The iPhone 14 Pro has several new features, but what are the differences between it and the iPhone 13 Pro? As it does annually, Apple has unveiled a new iPhone. The current lineup of iPhones includes the 14 and 14 Plus as well as the 14 and 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. But let’s zero in on the iPhone 14 Pro, the model that should prove to be the range’s most popular middle ground. In comparison to the iPhone 13 Pro, what has changed?
If you already own an iPhone 13 Pro, there is no need to purchase the newest model. Rare earth elements are used in smartphone production, and their mining causes significant environmental damage. Therefore, it is recommended to hold on to your iPhone for as long as possible, since the cumulative advancements over iPhone generations will be far more satisfying to experience.
iPhone 14 Pro ushers in a new era
Face ID sensors have been included in Apple’s infamous “notch” on every iPhone since the iPhone X which has made the screen borderless. The iPhone 14 Pro updates this old design with a new “pill” shape that includes the front-facing camera and Face ID.
Because of this limitation, Apple was able to develop the highly intelligent software interface known as Dynamic Island. The space occupied by the pill extends to display dynamic contextual information. When you press and hold this region, for instance, the music player will enlarge.
The iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t deviate much from previous designs in other respects. Dimensional adjustments are minor (+0.8 mm in height, +0.20 mm in thickness, and +3 grams on the scale), the screen diagonal remains unchanged at 6.1 inches, and the stainless steel edges remain flat.
Still a brighter screen
But, the iPhone 13 Pro’s HDR screen brightness was 1200 nits, and the iPhone 14 Pro’s is 1600 nits. In direct sunshine, the phone may even reach a maximum brightness of 2000 nits by drawing on its reserve power.
Besides that, the maximum refresh rate and resolution stay unchanged at 120 hertz and 2556 x 1179 pixels. Still, the LTPO panel can drop down to 1 Hz, which makes it possible to make the Always-On screen while using as little power as possible.
First always-on display iPhone
As of this writing, if you take the effort to upgrade to iOS 16, your iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro will run the same iOS, nonetheless. This software update introduces several novel capabilities, most notably in the form of interactive elements for the Dynamic Island feature.
Still, a feature that has been around for years on Android devices, Always-On Display has now made its way to the iPhone 14 Pro. Apple has only enabled this power-hungry feature on its products that can reduce their screen frequency to 1 Hz. The feature will consequently not be available on the iPhone 13 Pro.
The screen of the iPhone 14 Pro remains viewable all the time but darkens a lot. This will allow you to keep an eye on your notifications whenever you seek it.
Instead of Apple’s A15 processor found in the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro has the brand new A16 Bionic chip. Promising 50% higher bandwidth for sophisticated graphics, it is a 4 nm chipset. Similarly, the CPU and GPU remain unchanged from their prior iterations, each including 6 cores (2 performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores). Thanks to its 16 processing cores, the Neural Engine can do 17 trillion AI-specific operations each second.
This generation’s performance was hardly touched on at Apple’s introduction event, suggesting that it is not a priority this year. Also, keep in mind that the modem hasn’t changed and still doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6E.
4X increase in picture resolution
The primary sensor of the iPhone 14 Pro is the source of the most exciting new features. The camera resolution is upped by 65-75%, from 12 to 48 megapixels. Despite the larger sensor, the f/1.78 aperture of this lens is smaller than the f/1.5 aperture of the iPhone 13 Pro. When lighting is poor, Apple uses a technique called pixel binning to combine four individual pixels into a single one, allowing us to capture images at 12-megapixels with better brightness and clarity.
Other than that, the ultra-wide angle and telephoto 3x both have 12-megapixel cameras, the same as the iPhone 13 Pro. A reduction from f/1.8 to f/2.2 is to be noted, however.
The nighttime performance of the algorithms is enhanced by the A16 Bionic’s processing power. Due to Apple’s insistence on branding every aspect of its products, the Photonic Engine is this year’s moniker. Apple claims that, depending on the lens, low-light photos will be two- to three-times better than before.
On the video side, the change from Cinematic mode to 4K and the addition of “Action Mode,” which promises stability like that of a gimbal stabilizer, are both exciting new features.
Battery life remains the same
When it comes to batteries, the iPhone’s battery life does not vary significantly from year to year. Apple advertises a battery life of 23 hours for video playing (compared to 22 hours on the 13 Pro), 20 hours for video streaming, and 75 hours for music playback (same as last year). Whether the battery life stays consistent while using the Always-On Display is yet to be observed.
It’s disappointing that the iPhone 14 Pro can only be charged at 20W.
iPhone 14 Pro price
The 128 GB version of the iPhone 14 Pro costs $999 (€1299), while the 1 TB version costs $1499 (€1949). This means a fourteen percent increase from the previous year’s levels for the Europeans.