The iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max all come with great features, including the A16 Bionic “Pro version only” chip, Bluetooth 5.3, dual-frequency precision GPS, and dual ambient lighting. But these are just a few of the new features exclusive to the 2022 lineup.
iPhone Pro models always outperform its standard counterparts When it comes to exclusive features, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't think of iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, especially since their price is lower, and the standard iPhone 14 models have better technologies than their predecessors, but are the Pro features only worth the extra money? If you are wondering which iPhone 14 model to buy. Keep reading to see what you decide in the end.
Always On Display (Pro models only)
Now that iOS has a highly customizable lock screen with a lot of information, it makes sense to have an always on screen, where you can see the date, time, widget, wallpaper, and live activities without lifting the iPhone or tapping on its screen.
Most iPhone models can drop to just 20 Hz for the screen refresh rate, and iPhone 13 Pro models can drop to 10 Hz. The lower the frequency, the greater the power savings, and iPhone 14 Pro models can only drop to 1 Hz on the lock screen in low power mode, thanks to the multiple co-processors in the A16 Bionic chip. Apple has also improved its LTPO display technology, or Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide, which allows the display to intelligently dim the entire lock screen. These and other energy-efficient technologies help make an always-on display possible.
48MP photos (Pro models only)
The two new iPhone 14 Pro models have a 48-megapixel main camera. Since the iPhone 6S, the main camera of each iPhone has been 12 megapixels, four times less than the 14 Pro series.
The new main camera also has the first quad-pixel sensor on an iPhone, which adapts to the type of photo you're trying to capture. While most photos will still be 12MP, you'll get a full 48MP when shooting with ProRaw. Apple says:
For most images, the Quad Pixel sensor combines all four pixels into a large quad pixel equivalent to 2.44μm, resulting in stunning low-light capture and maintaining an image size of 12MP. The quad pixel sensor also enables a 2x Telephoto option that uses an average 12MP of the sensor for full-resolution photos and 4K videos without digital zoom.
Interactive Island (Pro models only)
Also exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max is the new dynamic or interactive island. All iPhone models with Face ID have the famous notch at the top where the TrueDepth camera is located, even the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, but there is a new capsule-shaped notch in the Pro versions that takes up less space, and Apple called it an island because the screen Surrounded by everywhere.
Apple uses the new TrueDepth camera system as a hub for the interactive island, which expands to display real-time information, such as alerts, notifications, and activities. The Face ID icon that appears when the iPhone scans your face from the interactive island expands. You'll see your AirPods, incoming and connected phone calls, audio playback, countdown timer, Map navigation steps, charging status, and more. This way, you can be in any application and still see and interact with other information on the interactive island.
To see more information and controls, all you have to do is long-press on the item on the Dynamic Island.
eSIM support only
All four iPhone 14 models only support eSIM "in the US", which means they don't have a physical SIM card tray.
The first three iPhones used standard “big” SIM cards, and the iPhone 4 and 4S used Micro-SIM cards, and all other iPhones so far use Nano-SIM cards, and some also support eSIM. Depending on how you use multiple SIM cards, a missing SIM card slot may or may not be a good thing.
Satellite emergency service
Built-in antennas can communicate with the satellites above you, but you must point them directly at the satellite. The new iPhones will direct you to the nearest satellite to get a connection and help you stay on track while Use Emergency SOS.
Since the satellites have low bandwidth and are constantly moving, it can take minutes for the message to reach the emergency services. To help reduce wasted time, the iPhone will take your location and ask you some specific questions that will help emergency services understand what you need.
All messages are sent to Apple, where our trained and experienced staff can call 911 on your behalf. Text messages can also be sent directly to emergency services if they support SMS requests. You can also use satellites to update your location in the Find My app even without a cellular network and this is really useful.
Car accident detection
The iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are also the first iPhones to detect car accidents. And they all have a new dual-core accelerometer that can detect G-Force measurements of up to 256 G. A new dynamic range gyroscope also helps recognize the vehicle's motion.
When the iPhone detects that you have been in a severe car crash (God forbid), it will automatically call emergency services when you are unconscious or cannot find or reach him.
Although it may seem intimidating for Apple to use your microphone to help detect car accidents, it turns on the microphone only when it detects that you are driving. The iPhone only obtains data about volume levels, nothing else, and uses only the information on the device. The data is then deleted, and nothing is sent anywhere unless you choose to improve fault detection.
There are still many features waiting for us in the second part very soon.