February 1, 2023
Is your team still measuring stockpiles with a 4 year old iPhone? Are you using a last year’s model and wonder if it’s work upgrading already? This article gives you 5 reasons to consider upgrading to the new iPhone 14 lineup to improve your stockpile measurement experience.
At the end of this article, we will sum up the enhancements and provide a recommendation that will help you decide if you should upgrade to the new iPhone 14.
With the latest version of the SR Measure app on the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, you get on device measurements. You will have the ability to process the data on the iPhone and get a measurement at the job site without uploading to the cloud. Below are two major benefits of getting on device measurements. This is without a doubt the #1 reason to upgrade to the new iPhone 14.
Apple unveiled a larger screen option for the base iPhone 14. In the past, if you wanted a larger screen you had to upgrade to the Pro model. Now the 6.7″ model is available for both the base and Pro model iPhones. Aside from having 21% more screen to better see what you are doing while measuring stockpiles, the larger format iPhone has a larger battery that translates into 6 more hours of usage before you need to recharge. The largest drawback to the larger screen is that it can be more cumbersome to hold one-handed.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro have greatly improved cameras. However, how much better? That is hard to say until we have the new phones in house.
We do know that the iPhone 14 received a feature from the Pro line this year that will help reduce blurry video: Sensor Shift Optical Image Stabilization. This feature mechanically shifts the camera sensor with your movement which reduces motion blur in the video. What does that mean for you? The image quality will improve if you have to walk over uneven terrain.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro also have larger sensors which help capture details in low-light situations. While this is a great enhancement, any iPhone from the XS lineup and newer already does great in low-light for stockpile measurement.
The iPhone 14 Pro comes with a brand new dual-frequency GPS unit. What does that mean for you? Better location accuracy means we can process your financial grade stockpile report FASTER.
The iPhone 14 Pro’s screen is now brighter than ever before. The maximum outdoor brightness has increased to 2000 nits which makes it easier to see the screen on sunny days. To put that number in perspective, the screen is now 66% brighter outdoors than the previous generation iPhone. You may finally be able to measure a stockpile in the Texas sun without having to hold your hand over the screen to shade it.
If you want to dive deep into the detail of the new iPhone 14 lineup, our Chief Scientist, Jared Heinly, and our Technical Evangelist, Jonathan Stephens, hosted a livestream last week to break down everything we saw at the Apple keynote event. Jared explains what the advancements with each camera mean to an average user and what they mean for capturing objects in 3D.
Our Buying Recommendation:
If your team needs measurements in the field, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro are a must! This is the only generation of iPhones that support Stockpile Reports’ newest on-device processing.
Regardless of your usage needs, we recommend buying the iPhone 14 or 14 Pro if you have an iPhone 8 or older. This will be a huge leap in camera quality and a much faster user experience when navigating apps. You will also have fewer issues measuring stockpiles when the sun is low in the sky.
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