Apple''s latest iPhones, the 14 and 14 Pro, have been released, and is it tempting to pay $1,099 for its latest and greatest from the company. Perhaps it will be the best phone to use for flying drones?
Apple executives praise the latest iPhone, but some argue that the iPhone 15 might make life easier for those who fly drones, and it''s all about USB-C.
What could be coming in future iPhones
Apple might be forced to ditch Lightning next year because of the EU, users around the country could be getting USB-C iPhones, simplifying what cords we must bring for flying.
We all have that one pocket or compartment in the gear case, which makes sure you have at least one or more for each device you may be using to fly that day. When Apples switches to USB-C iPhones, say goodbye to those Lighting cords you need to plug into your controller or for charging.
Should you wait for the iPhone 15 to have a USB-C connection for another year? What was my mind during the previous weeks Apple event, but this years changes to the iPhone Pro models have me waiting to receive my iPhone 14 Pro tomorrow. Let me explain my point.
Is the iPhone 14 Pro right for you?
The reason why I received the iPhone 14 Pro might not be the same for you. Im upgrading from an iPhone 12 with 64 GB of storage. This setup was my favorite for years, including the iPhone X I upgraded from before after three and a half years, but it didn''t hold up when I arrived to DroneDJ. Most apps require a lot of space to use it, and I constantly need to delete or offload to use Autel and Skydios applications.
I decided to upgrade this year because I had more room for on-phone storage, a 2,000 nits screen during peak daylight, and the Apple fanboy deep inside made me pull the trigger to pre-order the iPhone 14 Pro 256 GB in Space Black. However, if Apple didnt reel me in to try what they call the Dynamic Island, I would not have chosen that phone.
With a few tweaks, the iPhone 13 and 14 are basically the same, and the 14 Pro lineup has only made some significant changes. So if you are content with your iPhone 13, then you will not see any upgrades from the newest standard iPhone this year. However, a new addition, the iPhone 14 Plus, has the same internals as the 14 but includes a larger screen and a larger battery.
The most significant disadvantage to being able to use smartphones in drone flying is that the battery life, which is because it never seems to last as long as you want it to. I think the iPhone 14 Plus, which is cheaper than the Pro, will make you feel confident in another year and will offer a higher battery life.
The iPhone 14 screen isn''t too bright enough for use. It is roughly 800 nits of brightness, which I have never seen outside unless in direct sunlight. The DJIs RC Pro screen comes in at 1,000 nits, which corresponds with what you will probably see on the 14 Pro. However, I will always enjoy my built-in screen controllers over those that require smartphones every day.
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