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Why the iPhone 14 Pro is still worth it despite the delay

Why the iPhone 14 Pro is still worth it despite the delay

Why the iPhone 14 Pro is still worth it despite the delay

Apple usually doesn’t admit in advance to longer-than-usual wait times or product shipping delays, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday. Apple issued a press release Recognizing the fact that recent COVID-19 restrictions are affecting one of its major factories in China.

As the holiday season begins to intensify, Apple is acknowledging the fact that there may be longer wait times and delays for customers to get their new hands. iPhone 14 Pro And the iPhone 14 Pro Max In particular. Despite this fact, I think the phones are still worth the wait – and here’s why.

Dynamic Island is changing the game

Why the iPhone 14 Pro is still worth it despite the delay
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One of the coolest features of the iPhone 14 Pro lineup is dynamic islandWhich, honestly, no one really expected. The Dynamic Island is a punch-hole and grain-shaped notch that houses a front-facing selfie camera as well as Face ID sensors, and is an alternative to the notch that’s been around since the iPhone X. However, unlike the space-wasting notch, the Dynamic Island makes use of its allotted space by showing off. Seamless integration of both hardware and software. It’s something that sounds totally eccentric and totally Apple.

Although Dynamic Island was a bit limited at launch, this was due to limitations iOS 16 Itself; The Live Activities API was not made available until iOS 16.1. Initially, Dynamic Island mainly worked with native iOS apps such as music and timers. But now that more developers are able to take advantage of it, Dynamic Island is one of the best features of the iPhone 14 Pro. While Live Activities is technically just a new notification type and will work with other iPhone models running iOS 16, it can also appear specifically in Dynamic Island if you have 14 Pro models.

Pixel Pals app on iPhone 14 Pro Max.  A digital cat chasing a red ball over the dynamic island.
Look at my little man chasing his ball Joe Maring / Digital Trends

For example, Christian Selig, creator of the popular Reddit app Apollo, made Pixel Pals – an app Puts an adorable pixel pet tamagotchi on your dynamic island. It doesn’t offer any real functionality, but it’s nice and fun. However, there are plenty of other apps out there that provide more practical uses for the dynamic island space – like Flighty for tracking flight paths, tracking rainfall in CARROT Weather, apps for different recipes and cooking timers, and more.

As more apps add support for both Live Activities and Dynamic Island, you’ll wonder how you did without them. Seriously, the Dynamic Island feature is one of the best things about the iPhone 14 Pro, and well worth the wait.

The first iPhone with an always-on display

iPhone 14 Pro showing the always-on moon screen, held in the hand of a man.
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Not sure about the rest of you, but I’ve been wanting an Always On Display (AOD) iPhone for several years. Since I had an Android device running AOD, I was wondering when Apple would finally add that to the iPhone, especially when they added it to the Apple Watch Series 5 and beyond.

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are currently the only iPhones with AOD and I personally like the way this is done. When AOD is on, it dims the wallpaper to the lowest setting, so while you can still see your wallpaper, it shouldn’t be overly distracting. You’ll also see the date and time, any widgets you’ve placed on your lock screen, and any notifications that may be waiting for you. I like it because it gives me the information I need at a glance when it’s on the stand on my desk, eliminating the need to tap on the screen.

While some people may prefer the way Android handles the always-on screen (much less), I personally like the way Apple does it. For me, AOD is definitely a feature I’ve been waiting for, so even if I don’t already have an iPhone 14 Pro, I wouldn’t mind waiting to get my hands on it.

The 48MP camera is amazing

Rear cameras in iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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If you prefer to take your photos with just your mobile phone, the iPhone 14 Pro is a huge leap from the previous generations with the new 48MP main camera. The 48MP shooter is done through a pixel binning system, where four sub-pixels make up one larger pixel.

When taking normal photos, the metadata will still show “12 megapixels”. However, serious photographers may want to shoot in Apple’s ProRAW format, which can be done at 48MP for the absolute best results and control over the post-editing process. The telephoto lens also brought back the 2x optical zoom from before (the iPhone 13 Pro only had 1x or 3x), which results in better portrait mode photos.

While most people might not use the advanced ProRAW format or ProRes video, it’s a good idea to have such capabilities, just in case. Additionally, Apple has added extras like the new Action Mode, which adds gimbal-like stabilization to videos, and Cinematic Mode can now shoot in 4K (24fps or 30fps, depending on your choice).

Regardless, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are exceptional cameras, and if that’s what you’re looking for in your next smartphone, it’s worth the wait.

The delay is annoying, but some things are worth the wait

iPhone 14 Pro Max next to a green pepper.
Joe Maring / Digital Trends

I get it – any product delays are annoying to deal with, especially since the holiday season always seems to creep up on us. I’ve had my iPhone 14 Pro since launch, and it’s easily one of the Best iPhones Even today.

Even with the COVID-19 situation affecting a major factory in China and Apple publicly acknowledging that there may be longer wait times, I think the iPhone 14 Pro is worth it. There are a lot of significant upgrades for this year that could really change the game, especially the ones I mentioned above.

If you’re ordering the iPhone 14 Pro this year, or planning to give it to someone else, prepare for a longer-than-usual wait. But let me tell you – it’s worth it, especially if you’re upgrading from an old iPhone.

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