Apple iPhone 14 Professional review: Apple’s personal island

With unique entry to an upgraded processor, a revamped main camera, and a brand new Dynamic Island cutout on the always-on show, the iPhone 14 Professional is a personal resort that widens the hole between the common iPhone and the Professional mannequin. Longtime iOS followers who cannot afford to drop $1,000 on a flagship must look on with envy, however for these that may afford the aircraft ticket, life on Apple’s personal island remains to be fairly candy.

Apple’s walled backyard is nothing new. In Apple’s thoughts, it separates the iPhone haves from the Android have-nots, and with it comes a way of superiority — deserved or not. However now, a brand new set of have-nots are, if not locked exterior the partitions, a minimum of separated by a towering fence. If you need something near the most effective that Apple has to supply, the common iPhone isn’t sufficient anymore — it’s important to go Professional. In contrast to its staid sibling, the iPhone 14 Professional carries a brand new notch-less, always-on show, the primary actual camera revamp in years, and is the one iPhone to get actually new silicon in 2022. However are the upgrades definitely worth the value of admission? Let’s discover out in our Apple iPhone 14 Professional review.

About this Apple iPhone 14 Professional review: I examined the iPhone 14 Professional over a interval of 10 days. It was operating iOS 16 in the course of my testing. The unit was bought by Android Authority for this review.

What it’s essential to know concerning the Apple iPhone 14 Professional

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  • Apple iPhone 14 Professional (128GB): $999 / £1,099 / €1,299
  • Apple iPhone 14 Professional (256GB): $1,099 / £1,209 / €1,429
  • Apple iPhone 14 Professional (512GB): $1,299 / £1,429 / €1,689
  • Apple iPhone 14 Professional (1TB): $1,499 / £1,649 / €1,949

You already know the way iPhone launches go at this level. The iPhone 14 Professional arrived in September 2022, succeeding the iPhone 13 Professional. It debuted alongside the bigger, but in any other case near-identical iPhone 14 Professional Max, in addition to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

Apple hasn’t let its newest providing fall too removed from the tree, a minimum of by way of the present “Professional” design. The shiny facet rails and satin rear glass are again, although Apple eliminated the bodily SIM tray for US fashions, leading to a body that’s ever so barely smoother. That’s proper, it’s (twin) eSIM solely within the States — different areas get dual-SIM assist too, although with a extra conventional nano-SIM and eSIM combo.

The rear camera bump appears and feels the identical because the iPhone 13 Professional, although it calls for more room on the again glass than ever earlier than. It additionally homes one of the crucial vital iPhone camera updates in years — a brand new 48MP predominant sensor. Two 12MP shooters spherical out the setup, one ultrawide and one telephoto, and a LiDAR scanner takes care of depth info.

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When you flip round to the entrance of the iPhone 14 Professional, you’ll instantly discover one key change — there’s no notch. The long-derided notch now not occupies the middle of the 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina show, and what Apple has ostentatiously dubbed the “Dynamic Island” sits as a replacement. It guarantees to breathe extra life into your notifications and supply in-depth interactions with sure supported apps, together with hiding the pill-and-hole-style selfie setup. Apart from the brand new camera setup and the novel cutout, the 120Hz panel is mostly the identical as on the iPhone 13 Professional. It affords a pointy 2,556 x 1,179 decision with as much as 2,000 nits of brightness in sure eventualities.

Additionally new is the Apple A16 Bionic chipset — the powerhouse, customized silicon that retains the premium package deal ticking. It’s unique to the iPhone 14 Professional sequence for now, which additionally comes with 6GB of RAM throughout the board. The A16 Bionic resides alongside a small battery of round 3,200mAh (Apple doesn’t prefer to disclose specifics). It recharges at about 27W via the proprietary Lightning port, or you possibly can faucet into 15W wi-fi MagSafe energy as wanted.

The iPhone 14 Professional appears nearly equivalent to its predecessor — till you attain the Dynamic Island.

As anticipated, there’s nearly nothing within the iPhone 14 Professional field. It affords sufficient house for the telephone, a USB-C to Lightning cable, and a few fundamental paperwork. That’s it for US fashions, however worldwide variations will nonetheless include a vital SIM ejector software.

The iPhone 14 Professional nonetheless begins at $999, which suggests it squares off towards Android’s greatest with out a value hike (a minimum of not within the US — Europe wasn’t so fortunate). Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus is its most pure rival, with an analogous set of cameras and an replace dedication that nearly matches Apple, although the distinctive kind issue of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Google’s imminent Pixel 7 Professional also needs to give it a run for its cash. We’ll additionally get one verdict spoiler out of the best way now: if you have already got an iPhone 13 Professional, learn on for enjoyable, however there’s no good cause to improve.

The iPhone 14 Professional’s design is so just like its predecessor that the easiest way to inform them aside is with Apple’s selection of colours. Silver and Gold are two iPhone mainstays, however this time they’re accompanied by House Black and Deep Purple (pictured).

How has the design modified?

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From the minute you open the field, the Apple iPhone 14 Professional feels acquainted. The buttons are precisely the place you’d anticipate them to be — quantity buttons and silent swap on the left, energy button on the proper — and chrome steel facet rails and a Gorilla Glass again panel that mirrors the iPhone 13 Professional line. Nonetheless, one function lacking from the proper facet is the SIM tray — a minimum of on US fashions. Apple’s proprietary Lightning port — a continued disappointment as the remainder of the tech world adopts USB-C — occupies the underside edge, flanked by the microphone and a down-firing speaker.

You’ll nonetheless discover a trio of cameras tucked right into a sq. camera bump within the nook, however they hold getting larger. The iPhone 14 Professional’s bump stretches greater than midway throughout the rear glass and stands out barely additional. This could make the iPhone 14 Professional sit considerably unbalanced when laid on a flat floor, however you possibly can stability it out with a correct case.

For those who select to threat going bare, the satin end feels pretty much as good within the hand because it ever has, although the Deep Purple end is so darkish that it’s nearly black in some lighting. Personally, I might have most well-liked a barely lighter purple nearer to Samsung’s Bora Purple, which all the time appears purple.

Apple’s selection of Deep Purple is a bit an excessive amount of ‘deep’ and never sufficient ‘purple.’

One other approach to inform the iPhone 14 Professional from the Execs that got here earlier than is with the show. The 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina OLED panel remains to be the right measurement for one-handed use, and the colour recreation remains to be glorious. I had no issues with brightness, because the show tops out at 1,000 nits by default, however it could push to 2,000 nits in direct daylight. Apple’s 120Hz adaptive “ProMotion” refresh price is clean, too, and falls in step with prime Android flagships. The Ceramic Defend glass and oleophobic coating ought to hold scratches and fingerprints at bay, however solely time will inform how properly these maintain up.

Probably the most vital change to the show, nonetheless, is that the notch is gone, changed by a pill-and-hole cutout that homes the front-facing camera alongside the standard suite of Face ID sensors. This so-called “Dynamic Island” depends closely on enhanced notifications to attract your consideration away from the scale of the cutout — although we’ll go into extra element on the precise performance later on this review. By default, the Dynamic Island is hidden in a black bar while you open a full-screen video, however you possibly can all the time zoom your content material to make use of the total 6.1 inches. You may not all the time thoughts the looks, but it surely undoubtedly chews up extra actual property than comparable Android setups.

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On prime of the brand new selfie camera setup, the iPhone 14 Professional now options an always-on show, which you’ll see in motion above. It’s wildly totally different from the delicate always-on shows we’re used to seeing on Android gadgets in that it’s very, very on. Your entire show stays lit, albeit dimly, always, with the clock and your lock display widgets absolutely seen. You would possibly love Apple’s strategy should you like to have a look at your lock display wallpaper, however I discovered that it tricked my mind into pondering I had a notification even once I didn’t.

General, the iPhone 14 Professional feels glorious in hand, and I by no means felt like I used to be straining to succeed in throughout the 6.1-inch show. The IP68 score for water and mud resistance additionally ensures that you could take Apple’s flagship into nearly any situation you would possibly face, and whereas the Gorilla Glass is technically ungraded, we all know from earlier iPhones that Corning saves a few of its greatest glass for the Cupertino large.

How highly effective is the Apple iPhone 14 Professional?

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Regardless of the funds, each iPhone finds a approach to put up gaudy numbers relating to efficiency. The iPhone 14 Professional isn’t any exception, giving the remainder of Apple’s lineup one thing to aspire to. Its A16 Bionic chipset goes a good distance, plowing via the whole lot I requested of it. It pairs seamlessly with this era’s barely bigger battery and 6GB of onboard RAM for a clean expertise. I had no points with lag, even when operating navigation and Spotify concurrently, and it’s greater than able to operating a few of the most demanding video games on the highest attainable body charges on a smartphone. The iPhone 14 Professional can run heat at instances should you actually push it, although it cools shortly after a minute or two of relaxation.

The A16 Bionic is one other CPU powerhouse, however this time it is unique to the Professional fashions.

Our commonplace slate of benchmarks backs up the real-world outcomes. The only-core Geekbench 5 rating measures about an 8% enchancment over the A15 Bionic processor primarily based on our testing, whereas the multi-core rating jumped by a extra vital 14%. Apple’s current chips share most of the identical elements, together with six CPU cores and 5 GPU cores, however the A16 Bionic’s 4nm course of performs closely in its favor. The smaller structure affords house for added transistors, however the elevated reminiscence and better clock speeds for the CPU cores play a task as properly. Primarily, though the variety of cores is similar, the cores themselves supply a bit extra punch. The result’s a CPU rating that blitzes the present competitors by a large margin.

As for the GPU, when put via the 3DMark Wild Life take a look at, the iPhone 14 Professional performs even higher. It maxes out the usual Wild Life take a look at, which instantly tops the iPhone 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max, each of which returned precise numbers in our testing. The Wild Life Stress Take a look at exhibits some slowing over time, delivering a most loop of round 9,900 however falling to only beneath 8,700 in the direction of the tip of the take a look at. Whereas its peaks aren’t fairly as eye-watering as essentially the most performant Android telephones, the spectacular stability signifies robust sustained efficiency, albeit with solely a gradual general enchancment in comparison with the iPhone 14’s retooled, year-old A15 Bionic chip.

All configurations of the iPhone 14 Professional pack 6GB of RAM to assist the A16 Bionic chipset and begin at 128GB of storage. Apple affords as much as 1TB of onboard storage, which you gained’t have the ability to develop. For those who want the highest tier, be able to shell out $1,500 or extra. Most individuals must be fantastic with the 128 or 256GB as an alternative.

I’ve no gripes with Apple’s A16 Bionic chip, although I take situation with its exclusivity. Yr in and 12 months out, Apple introduced its newest silicon to its total flagship lineup earlier than abruptly stopping with the iPhone 14. Now, it’s important to go Professional in order for you the up to date processor, forcing an additional $200 out of your pocket with no different choice. The beneficial properties could also be negligible in on a regular basis use, however they’re not non-existent and will turn into obvious years down the road as Apple’s enviable assist coverage continues to supply contemporary updates. Finally, this isn’t an issue for anybody shopping for the iPhone 14 Professional or Professional Max, but it surely does smack of elitism — a sense that ought to maybe come as no shock given it expects you to come out and purchase your mother an iPhone as an alternative of adopting RCS for platform-agnostic messaging. However that’s one other story.

Is the battery life any good? What concerning the charging?

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Apple’s iPhones have all the time made essentially the most of their comparatively small batteries. We’ve usually seen iPhones with cells of round 3,000mAh push past a day of utilization with exceptional screen-on time. Now, issues are headed barely within the mistaken route, nonetheless. The iPhone 14 Professional packs a barely bigger battery of round 3,200mAh (the iPhone 13 Professional was ~3,100mAh), but it doesn’t appear to succeed in fairly so far as its predecessors.

On mornings once I awakened with a full battery, I used to be in a position to push the iPhone 14 Professional all day. My common utilization consisted of internet looking, social media, answering emails, and streaming Spotify — typical stuff. Nonetheless, I discovered it nearly unimaginable to complete a day with greater than 20% remaining battery. It’s sufficient that I didn’t want to succeed in for a charger till morning, however I all the time wanted it shortly after breakfast. Throughout the first few days of my testing, I averaged about four-and-a-half to 5 hours of screen-on time, with as much as one other hour of idle utilization. That’s not nice for any telephone, not to mention a tool household usually celebrated for its longevity.

Regardless of a barely bigger cell, the iPhone 14 Professional comes up in need of Apple’s often unimaginable battery life.

Apple did launch the iOS 16.0.2 replace throughout my testing, which appears to have improved the battery life considerably. The day after the replace, I hit six-and-a-half hours of screen-on time with one other two hours of the display sitting idle. I’m undecided what modified within the replace, because the notes don’t point out battery enhancements, although I can rule out the always-on show as a possible perpetrator for battery drain. I spent a number of days with it on and some off and solely seen a distinction of some share factors.

I additionally seen lowered efficiency over the weekend, which is once I usually used the telephone essentially the most. I’m in the course of a marathon coaching block, and streaming Spotify to my headphones for as much as two and a half hours at a time had a big impression on the iPhone 14 Professional’s battery. Utilizing navigation in my automobile and operating Spotify informed an analogous story — and infrequently pushed me into Low Energy Mode.

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On the intense facet, Apple is about as clear along with your battery utilization and well being as anybody. It affords an hour-by-hour chart of your battery drain and the way a lot you used every app in that stretch. For those who’re noticing a very quick drain at sure factors, it’s straightforward to retrace your steps and discover out what’s taking place.

When you empty the iPhone 14 Professional’s modest battery, you may get again in your ft with equally modest speeds as much as round 27W by way of USB Energy Supply. Apple doesn’t supply a particular price for wired charging, however that was the highest price I managed to measure. It takes about half an hour to choose up the primary 50% of your battery, after which level it slows down significantly. All informed, it took about 80 minutes for a full cost — round half an hour greater than the Galaxy S22 Plus, for context. With no charging brick within the field, you’ll want to provide your individual — take a look at our information for the most effective choices.

For those who choose to skip the wires, you possibly can attempt 15W MagSafe or 7.5W Qi wi-fi charging. These aren’t significantly speedy, although MagSafe continues to be a pleasant addition to the iPhone ecosystem. Need to cost your AirPods wirelessly by way of your iPhone? Robust luck; Apple nonetheless doesn’t supply reverse wi-fi charging not like many flagship-tier Android telephones.

How good is the iPhone 14 Professional camera?

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The iPhone 14 Professional’s predominant camera marks a big departure for Apple’s flagships. Two (or three) 12MP shooters have been the usual 12 months in and 12 months out, nearly like loss of life and taxes, however not anymore. Now, Apple’s flagship comes with a sharper 48MP predominant camera, although it’s value remembering that megapixels aren’t the whole lot. Fortunately, that’s not the one improve. The brand new sensor is considerably bigger than the iPhone 13 Professional’s main lens, measuring 1/1.28 inches in comparison with 1/1.7 — a 65% enhance.

The up to date predominant lens is flanked by a pair of acquainted faces — a 12MP ultrawide camera and a 12MP 3x telephoto. For those who take Apple’s phrase for it, they permit for a 6x optical zoom vary (2x out, 3x in), however that’s not likely how optical zoom works. Apple additionally lists 2x telephoto capabilities as a part of its rear setup, although it’s only a 12MP crop taken from the bigger 48MP sensor.

Talking of issues not being fairly what they appear, the 48MP predominant camera bins right down to 12MP photographs by default identical to all the most effective camera telephones with excessive megapixel counts. It doesn’t make a lot of a distinction by way of fantastic particulars except you crop the picture, but it surely does result in barely higher low-light outcomes. When binned, Apple’s tiny 1.22µm pixels turn into 2.44µm pixels, which is an efficient bounce over the iPhone 13 Professional’s 1.9µm pixels. Additionally, do not forget that Apple didn’t invent pixel binning, regardless of how exuberantly it talks about it as a brand new function. You’ll be able to punch out to the total 48MP photographs utilizing ProRAW, however you’ll want sufficient storage for the large picture recordsdata. Nonetheless, it’s a pleasant contact if you wish to edit your photographs afterward in Lightroom or the like.

The iPhone 14 Professional adopts tried-and-tested smartphone camera practices like pixel binning and digital cropping.

I put Apple’s camera trio via its paces, although I relied on the first camera for many of my capturing. The camera had no points capturing colours or particulars when given well-lit, on a regular basis eventualities corresponding to within the picture of a crimson brick constructing or the yellow gourds within the window field. Nonetheless, Apple has by no means been identified for a really impartial coloration science. Some tones skew a bit yellow, particularly within the background of the ultrawide flower sculpture. Different examples, just like the pink metallic flower, present extra correct colours. The topic appears barely underexposed, however is definitely correct to what I used to be seeing given the heavier shadow protection.

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The supporting forged play their roles properly, too. The ultrawide lens doubles as a helpful macro shooter, as seen within the picture of orange flowers, and it simply tops the devoted, low-resolution macro cameras we see on many funds telephones. I additionally admire the ultrawide lens to be used by itself, as within the picture of a rainbow-colored flower. It switches to 0.5x, although it does so with minimal distortion or stretching across the edges due to lens correction. The black gate to the proper, for instance, appears spot-on in a spot the place different ultrawide lenses would are likely to warp the picture.

Sadly, one occasion of the iPhone 14 Professional not getting it fairly proper is the 3x telephoto shot of the basketball hoop. The sky is uncovered accurately, although the ring and internet are a lot darker than what my eye might see. Each the backboard and orange hoop ought to have been brighter, whereas the white internet appears to glow in some locations.

The transition from the principle camera to the ultrawide camera in daylight is clean — the colours are constant throughout each photographs, and there’s minimal distortion. Small particulars, such because the leaves on the tree to the proper, are preserved, although they’re not fairly as sharp as actuality.

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For essentially the most half, the iPhone 14 Professional is snug throughout its full zoom vary. It’s capped at 15x digital zoom, which suggests it’ll cease in need of the boundaries of the perfect Android shooters just like the Galaxy S22 Extremely, although photographs past 15x zoom are hardly ever usable on any camera telephone. There’s additionally a noticeable shift within the coloration profile from the 3x telephoto lens to the 7x digital zoom. The tree to the proper is far lighter, and the white of the tower itself has additionally modified coloration.

I additionally a lot choose Samsung’s strategy to picture stabilization over that of the iPhone. You’ll be able to simply establish when your picture is stabilized on a current Galaxy system, because the viewfinder provides a yellow indicator, however that’s not the case with the iPhone 14 Professional. As an alternative, stabilization is all the time energetic, and also you simply type of have to just accept that the shake you see within the viewfinder will disappear after you snap the shutter.

Whereas the small print of the crimson church are preserved properly throughout the 4 photographs within the backside gallery, the sky is totally blown out within the ultrawide shot within the gallery above. That picture was taken on a partly cloudy day, so I might have anticipated a combination of clouds and blue sky as an alternative of the flat white consequence I obtained. The stones of the church additionally skew orange the extra you zoom in, particularly when you attain the 3x telephoto shot.

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Portrait mode is one other story of hits and misses for the iPhone 14 Professional. On the subject of human-shaped objects, I obtained principally hits. The three photographs of Benjamin Franklin present good edge detection and glorious depth of area from each the principle and telephoto lenses. That mentioned, the colour profile is noticeably lighter within the 3x zoom picture as an alternative of the extra correct tones in the usual and 2x zoom photographs.

Nonetheless, I obtained loads of misses on the subject of different objects. The pool ball is fuzzy alongside the highest, regardless of having an simply identifiable edge. The determine of Vault Boy suffers an analogous destiny, with elements of his arms and ear out of focus whereas his face is sharp.

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Apple’s ultrawide lens additionally struggles with low gentle photographs, as seen to the left of the highest row above. There’s some extreme vignetting across the edges, with solely the middle of the picture lit up. It looks like the issue is most noticeable when there’s some gentle however not sufficient for evening mode to kick in all the best way. The picture of an open barn door is an instance of the iPhone 14 Professional getting the shot proper even with out evening mode, because it captures particulars inside and out of doors on the white wooden. Portrait mode additionally suffers, with the horse’s mane being noticeably blurry however nearly nothing else.

When the iPhone 14 Professional’s evening mode does kick in, it delivers strong outcomes. The picture of the bell above and to the proper exhibits good particulars and respectable coloration accuracy, particularly within the sky. Nonetheless, Apple appears to place a whole lot of confidence in its bigger binned pixels, because it takes a very long time for evening mode to resolve it’s darkish sufficient earlier than kicking in. I usually needed to manually activate evening mode as an alternative of counting on an computerized adjustment.

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Our ultimate class for nonetheless photographs is selfies. The iPhone 14 Professional packs a 12MP lens as a part of its Dynamic Island setup, with a barely wider aperture than its predecessor. Nonetheless, Apple improved the autofocus, which makes capturing a selfie the primary time you click on a lot simpler. The publicity in my commonplace selfie is nice, and the slight pink tint to a few of my pores and skin is comprehensible primarily based on my brilliant shirt. I’ve had higher portrait outcomes, because the iPhone cuts off fairly a little bit of my hair, leading to odd dents just like the one on the left facet of my head. General although, it’s a strong selfie snapper.

The iPhone 14 Professional continues to push smartphone videography ahead.

In fact, we are able to’t talk about an iPhone with out digging into its video prowess. The iPhone 14 Professional is able to as much as 4K or 1080p recording at 60fps from the entrance or rear cameras and a complete host of additional capturing modes. Apple boasts that its Cinematic mode (as much as 4K HDR at both 24 or 30fps) is a best choice for filmmakers, and the stabilized Motion Mode is a superb choice should you’re operating round chasing your children or canine. The draw back is it requires a whole lot of gentle, is restricted to 2.8K at 60fps, and you’ll’t inform how properly the stabilization works till you end recording. It’s maybe not as spectacular as Apple’s different videography options, but it surely’s all the time good to have choices.

One caveat to the iPhone 14 Professional’s video seize is that you could solely file in Apple’s lossy “ProRes” codec at 1080p on the bottom mannequin with 128GB, probably as a result of monster file measurement. If you need 4K ProRes, it’s essential to shell out for a minimum of the 256GB model.

What does iOS 16 deliver to the desk?

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Just like the iPhone it runs on, iOS 16 manages to really feel each new and acquainted. It affords numerous apps by way of the App Retailer, all of which nonetheless float to the highest of the show except weighed down by widgets — which nonetheless solely come as squares or rectangles. You’ll nonetheless discover Apple’s first-party choices because the default apps and a few in-house bloat that you could be or could not need.

Nonetheless, iOS 16 exhibits its energy as soon as it interacts with the iPhone 14 Professional’s new options. Apple confirmed off its revamped lock display controls again at WWDC 2022, with deeper choices for personalisation that builds on iOS 15’s greatest function, Focus mode. You’ll be able to add lock display widgets, change the color and style of your clock, and even tweak the way it interacts along with your wallpaper. In case your wallpaper options an simply identifiable topic, you possibly can layer mentioned topic on prime of the clock for a bit additional depth.

The iOS 16 lock display customizations are ok that I need Android to steal one or two.

The lock display controls are fairly spectacular, even to the purpose that Android ought to in all probability steal one or two for itself. I often prefer to hold a clear lock display, however I’ve embraced the climate widget once I want a fast look on the temperature. I alter my wallpaper steadily, too, and I’ve but to seek out a picture the place the lock display struggled to discover a topic.

Exterior of the lock display, Dynamic Island is essentially the most noticeable and notable change associated to iOS 16. It’s at the moment restricted to the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max — the one two gadgets with the stretched cutout — but it surely’s onerous to not see it turning into a regular function down the highway. The Dynamic Island seems as a single tablet more often than not, however it could develop and contract relying in your incoming notifications. For instance, within the picture on the prime, I’m operating Apple Maps and listening to a podcast concurrently. The Dynamic Island shrinks my podcast notification to a small sq. of art work, whereas Apple Maps updates every step of my route within the bigger bubble.

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Proper now, Dynamic Island works greatest with Apple’s first-party apps. The opposite two photographs above present the way it handles incoming calls and track modifications inside Apple Music, however there are occasions when Dynamic Island might go additional. For those who faucet on an incoming textual content message, it defaults to iMessage somewhat than letting you reply via the notification bubble itself.

Proper now, essentially the most interplay I’ve with Dynamic Island is when it opens to scan my face for Face ID. In any other case, it usually sits unused all through my each day life, which isn’t nice for a flagship-defining function. Hopefully we’ll see third-party builders adapt apps for the function quickly, however till then it’s a novel use case for what may need in any other case been simply an unpleasant design selection. I gained’t be stunned if we see Android OEMs quickly undertake and construct on the function, although, particularly when you think about that smaller punch-hole cutouts will permit extra room for interplay with notifications.

Anything?

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  • Crash Detection: One in all Apple’s newest security options permits computerized crash detection on the iPhone 14 sequence. It’s designed to establish a extreme automobile accident and speak to emergency providers after 20 seconds of inactivity. For those who’re unable to talk to emergency responders straight, your iPhone will play a message detailing your coordinates and an approximate search radius. I didn’t take a look at this function as I’m not ready to threat discovering out if my automobile insurance coverage will take “I crashed it to check my telephone” as an evidence. It’s a really welcome addition, however hopefully one you gained’t ever want.
  • Emergency SOS by way of Satellite tv for pc: One other new security function on the iPhone 14 Professional is supposed to maintain you in touch should you get misplaced with out cell service within the wilderness. Emergency SOS by way of Satellite tv for pc lets you kind a hyperlink on to a satellite tv for pc with a purpose to talk with emergency responders when you haven’t any different connection. You’ll have to carry your telephone exterior with an unobstructed view of the sky and observe on-screen directions to take care of your connection. In some circumstances, you’ll have to speak by way of textual content messages to operators who can then relay your message to emergency providers. As soon as once more, I wasn’t in a position to really take a look at the function, as the total rollout isn’t till November 2022. It’ll even be
  • SIM assist: For those who’re within the US, the eSIM future is now. You gained’t discover a bodily SIM tray on any US-based iPhone 14, so that you’ll must get arrange along with your provider. This may be simpler mentioned than performed, and it’s possible you’ll need to head to a neighborhood provider retailer to have them do it for you. I made a decision to activate the eSIM myself previous to getting the iPhone 14 Professional, which entailed transferring my bodily SIM card from a Galaxy S22 Extremely to an iPhone 13 Professional Max. I then needed to replace that older iPhone to iOS 16 earlier than I used to be in a position to switch the bodily SIM to an eSIM. Chances are you’ll not face any points should you’re coming from an up to date iPhone, but it surely presents a brand new problem for Android converts. On the intense facet, you possibly can obtain as much as eight eSIM numbers at anybody time and cycle via them as you please. All iPhone 14 fashions offered exterior of the US will supply dual-SIM within the type of a single nano-SIM and an eSIM.
  • Audio: The iPhone 14 Professional sports activities stereo audio system, mixing the earpiece with a single down-firing unit. They’re well-tuned, and I had no issues elevating the quantity with out distortion. As anticipated, the bass suffers at larger volumes, however that’s not unique to the iPhone. There’s no headphone jack — there hasn’t been one for years — however there are many highly effective audio options via Bluetooth 5.3. Apple saves its greatest components like Spatial Audio for its in-house ‘buds, although you possibly can get pleasure from Dolby Atmos high quality on different headphones with Apple’s proprietary AAC codec.
  • Connectivity: Apple’s premium flagship is updated with Bluetooth 5.3 onboard, although it stops in need of the most recent web connectivity at Wi-Fi 6 over 6E. You additionally get NFC assist for wi-fi funds and ultra-wideband (UWB) for monitoring down any possessions with an AirTag connected.
  • Updates: The iPhone remains to be unmatched on the subject of system updates. We usually see six or extra years of full model assist, which tops even the most effective commitments from Samsung and Google. Meaning it is best to anticipate iOS updates via 2028 — or longer.

Apple iPhone 14 Professional specs

Specs Apple iPhone 14 Professional

Show

6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR show

2,556 x 1,179 decision

120Hz refresh price

2,000 nits peak brightness

Dynamic Island

Processor

Apple A16 Bionic

Storage

128GB
256GB
512GB
1TB

Battery

Video playback: As much as 23 hours

Audio playback: As much as 75 hours

Charging: As much as 50% cost in round half-hour with 20W adapter or larger

15W MagSafe wi-fi charging

Cameras

Rear:
48MP Major (24mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, sensor‑shift optical picture stabilization)

12MP Ultrawide (13mm, ƒ/2.2 aperture and 120° area of view, six‑factor lens)

12MP 3x Telephoto (77mm, ƒ/2.8 aperture, OIS, six‑factor lens)

Entrance:
12MP (ƒ/1.9 aperture, six-element lens)

Connectivity

5G (sub‑6 GHz and mmWave) with 4×4 MIMO
Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA
Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.3
Extremely Wideband chip
NFC

Sensors

Face ID
LiDAR
Barometer
Excessive dynamic vary gyro
Excessive-g accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Twin ambient gentle sensors

Software program

iOS 16

Sturdiness

IP68
Ceramic Defend
Chrome steel body

Dimensions and weight

147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm
206g

Colours

House Black
Silver
Gold
Deep Purple

Security

Emergency SOS by way of satellite tv for pc
Crash Detection

Worth and competitors

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Apple iPhone 14 Professional

Premium design and construct • Sharp, fluid, always-on show • Highly effective A16 Bionic processor

This resort is all-exclusive.

With unique entry to an upgraded processor, a revamped main camera, and a brand new Dynamic Island cutout on the always-on show, the iPhone 14 Professional is a personal resort that widens the hole between the common iPhone and the Professional mannequin. Longtime iOS followers who cannot afford to drop $1,000 on a flagship must look on with envy, however for these that may afford the aircraft ticket, life on Apple’s personal island remains to be fairly candy.

The iPhone 14 Professional begins at $999 within the US, precisely the place its predecessor sat. It affords loads of bang in your buck, with an upgraded processor, a sharper main camera, and a reimagined show. Nonetheless, there’s loads of competitors within the $1,000 value bracket, and the iPhone 14 Professional solely grows dearer as you enhance your onboard storage. The iPhone 14 Professional Max reaches even larger above the $1,000 value level, although it additionally delivers a bigger show and improved battery life as a result of bigger cell.

Apple’s most pure rival on the $1,000 value level is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus ($794.99 at Amazon). It’s bigger than the iPhone at 6.6 inches, homes a a lot larger battery, and has had way more time to hone its rear camera setup. The Galaxy S22 Plus additionally prices sooner, with as much as 45W wired speeds from suitable chargers. Samsung’s flagship is constructed simply as powerful because the iPhone, with an IP68 score and premium supplies, although Apple’s greatest nonetheless holds the sting relating to software program updates, even with Samsung’s excellent assist insurance policies.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 ($999.99 at Samsung) is another choice at a high-end value level for those who need one thing a bit totally different. It has fairly a number of trade-offs, like a smaller battery and solely two rear cameras, but it surely’s one of the crucial eye-catching gadgets you may get proper now. The clamshell-style design is certain to show extra heads than one other run-of-the-mill iPhone, and you’ll all the time add a private contact of coloration customization with the Bespoke Version. Samsung’s newest Galaxy Z Flip additionally packs a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, which is way extra environment friendly than the processor on its Galaxy S22 cousin.

iphone 14 pro vs galaxy s22 plus displaysGalaxy S22 Plus (left), iPhone 14 Professional (proper)iphone 14 pro vs galaxy z flip 4 camerasGalaxy Z Flip 4 (left), iPhone 14 Professional (proper)

For those who’re searching for a prime pictures rival, it’s powerful to beat the Google Pixel 6 Professional ($696.3 at Amazon) and its Tensor chip. Just like the iPhone, the Pixel 6 Professional brings Google’s largest camera improve in years and a processor devoted to machine studying. The Tensor delivers exceptional picture processing outcomes and spectacular enhancing options like Actual Tone and Magic Eraser. The camera bar can be distinctive to the market, standing in stark distinction to the standard corner-mounted camera array. Google’s flagship is IP68 rated with Gorilla Glass Victus on the back and front, so it gained’t lose a step in sturdiness. In fact, the Pixel 7 Professional is simply across the nook, so we’ll have to attend and see the way it matches up after we lastly get our arms on one.

One final Android choice to have a look at is the OnePlus 10 Professional ($780.1 at Amazon). It’s come down in value since launch, making it a extra engaging proposition for these with sticker shock from the thousand-dollar class. Just like the iPhone, the OnePlus 10 Professional places its camera bump entrance and middle. The trio of lenses takes up more room than ever, full with Hasselblad branding. The OnePlus flagship additionally homes a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, and blistering quick 65W charging within the US. You may need to weigh how a lot you just like the more and more Oppo-ified Oxygen OS and the cameras can’t match up, however your pockets gained’t complain.

Yet one more different to contemplate is the iPhone 13 Professional. Not solely is Apple’s earlier flagship nonetheless glorious, however it may be had for a extra affordable value today. It’s technically been discontinued so new stock will ultimately dry up, however within the meantime, retailers might be trying to transfer on from their inventory. The iPhone 13 Professional nonetheless affords the identical core processor because the vanilla iPhone 14, a trio of very succesful cameras, and a high-end design that’s constructed to final. Plus, it nonetheless has loads of software program updates forward of it and, Dynamic Island apart, will get pleasure from the entire perks of iOS 16.

For those who’re procuring exterior of the US, the iPhone 14 Professional is way extra questionable. It’s considerably dearer all through Europe after a generational value hike, with the bottom 128GB mannequin coming in at €1,299 or £1,049 within the UK — simply inside placing distance of the world-beating Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely ($1199.99 at Samsung). Samsung’s premium flagship is much better worth for the cash, with sooner charging, extra versatile camera choices, and S Pen performance. For those who’re already locked into Apple’s ecosystem, you may be able to improve with out a second thought, but it surely’s powerful to discover a draw as an outsider in case your area isn’t so fortunate with pricing.

Apple iPhone 14 Professional review: The decision

Apple iPhone 14 Pro home screen

Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Apple’s message with the iPhone 14 Professional is obvious — you both pay up or settle. The walled backyard now not separates iPhones and Androids, now, it leaves some longtime iOS customers on the surface trying in. For those who can’t drop $1,000 for the most recent and biggest specs, it’s important to maintain onto your present telephone for an additional 12 months or else purchase a retooled model of 2021’s commonplace iPhone.

Finally, the iPhone 14 Professional is Apple’s greatest flagship but. It delivers improvements on the entrance and the again, each in and out. Dynamic Island is likely one of the most fascinating methods to handle notifications we’ve seen shortly and one which Android builders are already scrambling to repeat. The brand new always-on show may be too always-on for some, however marks a step ahead for the iPhone as a complete, as do the opposite welcome customization choices in iOS 16.

The iPhone 14 Professional resides on island time, however this resort is very unique.

Unique upgrades just like the A16 Bionic chipset and 48MP predominant camera make the iPhone 14 Professional the de-facto decide for iPhone followers who need tangible upgrades from their new handset, regardless of the associated fee. Its stellar integration with the Apple Watch, AirPods, MacBook, and AirTags provides the iPhone 14 Professional the posh of an all-exclusive resort, however one which’s onerous to go away when you unpack your luggage. For those who can afford the aircraft ticket, life on Apple’s personal island is nothing in need of superb, however there are different locations you would possibly need to take into account earlier than reserving your flight.

Prime Apple iPhone 14 Professional questions and solutions

Is the iPhone 14 Professional waterproof?

The Apple iPhone 14 Professional is IP68 rated with safety for 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) of immersion for as much as half-hour.

How massive is the iPhone 14 Professional show?

The iPhone 14 Professional incorporates a 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina OLED show. Its sibling, the iPhone 14 Professional Max, incorporates a 6.7-inch Tremendous Retina OLED show.

How briskly does the iPhone 14 Professional cost?

Apple is secretive about its charging energy, however the iPhone 14 Professional can attain round 27W wired by way of Energy Supply and 15W wi-fi via MagSafe charging.

What number of colours is the iPhone 14 Professional out there in?

The iPhone 14 Professional is available in 4 colours: Silver, Gold, House Black, and Deep Purple

Is there an enormous distinction between the iPhone 14 Professional and the iPhone 13 Professional?

Sure and no. The iPhone 14 Professional incorporates a sharper predominant camera and the Dynamic Island cutout, however each telephones will obtain comparable software program assist and supply the identical entry to apps.

Does the iPhone 14 Professional include a charger within the field?

No, the iPhone 14 Professional doesn’t include a charger.

Does the iPhone 14 Professional have 5G?Does the iPhone 14 Professional have Contact ID?

No, the iPhone 14 Professional affords Face ID biometrics, but it surely doesn’t have a Contact ID fingerprint reader.

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