iPhone 14 Pro Review: This Will Be Copied!
Foreign 14 Pro, so
this might be a little bit inside baseball, but usually when you're testing a new product, an unreleased product from Apple, they tell you to keep testing a secret, don't let anyone know you're doing it. you have, don't show it. publicly don't show it to anyone that would be violating the NDA and that's still true about
this new iPhone 14 pro but I'll tell you what I was able to walk around take pictures text people pay things with apple pay and no one even blinked because it looks exactly the same as the
iphone 13 pro of course it's still a new phone for a new year so there are really three big things that are new with the 14 pro which is the internals the screen and the cameras and so I'm going to categorize those things into a chapter to go over each one, but of course it's also worth mentioning that
this new MKBHD Edition Chevron Hoodie is finally finally available on the mKBHD store mkbhd.com is very comfortable but also hoodie season yes again and again not a lot of new parts on
this new phone but technically there is more to
this than the Baseline iPhone 14 because
this actually d gets Silicon upgrade to the new a16 bionic and six gigs of top of the line RAM new 4 nanometer system on a chip from apple, when they gave the keynote presentation you could tell it must be a bit of a jab from the a15 bionic because they went straight to comparing it to the a13 bionic from a couple of years ago in real life though so so far, it compares very similar to an a15 bionic just a bit above expected and that's for me Smooth animations Rock Solid performance and are pretty reliable for all day battery life of both the 14 pro and 14 pro Max but I'm going to get more on the battery in a minute also technically new inside is a new set of sensors, it's an improved gyroscope and a better accelerometer so you can tell if you've been in a car accident or not.
will detect whether or not you've been in a car accident and then if you don't respond to prompts on the screen, it
will automatically call the emergency services. i'll figure out a way to test it but really my question really was is it ok if you're going to test it what kind of things does it test and i guess the answer is accidental triggers like you know how you'll do it if you run a flight of stairs or something and it has automatic workout detection on the apple watch it
will go oh you've started a workout because you have a high heart rate and you just started running no it's just me I don't know I was just wondering if there are other times when the ones you might accidentally think it's something else like there might have been a car accident maybe you have a case of dbrand and you just drop it on the ground or something I don't know it hits the ground hard enough you think it might have crashed but the more you look at it the more you realize the There are a lot of different sensors and factors where it looks good that its GPS location was going 60 miles per hour until it hit zero miles per hour ra and the microphones heard a loud noise and the barometric pressure changed as the airbags activated and also saw the gyroscope. that there was a hard arrest force knows there is a car accident one more thing that used to be on the
iphone that is gone and
this is a physical sim card tray
this is actually just for the usa and these phones now they are e-sim just esim its not exactly a new thing but not having a physical sim tray already has its pros and cons mostly its ok its one less place for water to get into one less moving part but the cons are for international travel if you just wanted to grab a sim card real quick instead of going through carriers that's not so easy anymore.
I'm going to keep an eye on
this because I imagine Apple intends to eventually expand
this to all iPhones instead of what it is now which is just starting in the US, but then the latest internal change for the iPhone 14s , all of them is the satellite connectivity
this is an added Edge Case feature that you honestly hope you never have to use but on the off chance that you are stranded somewhere with absolutely no cell service you are not anywhere near a cell tower the
iphone antenna is now awesome and you can also communicate with direct satellites instead of cell towers so it
will take more time and you need a clear view of the sky and the UI
will literally help you point your phone at a certain satellite, but they
will allow you to send messages to a dispatcher or local emergency services to help you get to your location and what you need help with that is also s quite a clutch.
I'm also not going to test that but that's it for the internals keep in mind I didn't talk about the external parts as much as I usually do in phone
reviews because if we're being honest they're more or less the same there are some new colors in space. black which is my favorite in years and there's also a new purple from certain angles you can barely tell it's purple but if it hits the light you know for a pro phone it's a solid purple I guess actually only camera bumps change. definitely a bit bigger and thicker than the 13 Pros but the bottom line is when an iPhone 13 Pro can fit in an iPhone 14 Pro case and you know it's pretty close in return okay so now we're really getting into the nitty-gritty of what you really start to notice on these new phones iPhone 14 pro and 14 pro Max have some slightly updated 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch OLED screens respectively, so there are still great screens on paper with slightly thinner bezels that aren't you'll notice and a slightly higher resolution which also won you won't notice and an even brighter 2000 nits max brightness you'll absolutely notice when you look at the phone like on a bright sunny day it looks great at 100 under the sun but both What you
will notice Most of the time here are the dynamic island and the always-on screen.
The always-on display is the perfect example of Apple's classic late-move strategy.
This is not a new feature. It has been in hundreds of phones before for many years, but now. It's finally coming to an iPhone and so it's being done the Apple way
this time the thing is I really don't know if there's any advantage to
this Apple way so the always on display looks like
this , so you press the power button and it puts the phone to sleep, you put it down, the brightness drops, the OLED ltpo screen goes down by up to a Hertz and you can see the clock and notifications as if your lock screen was still on at a lower brightness ,
this is always pretty bright -on screen though you can see you like it you get used to it after a few days but I was constantly looking at my phone on my desk thinking it was still on which is like lower brightness but yeah it looks like all of that the timing of the transition from the home screen to the always on screen is really nice it has
this smooth fade out animation and I think it's Apple Way like the clock if it's behind something it
will graduate to the front of the oasan screen and it
will keep all the colors and skin tones and whatever wallpaper you were using so it's not washed out or black and white you still have all your color if you have music then the art of the oasan screen your album is front and center it's very beautiful but I don't really care about any of that to be honest and there's no additional customization either as I've seen some really creative always-on screens over the years that me they allow you to customize and dial even differently than the lock screen and i really love using them apples it's just a toggle on the screen settings on or off that's me personally going to turn it off on
this phone because it also seems to be affecting battery life a little more than i expected now the always on display specifically doesn't show up in the battery set stuff so i'm just estimating here based on my comp Orientation everything else seems normal but the battery life is a little worse than I expected and then I've had the 13 Pro for the past year so I'm assuming that's
this is a little bit of added brightness that's been gone too far, it still knows when to turn it off, don't get me wrong, if it's in a pocket, it turns off if it's in sleep mode, it turns off even when you have an Apple Watch on. and you move far enough away from the phone that he knows you can't see him anymore; turn off the always on screen but it stays here on my desk all day showing me stuff and i don't really use it all that much yeah i'll pass but you know what's new on the screen i love it and i'll never get past the dynamic island baby what a terrible name they felt the need to name the notch it's such a small feature in the grand scheme of using a phone but it's good it's really good so
this is what's going on remember the rumors that the new iPhone Pro replaced the notch with an eye cutout at the top of the screen with all those renderings people got right that's really what it is it has a circular cutout on the right for a new selfie camera and a pill wing-shaped cutout left for the new Face ID hardware that was shrunk by about 30 percent to fill
this smaller area and then instead of just doing that, Apple decided to smart mind fill the space between them with black pixels and make it one big pill, so the idea is that Apple would rather think of the pill as software than hardware, so they built a bunch of software features around it so you just have an idle state like
this that doesn't show up on screenshots or screen recordings is just a space but there's about 30 different things it does to indicate ongoing activities and background activities and things that are beautifully animated and super fluid .
This fluid physics is so friendly and appropriate. accessible and all
this stuff that shows up on screenshots and screen recordings the best part is pretty much everything works out of the box as you would expect so I had
this moment during the first impressions video where I was like oh no i can wait for apple music to use it but then it
will take spotify like a year and a half to update their app to work with
this but nope everything works right out of the box including spotify because it already uses the already playing api. had a lock screen widget same with soundcloud same with youtube music and pocket casts so you have album art and color scheme waveform there while media is playing if you touch it it
will open the app that's playing and if you hold it down you do get a widget that pops up with some media controls that I can clean up and it's all pretty much the same widget that would pop up on the lock screen so it feels a bit like reverse.
I think a tap should bring up the widget and a long press should bring up the app and that would make more sense, but whatever the point, it just works out of the box. for incoming calls connecting air pods plugging them into a charger changing the ringer to silent or volume on face id unlocking connecting air pods and much more there's our full list and then there's also a UI for live activities happening in the background , so it's continuous calling or playing music in the background whatever means a timer that counts down Maps directions while you navigate in the background what voice memos screen recording recording all of that so here's a full list of that also and then any third party app that uses the now playing or calling Kit apis which there are many it also has a little place for the mic and camera access indicator right between the pill and the cutout it really becomes next level when having multiple background activities at once because then it becomes unobtrusive like a d switch e multitasking apps on top of your phone so one background activity looks like
this but then if I have a second if I go to start a new background activity it splits the island in two so now you can choose between them and then quickly switch between them with a single tap that is so sick.
will be one of the most
copied features in the smartphone world in about 18 months we pretty much guarantee it as we even saw some MIUI mods on Twitter where people tried
this on other phones but the thing is it
will be surprisingly hard to copy.
It's exactly like that at
this level, it looks pretty innocuous, pretty simple, but there's a lot going on here, like there's a new display engine in the a16 bionic that handles all these animations and there's a lot of it that's real. Just put
this all together, there's physics, you just push the cut and it wobbles and moves a little bitas if it were alive and since there are real cutouts like holes in the screen for the camera and face id system, it has to be touch sensitive in areas around the real cutout so it can still register touches when you hit a dead zone on screen and for the most part it works pretty well.
this a game-changing feature on a phone for most people? I don't think it's a nice quality of life touch that a lot of people
will think is really cool and they really like it. Yes Yes. I think it s true. seven years ago with the top screen on the LG V10, yeah absolutely fine, if you watch enough iPhone presentations then you know the iPhone pro really is and has been all about the cameras. Fun fact: They spent 23 minutes on stage at the September event speaking. g over the iPhone 14 pro and seven of those minutes over 33 percent, we're just talking about the camera, so
this is the biggest change, at least on paper, to the iPhone camera in many years.
This is a graph of the megapixel count of every iPhone camera since they first arrived. they've been confidently repeating the 12-megapixel sensors since the iPhone 6s but
this year we took a leap we took the leap the main camera on the iPhone 14 pro is now a new 48-megapixel sensor that's 65 percent larger than what we had on the 12 Pro has a second generation focus shift optical image stabilization 100 pixels of focus and sits behind a new f 1.78 lens I think we can all agree that it's a great set of specs to expect great images from but really the more I've been playing with it it's about more than the new 48 megapixel sensor allows that's great so a new bigger 48 megapixel sensor
will drop down to 12 megapixels for all your normal photos but you
will get the benefits of sharpness and more light.
Compilation From a larger sensor that also gives you faster shutter speeds to freeze motion more often in less-than-perfect conditions and allows me to take low-light photos with a shorter shutter time, which is very convenient, but the larger sensor also gives you a very good depth. natural depth of field without portrait mode more than we've seen on an iPhone camera; now other phones i've seen do
this just as well but it introduces a whole new set of challenges like halo effect and autofocus but i've been really impressed with how well the
iphone deals with not a whole ton of fringe on subjects close-up and 100 pixel coverage with focus has pretty much locked into tracking subjects and keeping things in focus even with shallow depth of field my only complaint really is the pretty weak minimum Focus distance gets blurry when you get closer to the main camera so you have to switch to macro mode pretty soon thankfully the ultra wide has some improvements too so that's not the end of the world then a 48 megapixel sensor also enables
this new button 2x doesn't seem like a big deal, but you're literally just cropping the middle 12 megapixels off
this huge sensor, so it's essentially like an optical zoom, it's not like you're going to lose quality the way anything less than 3x would have been on iPhones before because you were cropping an image that was already 12 megapixels the 48 megapixel sensor also enables
this new video and action mode which is
this Super aggressive stabilization for really shaky video and it does it with some pretty heavy cropping, but it's also capable of shooting up to 2.8K in
this mode. the main one for it and then if you're running around chasing a subject or even taking it out of a car window or just anytime you need some pretty heavy stabilization it's definitely a good to have if you want the full 48 megapixel file.
It's that you can shoot in Pro raw and it
will throw out 50 60 70 megabyte dng files that have a lot of detail and latitude to push into Lightroom and make them look better than direct shots from the 12 megapixel camera, but I'll just go. I know that Peter McKinnon and Tyler Stalman or many other creators of photography are going to put
this to the test. they crossed the 30 megapixel threshold they got to 48 they didn't that of course it would probably be pretty hard too considering the iPhone max is still a terabyte which sounds like a lot but you're also working with whopping five six gigs per minute prores files taking forever to get out of iPhone through
this lightning port at slow speeds and they should probably switch to USBC and that's a whole rant for another day so I'll stop it there but I don't know AK video straight from The iPh However, I think I can honestly put the iPhone 14 pro as the best camera system on any phone in 2022.
Don't get me wrong, it's not perfect, it can definitely overheat HDR at times in some difficult shooting conditions and the new selfie camera that is now 12 megapixel and autofocus while handling a variety of focal lengths much better and is overall sharper still It has a tendency to constantly overexpose people with dark skin, I'd know that, but if I'm just looking for the general versatility of the whole camera system, you know, the improvements in shutter speed, photo quality, the excellent autofocus, the color consistency between the three different cameras, the general improvements in image processing that have made the ultra-wide much more useful and less noisy and in low light and then of course. the prores video i am literally actively running an entire youtube channel with so yeah i feel pretty comfortable calling
this the king of the camera again and yes i
will ng to shoot the new autofocus video with the cameras of the iPhone 14 Pros so if you want a lot of sample images that
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will be fun. i know a good video so dont miss it anyway oh also guess what guess what cinematic mode now supports 30fps huh thats fun natural depth of field is so good on the main camera but yeah 30fps cinematic now also remember how all those event invites were sent out a couple of weeks ago and the subject was way off and there were all these stars and we thought , oh, they are I
will get an astrophotography mode like a night photography.
That didn't happen. As it turned out, they were kind of hinting at satellite connectivity, but like the iPhone still squishes when it comes to some of the very low-light and especially nighttime shots. to stro so I'm kind of upset we didn't get that but otherwise yeah full camera so the iPhone 14 pro is still a thousand bucks and the 14 pro max is still eleven hundred bucks to start so which are the best phones apple makes right now and there
will be a lot of people considering an upgrade so is it worth it in the landscape of other phones you could get for a thousand bucks,
this be competitive,
will it have the best camera of the bunch?
I think it's going to have one of the best brightest and most responsive screens of any of those phones it's also going to have a dynamic island no matter how you feel about it but it's also going to have the classic suite of things from iPhone iMessage FaceTime Classics but there's definitely no flashy or crazy design or hardware innovation going on here. There is nothing that folds in half. There's no super fast charging or massive battery size. Enhance the new colors you have seen. n they're like yeah you can tell they look a bit different but
this is a very refined update and actually the truth is if you have an iPhone 11 or later at
this point then the new iOS 16 update
will be It's going to release to your phone right now it's going to make just as big a difference to the user experience of using your phone as probably getting the new phone would, so yeah I'd say you know the new lock screen, the haptic keyboard, all
I made a video. on all the new features you can check it out but yeah
this is a really good phone you should get it if you want the latest and greatest and greatest of a smartphone camera available right now or if you just have a thousand dollar hole in your pocket burning and you just have to have the latest and greatest pro iPhone that's
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