The iPhone 14 Pro delivers a new class of pro camera system, with the first-ever 48MP Main camera on an Apple smartphone with a quad-pixel sensor, and Photonic Engine, an upgraded picture pipeline that improves low-light images, powered by A16 Bionic, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone. There are further features like Satellite Emergency SOS and Crash Detection.
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will be available in four new color options: deep purple, silver, gold, and space black. You can pre-order now and availability begin on Friday, September 16.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max come in four colors and are made of surgical-grade stainless steel and textured matte glass. Both versions, available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes, include a new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, which includes the Always-On display for the first time on iPhone, enabled by a new 1Hz refresh rate and other power-efficient technologies.
Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Greg Joswiak, believes this makes the new Lock Screen even more helpful by displaying the time, widgets, and Live Activities at a glance. The sophisticated display also has the same peak HDR brightness as the Pro Display XDR, as well as the greatest outdoor peak brightness in a smartphone: up to 2000 nits, which is twice as bright as the iPhone 13 Pro.
In addition, both versions include Apple's Ceramic Shield front cover. According to Apple, this is harder than any previous smartphone glass.
The architecture of the Dynamic Island "blends the gap between hardware and software, adjusting in real time to present vital warnings, notifications, and activities." The TrueDepth camera has been updated to take up less display space with the introduction of the Dynamic Island.
According to Joswiak, the Dynamic Island maintains an active state without interfering with content on the screen, allowing consumers faster access to controls with a simple tap-and-hold. Continuous background activities like as Maps, Music, or a timer stay visible and engaging, and third-party applications in iOS 16 that give information such as sports scores and ride-sharing with Live Activities can benefit from the Dynamic Island.
The Pro Camera System
The Photonic Engine in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, according to Apple, "offers a giant leap for mid- to low-light performance in photos across all cameras through a deep integration of hardware and software": up to 2x on the Main camera, up to 3x on the Ultra Wide camera, up to 2x on the Telephoto camera, and up to 2x on the TrueDepth camera.
Photonic Engine offers this improvement in quality by using Deep Fusion early in the image process to give detail, preserve delicate textures, provide richer color, and retain more information in a photograph.
The Pro series has a new 48MP Main camera with a quad-pixel sensor that adjusts to the shot being captured for the first time, as well as second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization. The quad-pixel sensor combines every four pixels into one huge quad pixel equivalent to 2.44 m for most photographs.
According to Apple, this results in exceptional low-light capture while keeping photo size at a "useful" 12MP. The quad-pixel sensor also allows for a 2x Telephoto mode, which employs the sensor's center 12 megapixels for full-resolution photographs and 4K recordings with no digital zoom.
This provides optical quality at a familiar focal length, making it ideal for features like Portrait mode. The quad-pixel sensor also assists professional processes by optimizing for detail in ProRAW. And, thanks to a new machine learning model created exclusively for the quad-pixel camera, the iPhone now shoots ProRAW at 48MP with "amazing detail, allowing new creative processes for pro users," according to Apple. Other professional camera system improvements and features include:
- A new 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 1.4 µm pixels, which delivers sharper images with more detail, improving already powerful macro photography capabilities.
- An improved Telephoto camera that offers 3x optical zoom.
- A new front TrueDepth camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture that enables better low-light performance for photos and video. Using autofocus for the first time, it can focus even faster in low light and capture group shots from farther away.
- A new Adaptive True Tone flash that has been completely redesigned with an array of nine LEDs that change pattern based on the chosen focal length.
- Powerful computational photography benefits like Night mode, Smart HDR 4, Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, Night mode Portrait photos, Photographic Styles to personalize the look of every photo, and Apple ProRAW.
- A new Action mode for incredibly smooth-looking video that adjusts to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is being captured in the middle of the action.
- Cinematic mode, now available in 4K at 30 fps and 4K at 24 fps.
- Pro-level workflows for video, including ProRes3 and end-to-end Dolby Vision HDR.
Crash Detection And Emergency SOS Via Satellite
The whole iPhone 14 family includes safety features that can give emergency help when it is most needed. Collision Detection on iPhone can now identify a serious automobile crash and automatically summon emergency services when a user is unconscious or unable to access their iPhone, thanks to a new dual-core accelerometer capable of detecting G-force values of up to 256Gs and a new high dynamic range gyroscope.
These capabilities expand on existing components such as the barometer, which can now detect changes in cabin pressure, the GPS for extra input for speed variations, and the microphone, which can distinguish loud noises characteristic of serious automobile accidents.
According to Joswiak, Apple-designed motion algorithms trained on over a million hours of real-world driving and collision record data give even higher accuracy. Crash Detection, when paired with Apple Watch, takes advantage of the unique strengths of both devices to swiftly provide people support.
When a catastrophic accident is detected, the emergency services call interface appears on Apple Watch since it is closer to the user, but the call is sent through iPhone if it is in range for the best available connection.
The iPhone 14 series also has Satellite Emergency SOS, which combines bespoke components closely linked with software to allow antennas to connect directly to a satellite, enabling communicating with emergency services while outside of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Satellites are moving targets with limited bandwidth, and communications might take minutes to arrive. Because every second matters, iPhone front-loads a few critical questions to assess the user's position and shows them where to aim their phone to connect to a satellite using Emergency SOS via satellite.
The first inquiry and subsequent communications are then sent to centers manned by Appletrained professionals who can contact Apple on the user's behalf. When there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection, users can manually communicate their position with Find My via satellite. Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to consumers in the United States and Canada in November, and it will be free for the first two years.
Pricing And Availability
- iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in deep purple, silver, gold, and space black in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities.
- Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, the UAE, the UK, the US, and 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max beginning at 5 a.m. PDT on Friday, September 9, with availability beginning Friday, September 16.
- iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in Malaysia, Turkey, and 20 other countries and regions beginning Friday, September 23.
- Emergency SOS via satellite will be available starting in the US and Canada in November, and the service will be included for free for two years with the activation of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
- Customers can get iPhone 14 Pro for $41.62 (US) a month for 24 months or $999 (US) before trade-in, and iPhone 14 Pro Max for $45.79 (US) a month for 24 months or $1,099 (US) before trade-in from apple.com/store, in the Apple Store app, and at Apple Store locations. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.12
- Customers can save up to $1,000 (US) on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with trade-in directly from apple.com/store or at an Apple Store when they activate it with select US carriers. Terms apply. For eligibility requirements and more details, see apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/carrier-offers.
- Customers in the US can get ready for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max pre-orders until 10 p.m. PDT on Thursday, September 8, by visiting apple.com/store or using the Apple Store app. They can choose to pay monthly or in full, add a trade-in credit toward their new product, or upgrade through the iPhone Upgrade Program.