Apple Event 2022 Recap: iPhone 14 Lineup, Apple Watch Series 8 and other announcements

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The iPhone turns 15 with the iPhone 14, one of the few new products announced at Apple’s event on Wednesday. To review: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch SE And AirPods Pro 2nd generation. All will be available for pre-order in the next few weeks, and some will ship by September 16th.

Apple announced iOS 16, the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system. At WWDC In June, and at the “Far Out” event we saw features like crash detection Always displayed And Dynamic Island Active.

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The Plus expands from the standard 6.1-inch version to a 6.7-inch device. They come with updated head dissipation, a 1,200-nit HDR display with Dolby Vision support, and a new shade of blue, among others. They get the battery life of the Max.

A new A15 Bionic chip pumps up all the cores for faster performance. Apple improved the camera setup with a larger sensor (1.9 micron) and Sensor Shift OIS on the 12-megapixel main camera. Apple says you’ll get better results with harder lighting and faster. The new TrueDepth camera also improves low-light photography and provides faster, better focusing. Apple has introduced the so-called Photonic Engine in the software for better image processing.

The system optimizes digital image stabilization for video and utilizes the entire sensor.

Rumor has it that the iPhone has gone to eSIMs — physical SIMs are no longer supported in the US. It also supports crash detection, thanks to new sensors, and Adds emergency SOS via satellite Thanks to an app that helps you stay connected when you’re off the grid, new antennas and satellites are moving. The latter comes free for two years.

iPhone 14 starts at $799 (£849, AU$1,399), plus $899 (£949, AU$1,579). Pre-orders start on September 9th, but the 14 ships on September 16th and the 14 Plus on October 7th.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max show side-by-side sizes

Pro Display XTR-like specs come with Super Retina XTR for Pro screens. The new camera notch expands and contracts to accommodate notifications and information you can interact with, called a “dynamic island.” Better brightness management and refresh rate categories are available to manage battery life, and new ones are always on display.

The new 4-nanometer A16 bionic chip is faster and requires less power than the A15. A new display engine speeds up display rendering inside and updated image signal processing adds a similar boost in photo quality to lower-end models.

A 48-megapixel sensor with support for pixel binning (4 pixels) allows better sensitivity in low-light shooting at 12-megapixels. There’s a new 2x telephoto setting and 48mm mode, and support for 48 megapixels in ProRaw. It also gets a video action mode and 24 frame-per-second shooting.

They come in space black and deep purple in addition to the traditional silver and gold.

Prices start at $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749) for the Pro and $1,099 (£1,199, AU$1,899) for the Pro Max. Bookings open from September 9; They will be available on September 16.

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New watch faces, always-on and larger display (thanks to smaller bezels), better durability are the highlights of the new series. Better menstrual cycle tracking comes with a suite of new features, including a new temperature sensor for ovulation estimation.

There are also new safety features such as crash detection to provide automatic notification to emergency services and contacts. This is made possible by updated motion sensing with a new gyroscope and accelerometer.

Low Power Mode disables some less essential features like Always On Display to extend the claimed 36 hours. International roaming will roll out on all cell models running watchOS 9.

And beautiful new colors and stripes.

Prices start at $399 (£419, AU$629) and include three months of Apple Fitness Plus for free. It will be available on September 16, but pre-orders are open now. WatchOS 9 will be available from Monday, September 12.


Apple’s entry-priced Watch gets bigger, faster, and improved pairing for kids who don’t have iPhones, and the back case now matches the results. It is made of many recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as the Series 8 to enable crash detection.

It’s up for pre-order now, shipping September 16. Prices start at $249 (£259, AU$399).

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“Extreme” is the key word for this model. It’s even more rugged, made of titanium, with a bezel to protect the display from damage. There are new bands designed for specific activities (alpine, trail and oceanic). There’s a new action button for quick body control, and the controls are designed to be usable while wearing gloves. Some of the highlights include an improved mic, built-in cellular, a larger battery that lasts up to 36 hours (extendable to 60 hours with a new optimization system), and a new complex face and night mode for better visibility.

Inside, there’s a new GPS designed for better results in city-like environments and it uses a mic array for better pickup. It’s also got a ton of new apps aimed at specific types of functions, like a dive computer and wayfinder system.

The Apple Watch Ultra will cost $799 (£849, AU$1,299) and automatically includes cellular. Pre-orders are open now, and the Watch Ultra will be available on September 23.

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According to Apple, the H1 chip inherits the H2, and new drivers and processing provide better detail and clarity. Spatial Audio gets customization options for better surround, active noise cancellation, passive noise reduction and mic noise cancellation. Adaptive Transparency actually works better with loud noises.

Use these headphones for up to six hours in the earbuds, and 30 hours on a charge in the case, and the loud speaker makes the case easily detectable. It also now supports Qi charging.

They cost $249 (£249, AU$399), pre-order on September 16 and start shipping on September 23.

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