iPhone 14 Pro – 5 reasons why it should eclipse the iPhone 14

Apple has been making Pro versions of its smartphones since the iPhone 11, but for most people the differences between the regular and Pro versions are pretty small, unless they’re avid photographers.

But in 2022, it looks like Apple finally understands the importance of upselling: the iPhone 14 Pro appears to be a marked improvement over the base iPhone 14.

Here are five reasons why you should consider going Pro when the iPhone 14 launches in September, and check out our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro preview for even more information.

The power of A16 Bionic

Rendering of the A16 Bionic chipset

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That might be one of the biggest differences this time around. In the past, all iPhones – from the entry-level SE to the most expensive Pro Max – used the same A-series Bionic chip, giving them nearly identical performance.

Not this year, if rumors are to be believed. In March, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that while iPhone 14 Pro will get the new A16 Bionic chip as usual, regular iPhone 14 models will stick with the same A15 processor used in iPhone 13 and the iPhone SE 3. Other reports have since supported Kuo’s view.

To be clear, the A15 is no slouch, and it’s still faster than Qualcomm’s fastest Android chip. But when it comes to A16 Bionic vs. A15 Bionic, it really shouldn’t be a contest.

Goodbye notch

iPhone 14 Pro renders

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The notch has been an Apple signature since the iPhone X in 2017, even appearing in its high-end MacBooks.

But it’s never been popular with buyers who, at best, don’t care. If you want to get rid of the notch in 2022, then you’ll want to go Pro, according to various sources (opens in a new tab).

That said, what should replace the notch also seems a matter of taste. We learn that the iPhone 14 Pro series will use a punch hole for the front camera and a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID technology. Whether you think a double punched look is better than a notch is largely down to personal preference.

A smoother screen with an always-on display

A GIF showing iOS 16's clownfish wallpaper going to sleep mode, with reduced brightness and colors

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While the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro both use OLED screens, only the latter has ProMotion – the 120Hz refresh rate that makes things a bit smoother and opens the door to gaming over 60 frames. per second.

This difference should continue with the next generation, but the iPhone 14 Pro would also get an always-on display for the first time. This has been a staple of Android phones (and, indeed, the Apple Watch) for quite some time, and allows details such as the time and notifications to be displayed even when the phone isn’t awake.

For the iPhone 14 Pro, the always-on display should even include wallpapers, as seen in the image above. So you can get the same iOS 16 lock screen widgets – just with lower brightness.

A big 48MP main camera

iPhone 13 Pro (left) and dummy iPhone 14 Pro (right), comparing camera modules

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Apple has stuck with 12MP sensors for its rear cameras since 2015’s iPhone 6S, but the iPhone 14 Pro is expected to change that with a 48MP lens.

Yes, some dispute this report, but as more and more CAD leaks have emerged, it’s pretty clear that the camera bump on the back of the iPhone 14 Pro models is larger than in previous generations.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would record 48MP images but use pixel binning to deliver 12MP images for those who want to save space. Either way, the level of detail should be higher. Additionally, this sensor would also enable 8K video recording, which would be a first for iPhones.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says this is to make room for improved image sensors.

Telephoto zoom still exclusive Pro

A 3x optical zoom is another feature that until now has been exclusive to iPhone Pros, and there’s no indication that will change with the iPhone 14. Indeed, it seems very likely that won’t be the case, given Apple’s desire to sell.

We haven’t heard of an improvement beyond the 3x optical zoom offered by the iPhone 13 Pro (the best camera phones offer up to 10x) which won’t be enough for some. And there are rumors that Apple will adopt a periscope zoom camera for the iPhone 15 in 2023. But if you decide between new iPhones this year, it will be as good as it gets.

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