iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max: ultra-bright screen, 48 Mpx photo sensor, Dynamic Island, A16 Bionic… New, but not in design

Apple formalizes its iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. Between the record screen brightness, a 48 Mpx main photo sensor, Dynamic Island and an A16 Bionic chip, these smartphones are full of new features, hidden behind an almost unchanged design.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Max aren’t the only ones making their debut during Apple’s back-to-school keynote. The manufacturer announces their two companions, the most advanced smartphones labeled Pro. The duo benefits from an even more exclusive technical sheet, which not only benefits from all the new features in the photography department, but also from the new A16 Bionic chip. This is certainly one of the points we will keep from this conference: if Apple has always equipped its iPhone series with an identical chip, this year it separates its “classic” and “pro” series, which alone inherit the new SoC . As always, this is advertised to be both more powerful and less energy-intensive.

Ultra-bright screens

Both smartphones, running iOS 16 of course, retain the design of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, at least from the rear. From the front, we remember the abandonment of the notch, which until then seemed unbreakable. Apple is replacing it with an elongated hole to better accommodate its Face ID module. This notch is accompanied by Dynamic Island: the interface takes advantage of the dark space pierced on the screen to display brief information on a black background. Music in progress, call duration or even connected devices are thus displayed around the punch, this information can be developed with a single click.

For the rest, there are 6.1 and 6.7 inch Oled screens that display a resolution of 460 dpi and offer a dynamic refresh rate that the LTPO screen requires. What’s new here is the screen’s maximum brightness, set at 1600 nits under standard conditions and 2000 nits when viewing HDR content. A powerful record that we will not fail to evaluate in our laboratories. We must also add that the two smartphones benefit from the Always-on Display function, which allows information and notifications to be displayed on the screen when locked.

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As always, Apple remains silent on the matter of RAM that comes with its A16 Bionic chip, but remember that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max each included 6GB. On the storage side, each model offers 128GB to 1TB of space. Apple also promises greatly improved autonomy. It’s worth noting in passing that USB-C is not yet available on devices. To recharge them, you still need a Lightning cable this year, the manufacturer still prefers its proprietary connectors.

New photo sensors

More than these classic technical elements, it is obviously the shooting that Apple focuses on its new smartphones. And for the first time, the Cupertino company abandons the 12-megapixel sensors that fit the two or three modules of its devices. Its latest born actually has a back photoblock whose main module points to 48 Mpx. A first for the apple, which also produces a focal length equivalent to 24 mm and an aperture of f/1.78. The fruity company promises much better quality night shots, supported by the ISP integrated in the A16 Bionic. Note that the ProRAW function allows the need to utilize the sensor’s 48 Mpx, the other images come out with 12 Mpx thanks to pixel binding.

Smartphones are also equipped with two other sensors of 12 Mpx each, one with an ultra-wide angle and the other with a 3x telephoto lens, with an intermediate level of 2x.

Price and availability

The iPhone 14 Pro goes on sale on September 16 after a pre-order period from September 9. Apple announces a launch from €1329 for the iPhone 14 Pro and €1479 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, available from 128 GB to 1 TB.

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