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The iPhone turns 15 with the iPhone 14, one of a handful of new products announced at Apple’s event Wednesday. To recap: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch SE and AirPods Pro 2nd generation. All will be available for preorder over the next few weeks, with some shipping as soon as September 16.

Apple announced the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 16, at WWDC in June, and on “Far Out” we saw features like Crash Detection, Always on Display and Dynamic Island in action.

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Plus expands to 6.7-inch devices from the standard 6.1-inch version. They have updated head dissipation, a 1,200-nit HDR display with Dolby Vision support and come in a new blue in addition to the others. They inherit Max battery life.

The new A15 Bionic chip fills all the cores for faster performance. Apple upgraded the camera system with a larger sensor (1.9 microns) and an OIS shift sensor in the 12-megapixel main camera. Apple says you’ll get better results in difficult lighting, and faster too. The new TrueDepth camera also improves low-light photography and has faster and better focus. Apple has introduced what it calls the Photonic Engine in software for better image processing.

Action mode improves digital image stabilization for video and makes full use of the sensor.

As rumored, iPhones have switched to eSIMs – no more physical SIMs are supported in the US. It also supports collision detection, thanks to new sensors, and added emergency SOS via satellite for when you’re off the grid, thanks to a new antenna and an app that helps you stay connected while the satellite is moving. The latter comes free for two years.

The iPhone 14 starts at $799 (£849, AU$1,399), Plus at $899 (£949, AU$1,579). Preorders begin September 9, but 14 ship on September 16 and 14 Plus on October 7.

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

Specs like Pro Display XDR are present on the Pro screen with Super Retina XDR. The new camera notch on the pro expands and shrinks to accommodate notifications and information, which you can interact with, called “Dynamic Island.” Better brightness management and refresh rate variations are available to manage battery life, and keep the new Always On display less draining.

The new 4-nanometer A16 Bionic chip is faster and requires less power than the A15. The new Display Engine in it speeds up display rendering and updated image signal processing adds similar improvements in photo quality to low-end models.

The 48-megapixel sensor with support for pixel binning (4 pixels) allows for better sensitivity in low-light shooting at 12 megapixels. There’s a new 2x telephoto setup and a 48mm mode, plus support for 48 megapixels in ProRaw. Video also gets an Action Mode and shoots 24 frames per second.

They come in black and dark purple spaces, in addition to the traditional silver and gold.

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

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The new watch face, always-on display and larger display (thanks to smaller bezels), and improved durability are the hallmarks of this new series. There’s better tracking of the menstrual cycle thanks to a series of new features, including a new temperature sensor for getting ovulation estimates, among other things.

There are also new safety features, such as collision detection to provide automatic notifications to emergency services and contacts. This is made possible by updated motion sensing with a new gyroscope and accelerometer.

Low power mode disables some less-needed features, such as the always-on display, to extend it to a claimed 36 hours. International roaming will also roll out on all mobile models running WatchOS 9.

And beautiful new colors and bands.

Pricing starts at $399 (£419, AU$629), and includes three months of free Apple Fitness Plus. It’s available September 16, but preorders are open now. WatchOS 9 will be available starting Monday, September 12.


Apple’s entry-priced watches are bigger, faster, and a better match for kids without an iPhone, and the back case now matches the finish. It is made from a lot of recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as the Series 8 to enable collision detection.

It can be ordered now, shipping 16 September. Prices start at $249 (£259, AU$399).

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“Extreme” is the motto for this model. It is the most sturdy, made of titanium, with bezels to protect the screen from impact. There are new bands designed for specific activities (alpine, trail, and oceanic). There’s a new Action button for quick physical control, plus controls designed to be used while wearing gloves. An improved microphone, built-in cellular, a large battery that will last up to 36 hours (which can be extended to 60 hours via new optimization settings), plus a complex new face and night mode for better visibility are some of the highlights.

Inside, there’s a new GPS that’s designed for better results in environments like cities and uses a microphone array for better capture. It also has many new applications that target specific types of activity, such as dive computers and wayfinder systems.

The 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 on September 23.

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The H1 chip passes to the H2, and new drivers and processing offer greater detail and clarity, according to Apple. Spatial audio gets personalized options for better surround, active noise cancellation, passive noise reduction, and microphone noise cancellation all get a boost. Adaptive transparency will work better with very loud sounds.

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

Priced at $249 (£249, AU$399), it’s available for preorder September 16 and starts shipping September 23.

By Blanca

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