In case you missed it: Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus introduced

Apple unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 14 during its 'Far Out' event today along with the iPhone 14 Plus variant.

| Updated on: Sep 08 2022, 23:54 IST
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1/7 Apple has launched four models in the iPhone 14 series – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max have the same form factor as their counterparts from last year, the iPhone 14 Plus has been launched as a replacement for last year’s iPhone 13 Mini. (Apple)
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2/7 The iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max have been launched with an all-new notch design with what Apple calls “Dynamic Island”. It is a pill-shaped notch instead of the traditional notch. Apple has changed the UI in iOS 16 to take advantage of this new notch. (Apple)
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3/7 Apple has launched an all-new satellite messaging service for the iPhone 14 series. It will allow users to send messages via satellite even when there is no cell reception in remote areas. Apple calls it “emergency SOS via satellite feature”. (Apple)
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4/7 The pricing for the iPhone 14 has been kept the same as last year. The iPhone 14 is priced at $799 while the iPhone 14 Plus is priced at $899. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have been priced at $999 and $1,099 respectively. Apple will start the pre-orders for the iPhone 14 starting September 9. It will be available in stores starting September 16. (Apple)
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5/7 Apple has also launched an ultra-Apple Watch for adventure enthusiasts who love the outdoors. The Apple Watch Ultra has a built-in compass in its dial and a dedicated Oceanic app for scuba diving enthusiasts. Apple claims nearly 60 hours of battery life in the Apple Watch Ultra. It is priced at a hefty $799. (Apple)
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6/7 Apple has also launched the Apple Watch Series 8 which further improves on last year’s Series 7. Apple claims the watch is swim proof, dust proof and crack resistant. The Series 8 watch also has a crash detection feature to alert emergency services in case of an accident via G-force tracking. It has been priced at $399. Apple has also launched its trimmed down version, the Apple Watch SE priced at $249. All watches will be available starting September 16. (Apple)
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7/7 The tech giant has also launched the second iteration of its Airpods Pro, the Airpods Pro 2 offering personalized spatial audio and a new H2 chip and offering nearly double the amount of Active Noise Cancellation compared to the first gen Airpods Pro. Airpods Pro 2 have been priced at $249 with pre-orders beginning September 9 and store availability from September 23. (Apple)
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Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Kaiann Drance talks about the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus for a special event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, U.S. (via REUTERS)

Apple unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 14 during its 'Far Out' event today along with the iPhone 14 Plus variant. This new lineup is inspired by the iPhone 13, with sharp metal edges, rounded corners, a glass back, the recognizable notch at the top of the handset, and a lightning port.

The most significant change in the lineup is that the iPhone 13 mini will not be updated with this generation. Instead, the iPhone 14 will be available in two sizes: the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus. They both have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays respectively. There is no new smartphone for users who prefer phones that are handy and can fit within their hands. However, if you want a large iPhone without purchasing a Pro model and dishing out some extra bucks, the iPhone 14 Plus is the way to go.

"iPhone 14 also has an updated internal design that improves thermal performance," VP of iPhone Product Marketing Kaiann Drance said. For instance, you can play games for longer sessions.

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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by Apple's A15 Bionic chip. It's the same chip seen in the iPhone 13 range.

A new primary camera is placed at the back of the phone with a bigger sensor and a quicker aperture (f/1.5). It has optical picture stabilization with sensor shift. Apple claims a 49 per cent improvement in low-light performance.

A new TrueDepth camera with a faster f/1.9 aperture features on the front. For the first time, the selfie camera includes autofocus, which should aid in keeping faces sharp.

The iPhone 14 places a strong emphasis on its camera. According to Apple, the image processing algorithm has been improved, with deep fusion appearing earlier in the pipeline. There is a new advanced stabilisation mode for video. It's called action mode, and it uses the entire sensor to stabilise video without the use of any additional hardware, no gimbal necessary.

Apple is discontinuing the SIM tray in the United States. Customers will instead have to migrate to eSIM. Apple clearly stated that this is a change for American consumers; international iPhone models should still include a SIM tray.

The iPhone 14, like the Apple Watch Series 8, features improved sensors that can detect a car crash. It can aid you in contacting emergency services more swiftly. And even if you're in the midst of nowhere with no Wi-Fi or cell coverage, the iPhone can still assist you with an emergency SOS via satellite. You can send a message to emergency services as long as you're outdoors and have an unobstructed vision of the sky.

You can see where satellites are and how to direct your phone towards them using your phone. Once connected, you must provide and obtain enough information to receive assistance. Apple developed their own short-text compressing method. Sending a message can take anywhere from 15 seconds to a few minutes. To speed up the chat, you can also select common responses from a collection of preloaded messages.

You can utilise this satellite-powered capability to update your location in the Find My app even if you don't need assistance. It can come in handy if you're going on a long hike, for example.

The iPhone 14 is priced at USD 799, and the iPhone 14 Plus is USD 899. Preorders will begin on September 9. The iPhone 14 will be released on September 16, followed by the iPhone 14 Plus on October 7.

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First Published Date: 08 Sep, 23:53 IST