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Here’s a look at Apple’s new iPhone 14 (and a few other things) | Print edition


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At Apple’s recent iPhone event, the tech giant unveiled not only the new iPhone 14, but a bunch of other devices as well. So what exactly are we looking for in terms of new (and/or improved) hardware? Well, read on and find out.

The iPhone 14 (now in additional flavors of Plus, Pro, and Pro Max)

Being an iPhone event, the spotlight would obviously fall on the latest iteration of Apple’s iPhone. With the iPhone 14 though, there’s nothing to write home about. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by an upgraded version of Apple’s A15 Bionic chip. The iPhone 14 packs the same 6.1-inch Retina XDR OLED display with True Tone, and the iPhone 14 Plus (while dropping the iPhone 13 Mini) increases the screen size to 6.7 inches. Both models have Haptic Touch and up to 1,200 nits of peak brightness. Apple also announced that the iPhone now includes a security service called Emergency SOS via Satellite. As the name suggests, iPhone 14 users can connect to emergency services even if they are outside of cellular or Wi-Fi range, using satellites for communication. You can’t use it to send tweets or Snaps, but you can use it to send your location or a short message to emergency services. The service is free for iPhone 14 users in the United States and will also be available in Canada.

Discover the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus (Image credits: Apple.com)

The iPhone 14 will start at $799 and the Plus will cost $899. The iPhone 14 is already available for purchase, while the iPhone 14 Plus will be available in October. An interesting note was that all US iPhone 14 models will no longer use a physical SIM card. Instead, they will completely switch to eSims which can support multiple phone numbers and also offer better security.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are powered by Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip, which Apple says is built using a 4nm process. It also packs a 6.1″ and 6.7″ display and, for the first time, features an always-on display. With a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are capable of going down to a refresh rate of 1Hz, saving battery with the always-on display and also preventing screen burn-in. ‘screen.

Say hello to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (Image credits: Apple)

In terms of design, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max feature a new front design with a small cutout for the front camera. The cutout, called “Dynamic Island”, expands in real time to show important alerts, notifications and activity on maps, music, timers, live activity, battery levels, Face ID, etc Feature. Along with the list of firsts, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max also pack a 48MP camera with a 12MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide lens. Finally, there is a TOF 3D LiDAR scanner to measure depth. Both devices are priced at $999 and $1099 respectively.

Watch-a-Say? (Apple’s new watches say more than time)

As with the iPhone, Apple has also unveiled its latest Apple Watch Series 8. Again, it’s more or less the same design as the Apple Watch Series 7 but with a larger screen. A key new feature of the Series 8 is the inclusion of a body temperature sensor in addition to the standard heart rate sensor and ECG app. The new temperature sensor is designed for women’s health, especially to track ovulation. The sensor will measure the wearer’s wrist temperature every 5 seconds overnight and notify the user of any temperature changes through the Apple Health app. The sensor also allows retrospective estimates of ovulation and estimates of cycle deviation.

Apple Watch Series 8 now includes a temperature sensor as well as a car
crash detection function (Image credits: XDA Developers)

The Series 8 watch also includes a new car crash detection feature. So if the watch detects that the wearer has been involved in a car accident, it will automatically put you in touch with emergency services and share your location. It will also notify your emergency contacts. To make sure your watch doesn’t do this unnecessarily or on a false positive, the Series 8 incorporates a new three-axis gyroscope and high g-force accelerometer. In terms of battery, the Series 8 also introduces an LPM or Low Power mode, to extend battery life. If Apple’s estimates are reliable, the Series 8 can go from its usual 18 hours to 36 hours on a single charge. The Apple Watch Series 8 starts at $399 for the GPS model and $499 for the cellular model

Intended for sportsmen and explorers. Apple also unveiled the Apple Watch Ultra. By no means a thin device, the Apple Watch Ultra features a 49mm titanium case, a display with up to 2000 nits of brightness, and a larger, more robust crown. It also has a 36 hour battery life which can be extended to 60 hours on LPM. Similar to the Apple Watch Series 8, the Ultra features a body temperature sensor, advanced cycle tracking, international roaming on cellular models, and car crash detection. According to Apple, the Apple Watch Ultra will follow a user participating in a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile full marathon, all on a single charge.

Apple Watch Ultra is for the athlete and explorer and is built to handle tough situations
(Image credits: Apple.com)

Additionally, the Apple Watch Ultra also features a new Dark Mode (to help with battery life) and also features a Wayfinder watch face with a built-in compass and space for up to eight complications. It also has a built-in depth gauge, as well as new dual-frequency GPS so you can receive GPS signals in hard-to-reach places. The Apple Watch Ultra is priced at $799 (which is the same price as the regular iPhone 14.)

Finally, the Apple Watch SE, considered the entry into the Apple Watch lifestyle, offers users the basic Apple Watch experience, at a more affordable level. It contains the same processor (S8) that is present in both the Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra, thus enabling crash detection, international roaming and LPM. The watch is priced at $249 for the GPS model and $299 for the cellular model.

Looking to enter the Apple Watch ecosystem on a budget? The Apple Watch SE might be the one for you
(Image credit: The Verge)

AirPods Pro (2 Pro for you?)

While there’s nothing particularly eye-catching about the new generation of AirPods 2 compared to its predecessor, the new AirPods do offer some quality of life improvements. For starters, they’re powered by the new H2 chip, delivering “richer bass and crystal-clear sound across a wider frequency range.” There’s a 2x improvement to ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) and Transparency mode has also been improved to effectively reduce loud background/environmental noise.

The new generation of AirPods Pro offers stronger active noise cancellation, more
battery and a new “Find My” stand with a built-in speaker (Image credits: IGN)

AirPods Pro also offer longer battery life, with up to 6 hours of listening time on a single charge, making them comparable to 3rd generation AirPods and the charging case offers up to 30 hours of total listening time. Curiously, the new AirPods Pro do not support Apple’s lossless Apple Music sound.

The AirPods Pro also now feature Apple’s “Find My” support with a built-in speaker and are IPX4 rated (for water and sweat resistance). The case still charges via the Lightning connector (no Type-C, unfortunately) but can also be charged via an Apple Watch’s magnetic charger in addition to MagSafe charging. The Airpods Pro are priced at $249 in the US, like the original.

And There you go. These are the new devices that Apple unveiled during their “Far Out” event. Do you think it was far? We would love to hear from you.

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