If there’s one takeaway from this year’s keynote, it’s that Apple wants to make all of its devices more useful in practical scenarios. With crash detection and the unique ability to connect to satellites for SOS calls, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro are literally a must-have.
It’s a simple yet BRILLIANT idea. How do you get people who have just spent money on an iPhone 13 to switch to the latest model? A better camera certainly isn’t a compelling reason to spend $999 on a new phone… but if Tim Cook were to say the new iPhone could literally save your life, that’s a stronger reason to switch. Plus, it now leaves Google, Samsung, and the like, as the camera seems to have been the most important piece of hardware and software on a phone for the past decade. The new iPhone 14 and 14 Pro series are not only good iPhones with great cameras, they are now also the potential difference between an emergency and safety.
Before we really talk about the fluff that makes the phone appealing to consumers for everyday use, let’s highlight the two features that absolutely change how people perceive iPhones. The Cras Detection feature, debuting on both the iPhone 14 and the Watch Series 8, is a culmination of millions of studies on how Apple’s hardware can help detect car accidents and alert emergency services in an instant. The company had perfected fall detection over the years, but “Crash Detection” is a completely different game. The phone uses a high-g-force accelerometer, gyroscope, sensors, microphone inputs, machine learning algorithms, and data from the Watch Series 8 (if the victim is wearing one) to detect multiple types of car accidents, including front-end collisions , side, back or eve rolls over different car types, from smaller smart cars to large SUVs. As a result, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro know exactly when you have had an accident and the authorities and emergency services are alerted in an instant. Sure, Android phones have touted auto crash detection features in the recent past, but the iPhone 14 goes beyond its next feature.
Before last year’s keynote, there was speculation that the iPhone would get Low Earth Orbit satellite connectivity, and with the 14 and 14 Pro, it looks like Apple is ready to roll out the feature – well, at least initially. for customers in the US and Canada . The way the phone works is pure hardware ingenuity. Unlike satellite phones that are bulky and come with a huge antenna to help you get cellular coverage in areas with no infrastructure or access, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro simply redesigned their hardware and antennas to use the phone in several intuitive ways. connect to satellites. The phone’s new interface allows you to connect to a satellite by pointing your phone at it. The interface allows you to detect the direction of the satellite, although the caveat is that you must be outdoors and preferably in the open air without obstacles such as trees or foliage blocking the connection. Once connected, you can send texts (which are now compressed to a third of their original space for faster transmission), your location, and even make voice calls. The iPhone’s new SOS user interface also allows you to pre-select the nature of your emergency and your possible environment to aid better search and rescue missions. Your $799 iPhone 14 may now save you from stranded and potentially serious danger.
Now on to the good stuff. Strangely enough, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro come in regular and plus sizes with different nomenclature. The bigger 14 is called the 14 Plus, but the bigger 14 Pro is called the 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 runs on the A15 Bionic chip (something we suspected, given the chip shortage), while the new iPhone 14 Pro has the new A16 Bionic chip (with an entire portion of the chip dedicated to just the interactions around the Dynamic Island). Surprisingly, Apple hasn’t given in to the EU’s demands for a USB-C iPhone, and hasn’t even addressed it in their keynote in a way that makes me think they’re taking a rather firm stance. Other features of the new phones include their always-on display and the ability to save battery by lowering the brightness and drastically lowering the screen refresh rate to just 1 Hz for a battery that literally lasts all day.
The new phones also have better cameras, though that’s not much of a surprise. They work remarkably well in low light, with the iPhone 14 Pro equipped with what Apple calls a quad-pixel sensor for much better performance. Like the movie mode of last year’s iPhones, this year Apple unveiled an action mode for their cameras, offering incredibly stable videos that almost feel like they were shot with expensive movie rigs. The iPhone 14 Pro also offers a 2X mode that works in a unique way by simply cropping some of the 1X mode, but retaining an incredible amount of detail, thanks to that quad-pixel sensor and the 48-megapixel main camera.
The iPhone 14 (below) starts at $799 for the regular model and $899 for the slightly larger 14 Plus, while the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max cost $999 and $1099, respectively. All phones will be available from September 16, except for the iPhone 14 Plus, which will launch 3 weeks later, on October 7, 2022.