Top 6 iPhone 14 Pro Features!

iPhone 14 Pro in Deep Purple laying on top of factory box.

Earlier this fall at Apple’s Far Out event, the new iPhone 14 Pro series was revealed. After much anticipation, it was released to the public on the 16th of September. As usual, the new Pro iPhones pack a ton of features that make them stand out from the competition and their predecessors. In this article, we’ll review our top 6 iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max features.

1. 1-120hz LTPO display

The iPhone 14 Pros now come with an advanced LTPO display that can go as low as 1hz. This differs from the last version of the iPhone Pro, whose lowest LTPO display was 10hz. Why would Apple choose to lower the floor on their display with this new generation? To save battery! Now, when viewing static things on your iPhone Pro 14, the refresh rate will go down to 1hz with the intention of extending battery life.  

This LTPO display has made it possible for Apple to finally add a long-awaited feature to the iPhone 14 Pros: Always On Display.

2.  Always-On-Display

Always on display feature on the new iPhone 14

The new LTPO display on the iPhone 14 Pro allows its refresh rate to go down to 1hz. This display tech lets Apple finally add an Always-on-display feature to the Pro iPhone 14 series. This is a feature that Android phones have had for quite some time, long before upscaling and downscaling screen refresh rates were introduced. Well Apple, better late than never.

To stand out from their Android competitor, they’ve done this the Apple way. Instead of the usual screen with a clock face and notifications, Apple dims the wallpaper and only displays notifications, time bar, and widgets.

 3. Dynamic Island

3 iPhone 14 displayed, showing Dynamic Island feature.

Dynamic Island is one of the standout features with this year’s iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. It is the pill-shaped indent that houses the iPhone 14 Pro front camera and FaceID software. Instead of just leaving the cutout on the screen in hope that it goes unnoticed by iPhone users, Apple found a way to make users WANT the cutout by making it an exclusive, interactive software feature. 

Dynamic Island allows for some form of multitasking where users can easily interact with different apps using the Island. It also keeps users up to speed on unfinished tasks in other apps. For example, if you’re playing music and you switch to another app, you can press and hold the Island to see your songs progress. 

We expect the Dynamic Island to become more useful and prominent as developers continue to adapt their apps to the feature.

4. Crash Detection

An iPhone 14 displays it's new crash detection alert on a phone screen.

Crash Detection is one of the best new features within the entire iPhone 14 series. It’s a feature that you hope to never need but will be grateful you bought an iPhone 14 if the need arises.

As the name suggests, the new Crash Detection feature on the iPhone 14 series can detect whenever a user has been in a car crash. Upon detecting a possible crash, the iPhone 14 sends signals to the user, prompting them to confirm the situation and place an emergency call. If the user doesn’t respond, it sends an SOS signal to emergency services nearby automatically.

This is honestly one of the best features ever on a smartphone.

5. Satellite Connectivity

iPhone 14 satellite connectivity feature screen prompt

Another life saving feature of the new iPhone 14 series is satellite connectivity. The satellite connectivity feature enables the iPhone 14s to communicate with a satellite in situations when there is no cell network.

This feature proves extremely useful in cases where people are lost in places where there is not a single shred of cell signal. All the iPhone 14 Pro users will have to do to send a message is aim the iPhone directly at the satellite, and the iPhone will point you in the satellite’s direction. Once the phone is in the right direction, users can then send a message that will get delivered in a few minutes.

6. 48MP Camera

Close up of camera on iPhone 14 Deep Purple.

The new iPhone 14 Pro totes a huge camera upgrade. Apple has finally moved on from 12MP sensors to a 48MP sensor. This new sensor is also 65% bigger than the Pro iPhone 13s module and can capture 2x more light. All this translates to very detailed pictures, impressive low light performance, and a new 2x mode that doesn’t lose quality.

Apple also introduced the Photonic engine. The Photonic software engine goes through and improves each individual pixel when a picture is taken. This results in sharper and more detailed pictures.

 

 

iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: Which is the best fit for you?

iphone 13 pro in blue, iphone 14 pro in deep purple.

The iPhone 14 Pro is the successor of last year’s iPhone 13 Pro, and brings a good number of changes.  But is it worth the upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro? If you are an iPhone 13 Pro user and you’re contemplating switching to the new Pro iPhone, let this article serve as the comparison you’ve been looking for!

Processor

If you’re obsessed with power, then the iPhone 14 pro might just be worth the upgrade from the iPhone 13 pro.

 

Benchmark (Higher Is better)A15 Bionic (iPhone 13 Pro)A16 Bionic (iPhone 14 Pro)
GeekbenchSingle-Core Score

1735

Multi-Core Score

4811

Single-Core Score

1868

Multi-Core Score

5190

Antutu 9796318972751

 

From the benchmark scores, it’s clear that the A16 Bionic is quite the upgrade from the A15, but you won’t notice any significant difference in day-to-day usage. Where you’ll see the power difference and Apple’s new cooling system is when you run power-hungry apps and games like lightroom, PUBG, etc. 

If you’re a gamer or someone, then the iPhone 14 Pro might be worth the upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro.

Camera

Close up of camera on iPhone 14 Deep Purple.

The new iPhone 14 Pro boasts a significant upgrade in both camera hardware and software when compared to the iPhone 13 Pro. 

For starters, the newer iPhone 14 Pro sports a higher 48MP camera versus the 12MP camera on the iPhone 13 Pro. With the iPhone 14 Pro, you’ll get way more detail in your pictures, especially if you shoot in Pro Raw mode. The iPhone 14 Pro also has a 65% bigger sensor than the iPhone 13 Pro, meaning it can take in significantly more light. This will result in better night shots and quality.

On the software side, Apple introduced the Photonic engine with the iPhone 14 series. The Photonic engine goes through and improves each individual pixel when a photo is taken, resulting in better pictures.

If you want the best of the best when it comes to pictures, then it’s definitely worth upgrading.

Battery and Charging

Battery life and charging speed are arguably the least changed things between the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro.

iPhone 13 ProiPhone 14 Pro
Battery Capacity3095mAh3200mAh
Charging Speed20W Lightning Charging23W Lightning Charging

Apple’s latest model comes with a 3200mAh cell, while the iPhone 13 Pro carries a battery capacity of 3095mAh. According to Apple, this translates to 1 hour more of video playback when compared to the iPhone 13 Pro. In real-world usage, there’s not much difference in battery life, with most tests seeing the iPhone 14 Pro outlast the iPhone 13 Pro by an hour at best. Charging speeds between both phones are pretty much the same, with only a 3 Watt increase in favor of the newer Pro iPhone.

So if Battery life is your main concern, then the iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t bring enough to the table to be worth an upgrade.

Design

As expected, the new iPhone’s design remains largely unchanged. The most prominent difference is that the camera size is much larger on the iPhone 14 Pro. On the front side is where we see the biggest design change on an iPhone in 5 years. The notch is finally gone. And it’s been replaced with a pill-shaped cutout dubbed the Dynamic Island. More on that later…

Overall the iPhone 14 Pro only has added two more grams than its predecessor. So not much difference between the two phones except for the new cutout.

New features

Dynamic Island

iPhone 14 Pro's new Dynamic Island notch

With the newest iPhone release, Apple also rolls out the new Dynamic Island feature. The 5-year-old notch has been replaced with a surprisingly cool new pill-shaped cutout Apple calls the Dynamic Island. Instead of trying to hide the cutout like other OEMs, Apple embraces it using software. The Dynamic Island displays UI elements like a music-playing widget and helps users interact with multiple apps using the top of the screen.

Satellite Connectivity

Satellite connectivity is another major feature on the new iPhones. It allows users to communicate using a satellite connection in cases when cell network is unavailable. The downsides to this are that it’s only available in the US and Canada and you’ll also have to pay a monthly fee to use the feature after your free two years expire.

Crash Detection

An iPhone 14 displays it's new crash detection alert on a phone screen.

Crash detection is another new feature that could save your life. As the name suggests, this new feature can detect whenever a person has been involved in a car crash. It will then ask the user to respond to some signals. If the user fails to do so, it will contact emergency services.

 

Well, now you’ve got the rundown on the differences between this year’s iPhone and the previous model, the iPhone 13 Pro. Take some time to think about which device best suits your lifestyle and make a decision from there. In the meantime, check out our collection of certified refurbished iPhones here. 

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Top 5 iOS 16 Features!

iPhone prompting user to update to the iOS 16.

The iOS 16 is finally out and brings a lot of new features and improvements to the iPhone experience. In this article, SmartphonesPLUS will pick our top 5 new iOS 16 features and give you a run-down on how to use them.

Focus Mode

Apple has added a ton of features to Focus Mode on iOS 16. You can now silence notifications from specific people, choose which apps can notify you, and switch between Focuses with ease from your lock screen. 

With the new Focus Filters, you can filter out content within supported apps. For example, in Mail, you can filter out email account(s) during Focus; And in the Messages app, you can customize which contacts can notify you while in a particular focus.

To use Focus Filters, go to Settings > Focus > Choose the Focus mode you want to add Focus Filter to > Add filter > Choose the applicable app.

With the new features added to Focus, you can also customize your lock screen to each of your different Focus modes. This allows you to have a different lock screen with a separate wallpaper for each individual mode. For example you can have a sports-themed wallpaper for your Sport Focus mode, or a professional facing wallpaper for Work Focus mode.

To do this, you’ll open the lock screen interface by long pressing on an unlocked iPhone’s lock screen, and choose then choose the layout of your choice. Next, tap “Focus” and select the Focus mode you want to associate the lock screen to. 

Overall, this is a really fun new feature to play around with and offers a more personalized experience within each Focus mode you use.

Battery Percentage

Yes, the battery percentage bar is finally back on the iPhone! Apple removed this feature in 2017 with the launch of Face ID on the iPhone X, citing lack of screen space as their reason. It’s now back in action and is available on iPhones with Face ID, including the Minis.

The battery percentage bar is on by default with iOS 16. If you want to turn it off, go to Settings > Battery > and toggle off Battery Percentage.

iMessages

Blank iMessage bubbles appear on a phone screen

The new iOS 16 brings some much-needed updates to the quality of life within iMessage. 

With the improved iMessage on iOS 16, you can now edit a message up to 5 times after it’s sent within a 15 minute send window. You can also entirely undo a message you’ve sent within 2 minutes of hitting send. To undo or edit a message, all you have to do is tap and hold the sent message, then select which action you would like.

Another really useful upgrade to iMessage is the option to mark a message you’ve previously opened as “unread” so that you can revisit it later. This is incredibly handy for those of us who are anxious to open new messages but may not have time to respond right away.

Cutout picture subject

Another new iOS 16 feature that has gained a lot of attention from influencers and social media content creators is the Visual Lookup subject cutout. With this feature, you can cut out the subject from any picture or image file and paste it into supported apps. You can do this by tap and holding the subject of any picture until it’s highlighted with white lines. Next, hold the cutout with one finger, then move to the app you want to paste it. 

According to Robby Walker, Apple senior director of Siri language and technologies in WWDC 2022, the speed and precision of the subject cutout process are made possible by an advanced machine model, which is accelerated by the neural engine and Core ML to perform 40 billion operations in milliseconds.

Lockscreen

iPhone displaying the editing features for the clock face on lock screen.

The biggest feature on iOS 16 is the fully redesigned lock screen, which opens up a world of customization for its users. For starters, you can now add widgets to your lock screen. You can also easily customize some of your lock screen elements by changing the font style, updating the clock face, or applying a cool filter.

To use these features, press and hold the lock screen and press “Customize” to enter editor mode.  Once you’ve entered editor mode, you can select the wallpaper you want to use, play with the “add widgets” feature, and customize your time bar. To experiment with the new filter feature, simply swipe to the right on your lock screen while in editor mode.

iOS 16 also gives you the option of applying a “depth effect” to your wallpaper. It does this by detecting the multiple layers in any wallpaper image selected, and then using that information to create a depth effect by sandwiching the time bar between the subject in your image and its background. This results in a cool-looking wallpaper where the subject appears in front of the time bar.