September is the season for new iPhone announcements. The iPhone 14 series was released on September 7th this year, and the author, an iPhone 12 Pro user, immediately replaced it with the iPhone 14 Pro (256GB model).
This year’s iPhone 14 series is said to be a “minor change”, and it is difficult to find a big difference in terms of specifications (especially the unmarked iPhone 14), but the iPhone 14 Pro is a clear evolution from the 12 Pro two years ago. is felt.
At the same time, the price is also quite expensive for the 256GB model. Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro (256GB), the price will increase by a couple of hundreds in two years.
Roughly summarizing the impressions of the iPhone 14 Pro
- The camera just got better (12 Pro ratio). Night and 3x zoom are good
- The camera protrudes more than expected, so a case is required
- Best always-on display
- Other than that, it doesn’t change much, but it’s good that it doesn’t change
I feel said. There are already many review articles and videos about the iPhone 14 Pro, so I will leave the introduction of the new features to you, and here I will introduce my personal reasons for purchasing it.
Reason for replacing with iPhone 14 Pro is “getting used to it for upgrading”
First of all, “Why did you choose the iPhone 14 Pro?”
In the iPhone 14 series, there are options such as the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but since you have already used the iPhone 12 Pro, you are accustomed to the 6.1-inch display size, and there is no need to change the smartphone usage experience significantly. Because I thought. I thought that it was OK to maintain the status quo, rather than being used to it, and without considering other options, I purchased it at the Apple Store and received it at the store on the day of release.
It’s a relatively passive choice, but I didn’t have any major dissatisfaction with the iPhone 12 Pro in the first place. However, the fact that the battery has weakened a little, the camera has evolved in the 14 Pro, and there are some new functions that are a little interesting.
Although expensive, smartphones are the most frequently used device in our daily lives and can be said to be a “window” for information. Also, in terms of “memory” and “recording” the present with photographs, the improved image quality of cameras is a positive factor. So, I think it’s just right to update it every two years.
The package is simple with only the main unit, SIM pin, and USB Type-C-Lightning cable, and the migration work is just opening the SIM tray and replacing the SIM. After that, it will be data migration from the device.
The data transfer was done via iCloud using ” Quick Start “, but most of the work is completed just by bringing the iPhones close to each other within the same Wi-Fi network and operating along the screen. This has really gotten easier over the years. Although I didn’t try it this time, there is also an application such as ” Move to iOS ” that migrates from Android to iOS.
iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro Camera
The appearance of the main unit is not much different from the iPhone 12 Pro. The external dimensions of the iPhone 14 Pro are 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85 mm (length x width x thickness) and weighs 206 g. The 12 Pro is 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm/187g, so it’s a little thicker and heavier, but it feels almost the same in your hand. This area is as per my intention that “I want to inherit the conventional environment and upgrade it”.
However, what was unexpected was the “thickness of the camera”. Although I understood that the camera part has become larger, the “protrusion” is quite large, and if I put it in my pocket as it is, it will get caught. Also, if I put the iPhone 14 Pro on the top of my computer, I’m worried that it will make a rubbing sound and be damaged… With this much protruding, the impression is that it is no longer expected to be used without a case.
The “camera” can be said to be the biggest enhancement point of the iPhone 14 Pro. The rear camera has a main (f1.78), ultra-wide angle (f2.2), and telephoto (f2.8) lens. The main camera has 48 million pixels, and the ultra-wide angle and telephoto have 12 million pixels.
The main camera’s new sensor is a “quad pixel sensor” that combines four pixels into one large quad pixel to capture four times more light, basically shooting at 12 million pixels and 48 million pixels of ProRAW It is also compatible with shooting.
Although the camera function has been considerably enhanced, it is difficult to see the difference from the iPhone 12 Pro by looking at it on the smartphone after shooting. I’ve already been satisfied with the image quality to some extent for the past two years, but without a comparison, the difference is clearly noticeable in “low-light performance.” With the main camera, even in places where it was quite dark and where you had previously switched to Night Mode, you can still release the shutter in normal mode, so it feels like a clear upgrade.
Using the night mode will give you sharper photos, and although the details will be better, it will be easier to shoot even in the dark.
iPhone 14 Pro Display vs iPhone 12 Pro
In the iPhone 14 Pro, in addition to the enhancement of the camera, the hardware has evolved, such as the processor becoming “A16 Bionic”, but I usually use it (from 12 Pro) There are not many points that I feel are “a big change”. Not many.
However, the point where you can clearly feel the evolution is the “always on display” of the display.
Always-on display is a function that displays clocks, widgets, live activities, etc. on the lock screen even when the iPhone is not in use. Normally, if the person is away from the lock screen, the screen will be black, but in the case of the always-on display, information such as the clock will remain displayed.
In other words, if you set it to always display, you can immediately see the time, weather, etc. just by looking at your iPhone. In a way, it’s a “only” function, but it’s convenient to be able to immediately check the weather and time, especially when you’re doing desk work and putting your iPhone on the wireless charger.
Of course, if you unlock the lock screen, you can check more detailed information, but it feels very easy to use that “information is displayed without doing anything”. Personally, I felt that this alone was worth the iPhone 14 Pro.
This “always-on display” suppresses the refresh rate to a minimum of 1 Hz, reduces the frequency of rewriting the screen, and dynamically changes the brightness and display content to achieve constant display of the entire screen, including wallpaper. increase. As a result, some battery consumption is involved.
What is wonderful is that it supports constant display even while using apps such as Apple’s “Maps” and “Voice Memos”.
For example, when recording a meeting with a voice memo, in the past, after several tens of seconds, the lock screen would appear, making it difficult to know how long the recording was.
In the constant display mode, the screen switches from the white background to the black screen after a while, but the elapsed recording time is displayed while counting down by one second, so you can say, “It’s almost time for the meeting to end” on the iPhone. You can tell without touching it. This is a very useful function for reporters and others to use for interviews, and I would like many apps to support it.
In addition to Apple apps, voice call apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, as well as Spotify, support always-on display. If the application requires background operation, it is possible to develop a compatible application if the application developer chooses.
It’s a really nice always-on display, but on the first day I bought it, it was “always on” even when I went to bed at night. I slept with it “off” on the day, but in fact, if you put the screen down, the screen will be dark as usual, so there is no problem with this point. The constant display is turned off under conditions such as “putting the screen face down,” “putting it in a pocket, etc.,” “focus sleep mode on,” and “low power mode.”
There are also small trade-offs. Although it reduces power consumption, it consumes more battery than turning off the screen completely. However, it seems that it is about 1% in roughly 2 hours, so if the remaining battery level is sufficient, you don’t have to worry too much. When the remaining battery level drops below 20% and enters “low power mode”, the always-on display will automatically turn off.
The display of the iPhone 14 Pro is said to be 120Hz compatible and smooth and smooth, but I didn’t notice it at all. However, I can feel that the brightness of the display (2000nits) has increased, and I am satisfied with the display quality.
Dynamic Island Feature
A new feature related to the display is “Dynamic Island”. It utilizes the “notch” part at the top of the main unit as a display display, and can display notifications and activities such as playing music, timers, AirDrop connections, and “Map” route guidance.
Even at Apple’s presentation, it is quite appealing as a “new iPhone experience”, and in fact, when you are generating music with “Music” or “Spotify”, you can see the song being played even on the lock screen, and when you tap it, the operation screen will appear immediately. It’s a little easier to move around. It is also convenient to know immediately which earphones are connected.
However, it is just as convenient as “I’m a little happy to have it.” I feel that it has the potential to become interesting, so I’m looking forward to future applications.
iPhone 14 Pro battery life vs iPhone 12 Pro
What I was a little worried about was that I didn’t really feel that the battery life had improved, even though I had just replaced it. I doubted the effect of the constant display, but even on days when I didn’t take out the iPhone much, the remaining amount decreased to about 50% in the evening, which is not much different from the two-year-old iPhone 12 Pro (90%). Impression.
According to the specs, the battery life is up to 23 hours when playing video, which is higher than the iPhone 12 Pro, and immediately after purchasing the iPhone, it seems that “nearly 80% of the battery remains even in the evening.” I was expecting a sense of security, so I feel a little uneasy. However, since I carry a mobile battery with me, it’s not a big problem, but I hope the day will soon come when I don’t have to carry a mobile battery.
Should you upgrade from iPhone 12 Pro to iPhone 14 Pro?
It’s been about 10 days since I switched to the iPhone 14 Pro, but I’m quite satisfied with the fact that the basic operations and usability have not changed, even though I can feel the definite progress in things such as the camera and the always-on display.
I think there are many people who want “new experiences” in rapidly evolving digital devices like smartphones, but with smartphones becoming so popular, I feel that one of the values is consistency. While steadily improving the operability, I can still use the photos and apps I’ve had so far, and “moving” has become much easier than it used to be, so I think the hurdles to buying a new iPhone are going down year by year.
This is so because of purchase programs such as Apple Trade In, the second-hand market has been active recently, and it seems that there are cases where the iPhone 13 Pro from a year ago has been appraised for over 800usd.
In that sense, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to regularly upgrade to new models using a replacement program or the like, and get in touch with the latest features.