Apple’s Far Out Event Recap: All the New Products and Highlights
- Apple officially rolled out the iPhone 14 lineup, new versions of the Apple Watch, and AirPods.
- The new iPhones come with the latest satellite connectivity innovation that allows users to send SOS messages even when they don’t have a cellular network.
- iPhone 14 US models eliminate the physical SIM card tray. Instead, the devices will use an e-SIM programmable for any network.
- Apple has also released the most rugged iWatch, suitable for athletics and adventurers. The Apple Watch has powerful water resistance, and users can go scuba diving.
- Apple has surprised many by keeping the price of iPhone 14 devices the same as the previous version despite the inflation.
Apple unveiled four new iPhones, three new Apple Watches, and iPods on Wednesday, 7th September 2022. The devices are popular, especially for Apple-centric people, and are incrementally better than the previous models.
Interestingly, iPhone prices haven’t gone up. Many expected Apple to take advantage of the inflation, but Apple didn’t and kept the price the same as the previous iPhone.
The New Four iPhone 14s Apple Rolled Out at the Far Out Event
Apple released four iPhone models:
- The iPhone 14
- The iPhone 14 plus
- The iPhone 14 Pro
- The iPhone 14 Pro Max
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
Apple fans can now get a larger-size iPhone without paying the Pro price. The new iPhone 14 is 6.1 inches, and the Plus version is 6.7 inches. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus don’t have many upgrades and use the same chip as the iPhone 13 Pro model.
However, Apple revamped the camera system to include a 12 MP rear camera with a faster aperture, bigger pixels, and improved sensors. The two models also replace the physical SIM card tray with a programmable digital e-sim.
The iPhone 14 starts at $799, and the bigger iPhone 14 Plus model starts at $899.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max look identical to the iPhone 13 Pro on the back, but their specs differ. The main difference is in the screen, processing power, and camera.
iPhone redesigned the polarizing notch screen in favor of a pilled-shaped one that hosts the true-depth camera. The Pro and Pro Max iPhones have faster processors, making them suitable for heavy users.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999, and the 6.7-inch 14 Pro Max at $1,099—the same price as the previous iPhones.
The iPhone 14’s Best Innovated Features
Apple includes two critical innovations in the new iPhone 14 series.
1. Satellite Connection Service That Lets You Make Emergency Calls Anywhere
One critical innovation Apple released on iPhone 14 series is satellite connectivity. The feature intends to help users communicate with their iPhones even when they don’t have internet or cellular service.
The service connects any iPhone 14 device to satellites flying above you to relay your location to emergency services back on earth. Apple says it created a short text-compression mechanism that condenses messages to take 15 seconds to deliver when a person has a clear sky view.
2. Elimination of Physical SIM cards for US Models
The recent iPhones for US users will drop the physical SIM card tray. Americans will no longer use physical SIM cards because apple is eliminating the SIM card tray.
Instead, the iPhones come with programmable e-SIMs. You can program the hard-coded e-SIM on your phone to use any network or carrier, and you can change that any time you want.
With the e-sim option, you can store several e-SIMs on the same device and have several phone numbers on the same phone. The e-SIM prevents others from removing your physical SIM cards if your iPhone gets stolen or lost.
No Foldable iPhone 14, Yet
While Apple competitors such as Samsung have released the fourth generation of foldable smartphones, Apple hasn’t released one yet, going against many people’s expectations.
Some of Apple’s competitors have released sleek, foldable smartphones that made iPhone users speculate that Apple will release its first-ever foldable device at the Far Out event. Expectations of a foldable Apple phone are gaining traction, but people don’t know when to expect it.
The New iWatch Models
Apple released three models of Apple Watch — Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Ultra, and Apple Watch Series 8. The upgrades feature advanced utilities for better performance.
Apple Watch Series 8
The advance women’s health and wellness tracking is the most notable upgrade over the Apple Watch Series 8 predecessor. The watch has a revamped menstrual period cycle tracking feature that can predict ovulation.
The watch can detect a crash and automatically connect you with emergency services.
The Apple Watch Ultra
This model is the most rugged Apple Watch for athletes and adventurers. The watch has all the health and fitness-tracking tools, plus advanced features such as:
- Superior water resistance — you can take it scuba diving
- Large case
- Bigger battery
- Better location tracking
Apple Watch SE
The SE model has the same chip as other iWatches, but with a new aluminum housing. iWatch is Apple’s budget smartwatch, starting at $249.
There aren’t many new features that are exclusive to the SE, but it’s the best option for people buying an Apple Watch for the first time or upgrading from earlier versions.
2022 iPhone Accessories
Apple also offers accessories to help you get the best out of your iPhone. The iPhone accessories market is flooded, making nearly every accessory available.
For instance, you can pick an adapter that goes into the lightning plug on the iPhone and the back side of it as another lighting plug. The adapter allows you to charge your iPhone and run your device on a wired network for better internet speed.
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