It’s nice that you don’t have to swipe down the Notification Center for quick access to these live activities; Just like the name, it’s just playful and fun. It should be noted that not every app works with Dynamic Island. YouTube Music works perfectly fine, while Google Maps doesn’t. I expect this feature to be a bit richer in a year’s time.
Next, there’s the always-on display. It’s a key feature on Android phones for five, but it eventually became an option (if you will!) on the iPhone. Apple says it consumes very little battery, as the display runs at 1 Hz power-hungry, and that seems to be tracking. Put your phone upside down, in your pocket or bag, and the screen will turn off, so you never have to worry if it’s drinking your precious battery.
Talk about 120-Hz smooth butter The screen becomes brighter than ever. Honestly, I’m not sure that’s necessary, as I’ve never seen an iPhone’s screen lack brightness, but I would say that at this extreme brightness level, the iPhone 14 Pro maintains true colors. great, while some phone screens have a tendency to wash them out.
In an unusual move, these are the only two iPhones with the latest and greatest A16 Bionic processors (usually the entire range gets new chips). My benchmark tests show that they are indeed some of the fastest mobile chips out there, and that is reflected in every task, especially gaming. I had a perfect performance during 45 minutes of play Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm and Rocket League Sideswipe with me BackBone One Controllerand the iPhone doesn’t get uncomfortably hot. However, do you notice a significant daily difference compared to the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14? Sure is not.
OK, time to talk about eSIM. In the US, all iPhone 14 models ship without a physical SIM tray, which means you’ll have to set up an eSIM to connect it to your carrier’s cellular network. The technology has been around for a while, but this is the first phone to ditch the physical SIM system entirely. I have never used an eSIM before and I find the process very simple. When I set up my iPhone 14 Pro, it asked me if I wanted to transfer the phone number from my iPhone 13 Pro. I obliged, and within minutes, my number was on my new phone. No small SIM tools needed! I have switched numbers to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max respectively with no problem.
Until… I decided to transfer my number to an eSIM-enabled Android phone — Google Pixel 6 Pro. I can’t get very far because the Pixel only asks me to scan a QR code from my carrier, which I don’t have. That definitely means I’ll have to call my carrier if I want to transfer my number from my iPhone to my Pixel. How this is supposed to be easier than just opening a physical SIM in and out, I don’t know. (You probably don’t switch to different phones all the time, so this gives me more of a headache.) Yes, eSIMs to be safer. But here, it creates a significant amount of friction for anyone who doesn’t want to continue to be locked into Apple’s ecosystem. I really hope this experience gets better over time with improved interoperability between devices.