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iPhone 14 Pro first look – hands-on with Apple’s ‘total makeover’ mobile a week before release

APPLE’S headline act for 2022 is the iPhone 14 Pro – and I’ve seen it over a WEEK before it’s out.

The posh new blower lands next Friday but I got a rare few moments with it at Apple’s launch event in California.


The iPhone 14 Pro is an attractive bit of kitCredit: The Sun
The iPhone 14 in the foreground, and iPhone 14 Pro in the background


The iPhone 14 in the foreground, and iPhone 14 Pro in the backgroundCredit: The Sun

It looks as good as it does in the pictures. Maybe even better.

Let’s start from the top: there are two versions, namely the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

They’re more powerful, prettier and pricier alternatives to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

The big obvious difference compared to last year’s iPhone Pro models is the design.

The ”notch” at the top of the screen is gone.

It was introduced with the iPhone X to house the Face ID module.

But Apple has shrunk this to fit in a small pill-shaped cut-out at the top of the display.

The new ”mini notch” is actually called the Dynamic Island.

This will expand and contract based on what you’re doing.

For instance, it can instantly expand into a notification through a smooth animation.

The demo footage actually looks really good: Apple has managed to turn a screen cut-out into a compelling feature.

The Dynamic Island can show music album art, taxi journey ETAs, and can even split into two different elements if you’re multitasking.

The iPhone 14 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen.

And the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a larger 6.7-inch display.

These are the same sizes as the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

They offer peak brightness of 2,000 nits – the highest in any smartphone.

Apple has finally added an always-on display to the iPhone.

It’s a feature available on rival devices already, and appears on recent Apple Watch models too.

You’ll be able to see the time and widgets constantly, with what Apple says is minimal power draw. That means don’t worry about battery life.

It comes at a good time, as Apple has just revamped the Lock Screen with iOS 16.

Unlike the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro is getting a major processing upgrade.

The new Pro model features Apple’s custom-built A16 chipset.

It’s got 16billion transistors – tiny electronic switches that make computing happen – the most ever in an iPhone.

Apple says it’s the fastest chip on any smartphone in the world.

In fact, Apple claims it’s 40% faster than the competition.

And the chip uses 20% less power than last year’s A15 Bionic processor.

In terms of colours, you’ve got new Space Black and Purple options, as well as Silver and Gold.

The purple is particularly attractive.

Apple says the new iPhone 14 Pro cameras are better than anything we’ve seen so far.

The cameras offer up to 2x better low-light capture.

That’s a big deal, as smartphones have always struggled in the dark due to their small sensor size.

So expect your drunken nightclub photos to capture more shocking detail than ever before.

A few more things to note about the iPhone 14 Pro.

It’s got a 460-pixels-per-inch display.

And the new ultra-wide camera offers 3x improvement for light capture in photos.

You’ll pay $999 for the iPhone 14 Pro, and $1,099 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max in the US.

And Brits will pay £1,099 for the iPhone 14 Pro and £1,199 for its bigger sibling.

Storage options go right up to a whopping 1TB.

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The pre-order date is September 9, and the release date is September 16.

It could be a contender for phone of the year – stay tuned for our full review in the coming weeks.

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