Apple’s Far Out event on September 7 was important for a couple of key reasons. First, it gave us a lot of important product announcements. There were plenty of new iPhones to drool over, including the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. We also got to see the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2.
Why else was this latest Apple event important? It marked the first in-person iPhone event since the iPhone 11. Apple invited members of the press and media to check out all of the new gadgets in person. Although Digital Trends wasn’t there, we’ve been keeping a close eye on what our colleagues have reported from their hands-on experience. And, taking a look through their first impressions, it looks like Apple has some winners on its hands this year.
Here’s what people who have used the new iPhone 14 and
Dynamic Island is off to a great start
Without a doubt, one of the biggest new additions to the iPhone 14 is the “Dynamic Island” found on the
In his coverage on SlashGear, Chris Davies calls the Dynamic Island a “cheat,” but also says that it does work for what it is. Apple’s not quite ready to create a 100% full-screen iPhone, and the Dynamic Island is likely a half-step in between the notch and that full-screen dream. And where the notch was always seen as an annoying, unuseful element, Davies says the
Samuel Axon of ArsTechnica also came away impressed, calling the Dynamic Island “clever” and praising the feature for having “snappy” animations and “useful” functionality.
Engadget‘s Cherlynn Low does note that you can still see the 12MP front-facing camera “if you peer hard” at the Dynamic Island, but it sounds like Apple has more than done its homework for this one. I’m personally most excited to see how third-party developers take advantage of the Dynamic Island, and considering how well widgets have been supported since their introduction in iOS 14, I’m hopeful for the future of Dynamic Island beyond the initial buzz and hype.
A very bright always-on display
Another big feature you’ll find on the
The Verge also noted that the always-on display is “surprisingly bright.” Furthermore, their hands-on photo shows an always-on display that looks noticeably brighter and more colorful than what we see on competing Android phones. The Verge also got confirmation from an Apple spokesperson that the always-on display will highlight people’s faces if you have a photo of someone on your lock screen.
Going big with the iPhone 14 Plus
Although most of the really exciting features went to the Pro lineup this year, the baseline iPhone has a big weapon up its sleeve — more specifically, the iPhone 14 Plus. Just as the rumors suggested, Apple didn’t release an iPhone 14 Mini this year and instead replace it with the
Mark Spoonauer of Tom’s Guide made a good point to notice the
TechRadar editor Lance Ulanoff also wrote about the
Apple stepped up its color game
Every new iPhone launch brings the introduction of a flagship color. For the
But it’s not just Deep Purple that’s getting all the attention. While it is the most eye-catching, Apple’s also introduced Space Black to replace Graphite and has improved the Silver finish.
iPhone 13 Provs Space Black iPhone 14 Propic.twitter.com/1Xxfe1zgmt
— Panzer (@panzer) September 7, 2022
In a Tweet from the Far Out event, Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch took a couple of photos of the Graphite
Muuuuuch better pic.twitter.com/yUlokwX3Ag
— Panzer (@panzer) September 7, 2022
Panzarino also shared a photo of the
While these first impressions are encouraging, they’re also far from final verdicts on the latest iPhones. How does the new A16 chip perform? Is the 48MP camera in the 14 Pro worth it? How about that new selfie camera? These are all questions we’ll be able to answer in due time, so keep an eye on Digital Trends as we have our own impressions, reviews, and more in the days and weeks ahead.
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