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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Apple launches iPhone 14 worth $999

After unveiling the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus yesterday, Apple today showcased the latest iterations of its Pro range of smartphones.

Following the introduction of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, Apple today moved on to displaying its updated Pro line of smartphones. Redesigned cameras, a new notch layout, and a new chipset are included with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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The pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen is the biggest visual alteration you’ll see. Given that the internal cameras are now 30% smaller, it is smaller than the previous notch. In order to aid, the proximity sensor has been relocated beneath the display. Apple, of course, had to give the cutout a name, and it’s called Dynamic Island. Black pixels around the actual cutout are being experimented with by Apple to produce some interesting effects.

Accessing controls for running background processes like Maps, Music, or a timer is made simpler by changing the area around the cutout. This area can be utilised by third party apps as well; for instance, you could find sports scores there.

With a new controller that allows refresh rates as low as 1Hz, the display itself, which measures 6.1″ on the Pro and 6.7″ on the Pro Max, is now brighter, reaching up to 2,000 nits peak for HDR content. As a result, and only on these Pro phones, Always-On Display is finally accessible on an Apple product. This Always-On Display will make the clock, widgets, and Live Activities instantly visible.

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In a first for Apple but currently quite outdated in the Android market, the main camera on the rear sports a “quad-pixel” sensor. The phone will automatically shoot in 12MP even though the sensor has a 48MP resolution. The camera has an f/1.78 aperture and 1.22 mm before binning, and 2.44 mm after binning, pixels. Additionally, you have full focus pixels and second-generation sensor shift stabilisation.

When cutting from the middle of an image in the camera app, the high-resolution primary sensor enables a new intermediary zooming step of 2x that is ideal for Portrait Mode images. A new 12MP ultrawide camera is available, and its big 1.4 m pixels produce crisper, more detailed photographs while also enhancing macro photography. Last but not least, the optical image stabilising 3x telephoto camera is still available.

At the centre of the two smartphones is the A16 Bionic chip, which has a six-core CPU with two performance cores and four efficiency cores. The entire performance of the CPU is claimed to be 40% faster than that of the competition, and its two highly effective cores use 20% less power than those found in the A15. The A16’s 16-core Neural Engine can perform 17 trillion operations per second, while the 5-core GPU has 50% more memory bandwidth.

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The space black, silver, gold, and deep purple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available with 128/256/512GB and 1TB of storage. Pre-orders start on September 9 and become available on September 16. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099 in the US. This price is unchanged from last year. Similar to the less expensive non-Pro iPhone 14 variants, these also do away with the SIM tray for the US market and exclusively use eSIM.