As usual, Apple’s September event was packed with new hardware, most of which we’re not too shocked about. The rumor mill correctly predicted the all-new Apple Watch Ultra, as well as the more iterative Apple Watch Series 8 and a new Apple Watch SE. And the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro have mostly lived up to expectations, including the sad fact that the iPhone mini is no longer available. The AirPods Pro also received a long-awaited update, although we’d classify this as yet another iterative change.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro
Shocking no one, Apple today unveiled four new iPhones in two different lines. The iPhone 14 will not be joined by a mini model this year, but by a larger iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.7-inch screen. Aside from the larger screen, the design is essentially the same as last year’s iPhone 13. As is often the case, the camera has received some of the biggest upgrades — Apple says the main rear camera is all new, as well as the front-facing TrueDepth camera, and they are combined with a new photo processing pipeline called Photonic Engine to improve low-light performance. The True Tone flash has also been improved. And for video shooters, a new “Action Mode” aims to reduce shake and vibration that occurs when you’re moving while filming.
Again, there are some notable new security features on board. Just like the new Apple Watch models, the iPhone 14 features crash detection that uses a new accelerometer and gyroscope along with machine learning models to detect serious car crashes; It automatically calls emergency services when a user cannot reach or use their phone. The new iPhone also has satellite connectivity to contact emergency services in places where there is no cellular signal. As usual, Apple is also saying that the iPhone 14 will have better battery life than ever before — particularly the iPhone 14 Plus, which thanks to its larger size can have a larger battery.
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max come in the same two screen sizes and include all the features of the iPhone 14 plus some notable improvements. The iPhone 14 Pro has an “always-on” screen for the first time. The refresh rate drops to 1Hz and the screen dims, similar to the Apple Watch’s own always-on display. In this way, you can always see notifications and widgets from the new lock screen in iOS 16.
Another major change to the iPhone 14 Pro’s display is that the notch has been replaced with a circular cut-out that Apple calls Dynamic Island. Rather than just leaving this area as an empty hole to house the front-facing camera and facial recognition systems, this area will work in tandem with iOS 16 to provide a quick view of background processes running on your phone like timers, directions , face recognition or music playback. We haven’t seen it in action yet, but it seems like a good improvement over the static and fairly large notch that’s been part of the iPhone for years.
Apple’s iPhone Pro range always has some significant camera advantages, and that’s the case again this year. The iPhone 14 Pro features a new 48-megapixel Quad Pixel sensor for the main camera lens. Typically, the iPhone 14 Pro combines four pixels into one ultra-large pixel, which keeps the image size at around 12MP but allows for significantly improved low-light performance. You can also use the 2x telephoto zoom without loss of quality as it only uses the sensor’s center 12 megapixels for full-size images. The ultra-wide camera and the front camera are also completely new, and of course the iPhone 14 Pro uses the new Photonic Engine for further image improvements.
All iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models are available for pre-order on Friday September 9th. The iPhone 14 will start at $699 and will be generally available on September 16, while the iPhone 14 Plus will be available on October 7 for $799. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max start at $999 and $1,099 respectively and will also go on sale September 16.
Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE
As expected, the Apple Watch Series 8 is just a small change to the existing Apple Watch formula. The main new hardware features are a temperature sensor and two new accelerometers that work with the watch’s existing sensors to detect car accidents. Using the temperature sensor overnight can also give women estimates of when they are expected to ovulate. The Series 8 is also getting a new software feature called Power Save Mode. According to Apple, this should increase battery life to 36 hours from the standard 18 hours by disabling features like the always-on display and features like automatic exercise recognition, while keeping essential tools like activity tracking on. Thankfully, this feature has been coming to all Apple Watches since the Series 4.
However, the $799 Apple Watch Ultra is a whole new beast. It’s similar to the original Apple Watch but with a much larger 49mm display and a flat front crystal engineered to project the screen during side impacts. The digital crown and side button are built into a new protruding area that helps protect the crown, and there’s also a new “action” button on the left side of the watch. You can customize this button to launch any function or app you want—like starting a workout or activating an onboard dive computer.
Speaking of diving, the Ultra is twice as waterproof as the standard Apple Watch and also has a larger battery rated for 36 hours of use. This can be extended to 60 hours with the new battery saver function. Because the Apple Watch Ultra is much larger than its predecessors, it requires new straps, and Apple has created three entirely new options: Trail Loop, Alpine Loop, and Ocean Band. Each of these bands is intended for a different activity. You can pre-order the Apple Watch Ultra today and it will be available in stores on September 16th.
Finally, Apple has updated the entry-level Apple Watch SE. It starts at $249 and has a larger screen, the same crash detection capabilities as the Series 8, a 20 percent faster S8 chip, and health features like AFib history and heart rate notifications. Luckily, this means that Apple has finally stopped selling the old Apple Watch Series 3; The SE is now the cheapest option available.
The new AirPods Pro look essentially identical to the original model, but there are a lot of nice updates on board here. Perhaps most important are touch-sensitive areas on the headphone stems that you can swipe to adjust the volume, a pretty handy addition when you don’t want to ask Siri for help. The new H2 chip, meanwhile, offers up to double the noise-cancelling performance of the original AirPods Pro, along with improvements in overall sound quality and transparency mode. Battery life has also been improved – you should get around 6 hours per change, or 30 hours total with the charging case.
The charging case has also seen some nice improvements – it now works with the small Apple Watch charging disc, as well as the MagSafe charger and all other Qi-compatible wireless chargers. It also has a built in speaker so you can find it if you lose it and there is a lanyard attachment too. Priced at the same $249 as the last model, the new AirPods Pro will be available for pre-order on September 9th and will be available on September 23rd.
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