iPhone 14 Pro Review

The pinnacle of Apple’s iPhone technology is represented by the iPhone 14 Pro. This 6.1-inch gadget is not too big and boasts a great always-on display and a new dynamic island on the front. With the faster and more efficient A16 Bionic chip than its competitors, it maintains its performance advantage and the upgraded camera array will satisfy all but the picky smartphone photographers. If you need the largest iPhone screen with this phone’s performance, the more expensive 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max is a better choice.

Short Review of iPhone 14 Pro

If you came here straight from our iPhone 14 Pro Max review, here’s the TL;DR: Other than size and battery life, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are almost identical. Almost all specifications and, in short, the corresponding performance apply here. This phone is more portable and slightly less expensive.

If this is your first time reading the iPhone 14 series review, be prepared because there will be a lot of information to cover.

Without A Notch

The iPhone 14 Pro is the best iPhone available in many ways. Alongside the Pro Max, it’s the first iPhone in five years to come without a notch. It has plenty of new features, and the improved adaptive-refresh-rate screen, pixel binning for photography, and always-on display finally bring the iPhone 14 Pro series in line with its Android rivals.

Undoubtedly, part of this seems to be Apple catching up, but we’re sure Apple doesn’t see things that way, and probably shouldn’t. When it feels that a feature is ready and will best benefit users, Apple adds it to the iPhone lineup. It’s important to note that Apple doesn’t fully utilize most of these functionalities. The zoom range of the camera is not increased. We do get additional zoom options. There’s pixel binning, though it’s limited to four pixels per giant pixel instead of the nine on Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra.

We’d argue that Apple struck the right balance in some areas, such as the 48MP sensor on the primary camera, but we’d really like more in others, including zoom capabilities.


But the iPhone 14 Pro is not devoid of innovative innovations. First, all US iPhone 14 handsets will now use SIM instead of SIM slots, which is a bit of a risky move. While the Switch seems to be working well, we’ll be interested to hear from buyers later this month if they share our thoughts.

We believe the biggest innovation is the new Dynamic Island. TrueDepth module notch was introduced with iPhone X. It’s a creative approach to retiring the notch while keeping much of the technology that makes Face ID, selfies, and front-facing AR functions so useful.

The dynamic island, which combines hardware and software, is touch-sensitive, floats a few millimeters from the top edge, and is highly spongy. When you see how it changes, like a call comes in, ask yourself, “How did Apple do that?”

All things considered, it’s still a great iPhone. It looks completely different, but it looks completely familiar thanks to the new screen technology, which has insane brightness and, finally, an always-on display that works at 1Hz (the screen can adapt from 10 Hz to 120 Hz when awake). Although Apple is still reluctant to give us more than three times optical zoom, photography is excellent.

The A16 Bionic processor delivers smooth and fast performance, and the more efficient CPU seems to deliver better battery life for all-day use.

It’s funny that we’re applauding Apple for not raising prices (at least not in the US), but given the supply shortages and restrictions, as well as the rising cost of everything (even Apple), it’s a pleasant surprise.

In fact, this is the phone we always want to keep with us.

iPhone 14 Pro price and availability

  • 128GB: $999 / £1,099 / AU$1,749
  • 256GB: $1099 / £1,209 / AU$1,899
  • 512GB: $1,299 / £1,429 / AU$2,249
  • 1TB     : $1,499 / £1,649 / AU$2,599

On September 7, 2022, Apple released the iPhone 14 series, which includes the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 were available from September 9, and the phones – apart from the 14 Plus, which debuted on October 7 – went on sale on September 16.

If you’ve already decided on the iPhone 14 Pro, check out our list of top iPhone 14 deals to find the lowest prices on Apple’s new flagship device.

The standard 128GB version of the iPhone 14 Pro costs $999 / £1,099 / AU$1,749, and has storage options up to 1TB. Unlike most Android phones there is no option to increase the RAM beyond the default 6GB.

Value Ranking: 4/5

Specification of iPhone 14 Pro

AnnouncedSeptember 07, 2022
First ReleaseSeptember 16, 2022
Dimensions147.5 x 71.5 x 7.9 mm
Weight206 g
BuildGlass front (Corning-made glass), 
glass back (Corning-made glass), 
stainless steel frame
SIMNano-SIM and eSIM – International
TypeLTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision
Size6.1 inches, 91.7 cm2 (~87.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1179 x 2556 pixels
ProtectionCeramic Shield glass
Operating SystemiOS 16, upgradable to iOS 17.0.3
ChipsetApple A16 Bionic (4 nm)
GPUApple GPU (5-core graphics)
Card SlotNo
Internal128GB/ 6GB RAM, 
256GB/ 6GB RAM, 
512GB/ 6GB RAM, 
Triple48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide),

12 MP, f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto)

12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide)
FeaturesDual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
Single12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide)
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
FeaturesHDR, Cinematic mode
Video4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
WLANWi-Fi 802.11, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth5.3, A2DP, LE
USBLightning, USB 2.0
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Ultra Wideband (UWB) support

Emergency SOS via satellite (SMS sending/receiving)
TypeLi-Ion 3200 mAh, non-removable (12.38 Wh)
ChargingWired, PD2.0, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
15W wireless (MagSafe)
ColorsSpace Black, Silver, Gold, Deep Purple
ModelsA2890, A2650, A2889, A2892, iphone15,2
DisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
CameraPhoto / Video
Loudspeaker-26.4 LUFS (Good)
Battery lifeEndurance rating 86h

iPhone 14 Pro Design

  • The components and chassis design remain the same.
  • Your Apple cord is still functional.
  • Some of the most interesting new technologies are on the screen.

Although Apple hasn’t completely redesigned the iPhone design language with its most recent models, the iPhone 14 Pro—along with its big brother, the iPhone 14 Pro Max—represents a welcome update to the lineup.

The iPhone 14 Pro looks almost identical to the iPhone 13 Pro from the back. Both phones’ stunningly bright screens are protected by Apple’s Ceramic Shield. A transparent material that contains ceramic crystals for extra screen protection (we didn’t drop the phone to test it). Both phones are made of stainless steel with brushed glass back.

There are minor variations in the chassis. The iPhone 14 Pro is slightly thicker and taller than the iPhone 13 Pro, weighing just 2 grams more, measuring 71.5 x 147.5 x 7.85 mm and weighing 206 grams. Since the ratios are so close, we dare anyone to spot the difference. The iPhone 14 Pro also fits perfectly in an iPhone 13 Pro case.


The volume buttons, mute slider, and power/sleep/Siri buttons are still located; Apple hasn’t changed their stance. The speaker grills, microphone port, and yes, even the lighting port are all the same. The iPhone will eventually have a USB-C port, but not today.

For US users, there is one obvious external difference: there is no SIM slot above or below the volume control. Rather, all iPhone 14 models available in the US are eSIM only. Although the design is neat and attractive, it remains to be seen how US customers will respond to the interior changes. The good news is the setup was really easy.

iPhone 14 is still resistant to dust and water. We dunked the phone in the sink to verify Apple’s claims, and the result was water running out the back of the iPhone.

The back camera array includes three lenses (12MP ultrawide, 12MP 3x telephoto, and 48MP) in addition to a LiDAR sensor. While all the camera lenses look a bit bigger, everything else is basically the same as the iPhone 13 Pro. All lenses now have new sensors supporting them. The array as a whole has been revised with the addition of a new ambient light sensor and a revised flash.

This design mostly hides its biggest improvements until you turn on the display. But don’t get me wrong: the iPhone 14 Pro is more than just the iPhone 13 Pro with a nice new black color job. It is a more powerful smartphone that is more practical due to Dynamic Island.

Design Ranking: 4.5/5

iPhone 14 Pro Cameras

  • Finally, a 48MP quad-pixel sensor
  • TrueDepth camera gains autofocus
  • Upgrades across the board for the three-lens array

Although Apple hasn’t changed the layout of the camera array, the three rear cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro are almost entirely new. There are three lenses:

  • 48MP wide (24mm f/2.8)
  • 12MP ultra-wide (13mm f/2.2)
  • 12MP telephoto (77mm f/2.8)

There are new lenses and bigger sensors, and the 48MP sensor is undoubtedly the most interesting camera. It’s Apple’s first pixel-binning sensor, combining four pixels into one large effective pixel to produce 12MP photos with improved color fidelity and low-light performance. While it’s hardly revolutionary—Samsung has been using pixel-binning for a while, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 108MP camera with nine-pixel binning capabilities—I’m glad Apple adopted it.

Full-resolution raw photography is now possible with the 48MP sensor, but you must select this feature in the camera settings; It’s not available by default in the Camera app.

Uncompressed photos, or raw images, give you more creative freedom when editing in programs like Adobe Photoshop and mobile apps like Adobe Lightroom (you can also edit them with the iPhone’s built-in camera app). We used Lightroom to edit some DNG files we downloaded to our PC and enjoyed that extra level of control, though most people won’t need it.

Ultra-wide camera

The images we captured confirm that the ultra-wide camera now boasts a larger sensor for improved low-light performance while maintaining a 120-degree field of view. Although we enjoy wide-angle photography, macro photography is our real passion.

We weren’t all that impressed when Apple introduced macros to the iPhone 13 Pro—at least not at first—because users couldn’t choose when it was enabled. This is not the case with the iPhone 14 Pro’s macro mode, which uses an ultra-wide lens. It’s obviously using the new sensor’s better light performance and sharper lens, resulting in incredibly beautiful close-up shots.

However, we wish Apple had used a 12MP telephoto lens with more than 3x optical zoom. It’s a decent camera, but the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has an absurdly high interpolated 100x space zoom in addition to the 10x optical zoom. Moreover, taking attractive photos of the moon with an iPhone is unattainable.

Zoom photos

Apple’s 48MP camera has a central 12MP area that can be used for 2x zoom photos. This means that instead of having a separate lens, the additional zoom option is essentially a component of the primary sensor. This means the same lens can produce both stunning 2x zoom images and 12MP pixel-binned stills. It is a great tool for taking portrait-mode photos.

Regarding video, Apple has improved the Cinematic mode to accommodate 4K 30 frames per second. You will feel like a professional cinematographer every time you use this mode and the footage looks great.

Additionally, the Camera app has a new video mode called Action, which you can access by tapping the little running-man icon in the top right. The digital stabilization technology used in this mode eliminates excessive movement until the focal point of your video is a smooth subject. Action mode shooting is fine until you realize you’re losing visual information with each shot, as it’s up to 2.8K instead of 4K.

We don’t really miss the 8K video, even though Apple hasn’t introduced it.

All things considered, this is a good imaging system, and part of the reason is undoubtedly Apple’s new Photonic Engine, which advances Apple’s Deep Fusion image technology to the front of the pipeline and applies it to uncompressed images, improving lighting and color performance. (If you’re interested, you can read more about it in our comprehensive explanation of the iPhone 14 camera).

While Apple could have done better in terms of megapixels and zoom, the iPhone 14 Pro marks something unique in the history of Apple iPhone photography technology and, based on our usage, continues to rank among the best camera phones available.

Camera Score: 4/5

iPhone 14 Pro Display

  • Brighter than ever, 
  • 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • Groove is over
  • A clever fix is ​​Dynamic Island.
  • The iPhone experience is transformed by Always-On.

The iPhone 14 Pro’s screen is slightly more pixel-rich than the iPhone 13 Pro’s, measuring 2556 x 1179. Apple did not improve the screen resolution of this model. Still, Apple has reimagined a familiar element of the screen. This Super Retina XDR OLED is built around an entirely new feature called Dynamic Island.

With a screen resolution of 2556 x 1179, the iPhone 14 Pro has a slightly higher pixel density than the iPhone 13 Pro. Apple has not improved the screen resolution of this model. Still, Apple has reinvented a well-known aspect of the screen. The Super Retina XDR OLED is centered around a brand-new function called Dynamic Island.

To be clear, things are not going that way. Since it has two actual screen cutouts (one round, one pill-shaped), a black island around them, and some active pixels in between, the term “dynamic island” is a bit misleading.

Behind those cutouts sits a new 12MP selfie camera with an IR sensor, a flood illuminator, and improved autofocus capabilities. The former proximity sensor of the TrueDepth module is now located behind the display.

Dynamic islands

Apple created a fluid space by mixing pixel-free sections with physical black, black surrounding them, and live pixels surrounding dynamic islands. These cutouts are fixed, do not change in size, and are not covered by pixels. Apple’s antialiasing between these pixels, the main screen’s pixels, and the island’s dead space are partly responsible for this fluidity.

When someone registers their face for Face ID, the dynamic island enlarges and provides a real-time image to capture that face. Apple Music is playing the island enlarges to display a live audio playback graph. When a call is received, it magnifies to reveal the caller. It can be touched to switch between activities.

With all these touches, there’s a danger you could fool the selfie camera. But when we used it, there were no lines. We believe the phone’s oleophobic coating contributes to preventing lens smudges.

Clever Combination

This clever combination of software, hardware, and interface design is impressive. It will work with both third-party and native iPhone apps. Many phone screens have cutouts and punch holes; No one has ever done anything similar.

An additional improvement on the iPhone 14 Pro (and Pro Max) is the adjustable refresh rate of the flagship display, which once again starts at 10 Hz and goes up to 120 Hz. More static content uses slower refresh rates, while games and films require faster ones. Because of its versatility, the screen uses less power when not updating the display. We’ll add that although the technology is difficult to verify, screen motion always looks fluid.

Refresh Rate

14 Pro line has an additional refresh rate number key of 1Hz. This is for the iPhone 14 Pro’s new always-on display feature. It took Apple a while to add this feature to the iPhone, but now that it’s here. I’m happy to report that it surpasses many of its rivals — it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing and vibrant always-on screens we’ve ever had. ever met. It has lost its color and brightness, yes, but not completely. Additionally, it displays a wide range of helpful data, including widgets, photos, information about media playback, and data from the redesigned lock screen in iOS 16.

A click of the Power/Sleep button enables or disables the always-on display. Which turns on automatically when the screen goes to sleep. You can turn it off completely by adjusting a setting under Settings/Display and Brightness. Also, tapping the screen wakes it up. We find ourselves wondering why it took us so long to get an iPhone with an eye-catching display.

The iPhone 14 Pro’s display can go from incredibly dull and sluggish (that’s 1Hz) to brilliantly bright when needed. The Super Retina XDR OLED has a 1,000-nit baseline brightness but can reach 1,600 nits HDR brightness and 2,000 nits outdoors. Thanks to its new brightness capabilities, we never had any problems reading the outdoor screen. But be aware that using this maximum brightness level for long periods of time will reduce battery life.

Display score: 5/5

iPhone 14 Pro Performance

  • Sixteen billion transistors
  • The A16 Bionic performs better than the A15
  • The 4-nanometer method works better.
  • System-accessible RAM is good, but what else can it do?

The A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 Pro has mostly been replaced by Apple’s latest chips from the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. Which also retains the 13 Pro’s additional GPU cores. With one billion more transistors than the A15, the A16 Bionic boasts a 6-core CPU, 5-core GPU, and 16-core neural engine. It is built on more efficient 4-nanometer technology.

Although not significant, the benchmark numbers are higher than the A15. The Samsung Galaxy S22 performs similarly to the recently released iPhone 14 Pro. So we can’t detect a real-life difference based on Geekbench 5 results, even if it still beats Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In short, most smartphones and their users don’t need the power that new mobile CPUs offer. Its power efficiency and, of course, the AI ​​engines that power things like power management and augmented reality features might be the more notable features of this silicon.

Performance score: 5/5

iPhone 14 Pro Battery

  • 13 promises a slightly longer lifespan than the Pro.
  • If used regularly for various tasks, the whole day, day and night, is achievable.
  • When used outdoors, a significantly brighter screen can drain the battery more quickly.

The iPhone 14 Pro’s battery capacity has not been made public by Apple. Instead, Apple guarantees a battery life that’s slightly longer than the iPhone 13 Pro (23 hours of video play, vs. 22 hours for the 13 Pro). These improvements are likely a result of the new adaptive refresh rate. It increased the efficiency of the 4-nanometer A16 Bionic rather than a larger battery.

Our experience suggests that we can get through a full day of video streaming on the phone. We can also use the phone in direct sunlight and force the screen to adjust to its maximum brightness of 2,000 nits.

Only a USB-C to Lightning cable is included with the phone; No power converter is included. However, if you buy the 20W dedicated charger, Apple claims you can reach 50% charge in 30 minutes, and our testing verified this claim. Despite this, the iPhone 14 Pro still lacks fast charging, much like the iPhone 13 Pro.

The phone also supports Qi-based charging and MagSafe.

Battery Score: 4/5

iPhone 14 Pro Audio

The iPhone 14 Pro sports stereo speakers, as previously announced. One speaker is located along the bottom edge of the phone and the other is along its top edge.

These speakers can go pretty loud without creating audible distortion. Additionally, they enable Dolby Atmos spatial audio, so we played Stranger Things from Netflix on our phones to test the sound quality. The presentation is made much more awesome by the surround sound effects and enhanced audio quality.

Furthermore, it’s a powerful party machine that’s loud enough to fill a room and entertain your friends. Apple Music has a good collection of spatial audio, and Harry Styles’ comment that “it’s not what it used to be in this world” is enjoyable to listen to.

Audio Score: 4.8/5

iPhone 14 Pro E-SIM And Satelite Connectivity

While there may be some debate over Apple’s widespread use of eSIM in the US, the iPhone 14 Pro’s mobile service worked well for us. We tested a Verizon number before Apple gave away the iPhone. It might make things easier.

If you have an old iPhone with an active SIM card and number, you should be able to digitally transfer the number to the eSIM. When US consumers get their hands on these phones, we’ll see how this all works out.

Along with the rest of the iPhone 14 series, this is the first iPhone to enable emergency satellite communication. While we didn’t get to test it ourselves, Apple provided us with a short demo. We climbed a hill in a somewhat secluded area of ​​Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. Where the company had purposely turned off the cell and Wi-Fi service. An ‘SOS’ and a small satellite icon are displayed next to the connectivity signal which is usually seen in the top-right corner of the display.

In an emergency

If you have no connection and dial 911, as we did in the demonstration, an on-screen emergency assistant will appear. This assistant will ask you a series of questions to help you quickly communicate your status to emergency services. The iPhone 14 fleet is capable of connecting to Globalstar’s low-Earth orbit satellite fleet. Additionally, The assistant provides visual guidance on which way to turn your phone to connect to the nearest satellite. It should be noted that all of these require a direct line of sight to the sky and cannot be done indoors.

The phone connects to Apple’s own relay station. Which then communicates with EMS (emergency medical services) on your behalf instead of EMS directly. I was surprised to see all these works.

Satellite communications can also be used for non-emergency purposes. For example, you can use it to notify friends who see you on Find My when you reach a remote location like El Capitan or the summit of Ben Nevis.

iPhone 14 Pro Software

  • Brimming with fresh features.
  • iOS 16 comes preinstalled on every iPhone 14.
  • Cleaner, customized lock screen, and unsent SMS are highlights.

Without its platform, an iPhone is nothing, and iOS 16, is included with all iPhone 14 models. This is more than just cosmetic. It changes a few key components of the iPhone; In addition to offering new and amazing physical features. The iPhone 14 Pro will work in innovative, surprising, and we believe, enjoyable ways.

One of the biggest changes is the redesigned lock screen. It has some unique image segmentation technology. In addition, many lock screens can be customized and tied to different focus settings. We used image segmentation to position a person’s head. So that it partially obscured the clock when we set up our iPhone 14 Pro. That feature disappears when the phone goes into the always-on mode, and the entire clock appears above their heads.

Additional upgrades include an image segmentation feature. That lets you take the subject of almost any shot. Place it in notes and messages, editable and retrievable text messages, and Unsend emails. Also in multi-stop directions on maps, and a search button on the home screen.

There are tons of new features to discover and use, and they really enhance the iPhone 14 Pro experience.

Software Score: 4.5/5


It looks like Apple is holding back with the iPhone 14 Pro. For Android phones, features like quad-pixel binning, adaptive refresh, and always-on are common. But Apple handles everything in a very “Apple” style. The iPhone 14 Pro makes full use of all these improvements.

The Dynamic Dynamic Island feature adds even more excitement to the already excellent Super Retina XDR OLED. We haven’t seen better display innovation in a long time.

We’re glad that Apple included extra functionality (like satellite SOS and accident detection) in the iPhone without increasing the cost. As a result, the iPhone 14 Pro is now more affordable than ever. We also think it’s the ideal iPhone size.

While we appreciate the large 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it’s a bit big for most pockets. In contrast, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro is still so low that you might forget you’re carrying it. All things considered. Apple has done enough to maintain its lead in handset sales and make one of the best phones available.

iPhone 14 Pro Score Card

AttributesUsage creates a big variance in longevityRating
DesignGood looking quality build and design4/5
CameraPixel binning is now possible on the iPhone thanks to the improved camera array.5/5
DisplaySignificant improvement and no more notch5/5
PerformanceApple A16 Bionic is a step up4/5
BatteryUsage creates a big variance on longevity4/5
SoftwareOne of Apple’s largest platform upgrades in a long time is iOS 16.4.5/5
ValueApple’s best iPhones come with a price tag.4/5


  • Beautiful design and fantastic construction
  • 48MP Excellent camera with primary sensor
  • Always-on screen
  • Intelligent and interesting dynamic island


  • Optical zoom is 3 times
  • Missing USB-C
  • Expensive price

Can I Buy The iPhone 14 Pro?

Buy it if…

The best iPhone screen technology is what you want.

Finally, an iPhone has an always-on display with an adjustable refresh rate that drops to 1Hz. Although Apple came very slowly, the wait was worth it.

You want to have one of the best smartphone cameras available.

iPhone 14 Pro’s dual camera produces stunning images. In addition to improving every photo you take, the new 48MP sensor and quad-pixel binning technology enable the new, surprisingly practical 2x optical zoom.

You want cutting-edge new functions.

Without a doubt, Dynamic Island is the most creative punch-hole exhibit ever. If you’re looking for something with some helpful added features and a notch functionality without the notch, this is the iPhone for you.

You are unable to reach the highest level of Apple.

If you want the power of the iPhone 14 Pro Max without paying too much. Dealing with its bulky size, the iPhone 14 Pro is the best option.

Don’t buy it if…

You’ll love the more powerful zoom.

Apple’s maximum optical zoom of three times is becoming less practical and more outdated. Xiaomi and Samsung own the super-zoom market.

You want advanced technology for charging.

Regardless, Apple’s iPhone is still locked to the Lightning connector. Apple and other companies are under pressure from the EU to switch to USB-C for all devices. A number of Apple tablets and laptops are USB-C compatible, but not the iPhone. Why is USB-C what you want? Many cords you currently own will work with it, including some made by Apple.

You want greater technology at a lower cost.

Apple will never make the cheapest cellphone available. Starting at $999 / £1,099 / AU$1,749 for 128GB of storage seems a bit pricey. Android phones start at $800 / £700 / AU$1,200 for double the RAM and storage. But these are not iPhones.

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