iPhone 14 Pro: tempts with a new chip, shrimp and dynamic island, but the generational change remains half-gas

During the last month we have been testing the new iPhone 14 Pro, a great phone that falls in love in almost all its aspects… but it is a bit disappointing that we do not see too big a change compared to the previous generation . Has Apple reached its ceiling?

Technical specifications

  • Size: 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm
  • Weight: 206g
  • Screen: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR, True Tone, HDR, with ProMotion 120 Hz and a resolution of 2,532 x 1,170 px and 460 dpi, brightness of 2,000 nits and contrast 2,000,000:1
  • Always-on screen: yes
  • Notch: Dynamic Island
  • Processor: Apple A16 Bionic chip
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM (Nano SIM and eSIM), Dual eSIM supported
  • Operating system: iOS 16
  • Storage: 128/256/512 GB or 1 TB
  • Rear cameras: 48 MP main, 12 MP ultra-wide and 12 MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Sensors: Face ID, LiDAR scanner, barometer, high dynamic range gyroscope, high g-force accelerometer, proximity sensor, dual ambient light sensor
  • Splash, water and dust resistance: IP68 rating per IEC 60529 standard (up to 6 meters deep for up to 30 minutes)
  • Safety: SOS Emergency and Accident Detection
  • Connectivity: 5G (sub-6 GHz), Gigabit LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA, Wi-Fi 802.11ax (6th gen) with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.3, Ultra Wideband Chip and NFC
  • Battery: up to 23 hours of video playback, up to 20 hours of video streaming, up to 75 hours of audio playback, up to 50% fast charging in about 30 minutes with a 20W or higher adapter, up to 15W wireless charging
  • Price: from 1,319 dollars

Design: life goes on the same

Well that. That nothing changes But as I already said in the iPhone 14 review, this does not have to be a bad thing, I am rather one of those who thinks that if something works it is better not to touch it. And to my taste the aesthetics of this mobile is ideal . I love the industrial style, the straight edges, the finishes, the materials they use -and their resistance- and the colors that Apple has chosen for this generation -the aubergine that I have tried is super elegant-.If I have to take fault with it, the first would be that the sides, having that glossy finish, are a magnet for fingerprints , which is not the case with the back, which is matte and always stays clean. However, the issue of dirt on the edges does not seem crucial to me, since most of us carry our smartphones with a case.

Another drawback would be around the notch, or what is now called ‘dynamic island’, which in the end is still a fun notch . And it also occupies a little more, but we will discuss this in more detail in the screen section. It is assumed that one of the two changes introduced in this generation with respect to the design is that the edges of the screen are thinner, perhaps precisely to compensate for this readjustment of the area that they have destined to house the selfie camera and Face ID. But for me that lesser thickness is imperceptible.

Finally, the other change has to do with the rear. Its sensors are now larger and therefore the camera module is also larger. This has two drawbacks: on the one hand, you will no longer be able to reuse the case if you had an iPhone 13; and, on the other hand, it makes the phone lean even more when you rest it . This gives me a feeling of tremendous fragility and it always happens to me that I think it is going to break. That doesn’t happen later, but what you take with you.

Screen: the perfect balance with a plus of brightness and the irruption of the ‘dynamic island’

Well, little more to add than what the previous sentence says. It is a mobile with a screen that looks scandalous, that there are no jerks or lag, that responds well to all kinds of tasks and in all kinds of conditions, whether you are at home or abroad with all the solace. It is precisely outside in the sunlight where the main improvement they have made to the panel is most noticeable, which is an interesting increase in brightness .And about the dynamic island I will say that, although I am easy to convince when they sell me this type of novelty with flourishes, in the end it is still a notch . Be careful, it seems to me that they have solved it well, because they had to do something – it was the most historical complaint of iPhone users. It is true that it is entertaining and it is useful and it allows you to interact more with the mobile. So even though it’s not the ideal solution, I don’t dislike it. 

The dynamic island integrates all kinds of information and puts it in front of you: the music that is playing, the time of a call, the FaceID logo when you are using biometrics as a security measure…

It must be said, of course, that if we only take space into account, the ‘dynamic island’ is not better than the notch, since by remaining floating instead of attached to the edge it occupies more space and pushes down the contents of the screen -let’s remember that in the iPhone 13 they made the notch a little smaller than in previous generations-.

I almost forgot about the ‘always on’ screen , which is another first for this generation. Well, I will say that it is not for me, for two reasons: it has happened to me a lot of times that I have gone to lock my mobile thinking that I had left it on and, mainly, it drains the battery beautifully . I understand the usefulness of this function, but it’s not something I like.