Now that you’ve read a dozen articles on the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, and you’ve pre-ordered one of the new iPhones, here are some details you may have missed.
Apple announced the new iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, and we took a look at some details you may have missed. While waiting for the full tests, here is what the technical sheets, tools and other documentation from Apple have to teach us.
If you missed Apple’s keynote, you can find all the new features in our summary.
New accelerometer up to 256g
Among the changes, the iPhone 14s uses a new acceleration sensor designed to measure up to 256g. The goal is to identify accidents, among other things.
The so-called g-force refers to loads due to strong differences in the size and/or direction of speed, for example, in the human body. 1 g (1 g = 9.81 m/s²) is the daily acceleration you feel on Earth due to gravity. For anecdote, when Max Verstappen collided with Lewis Hamilton during the last Formula 1 season at the British Grand Prix, 51 g acted on the driver.
However, the iPhone not only determines the g-forces, but also the air pressure through the gyrometer. This is what allows it to effectively detect an accident, and avoid – if possible – false alarms. The smartphone can also identify loud noises from an accident, which helps improve detection. Apple has developed new dedicated algorithms that support all variables and data.
The satellite SOS function is, at present, very limited
As the rumors say, the iPhone now has a satellite connection. Apple has partnered with the American company Globalstar. Like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, this American company has a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit.
We know that 95% of the Globalstar network is dedicated to Apple, an investment of more than $450 million from the iPhone maker. As a reminder, the satellite connection is currently only used in emergencyto send a message to a call center, but also for function Search if you lose your iPhone.
This function is available on all iPhone 14, however accessible only in the United States and Canada. The feature is expected to be available only in an iOS 16 update due in November. Rest assured, this operation can be done for foreign tourists traveling to North America. So you can explore America’s best parks with peace of mind.
For Americans, the option is free for two years, then paid. If we look at the huge investment of several hundred million dollars, it seems reasonable that we can find this function all over the world. You can even imagine a real connection to the Internet in the long term. So with one exception, iPhones sold in China, Hong Kong or Macao do not have the function. A political reason, one that can be imagined.
Finally, Elon Musk explained that there are “promising” discussions with Apple for the iPhone 14 and Starlink satellite technology. He recently explained that the Starlink network is ready to work on smartphones. This function can be changed faster than expected.
We’ve had some good conversations with Apple about Starlink connectivity. The iPhone team is obv super smart.
Sure, closing the link from space to the phone works best if the phone’s software and hardware adapts to space-based signals versus Starlink which just mimics the cell tower.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 8, 2022
Bluetooth 5.3 is present in all new iPhone 14 models.
This new standard has been integrated to be perfectly compatible with the new 2nd generation AirPods Pro with the H2 chip, which also offers Bluetooth 5.3.
The new standard supports Bluetooth LE Audio and the LC3 codec, which is already in the beta firmware of the AirPods Max. However, Apple has not yet officially commented on the use of these new standards and codecs.
(Almost) eSIM only
Another notable innovation is the absence of a SIM slot on the iPhone 14s.
At least in the US, Apple is selling the new iPhone 14 models with dual eSIM support. In France, differently, the iPhone 14 still has a drawer for the nano SIM card. Dual SIM is supported by two eSIM or one nano SIM and one eSIM.
A 48 megapixel camera that takes photos at 12 megapixels
The big change in the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro is the 48-megapixel main sensor, whose native pixel size of 1.22µm is smaller than the 1.9µm of last year’s 12-megapixel sensor. The lens used, with an aperture of f/1.78, also lets in less light than last year’s f/1.5 model.
This sensor is 65% larger than the iPhone 13 Pro. What appears to be an improvement is not, this increase is not due to the size of the pixels, but to the definition, which only requires more space.
To get better, sharper and brighter photos, Apple used the 4:1 pixel binning method of 12 megapixels. The iPhone 14 combines pixels with each other to make them brighter.
The fake 2x mode
If you look at the iPhone 14 Pro specs, it says “2x 12MP telephoto: 48mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture.” In addition to the 3x telephoto lens, and the ultra wide-angle, there is a 2x telephoto lens. If you look at the back of the iPhone 14 Pro… there are only three cameras.
This x2 mode is actually digital only. Apple uses the new 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, it cuts the central area of the image to compensate for x2 magnification with a focal length of 48mm. This is what we found in the Pixel 6, for example.
The Apple A16 Bionic is almost more powerful than the A15, but it is more efficient
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have a new Apple silicon chip, the A16 Bionic, which is carved in 4nm instead of 5nm and has 16 billion transistors – 6.7% more than the A15 Bionic.
It got very little on the show, but was reported to be very effective. This explains why Apple makes little comparison with its old chips.
In fact, the two new CPU performance cores in the A16 Bionic require 20% less energy than the P-Cores in the A15 Bionic. The Neural Engine has improved slightly and now has 17 instead of 15.8 billion TOPS. For the graphics unit, which is still equipped with five cores, Apple mentions only a 50% higher memory bandwidth.
Light up to 2000 cd/m² in a specific case
The A16 Bionic also has a new display engine that enables a 1Hz refresh rate, Always on, higher screen brightness and advanced anti-aliasing for Dynamic Island animation.
The standard brightness has not changed, it is still at 1000 cd/m² in the iPhone 14, but in peak brightness with HDR mode, Apple now goes to 1600 cd/m² instead of 1200 cd/m². In addition, a new outdoor mode has been added, which should reach up to 2000 cd/m² at peak.
Note that there is no change in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. The Oled screen is the same as last year and still has a brightness of 800 cd/m² in normal conditions and 1,200 cd/m² for HDR content. In fact, not much has changed over the standard iPhone 14s.
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