Apple just finished holding its annual iPhone event and that of course meant new iPhones. There were plenty of surprised with a larger iPhone 14 Plus replacing last year's mini model and a pair of extremely well equipped iPhone Pro models. Though, the biggest surprise was perhaps the Apple Watch Ultra, which is basically Apple's wearable on steroids with a bigger screen and an extremely rugged build. In case you missed it we've rounded up every major product announcement you need to know about
along with all the key information around the new products.
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple kicked off the show with its latest wearable, the Apple Watch Series 8. This new model brings even more features for health, safety, and connectivity. The new Apple Watch features a new temperature sensor for women’s health and a cycle tracking feature. This fills a big hole left by the security concerns around period-tracking apps.
For cycle tracking the Series 8 samples will check your wrist temp every half second and observe nightly shifts in baseline temp. Cyclical patterns can reveal the biphasic shift, which can indicate ovulation. Apple promises all cycle data is encrypted end-to-end on the device and the iCloud and it’s only accessible with a passcode or biometric ID, so even Apple can't read it.
Beyond that Series 8 also features a new gyroscope and an accelerometer, the latter of which samples motion 4 times faster than the previous sensor. With these new sensors, the Apple Watch can now detect car crashes and will call emergency services.
The Apple Watch Series 8 also features 18-hour battery life for all day use. Also activating the low-power mode extends battery life to 36-hours.
The Apple Watch Series 8 retails for $399 with GPS while cellular models run for $499. Both models come with three months of Fitness+ and they’re available to order today and it arrives September 16.
Apple Watch SE
Apple introduced its second-generation Apple Watch SE. Similar to the iPhone SE to the mainline iPhones, the Apple Watch SE features many of the same internal components of the Apple Watch Series 8. The SE model shares the same S8 processor as well as the new motion sensors.
The Apple Watch SE starts at $249 with GPS and then $299 for the cellular model. You can order today with general availability on September 16th.
Apple Watch Ultra
The Apple Watch is finally getting the Pr – err…Ultra treatment today. It’s essentially a high-end Apple Watch that’s larger and more durable, plus it offers longer battery life. The Apple Watch Ultra features a 49mm case, cellular connectivity by default, and a new programmable action button. All the buttons and crown on the Apple Watch Ultra have also been enlarged to use while wearing gloves.
The Apple Watch Ultra is built rugged to go after extreme activity watches from brands like Garmin. As such it’s built to an 810 military standard. This will be a watch you can take into the arctic and into the depths of the ocean without needing a case at all.
The Apple Watch Ultra will start at $799, it’s available to order today and it ships on September 23rd.
The second generation AirPods Pro is here at last. They look practically the same and the only new physical feature is a lanyard slot on the case, but there’s a lot new on the inside. The new AirPods Pro features a H2 chip with high-bandwidth connectivity for "exceptional sound quality." Additionally, the H2 chip powers advanced computation active noise cancellation for double the noise cancellation.
The new AirPods Pro’s also features a new touch capacitive layer for swipe controls on the stems. Battery life has also been extended to six hours in the buds and another 30 hours in the case. MagSafe has also come to the AirPods Pro case, so you have a third way of charging them on top of Lightening and Qi charging.
The second-gen AirPod Pro will retail for $249 when it becomes available to order September 9th and available September 23rd.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
The new iPhone 14 is here and the notch remains the same. Also, the iPhone Mini has truly gone the way of the dodo and it’s been replaced by a larger iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.1-inch screen. The new 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens have also been upgraded with new brighter 1200-nit OLED displays that support Dolby Vision.
Of course, the handsets feature the A15 Bionic chip with a six-core CPU, built with two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores.
Moving onto cameras, the iPhone 14 sports a new 12MP main camera with larger 1.9micron pixels and a wider f1.5 aperture lens, plus optical image stabilization. The iPhone 14 is also headlined by a new amazing camera system called the photonic engine to give low-light photography a 49% improvement.
In an odd change, the iPhone 14 is completely moving away from physical SIM cards to eSIM with its US models. So if you buy this new phone you won’t be able to simply move your sim card to this device.
Similar to the new Apple Watch models, the iPhone 14 features crash detection, and thanks to new satellite connectivity, you’ll be able to send out an Emergency SOS via satellite. The emergency satellite service launches in November and it comes free for two years with iPhone 14, but Apple didn’t mention how much it will cost after that.
The iPhone 14 starts at $799 and the iPhone 14 Plus costs $899. You can order either model starting on September 9th, but the iPhone 14 arrives on September 16 and the iPhone 14 Plus is available on October 7th.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
The smaller notch that’s been rumored forever has come to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. But instead of calling it a hole punch or notch, Apple is calling it a dynamic island now. iOS 16 basically has a bunch of new animations that incorporate the black space of the notch such as extending into a long line for Siri searches or a black box to show what’s playing now.
Aside from the new dynamic island, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max’s 6.1- and 6.7-inch screens now feature thinner bezels, a peak 2000-nit brightness, and a minimum 1Hz refresh rate. It’s also the first iPhone to feature an always-on display.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max also get a new A16 Bionic chip built from a 4nm processor to feature nearly 16 billion transistors. The chip features six CPU cores, including two high-performance cores that use 20% less power while the four efficiency cores use 1/3rd the power of competitor chips.
The iPhone series has used 12MP cameras for a long time but the new iPhone Pro is finally stepping things up with a 48MP camera with a 24mm focal length and f1.78 aperture. Aside from being higher-resolution, it’s a quad-pixel sensor that’s 65% larger than the previous Pro model. Additionally, with pixel binning, Apple can crop the sensor into a true 2x zoom camera with a 48mm focal length. And you can also shoot ProRAW at the full 48MP resolution.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 while the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099. Preorders begin September 9th and the phones will be available September 16th.
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