Electronic Arts (EA) has shared its plans for the future of its first-person shooter franchise. Battlefieldfor which he brought together teams from DICE, Ripple Effect Studios, Industrial Toys and Ridgeline Games to create a connected universe.

The company is committed to “unleash the potential The game is currently working on the evolution of Battlefield 2042 after the release of its second season.

“Battlefield has been a vital part of this industry and as the industry changes we are looking to… develop the series into something even more extraordinary by embracing a global mindset and the vision of our leadership team,” said Byron Beede, General Manager of Battlefield, on the official blog.

This leadership team includes DICEthe studio responsible for developing the multiplayer experience, and the training effectwhich works on a “a totally new experience which will complement and build on the foundations of the series”.

Also on the team is Ridgeline Games, the new studio of Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto. new narrative campaign “which will engage fans in new and exciting ways while staying true to the series’ classic elements.” E Industrial toys.

All efforts are aimed at building a connected Battlefield universe”, as Beede notes, a company where creative director Lars Gustavsson will no longer be involved.

First impression: iPhone 14 Pro Max

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the “underground star” of Apple’s Far Out event – ​​it may not be the Apple mobile that gets the most search results, but it is undoubtedly the phone that impresses the most, especially when compared to the iPhone 14, which has to be considered a relatively loose entry-level model.

Although the phone is very similar to last year’s iPhone 13 Pro Max (and the 12 Pro Max before that), this year we’re getting some pretty big upgrades in terms of camera, screen , screen notch and features, so much so that it’s actually the phone most people should check out this year – if your wallet can handle it.

We’ve had the iPhone 14 Pro Max in our hands, scooped it up, tested it, and reviewed it for the tough life, so we can bring you the info on whether it’s worth getting excited about — and whether it’s worth spending (so much) money on it.

iPhone 14 Pro Max: Price and launch date

The iPhone 14 Pro Max costs NOK 15,490, if you choose the model with 128 GB of storage space. Granted, the phone is a bit more affordable than many predicted in advance in the US, but it’s still not a cheap phone we’re talking about here. Especially not here in Norway.

You don’t have to wait long if you’ve already decided to order Apple’s best iPhone – you can already pre-order from Friday, September 9 and get the iPhone 14 Pro Max in your hands from September 16.

iPhone 14 Pro Max: Design

As mentioned above, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has pretty much the same design as the 13 Pro Max. Still, if you were hoping it would fit in the same pricey case you bought for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, then you’ll be disappointed – the phone’s dimensions are nearly the same, but the camera bump on the inside. rear is much more extensive.

If you’re a previous owner of the 12 or 13 Pro Max, then the 14 Pro Max will sit familiarly on the back of your hand – the slightly sharper edges are located exactly where the fingers are used to resting, and most people’s thumbs have to go through fairly vigorous exercises to reach through the screen.

The physical button for disabling notifications is still in its usual place (lucky for those who worried it might go away this year), and there’s no USB-C port at the bottom, as expected.

Apple is sticking with the Lightning cable for at least a year, which will bring a sigh of relief to anyone who now thought they had to switch chargers.

The stainless steel band around the phone attracts just as many fingerprints as before, which you’ll probably notice in the photos we took. If you look closely, you might also notice that there is no SIM card slot on the side, below the volume buttons. It will be interesting to see how happy most people are with no longer being able to use SIM cards, but we can confirm that there was quite a bit of uproar among the public when it was announced.

The main design changes, in other words, aren’t in the metal part itself, but in the screen – so might as well take a look.

iPhone 14 Pro Max: Screen

The iPhone 14 Pro Max screen has changed in one big way: the large bus pocket is gone, but replaced by a single long pill-shaped cutout. Or is it actually one long pill?

No, actually it’s just the software playing tricks on you. Apple’s iOS 16 fills in the gaps, creating the pill shape, but can still use the space between the cutouts for lights that indicate notifications and the like. Pretty cool, actually.

Apple calls it a “dynamic island,” which made a number of attendees smile during the announcement. True to tradition, this will probably be part of Apple’s marketing material, no matter how stupid people think the word is.

The nice thing about the soft pill is that it changes depending on what you’re using the phone for – when we played around with the 14 Pro Max, for example, we could see that the area at the top showed the album art if we were starting a song, but you can also have the playing time there or press the area to access the app that played the music.

It’s actually a pretty cool thing, especially since it turns an area that’s basically useless into something actually useful.

It takes some getting used to, especially if you’re the type of person who’s used to having that unsightly notch nestled at the top of the screen (and maybe more if you’ve switched from Android , where most phones just have a tiny hole, which houses the selfie camera), but when the whole thing moves dynamically, the concept actually makes a lot of sense.

We expect it won’t take many days before you start ignoring the holes in the screen, but when we tested movie playback they were quite noticeable, especially since the movie extended to the edges, around the pill shape. The screen notch has moved to at least one of the sides. Small consolation, many would say.

Incidentally, the screen of the iPhone 14 Pro Max also has a completely new AOD (Always On Display) function. We wouldn’t call it directly revolutionary, because manufacturers such as Samsung have had something similar for years already.

It still looks good, and it’s something iPhone users talked about before launch – it can be annoying having to press down or lift the cellphone to see what time it is , and it also consumes battery life if you constantly need to wake up the phone.

The AOD feature will of course also steal power – though the Apple rep we spoke to couldn’t tell us exactly how much – but it can potentially work as a power saver for anyone using their phone as a clock.

This feature is made possible by the fact that the OLED technology used in the phone now has the same capabilities as that of the Apple Watch, i.e. it can slow down the refresh rate to a single frame per second, but still display content on the screen.

The AOD feature contains more features than we thought. Here you’ll find widgets, wallpapers and the clock, all visible even if the phone is locked and in practice switched off – you can also choose whether or not to show all widgets.

If you’ve never used an iPhone with an OLED display before – and it might be entirely possible, if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 11, for example – then chances are whether you’re disappointed with the clarity and quality, color saturation and accuracy, not to mention how smooth the images move and how much room you have to frolic with 6.7 inches.

If, on the other hand, you’re upgrading from a 12 or 13 Pro Max, only aside from the screen notch, there wasn’t much difference to track.

iPhone 14 Pro Max: Camera

The upgrades to the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s camera system mainly consist of one thing: the new 48MP sensor. This new technology means you can take more different types of photos, in a variety of styles, with higher resolution and get better results in dim lighting.

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