Apple Event 2022 Recap: iPhone 14 Lineup, Apple Watch Series 8, and Every Other Announcement

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The iPhone turns 15 with the iPhone 14, one of the few new products announced Wednesday at Apple’s event. To conclude: 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. Everything will be available for pre-order in the coming weeks, with some shipping as early as September 16.

Apple has announced the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 16. at WWDC in June, and during the “Far Out” event, we saw features such as Crash Detection, the Always on display and Dynamic Island in action.

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The Plus expands to a 6.7-inch device from the standard 6.1-inch version. They have an updated main dissipation, a 1200-nit HDR display with Dolby Vision support and are available in a new shade of blue alongside the rest. They inherit the battery life from the Max.

A new A15 Bionic chip ejects all cores for faster performance. Apple has upgraded the camera system with a larger sensor (1.9 microns) and sensor shift OIS in the 12 megapixel main camera. Apple says you get better results in difficult lighting, and faster too. The new TrueDepth camera also improves low-light photography and has faster, better focusing. Apple has introduced what it calls the Photonic Engine into software for better image processing.

Action mode improves digital image stabilization for video and uses the entire sensor.

As rumor has it, the iPhone has gone to eSIMs – no more physical SIM cards supported in the US. It also supports crash detection, thanks to new sensors, and adds satellite emergency SOS for when you’re off the grid, thanks to new antennas and an app that helps you stay connected while the satellite moves. You get the latter for free for two years.

The iPhone 14 starts at $799 (£849, AU$1,399), the Plus at $899 (£949, AU$1,579). Pre-order starts on September 9, but the 14 will ship on September 16 and the 14 Plus on October 7.

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Pro Display XDR-esque specs are coming to the Pro displays with the Super Retina XDR. The new camera notch on the pro expands and contracts to include notifications and information, which you can interact with, dubbed the “Dynamic Island.” Better brightness management and a variety of refresh rates are available to manage battery life, and keeps the new Always On display from being too exhausting.

The new 4-nanometer A16 Bionic chip is faster and requires less power than the A15. A new Display Engine in it speeds up the display of the screen, and the updated image signal processing adds similar improvements in picture quality to the lower-end models.

A 48-megapixel sensor with support for pixel binning (4 pixels) provides better sensitivity in low-light shooting with 12 megapixels. There’s a new 2x telephoto setting and a 48mm mode, plus support for 48 megapixels in ProRaw. Video also gets action mode and 24 frames 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, $1,099 for the Pro Max (£1,199, AU$1,899). You can pre-order from September 9; they are available on September 16.

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New dials, an always-on and larger display (thanks to smaller bezels), along with better durability are the highlights of the new series. There’s better menstrual cycle tracking thanks to a new set of features, including a new temperature sensor to get an estimate of ovulation, among other things.

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

The power-saving mode disables some of the less necessary features, such as the always-on display, to extend up to 36 hours. International roaming is also rolling out on all mobile models with WatchOS 9.

And beautiful new colors and tires.

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

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Apple’s entry-level Watch gets bigger, faster, and improved pairing for kids without iPhones, and the back case now matches the finishes. It is made from many recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as Series 8 to enable crash detection.

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

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“Extreme” is the password for this model. It is the most robust yet, made of titanium, with a bezel to protect the screen from impact. New bands have been designed for specific activities (alpine, trail and oceanic). There’s a new action button for quick physical control, and the controls are designed to be used even with gloves. An improved microphone, built-in mobile phone, a huge battery that lasts up to 36 hours (which can be extended to 60 hours via a new optimizer setting), plus a new complex face and night mode for better vision are some of the highlights.

Inside, there’s a new GPS designed for better results in city-like environments, and it uses a microphone array for better recording. It also has a ton of new apps targeting specific types of activities, such as a dive computer and wayfinder system.

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

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The H1 chip is graduating to H2, and new drivers and processing provide more detail and clarity, according to Apple. Spatial audio gets a personalization option for better surround, active noise cancellation, passive noise cancellation and microphone noise cancellation all get a boost. Adaptive transparency will do better with really loud sounds.

Use these headphones for up to six hours in the earbuds, plus a 30-hour charge in the case, and the case is easier to find thanks to a louder speaker. It now also supports Qi charging.

They cost $249 (£249, AU$399), available to pre-order September 16 and begin shipping September 23.

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