Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Ditches Notch For Much More Useful ‘Dynamic Island’
By Alexa Heah, 08 Sep 2022
It’s finally here: After a year of waiting, Apple has finally unveiled its new lineup of smartphones, with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max boasting an entirely new design.
Gone is the controversial notch, which has now been replaced by a ‘Dynamic Island’, or what the company is calling “an intuitive way to experience the iPhone,” together with the launch of its Always-On display.
All-New Dynamic Island
This innovative addition to the iPhone blurs the line between hardware and software.
At first appearing as a pill, but later adapting in real-time to feature important alerts and notifications, the interactive display works with applications to provide on-the-go information, including live sports scores, music, or other Live Activities.
Plus, without impending content on the screen, the feature will allow users to access controls more conveniently just with a simple tap and hold.
Apple says the notch replacement “can work with all kinds of apps… to seamlessly surface what you need, right when you need it.”
Here’s a preview of how the much more functional Dynamic Island appears and works:
To accommodate the addition, Apple has redesigned its TrueDepth front camera to take up less space.
Updated Pro Camera System
As Apple put it, the camera system on the iPhone 14 Pro lineup “pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone,” enabling both amateurs and professionals to capture the best shots wherever they go.
The firm has updated its Photonic Engine, offering better mid- to low-light performance. By applying Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging process, users will now get to experience a significant increase in the quality of pictures with greater detail, better textures, and more vibrant colors.
This is also the first time the smartphone will feature a new 48MP main camera, which comes with a quad-pixel sensor that adapts to the image being taken, with an additional second-generation sensor shift for optical image stabilization.
Crash Detection & Emergency SOS
Not only will your smartphone provide more information at your fingertips or capture better videos, it’ll keep you safer. The entire iPhone 14 lineup will be introducing new safety capabilities that will provide users with emergency assistance when you need it most.
Featuring a new dual-core accelerometer that can detect G-force up to 256Gs, and a new high dynamic range gyroscope, the Crash Detection function can now detect if users are involved in a severe vehicle accident, and will automatically contact emergency services for help.
If you ever find yourself off-the-grid, there’s also the new Emergency SOS feature that connects directly to a satellite, so users can send emergency messages even if they’re located outside cellular or wifi coverage.
More Eco-Friendly Measures
Hoping to minimize the environmental impact of its production, Apple has designed the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with 100% recycled rare earth elements used in all magnets, including those for MagSafe.
Furthermore, 100% recycled tungsten, tin, and gold were used for various components of the smartphones. The devices will come in fiber-based packaging that excludes an outer plastic wrap, a step the brand is taking towards completely plastic-free packaging by 2025.
Head here for more information on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, retailing from US$999.
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