We have summarized in four important points what you need to know about the new Apple smartphones

No real revolution can be expected from the new iPhone 14s announced during the keynote from September 7, although Apple is developing, for some of them, some interesting novelties. To save you from sifting through the technical sheets of each iPhone 14, “20 Minutes” summarizes what is important to know.

We quickly move to the entry-level, which includes the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13 and shows little change, except for their price. It takes 1,029 euros minimum for the iPhone 14 and 1,169 euros for the iPhone 14 Plus (128 GB)! It is almost 100 euros more compared to the previous generation! We’re frankly disappointed that Apple didn’t offer an iPhone 14 Mini, which is more accessible.

1. Better stability

The main improvement at the entry level is still the announced larger sensor and brighter optics. But above all, a new “Action” mode should provide better stabilization, a bit like when Apple puts a GoPro on its iPhones. We’re waiting to see how it actually looks on video (in Dolby Vison). Protected against rain and dust (IP68 standard), the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are also protected by Apple’s Ceramic Shield glass, which is quite durable. And they are compatible with satellite communications (see box).

Thanks to the new gyroscope and accelerometer, the new iPhone 14 detects when you are the victim of a road accident. – ARRESTING

A new accelerometer and a new gyroscope allow them to recognize if you are the victim of a traffic accident. If you lose consciousness, the emergency services and some relatives whose contact details you previously recorded will be alerted (this function is also deployed on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, but also the new Apple Watch Series 8, SE 2 and Ultra).

2 – Better interactivity

Common to the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max (sold from 1,329 euros and 1,479 euros for 6.1 and 6.7 inches, ie 200 euros more than the previous generation!), the “Dynamic Island” should add a little more fun to the Apple experience. Yes, there is something new on the screen!

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max show a new feature at the top of the screen called
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max show a new feature at the top of the screen called “Dynamic Island”. – ARRESTING

Superimposed on the front notch at the top of the screen of the terminals, it is a new and small dynamic and animated interface that is constantly activated relaying information from certain applications (Maps, Music, Timer…). This information thus remains permanently visible. It looks very practical and quite ergonomic, and we can’t wait to use it. It’s also a safe bet that developers will take over this “Dynamic Island” to imagine new features!

3 – Finally a “Always Show” mode.

Hopefully with strong legs, the “Always on” mode will appear, but again, only on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. This is not new: many Android smartphones offer this function that allows, on a locked and dark screen that consumes little energy, to keep showing the time, some widgets and notifications.

Apple inaugurated it and argued that it was made possible thanks to the new Bionic 16 chip that equips the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, but also to their new screen with a refresh rate of 1 Hz to 120 Hz. 1 Hz is the frequency used by “Always on Display”. These same screens that, with a brightness of up to 2000 beds (two times that of the iPhone 13 pro) should be a serious partner for playing games and watching videos.

4 – A new sensor for pros

The iPhone 14 Pro also has the same presence with a new main photo sensor of 48 megapixels. It is quad pixels. It assumes that each pixel is made up of four sub-pixels. This technology is also called “pixel binning”. Already developed in Android, it allows information collected in sub-pixels to be combined into a larger pixel. The result is more detailed and bright photos, especially in low light.

iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and Pro Max: Apple presented its new ones on September 7.
iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and Pro Max: Apple presented its new ones on September 7. – APPLE

The photos taken are taken by default at 12 megapixels, so as not to take up too much phone memory, but more beautiful. Advanced photographers can still work at 48 megapixels using Apple’s ProRAW mode. This will allow them to accurately retouch in post-production from raw and uncompressed files. The 48 megapixel sensor on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is supported by a second 12 megapixel wide-angle sensor and an optical telephoto lens up to 3x. In video, 4K up to 24 fps or 30 fps is on board (in Dolby Vision).

It remains to be seen whether these technical advances will translate into more beautiful pictures in the eyes of the public. And pro photographers will answer the “present” call from the foot of Apple.

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