iPhone 14 pro, the best iPhone of the year- After 7 days of usage. Price in India, It’s features, most extraordinary screen, compactness & more.

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INTRODUCTION

iPhone 14 Pro it might not be the biggest update but is better . As you know it was announced on 7 of September and I was able to walk around, take pictures, texts, people pay for things with Apple Pay and nobody even blinked an eye because it looks exactly the same as the iPhone 13 Pro. This is still of course, a new phone though for a new year. And so really, there are three major things that are new with the 14 Pro, those being the internals, the display, and the cameras. And so I’m gonna sort of Chapter those things off to go over each of them. 


INTERNAL FEATURES

 So there’s not a whole lot of new pieces in this new phone. But there’s technically more in this one than the baseline iPhone 14 Because this one actually gets a silicone upgrade to the new A16 bionic and six gigs of RAM top of the line new four nanometer system on a chip from Apple. You could tell though, when they gave the presentation in the keynote, that it must be a pretty minor bump from a 15 bionic because they went straight to comparing it to the A 13 Bionic .So far, it’s benchmarked, very similar to an A 15 bionic, just slightly above as expected. And that’s meant for me rock solid performance fluid animations and are pretty reliable all day.


SENSORS

Apple has added a new set sensors to internals.It’s an improved gyroscope and a better accelerometer to be able to tell if you’ve been in a car crash or not crash detection, cool feature. So it’ll detect if you’ve been in a car crash or not. And then if you don’t respond to the prompts on the screen, it will automatically call emergency services.For example when you are in your car driving at 60 miles per/hour and your GPS location which  was going 60 miles an hour and  it hit zero miles an hour and the microphones heard a loud noise and the barometric pressure change when the airbags go off and also the gyroscope saw that there was a hard stopping force. It knows you’re in a car crash. 


E-SIMS

One more thing that used to be in the iPhone, that’s not anymore in this one is a physical SIM card tray. This is actually for the US only and these phones are now E-sim only. E-sim isn’t exactly a new thing, but not having a physical sim tray anymore and does have its pros and cons. 

PROS:-

Pros mainly being okay, it’s one less place for water to get in one less moving part.

CONS:-

But cons being that for international travel, if you just wanted to grab a SIM card real quick instead of going through the carriers. That’s no longer nearly as easy.

 Apple intends to eventually expand this to all iPhones instead of what it’s now which is just starting in the US only.


NETWORK COMMUNICATION

The IPhone 14 has put up massive change in its network communication and  all of them is satellite connectivity. This is an edge case, extra feature that you’re honestly hoping you never ever have to use but in the off chance that you’re stranded somewhere with absolutely no cellular service at all. You’re nowhere near a cell tower. The iPhones antennas now impressively can also communicate with straight up satellites instead of cell towers. So it’ll take longer, and you’ll need a clearer view of the sky. And the UI will literally help you point your phone at a certain satellite overhead. But it will let you send messages to a dispatcher or local emergency services to help get to your location.


PHYSICAL APPEARANCE 

The physical appearance of the new iPhone 14 is the same as the IPhone 13 pro Max. There are some new colours, the space black, which is my favourite in years and there’s also a new purple colour from certain angles, you can hardly even tell it’s purple,but if it has the light, you know for a profile and that’s solid purple, I guess really only the camera bumps change they are definitely slightly larger and thicker than the 13 Pros. But bottom line is when an iPhone 13 Pro can fit in an iPhone 14 Pro case and you know it’s pretty close.


SCREEN

When you use these phones the first thing 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 displays respectively. So there’s still excellent displays on paper with slightly thinner bezels that you won’t notice and slightly higher resolution that you also won’t notice. And an even higher, brighter 2000 nits peak brightness that you absolutely will notice when looking at the phone on like a bright sunny day, it looks great at 100% out in the sun. But the two things you’ll notice the most often here are the dynamic Island and the “always on” display.


THE “ALWAYS ON” DISPLAY

 The “always on” display is the perfect example of the classic Apple late mover strategy ,Like this is not a new feature this has been on 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 don’t really know that there’s any advantages to this apple way. So the “always on” display looks like this. So you hit the power button, you sleep the phone, you put it down, the brightness drops, the LTP OLED display goes all the way down to one hertz. And you get to see the clock and notifications rolling as if your lockscreen is still on just at a lower brightness. This is a pretty bright, “always on” display. You get used to it after a few days. But I constantly was looking over at my phone on my desk thinking it was still on with just like a lower brightness. But yeah, it looks like that all the time.

The transition from the homescreen to the “always on” display is really nice. It’s got the smooth fade animation. And I think that’s the apple way like the clock, if it’s behind something will graduate to the front of the always on display. And it maintains all the colours and skin tones and whatever wallpaper you were using. So it’s not faded or black and white, you still have all your colour. If you’ve gotten music playing, then your album art is front and centre. It is extra beautiful.

 The disappointing thing here is there’s no extra customization like I’ve seen some really creative  “always on” displays over the years that let me customise and dial in even differently from the lockscreen. And I really love using them. Apples is just a toggle in the display settings on or off. It also seems to be affecting battery life slightly more than I expected.

Now, the “always on” display specifically doesn’t show up in the battery settings. So I’m kind of just estimating here based on my behaviour, everything else looks normal. But I am getting slightly worse battery life than I’ve expected. And then I’ve had on the 13 Pro for the past year. And so I assume that’s this, that’s a little extra brightness gone a long way, it does still know when to turn off.On my personal experience I am going to pass on this.


DYNAMIC ISLAND

The thing which is new on the screen that I absolutely love and will never pass on the dynamic Island. They felt the need to name the notch. It is such a minor feature in the grand scheme of using a phone. But it’s a good one. It’s a really good one. So here’s what’s happening. Remember the rumours of the new Pro iPhone replacing the knotch with an eye shaped cutout in the top of the display with all those renders people made? Well, that’s actually what this is. It has one circular cutout on the right for a new selfie camera and one pillow shaped cutout on the left for the new face ID hardware which they’ve shrunk down by about 30% to fill in this smaller area. And then instead of just doing that, apples cleverly decided to fill in the gap between them with black pixels and make it one big pill.

So then the idea is Apple would much rather us think about the PIL as software than hardware. So they built a whole bunch of software features around it. So just as a resting state like this, which doesn’t show up in screenshots or screen recordings. It’s just a gap. But there are about 30 Different things that it does to indicate ongoing activities and background activities and things that are all beautifully animated and super smooth these fluid physics. It’s so friendly and approachable. 

The best part is pretty much everything works straight out of the box as you’d expect it to including Spotify, because that already uses the Now Playing API, they already had a lockscreen widget. Same with SoundCloud. Same with YouTube music and Pocket Casts. So you have album art and the colour matching waveform up there while the media is playing. If you tap it, it’ll open the app that’s playing. And if you long press it, you actually get a widget that pops up with some media controls, I can scrub and everything pretty much the exact same widget that would appear in the lockscreen. Matter of fact, here’s everything that the dynamic Island does right out the box on day one.

So it does system alerts, like for incoming calls, connecting air pods, plugging into a charger, switching the ringer to silent mode or volume on face ID unlocking connecting air pods and a whole bunch more, there’s a full list. And then it’s also a UI for live activities happening in the background. So an ongoing call or music playing in the background, any media timer, counting down maps directions as you navigate in the background, voice memos, recording screen recording all that stuff. 

So here’s a full list of that as well. And then any third party app that uses the Now Playing or call kid API’s, which there are many, it also has a little spot for the indicator for microphone and camera access right in between the pill and the cutout, it really becomes next level when you have multiple background activities happening at once. Because then it low key kind of becomes like a multitasking app switcher at the top of your phone.

So one background activity looks like this. But then if I have a second one, if I go start a new background activity, it splits the island into two. So now you can pick between them, and then quickly swap between them with a single touch.  On this level, it seems pretty innocuous, pretty simple. But there is a lot going on here. Like there’s a new display engine in the ace 16 bionic, that handles all these animations. And there’s a lot of them that really pull this whole thing together. There’s physics to it, you just you poke the cutout and it wobbles and moves around a little like it’s alive. And since there are real cutouts like holes in the display for the camera and the face ID system, it has to be touch sensitive in areas around the actual cutout so that I can still register taps when you touch a dead zone on the screen. And for the most part, it works pretty well.


CAMERA

On enough cities Alright, if you’ve watched enough iPhone presentations that you know that the pro iPhone really is and has been all about the cameras fun fact they spent 23 minutes on stage at the September event talking about the iPhone 14 Pro, and seven of those minutes, but 33% were just talking about the camera. And so this is the biggest change at least on paper that’s been made to the iPhone camera in many years. Look at this graph. This is a graph of the megapixel count of every iPhone camera since they first came out they’ve been confidently repeating the 12 megapixel sensors since the iPhone six s but this year we got a leap we got the leap. 

The primary camera on the iPhone 14 Pro is now a new 48 megapixel sensor. It’s 65% larger than the one we had on the 12 Pro. It has a second generation focus shift optical image stabilisation of 100% focus pixels and sits behind a new F 1.78 lens. I think we can all agree that’s a great set of specs that we expect great imagery from but really the more I’ve been playing with it, it’s just more about what the new 48 megapixel sensor enables. That’s so great. So a new, larger 48 megapixel sensor that’s going to bend down to 12 megapixels for all your normal photos but you do get the benefits of sharpness and more light gathering from a larger sensor that also gives you faster shutter speed. Is to freeze motion more often in non perfect conditions. And it lets me take low light photos with a shorter shutter time, which is very convenient. But the larger sensor also gives you a really nice shallow natural depth of field without portrait mode, more than we’ve ever seen from an iPhone camera.

Now other phones I’ve seen do this just as well, but it presents a new set of challenges like fringing, and autofocus, but I’ve been very impressed with how well the iPhone deals with both not a whole tonne of fringing on close up subjects and 100% coverage with focus pixels has been pretty locked in on tracking subjects and keeping things in focus. Even with the shallow depth of field. The only thing which really concern’s me is the pretty weak minimum focus distance things get blurred when you get close to the primary camera, so you got to switch to the macro mode pretty early. Luckily 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 2x button doesn’t seem like that huge of a deal, but it’s literally just cropping in on the middle 12 megapixels of 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 before on iPhones because it was cropping into an already 12 megapixel image. The 48 megapixel sensor also enables this new action mode and video which is the super aggressive stabilisation for really shaky video. And it does this with a pretty heavy crop but it’s also able to do shooting up to 2.8k in this mode. little pro tip it defaults to the 0.5x camera it’s much noisier when you do this so so I do recommend switching back to the primary for it. And then if you’re running around chasing a subject or even pulling it out a car window or just anytime you need some pretty heavy stabilisation. This is definitely nice to have. If you want the full 48 megapixel files you can shoot in pro raw and it will kick out 50 6070 megabyte dng files which have a lot of detail and latitude to push around in Lightroom and make them look better than the straight out of camera 12 megapixel shots. 

One thing they didn’t do with the new 48 megapixel sensor is 8k video, they could have not been able to until they crossed the 30 megapixel threshold, they got to 48 they didn’t do it. That of course would also probably still be pretty tough considering the max iPhone is still one terabyte, which sounds like a lot but then you’re also working with huge five six gig per minute Pro Res files that take forever to get off the iPhone via this lightning port and slow speeds and they should probably just switch to USBC and that’s a whole rant for another day so I’ll just stop it there but just No. No AK video straight from the iPhone camera.

I think I can honestly safely though, put the iPhone 14 Pro as the best camera system in any phone and 2022 Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect. It can definitely overbake HDR sometimes in some harsh shooting conditions and the new selfie camera which now has 12 megapixels and autofocus while it handles a variety of focal lengths much better and a sharper overall it still has a tendency to over expose people with dark skin constantly. I would no but if I’m just looking for the overall versatility of the whole camera system, you know the shutter speed improvements, the quality of the photos, the great autofocus, the colour consistency between the three different cameras, the overall image processing pipeline improvements that have made the ultra wide much more usable and less noisy and low light. 

30 FPS cinematic also asked me  remember how all this event invites went out a couple of weeks ago, and the theme was far out. And there were all these stars and we thought oh, they’re gonna get astrophotography mode, like a nighttime photography type thing. And that didn’t happen. Turned out they were like hinting at the satellite connectivity, but like, the iPhone still gets crushed when it comes to some of the like super low light, nighttime shooting, and especially astrophotography. So I’m kind of bummed that we didn’t get that. But otherwise Yeah, complete camera shake.


PRICING 

 So the iPhone 14 Pro is still $1,000 and the 14 Pro Max is still $1,100 to start,But in India you will find the IPhone 14 Pro around ₹1,30,000 and iPhone 14 Pro Max around ₹1,40,000.Their cost is high when compared to the price in America . But keeping the price aside they are the absolute best phones Apple makes right now and there’s going to be a lot of people considering an upgrade.


OVERALL REVIEW

So is it worth it? Well in the landscape of other phones you could get one thing. This one’s going to be competitive, it is going to have the best camera of the bunch, I think it’s going to have one of the best, brightest, most responsive displays of any of those phones. It’s also going to have a dynamic Island however you feel about that. But also, it’s going to have the classic suite of iPhone stuff iMessage FaceTime, classics, there definitely isn’t any flashy, or any crazy design or hardware innovation happening here. There is nothing folding in half, there is no superfast charging or some massive battery size improvement.

The new colours, which you’ve seen, or like, you can kind of tell that they’re a little different looking. But this is a very refined update. So really, the truth is, if you have an iPhone 11 Or later at this point, then the new iOS 16 update pushing out to your phone right now is going to make just as big of a difference to the user experience of using your phone as getting the new phone probably would. So yeah, I’d say you know, the new lockscreen the haptic keyboard, all this stuff, I did a video on all the new features you can check that out. Yeah, this is a really good phone, you should get it if you either want. The latest and greatest and best have a smartphone camera available right now. Or if you’ve just got hole in your pocket burning away and you just have to have the latest and greatest pro iPhone. That’s what this is.

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