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Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 14

Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 14

Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 14

A little over ten years ago, Samsung’s Galaxy Note found itself somewhat despised by its 5.3-inch screen, which at the time was considered unreasonably large. Apple’s then CEO, Steve Jobs, couldn’t see the point of larger phones and wearily rejected Samsung’s Galaxy S (which was smaller than the Note). “You can’t go around it,” he said, “and no one will buy it.” Of course he was wrong. Over the past decade, we’ve demanded bigger phones than ever as we’ve asked them to do more things, from gaming to commuting to video calling to office work. Its ability to operate easily with one hand and an accurate thumb is no longer possible. In fact, size matters. And the iPhone 14 Pro Max that held it big in every sense of the word; Everything from its screen to its processor to its lenses is an upward boost for Apple — and most importantly, it gets any task it chooses to do without breaking a sweat.

Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 14

iPhone 14 Pro Max (left) and Pro in gold

Pro Max is the big beast in the newly launched group of four. It only beats the iPhone 14 Pro specs (which is slightly smaller and has a slightly shorter battery life), and while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus match in size to the Pro and Pro Max respectively, they have lower camera specs and chips, which means some more advanced features are missing out. for their older sisters.

It would be easy to dig out a list of stats and point out how the iPhone 14 Pro Max compares to other phones of similar size, but in the end it’s the software that ties everything together and makes the phone sing, and the new operating system, iOS 16, does just that. Two cosmetic changes appear immediately, the first is the “Always On” screen, which starts in the place where previous models slept peacefully. Now, instead of black nothingness, you get a subtle, semi-glossy rendering of whatever comes to your mind; Time and date by default, but any number of widgets (battery status, weather, stocks, etc) as optional extras. We’re used to waking up the smartphone to check the lock screen which takes a while to get used to, but it isn’t long before you appreciate the change. Does it have an effect on battery life? yes. What is the price? Not enough to worry.

iPhone 14 (left) and 14 Plus
iPhone 14 (left) and 14 Plus

Another difference that is immediately obvious is Dynamic Island, which may sound like the name of a strip covering on a cruise ship, but it is actually appleA clever way to make the top center of the screen (the hole where the front camera and Face ID sensors are) into a feature rather than just a minor annoyance. It now contains a set of active pixels that turns that area into a small on-screen display. It can show the music you are playing, timer status, navigation instructions etc. It is also resized and recolored based on the information being displayed. It almost makes you forget that there is a sensor behind it. It’s a great design piece, exclusive to Pro and Pro Max.

With all the major smartphone manufacturers converging towards pretty similar looks, their compact camera specs are generally where the competition happens, and Apple has picked this moment to impress the flagship Pro Max. Camera 12MP to 48MP, along with 12MP ultrawide and 12MP with 3x zoom (the latter is absent from the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.) The 12MP front camera has autofocus for the first time — hey, sharp selfies — and it has The software behind these full vision lenses has seen significant improvements, too. The Optical Engine delivers better low-light photos on both the telephoto and main cameras, and the latter can now capture 48MP proRAW photos with an impressive level of detail. Also temptingly dangling in front of Pro users is the ability to shoot cinematic mode in 24fps movie standard in 4K. Then there’s the new Motion Mode in iOS 16, which provides gimbal-style stabilization for video recordings of the entire iPhone 14 range. Simply put: Record a clip as you go up the stairs, and the footage will make it look like you’re almost floating. It’s all enabled by a diabolical smart program.

iOS 16 works on iPhone 14 Pro Max

iOS 16 works on iPhone 14 Pro Max

The Pro Max display – which Apple boasts is the most advanced ever in a smartphone – has a peak outdoor brightness of 2,000 nits, and although this didn’t prove particularly useful during testing in the gray darkness of autumnal Britain, i.e. Someone who wants to watch jaws While sitting at Bondi Beach you will appreciate it. And of course, this offer is great. It’s no bigger than its predecessor, the 13 Pro Max, but it’s still 6.7 inches. (That’s 20 percent larger than the 2011 Galaxy Note, which was once considered ridiculously large.)

As someone who generally prefers a smaller phone and opts for a smaller model over the Max, it’s amazing how quickly a gadget that I considered a bit bulky has started to feel, well, just the right size. The combination of iPhone 14 Pro Max’s sleek and sturdy frame, beautiful display, and sleek software makes it a joy to work with. Coming back to the 5.4-inch screen in my pocket I feel like I’ve been subjected to a humiliating downgrade from first class to economy class. (Which I suppose I have.)

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