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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max Review – Dynamic Island?

The iPhone 14 pro max is an incremental upgrade over the already awesome iPhone 13 Pro Max. It is the same design as last year expect the front display. Both iPhone 14 pro and 14 pro max are the same except for display size and battery. Everything else between them is the same. The headlining features of both phones are the new display, camera setup, and the ability to make satellite communication in an emergency.

iPhone 14 Pro’s All new Display and Notch (Dynamic Island)

Flying through all the hype, the rumors were finally true. Apple completely redesigned the front of both pro phones. However, the iPhone 14 Plus and 14 are still using the same display notch which was introduced in the iPhone X back in 2017. The notch has now officially got a name eg Dynamic Island. Despite a terrible name, it is best looking and much smaller as compared to the 13 Pro Max. The new display is brighter than the previous model. Now it supports peak brightness of up to 2000nits which makes the display very comfortable to use outdoors. On top of that, it features a 120Hz refresh rate which makes feel iOS 16 buttery smooth.

The dynamic island comes with extremely well-thought-out features that Apple has implemented in iOS 16. It now expands and contracts based on what is happening on the screen. It serves as a new notification area. Phone calls, reminders, alarms, media playback, and all other notifications are now shown on the dynamic island (The Notch). This gives the whole UI and much interactive and cleaner look. The iPhone 14 pro max also support Always On Display. Apple’s new iPhone can finally take full advantage of LTPO Amoled Display. There is a variety of new clock styles and widgets that can be used on always on display.


The New 48 MP Camera in iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple has been sticking with the 12MP camera setup for a very long time. For the first time, they introduced a higher resolution 48MP Camera in the iPhone 14 Pro. It is one of the best smartphone cameras in the world. The iPhone 14 features rock-solid optical and electronic image stabilization which takes the video recording capabilities of the iPhone camera to the next level. The new sensor is even bigger than last year. This makes the low light photography very good on both iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max. Shots taken from them are much better than the iPhone 13 pro max images which was already a world-class smartphone camera.

The selfie camera is also a great shooter. It is not an ultrawide lens like the iPad pro which tracks the subject in a video call. But still, it is complete overkill for a selfie shooter. The image focus of moving subjects is also very good and the stock camera app comes with every feature that you ever need for best-in-class shots. The triple camera setup in the new iPhone 14 pro is complete and you cannot go wrong with it.

Inside the world’s most Hyped smartphone (iPhone 14 Pro Max)

All iPhone 14 series models including iPhone 14 plus are equipped with Apple A16 Bionic chip. It is a slight performance bump over the iPhone 13 pro max, thanks to the 4nm fabrication process. The chipset in iPhone 13 pro max was already a beast so you cannot expect too many performance improvements in the iPhone 14. This was the reason that in the event, Apple compared the performance with a two-year-old iPhone 12 Pro Max rather than a comparison with 13 Pro Max. The A16 Bionic is still more powerful than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Samsung Exynos 2200. While being more powerful, it is also more energy efficient. Apple has also improved the thermal solution in the new iPhone to ensure optimal performance even under heavy load.

Sattelite Communication in iPhone 14 Pro Max

The headlining feature of the new pro iPhones is emergency calls and messages via satellite communication services. Apple has become the first brand to introduce such emergency services in the iPhone. The tesla phone from Elon Musk was also rumored to have these features, but the tesla phone is still un-launched. On top of iPhone satellite communication capabilities, it can also detect crashes and car accidents using the gyroscope, GPS, and other sensors. According to Apple, the iPhone 14 pro max crash detection service uses an advanced AI system that has been trained very well. There is no way to test this feature but Apple demonstrated this emergency feature where we can see the iPhone 14 pro making an emergency call after 8 seconds of a car crash.

Battery Life

Having the best performance and world-class camera can only be enjoyable if you can use those features uninterrupted. Both the smaller and bigger iPhones are all-day phones. Their battery will last till the end of the day even under a heavy usage day. They support fast wire charging and fast wireless charging as well. The always-on feature does not dramatically affect the battery life of the iPhone. It consumes fewer energy thanks to the low refresh rate of only 1Hz thanks to the LTPO variable refresh rate display. The battery life of the iPhone 14 Pro max is slightly better than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The Verdict

The iPhone 14 has come with numerous changes and improvements as compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max which was an iPhone 12 Pro max with a promotion display and upgraded chip. After the iPhone X, this is the first time Apple has changed the design and aesthetics of the iPhone. The new iPhone is also the first ever iPhone to be launched with a 48MP Camera. Overall if you are a power iPhone user then the iPhone 14 Pro Max is our top recommendation.


What is Dynamic Island in the iPhone 14?

The iPhone 14 Pro series comes with a re-designed notch that houses the front-facing camera and face id sensors. This new notch is called Dynamic Island.

What is the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max?

The base variant starts at $1099 with 128GB of Storage and 6GB of RAM.

Does iPhone 14 pro support a physical sim in the US?

The LLA (US ) variant of the iPhone 14 pro max does not support a physical SIM card. Alternatively, an eSIM can be used on the iPhone. In other regions, iPhone 14 series still support physical SIM and they have a physical sim tray.

Is it worth upgrading from iPhone 13 Pro Max to an iPhone 14 Pro Max?

The iPhone 13 pro max is similar to the iPhone 14 pro max in many categories. If you cannot ignore the new Dynamic Island notch and 48MP Camera then it is worth upgrading to the newer model.




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