At a glance, their basic shape and flat edges may make you wonder if the recently announced iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max only offer minor upgrades over their predecessors. But try taking a closer look and you’ll notice there are a few new features on both phones that you might find rather enticing.
For starters, there’s the new notch design which is really different from previous models. However, what made it really interesting was the new user experience that Apple has put in place for it, which is called Dynamic Island.
Whenever users receive an alert, notification or phone call, the Dynamic Island box expands and supports the notch area. The same goes for many other activities such as music playback, face ID detection, battery charge status, timer and even live scores of a sporting event.
In many ways, Dynamic Island seems like a good way to hide the notch. Meanwhile, there’s a TrueDepth camera system that’s housed inside the notch that features a 12MP sensor with a six-element f/1.9 lens and enhanced cinematic mode video shooting capability with up to 4K HDR at 30 fps.
As for the rear camera module on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, it comes with a 48MP f/1.78 quad-pixel primary camera alongside a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and a 12MP f/2.8 telephoto lens with 3x Zoom optics. Interestingly enough, Apple has used the middle section of the 48MP sensor to deliver 2x optical zoom at 12MP resolution without resorting to digital zoom.
On the video side, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max now have Action mode which offers gimbal-like stabilization while Cinematic mode now supports up to 4K HDR at 30 fps. Apple also introduced Photonic Engine in both devices, which apparently helped improve mid-to-low light performance on all of their cameras by implementing Deep Fusion at an earlier stage in the imaging process.
The launch of the iPhone 14 Pro series devices also marked the arrival of the Always-On Display feature in the iPhone family. This has been made possible by the implementation of LTPO technology which allows the refresh rate of their new Super Retina XDR OLED display with ProMotion adaptive refresh rates to be as low as 1Hz.
Apple also noted that the screen on both devices is much brighter this time around with a maximum outdoor brightness of 2000 nits. When it comes to screen size, they have remained the same as their predecessors as the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max continue to feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens, respectively, which also continue to feature be protected by Ceramic Shield.
Unlike the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus which featured last year’s A15 Bionic, the Pro and Pro Max variants came installed with the new A16 Bionic chip. Built using 4nm manufacturing technology, Apple claimed that the 6-core processor inside the processor is up to 40% faster than the competition, while the chip also contains a 5-core GPU. cores and a 16-core neural engine.
Stainless steel remains Apple’s material of choice for constructing the chassis of both devices. The same goes for their battery life which is rated at 29 hours for video playback.
Malaysian consumers can pre-order the two devices on September 16 and they will start receiving their orders from September 23. Here is the price list, according to the Apple Malaysia website:
- iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max 128GB: RM5,299 / RM5,799
- iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max 256GB: RM5,799 / RM6,299
- iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max 512GB: RM6,799 / RM7,299
- iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max 1TB: RM7,799 / RM8,299
With this, you are looking at a difference between RM400 and RM700 compared to the launch price of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max last year. By the way, you might want to consider adding the price of a USB-C charger to your budget because Apple doesn’t provide a charger for the phone.
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