Pro models start at $999
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max start at $999 and $1,099 - same price as the last-generation models. They come with up to 1TB storage. The pre-orders start in the US from September 9 and the handsets will go on sale from September 13. It's a wrap for now. Follow NewsBytes for all the latest from around the world.
No charing upgrades for the new iPhones?
Rumors suggested that the new iPhone 14 models will support 30W fast charging but we haven't heard anything on that front. Apple knows how to disappoint. Mid-range Android phones already support ultra-fast 120W wired fast charging and offer 120Hz OLED screens.
Pro models also boast a new camera system
The new Pro-monikered iPhones sport a brand-new 48MP camera with a quad pixel sensor - 65% larger than 13 Pro. They have a 2nd-gen sensor-shift OIS and f/1.78 aperture. The phones will churn out 12MP images thanks to pixel-binning technology for capturing maximum details. There is also a 2x telephoto camera with 48mm focal length and a 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera with 13mm focal length and macro photography support. There is also a new 12MP front camera with autofocus.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have 6.1- and 6.7-inch LTPO OLED displays with thinner borders and peak HDR brightness of 1,600-nits. In some cases, the brightness can go up to 2,000-nits. The displays support 1Hz-120Hz refresh rate and also get Always-on function. Apple's 4nm A16 Bionic chip, with nearly 16bn transistors, powers the new Pro models.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max - the most innovative iPhones yet
The new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have a new front design with a pill-shaped module housing the front camera and Face ID gadgetry called Dynamic Island (you can have a laugh). The phones come in Space Black, Silver, Gold, and Deep Purple shades. The Dynamic Island will show information pertaining to apps you're using such as Music, Maps, and others.
Apple iPhone 14 starts $799
The iPhone 14 starts at $799 while the Plus model starts at $899. In the US, both will be available for ordering from September 9. The vanilla iPhone 14 will become available from September 16 while the Plus trim will be up for grabs from October 7.
Apple announces 'Emergency SOS via satellite'
While Huawei is technically the first company to bring satellite communication to smartphones, Apple is not far behind. The company has introduced 'Emergency SOS via satellite' which will let you let send texts via satellite communication in case you do not have network or internet connection. It will launch in the US and Canada this November. Apple says it has also set up relay centers to get your texts and relay them to emergency responders who only accept phone calls so that help reaches you timely.
iPhone 14 and 14 Plus
Goodbye iPhone mini. Welcome, iPhone 14 Plus which joins the standard iPhone 14. The former has a 6.7-inch screen while the vanilla model has a 6.1-inch display - both sporting a 1,200-nits bright OLED panel with 60Hz (really?). The color options include: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and PRODUCT(RED). Both handsets pack an A15 chipset. There is a new 12MP (f/1.5) main rear camera. Up front, there is a 12MP (f.1.9) TrueDepth camera with autofocus for the first time.
New AirPods Pro is here at $249
Apple is calling the second-generation AirPods Pro as New AirPods Pro. They look the same as the current-generation earbuds but come with a new H2 chipset and improved active noise cancellation, in fact 2x than current-gen AirPods Pro. Apple is also offering better and personalized spatial audio and new XS-sized eartips. The New AirPods Pro also support Adaptive Transparency Mode that cancels high decibel noise. The earbuds get touch controls and up to 6 hours of listening time per charge (30 hours with case).
Apple Watch Ultra: Pricing
Apple Watch Ultra is loaded to the brim with features, particularly for explorers. It comes with a dedicated app for scuba divers called Oceanic Plus. Apple is aiming to kill all the swiss-made submariner watches. It is 100 meter water resistant, has a up to 2,000-nit bright display, a titanium case, sapphire crystal, and so much more. It costs $799 for the GPS+Cellular model.
All-new Apple Watch Ultra
Told ya all! Apple is taking the wearable segment more seriously than ever before. Welcome, Apple Watch Ultra with a brand-new 49mm case design, a customizable Orange button, a bigger crown, and a GPS chip. It lasts 36 hours on a single charge. With battery optimization, it can last up to 60 hours. It is designed for those who love adventures, explorers, and endurance athletes.
Apple Watch SE (2nd-generation)
Apple's entry-level Watch SE has also been updated. The affordable, second-generation wearable gets the same motion sensors as Series 8 for crash detection, faster S8 chip, and new case colors. It starts at $249 for GPS version and $299 for the GPS+cellular model.
Apple Watch Series 8 announced
Apple has introduced its latest Watch Series 8. While the design is similar to Series 7, the company has introduced several new features. With Series 8, you will be able to monitor temperature, women can track ovulation cycle, and detect crashes in popular types of cars and other vehicles. The wearable has a battery life of 18 hours. It starts at $399 for GPS and $499 for cellular variants.
The event is live!
Tim Cook is on stage and right away, he has confirmed that the event is about iPhone, Watch, and AirPods. So, no iPad updates and no teasing of the AR/VR set?
Keep an eye out for AirPods Pro 2
Apple had launched AirPods Pro in 2019 and since then, the truly wireless earbuds have not been updated. It is one of the best sellers in the world of wireless audio devices; if not the best. Apple is unlikely to tinker with the design but we expect to see a improved case with Type-C port (yes!), a speaker that will play sounds via Find My App in case you lose it, and possibly better drivers for an audio at par with some of the best TWS earbuds out there such as the Sony WF-XM4100 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3.
Apple Watch Series 8 could make a big splash
For Apple, iPhone has been and will remain its key product. Sure, the company has expanded into newer categories but nothing brings more revenue than the iPhone. This year, we will see new updated models wherein the divide between non-Pro and Pro models will reach a new level. But watch out for the Apple Watch Series 8. The small screen device is touted to pack some big changes this year, including a brand new and costlier Pro wearable.
What should you expect from Apple?
This is primarily a hardware event. The spotlight will be on the new batch of iPhones - a total of four, including iPhone 14, 14 Plus or Max, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max. Alongside, we expect to see the latest Apple Watch Series 8, AirPods Pro 2 TWS earbuds, and some updated iPads as well.
Event starts at 10:30pm in India
Apple will kick-off its 'Far Out' event today at 10:30 pm in India. It is being held in person for select members of the media, but those who don't have the invites can watch it online from anywhere in the world. The event will be streamed via Apple.com, Apple's YouTube channel, and Apple TV. As always, we will be updating you here with all the latest announcements.