iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max first impressions: Lots to love, but prices keep rising

The all-new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have just been launched and Gadgets 360 is on stage at Apple Park in Cupertino to show them to you for the first time. We can finally put all the rumors and speculation to rest, which is interesting because the devices I have with me aren’t quite what I expected – or maybe dreaded. Beyond the obvious new ‘Dynamic Island’ front camera design, there’s a lot to be said for it. If you always love having the latest and greatest iPhone, or if you’ve been waiting a while to upgrade, read on.

iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max price in India

Thanks to a stronger US dollar, Apple’s two new Pro phones are more expensive than their predecessors in India, even though price levels in the US haven’t changed. iPhone 14 Pro starts at Rs. 1,29,900 for 128GB, Rs. 1,39,900 for 256GB, Rs. 1,59,900 for 512GB and Rs. 1,79,900 for 1TB option. 14 Pro Max costs Rs. 10,000 more at each level, so the prices are Rs. 1,39,900, rupees. 1,49,900, rupees. 1,69,900, and Rs. 1,89,900 respectively. It’s still unclear why the price gap between iPhone and iPhone Pro is so much bigger in India than in other countries – Apple should use the same multiplier for all its products, but that’s not true. is not the case.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max (Review) are officially discontinued but should continue to be available from third-party retailers for some time, hopefully at discounted prices.

The new 48-megapixel main camera is said to allow for more flexibility and better low-light shots

iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max “Dynamic Island”

So all the leaks and rumors were accurate, but it turns out what we knew before this launch was only a tiny fraction of the whole story. It’s a fantastic reminder that we shouldn’t all be jumping on the hype (or hate) bandwagon based solely on leaks, and it’s also an example of how we can still be surprised and thrilled by the technology. I think Apple must have enjoyed knowing that it can still surprise people, and as a spokesperson said during the keynote, it’s Apple’s unique dedication to designing hardware and software together that makes such things possible.

Multiple leaks and renders based on tech specs, over the course of several months, all seemed to agree that Apple had gone with an odd pill-and-hole camera cutout design. While it seemed so obviously awkward and distracting, it wasn’t hard to imagine Apple pushing ahead just to be different – it was, after all, the company that brought us the idea for the notch, has tried and failed to get the Touch Bar to catch on, and even once convinced himself that a buttonless, screenless iPod was a good idea.

The latest leaks before this reveal were somewhat on the right track. Although there is a space between the pill and the hole, it will not be visible to users because the hole has actually been enlarged using software, so you get used to seeing a black spot. It’s integrated with UI elements for notifications and status indicators, and it’s interactive. Apple has worked on a set of smooth animations and transitions that all turn this distraction into an asset.

I’m glad the full-screen video doesn’t play around two holes – I still don’t like having even one – and I’m actually intrigued to see how Apple uses its hardware and software expertise together to make this one useful user interface. The active display area turns into a notification pop-up if needed and displays things like a small version of the album art when music is playing, a charge or pay indicator, etc Apps can use it to show current activity status, like your next turn-by-turn direction, current sports scores, or updates on the status of a delivery. In fact, you can see two activities at once – the secondary appears in a small circular bubble to the right of the “island”. This is where I’m convinced that Apple is just chasing down leaks – it sounds exactly like the leaked “pill and hole” arrangement.

All in all, this is definitely an improvement over the notch, and it makes the premium iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feel very fresh. It’s still distracting when watching a full-screen video, but it’s something we live with now anyway. In my brief hands-on experience, it seemed that even though the cameras always interrupt the display area, no part of the island is a dead zone for touching, so swipes work no matter where your finger moves across the island.

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The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max might be hard to tell from their predecessors at a glance

Design iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max

This year the new signature color is Deep Purple and it’s quite subtle. The color is dark and desaturated, so it looks gray with a slight tint. If the past two years are any indication, a new color option could be introduced mid-cycle, early next year. The other options are Space Black, Silver, and Gold. The frames of both phones are still polished stainless steel. The iPhone 14 Pro weighs 206g while the iPhone 14 Pro Max weighs 240g.

In terms of shape and proportions, not much has changed since the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro series. You still have a flat back and a frame that spans all four sides – the MagSafe accessory ecosystem constrains Apple a bit in this regard. The camera module on the back has grown even bigger, so unfortunately last year’s phone cases won’t fit. If you’re in the US, you’ll notice the complete lack of a SIM tray – it’s something Apple has been working on for some time, but it has its downsides and India has been spared so far.

There’s still a Lightning port at the bottom – rumors now suggest that next year will be the year Apple finally jumps into USB Type-C. This might become required by law in many countries, but it also makes a lot of sense.

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The new display, battery, and SoC technology all work together to enable Dynamic Island Mode and Always-On Mode]

Screen and specs of iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max

The Dynamic Island is exclusive to iPhone Pros because of the display technology Apple can take advantage of at these prices. The Super Retina XDR display is now slightly larger and has narrower bezels. Apple claims a massive 1600 nits maximum brightness for HDR and these panels are rated to hit 2000 nits outdoors. The refresh rate can go down to 1Hz to save power.

The always-on display is a first for iPhones and it’s a huge change. In typical Apple fashion, its implementation has a very distinctive visual style. Rather than the plain text or simple black-background graphics you might expect on Android phones, iOS 16’s new always-on display is just your lock screen, but dimmed. Apple uses machine learning to adapt your wallpaper image to reduce brightness while preserving detail. Your lock screen widgets remain visible.

Apple claims 29 hours of battery life with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and 23 hours with the iPhone 14 Pro. There’s a new A16 Bionic SoC with improvements across the board. It has 16 billion transistors and uses a 4nm manufacturing process. Apple claims industry-leading performance and power efficiency with its six CPU cores, five GPU cores, 16 neural engine cores, and various other subsystems.

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Deep Purple is the new signature color of this launch

Cameras iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max

Of course, there’s also an all-new camera setup, with a 48-megapixel camera and quad-pixel binning for the first time. Apple claims the sensor is 65% larger than that of the iPhone 13 Pro. In most cases, the camera will be optimized for capturing light, with four pixels packed into one, resulting in 12-megapixel photos. Low-light quality is said to be 2x better and subjects can be sharp even with motion blur behind them. On the other hand, you can optimize details by using individual pixels, which lends itself to more creative options for shooting and editing. There’s even a new 2X zoom option that effectively crops the middle of a 48-megapixel photo to give you a 12-megapixel result with high detail. You can also take 48-megapixel ProRAW photos. Action Mode is a new video feature that also crops video so motion can be compensated for, effectively stabilizing video like a gimbal would.

Then there’s a new 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera sensor with more focusing pixels for sharper macros and better low-light shots. The front camera gets autofocus for the first time and an f/1.9 aperture for much better low-light shots. The rear flash is now adaptive, with nine LEDs and intelligent pattern and intensity adjustment. We’ll see how it all works when we review all the new iPhones.

Other new features include collision detection and satellite emergency messaging (only in the US and Canada for now). The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will ship with iOS 16, which also introduces a bunch of new features.

It looks like the new iPhones Pro are new enough to motivate people to upgrade, and the gap between these phones and their non-Pro counterparts is the biggest it’s ever been. However, the prices will keep them out of reach for many buyers. To decide if you should take the plunge, check out the full Gadgets 360 reviews, coming soon.

Disclosure: Apple sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel stay for the Cupertino launch event.


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