3 products. iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. Sorry, iPad fans!
The iPhone turns 15 with the iPhone 14, one of the handful of new products announced at Wednesday’s Apple event. To recap: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Watch Series 8, Watch Ultra, Watch SE and AirPods Pro (2nd Generation). All will be available for preorder over the next few weeks, and some ship as soon as Sept. 16.
iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro: featuring new ‘Dynamic Island’ notch replacement, always-on display and big camera upgrades.
During the event Apple’s final and most important announcement was the iPhone 14 Pro. And while the always-on display and camera upgrades are cool, it’s the ‘Dynamic Island’ that will grab headlines.
The new notch is called the ‘Dynamic Island’. I did not make that up. The catchiest name Apple could come up with for the new notch is ‘Dynamic Island’. Seriously. ‘Dynamic Island.’
We’d heard tell for a while that the notch was on the way out. We did not know Apple would call its ‘pill’ replacement something quite so flamboyant. That said, it does look very cool. Check out the adjusting notification space in Apple’s own ad here:
Also…we love an Apple grid:
Prices start at $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749) for the Pro, $1,099 for the Pro Max (£1,199, AU$1,899) and you can preorder starting Sept. 9; they’re available on Sept. 16.
iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus: featuring a new dual-camera system, Crash Detection and a new, larger 6.7-inch size – although the iPhone mini is no more.
The iPhone 14 seems a particularly minor upgrade. A new dual-camera system, Crash Detection and a new, larger 6.7-inch size are nice.
Apple didn’t release an iPhone mini. Did they kill it off?
Also…you guessed it…another Apple grid for iPhone 14:
The iPhone 14 starts at $799 (£849, AU$1,399), the Plus at $899 (£949, AU$1,579). Preorder starts Sept. 9, but the 14 ships Sept. 16 and the Plus on Oct. 7.
Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Series 8: with a new temperature sensor that enables advanced features for women’s health, and Crash Detection for car crashes.
Here’s Apple Watch Series 8. It looks a lot like Apple Watch Series 7.
Apple Watch Series 8 features a new temperature sensor, which the company says will allow for much more advanced cycle tracking, including ovulation information. New automatic retrospective ovulation notifications could apparently help those who are trying to conceive. *Insert baby emoji*
Apple Watch Series 8 also features new car crash detection. Here’s one notification you’ll never want to receive…
Low Power Mode is making the jump from iPhone to Apple Watch. Exciting! (Ish.)
Also…this watch doesn’t get a grid (sorry).
Prices start at $399 (£419, AU$629), and includes three months of Apple Fitness Plus free. It’s available Sept. 16, but preorders are open now. WatchOS 9 will be available starting Monday, Sept. 12.
Apple Watch SE
Apple’s entry-priced Watch gets bigger, faster and improved pairing for kids without iPhones, and the back case now matches the finishes. It’s made of many recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as Series 8 to enable crash detection.
It’s in preorder today, shipping Sept. 16. Prices start at $249 (£259, AU$399).
Apple Watch Ultra
- Apple Watch Ultra: a brand new design inspired by “extreme activities,” featuring a 49mm display, customisable Action button and three new straps.
The rumours were true, but it isn’t called ‘Pro’. Apple’s new ‘extreme sports’ wearable is called Apple Watch Ultra. Here it is.
It has a whole new button! The ‘action button’ can be used for even more interactive workouts, such as immediately logging a new section of a marathon. (Is ‘section’ the right word? I don’t know – I’ll probably buy the Apple Watch Ultra to sit at my desk.)
Also..yes, we’re back with grids, here’s a good Apple Watch Ultra one:
Apple Watch Ultra will be $799 (£849, AU$1,299), and automatically includes cellular. Preorders are open now, and the Watch Ultra will be available Sept. 23.
AirPods Pro 2
Yep, we started with a grid instead of a demo picture. Finally, AirPods Pro 2 lets us change the volume using touch controls.
It’s AirPods time — “the best and most popular headphones in the world,” Tim Cook says. And so we’re getting a new generation of AirPods Pro — we’ll call it the AirPods Pro 2 to avoid confusion.
AirPods Pro 2: The $249 wireless earbuds get a new H2 chip along with a low-distortion audio driver and custom amplifier for improved sound. You’ll be able to use the front camera on your iPhone to create a customized spatial audio profile, while other features like active noise cancellation have been improved. Battery life is now 6 hours of playback.
They’re $249 (£249, AU$399), available for preorder Sept. 16 and start shipping Sept. 23.
And that’s all for Apple’s announcement!
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