Don’t have time to read the full review? Head directly to the Conclusions section to learn what I liked the most and what I liked the least about the iPhone 14 Pro.
A few weeks ago, Apple presented its new family of high-end phones, made up of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
As in previous years, the models bearing the “Pro” surname are the most advanced in design and performance, and therefore also the ones that appeal to the most demanding users.
The iPhone 14 Pro has a 6.1″ Super Retina XDR OLED screen with adaptive refresh rate up to 120 Hz, A16 Bionic processor, wide angle rear camera (48MP, f / 1.8) + ultra wide angle (12MP, f / 2.2) + 3x telephoto lens (12MP, f /2.8), wide-angle front camera (12MP, f /1.9), and 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage options.
I have been using the iPhone 14 Pro for the past few weeks, and here is my in-depth review of this phone.
- iOS 16
design and construction
The iPhone 14 Pro maintains an industrial design , with flat edges and straight lines. This design debuted with the iPhone 12 series and still looks very current.
The screen diagonal remains at 6.1″ . Personally, this is the size I like best as it offers a great balance between a large viewing area and a reasonably compact body.
The main (and I would say the only) novelty in the design is the disappearance of the screen notch that had been accompanying us since the iPhone X.
Apple has managed to place the proximity sensor below the screen and has condensed the rest of the components that were in the notch into two holes in the screen.
However, instead of leaving those two holes in sight, as some rumors suggested, Apple has joined them in a horizontal pill called Dynamic Island, whose functionalities we will talk about later.
The Dynamic Island components remain invisible most of the time, though if you’re in the sun and rotate the screen, you can see the Face ID hardware on the left and the front-facing camera lens on the right.
Providing functionality to this pill is a brilliant idea on the part of Apple , since it turns an element that could generate rejection among users into something distinctive and with which we want to interact.
The Dynamic Island is positioned slightly lower than the notch on previous models, so it can interfere with some content. For example, while videos recorded in 16:9 format don’t quite touch the dynamic island, movies recorded in 21.5:9 do slightly intrude.
The same goes for games, where the dynamic island covers a small area of the screen. However, in the usual apps, the dynamic island is not a problem, but rather the opposite, since it allows us to access functions that are running in the background and notifies about certain events.
iPhone 14 notch vs. iPhone 14 Pro Dynamic Island
Obviously, I would prefer there to be no cutout on the screen , but today’s technology doesn’t allow all components to be hidden under the screen while still maintaining the same functionality. Although other manufacturers use a smaller single cutout, they don’t have Face ID, so they have an easier time of it.
In my opinion, the advantages of Face ID in terms of security, speed and comfort (it works even without light) outweigh the presence of a cutout, which for my use of the phone is not an inconvenience, so I prefer to keep it rather than replace it with a fingerprint reader under the screen.
If we look at the front, the frames around the screen are quite narrow. Some smartphones have curved screens that better hide the side frames — yes, at the cost of producing reflections, changes in the color tone in that area and, sometimes, ghost pulses.
The frames are quite symmetrical on all four sides, something that not all smartphones can boast of. Some feature a considerably thicker lower frame (“chin”) that breaks the symmetry of the device, but this is not the case with the iPhone 14 Pro.
Traditionally, iPhones have always been fairly thin and light smartphones. Last year, Apple increased the thickness of the iPhone 13 Pro to 7.7 mm, and this year, it takes a small jump again to 7.9 mm. In practice, this increase is imperceptible in the hand.
The weight has also increased from 204 to 206 grams . Again, nothing to worry about as it is not a difference that you will notice in your hand.
For all this, the iPhone 14 Pro is a smartphone that feels very comfortable in the hand . In my opinion, it is much more manageable than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is much larger and heavier.
|Measurements (mm.)||Weight (gr.)||Screen||Screen to body ratio (*)|
|Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra||163 × 78 × 8,9||228||6,8″||90%|
|Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra||165 × 76 × 8,9||227||6,8″||90%|
|Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
||164 × 75 × 8,4||234||6,8″||91%|
|Xiaomi Mi 11
||164 × 75 × 8,1||196||6,8″||91%|
|Huawei Mate 40 Pro||163 × 76 × 9,1||212||6,8″||94%|
|ASUS ROG Phone 5s
||173 × 77 × 9,9||238||6,8″||82%|
||161 × 73 × 7,9||178||6,7″||91%|
|Xiaomi 12 Pro
||164 × 75 × 8,2||204||6,7″||90%|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max
||161 × 78 × 7,9||240||6,7″||88%|
|iPhone 14 Plus
||161 × 78 × 7,8||203||6,7″||87%|
|iPhone 13 Pro Max||161 × 78 × 7,7||240||6,7″||87%|
|POCO F4 GT
||163 × 77 × 8,5||210||6,7″||86%|
|Samsung Galaxy S21+||162 × 76 × 7,8||200||6,7″||88%|
|OPPO Find X5 Pro
||164 × 74 × 8.5||218||6,7″||90%|
|OPPO Find X3 Pro||164 × 74 × 8,3||193||6,7″||90%|
||163 × 74 × 8,7||197||6,7″||90%|
||163 × 76 × 7,7||195||6,7″||87%|
|POCO X4 Pro
||164 × 76 × 8,1||205||6,7″||86%|
|Pixel 6 Pro
||164 × 76 × 8.9||210||6,7″||89%|
|OnePlus 10 Pro
||163 × 74 × 8.6||201||6,7″||90%|
||160 × 74 × 8,7||192||6,6″||88%|
|Xiaomi 12 Lite
||159 × 74 × 7,3||173||6,6″||88%|
|Huawei P40 Pro+||159 × 73 × 9,0||226||6,6″||92%|
|Huawei P40 Pro||158 × 73 × 9,0||209||6,6″||92%|
|I live X60 Pro
||159 × 73 × 7,6||179||6,6″||90%|
|Samsung Galaxy S22+
||155 × 76 × 7,6||195||6,6″||88%|
|OPPO Find X5
||160 × 73 × 8.7||196||6,6″||89%|
|Nothing Phone (1)
||159 × 76 × 8,3||194||6,6″||86%|
|Sony Xperia 1 IV
||165 × 71 × 8.2||185||6,5″||84%|
|Sony Xperia 1 III||165 × 71 × 8.2||186||6,5″||84%|
|POCO M4 Pro
||160 × 74 × 8.1||180||6,4″||85%|
|Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
||156 × 75 × 7,9||177||6,4″||85%|
|Pixel 6||159 × 75 × 8.9||207||6,4″||83%|
|Samsung Galaxy S21||152 × 71 × 7,9||169||6,2″||87%|
|Samsung Galaxy S22
||146 × 71 × 7,6||167||6,1″||87%|
|⏩ iPhone 14 Pro
||148 × 72 × 7,9||206||6,1″||87%|
||147 × 72 × 7,8||172||6,1″||86%|
|iPhone 13 Pro||147 × 72 × 7,7||204||6,1″||86%|
|iPhone 13||147 × 72 × 7,7||174||6,1″||86%|
|Sony Xperia 5 III
||157 × 68 × 8,2||168||6,1″||85%|
|Huawei P40||149 × 71 × 8,5||175||6,1″||86%|
||152 × 72 × 8.9||178||6,1″||83%|
|Pixel 5||145 × 70 × 8,0||151||6,0″||86%|
|iPhone 13 mini
||132 × 64 × 7,7||141||5,4″||85%|
(*) Screen-to-body ratio data obtained from GSMArena
The body of the phone is made of steel , unlike most high-end smartphones, which are made of aluminum. Steel is more resistant to falls and bumps, although, on the other hand, it is somewhat heavier and more prone to scratches appearing on its surface.
The phone’s frame has a glossy finish that fingerprints get on quite easily, so you’ll need to clean it from time to time.
The screen is protected by Ceramic Shield glass , which the company introduced with the iPhone 12. According to Apple, it is the strongest glass ever used in a smartphone. The screen sits flush with the edge of the phone, rather than being slightly raised, so it’s even more protected in the event of an impact.
As a result of this design, the iPhone 14 Pro should withstand drops better than other smartphones — which doesn’t mean it’s indestructible.
On the other hand, the back is made of a glass that, according to Apple, is the most resistant you can find on a smartphone, although it does not specify what type of protection it has.
This year, the iPhone 14 Pro is available in four finishes: deep purple, gold, silver, and space black . All four variants have a black front, but both the steel frame and the back are in the color of your choice.
The back has a matte finish, so fingerprints are barely marked on its surface. The model that I have had the opportunity to test is the space black color , which is darker than the space gray that we have seen in other previous models. In my opinion, it is a very elegant color and I am delighted with it.
At the rear, the camera module is located in the upper left corner . This module is sculpted from a single sheet of milled glass and houses the three chambers.
This year, the size of this module has grown compared to its predecessor to make room for larger sensors (this means that the iPhone 13 Pro cases do not work on the iPhone 14 Pro), not only in surface but also in height. . Taking into account that last year also increased the size of the module, we are faced with a large camera module.
The rear camera module protrudes from the phone’s surface, causing the phone to dance when tapped on the screen while resting on a table. The space between the cameras tends to accumulate dirt quite easily, and it is not easy to clean it.
If you are worried about scratching the camera glass, rest assured that it is protected by sapphire (and sapphire can only be scratched by diamond or other sapphire).
The size of the iPhone 14 Pro screen makes it difficult to reach the top with your finger. If the height of the screen is a problem for you, iOS incorporates the “Easy Reach” functionality that makes the top half of the screen lower.
This function is not activated by default, but we must do it in the Accessibility options. The way to use it is to drag the screen down near the bottom, but in my experience it doesn’t always recognize the gesture at first.
Although with iOS 16.0.1 the Dynamic Island did not descend when using this gesture, with iOS 16.1 it does descend and, therefore, put it within reach of the thumb.
Next, we are going to review the four sides of the iPhone 14 Pro to see what elements we find.
In the upper part we do not find any button or connector, except for an antenna line.
At the bottom is the Lightning connector and the speaker on the right side. On the left we find an antenna line.
On the right side we find the power button and, at the ends, two small antenna lines.
Finally, on the left side is the switch to activate the Silent mode and the two buttons to control the volume.
A little further down we find the compartment for the nanoSIM card, with a tray that is removed by inserting a sharp object included in the phone box. At the ends we also find two small antenna lines.
At this point, it’s worth noting that in the US, the iPhone 14 Pro ships without a SIM card slot , as Apple has made the full jump to eSIM. In the rest of the countries, luckily, the tray for a SIM card is still available, since, at least in Spain, the eSIM is not very widespread.
Apple includes the set of MagSafe magnets on the back, which allow you to magnetically attach accessories such as the MagSafe charger or the leather wallet that stays attached to the back. In online stores there are many MagSafe accessories: car mounts , tripod adapters , etc.
The iPhone 14 Pro offers IP68 dust and water resistance , being able to last up to 30 minutes at a depth of 6 meters.
Therefore, we will not have to worry if a drink is spilled on our phone or if, by accident, it falls into the bathtub or the pool. We can even choose to wash it under the tap if it gets dirty, which is sometimes practical.
Now, we must not forget that the guarantee of smartphones does not cover water damage, so you should not submerge the iPhone except by accident — no underwater photography in the pool, let alone in the sea. It is also not convenient to get the phone wet if it has undergone any repair or blow, since the seals that prevent the entry of water may have been damaged.
The iPhone 14 Pro has a spectacular Super Retina XDR screen , whose name is inspired by the Pro Display XDR monitor that the company markets. It is a 6.1″ OLED panel with Super Retina HD resolution (2,556 × 1,179 pixels), which offers a high pixel density of 460 dpi.
Manufacturers like Sony incorporate panels with 4K resolutions, but the improvement in sharpness compared to the iPhone 14 Pro is imperceptible, so it is not something that I miss.
As is well known, OLED screens have advantages over LCDs in terms of brightness from extreme angles, color amplitude, image uniformity, contrast, and energy savings.
The iPhone 14 Pro more than covers the two most important color spaces in the industry: the sRGB / Rec. 709 space , which is the standard used by most apps, and the wider DCI-P3 used in the Cinema industry. The DCI-P3 color range is 26 percent larger than the sRGB / Rec. 709 space.
iOS offers an automatic color management system that automatically switches to the DCI-P3 space when the content to be displayed has been created under that space (for example, photos taken with the phone’s camera).
In this way, the colors are always seen in the correct way, neither over nor under saturated. Despite Google’s best efforts, few Android smartphones can boast color management to match.
iPhone 14 Pro supports HLG, HDR10, and Dolby Vision content playback that expands color, contrast, and brightness for a better viewing experience. Today, it is already possible to enjoy movies and videos with this technology on Apple TV +, iTunes, Netflix, HBO Max, YouTube and other services.
For the first time, Apple uses two ambient light sensors in the iPhone 14 family. This means that the iPhone 14 Pro is equipped with a new ambient light sensor on the back of the device, while previous models only had a single sensor. of ambient light on the screen. This second sensor helps adjust the brightness of the screen when you’re looking at it against a bright background.
According to the data sheet, the maximum brightness of the screen is 1,000 nits in normal situations, 1,600 nits when playing HDR content and 2,000 nits (peak value) outdoors. This last value is double that of the previous generation and more than any other smartphone on the market.
To analyze the quality of the iPhone 14 Pro screen, I have carried out various tests with the CalMAN Ultimate professional software and an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter .
The brightness that I have measured on the screen of the iPhone 14 Pro with the brightness in automatic mode and showing a totally white image (100% APL, Average Picture Level ) is 1,040 nits , in line with the typical value that Apple gives.
As for the peak value, Apple does not specify under what circumstances 2,000 nits is achieved. Normally, the peak brightness value is obtained by reducing the illuminated surface of the screen. In my tests, I have been able to measure 2,140 nits if the illuminated area is reduced to a rectangle that occupies 25% of the screen.
In the following comparison graph, the maximum brightness value is shown with the screen at 100% white, since it is the usual way to measure and compare the brightness of a screen.
Focusing on color reproduction, the panel fidelity of the iPhone 14 Pro is spectacular, as the average error in color reproduction is only 0.7dE (below 4 dE is considered excellent and above 9 is considered unacceptable) and the maximum error is only 1.9 dE. The gamma value is good, 2.4, quite close to the desired value of 2.2.
- color fidelity
- Cobertura gamut SRGB
- color temperature
Screen test results with Calman Portrait
The screen of the iPhone 14 Pro shows a totally pure black color, since the OLED panels are able to keep each sub-pixel off. In fact, the colorimeter has not measured any brightness level when showing black, which means that the contrast is, theoretically, infinite (Apple speaks of 2,000,000:1, which comes to the same thing)
The iPhone 14 Pro features True Tone functionality to adjust white balance to ambient light. The device has four-channel ambient light sensors that adjust the white balance based on the color of the light that illuminates the room so that the screen behaves like a sheet of paper, absorbing light from the environment.
With the True Tone functionality deactivated, the color temperature turns out to be 6,499ºK , which implies a value very, very, very close to the ideal white of 6,500ºK. When you activate True Tone, the tone of the screen adapts to the environment.
The screen of the iPhone 14 Pro offers a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. This higher rate is noticeable, for example, in the fluidity of the phone unlock animation and in the smoothness when scrolling in the Safari browser.
Not all content is displayed at 120 Hz, but Apple adapts the refresh rate dynamically to the content displayed, being able to lower it to just 10 Hz if you are viewing static content such as an e-mail so as not to consume as much energy or even to only 1 Hz on always-on display.
Within the same application, the refresh rate varies depending on what is happening — for example, to see a menu in a game, 120 Hz is not necessary, so the refresh rate decreases. The refresh rate also adapts to changes in the speed of your finger as you scroll, swipe, or pinch .
The addition of a dynamic refresh rate not only improves the viewing experience, but also helps save battery power.
The iPhone 14 Pro offers a Night mode that changes the white balance of the screen to reduce the emission of blue light, since according to certain studies it negatively affects sleep. The iPhone 14 Pro allows you to adjust the level of blue light emitted by the screen, as well as to program the turning on and off of this screen mode at certain times (but not when the sun sets and when it dawns)
OLED screens have the advantage that the brightness is reduced to a lesser extent when viewing the screen from an angle than LCD screens, but in return, the colors are more distorted.
The iPhone 14 Pro offers very wide viewing angles , both in terms of brightness, which is barely affected, and colors, which only change slightly in hue when viewing the screen from an extreme angle.
One of the great novelties of the iPhone 14 Pro is the long-awaited arrival of the Always Active Screen, which keeps the screen always on with a very low brightness level so that we can see useful information at all times. It’s an optional feature, so you can turn it off if you don’t like it.
Most manufacturers implement a very simple always-on display, often with only the date, time, battery level, and simple notification icons. Apple incorporates an always active screen that is very rich in information, since it can be seen practically the same as on the conventional lock screen, only with the brightness much more dimmed.
The always-on display shows the color wallpaper (only dimmer), the time, widgets, and notifications . The only thing I miss is the battery level (although you can add a widget that shows it), the cellular/WiFi signal level, and the carrier name. The Depth effect that iOS 16 brings is not active either, but the time comes to the fore.
Below, we can see what the lock screen looks like when it’s always on and when it’s lit.
always on display
Apple doesn’t allow you to differentiate between the information displayed on the always-on screen and the lock screen, so choose the widgets you want to display carefully. Keep in mind that some widgets use more battery power than others, so you may not want to use them if you have the screen always on.
An interesting aspect is that the always-on screen adjusts its lighting to the environment, so that if you have the phone on a table on a terrace in full sun, it shines brighter than if it is on the arm of the sofa in the dark.
The always-on display is smart, and under these circumstances it turns off to save battery life:
- iPhone is upside down
- iPhone is in your pocket or bag
- The iPhone has the concentration mode of sleep activated
- The iPhone has low power mode activated
- iPhone is connected to CarPlay
- iPhone is using using Camera Continuity
- The iPhone has not been used for a while
- The iPhone detects that you have moved away from it using a paired Apple Watch
hardware and performance
The iPhone 14 Pro features Apple’s new A16 Bionic processor , which is only found in “Pro” models of the iPhone 14 family (“non-Pro” models use last year’s A15 Bionic chip).
Las claves del chip Apple A16 Bionic
The Apple A16 Bionic offers 6 cores divided into two for performance (codename Everest, up to 3.46 GHz) and four for energy efficiency (codename Sawtooth). According to Apple, the biggest improvements have been made to the efficiency cores and improved memory bandwidth (+50% thanks to the use of LPDDR5).
The Neural Engine continues to offer 16 cores and offers an increased performance of 17 TOPS (vs. 15.8 on the A15) for AI tasks. The integrated graphics engine still offers 5 cores and benefits above all from the higher memory bandwidth.
The new display engine supports adaptive refresh rates up to 1Hz, always-on display, and improved anti-aliasing (for dynamic island animations).
The chip is manufactured on TSMC’s state-of-the-art 4nm process and integrates nearly 16 billion transistors (compared to 15.8 billion for the A15 and 11.8 billion for the A14). Apple has put a lot of emphasis on efficiency and mentions 20% power savings on high performance cores.
Although Apple does not provide information on the amount of RAM in its iPhones, any benchmark tool reveals that the iPhone 14 Pro has 6 GB of RAM.
This is the same amount that we found in the iPhone 12 Pro from last year and, although it is less than almost any high-end Android smartphone, the management that iOS does means that not as much memory is necessary for similar performance.
As a novelty, the iPhone 14 Pro launches LPDDR5 memory , which is the fastest on the market, although many other flagships also incorporate it.
The speed of 6,400 Mb/s allows the LPDDR5 memory to transfer 51 GB of data, that is, about 14 Full HD video files (3.7 GB each) in one minute. Additionally, LPDDR5 memory has been designed to reduce its voltage according to the operating speed of the processor to maximize power savings.
Next, we are going to see in the benchmarks how the iPhone 14 Pro behaves against other high-end rivals.
In the AnTuTu benchmark, the iPhone 14 Pro has achieved an impressive result of 939,905 points, only below Apple’s M1 chip tablets.
In the CPU-focused Geekbench 5 benchmark it achieved 1,877/5,366 points in the single/multi-core tests, which are impressive values.
Focusing on its graphics capabilities, in the 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited test , the iPhone 14 Pro has achieved excellent results, beating any Android smartphone.
In the GFXBench graphical test based on modern low-level and high-efficiency APIs (Metal/OpenGL and Vulkan), the device has obtained very high results, as can be seen in the graph, although without much improvement compared to the iPhone 14 Pro .
In the GFXBench graphical test with traditional APIs, the device has also obtained excellent results, although with little improvement over the previous generation.
In addition to punctual performance, it is important to know if the phone is capable of sustaining this performance over time or if it is reduced by the increase in processor temperature.
The 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test precisely measures the change in graphics performance after 20 minutes of running the 3DMark Wild Life test.
The phone has obtained a result of 61% , which means that the graphics performance may be affected after a long period of use. In practice, you might see performance drops in long games if you play very demanding 3D titles, although given the great performance offered by the iPhone 14 Pro, you probably won’t notice the FPS drop.
I have tested several demanding 3D games and all of them have run smoothly on the iPhone 14 Pro, with high FPS rates.
One example is Call of Duty: Mobile , a demanding multiplayer 3D game that runs smoothly on the iPhone 14 Pro. If you like to play games on mobile, you’ll be happy to know that you can link PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch controllers together. with your iPhone to play games more comfortably.
Benchmarks have confirmed that the A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro offers plenty of power. Its performance surpasses any of the current Android flagships. Compared to the A15 Bionic, the performance gain is not very big, but rather a marginal improvement.
Benchmarks aside, day-to-day performance is excellent. The system moves very smoothly. Apps and games open and run quickly, with no hiccups or signs of sluggishness.
This is also helped by the fact that developers have an easier time optimizing their apps for iOS since the variety of devices and live versions of operating systems is smaller.
I have also not experienced any problems when it comes to multi-tasking within what iOS allows, since it limits execution in the background except for certain applications for music playback, GPS navigation, etc.
The iPhone 14 Pro continues to use a Lightning connector, despite the fact that other brand products, such as the iPad, have already made the leap to the USB-C connector. The connection speed is USB 2.0 (up to 480 Mbps) , so if you intend to transfer content via cable, you should be prepared for long transfer times.
I would like Apple to make the leap to the USB-C connector, which is becoming the standard for electronic devices, and to support USB 3.x speed for faster transfer of videos and other content, even more so when USB 4 is just around the corner.
The iPhone 14 Pro is marketed in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage variants. Apple does not offer the possibility of expanding the space via micro-SD cards, so you should choose the storage capacity carefully, especially if you plan to capture videos in 4K resolution at 60 FPS with Dolby Vision, which require a lot of space, or in the ProRes video format, which requires 6 GB per minute.
While it’s true that photos and videos are saved by default on the iPhone in very efficient formats (HEVC/HEIC instead of JPG/MPG), apps and games take up more and more space.
In my opinion, if you don’t usually take a lot of photos or videos, the 128GB option might be enough. However, if you can afford it, the 256 GB variant will give you more peace of mind for the future. In my case, being a regular iPhone user for almost ten years, I have occupied just over 300 GB, mainly with photos and videos, but also with games and dozens of apps.
In terms of connectivity, the iPhone 14 Pro supports Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax) wireless technologies.
The iPhone 14 Pro is not compatible with the new WiFi 6E standard that makes use of the 6 GHz band for higher performance, although very few smartphones (and even fewer routers) support this type of network at the moment.
In terms of cellular connectivity, the iPhone 14 Pro is compatible with Gigabit-class LTE/4G networks and also with 5G networks.
While in the United States the iPhone 14 Pro can connect to sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks, in the rest of the world it only connects to sub-6GHz networks.
ℹ️ Info: Conectividad 5G: Sub-6 vs. mmWave
The spectrum used for 5G is divided into two bands: below 6 GHz (Sub-6) and above 24 GHz (mmWave).
The main difference between the two is speed and coverage. The Sub-6 band provides better coverage but top speeds are only 20 percent faster than 4G LTE, so it’s not that impressive.
The mmWave band offers a very high download speed (up to 10 Gbps) but the coverage is much worse, about 200 meters, so it may happen that your phone spends more time connected to 4G than to 5G, especially when you are inside a building.
This type of technology is designed for open spaces or areas with a high density of users where many antennas are installed. The lower coverage of mmWave is the reason why operators want to fill cities with 5G antennas, so that there is always one with which you have direct line of sight.
In Spain, the only band that is available for 5G is sub-6GHz, so having a smartphone with 5G mmWave connectivity is useless today — at least until the corresponding frequency band is put out to tender.
In the United States, however, some carriers have deployed these networks, which is why only iPhones sold in the US offer access to 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) networks.
Apple offers three data modes in Settings > Cellular Data > Options > Data Mode . By default, “Standard Mode” is active, which allows automatic updates and background tasks to be carried out with mobile data, but limits the quality of video and FaceTime.
If you have an unlimited data plan, you may want to activate the “Allow more data in 5G” mode which provides higher quality FaceTime calls, HD content on Apple TV, songs and videos from Apple Music, software updates, backups. automatic iCloud security, and iOS updates via mobile.
This setting also allows third-party apps to use more mobile data for a better experience.
There’s also a “Low Data Mode” that decreases mobile data usage by pausing automatic updates and background tasks.
In the tests that I have carried out, the connection speed for both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity has been very high. I have reached 300 Mbps upload and download with a symmetrical 300 Mbps fiber connection, and 146 / 88 Mbps download / upload with a Movistar 5G connection.
The iPhone 14 Pro arrives with the possibility of inserting a physical SIM or activating an eSIM. In the United States, the iPhone 14 Pro has abandoned the SIM card and is only marketed with eSIM, so it would not be unusual for future iPhones to also arrive only with eSIM in Spain.
Apple offers Dual SIM functionality , which Apple implements differently from other manufacturers in that instead of using a second physical SIM, it uses an eSIM. It is possible to use two eSIMs to make use of the Dual SIM functionality.
In Spain, Movistar , Orange, Pepephone, Truphone, Vodafone and Yoigo currently offer eSIM compatible with the iPhone.
To use the eSIM, you have to activate the mobile plan with a QR code provided by the operator. Although some operators outside of Spain allow you to easily transfer the eSIM from one iPhone to another, Apple’s support page indicates that no operator allows it in Spain. This is inconvenient the day you renew your smartphone or if you have to take it in for repair.
Another functionality present in the iPhone 14 Pro is the possibility of making calls via WiFi. If your operator allows it, this functionality allows you to make calls in areas with WiFi coverage even if you do not have mobile network coverage or it is very poor. In my house, I use this functionality very often, since the coverage is quite poor.
The iPhone 14 Pro introduces satellite connectivity to send text messages to emergency services if you do not have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. You can even manually update your location in the Find My app using the satellite connection.
This communication is only possible if the iPhone 14 is “looking” at a satellite, so Apple has devised a way to indicate on the screen where you have to point the phone. Sending an emergency message can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes depending on sky visibility, and to reduce back-and-forth messages, Apple has added some key questions to an initial questionnaire.
This is especially useful for adventurous people who may face emergency situations in places where a conventional call is not possible. Satellite connectivity will initially be available in the United States and Canada free of charge for two years, but Apple intends to extend it to more countries.
The iPhone 14 Pro does not have an FM radio , something that can discourage users who use their smartphone to listen to analog radio. However, there are apps that allow you to listen to the radio by consuming mobile data.
It incorporates an NFC chip that can be activated just by having the screen on. It is enough to bring the iPhone close to an NFC tag and it will suggest opening an application or web page, or one of the automatic shortcuts will be executed.
iPhone 14 Pro integrates ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for spatial object detection thanks to the U1 chip.
Apple’s U1 chip uses this technology to accurately locate other Apple devices that also have a U1 chip . The advantage of UWB technology over other location technologies such as Bluetooth is that it can offer an accuracy of centimeters, instead of meters, which allows locating objects much more accurately.
With the U1 chip, when you point your iPhone at someone else’s, AirDrop prioritizes that device so you can send files to them faster. Another use of this technology is to be able to open your vehicle with your mobile thanks to a digital key and locate lost objects with precision thanks to AirTags tracking tags. The case of the latest AirPods Pro also has this technology.
iPhone 14 Pro is capable of detecting a serious car accident and automatically initiates a call to emergency services if you are unconscious or unable to dial yourself, reporting the location. It also notifies emergency contacts you’ve designated in the Health app with a text message and location.
This is made possible by a new dual core accelerometer, capable of sensing the high g force typically experienced in severe crashes up to 256 g, a new high dynamic range gyroscope that is capable of sampling 4 times faster, which helps ensure it detects the high g-force experienced in a severe crash.
For obvious reasons, I have not tested this functionality. However, it has been tested by a YouTuber and works as described by Apple.
With the arrival of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple abandoned the Touch ID fingerprint reader in favor of the Facial ID recognition system , which is based on TrueDepth technology, which now resides in the dynamic island in the screen.
An emitter projects thousands of points of infrared light on the user’s face and obtains enough information about the user’s features to recognize him reliably and quickly, even when the user is wearing glasses or a mask, in low light conditions or if he has stopped to shave.
New to iOS 16, Face ID works horizontally across the entire iPhone 14 family (and iPhone 13 as well). This is useful if, for example, you need to unlock your iPhone while you are carrying it horizontally in your car as GPS, have it placed on a tripod horizontally, or are watching videos.
One limitation of Face ID is that you can’t unlock the iPhone 14 Pro lying flat on a table unless you put your face right on it or lift it off the table.
Apple allows you to hide the text of lock screen notifications until it detects your face. It’s possible to hide only some notifications from strangers, so you can set to show all notifications except, for example, those from WhatsApp or other apps whose messages you consider private.
Face ID practically never fails to recognize . One security measure to prevent inadvertent unlocks is that Face ID needs “your attention,” meaning the user must have their eyes open and looking at the device for Face ID to take effect. This way, no one can access your phone while you sleep, for example.
The 3D model of the face generated by Face ID is not stored in the cloud, but locally on the iPhone , so it is safe from possible access to Apple servers.
Face ID not only allows you to unlock your phone, but can also be used to make payments with Apple Pay, access third-party applications (for example, banks), authenticate on the web using Apple ID, or access certain areas of the system such as private or deleted photo folders.
Apple does not provide technical details about the battery capacity, but it indicates the number of hours of autonomy under certain activities.
In view of these data, we can deduce that the iPhone 14 Pro maintains practically the same autonomy as its predecessor, since there is only a slight improvement in video playback, which increases by almost 5%.
|Autonomy||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 14 Pro||increment|
|video playback||up to 22 hours||up to 23 hours||+4,5%|
|video streaming||up to 20 hours||up to 20 hours||=|
|audio playback||up to 75 hours||up to 75 hours||=|
Some people who have disassembled the iPhone 14 Pro have found that it has a 3,200 mAh battery, compared to 3,095 mAh in the iPhone 13 Pro. This is an improvement of around 3%.
Apple does not provide any information on the impact of the always-on screen on autonomy, although it should be quite low considering that it refreshes at 1 Hz and turns off in certain circumstances, as we have seen in the Screen section.
In my experience, the Always On Display slightly reduces battery life , but for me, it’s manageable. I estimate the impact to be between 0.5 and 1% extra per hour , depending on the lighting of the environment you are in, as the Always On Display adjusts the brightness accordingly.
Even though I use the iPhone 14 Pro heavily — always-on display, multiple email accounts, messaging apps, social media, always-on Apple Watch — I usually make it to the end of the night with about a 10 or 15 percent battery.
Obviously, the experience of each user is different since if you consume a lot of streaming videos from YouTube or TikTok, spend a lot of time playing games or take a lot of videos, your battery will drain faster.
As is well known, Apple no longer includes the charger in the box to reduce the impact on the environment. The good news is that it supports the USB-PD standard , rather than the proprietary protocols of other, mainly Chinese, manufacturers.
According to the Apple website, the iPhone 14 Pro allows fast cable charging up to 20 watts. It is not an especially fast speed when compared to other smartphones on the market, which offer speeds that reach up to 200 watts in the most extreme cases.
In this aspect, I would like to see faster charging speeds, although Apple is probably reluctant to do so due to the greater degradation of the batteries. In any case, I think it would be useful to be able to activate ultra-fast charging in certain circumstances, although the rest of the time it charged at normal speed.
Using a 20W+ USB-PD charger like the Anker Nano 3 ( $24.99 ), the battery charge time from 0 to 100% has been 1 hour and 33 minutes , reaching almost 60 percent of charges in about 30 minutes.
iPhone 14 Pro battery charging
If you need to extend the autonomy, the iPhone 14 Pro incorporates a low consumption mode to save battery when we need it most.
However, I do miss some functions that reduce battery consumption , for example, temporarily limiting the background activities of certain non-critical apps.
Battery section of the iPhone 14 Pro
Apple includes an option called Battery Health that allows you to know the real capacity of the battery, which, as we well know, is reduced over time due to the deterioration caused by the continuous charging and discharging processes.
In my experience with other iPhones, after a year of use, the battery has deteriorated around 5%. Of course, I have not yet had the opportunity to know how the iPhone 14 Pro behaves in this regard.
iOS incorporates a feature called Optimized Charge that reduces battery deterioration that occurs when the phone spends many hours with a charge close to 100%.
This feature learns your daily charging habits and adjusts the charging process so that it reaches 100% at the time you usually remove iPhone from the charger, instead of in the middle of the night.
New to iOS 16, if the phone gets too hot during charging, a message appears on the screen that charging will resume when the device’s temperature drops.
The iPhone 14 Pro supports wireless charging using the Qi standard . Simply place the device on top of a compatible charging base and it will start charging, without the need to connect any cables.
Apple allows 7.5W wireless charging with a conventional charger, and reaches 15W if you use the MagSafe charger ( €39 ). It’s also not particularly fast.
This charger is attached to the back using magnets, which ensures that the phone and charger are perfectly aligned. This avoids situations when, after having left the phone charging, you realize that it was useless because the devices were not properly aligned and it did not charge.
Now, in order not to take the charger with you when you pick up the phone from the table, I recommend using a base like Spigen mag Fit ( € 13.99 ) that is fixed to the table with a suction cup mechanism.
While some smartphones offer the ability to wirelessly charge another device, the iPhone 14 Pro does not feature reverse wireless charging . In my experience with other smartphones, this charging is very slow and tends to be interrupted as soon as the devices are misaligned, so it’s not something I miss either.
The iPhone 14 Pro arrives from the factory with iOS 16, the latest version of Apple’s operating system that was presented in June. At the time of writing this review, the latest version available is iOS 16.0.2.
One of the advantages of iOS over Android is that Apple takes care of updating the devices. New versions of iOS arrive at the same time on all devices, even quite old models — for reference, iOS 16 has reached iPhone 8, which was released in 2017.
Apple has introduced various improvements in iOS 16, which we are going to review briefly. The main protagonist is the lock screen , which has undergone the biggest redesign in the history of iOS with new customization options and functionality improvements.
In the visual aspect, the lock screen allows you to apply depth effects and color filters to the chosen wallpaper image, so that the phone extracts the silhouette of the subject or object in the foreground and superimposes it on the time, even even if the photo was not taken with Portrait effect. The result is quite striking.
If you want to know how to take photos to take better advantage of the depth effect of iOS 16, we advise you to read our article.
Examples of lock screens with depth effect, both portraits and conventional backgrounds
You can select multiple images as wallpaper and set a photo switching frequency: every day , every hour , on lock or on touch .
Furthermore, it is possible to choose the font and color of the date/time and add useful widgets, both above and below the time.
Among the widgets available are some of Apple’s own — calendar events, activity rings, battery, alarms, etc. — but also from third parties. You should keep in mind that if you add widgets under the time, the depth effect is disabled.
I hope that, in future versions, Apple will allow you to have both at the same time, as well as decide if you want the widgets below the time to appear in the center or on the sides.
Apple also offers some special lock screen designs like Weather, which includes weather forecast with cool weather effects, Astronomy, which shows the Earth, Moon or Solar System with a beautiful animation when you unlock your phone; o Emoji , which allows you to combine several emojis forming a pattern on the screen.
On the new lock screen, notifications appear grouped at the bottom by default, although we can drag them up to display them as a list.
Another novelty of iOS 16 are the Live Activities to, for example, know the time until your food order arrives, see how your taxi/VTC is approaching, follow the live result of a sporting event, monitor a training fitness, control a running timer, etc. This functionality is not yet active, but it is expected to arrive with iOS 16.1.
Apple allows you to define multiple lock screens and associate each one with a Focus mode so that it automatically activates when you switch to that lock screen.
The biggest new feature of the iPhone 14 Pro, at least from a design point of view, is the introduction of the Dynamic Island . Apple has joined the two holes in the screen to form a horizontal pill, and iOS 16 shows additional information about things that are happening on our phone.
For example, if we leave the music player app, the pill shows the cover of the song that is playing on the left and a waveform on the right. With a press on the pill we return to the music playback app, while a long press shows the playback controls.
This is compatible with any app that uses the NowPlaying API, so it’s supported not only by Apple Music, but also by Spotify, Stitcher, Audible, Amazon Music, NPR One, Overcast, Pandora, YouTube Music, and SoundCloud.
Dynamic Island Showing Music Playback
If you make or receive a call , the dynamic island shows information about the call in progress, even when you move through other applications. This functionality is available with any app that supports the CallKit API, so it is not only supported by Phone but also by WhatsApp, Google Voice, Instagram and Skype.
Note: Incoming calls on third-party apps using CallKit already take full advantage of the Dynamic Island experience, while outgoing calls currently only display an icon. The full experience will be included in a software update available later this year.
The Dynamic Island shows the AirPods when we establish the connection with them, as well as their battery level. Similarly, when we put the phone to charge, the dynamic island indicates the level of charge.
When we perform an action that requires Face ID unlock , the dynamic island changes shape to a square and shows the usual Face ID unlock animation.
Other activities displayed on the Dynamic Island include Apple Pay payments, using car keys in Wallet, sending/receiving via AirDrop, Apple Watch unlock, low battery warning, mute switch on/off, NFC interactions, AirPlay sending, focus mode changes, running shortcuts, airplane mode/No service, SIM card alerts, accessories connection and Find app.
The dynamic island is capable of displaying several actions at once. For example, if we are playing music and start a countdown, the song art displays on the left, while the timer icon displays on the right. When live activities arrive, they will also be displayed on the dynamic island.
The Messages app has received some improvements, although, in our country, the use of Apple’s messaging system is residual compared to WhatsApp, Telegram or Facebook Messenger. In any case, those who do use it now benefit from the possibility of editing messages that you have sent, recovering messages sent by mistake or marking messages that you want to attend to later.
iOS 16 makes it easier to discover apps that support SharePlay from within FaceTime, and also makes it possible to use SharePlay while chatting with another person in the Messages app.
The Mail app also offers interesting improvements, since it now allows you to schedule the sending of an email and you can even set a time interval (up to 30 seconds) during which it is possible to cancel the sending of an email.
You can also redisplay a message on any other day and at any other time with the option to remind me later, and follow-up suggestions automatically remind users to keep an eye on a mail if they haven’t received a reply.
Finally, the Mail app also detects if the user has forgotten to include an important part of the message, such as an attachment, although this is only available in English and French for now.
The dictation functionality has been improved, as it now allows you to combine voice dictation with writing. While you dictate, the keyboard remains on the screen, so you can use it whenever you want. For example, it is possible to select a word you want to change with your finger and dictate the new word.
Also, for the first time, it is possible to activate haptic vibration when typing, but you should be aware that this may slightly reduce the battery life of the phone.
Live Text , the functionality that allows to recognize text in images, now extends to video and allows to recognize text in a frame of a paused video. In addition, translation functionalities, currency conversion, etc. have been integrated.
The image segmentation capabilities have improved so much that now it is possible to click on, for example, a dog in a photo, and it will automatically separate the subject from the background so that you can copy it to the clipboard or save it to the gallery. This allows, for example, to easily create stickers for WhatsApp from your photos.
Apple Maps has also received some interesting improvements, such as multi-stop routes (up to 15 stops) and information on the cost of public transport, even allowing the payment of the fare from the app thanks to transport cards stored in Wallet (for the moment , only in Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and China).
The Fitness app is now available to all iPhone users who want to track and meet their fitness goals, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. Plus, you can set a daily Move goal and see how your active calories help them close that ring. iPhone motion sensors can track steps, distance, floors climbed, and workouts done with third-party apps.
Medication is a new feature of the Health app that allows you to keep track of the medications you take. Plus, you can invite family members to securely share the information they store in the Health app.
Family Sharing allows you to share purchases and services with members of your family. With iOS 16, Apple has made it easier to set up devices that will be used by children. Options have also been added that make it easier, for example, adding Screen Time directly from the Messages app at a request from a child who wants to continue using the mobile once the maximum time has been exceeded.
The Home app has received a redesign to show device categories, new views with multiple cameras, and more. Finally, Apple has reaffirmed its commitment to Matter , a smart home device communication standard that a host of accessory makers have already signed on to.
The iPhone 14 Pro has two speakers that offer 3D sound and have Dolby Atmos support. The speakers are quite powerful, so it is possible to watch videos or listen to music in moderately noisy environments.
The sound quality of the iPhone 14 Pro is very good, even compared to other smartphones that have two speakers.
Apple doesn’t include a headphone jack on the iPhone, instead we have to resort to Bluetooth headphones or use a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter to connect traditional wired headphones.
Of course, you can also opt for Apple’s AirPods / AirPods Pro / AirPods Max headphones. All of them offer good sound and, above all, a very comfortable user experience since they are perfectly integrated with iOS.
The latest versions of iOS allow you to connect two pairs of AirPods headphones at the same time to one device to share what you listen to with another person. This has been useful for me on planes to watch a movie or a series on the iPad screen together with my companion, each with their AirPods.
Focusing on media applications, Music plays songs transferred to the phone via the iTunes app, purchased from the iTunes Store, stored in iCloud via iTunes Match, or via Apple Music subscription ($14.99/month for family use, 9, €99/month for individual use and €4.99/month for exclusive use with Siri).
Apple also offers Apple One, a set of subscription packages to various services that offer a more advantageous price:
- Individual Plan includes Apple Music , Apple TV+ , Apple Arcade and 50 GB of iCloud storage for €14.95 per month
- Family Plan includes Apple Music , Apple TV+ , Apple Arcade and 200 GB of iCloud storage for €19.95 per month and can be shared with up to six people in the family
- Premium Plan (available from November 3, 2021) includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+ and 2TB of iCloud storage for €28.95 per month and can be shared with up to six people in the family.
When the phone is locked, from the lock screen itself or the always-on screen we can control the player, both from the Music application and from others that we have installed (for example, Spotify). We can also control playback from the Control Center.
In the General Settings section of iOS, not in the application itself, we can control some options of the Music application, such as adjusting the equalizer, limiting the maximum volume, etc.
In terms of content playback, the iPhone 14 Pro is an appropriate device to enjoy movies or videos . The screen has a 19.5:9 ratio, so 16:9 videos show black bars on the left and right. If you want to see the video in full screen, you can do it, but you must take into account that a part of the image is hidden by the dynamic island of the screen.
As I have commented in the Screen section , the iPhone 14 Pro panel is capable of reproducing HDR content in HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats, reaching a spectacular brightness of 1,600 nits according to Apple.
Of course, we can use streaming video apps such as Apple TV +, YouTube, Netflix, Disney +, Amazon Prime TV or HBO Max , which work perfectly on the iPhone 14 Pro.
The Photos app allows us to see all our photos and videos, and it is even possible to retouch and rotate videos in a very comfortable way.
The Photos app offers iCloud Photo Library Sharing , which is a new iCloud photo library for sharing photos with the whole family. You can manually move photos or send them directly from the camera as you take them, and set photos taken when other family members are nearby to move automatically. This functionality will come later.
- Photos app
- Photos app
- Photos app
- Photos app
The main novelties that the iPhone 14 Pro brings in terms of hardware focus on its cameras, since it incorporates improvements in sensors and optics.
The iPhone 14 Pro has three rear cameras:
- 48MP (1/1.28″, 4-in-1 combined pixel size 2.44µm) wide-angle camera (24mm), 7P lens with f /1.78 aperture, autofocus with 100% Focus Pixels and optical stabilization by Second generation sensor offset.
- 12MP ultra wide angle camera (13mm, 120º) (1/2.55″, 1.4µm pixel size), 6P lens with f /2.2 aperture and autofocus with 100% Focus Pixels.
- 12MP (1/3.5″) 3x magnification factor (77mm) telephoto camera, 6P lens with f /2.8 aperture and optical stabilization.
In addition to these three cameras, it incorporates a LiDAR sensor that improves focus in low light conditions and is used in Augmented Reality applications.
The iPhone 14 Pro has a front camera:
- Wide-angle camera (23mm) with 12MP (1/3.6″) sensor, 6P lens with f/1.9 aperture and autofocus with Focus Pixels.
The Camera app makes use of the Photonic Engine, which improves photos taken in medium or low light, such as indoors.
This is how Photonic Engine works
Photonic Engine is a computational photography technique that modifies the iPhone’s image processing stack to improve photos taken in medium or low lighting conditions. It helps iPhone deliver better color fidelity, more detail, and higher brightness in photos.
According to Apple, you can expect up to two times better performance in medium and low light conditions in photos taken with the various iPhone cameras.
Apple claims that Photonic Engine dramatically improves the quality of photos taken with all iPhone cameras by employing its Deep Fusion technology at an earlier stage of image processing than previous generation iPhones, and is applied to uncompressed images. .
Deep Fusion is also a computational photography technique that Apple introduced in iOS 13.2 for the iPhone 11 series. It has since appeared on all newer iPhones except the second-generation iPhone SE.
Deep Fusion uses nine photos taken at different exposure levels and combines them to produce a single, best possible photo. During processing, the technology goes pixel by pixel through all of the millions of pixels to select the best elements from each of the nine photos to use in the final photo. This helps iPhone reduce noise and improve details.
Now, by applying Deep Fusion earlier in the image capture process, Apple says it can preserve textures, deliver better color, and retain even more detail. So you get essentially everything that Deep Fusion allowed in the previous generation of iPhones and more.
The flash has been completely redesigned, using a new array of nine LEDs with a new adaptive behavior that controls the pattern and intensity of light to suit the focal length of the photo.
When using the telephoto lens, the flash sends out a narrow, bright light to illuminate only the subject. When using the main camera, the cone of light is widened, creating a softer, more scattered effect, and for the ultra-wide camera, it creates even lighting with a very wide field of view. According to Apple, the result is up to 2x brighter and up to 3x smoother compared to the previous generation.
The iPhone 14 Pro can save images in a RAW format called Apple ProRAW. RAW files are raw image files that have not been altered by the camera’s image processing. They contain all the information that the sensor has captured and are designed to be treated with image editing software.
The ProRAW format is not strictly a RAW file but what we know as a “cooked RAW” . This has the advantage that the resulting file will benefit from Apple’s image capture technologies such as Smart HDR, Deep Fusion or Night mode.
In the case of the main camera, the photo can be saved at the full resolution of 48 MP or at 12 MP, although it is not possible to switch between the two resolutions in the Camera interface, but you have to go to Settings.
Wide angle camera (main)
The main camera of the iPhone 14 Pro has a sensor that is 65 percent larger than that of the iPhone 13 Pro and offers a resolution of 48 megapixels, with 100% Focus Pixel for better focus.
Additionally, the lens features second-generation sensor-shift stabilization for improved low-light performance.
By default, the sensor groups every four pixels into a quad-pixel to improve image quality in low light. It is possible to take a shot at the native resolution of 48MP to get the most detail when shooting in ProRAW.
Below, we can see a photo taken at 12MP and another at 48MP (ProRAW). It is obvious that the image captured at 48MP maintains a greater amount of detail, but the processing of these files is inferior and, as can be seen, the dark areas are seen with less detail.
- 12 MP
- 48 MP (ProRAW)
- Detail 12MP
- Detail 48 MP (ProRAW)
Comparison between photography at 12MP and 48MP (ProRAW)
Here we have another example where, in the 48MP capture, we can zoom in to see the skyscrapers and airplanes in quite a bit of detail, although it would be necessary to adjust the exposure manually, since the image in ProRAW has low processing.
- 12 MP
- 48 MP (ProRAW)
- Detail 12MP
- Detail 48 MP (ProRAW)
Comparison between photography at 12MP and 48MP (ProRAW)
Below, we can see some pictures taken with the wide-angle camera during the day, which offers excellent image quality.
Pictures taken with the main (wide-angle) camera during the day
Apple introduced Night mode with the iPhone 11 , which uses software processing to take photos in low light. When taking the picture, the camera takes multiple photos which are then aligned and combined to produce a cleaner, brighter image.
Night mode automatically activates when needed and is indicated by a full moon icon next to the flash icon. By clicking on the icon we can deactivate the effect, see the automatically selected shooting time and, in some cases, increase it.
The shot may take a little longer, but the results are worth it, as we can see in the most extreme cases.
Below, we can see some pictures taken in low light conditions with the wide-angle camera, which look really good.
Pictures taken with the main (wide-angle) camera in low light
If you’re wondering how the iPhone 14 Pro’s wide-angle camera compares to other flagships, then you can see the same image captured by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Pixel 6, Huawei P50 Pro, Vivo X80 Pro. , OPPO Find X5 Pro and iPhone 14.
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Huawei P50 Pro
- OPPO Find X5 Pro
- Pixel 6
- Vivo X80 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Wide angle lens shots
Next, we can see a detail of the area of the image to better appreciate the differences.
In general, all smartphones do a good job, although some devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and, to a lesser extent, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra opt for a somewhat aggressive noise reduction that removes textures in certain areas.
The iPhone 14 Pro, along with the iPhone 14, let a little more noise through than other devices, but this also means that textures look better than on other devices. For example, while the Pixel 6 and the Huawei P50 Pro do a great job, some lines on the building tiles on the left look washed out.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Vivo X80 Pro and OPPO Find X5 Pro, which does not have much to envy to the best high-end devices in terms of noise reduction. Now, OPPO’s white balance, like Xiaomi’s, misses the shot with an orange hue that is not real.
Comparison of captures with a wide angle lens
Thanks to the high resolution of the main camera sensor, Apple offers a 2x zoom mode using a 12 MP cutout of the central part of the sensor. Although this zoom does not benefit from the noise reduction achieved by combining 4 pixels into 1, it is ideal in bright light situations.
In photography, the best lenses for taking portraits are considered to be between 50 and 135mm, depending on how close you want to get to your subject. This means that the suitable cameras in a smartphone are the telephoto ones, since the main (wide-angle) cameras tend to distort the face when you get closer to take a close-up.
In the case of the iPhone 14 Pro, its 3x telephoto lens (77mm) makes it necessary to get quite far from the subject to take a portrait. Also, having a high magnification factor, the lens is not very bright, so indoor portraits with the 3x lens are quite noisy.
Luckily, as we discussed in the wide-angle camera section, Apple offers a 2x zoom (around 50mm) by cutting out the central area of the 48 MP sensor, which is much more appropriate for taking portraits.
That’s why by default when you activate Portrait mode, a magnification factor of 2x is set, although you can change it to 3x (or 1x) if you prefer. In my opinion, you’ll do well to leave it at 2x, as when using the wide-angle camera, you benefit from this sensor’s higher quality (sharpness), better low-light performance (lens is brighter), and, Also, as I said, you don’t have to get that close.
Below, we can see the same portrait taken with 2x zoom (that is, with the wide-angle camera with crop) and 3x (telephoto camera), maintaining in both cases the same frame (when taking the photo at 3x I have moved several steps backward). It’s obvious that the wide-angle camera retains more detail.
- 2X zoom portrait
- Retrato with 3X zoom
- 2X Zoom Portrait (Detail)
- 3X Zoom Portrait (Detail)
Comparison of portraits taken with 2x and 3x zoom
In general, the results offered by the iPhone 14 Pro when taking portraits at 2x are very good, as we can see in these examples. Sometimes the hair makes it difficult to separate the subject from the background, but overall it does a good job.
Photos taken in Portrait mode
The iPhone 14 Pro offers, in addition to the usual Portrait mode, the possibility of applying lighting effects on the face, being possible to adjust the intensity of the light to our liking.
- Natural light
- studio light
- outline light
- stage light
- mono stage light
- mono high key light
Lighting effects on the face in portraits
ultra wide angle camera
The ultra wide angle camera allows you to take very spectacular photos that capture four times more elements than would normally fit in a wide angle photo. Therefore, it is ideal for photographing closed spaces or capturing wide landscapes.
The ultra-wide-angle camera on iPhone 14 Pro includes a new sensor that’s nearly twice as large as the one on iPhone 13 Pro and has 100% Focus Pixels for better focus in low-light situations. According to Apple, this camera achieves photos in dimly lit environments that are up to 3 times better.
One of the things I like best about iPhones is that all the cameras are calibrated to deliver the same color tone, so you won’t notice any difference when you take photos with the ultra wide camera versus those you take with the wide angle or telephoto
Here are some examples of photos taken with the ultra wide-angle camera during the day , which produces spectacular images and perfectly corrects the distortion of the lines so that they look straight.
Pictures taken with the ultra wide angle camera during the day
Below, we can see several photos taken with the ultra wide-angle camera of the iPhone 14 Pro at Night, which offer a much higher quality than what we get with other smartphones thanks to its large sensor and the use of Night mode.
Pictures taken with the ultra-wide camera at night
If you’re wondering how the iPhone 14 Pro’s ultra-wide camera compares to other flagships, then you can see the same image captured by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Pixel 6, Huawei P50 Pro, Vivo X80. Pro, OPPO Find X5 Pro and iPhone 14.
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
- Pixel 6
- Huawei P50 Pro
- OPPO Find X5 Pro
- Vivo X80 Pro
Ultra wide angle lens shots
Next, we can see a detail of the area of the image to better appreciate the differences.
The iPhone 14 Pro, along with the Pixel 6, lets more noise through compared to other smartphones to maintain a higher level of detail. In the case of the Pixel 6, it is necessary to mention that it plays with a window since its ultra wide angle is smaller (114º) and, therefore, the cut made for this comparison contains many more pixels than its competitors.
Some manufacturers that opt for overly aggressive processing, such as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra or the Huawei P50 Pro, which remove noise at the cost of losing textures.
On the other hand, the OPPO Find X5 Pro and Vivo X80 Pro do an especially good job in these shots if you look at, for example, the windows of the building on the left, which are very well defined. This same feeling remains when I observe the complete image, since they are one of the few smartphones that allow us to read the illuminated sign of the restaurant.
Comparison of captures with ultra wide angle lens
The iPhone 14 Pro does not have a dedicated macro camera, but its ultra wide-angle camera is capable of taking macro photos at a distance of about 2 centimeters, and it is even possible to record normal or slow-motion and time-lapse video.
To take a shot in macro mode, you don’t need to activate any special mode. Just get close to the object you want to photograph and the phone automatically switches from the main camera to the ultra wide angle camera.
The change can be seen on the screen as the point of view changes slightly when changing the camera used. If you find this automatic switching annoying, you can disable it in Settings.
Below, we can see some photos taken with the Macro mode of the ultra wide-angle lens, which are quite a bit better than those obtained by the dedicated Macro cameras of other smartphones.
Photos taken with the ultra-wide camera in Macro mode
3x telephoto camera
Apple has kept the same 3x magnification factor of the telephoto lens that the iPhone 13 Pro brought but, thanks to the Photonic Engine, the company promises up to a 2x improvement in image quality.
This is a sufficiently high magnification factor , which allows you to photograph elements that are far away. Some manufacturers offer lenses with even higher zoom levels, but in my opinion this is a mistake unless they are accompanied by other lenses with lower magnification factors.
In fact, a factor of 3x or higher is too high for taking certain types of photos, such as half-length portraits, since you need to get quite far from the subject to get the expected frame, and also, indoors, a lens with this much magnification usually capture by light. Fortunately, as we will see later, the iPhone 14 Pro can take 2x zoom photos through a cutout of the main camera.
Below, we can see some pictures taken with the telephoto lens in good light conditions.
Pictures taken with the telephoto camera during the day
Apple also offers Night mode on the telephoto camera, which improves performance in low-light conditions.
Below, we can see some photos with the telephoto lens in low light conditions.
Pictures taken with the telephoto camera in low light
If you are wondering how the iPhone 14 Pro telephoto camera compares to other flagships, then you can see the same image captured by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (3x and 10x lens), Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (5x lens), Huawei P50 Pro (3.5x lens), Vivo X80 Pro (2x and 5x lens), and OPPO Find X5 Pro (3x lens).
Since not all smartphones have a telephoto lens with the same magnification factor, I have carried out two zoom tests: 3x magnification and 5x magnification.
Below, you can see the photographs captured with a 3x magnification factor . On the iPhone 14 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OPPO Find X5 Pro, it is achieved by its native 3x lens, while the rest is achieved by software magnification of the 1x lens (Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra) or the 2x lens (Vivo). X80 Pro).
- iPhone 14 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
- OPPO Find X5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Huawei P50 Pro
- Vivo X80 Pro
Captures with 3x magnification factor
Next, we can see a detail of the area of the image to better appreciate the differences. As I have already mentioned, phones that have a 3x native lens (iPhone 14 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, OPPO Find X5 Pro) have an advantage in this test.
Indeed, the iPhone 14 Pro and the OPPO Find X5 Pro produce a higher image quality than the rest, although the image captured by the iPhone is slightly sharper. Surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra capture features considerably lower sharpness.
Special mention requires the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which despite not having a telephoto lens in the 1x to 3x range, achieves a very good capture. On the opposite side, the Huawei P50 Pro produces a rather poor image.
Comparison of captures with 3x magnification factor
Below, you can see the photographs captured with a 5x magnification factor . In the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Vivo X80 Pro, it is achieved through its native 5x lens, while the rest is obtained through a 3x software lens magnification (iPhone14 Pro, OPPO Find X5 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra) or the lens 3.5x (Huawei P50 Pro).
- iPhone 14 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
- OPPO Find X5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Huawei P50 Pro
- Vivo X80 Pro
Captures with 5x magnification factor
Next, we can see a detail of the area of the image to better appreciate the differences. As I have already mentioned, phones that have a 5x native lens (Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Vivo X80 Pro) have an advantage in this test.
The Xiaomi 11 Ultra offers a very sharp image, as expected thanks to its 5x lens, although a little overprocessed for my taste. The Vivo X80 Pro, which also has a 5x lens, produces a fairly sharp image, although below Xiaomi.
The Huawei P50 Pro is another smartphone that produces a very sharp image, despite magnifying from a 3.5x lens. The iPhone 14 Pro does not come out badly either, and achieves an image with enough detail.
The OPPO Find X5 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra produce a much less sharp image than the rest.
Comparison of captures with 5x magnification factor
When it comes to recording video , the iPhone 14 Pro cameras can record video at 720p at 30fps, 1080p at 25/30/60fps, and 4K at 24/25/30/60fps. It is also possible to record slow motion video at 1080p at 120/240 fps.
Some users may miss recording in 8K, although, to tell the truth, few people have screens that support this resolution and the file size increases considerably compared to 4K.
iPhone 14 Pro offers 10-bit HDR video recording, which means you can capture 60 times more colors than standard video. In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro can record video in Dolby Vision format to [email protected] with the rear camera and [email protected] with the front camera.
Another functionality offered by Apple is Audio Zoom , which is that the sound recording is focused on the object at which we are pointing the camera when zooming. This works best with static sound sources and without too much noise around them.
During a video recording, it is possible to switch between different rear cameras and there is a smooth, zoom-like transition when moving from one camera to another. What is not possible is to switch between the rear cameras and the front camera during a recording.
Below, we can see some shots with the iPhone 14 Pro during the day at [email protected] and [email protected] resolutions, which offer excellent image quality and impressive stabilization.
When it comes to shooting in low light, the iPhone 14 Pro offers exceptional performance, as you can see in these videos shot in low light (the first two) and at night (the last two).
Regarding the audio recording, I would like to note that in the first two videos, the singer’s microphone was set too low, so, strange as it may seem, this is how he sounded in reality.
Last year, Apple added a Cinema mode that allows background blurring (bokeh effect like Portrait mode) when recording people or pets in 1080p 30fps video. This year Apple has added support for recording in 4K at 24fps or 30fps.
The camera focuses on the person in the foreground, but if the person in the foreground turns their head to look at another person or another person enters the shot (the phone “sees” them approaching thanks to the ultra wide-angle lens), the focus progressively passes to the new person.
Along with the video, depth information is saved, so it is possible to edit the video and select which element should appear in focus at each moment afterwards.
Next, we can see a video recorded with the Cinema mode , where we can see how the focus changes between the two members of the musical group. The change of focus throughout the video I have adjusted manually, after the fact, since, by default, almost all the time I was focusing on the singer in first position.
This other video is also recorded with the Cinema mode, although in this case all the attention is focused on a single person and the background is blurred.
Apple has added a new video recording mode called Action that is specifically designed for motion recording — for example, if you’re running, riding in a car over potholes, etc.
It supports up to 2.8K resolution at 60fps and can be combined with Dolby Vision or ProRes recording. By default, it is activated on the ultra wide angle camera, but it is also possible to use it with the wide angle and telephoto camera. When recording, it crops the image to compensate for movement, so the field of view is smaller.
Below, we can see a comparison running with two phones, one in each hand: an iPhone 14 Pro Max recording in normal mode (upper half of the video) and an iPhone 14 Pro recording in Action mode (lower half of the video).
The iPhone 14 Pro also has the ability to record ProRes video , a format used by professionals that offers exceptional color fidelity, but also takes up an enormous amount of space due to the high bit rate it uses: 1.7 GB/minute. in 1080p and 6 GB/minute in 4K.
It is possible to record ProRes video at 4K resolution at 30fps with the 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage variants. However, it is only possible to record in 1080p resolution at 30fps on the 128GB variant as space would quickly run out when recording in 4K.
Apple has incorporated a fairly powerful video editor that makes things much easier when it comes to rotating videos, applying filters, retouching the image, etc. This is very interesting since today there are few video editors prepared to work with advanced formats such as Dolby Vision.
You can even edit video recorded in Dolby Vision and apply filters to recorded videos without the need for a powerful computer. When you share a video with another person or app (for example, WhatsApp), iPhone automatically converts the video to a compatible format. If you want to share videos in Dolby Vision, you can upload them to Vimeo.
The front camera of the iPhone 14 Pro has a 12 MP sensor, an f / 1.9 aperture lens that lets in 38% more light and, for the first time, supports autofocus, allowing you to get sharp selfies at any time. different distances.
It is possible to switch between group and individual selfies by pressing a button on the screen. By default, using the smartphone in portrait takes individual selfies, but switching to landscape takes group selfies.
- group selfie
- Selfie individual
The screen of the iPhone 14 Pro can act as a front flash and illuminate the face if we are taking selfies in very low light conditions. In addition, it is possible to take selfies in Night mode, which greatly improves image quality.
Below, we can see some selfies captured by the front camera. Unlike other smartphones, the iPhone 14 Pro does not offer a control to retouch the face and apply beauty effect, but Apple bets more on natural beauty.
Selfies taken with the front camera
Thanks to the True Depth sensor, the front camera capable of taking photos in Portrait mode by blurring the background.
Here we can see some examples of selfies taken in Portrait mode.
Selfies taken in Portrait mode with the front camera
The front camera of the iPhone 14 Pro can record video up to 4K at 60 fps, something that is not common in smartphones. In addition, it is also possible to apply the Cinema mode to selfies.
The new iPhone 14 Pro can be purchased at the Apple Store online store starting at €1,319 for the 128 GB variant, which represents a considerable price increase compared to the iPhone 13 Pro.
The reason for this increase must be found in the weakness of the euro against the dollar, since prices in the United States have not increased.
|iPhone 14||iPhone 14 Plus||iPhone 14 Pro||iPhone 14 Pro Max|
|128 GB||1.009 €||1.159 €||1.319 €||1.469 €|
|256 GB||1.139 €||1.289 €||1.279 €||1.599 €|
|512 GB||1.399 €||1.549 €||1.709 €||1.859 €|
||–||–||1.969 €||2.119 €|
If the iPhone 14 Pro is a little too small for you, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a larger screen and has the same technical characteristics: a 6.1″ Super Retina XDR OLED display at 120 Hz with “dynamic island”, A16 Bionic processor, 48MP (wide angle) + 12MP (ultra wide angle) + 12MP (3x telephoto) rear camera + 3D LiDAR sensor, 12MP front camera and more.
If you prefer a cheaper model, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but have lower screen, processor and camera performance.
Apple has launched four new iPhone models this year, with the iPhone 14 Pro being the most powerful mid-size model in the new series.
The iPhone 14 Pro maintains the industrial design that Apple debuted with the iPhone 12 family. It has a stainless steel frame, stronger than the aluminum of other phones, and flat side edges.
The main novelty in the design is found in the elimination of the traditional notch. Apple has placed the proximity sensor under the screen, and placed the sensors for Face ID and the front camera in two holes joined by black pixels to form a pill. The result has been baptized as Dynamic Island .
Apple has endowed the Dynamic Island with functionality , since it allows access to functions that are running in the background (playing music, navigation instructions, running shortcuts, transfers by AirDrop), notifies about certain events (connection of accessories, unlocking the Apple Watch, etc.) and in the future, it will show information about Live Activities.
The Dynamic Island is located a little lower than the notch, so it can slightly interfere when playing games or watching videos recorded in widescreen (21.5:9). On a day-to-day basis, though, it’s not obtrusive, and while I’d obviously prefer a screen without any holes, I wouldn’t trade the screen cutout for giving up Face ID.
The screen is protected by Ceramic Shield which, according to Apple, is the strongest glass ever used in a smartphone. Apple has opted for a matte finish for the rear glass, which prevents fingerprints, although these are marked on the sides with a glossy finish.
The back has a square module in the corner that has increased in size to house the three cameras with larger sensors. MagSafe functionality allows accessories to be attached magnetically to the back.
The phone has slightly increased the thickness from 7.7 to 7.9 mm , and the weight from 204 to 206 grams compared to its predecessor. It is not a difference that is noticeable in the hand, but it does mean that the iPhone 13 Pro cases do not work for the new model.
The iPhone 14 Pro is available in four colors that tint the back and side edges: deep purple, gold, silver, and space black . This last color is the one that I have analyzed and it presents a darker tone than the graphite gray of previous models.
Face ID allows you to conveniently and securely unlock your device using your face, even in the dark. The iPhone 14 Pro recognizes the face from various angles and now, thanks to iOS 16, also when the phone is in landscape.
The Super Retina XDR display is the best I’ve tested to date, offering a very high maximum brightness (about 1040 nits based on my measurements with 100% screen lit, though I’ve gotten as high as 2140 nits by reducing the lit area at 25%), spectacular color fidelity and amplitude and ProMotion technology that offers a dynamic refresh rate that goes from 10 to 120 Hz.
The high refresh rate makes the animations look very smooth and, in addition, being a dynamic rate, it saves battery power when you consume content that does not require frequent refreshing.
Apple has added the Always On Display , which keeps the screen always on with a very low brightness level so that we can see useful information at all times.
Unlike other manufacturers, the Always On Screen of the iPhone 14 Pro is very rich in information, since it can be seen practically the same as on the conventional lock screen, only with the brightness dimmed.
The Always On Display refreshes at 1 Hz, so the impact on battery life is manageable . In my tests, it is between 0.5% and 1% per hour, depending on the ambient lighting.
The iPhone 14 Pro stands out against the best smartphones in terms of performance as it comes with the powerful A16 Bionic chip.
This chip has a 6-core CPU (4 high-efficiency cores and 2 high-performance cores), a 5-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine.
In performance tests, the A16 Bionic has proven to be quite a beast , outperforming all of its Android rivals in CPU and GPU performance. The improvement over the A15 Bionic is not very big, but being manufactured in a 4nm process, it consumes less power.
In practice, this means that apps and games move very smoothly, and this feeling is further enhanced by the high refresh rate of the screen.
The iPhone 14 Pro is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB of storage . The 128GB option should be enough for some users, but if you can afford it, the 256GB option is a safer value for the future, especially if you like to shoot a lot of videos — a good reason to buy this phone.
On the connectivity side, the phone supports Bluetooth 5.3, Ultrawide Band (UWB), and WiFi 6 (802.11ax), though not the latest WiFi 6E standard. In addition, it is compatible with 5G networks in the Sub-6GHz band. Although in the United States it does not come with a SIM slot, in the rest of the world it does. It supports Dual SIM via physical SIM + eSIM or dual eSIM.
As a novelty, it incorporates a satellite connection to report an emergency in places where there is no coverage, although at the moment this functionality is only available in the United States and Canada.
The iPhone 14 Pro has stereo speakers that offer a good spatial feeling and also support Dolby Atmos. It lacks the headphone jack, so you’ll have to resort to an adapter or Bluetooth headphones like AirPods.
The phone offers wired charging via Lightning connector (we can’t enjoy USB-C yet) of up to 20W if you use a standard USB-PD charger (no charger in the box). Apple offers 7.5W wireless charging with a conventional charger, and it reaches 15W if you use the MagSafe magnetic charger.
Compared to other smartphones, it is not a very fast charging speed. By cable, it takes about 30 minutes to charge 60% battery, and about 1 hour and 33 minutes to charge 100%. I would like faster charging speeds in future models.
In my experience, with fairly heavy usage and the always-on display on, I make it to the end of the day with around 10 or 15 percent battery.
Another interesting novelty in the hardware section is the improved accelerometer and gyroscope, which allow a car accident to be detected and automatically notify the emergency services.
The phone comes with iOS 16 from the factory, which incorporates interesting new features, such as the new lock screen with depth effect and customizable through widgets.
It also adds new features such as Live Activities (to track the result of a live match, the arrival of food delivery or an Uber, etc.) and improvements to some apps such as Mail, Maps and Health.
One of the great advantages that iOS has over Android is updates . iOS 16 is coming to six-year-old devices, so expect the iPhone 14 Pro to stay up to date for a long time.
The rear camera of the iPhone 14 Pro has also undergone significant improvements. It consists of three cameras: wide angle, ultra wide angle and 3x telephoto. In addition, we also find a LiDAR sensor to help with low light focusing and Augmented Reality applications.
Apple has incorporated the Photonic Engine, a computational photography technique that modifies the iPhone’s image processing stack to improve photos taken in medium or low lighting conditions. It helps iPhone 14 Pro deliver better color fidelity, more detail, and higher brightness in photos.
The main camera has a new sensor that is 65% larger and that jumps to 48 MP resolution — by default, photos are taken at 12 MP combining 4 pixels in 1, although it is possible to take ProRAW photos at 48 MP. In addition, it has the second generation of the sensor displacement stabilization system that debuted on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
In my tests, the images captured by the iPhone 14 Pro offer excellent sharpness, true-to-life color reproduction, and very accurate exposure. Both during the day and at night, the results are excellent and, in my tests, they have nothing to envy to other high-end smartphones.
The ultra wide-angle camera incorporates a new sensor that is almost twice as large as that of the iPhone 13 Pro. Very spectacular images are achieved, both during the day and at night, which is usually the biggest problem with this type of camera. In addition, this camera now allows you to take screenshots in Macro mode.
The telephoto camera keeps its magnification factor down to 3x, which is more than enough in my opinion — the higher the magnification, the harder it is to catch light. Apple offers Night mode to this camera, and it is possible to get very close to distant elements both during the day and at night.
Portrait mode is present in the iPhone 14 Pro , with the advantage that you can take photos with a 2X zoom, more suitable for portraits, taking advantage of the 12 MP in the central area of the images captured by the 48 MP wide-angle camera. Apple allows you to modify the level of background blur and offers six lighting effects.
In the video section, the iPhone 14 Pro rear camera offers 10-bit HDR video recording, which means you can capture 60 times more colors than conventional video.
In fact, you can capture video in Dolby Vision format to [email protected] with the rear camera and [email protected] with the front camera.
Apple has improved the Cinema mode that allows you to capture video with a bokeh effect (video blur), and it is now available at 4K resolution at 24 or 30 fps.
This mode tracks the faces to know which one to focus on at each moment and these settings can be modified later when editing the video, resulting in more professional sequences.
Apple has introduced an Action mode that allows you to take videos with incredible stabilization in high-motion situations. This mode uses the ultra wide angle camera and the results speak for themselves.
It is also possible to record in ProRes mode , which is used by video professionals to achieve exceptional quality and color fidelity, at the cost of a large amount of storage (6 GB per minute in 4K).
The 12MP TrueDepth front camera takes great shots and, for the first time, supports autofocus, allowing for sharp selfies at different distances. The lens is wide angle and allows you to take individual or group selfies. It is possible to record 4K videos at 60fps in Dolby Vision, as well as in Cinema mode.
In conclusion, the iPhone 14 Pro is an excellent smartphone for its attractive and resistant design, its spectacular screen, its high performance, its long-lasting battery and a set of improved cameras that do not disappoint in any situation.
- Attractive design with stainless steel frame with flat edges, glass back cover and screen protected by Ceramic Shield. Reducing the size of the notch to form the Dynamic Island.
- Speed and fluidity in handling the interface, games and demanding apps thanks to the performance of its A16 Bionic processor.
- Face ID facial recognition that is reliable and fast.
- Screen with a wide color gamut, very high color fidelity, high maximum brightness, excellent contrast and a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
- Always Active Screen Mode with a large amount of information displayed on the screen.
- iOS 16 operating system that will receive updates for several years and with interesting features such as customizable lock screen, live activities and more
- Wide angle, ultra wide angle / macro and telephoto cameras that offer the best image quality in multiple situations thanks to Photonic Engine and Night mode.
- Portrait mode with good separation between the subject and the background, and very striking lighting effects.
- Video recording in 4K HDR Dolby Vision format with the front and rear cameras with excellent stabilization. Cinema modes to record video with a blurred background, Action to record sequences with a lot of movement and ProRes for professional recording.
- Dual SIM support through the combination of physical SIM + eSIM or dual eSIM
- Satellite connectivity for emergencies (although only in the US and Canada at the moment) and car accident detection.
- Solid battery life thanks to efficient components and iOS optimization.
- Stereo speakers with great power and Dolby Atmos spatial sound.
- Ultra Wide Band (UWB) U1 chip for locating objects with AirTags.
- Dust and water resistance IP68 (up to 6 meters for 30 minutes)
- Considerably slower fast charging than other high-end smartphones.
- Lightning USB 2.0 connector, instead of a more widespread and faster USB-C connector.
- High price jump compared to last year’s model.