iPhone 14 Pro Review: This Will Be Copied!
Foreign 14 Pro, so
this might be a bit within baseball, but usually when you're testing a new product, an unreleased product from Apple, they tell you to keep the testing secret. don't let anyone know you have it don't show it don't show it publicly to anyone who would break the nondisclosure agreement and that still applies to
iphone 14 pro but i'll tell you what i've been able to run around, to take photos, text, people paying for things with Apple Pay, and nobody even blinked their eyes because it looks exactly like the iPhone 13 Pro.
This is still a new phone of course, although for a new year there are really three key things that are new about the 14 Pro, namely the internals, the display and the cameras and so I'll kind of capitulate those things to go through them all , but of course it's also worth noting that
this new MKBHD edition chevron hoodie is finally finally available on the MKBHD store mkbhd.com.
It's very comfortable but also hoodie season yeah keep it up There aren't many new parts in
this new phone but there is more tech in
this one than the baseline iPhone 14 because
this one actually upgrades to the new a16 Bionic and Silicon gets six gigabytes of RAM, the new top-of-the-line four-nanometer system on a chip from Apple, however, when they made the presentation in the keynote, you could tell that it must be a fairly small bump from the A15 Bionic because they went straight to it to compare it to the A13 Bionic from a few years ago in real life So far it's very similar to an a15 Bionic, just slightly above expectations and that's what's meant to me.
Rock solid performance fluid animations and fairly reliable all-day battery life from both the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, but I'll get more into the battery in a minute Also technically new to the internals is a new set of sensors, it's an improved gyroscope and a better accelerometer to determine if you got into a car crash or no crash detection. So cool feature
will detect if you have been in a car accident or not and then if you don't respond to the on screen prompts
will automatically call emergency services
will find a way to test it but actually my question was really in Alright when you test it, what kind of things are you testing and I think the answer is random triggers as you know how you do it when you go up a flight of stairs or something and you have automatic exercise detection on the apple Watch it
will say oh did you start a workout because you have an elevated heart rate and just started running no just me I don't know it was me just wondering if there are other times are where I might accidentally think something else like a car accident might have happened.
Maybe you have a Dbrand case on it and just drop it on the floor or something I don't know that hits the floor hard enough thinks it might have crashed but the more you look at it the more you realize one that there are a number of different sensors and factors where it's ok your gps location ran at 60 mph until it hit zero mph and the mics heard a loud noise and the barometric pressure changed, when the airbags deployed and also the gyroscope saw that there was hard braking force knowing you are in a car crash.
Another thing that used to be in the iPhone that isn't there anymore and
this is a physical SIM card tray that's really only for the US and these phones are now e- sim only esim isn't exactly a new thing , but no longer having a physical SIM tray has its pros and cons. The pros are mostly okay, it's one less place where water can get into one less moving part, but the cons are that for international travel if you just wanted to grab a SIM card real quick instead of through the Going to a network operator is no longer nearly as easy.
I'll be keeping an eye on
this because I envision Apple intending to expand
this to all iPhones at some point instead of what it is now. I'm just starting out in the US, but the final internal change for the iPhone 14s is satellite connectivity .
This is an added fringe feature that you honestly hope you never need to use, but chances are you're stranded somewhere without any cell service You're nowhere near a cell tower The iPhone's antenna can now impressively do the same communicate straight satellites instead of cell towers so it takes longer and you need a clear view of Sky and the UI
will literally help you point your phone at a specific satellite overhead, but you can send messages to a dispatcher or local emergency services, to get to your location and what you need for that is also a pretty hitch which i
will do as well i won't test
this but that's it for the internals uh note i haven't talked much about the exteriors as I usually do in phone
reviews because if we're being honest, they're quite same uh there are some new colors in the room black which has been my favorite for years and there is also a new purple color, from certain angles you can hardly tell it's purple but when it hits the light, know it's a pro phone it's a solid purple definitely a little bigger and thicker than the 13 pros but the bottom line is when an
iphone 13 pro fits in the case of an
iphone 14 pro and you know it in return is pretty close ok so now let's really get to what you're really starting to do note that the iPhone 14 pro and 14 pro max on these new phones
will have some slightly updated 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch respectively inch OLED displays so there are still excellent displays on paper with slightly thinner bezels you won't notice and a slightly higher resolution you won't notice either and an even taller, brighter 2000 nits Peak brightness you from you'll notice when you look at the phone on a bright, sunny day.
It looks great at 100 in the sun, but the two things you'll notice are: The most common here are the dynamic island and the always-on display. The always-on display is the perfect example of the classic Apple -Late mover strategy.
This isn't a new feature that's been on hundreds of phones for many years, but now it's finally coming to an iPhone and so
this time it's done the Apple way. Thing is I don't really know if
this Apple way has any advantages, so the always-on display looks like so hitting the power button that lets you sleep when you put the phone down sinks the brightness, the ltpo OLED display goes down to one hertz, and you see the clock and notifications kick in as if your lock screen was still on, just at a lower brightness.
This is always pretty bright - While you can see from the display that you get used to it after a few days, I kept glancing at my phone on my desk and thinking it was still on, which is like a lower brightness, but yeah it all looks like the time of the transition from the home screen to the always-on display is really nice, it has
this smooth fade animation and I think that's Apple's way of the watch when it's behind something to The front of the Oasan display blends and retains all colors and skin tones Whatever wallpaper you used so it's not faded or black and white you still have all your color when you play music then your album art is front and center , it's particularly beautiful, but I don't really care about that, to be honest, and there's no extra customization either, as I've had some really creative Always -On displays that even let me customize and dial in other than the lock screen and I really love using them.
Apples are just a toggle in the Settings display to turn on or off, that's me personally. I'll turn it off on
this phone as it also seems to hurt the battery life a bit more than I expected. Now the always-on display specifically doesn't show up in the battery pack things so I'm just guessing here based on my behavior everything else looks normal but I'm getting slightly worse battery life than I expected and then I had the 13 Pro for it the last year and so I assume that's a bit more brightness that has come a long way.
It still knows when to turn it off. Don't get me wrong, if it's in a pocket, it turns off when you're in sleep mode, it turns off even if you have an Apple Watch on and you move far enough away from the phone for it to know you can't see it anymore it turns off the always on display but it sits 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 screen i absolutely love and
will never pass on the dynamic island babe what a horrible name they felt it needed to name the notch it's such a small feature in the big plan, using a phone, but it's a good one, it's a really good one, so here's what's happening, remember the rumors about the new iPhone Pro replacing the notch with an eye-shaped cutout at the top of the display, with all those renders, which people have done well, that's actually what it is, it has a circular cutout on the right for a new selfie camera and a pill-shaped cutout on the left for the new Face ID hardware, the shrunk them by about 30 percent to fill that smaller area, and instead of doing that, Apple cleverly decided to fill the gap between them with black pixels and make it one big pill, so the idea is that Apple prefer to think of the pill as software rather than hardware so they built a whole bunch of software features around it so it just has a hibernation like
this that doesn't show up in screenshots or screen captures, it's just a loophole but there is about 30 different things it does to show ongoing activity and background activity and things that are all beautifully animated and super smooth.
This fluid physics is so friendly and ap achievable and all these things it shows in screenshots and screen captures. Best of all, pretty much everything works out of the box like you'd expect, so I had that moment during the first impressions video where I was like, oh I can't wait for Apple Music to use it, but then it takes Spotify about a year and a half to actually update their app to work with it but no, everything works out of the box including Spotify as that is already using the now playing API they already had a lock screen widget, same as SoundCloud, same as YouTube Music and Pocket Casts so you have album art and the color matching waveform up there while the media is playing, tapping it
will open whatever app is playing and long pressing it You actually get a widget that pops up with some media controls that I can scrub and all pretty much the same widget that pops up would appear on the lock screen, so that feels kind of backwards.
I think a tap should open the widget and t If a long press should open the app that would just make more sense but whatever the point it just works right out of the box, here's everything the dynamic island did on day one ready to use i.e. system alerts like For incoming calls, connect Airpods, connect to charger, mute ringer or face recognition volume, connect Airpods and much more, there is our full list and then also Live Activity UI that's happening in the background, so ongoing call or music playing in the background, any media, a timer that counts down, map directions while you're navigating in the background, which record voice memos, screen recordings, all those things, so here's one too full list of these and then any 3rd party app that uses the now kit apis to spie len or call, of which there are many, also has a small dot for the indicator for the mic and camera access right between the pill and the cutout, it really gets to the next level when you have multiple background activities running at the same time, because then it becomes sort of a multitasking app switcher on top of your phone so a background activity looks like
this but then when I have a second one I start a new background activity It splits the island in two so now you choose between them and then with a single touch