ultra Wide lens supports 3x better low-light performance. The Photonic Engine expands on Deep Fusion and provides impressive detail while preserving subtle textures and providing improved color.
For video, there’s an Action Mode that provides smooth-looking video with better image stabilization than ever before. Action Mode is able to adjust to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is captured in the middle of action. Cinematic Mode has been improved and is available in 4K at 30 fps and 4K at 24 fps.
The iPhone 14 Pro models include a dual-core accelerometer that can measure up to 256Gs, and the accelerometer and a high dynamic range gyroscope power a Crash Detection feature that can contact emergency services if you’re in a serious accident and can’t reach your iPhone. Apple also uses other sensors to power this feature, so the barometer detects changes in cabin pressure, the GPS watches for speed changes, and the microphone can listen for car crash noises.
Apple also added Emergency SOS via satellite, an option that allows the iPhone 14 to connect directly to satellites for communication purposes in emergency situations when WiFi and cellular are not available. Emergency SOS via satellite works in open areas with few trees, and it allows users to send texts to emergency personnel. It is free for two years, and works in the U.S. and Canada. Satellite connectivity can also be used to share your location with friends and family in Find My when you’re out hiking or camping in remote areas.
The iPhone 14 Pro models support 5G connectivity (sub-6GHz and mmWave in the United States), and they use a new Qualcomm X65 modem. In the United States, iPhone models ship without a physical SIM card as carriers now use eSIM.
Battery life has been improved with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, and it lasts an hour longer than the iPhone 13 Pro models. The iPhone 14 Pro lasts for up to 23 hours when watching videos, and the Pro Max lasts for up to 29 hours when watching videos.
The iPhone 14 Pro models are available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities. MagSafe charging up to 15W continues to be supported, and fast charging over Lightning is available with a 20W or higher charger. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max also support WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3.
The iPhone 14 Pro models come in deep purple, silver, gold, and space black, and pricing starts at $999. Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 9, with a launch to follow on Friday, September 16.
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