Something went wrong with the new iPhones this year. Or with me.
There were two wow moments in the entire September presentation: when the iPhone 14 was announced incredibly funny through rubber meta bubbles, and when the cutout of the iPhone 14 Pro literally came to life on the introductory video and became dynamic.
That’s where the joy ends, throughout the presentation, a series of questions to Apple grew, the answers to which will not be.
▸ Why a fat island, if you could just reduce the bangs?
▸ How to understand the characteristics of cameras that are written in completely different metrics?
▸ When will the telephoto module be improved and stop turning off?
▸ Why was the battery life of the regular iPhone 14 Pro left so miserable?
And with each new slide, there were fewer and fewer reasons to buy a smartphone.
At first there was a rumpled feeling, which eventually took shape in a direct list of claims to the next “best iPhone ever.”
There is no best iPhone right now.
After a year of owning a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, I never want to switch to smartphones of this format again.
It lies perfectly in the hand, but the operating time has degraded to the point that I have to charge my smartphone twice a day and hope that it does not reach the third.
At the same time, I switched to it because the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max pulled the hand, pockets and bags. I can’t use it, it’s too big. I do not understand how this format suits others. It’s not designed to be used with one hand.
But the Pro Max models last a long time. “A day from morning to late evening without recharging” is what I hear from every iPhone 13 Pro Max owner.
If I had to choose between large and small, I would put the time of work in the first place.
But there were more reasons not to feel joy from new products.
Cameras are not pumped enough
I have no doubt that the cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro shoot better than last year. The main and ultra wide-angle sensors have become larger, and in the telephoto, despite the old lens, the matrix has been replaced with a new one that captures a little more detail.
But the tricks that Apple has gone to once again show how mature smartphones are in themselves.
In order not to fill up space on your smartphone in two weeks, you will need to shoot in the usual 12 MP mode (3 MB in the photo), and not in the advertised 48 MP (80 MB in the photo). And in this standard mode, there is almost no difference between the new and the previous generation due to the fact that the optical power of the lens remains the same: ƒ/6.9 in iPhone 13 Pro vs. ƒ/6.7 in iPhone 14 Pro translated to full frame.
In 48 MP mode, the gap is obvious, but at 12 MP in poor lighting, the iPhone 14 Pro may lose to the previous one.
On the ultra-wide-angle camera, the sensor has grown, but the lens has become noticeably darker, so the real brightness has not improved much.
To claim a twofold and a threefold increase in the brightness of the cameras, the company renamed the Deep Fusion processing algorithm (which I really dislike) to Photonic Enginebecause now the merging of several photos into one starts a little earlier in the process.
Otherwise, the detailing has become a little better, but on the scale of one generation it will be invisible. None of the three cameras sold themselves.
In addition, Apple still does not allow the optical zoom to be firmly fixed during the 3x zoom. In the dark, the smartphone will decide for the user when to turn on the lenses, and when to substitute the cut from the main camera. And this is in a model that calls itself Pro.
Always On is not needed at the cost of battery
Battery drain due to screen on 12% in 12 hours
The first tests of the iPhone 14 Pro battery showed the same level as the iPhone 13 Pro. But we are talking about the continuous operation of programs without taking into account the always-on display.
Apple tried to take into account the maximum of scenarios when Always On will not work, because it is definitely not needed.
But that won’t help the cause. Users see the difference between the on and off screen with a loss of 6 to 18% of the daily charge.
Therefore, you can safely take up to 4 hours of work during the day. it lots of.
Another test. All smartphones were with their Always On and in flight mode
For example, battery consumption on the iPhone 14 Pro Max by 6% more with Always On than without it. And this means that in fact you come out with 94% of the usual charge from Pro Max. It’s like your battery health right out of the box is already at this level. Who needs this at all?
In addition, some people turn off the feature because it makes the phone look like it just received a notification.
Imagine for yourself: for 10 years of using the iPhone, you have eaten into your subcortex that, since the screen is on, it means that a notification has arrived. Due to the fact that the inactive mode is only slightly darker than the active mode, you will notice it all the time out of the corner of your eye. And rush to the phone.
There is a lot of loud husk in advertising
LED flash with three range modes, which, as before, will only be needed for a flashlight
For half of the presentation, I said “it already happened” and “nobody needs it”.
Apart from the advertisement of the 48 MP camera, which will give out 12 MP frames for almost all users, many other dubious elements came across.
New flash with three range levels, few people need it, because there is a night mode, and even the frames from the presentation do not inspire confidence.
Satellite connection although free, flying to the hospital after calling a rescue helicopter can cost up to $40,000and the function itself only works in Canada and the United States.
impact resistance I also question it, since glass that is stronger for cracks has been softer for the third year already, you need to protect it from the first second out of the box and it’s better not to breathe nearby. And glossy polished steel is a separate type of collection of scratches and chips.
Fault recognition looks like a useful feature that is really needed. By UN data from 2018Around 3,000 people die in car accidents every day. And this is probably the only thing I did not resent against among the unexpected and rare features of the iPhone 14 Pro.
The dynamic island remains a disadvantage
The idea of making the Face ID cutout dynamic is smart.
Turning a disadvantage into a selling point is an art.
Making nice animations and beautifully adapting even third-party programs to the island at the system level deserves only praise.
Incorporating special hardware into the A16 processor for even more impressive performance speaks of how dedicated Apple has been to its undertaking.
iPhone 14 Pro with this small “bangs” would interfere with watching videos less
But how quickly will this feature dissolve into daily use? How much did I miss her? Couldn’t all these 15 types of notifications be unified into one interface on iPhones without a pill?
No matter how interesting the synthesis of software and hardware in the face Dynamic Island, the pill now sticks out even more and interferes with video viewing and, by and large, remains a problem, not an advantage. Visually for sure.
Also, the front end will have to be wiped more often.
Old colors and design are not interesting
Four years of the same: iPhone 11 Pro, 12 Pro, 13 Pro and 14 Pro
Here the corners were smoothed out, here the screen was lengthened by a couple of pixels, the rear camera block was expanded again, but visually this is the same iPhone 12 Pro from 2020.
With flowers, the situation is even worse. Again black, white, gold and one new color. Which I also didn’t like because it’s too dark.
Choose out of nothing.
Apple is probably pursuing a six-jam strategy. Releases few models per year in the same design and in limited colors to make it easier for the buyer to identify.
So far it works because sales continue to break records. But specifically, I’m already bored with this approach to the release.
Certainly he is good. And boring
I like the slim selection Apple has to offer. Here are two phones in two sizes each, choose, everything is simple.
But in fact, the most critical details, which depend on the size of the case, separate the options too far from each other.
I like compact versions, and even the 6.1-inch screen of the iPhone 14 Pro seems too big. But the time of its operation, due to the small battery and all the new features, tends to half a day of work in six months – worse than any iPhone 12 mini.
I don’t like using giant phablets, so a thick and heavy iPhone 14 Pro Max with its 6.7-inch diagonal and square edges would pull my hand away. Went through this with an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The ideal iPhone right now would be the iPhone 14 Pro, with the same screen but a millimeter thicker. The difference was not so terrible in size, but the battery would fit there a day ahead.
But Apple won’t do that.
First, you need to raise the average price of an iPhone and push everyone to the ceiling.
Secondly, next year we will have an iPhone 15 Ultra with two front cameras and a periscope camera on the back, which you will absolutely want to buy because of the new chips.
And the theoretical iPhone 15 Pro will turn into a mid-range $1,000 minimum that everyone wants even less.
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