7 details you may have missed about the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

7 details you may have missed about the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

Now that you’ve read a dozen articles about the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, and pre-ordered one of the new iPhones, here are some details you may have missed.

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Apple has announced the new iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, and we’ve taken a look at some details you may have missed. While we wait for full testing, here’s what Apple’s tech sheets, tools, and other documentation have taught us.

If you missed Apple’s keynote, you can find all the news 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 objective is to detect accidents, among other things.

The so-called g-force refers to loads due to strong variations in size and/or speed direction, 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. Anecdotally, when Max Verstappen collided with Lewis Hamilton during the last Formula 1 season at the British Grand Prix, 51g acted on the driver.

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However, the iPhone not only determines the g-forces, but also the air pressure through the gyrometer. This is what allows you to effectively detect an accident and avoid, if possible, false alarms. The smartphone can also recognize loud noises from an accident, which helps improve detection. Apple has developed new dedicated algorithms that support all variables and data.

The SOS function of the satellite is, at the moment, very limited

As the rumors said, the iPhone now has a satellite connection. Apple has partnered with the US company Globalstar. Like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, this American company has a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit.

We learned that 95% of the Globalstar network is dedicated to Apple, an investment of more than $450 million by the iPhone maker. As a reminder, the satellite connection is currently only used for emergenciesto send a message to a call center, but also for the function To locate if you lose your iPhone.

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This feature is available on all iPhone 14, but only accessible in the United States and Canada. The feature is only expected to become available with an iOS 16 update scheduled for November. Rest assured, it will indeed be operational for foreign tourists traveling in North America. So you can explore America’s great parks with peace of mind.

For Americans, the option is free for two years, after which it will be paid. When we look at the massive investment of several hundred million dollars, it seems logical that we find this feature all over the world. One could even imagine a real long-term Internet connection. So there is still one exception, iPhones sold in China, Hong Kong or Macau don’t have the feature. A political reason, one imagines.

Finally, Elon Musk hints that there are “promising” talks with Apple for the iPhone 14 and Starlink satellite technology. He had recently explained that the Starlink network was ready to work with smartphones. Therefore, this feature could evolve sooner than expected.

We’ve had some promising talks with Apple about Starlink connectivity. The iPhone team is obviously super smart.

Undoubtedly closing the link from space to the phone will work better if the phone’s software and hardware accommodate space-based signals rather than Starlink which purely emulates the cell tower.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 8, 2022

Bluetooth 5.3

Bluetooth 5.3 is on all new iPhone 14 models.

This new standard has been integrated to be fully compatible with the new second generation AirPods Pro with H2 chip, which also offer Bluetooth 5.3.

The new standard is compatible with Bluetooth LE Audio and the LC3 codec, which were already in a beta firmware of the AirPods Max. However, Apple has yet to officially comment on the use of these new standards and codecs.

(Almost) eSIM only

Another notable novelty is the absence of a SIM slot on the iPhone 14s.

In the US at least, Apple is selling the new iPhone 14 models with dual eSIM support. In France it is different, the iPhone 14 still has a drawer for a nano SIM card. Dual SIM supports two eSIMs or one nano SIM and one eSIM.

A 48-megapixel camera that takes 12-megapixel photos

The big change in both 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 on 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 that of the iPhone 13 Pro. What can be seen as an improvement is not, this increase is not due to the size of the pixels, but to the definition, which simply requires more space.

To take better, sharper, and brighter photos, Apple uses the 4:1 pixel binning method at 12 megapixels. The iPhone 14 combines pixels with each other to make them brighter.

The false 2x mode

When you look at the iPhone 14 Pro specs, it says “2x 12MP Telephoto: 48mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture.” In addition to the 3x telephoto and ultra wide angle, there would be a 2x telephoto lens. When you look behind the iPhone 14 Pro… there are only three cameras.

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This x2 mode is actually digital only. Apple uses the new 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, crops the central area of ​​the image to recover x2 magnification at a 48mm focal length. This is already what we find in the Pixel 6, for example.

The Apple A16 Bionic is slightly more powerful than the A15, but it is more efficient

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have a new silicone chip from Apple, the A16 Bionic, etched at 4nm instead of 5nm and has 16 billion transistors, 6.7% more than the A15 Bionic.

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It gains little in performance, however, it is advertised to be very effective. This explains why Apple has done few comparisons with its old chips.

In fact, the A16 Bionic’s two new CPU performance cores require 20% less power than the A15 Bionic’s P cores. The Neural Engine has increased slightly with now 17 instead of 15.8 billion TOPS. For the graphics unit, which is still equipped with five cores, Apple only mentioned a 50% higher memory bandwidth.

Brightness up to 2000 cd/m² in a specific case

The A16 Bionic also features a new display engine that enables an always-on 1Hz refresh rate, increased screen brightness, and advanced anti-aliasing for Dynamic Island animations.

The standard brightness does not change, it is still at 1000 cd/m² on the iPhone 14, but in maximum brightness with HDR mode, Apple has now moved to 1600 cd/m² instead of 1200 cd/m². Also, a new outdoor mode has been added, which should go up to 2000 cd/m² peak.

Note that nothing changes on 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. By the way, not much has changed in the standard iPhone 14s.

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