A new iPhone was released this year. There are people who buy new models every year because of their work, but I feel that the replacement cycle is getting longer year by year. Mobile carriers are pushing people to buy new phones in various ways, but even if a new model comes out, it is no longer possible to buy a new phone at a price that is as easy as it used to be. Furthermore, the situation that puts a damper on shopping sentiment, such as the sharp depreciation of the yen and rising prices, is unlikely to improve anytime soon. The “iPhone 14” series will be released in such a headwind. I have only been able to try it for a short time, but I would like to give you a first impression.
In addition, this time, we tried three models of “iPhone 14”, “iPhone 14 Pro” and “iPhone 14 Pro Max” released on September 16, 2022. The MUJI large-screen model “iPhone 14 Plus”, which many people may be interested in, will be released in October, so I haven’t been able to try it this time.
This year’s iPhone will be the “Pro” after all?
The stars of this year’s iPhone are the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which are packed with new features.
First of all, I would like to pay attention to the changes around the display. The so-called “notch” has changed to a horizontally long “punch hole”. The black area is much smaller than it looks in the photo, but some people may find it more annoying than the notch. Equipped with a “Dynamic Island” that combines a user interface (UI) integrated with a black punch hole as a device that does not feel like an obstacle. It literally dynamically changes the size and length of the black area, turning the cumbersome punch hole into a convenient part of the UI for multitasking.
For example, when the “Music” app is closed while music is playing, the black area becomes longer horizontally, and the album art is displayed on the left and the waveform is displayed on the right. It feels like you can return to the music playback screen by tapping “Dynamic Island”. If you use the timer while playing music, it will change into various shapes, such as a round clock displayed to the right of the horizontal bar.
You have to be careful not to touch the “TrueDepth front camera” and get it dirty, but it’s an interesting Apple-like redesign of the annoying punch hole.
Also pay attention to the “always on display” in terms of display. Some Android smartphones with organic EL are already installed, so it’s not new, but the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the first. By setting the refresh rate of the display to 1 Hz (rewriting once per second), it realizes constant display while suppressing power consumption. I’m curious about how the battery consumption will change depending on whether the function is on or off, but I’d like to try it out a little more and report back.
I’m glad it’s easy to see, but there’s also the possibility that information that can’t be seen by others will be displayed all the time. The feature can only be turned on and off in Settings, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to quickly turn the screen black (although it’s possible to do so by placing the screen face down). Even with the same constant display, “Apple Watch” was always displayed in consideration of privacy (related to notifications), so I would like to check a little more whether privacy is considered in the same way.
The camera function has also greatly evolved. The triple camera configuration of “ultra wide angle”, “wide angle”, “main”, and “telephoto” remains the same, but the number of pixels of the main camera has increased from 12 million pixels to 48 million pixels. The number of pixels does not determine the beauty of the photo, but it can be said that it is a big change for the iPhone, which has been sticking to 12 million pixels while Android smartphones are getting higher pixels.
However, instead of using 48 million pixels as they are, we adopted a “quad pixel sensor” that treats four pixels as one pixel so that more light can be captured. The output photo is about 4000 x 3000 and 12 million pixels, which is the same as before. Therefore, the ease of handling on the iPhone has not changed.
Of course, it is also possible to shoot 48 million pixel photos of about 8000 x 6000 with “ProRAW”. To be honest, there doesn’t seem to be a big difference between 12 million pixels and 48 million pixels when viewed on an iPhone. Although the capacity will be large, it will be useful if you want to enlarge it for printing or if you want to pursue it with development software.
In terms of camera usability, the zoom has increased from “0.5/1/3” to “0.5/1/2/3” from three to four. The focal lengths are 14mm, 24mm, 48mm and 78mm. The reason why there are 4 cameras instead of 3 is that the center of the 48-megapixel main camera is cropped to 12-megapixels to achieve a 2x magnification. This 48mm is a focal length close to 50mm, which is called “standard”, and some people may find it easier to use.