iPhone 14 Professional Overview: Islands within the Display


In a world the place even Android telephones priced beneath Rs. 20,000 can do just about every little thing the typical particular person would possibly want, Apple’s Professional tier of iPhones, which all value nicely over Rs. 1,00,000, must push above and past. Every new mannequin has to advance the state-of-the-art, or has to at the least appear recent and trendy. That is the route that Apple has taken for the iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max – they do not do something drastically new and so they do not look a lot completely different, however there are a number of updates which may make you resolve to improve if you have not felt the necessity to prior to now.

We’re reviewing the iPhone 14 Professional, however its bigger sibling, the iPhone 14 Professional Max, affords equivalent performance for individuals who desire a larger display screen or higher battery life. In my evaluation of the iPhone 13 Professional Max, I discovered it a bit too heavy and unwieldy for on a regular basis use, and that hasn’t modified with this technology. After spending a little bit of time with each at Apple’s massive launch occasion, it was time to resolve, and I believe the iPhone 14 Professional affords the precise steadiness for me. Learn on for my full evaluation.

iPhone 14 Professional worth in India

Sadly, Apple has raised costs in India regardless that each these telephones value the identical as their predecessors within the US. Each fashions can be found with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage. The iPhone 14 Professional in every of those capacities prices Rs. 1,29,900, Rs. 1,39,900, Rs. 1,59,900 and Rs. 1,79,900. The iPhone 14 Professional Max prices Rs. 10,000 extra for every, so the equal variants are priced at Rs. 1,39,900, Rs. 1,49,900, Rs. 1,69,900 and Rs. 1,89,900 respectively.

You continue to do not get a charger or headset within the field; solely a Lightning cable and a SIM eject pin. You will must spend extra if you’d like a 20W or larger USB Kind-C adapter since even for those who acquired one with an older iPhone, it will not be fairly as quick.

The Gold and Silver color choices are the identical as earlier than, however Graphite has been changed with a darker Area Black choice. The signature color for this launch is Deep Purple, and that is what I’ve with me. Apple has launched an extra color choice mid-cycle for the previous two generations, so we’d see one thing recent round March subsequent 12 months if that continues to occur.

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The Deep Purple color is not like something Apple has launched earlier than, and appears completely different indoors and underneath daylight


iPhone 14 Professional design

After all the large information is the Dynamic Island, which, as Apple says, was developed as a mixture of {hardware} and software program capabilities to make the very best use of the pretty huge digicam gap. It additionally offers Apple one thing distinctive to market – whereas the Android world has been fast to strive replicating it, it is apparent that no different firm had even considered doing one thing alongside these traces earlier than, and they may not obtain the identical degree of integration. We’ll speak extra about this in a minute.

As for general design, nothing a lot has modified for the previous few years. Apple’s MagSafe accent ecosystem requires a flat again, and we additionally nonetheless have a flat chrome steel band with rounded corners working round all 4 sides. The iPhone 14 Professional is not the best telephone to carry, and the bigger iPhone 14 Professional Max is much more awkward with no case. The 2 weigh 206g and 240g respectively. In case you look intently, you may discover that the borders across the display screen are barely narrower than on earlier fashions.

The Deep Purple unit that I’ve appears fairly sober indoors – you may not even realise it is not gray. Nevertheless, when the panel catches the sunshine, you’ll be able to see a wealthy plum color with an virtually metallic tone. The chrome steel band and the metallic rings across the three cameras match the color of the rear panel however are very prone to smudges. The raised digicam island is manufactured from clear glass, and for those who aren’t utilizing a case its edge can really feel uncomfortable.

Apple continues to make use of its trademarked Ceramic Protect materials for the show, and toughened glass on the again. All current-gen iPhones are IP68 rated for water and dirt resistance. Models bought within the US should not have a bodily SIM tray – Apple needs to transition to eSIMs solely – however fortunately those bought in India nonetheless work with one Nano-SIM and one eSIM. There’s nonetheless a Lightning port on the underside – ff you had been hoping for a change to USB Kind-C, you may need to wait one other 12 months.

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The iPhone 14 Professional’s chrome steel body picks up smudges simply


iPhone 14 Professional Dynamic Island and always-on show

The most important change to the iPhone 14 Professional siblings is their shows. The excellent news is that Apple has lastly distributed with the notch, which though immediately recognisable, has turn out to be a bit old school. The unhealthy information is that the Dynamic Island, which takes its place, is not an enormous enchancment. In promotional movies, it appears fantastically slick – and it’s, visually at the least. That is due to Apple’s tight management over {hardware} and software program, permitting it to do issues like optimise animations with anti-aliasing, and make the homescreen appear to “circulation” round it. The idea can also be extremely imaginative and feels recent, in a world the place so many telephones are bodily indistinguishable.

The thought of utilizing the clean house between digicam holes, and actually increasing it moderately than making an attempt to make it mix in, took your entire viewers at Apple’s launch occasion without warning. Provide chain leaks gave us an thought of the {hardware}, and for those who have a look at the entrance of the iPhone 14 Professional underneath robust mild, you may see the borders of the pill-and-hole cutouts that we anticipated. It is software program that enables Apple to make use of house round and beneath these gaps, arranging data and icons in order that all of it nonetheless appears cohesive. You possibly can even faucet over the precise digicam {hardware} – there aren’t any lifeless zones for contact detection. This might result in smudges over the lens, although.

What Apple has achieved, basically, is lean on the pretty previous idea of a second display screen. LG Fashions such because the X display screen (Overview) and V20 (Overview) from 2016 experimented with an prolonged display screen space filling the lateral hole subsequent to the entrance digicam, used for background data and controls. What was lacking again then was wider OS-level integration, and will probably be fascinating to see how Apple encourages builders to work with the Dynamic Island and what they give you.

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As much as two apps can present standing data and you may faucet both island to leap again into its app


There’s normally house for 2 small icons or textual content labels on both aspect of the entrance digicam and Face ID {hardware}, and every little thing is enclosed in a single black oval. Lengthy-pressing this could develop the “island” to point out extra context or controls. For instance, for those who’re taking part in music, you may see a small album artwork icon and an animated waveform, however tapping the island will carry up a full set of controls together with a progress bar, larger thumbnail and artist/album data. Some indicators are easier – a padlock when the display screen is locked, a shiny inexperienced icon if you’re tethering, and a bell plus textual content label when activating or deactivating silent mode, amongst others. You too can have a second app exhibiting its standing as a single icon in a secondary “island” to the precise.

The ”island” itself is nevertheless very giant and awkward, even when fully clean. Very similar to the notch, it requires that content material and controls in most apps begin beneath it, so it usually feels as if there is a thick band on the prime of the display screen doing nothing however occupying house. It took some getting used to the visible distraction of the island when utilizing some apps, and sure, video in addition to some video games show throughout it when stretched to full display screen (although with none standing icons).

When it comes to utility, there have been instances throughout my evaluation interval once I actually appreciated the dynamic island, but additionally instances once I wished it could possibly be turned off. It is good to have the ability to shortly change music tracks when scrolling by means of Reddit, for instance, however then again the animated waveform was continually distracting and a skip button there could be extra helpful.

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You possibly can clearly see the {hardware} inside the giant “island”, which is what early rumours had been based mostly on


It is simple to think about the Dynamic Island in secondary display screen use circumstances, like maintaining a tally of real-time sports activities scores or situational updates whilst you’re doing one thing. I fairly appreciated seeing a progress indicator ring when copying large recordsdata over AirDrop. Conversely, I actually did not want an enormous, shiny inexperienced tethering icon in my face on a regular basis. Different system animations, akin to when registering for Face ID recognition or connecting AirPods, do not really want the island however simply use it for design. Extra sorts of notifications may have been built-in right here. Actually, the design may simply be tailored to work round and beneath the notches on the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, and even older fashions, although it may not be as visually slick.

The opposite massive unique characteristic is the always-on show mode. That is one thing the Android world has loved for years (and even Symbian telephones had greater than a decade in the past) – however after all Apple has achieved it in another way. The corporate apparently waited for its SoC, show, and software program to all be ok, and also you should not see an excessive amount of of an affect by way of battery life.

As a substitute of going off, your show now dims, however your lockscreen widgets and wallpaper keep put. Apple’s skill to tweak distinction and brightness imply that data and even particulars in your wallpaper picture are nonetheless seen. The refresh fee drops, so some widgets and lively notifications do not refresh continually. Apps would possibly even have the ability to keep partially lively when the telephone is locked. The always-on show will flip itself off if the telephone continues to be for some time or positioned in a pocket, and naturally when low energy mode is lively.

I discovered the always-on show to be a bit disconcerting, and given the truth that all fashionable iPhones unlock themselves robotically when your face is within the body, even inadvertent faucets on the display screen may end up in unintended interactions. It feels as if the display screen is definitely on. There’s additionally the matter of iOS 16 robotically collapsing notifications right into a pile, so you do not have as a lot data at a look as you do on some Android-based implementations. Icons for apps which have generated notifications would have been helpful. General, the always-on show was good to have when the iPhone 14 Professional was mendacity on a desk or sofa as I labored, however it’ll take a while to get used to.

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The always-on show (proper) is the lockscreen itself (left), simply optimised to devour a lot much less energy


iPhone 14 Professional specs and software program

In Apple’s world, specs are much less essential than the general person expertise, however we nonetheless wish to know what is going on on inside our units. The brand new A16 Bionic SoC is unique to this 12 months’s Professional iPhones, so there is a larger efficiency hole than ever. This involves the fore with photograph and video processing, graphics, and energy effectivity. Apple says this SoC makes use of 16 billion transistors and is manufactured on an industry-leading 4nm course of. For years now, Apple’s in-house silicon has been capable of outperform competitors from Qualcomm and MediaTek, and the corporate is claiming a 40 p.c pace bump over at present’s main rivals.

The A16 Bionic has two efficiency cores and 4 effectivity cores, plus a five-core built-in GPU and a 16-core “Neural Engine” for on-device AI and machine studying acceleration. There are additionally devoted blocks for picture processing (now branded “Photonic Engine”), show dealing with, and numerous different subsystems.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Professional each have 6GB of RAM throughout all variants, which Apple for some cause does not disclose publicly. Battery capacities are additionally not specified, however third-party teardowns inform us that the 2 fashions have 3,200mAh and 4,323mAh items respectively. Battey life is described solely by way of time – as much as 28 hours and 29 hours of native video playback with the 2 fashions respectively.

Charging pace can also be not specified however has been pegged at 27W which is far beneath present norms within the Android world – possibly a change from Lightning to USB Kind-C, extensively anticipated subsequent 12 months, will lastly enable Apple to boost this. Additionally, talking of Lightning, you are still caught with USB 2.0 pace for wired information transfers, which is an actual disgrace if you may need as much as 1TB of photographs and movies to switch. Wi-fi charging works at as much as 15W with licensed MagSafe equipment and there is no reverse wi-fi charging.

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Whereas items bought in India do nonetheless have a Nano-SIM tray, which may go away sooner or later


The 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina XDR show makes use of an LTPO OLED panel, and has a decision of 1179×2556 pixels. The refresh fee can go from 1Hz to 120Hz. HDR peak brightness now goes as much as 1600nits and the show can briefly hit 2000nits outdoor if wanted. You get help for the Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10, and HLG HDR requirements in addition to Dolby Atmos sound.

Different little {hardware} enhancements embody a transfer to dual-band GPS for higher accuracy, way more delicate accelerometer and gyroscope for crash detection, and the inclusion of satellite tv for pc connectivity {hardware} to allow Apple’s new Emergency SOS functionality (which is not accessible in India but).

Apple ships the iPhone 14 sequence with iOS 16, and some minor updates obtained throughout the course of this evaluation have introduced us as much as model 16.0.3. The large new software program options, a lot of which can be found on older fashions, embody lockscreen widgets and personalisation, AI tweaks akin to computerized picture cutouts and textual content recognition in movies, a Health app that works even with out an Apple Watch, and various tweaks throughout lots of the default apps. In India, customers can now work together with Siri in combined languages. Extra options akin to iCloud Shared Photograph Library and Dwell Actions will roll out later this 12 months.

iOS has gained fairly a number of capabilities of late and is starting to really feel a bit disjointed. For instance, including lockscreen widgets is not completely intuitive. If you wish to present the world time widget, for instance, it does not select cities that you have already added inside the clock app, and it takes some time to determine that it’s essential faucet it whereas the widget choice panel is open to carry up a separate record of cities that you could edit. It additionally will not robotically present your house metropolis if you’re touring elsewhere. You too can now have a number of lockscreens with their very own wallpapers and units of widgets, every linked to a distinct Focus mode state. Nevertheless, for those who simply wish to change Focus however hold the identical widgets, you may must manually arrange the identical association for every lockscreen.

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The iPhone 14 Professional has a shiny, crisp HDR-capable 120Hz show


iPhone 14 Professional efficiency and usefulness

Unsurprisingly, with its 120Hz show, the iPhone 14 Professional feels buttery easy. Animations are slick, iOS 16 is responsive, and you will not have any downside getting issues achieved. There are a great deal of preinstalled apps – a number of of which you may not ever use, however practically all are detachable. In day-to-day use, the one disappointment was comparatively sluggish charging. I additionally observed the iPhone 14 Professional getting a bit heat when plugged in to cost (utilizing an official Apple 30W USB Kind-C adapter) now and again.

There’s nothing life-changing concerning the iPhone 14 Professional. It is largely an iterative replace, with the added novelties of the Dynamic Island and always-on show. That mentioned, it is acquainted, snug, and simple to make use of.

Gaming will not be an issue. I performed Name of Obligation: Cell and Asphalt 9: Legends for some time with zero bother. I additionally spent a while catching up on much less demanding video games akin to Alto’s Odyssey and Fieldrunners 2 (which sadly confirmed that older titles must be optimised for the display screen decision, rounded corners, and Dynamic Island). In case you’re severely into gaming, you would possibly favor the iPhone 14 Professional Max for its larger display screen and battery.

The brand new 3DMark Wild Life Excessive take a look at, which renders at 4K, managed a complete of three,381 factors with a body fee of 20.2fps, and the usual Wild Life take a look at maxed out with a body fee of 59.3fps on the iPhone 14 Professional. For reference, an iPhone 13 Professional up to date to iOS 16 managed 18.7fps and 54.4fps in the identical two assessments respectively. I additionally ran the Wild Life Excessive Stress Check, which loops for 20 minutes. This made your entire again of the telephone virtually uncomfortably sizzling, however confirmed that thermal throttling is not an enormous downside because the lowest loop rating was 2,051;  roughly 60 p.c of the very best run. The iPhone 14 Professional additionally maxed out all of GFXBench’s take a look at scenes, together with essentially the most demanding Aztec Ruins (Excessive Tier) one.

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The A16 Bionic SoC is unique to the iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max


Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core CPU scores had been 1,884 and 5,305 respectively, in comparison with 1,739 and 4,862 respectively for an iPhone 13 Professional. The browser-based Basemark Net 3.0 take a look at managed 1,295.82 factors, and Jetstream 2.0 turned in a rating of 266.893, versus 1,172.84 and 188.152 for final 12 months’s mannequin.

Video in streaming apps regarded shiny and crisp. The Dynamic Island is immensely distracting if you wish to fill the display screen, however most 16:9 movies will not overlap it. Apple additionally continues to ship good stereo audio system that make video immersive and dialogue clear.

Battery life was first rate for a flagship-class telephone. I managed to get by means of a full day with fairly a little bit of digicam use, together with video recording, plus gaming. I ended my day with about 20 p.c left. I did not discover a lot of a distinction with the always-on show disabled, however that could possibly be as a result of it goes off after some time and is not lively when the telephone is in a pocket. Our HD video loop take a look at ran for a good 19 hours, 41 minutes.

Charging, as talked about, is nowhere close to as fast as what many Android telephones provide today. I acquired to 29 p.c in quarter-hour and was nonetheless at 86 p.c after an hour. Apple claims you may get a 50 p.c cost in half-hour, which is about proper. It is nonetheless a bit galling that you aren’t getting a quick charger within the field with such an costly telephone.

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The iPhone 14 Professional is comparatively simple to deal with however many will favor its bigger sibling


iPhone 14 Professional cameras

There is a massive change with this 12 months’s Professional iPhones, however as soon as once more, that is one thing we have seen within the Android world for years now. As a substitute of a 12-megapixel main digicam sensor, you now get a 48-megapixel sensor, however with clusters of 4 pixels appearing as one. This improves the floor space of every pixel, permitting extra mild to be collected which leads to higher general high quality at low shutter speeds. In typical Apple trend, the person does not get a selection – that is simply the default approach to take photographs. It is provided that you turn to ProRAW mode that you could select to seize 48-megapixel pictures, however that is clearly not geared toward informal customers.

This additionally permits Apple to seize 12-megapixel pictures utilizing solely the centre of the sensor space, which successfully offers you 2X optical magnification. This 2X zoom mode is a halfway level between commonplace pictures taken with the first digicam and 3X pictures taken with the telephoto digicam. For video, with the ability to seize frames with a substantial buffer on all 4 sides permits for an entire new degree of video stabilisation, theoretically equal to utilizing a gimbal to compensate for hand shake, bumps, and uneven movement. Motion Mode joins final 12 months’s Cinematic Mode, however for some cause it is applied as a toggle button, not a separate mode that you could choose from the carousel – and it is not at all times apparent when it is lively.

The 48-megapixel main digicam and 12-megapixel ultra-wide digicam even have poorer apertures than their equivalents on the iPhone 13 Professional, though the sensor high quality, software program, and A16 Bionic “Photonic Engine” ought to ship enhancements general. There’s sufficient energy now to run enhancement operations on uncompressed sensor information a lot earlier within the processing pipeline. Low-light pictures are mentioned to be one other massive space of enchancment for the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max – 2-3X relying on which digicam is used – which implies specs do not inform the entire story. One other evolution is autofocus for the entrance digicam for extra sharpness even with inventive composition.

iPhone 14 Professional daytime digicam samples (top-bottom): Extremely-wide, 1X, 2X, 3X (faucet to see full measurement)


In real-world phrases, photographs taken with the iPhone 14 Professional in daylight got here out trying wonderful. Colors are pure with out being overblown. 48-megapixel pictures are large by way of file measurement however for those who use Lightroom or another post-processing device, you may unlock much more element and nuance. Shut-ups are very finely detailed, however Apple nonetheless switches to macro mode robotically which might mess with makes an attempt to border a close-up topic. This may be disabled within the iOS Settings app. Macros are just a little grainy however very usable.

Tough exposures within the daytime had been dealt with nicely, and you will not be disillusioned with any of the cameras. Extremely-wide pictures preserved various element even in distant objects, and weren’t unhealthy by way of publicity, color, or distortion on the edges. Utilizing the 2X zoom degree offers you an efficient 48mm focal size so it may come in useful for portraits, and element is spectacular on the subject of issues like the feel of animal fur. Depth of subject is nice with the first and telephoto cameras. For objects at a distance, 3X will practically at all times make extra sense than 2X, nevertheless it’s good to have the choice.

Low-light pictures are captured shortly and scenes are crisp, with wonderful element and vibrant colors. The telephoto digicam’s 3X optical pictures are just a little weaker than the first digicam’s 2X cropped pictures by way of low-light element and definition, however you do nonetheless get very usable pictures and various flexibility on the subject of framing and composition. The first digicam at 1X is superb at night time, taking detailed pictures with remarkably good dynamic vary, with little or no lag and virtually no movement blur.

iPhone 14 Professional low-light digicam samples (top-bottom): Extremely-wide, 1X, 2X, 3X (faucet to see full measurement)


Cinematic Mode is unchanged, apart from a brand new choice to shoot at 4K HDR at 30fps or 24fps. Motion Mode is the principle new video characteristic. It really works on all cameras however with various levels of effectiveness. This appears much more prone to be helpful to most individuals than Cinematic Mode, nevertheless it is not precisely new or pathbreaking for smartphones.

Customary video shot with all three cameras was additionally nice, within the daytime and at night time – the telephoto digicam is after all the shakiest when strolling and recording. Colors look pure and movement is easy at 1080p in addition to 4K.

Selfies had nice element and good depth of subject. Exposures are weighted closely in the direction of your face moderately than the background. Portrait results are the identical as with earlier iPhones, utilizing the 3D depth sensing {hardware}.

iPhone 14 Professional digicam samples (top-bottom): Daytime selfie, low-light selfie, macro (faucet to see full measurement)



The iPhone 14 Professional is a stable iterative enchancment over its predecessor. Within the US, there hasn’t been any worth enhance, which is smart. Sadly, we aren’t so fortunate in India. What was already a luxurious is now even more durable to justify. In case you’re searching for the very best iPhone by way of options, digicam high quality and general efficiency, you may purchase this telephone (or its bigger sibling) no matter worth, however for lots of people, it is just too far out of attain. Many Android telephones at present (and even older iPhones) provide all of the performance that most individuals need, for a lot much less cash, although possibly not with fairly the identical degree of polish.

The Dynamic Island is one thing you would possibly wish to exhibit, or at the least mess around with. For me, the novelty wore off quickly sufficient and I discovered it much less helpful than I had hoped it might be, however I will see how I really feel as Apple and app builders give you new methods to make use of it. Crash detection and satellite-based emergency messaging aren’t related in India but. Lots of the smaller quality-of-life enhancements do add up although; I am tempted by the low-light photograph high quality bumps throughout all cameras, and to a smaller diploma, the always-on show.

For anybody with an iPhone X (Overview) or older, it may be time to think about an improve, and the iPhone 14 sequence affords rather a lot. Nevertheless, the iPhone 13 Professional continues to be accessible for now, and prices a good bit much less at every storage tier, particularly with festive gross sales on. You would not actually be lacking out on a lot by selecting that as an alternative. It is also now greater than doubtless that USB Kind-C and quick charging might be coming with subsequent 12 months’s mannequin, and you may’t be blamed for wanting to attend for that.