iPhone 14 Pro hands-on: new colors, Dynamic Island in action and more [Videos]

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are now official and they come with a ton of new features. Two of the biggest upgrades are the redesigned notch, which Apple now calls the “Dynamic Island,” and the new always-on display. Check out the new iPhone 14 Pro in action below.

September 8, 2022: Updated with more videos.

New iPhone 14 Pro colors

The new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in four colors, two of which we’ve seen before and two brand new: gold, silver, deep purple and space black. The first images we see from the practice room in the Steve Jobs Theater bring the new colors to life and also show some improvements to silver.

The new space black color isn’t super dark on the back, but it is noticeably darker than the graphite finish. Where it really stands out is the stainless steel bezels, which are pure black, similar to the old space black Apple Watch. The new deep purple design looks really nice with its glossy finish around the stainless steel edges and a more muted purple on the back.

The gold finish of the iPhone 14 Pro looks unchanged from the previous version, but Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch says: the silver color looks significantly better. In previous versions the white/silver looked muted and cloudy, but this year it seems to be much closer to bright white.

Here are some photos of the new white finish and how the space black looks compared to the iPhone 13 Pro’s graphite, thanks to Panzarino.

And here’s a look at the new deep purple color from iJustine and from Krystal Lora.

Always-On Display and Dynamic Island

In addition to the new colors, the other major changes to the physical appearance of the iPhone 14 Pro are the new Dynamic Island and the Always-On display.

The Dynamic Island is what Apple calls the replacement for the notch. As rumor has it, the company is bridging the gap between the two separate display cutouts. The big surprise here is that the area between the canyon is completely interactive and, well, dynamic. It contains contextual information based on the app you are using or live data from other apps.

For example, the Dynamic Island can show artwork for the music you are currently playing. It also integrates with the Clock app for things like stopwatches and timers. There’s integration with Apple Maps for navigation information, live activity support for real-time notifications, and much more.

The Always-On display works pretty much as we expected. It shows a dimmed version of your iPhone’s lock screen with things like widgets and the time visible. It can also display a dimmed version of your wallpaper.

Go below for some hands-on footage of the Dyanmic Island and Always-On display of the iPhone 14 Pro. The new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max go on sale Friday and will be available from September 16. We expect in-depth reviews from embargoed press early next week.

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