2022-iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max Review: Welcome to Apple’s Dynamic Island

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This story is a part of Focal Level iPhone 2022, CNET’s assortment of reports, ideas and recommendation round Apple’s hottest product.

Apple’s iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max could look equivalent to final yr’s iPhone 13 Professional on the again, however do not let that idiot you. It is the iPhone 14 Professional’s display the place there’s one thing totally different and fantastic happening. The iPhone’s show notch, which has outlined Face ID iPhones since 2017’s iPhone X, has been changed with a pill-shaped display cutout that homes an upgraded TrueDepth digicam system. By itself, that cutout will make some individuals happier than the notch did. Nevertheless it’s the area across the cutout, which now exhibits system alerts and background actions, that is grow to be one in every of my favourite options.

Apple calls it the Dynamic Island, and it enlarges and shrinks once you obtain a name and to show the music you are enjoying, timers and different notifications. I do know it is not the very best identify, however it’s really among the finest options on the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max.

Like

  • The Dynamic Island is pleasant
  • Major digicam takes wonderful images
  • A16 Bionic chip is blazing quick

Do not Like

  • Telephoto digicam is barely good in vibrant mild
  • Want there was a neater solution to simplify the always-on show
  • Each telephones are hefty

The brand new Apple telephones additionally get upgraded cameras, a quicker processor, an always-on show and iOS 16 in addition to new security options together with Crash Detection and Emergency SOS through Satellite tv for pc.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Professional begins at $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749) and the 6.7-inch 14 Professional Max at $1,099 — that are the identical costs as 2019’s iPhone 11 Professional and 11 Professional Max. After spending a while with the telephones, I feel they’re value each penny.

The brand new Professionals are available area black, gold, silver and deep purple — which, relying on the sunshine, can seem like a colorless shade of grey or like Grimace purple. The iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max go on sale Friday, Sept. 16, and are at the moment obtainable for preorder.

iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max pricing breakdown

Cellphone US value UK value AU value
iPhone 14 Professional 128GB $999 £1,099 AU$1,749
iPhone 14 Professional Max 128GB $1,099 £1,199 AU$1,899
iPhone 14 Professional 256GB $1,099 £1,209 AU$1,899
iPhone 14 Professional Max 256GB $1,199 £1,309 AU$2,099
iPhone 14 Professional 512GB $1,299 £1,429 AU$2,249
iPhone 14 Professional Max 512GB $1,399 £1,529 AU$2,419
iPhone 14 Professional 1TB $1,499 £1,649 AU$2,599
iPhone 14 Professional Max 1TB $1,599 £1,749 AU$2,769

iPhone 14 Professional: The Dynamic Island defines the Professional

There are few exterior ways in which the iPhone 14 Professional is totally different from earlier fashions. There’s the aforementioned show cutout. The digicam bump is a skosh chunkier. And, just like the iPhone 14, US fashions lack a SIM card tray and as an alternative use an eSIM.

Nevertheless it’s that surprisingly named Dynamic Island that defines the telephone. The extra time I spent with the 14 Professional, the extra pleasant I discovered it. It really works in quite a few conditions and is a straightforward solution to see what is going on on with out pulling your consideration fully away from what you are doing.

An iPhone 14 Pro with a camera indicator in the Dynamic Island

The Dynamic Island exhibits totally different tiny icons and animations. Throughout a FaceTime name, there is a inexperienced digicam icon on the left facet.


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The Dynamic Island is interactive. For instance, if music is enjoying, a miniature waveform and tiny thumbnail of the album art work seems on both facet of the cutout. While you faucet both facet, Spotify brings up the track that is at the moment enjoying. Should you’re on a FaceTime name, you possibly can faucet and maintain on the interface to convey up controls.

You’ll be able to faucet straight on the TrueDepth cameras or off to the perimeters. In my time utilizing it, I did not discover any smudges accumulating over the selfie digicam and Face ID did not appear to be affected.

When you have multiple background exercise in progress, like possibly you are listening to music and have a timer on, the Dynamic Island splits into two components like a sideways lower-case letter i.

The iPhone 14 Professional and the Dynamic Island are a wonderful instance of Apple packaging a robust device into an pleasing interface. It is a disgrace you possibly can solely apply it to the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max. Such a enjoyable and approachable function is sure to be a giant hit with individuals who do not use Professional variations of the iPhone.

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Apart from new colours, it is exhausting to inform what’s new in regards to the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max from simply their backs.


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The iPhone 14 Professional’s always-on show is lots

The iPhone 14 Professional runs on iOS 16, which provides a bunch of welcome options together with new methods to customise your lock display. However there’s one lock display function reserved for the 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max: an always-on show.

The always-on show is a low-power model of your lock display that may present important data when your telephone is locked. Most Android telephones have had the function for years, however Apple’s implementation could be essentially the most attractive one but.

A hand holding an iPhone 14 Pro with an Always-On display active

The always-on show is a beautiful addition to the iPhone.


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The 14 Professional’s always-on show exhibits the time, date, your widgets, notifications and shaded-out model of your lock display’s wallpaper. Relying on how your lock display is ready up, it could possibly look vastly totally different when it is proven as an always-on show. I had enjoyable auditioning totally different lock display mixtures of wallpaper and widgets to see how they’d look. The colour wallpaper can be the largest distinction Apple’s always-on show makes from Android telephones, which usually simply mild up the time and notifications in monochrome.

Seeing my iPhone 14 Professional sitting on a desk with its display on took some getting used to. I stored considering that I would forgotten to lock it. To wake, simply faucet the display or unlock the telephone.

When the 14 Professional is confronted down, in a pocket, in a bag or close to one other Apple system that you simply’re utilizing, it does not activate. Additionally, there’s an possibility in Settings to show it off fully.

I want there was an choice to make the always-on show look extra discreet and, for instance, simply present the time and date. Technically, you could possibly most likely set a black wallpaper as your lock display and solely choose the date and time for a extra minimal always-on show. Visually, the 14 Professional’s always-on show has lots happening which I discovered distracting when my telephone was face-up subsequent to me.

Taken in whole, the Dynamic Island, the brand new lock display structure and the always-on show make the 14 Professional essentially the most approachable iPhone for managing alerts and notifications. And I think about that have will solely get higher as soon as reside actions for the lock display in iOS 16 is out there in full. (The reside actions function shows actual time updates from apps in your lock display, so you possibly can monitor the progress of a rideshare or comply with the rating of a sporting occasion.) 

Apple iPhone 14 Pro camera lenses

Look how far the digicam lenses on the 14 Professional protrude from its physique.


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The iPhone 14 Professional digicam: It is 48-megapixel

The iPhone 14 Professional has three rear cameras: a major wide-angle digicam, an ultrawide and a telephoto digicam with 3x optical zoom. The lens on the principle digicam has a wider focal size, going from a 26mm equal on earlier iPhone fashions to a 24mm one. It is not drastically totally different, however it helps get extra of the scene into the body.

The primary digicam additionally will get a brand new bigger 48-megapixel sensor. Whereas extra megapixels does not essentially imply higher images, Apple divides the pixels into teams of 4 and combines them into one bigger pixel. The result’s a 12-megapixel photograph that is brighter, has much less picture noise and higher element.

A streetcar rounding a corner

I took this photograph simply after nightfall. Discover how the 14 Professional was capable of get a vibrant publicity with out a number of mild.


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The primary digicam takes wonderful images: The picture high quality and particulars are nice for a telephone. I observed essentially the most enchancment is in medium and low-light conditions: Colours look good and textures are nice. Take a look at the photograph beneath, which I took on a foggy morning in San Francisco. Discover the textures within the buildings’ bricks and the gradual manner the 14 Professional captured the fog engulfing the highest of Salesforce Tower.

A bunch of building with a skyscraper covered in fog

Once I took this photograph, there was a number of fog. Discover the main points the 14 Professional was nonetheless capable of seize.


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The photograph beneath was shot below a palm tree’s darkish cover. The 14 Professional did a stable job of capturing the totally different textures within the leaves and bark whereas additionally boosting the brightness.

Underneath a palm tree looking up

Discover the leaves and bark specifically.


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Should you’re so inclined, you possibly can seize 48-megapixel images utilizing the telephone’s ProRaw setting. I ought to warn you that these information are massive. The file for the photograph beneath of the Bay Bridge at sundown is 48 megabytes. After modifying, the photograph is saved as a a lot smaller JPEG. Look carefully on the particulars of the automobiles and the bridge’s assist cables.

The Bay Bridge

This photograph was taken with the total 48-megapixel decision of the principle digicam’s sensor and saved as an Apple ProRaw file.


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The ultrawide digicam will get a brand new sensor with extra focus pixels and a stepped-down f2.2 aperture lens. All this provides as much as a lot sharper ultrawide images. The sensor — mixed with Apple’s revamped photograph processing, which it calls the Photonic Engine — offers you a lot better images in much less perfect conditions.

A man walking to the counter in a coffeeshop

I like how dramatic the ultrawide digicam made this man strolling towards a espresso counter look.


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Ultrawide images and movies are nonetheless a step down in comparison with these from the principle digicam, however these enhancements are welcomed.

Macro images additionally get a lift. While you attempt to take a photograph with the principle digicam when standing near a topic, the iPhone 14 Professional switches to the ultrawide digicam and crops the framing to imitate the principle digicam. This enables for a better focus, which is nice for close-up pictures of small issues. Final yr’s 13 Professional had an analogous function, however with the brand new ultrawide, macro images have higher picture high quality, particularly in medium and low mild.

A tiny car made from Lego bricks

Macro mode permits you to get inside inches of your topic and have it’s in focus, like this Lego automotive.


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The telephoto digicam is principally equivalent to the one on final yr’s 13 Professional, however will get a carry from the 14 Professional’s Photonic Engine processing. As with the ultrawide, picture high quality is a step behind the principle digicam — particularly in dimmer environments.

The Embarcadero in San Francisco

I took this photograph of the Embarcadero in San Francisco throughout blue hour with the 14 Professional’s telephoto digicam.


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The TrueDepth digicam acquired an upgraded lens with a brighter f1.9 aperture. And the selfie digicam has autofocus for the primary time ever, which works nice for group selfies. Listed below are some extra images that I took with the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max.

Two super smart people posing

The front-facing digicam now has autofocus.


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A black cat lounging on a rug

Indoor pictures below combined lighting often look good.


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A chocolate cookie with a bite taken out of it

One other macro photograph from the 14 Professional.


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This bar was fairly darkish, however look carefully on the particulars within the indicators and folks’s pores and skin tones.


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Cinematic mode can now file in 4K and at 24 frames per second. There is a new video picture stabilization device known as Motion mode. While you shoot a video you possibly can toggle it on and the telephone crops in a bit to maintain the picture centered and the horizon degree. Should you’re capturing in 4K, Motion mode drops the decision to 2.8K however the outcomes are nonetheless spectacular. Whereas different telephones, just like the Galaxy S22 Extremely, have comparable stabilization capabilities, it is fantastic to see the device come to the iPhone. And it really works throughout all three rear cameras.

Whereas testing video shot with and with out Motion mode, I used to be reminded how good the picture stabilization is in common video mode. Take a look at my assessment video, embedded up prime, to see the clips I shot with the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max. 

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System animations like those for the Dynamic Island are tremendous clean.


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The iPhone 14 and its A16 Bionic effectivity

Driving all these upgrades is Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip. In use, all the pieces feels peppy. Gaming is an absolute delight. And refined issues, like animations as you progress out and in of the Dynamic Island, are tremendous clean. In our benchmark checks, the iPhone 14 Professional and 14 Professional Max proved that they are not solely quicker than any iPhone we have ever examined, however they’re the quickest telephones you should purchase at the moment.

Take a look at our benchmark check outcomes beneath.

Geekbench V.5.0 single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench V.5.0 multicore

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Wildlife Excessive

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

The common 14 Professional’s battery had no downside making it by way of a day. I sometimes acquired 6 hours of screen-on time. With the 14 Professional Max, I used to be capable of constantly get a day and a half on a single cost.

Charging is OK. I charged the 14 Professional Max for half-hour and the battery went from 14% to 59%. The 14 Professional went from 51% to 84%.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro camera bump

On the left is the iPhone 13 Professional and on the proper the brand new iPhone 14 Professional.


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iPhone 14 Professional vs. iPhone 13 Professional, 12 Professional, 11 Professional

When you have final yr’s iPhone 13 Professional, I do not assume it is best to improve. Whereas the enhancements and new options have a number of sizzle, you do not get a drastically totally different expertise. Improve your 13 Professional to iOS 16 and revel in the brand new options from that software program replace as an alternative.

However when you have an iPhone 12 Professional and have the itch to improve, the 14 Professional is a large step up when it comes to efficiency, battery life, digicam high quality and extra options just like the Dynamic Island.

And should you’re rocking an iPhone 11 Professional or older, the iPhone 14 Professional is a big improve throughout.

iPhone 14 specs vs. iPhone 14 Plus, 14 Professional, 14 Professional Max

iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Professional iPhone 14 Professional Max
Show measurement, decision 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778×1,284 pixels 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR, OLED show, 2,556×1,179 pixels 6.7-inch Tremendous Retina XDR, OLED show, 2,796×1,290 pixels
Pixel density 460 ppi 458 ppi 460 ppi 460 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.31 in. 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.31 in. 5.81 x 2.81 x 0.31 in. 6.33 x 3.05 x 0.31 in.
Dimensions (Millimeters) 147 x 72 x 7.8mm 161 x 78 x 7.8mm 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.07 oz.; 172g 7.16 oz.; 203g 7.27 oz.; 206g 8.47 oz.; 240g
Cellular software program iOS 16 iOS 16 iOS 16 iOS 16
Rear cameras 12MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide) 12MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide) 48MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (telephoto) 48MP (broad), 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (telephoto)
Entrance-facing digicam 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video seize HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60 fps
Processor Apple A15 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic Apple A16 Bionic Apple A16 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 20 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 26 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 29 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 29 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Particular options 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM) Dynamic Island; All the time-On show; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM) Dynamic Island; All the time-On show; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (e-SIM)
Worth off-contract (USD) $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB), $1,099 (512GB) $899 (128GB), $999 (256GB), $1,199 (512GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB), $1,499 (1TB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)
Worth (GBP) £849 (128GB) £949 (128GB) £1,099 (128GB) £1,199 (128GB)
Worth (AUD) AU$1,399 (128GB) AU$1,579 (128GB) AU$1,749 (128GB) AU$1,899 (128GB)

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