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Apple event: Space to Satellites, decoding iPhone 14 plans from invite

What are Apple's plans for the launch of iPhone 14 series at the Far Out event? Know what Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has to say.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Sep 04 2022, 16:24 IST
iPhone 14 to be manufactured in India after launch! Boost for Make in India initiative
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1/5 iPhone 14 is now said to be manufactured in India just two months after its global launch, according to a Bloomberg report. This move will narrow the gap between India and China as the two primary manufactures of iPhones in the world. (FrontPageTech)
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2/5 Although the date hasn’t been announced, it has been anticipated that India will ship the first batch of iPhone 14 in November this year, just two months after the launch. Apple is seeking alternatives for manufacturing iPhones as China’s clashes with the US continue, in addition to the regular Covid-19 lockdowns imposed, hampering production. (Front Page Tech)
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3/5 The report says that the high standards of security controls and “stringent seclusion” of China facilities could be difficult to replicate in India. Apple is also said to be concerned about the Indian customs officials who open up packages to cross-check with the declarations. (FrontPageTech)
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4/5 According to a previous report, India would only get to manufacture the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 in India. The new iPhone 14 Max and the Pro models are likely to be manufactured in China only. So far, Apple has only manufactured the standard iPhone variants in India while the Pro models have been manufactured in China. (GSMArena)
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5/5 The iPhone 14 is set to be launched in an Apple event on September 7 this year. Apple is expected to start its production in India two months after launch to ensure the demand meets the supply. (Graphic Designer AR7)
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What are Apple's plans for the launch of iPhone 14 series at the Far Out event? Know what Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has to say. (Pixabay)

Apple has recently confirmed the official date for conducting its 'Far Out' event which is on September 7. It is being expected that the company will be launching the iPhone 14 series at the event along with Apple Watch. With only about 3 days left for the launch event, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman explains what the event's invitation tells about iPhone plans. It can be known that the presentation will be the combination of a normal in-person keynote at Apple's Steve Jobs Theater along with pre-recorded video, and the entire event will be streamed online and can be watched at apple.com or on the Apple TV app at 10:30 PM IST.

The invitation that Apple has shared for this year's event features the 'Far Out' tagline and contains a cluster of stars in outer space. Speaking about the event Gurman said, "“Far out” could refer to the event literally being far in the future: Apple announced the launch two weeks before it's set to take place, which is more notice than the company has given in the Covid era. Of late, Apple has announced launches only about one week in advance."

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"There's also the space motif, which builds on a theme in iOS 16. One of the main new wallpaper sets for the update lock screen is the Astronomy option. It includes two views of Earth, two of the moon and one of the solar system. If you slowly swipe through the different views, you get a cool virtual look at space and stars," He added.

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Explaining the meaning behind the space theme, Gurman said, "For one, the space theme could be a reference to satellites. I first reported over a year ago that Apple is planning to add significant satellite capabilities to its devices, including an emergency texting feature and a mechanism for reporting major incidents in places without cellular service. The feature, dubbed Emergency Message via Satellite internally, is designed to let users of compatible iPhones send SOS messages to first responders if they're, say, in the mountains or at sea."

He further said that a corresponding feature is designed to let iPhone users report emergencies—like boating accidents, plane crashes and shootings—in areas without cellular service. That's a step up from the current iPhone and Apple Watch feature for quickly calling emergency services and providing them with your location.

However, what needs to be noted is that it is not yet clear if Apple will launch this kind of functionality on September 7.

Gurman said, "Another possibility is that Apple is hinting at enhanced photography capabilities or a feature that could rival Google's long-existing astrophotography mode. A new version of the iPhone's night mode, which first launched in 2019, could also be in the offing."

Another possible theory is that the lit-up stars at night represent the upcoming “always on” mode, which will let the iPhone show new lock screen widgets.

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First Published Date: 04 Sep, 16:24 IST
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