I’ve been playing with my new iPhone 14 Pro for about a week now and I love it! The photos are spectacular and the video is astonishingly good.
I’m beginning to determine which accessories I will need to assemble for mobile photography and videography with this most impressive iPhone. I bought the 256GB iPhone 14 Pro since is the storage I’ve always chosen for my past 3 iPhones and it was more than adequate. However, with the new 48 megapixel camera and the ability to shoot in Apple RAW and ProRes, I realize that I will be able to gobble up that 256GB capacity very quickly while traveling. So, I started exploring how I could easily offload photos and videos onto external storage while on the road. It turn out that this is not as simple as I’d hoped.
The obstacles I discovered are a due to 2 factors:
- Apple chose to keep the Lightening port in the iPhone 14 Pro instead of upgrading to a USB C port. Most of the major SSD makers are using USB C ports for faster data transfer.
- The iPhone 14 Pro apparently cannot provide sufficient power for most of the large (1TB or higher) SSD storage options.
A Good Solution
After a few days of exploring and testing, I have found a good solution for my travel needs. This solution requires the following items:
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Here’s what the setup looks like:
This is a light-weight solution that works well with my mobile/travel photography and videography. The data transfer rate is not as high as it would be if the iPhone 14 Pro had a native USB C port, but it is faster than using AirDrop (which I have found to be a bit flaky at times). Also, AirDrop requires another device (iPad or MacBook) to transfer the data.
I will be experimenting with doing some editing (both photo and video) directly from files on the SSD. I will report back here once this exploration is complete.
All signs are that Apple will be announcing new iPad Pro models with M2 chip and some new Mac models also powered by the M2 chip.
Of particular interest is the possibility the a new line of MacBook Pro models with the M2 chip. There is also a rumored Mac Mini with the new M2 chip.
Although Apple TV is due for an update, it is unclear whether this will be included in Apple’s October event.
Also due for an update are the iPadOS and MacOS (Ventura). The release dates of these operating systems be be announced at the October event.
I generally keep my iPhones for 2-3 years, depending on what new features are offered. The new iPhone Pro, which will be announced in September, has me thinking again about whether to upgrade or not.
To help with my decision, I’ve listed what new features I can expect for the iPhone 14 Pro. These include some new features introduced in the iPhone 13 Pro last year.
- Camera Upgrade: This is a biggy for me. I’ve slowly sold off my higher end camera equipment in favor of my iPhone’s camera and occasionally my small Sony rx100 vii. The iPhone 14 Pro will give me a 48-megapixel Wide lens and support for 8K video on the rear camera. The front camera will me upgraded with autofocus, increased optical zoom, image stabilization, Macro capabilities, Cinematic mode, ProRes video, and more.
- Newer, faster A16 Chip: The iPhone 12 Pro chip ain’t too shabby, but the A15 chip in the iPhone 13 Pro is 20% faster! The new A16 chip in the iPhone 14 Pro will be even faster!
- Longer Battery Life: The battery life in the iPhone 12 Pro for video playback is 17 hours. The iPhone 13 Pro comes in at 22 hours. The iPhone 14 Pro will have an even larger battery capacity.
- Brighter Display: The iPhone 14 Pro will have up to 200 nits higher peak brightness than the iPhone 12 Pro.
- Higher Modem and WiFi Performance: The iPhone 14 Pro will come with WiFi 6E, allowing for connection to 6GHz WiFi networks. Also, the iPhone 14 Pro will use the newer Snapdragon X65 modem for even faster 5G performance.
- Notch to Pill: Oh, and then there’s the Pill. I’m tired of that damn notch. So a pill-shaped cutout for sensors and front camera will be a welcomed change.
There are of course more upgrades, like ProMotion, Always-on display, larger storage options, and more. Overall, it looks like I’ll be getting the new iPhone 14 Pro in September.
Several online sources have confirmed that Apple will hold an event on Wednesday, September 7, at which the iPhone 14 will be unveiled.
This is a departure from Apple’s typical Tuesday iPhone events. This is likely due to Labor Day falling on that Monday.
It is still unknown whether IOS 16 will be ready to release at the September event. This week, Apple released the 6th beta of IOS 16 which included mostly bug fixes and minor maintenance improvements.
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Apple’s general practices and products have been deteriorating now for many years.
But this time they’ve been caught red-handed intentionally slowing down older iPhone performance with their updates and without telling customers what they were doing. Apple claims it was doing this to protect the consumer from iPhones with weakening batteries that may fail altogether. Really Apple? That’s the best you could come up with?
Apple now has a huge PR problem on their hands. But as bad as the PR problem is and will become, it will likely be dwarfed by the legal trouble ahead for Apple. The intentional and secretive slowing down of iPhone performance can be seen as doing direct harm iPhone users. There are already several lawsuits in the works, and I imagine there will be several more to come.
Will Apple begin to learn the lesson here? I doubt it.