Apple 2022 event recap: iPhone 14 lineup, Apple Watch Series 8 lineup, and every other announcement

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The iPhone is 15 years old with the iPhone 14, and it’s one of the few new products announced at Apple’s event on Wednesday. To sum up: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 PlusAnd the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro MaxAnd the Apple Watch Series 8And the Apple Watch UltraAnd the Apple Watch SE And the AirPods Pro 2nd generation. Everything will be available for pre-order over the next few weeks, and some will be available as soon as September 16th.

Apple announced the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 16, in WWDC In June, at the “Far Out” event, we saw features such as Crash Detection and always on screen And the dynamic island at work.

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The Plus expands to a 6.7-inch device from the standard 6.1-inch version. They’ve got an updated head-up dissipation, a 1200-nits HDR display with Dolby Vision support and come in a new shade of blue in addition to the rest. They inherit Max’s battery life.

The new A15 Bionic chip hits all cores for faster performance. Apple upgraded the camera system with a larger sensor (1.9 microns) and shifted the OIS sensor in the main camera to 12 MP. Apple says you’ll get better results in difficult lighting, and faster, too. The new TrueDepth camera also enhances low-light photography and features faster and better focusing. Apple has introduced what it calls the Photonic Engine into a better image processing program.

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

As rumored, the iPhone went to eSIMs – no more physical SIM cards supported in the US. It also supports fault detection thanks to new sensors and Adds emergency SOS via satellite When you’re off the grid, thanks to new antennas and an app that helps you stay connected while the satellite is on the move. The latter comes free for two years.

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

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

Pro Display XDR-like specifications come with Super Retina XDR. The new camera notch expands into the pros and contracts to accommodate notifications and information, which you can interact with, called Dynamic Island. Better brightness management and refresh rate diversity are available to manage battery life, and it keeps the new Always On screen from draining too much.

The new 4nm A16 Bionic chip is faster and requires less power than the A15 chip. A new rendering engine within it speeds up rendering and an updated image signal processing adds similar image quality enhancements to lower-end models.

The 48MP sensor with pixel binning (4p) support allows for better sensitivity in 12MP low-light photography. There’s a new 2x zoom setting and 48mm mode, as well as 48MP support in ProRaw. The video also gets motion mode and shoots at 24 frames per second.

It comes in black and dark purple, as well as the traditional silver and gold.

Prices start at $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749) for the Pro, and $1,099 for the Pro Max (£1,199, AU$1,899). You can pre-order starting September 9th; They will be available on September 16th.

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New watch faces, 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 for estimating ovulation, among other things.

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

Low Power Mode disables some of the less important features, like the always-on display, for an extended period of 36 hours. International roaming will also be rolled out on all WatchOS 9 cell models.

Beautiful new colors and stripes.

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


The starting price Apple Watch is bigger, faster, and an improved pairing for kids without iPhones, and the back cover now matches the finishes. It is made from many recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as the Series 8 to enable fault detection.

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

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“Extreme” is the password for this model. It’s the toughest yet, made of titanium, with a frame to protect the screen from impact. There are new ranges designed for specific activities (Alpine, Pass, Ocean). There is a new action button for quick physical control, plus the controls are designed to be usable when wearing gloves. An improved microphone, built-in cellular, a massive 36-hour battery life (which can be extended up to 60 hours via the new optimization setting), plus a new complex face and night mode for better visibility. Highlights.

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

The Apple Watch Ultra costs $799 (£849, AU$1299) and automatically includes cellular data. Pre-orders are now open, and the Watch Ultra will be available on September 23rd.

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The H1 chip graduates to H2, and new drivers and processing provide better detail and clarity, according to Apple. Spatial audio gets a customization option for ambient sound optimization, active noise cancellation, passive noise reduction, and microphone noise cancellation all get a boost. Adaptive Transparency will work best for really loud noises.

Use these headphones for up to six hours in the earbuds, plus 30 hours of charging in the case, and the case is easy to find thanks to the loud speaker. It will now support Qi charging as well.

It’s $249 (£249, AU$399), available to pre-order on September 16 and shipping begins on September 23.

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