iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have started arriving to customers around the world. For those who have upgraded to either device, we’ve compiled a list of 10 useful settings worth checking out below.
Some of the settings are exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models, while others were introduced in iOS 16 for a wider range of iPhones.
New settings for iPhone 14 Pro models
Enable 48MP ProRAW photos
iPhone 14 Pro models have an upgraded rear camera system that can take 48-megapixel photos, but only in ProRAW mode, which can be enabled in the Settings app below Camera → Formats → Apple ProRAW with the resolution set to 48MP. In the Camera app, a button labeled RAW will appear in the top right corner to easily turn ProRAW on or off.
ProRAW photos retain more detail in the image file for more editing flexibility. 48-megapixel ProRAW photos are very large files, clocking in at around 75MB each or higher, so be mindful of your iPhone’s storage space when taking photos in this mode.
Enable 4K movie mode
On all four iPhone 14 models, cinematic mode videos can now be recorded in 4K. To enable the higher resolution in the Settings app, tap Camera → Record movies and choose 4K at 24 frames per second or 4K at 30 frames per second.
Introduced with the iPhone 13 series, Cinematic mode has a depth effect with automatic focus changes for “cinema-style” videos.
Optimize action mode for lower light
All four iPhone 14 models have a new Action Mode that adjusts to significant shake, movement and vibrations for a smoother-looking video. Apple says the feature can be used to record video while driving off-road in a vehicle, filming a runner, and more.
An Action Mode button can be found in the top left corner of the Camera app for video. In the Settings app, Action Mode can be optimized for low light conditions by navigating to Camera → Record video → Action mode Lower light.
Turn on a startup sound
An optional new accessibility feature allows all iPhone 14 models to play a sound when turned on and off. The feature can be enabled in the Settings app below Accessibility → Audio/Visual → Turn sounds on and off.
Turn off the always-on display
iPhone 14 Pro’s new always-on display mode is enabled by default. This can be turned off in the Settings app at the bottom Display and brightness → Always on.
Always-on display mode dims the entire lock screen, but still shows the time, date, widgets, wallpaper, and unread notifications. As soon as you lift the iPhone, tap or swipe on the bottom of the screen, or press the side button, the screen returns to normal brightness.
New settings in iOS 16
Turn on haptic feedback for keyboard
iOS 16 added a new haptic feedback option for the iPhone’s stock keyboard. Similar to many Android smartphones, the iPhone can make a slight vibration after each key you press while typing, providing physical confirmation that the key has been typed.
In the Settings app, the feature is at the bottom Sounds and Haptics → Keyboard Feedback → Haptics.
Add a battery percentage icon to Status Bar
iOS 16 finally reintroduced the option to see a battery percentage icon in the status bar on the iPhone X and newer, eliminating the need to swipe to open the Control Center to see the percentage. To enable the new icon on iPhone 14 Pro models, open the Settings app and navigate to Battery → Battery percentage.
Automatically send messages with Siri
Siri usually asks for confirmation before sending a message to someone, but in iOS 16 there is a new option to skip the confirmation step. To enable it in the Settings app, tap Siri & Search → Automatically send messages.
The feature can also be activated when an iPhone is connected to headphones or CarPlay.
Ask Siri to hang up a phone call
With iOS 16, you can say “Hey Siri, hang up” during a phone call to end the call hands-free, but note that the command can be heard by others during the call. In the Settings app, this feature can be enabled under Siri & Search → Call Join.
View Wi-Fi passwords
You can finally view the password of a Wi-Fi network you’ve previously connected to on iOS 16. Tap on the Settings app Wi-Fi → tap a network → tap the password field and authenticate with Face ID to see the password.