Apple usually doesn’t admit upfront that there are longer wait times than usual or product shipment 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 ramp 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 and iPhone 14 Pro Max devices, in particular. Despite this fact, I think the phones are still worth the wait — and here’s why.
One of the coolest features of the
Though the Dynamic Island was a bit limited on launch, this was due to limitations of iOS 16 itself; the Live Activities API was not made available until iOS 16.1. At first, the Dynamic Island mainly worked with native iOS apps like Music and timers. But now that more developers are able to take advantage of it, the Dynamic Island is one of the best features of the
For example, Christian Selig, the maker of the popular Reddit app, Apollo, made Pixel Pals — an app that places an adorable Tamagotchi-like pixel pet in your Dynamic Island. It offers no real functionality, but it’s cute and fun. However, there are plenty of other apps that offer more practical uses of the Dynamic Island space — such as Flighty for tracking flight itineraries, CARROT Weather’s precipitation tracking, various recipe apps and cooking timers, and more.
As more apps add support for both Live Activities and Dynamic Island, you’ll wonder how you did without. Seriously, the Dynamic Island feature is one of the best things about the
I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I had been wanting an always-on display (AOD) on the iPhone for several years. Ever since I had an
Though some people may prefer how
If you prefer to take your photos with just your mobile phone, then the
When you take normal photos, the metadata will continue to show “12MP.” However, serious photographers may want to shoot in Apple’s ProRAW format, which can be done in full 48MP resolution for the absolute 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), which results in better Portrait mode photos.
Though most people may not use the advanced ProRAW format or ProRes video, such capabilities are nice to have, just in case. Plus, Apple added extras like the new Action Mode, which adds gimbal-like stabilization to videos, and Cinematic Mode can now shoot in
I get it — any product delays are annoying to deal with, especially since the holiday season always seems to sneak up on us. I’ve had my
Even with the COVID–19 situation affecting one of the key factories in China and Apple publicly acknowledging there may be longer wait times, I think the
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