The release of the iPhone 14 models by Apple in September has generated significant interest among consumers. MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera has been using the iPhone 14 Pro Max as his main phone since its launch, and he has shared some of his long-term usage thoughts with those who are still undecided about upgrading.
In terms of durability, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is holding up well, even after several drops. The device has a deep scratch on its display, which is a common occurrence without a case. The stainless steel coating in black is prone to scratching, but it is more durable than the coating on the 13 Pro Max.
The Always-on display and the Dynamic Island are nice features to have, especially with iOS 16.2 updates that allow users to hide their wallpaper. The Dynamic Island feature has not been fully utilized by third-party apps yet, but Live Activities are still new and haven’t been widely adopted.
The 48-megapixel upgrade to the Main camera on the iPhone 14 Pro models makes a significant difference in quality, but it is not something that is used daily because of the file sizes. The sensor upgrade does bring improvements to all photos, and the new 4K 24fps option for Cinematic Mode results in great videos.
In terms of upgrading, it is well worth the purchase if you are coming from an iPhone 11 or older. However, it may not be worth upgrading to one of the standard 14 models over the Pro models just because of the huge number of features Apple made exclusive to the 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Overall, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is a solid device with improved durability, advanced camera features and new technologies like Always-on Display, Dynamic Island and Live Activities. If you are considering an upgrade, it is worth watching the video review by Dan Barbera and considering the features that are most important to you.