Why the iPhone 14 Pro is still worth it despite the delays

Why the iPhone 14 Pro is still worth it despite the delays

Apple typically doesn’t admit in advance that there are longer-than-usual wait times or product shipping delays, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday. Apple issued a press release acknowledging the fact that recent COVID-19 restrictions are affecting one of its key factories in China.

As the holiday season begins to heat up, Apple acknowledges the fact that there may be longer wait times and delays for customers to get their hands on new iPhone 14 Pro Y iPhone 14 ProMax devices, in particular. Despite this fact, I think the phones are still worth the wait, and here’s why.

Dynamic Island changes the game

The iPhone 14 Pro Max and its Dynamic Island.
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One of the best features of the iPhone 14 Pro line is the dynamic island, that, the truth, nobody saw coming. Dynamic Island is a hole-and-chip-shaped cutout that houses the front-facing selfie camera and Face ID sensors, and is the replacement for the notch that’s been around since the iPhone X. Unlike the notch, though. waste of space, Dynamic Island makes use of its allotted space by showcasing a seamless integration of hardware and software. It’s something that feels so whimsical and totally Apple.

Although Dynamic Island was a bit limited at launch, this was due to the limitations of iOS 16 itself; the Live Activities API was not available until iOS 16.1. In the beginning, Dynamic Island mainly worked with native iOS apps like Music and Timers. But now that more developers can take advantage of it, Dynamic Island is one of the best features of the iPhone 14 Pro. While Live Activities is technically just a new type of notification and will work with other iPhone models running iOS 16, it can also appear specifically on Dynamic Island if you have the 14 Pro models.

The Pixel Pals app on an iPhone 14 Pro Max.  A digital cat chases a red ball on top of Dynamic Island.
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For example, Christian Selig, the creator of the popular Reddit app Apollo, created Pixel Pals, an app that place an adorable Tamagotchi-like pixel pet on your Dynamic Island. It doesn’t offer any real functionality, but it’s cute and fun. However, there are many other apps that offer more practical uses of the Dynamic Island space, such as Flighty for tracking flight itineraries, CARROT Weather rainfall tracking, various recipe and kitchen timer apps, and more.

As more apps add support for Live Activities and Dynamic Island, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them. Seriously, the Dynamic Island feature is one of the best things about the iPhone 14 Pro and it’s worth the wait.

The first iPhone with an always-on display

iPhone 14 Pro showing the Moon always-on display, held in a man's hand.
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I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’ve wanted an always-on display (AOD) on the iPhone for several years. Since I had an Android device that did AOD, I was wondering when Apple would finally add that to the iPhone, especially when they added it to the apple watch series 5 and beyond.

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are currently the only iPhones with AOD, and I personally am a fan of how it’s done. When the AOD is on, it dims the wallpaper to the lowest setting, so while you can still see your wallpaper, it shouldn’t be too distracting. You’ll also see the date and time, any widgets you’ve put on your lock screen, and any notifications you might be waiting for. I like it because it gives me the information I need at a glance when it’s on the stand I have on my desk, eliminating the need to touch the screen.

Although some people may prefer the way Android handles the always-on display (much more minimal), I personally like the way Apple does it. For me, AOD is definitely a feature I’ve been waiting for, so even if I didn’t have my iPhone 14 Pro already, I wouldn’t mind waiting to get my hands on it.

48MP camera is excellent

The rear cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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If you prefer to take your photos with just your mobile phone, then the iPhone 14 Pro is a huge leap from previous generations with the new 48MP main camera. The 48MP shooter is done through a pixel binning system, where four sub-pixels make up a single larger pixel.

When you take normal photos, the metadata will still show “12MP”. However, serious photographers may want to shoot in Apple’s ProRAW format, which can be done at full 48MP resolution for the best results and control in the post-editing process. The telephoto lens also brought back the 2x optical zoom from before (the iPhone 13 Pro only had 1x or 3x), resulting in better Portrait mode photos.

While most people may not use the advanced ProRAW format or ProRes video, it’s nice to have such capabilities, just in case. Plus, Apple added extras like the new Action Mode, which adds gimbal-like stabilization to videos, and Cinematic Mode can now record in 4K resolution (at 24fps or 30fps, your choice).

Regardless, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are exceptional cameras, and if that’s what you’re looking for in your next smartphone, it’s worth the wait.

Delays Are Annoying, But Some Things Are Worth Waiting For

The iPhone 14 Pro Max next to a green bell pepper.
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I get it: any product delay is annoying, especially since the holiday season always seems to sneak up on us. I’ve had my iPhone 14 Pro since it launched, and it’s easily one of the best iPhones till the date.

Even with the COVID-19 situation affecting one of the key factories in China and Apple publicly acknowledging that there may be longer wait times, I think the iPhone 14 Pro is worth it. There are so many significant improvements this year that can really change the game, especially the ones I’ve mentioned above.

If you’re ordering an iPhone 14 Pro this year or planning to gift it to someone else, prepare for a longer-than-usual wait. But let me tell you, it’s worth it, especially if you’re upgrading from an older iPhone.

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