iPhone 14 Pro hands-on review

The iPhone 14 Pro replaces the notch with a Dynamic Island, talks to satellites and gets a massive camera spec bump

A photo of the iPhone 14 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Creative Bloq)

Early Verdict

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro looks set to impress, though we're not sure how US customers will handle the lack of a SIM tray – as bold a move as ditching the headphone jack in 2016. Omissions aside, there's plenty going for the Pro, not least of all a huge megapixel bump on its main camera and a handsome new Deep Purple colour option that looks both demure and elegant. It also ditches the notch in favour of a punch hole selfie camera Apple calls its Dynamic Island. Bloated marketing jargon or game-changing tech? Check back for the full review in the coming week.

For

  • Dynamic Island is indeed dynamic
  • New elegant Deep Purple colour
  • Promising camera spec bump

Against

  • Design is samey
  • New camera makes the phone thicker
  • Pricier than 13 Pro outside US

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The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have landed on our desk for review, and they're the best of Apple's smartphone range for 2022. Bringing back familiar styling with a handful of measured, meaningful updates to the series, Apple always iterates, but there's more new here than meets the eye. 

Highlights include the phone's Dynamic Island sitting in the top centre of the screen – a reimagining of the selfie camera and front sensors. It combines hardware and software design to blur the lines between physical and digital interactive elements. There's also a new 48MP primary camera, a huge pixel-bump that could make the 14 Pro the best iPhone for photography in 2022 – and the phone's available in a demure new Deep Purple colour.

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The Verdict
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out of 10

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro looks set to impress, though we're not sure how US customers will handle the lack of a SIM tray – as bold a move as ditching the headphone jack in 2016. Omissions aside, there's plenty going for the Pro, not least of all a huge megapixel bump on its main camera and a handsome new Deep Purple colour option that looks both demure and elegant. It also ditches the notch in favour of a punch hole selfie camera Apple calls its Dynamic Island. Bloated marketing jargon or game-changing tech? Check back for the full review in the coming week.

Basil Kronfli