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Apple iPhone Event Heralds iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch Ultra and more

The iPhone turns 15 with the iPhone 14, one of the handful of new products announced at today’s Apple event. The full roll call iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Watch Series 8, Watch Ultra, Watch SE and AirPods Pro (2nd Generation). All will be available for preorder over the next few weeks and some ship as soon as Sept. 16.

Apple announced the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 16 at iOS 16, at WWDC in June, and today we’ve seen seen features like Crash Detection, Always On display and Dynamic Island in action on the iPhone 14 models.

Want a play-by-play, detailed summary? Check out our archived live blog.

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iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus

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

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

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

As rumored, the iPhone has gone to eSIMs — no more physical SIMs supported in the US. It also supports crash detection thanks to new sensors and adds emergency SOS via satellite for when you’re off the grid thanks to new antennas and an app that helps you stay connected as the satellite moves. The latter comes free for two years.

The iPhone 14 starts at $799, the Plus at $899. Preorder starts Sept. 9, but the 14 ships Sept. 16 and the Plus on Oct. 7.

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

iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

Pro Display XDR-like specs come to the Pro screens with the Super Retina XDR. The new camera notch on the pro expands and contracts to accommodate notifications and information which you can interactive with called the “Dynamic Island.”  Better brightness management and refresh rate variety is available to manage battery life, and keeps the new Always On display from being too draining.

The new 4nm A16 Bionic chip is faster and requires lower power than the A15. A new Display Engine within it speeds display rendering and the updated image signal processing adds similar boosts in photo quality to the lower-end models.

A 48MP sensor with support for pixel binning (4 pixels) allows for better sensitivity in low light shooting at 12MP. A new 2X telephoto setting and a 48mm mode, plus support for 48 megapixels in ProRaw. Video also gets Action Mode and 24fps shooting.

They come in space black and deep purple in addition to the traditional silver and gold.

Prices start at $999 for the Pro, $1,099 for the Pro Max, and you can preorder starting Sept . 9; they’re available on Sept. 16.

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Apple Watch Series 8

New watch faces, an always on display and 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 suite of features, including a new temperature sensor to get ovulation estimation, among other things.

There are also new safety features, such as crash detection to provide automatic notification to emergency services and contacts. It’s made possible by updated motion sensing with a new gyroscope and accelerometer.

Low power mode disables some of the less necessary features, like always-on display, to extend to a claimed 36 hours. International roaming (on all cell models running WatchOS 9).

And pretty new colors and bands.

Prices start at $399, and includes 3 months of fitness plus free. It’s available Sept. 16, but preorders start today. WatchOS 9 will be available Monday, Sept. 12.


Apple Watch SE

Apple’s entry-priced Watch gets bigger, faster and improved pairing for kids without iPhones, and the back case now matches the finishes. It’s made of many recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as Series 8 to enable crash detection.

It’s in preorder today, shipping Sept. 16.

Apple/Screenshot by Sarah Lord/CNET

Apple Watch Ultra

“Extreme” is the watchword for this model. It’s the most rugged yet, made of titanium, with a bezel to product the display from impact. There are new Bands designed for specific activities (Alpine, Trail and Ocean). There’s a new Action button for quick physical control, plus the controls are designed to be usable when wearing gloves. An improved mic, built-in cellular, a huge battery for up to 36 hours (which can reach up to 60 hours via new optimization setting) plus a new complex face and night mode for better visibility are some highlights.

Inside, there’s a new GPS designed for better results in city-like environments and it uses a mic array for better pickup. It’s also got a ton of new apps targeting specific types of activities, like  a dive computer.

Apple Watch Ultra will be $799, and automatically includes cellular. Preorder today, available Sept. 23.

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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

H1 chip graduates to H2, and new drivers and processing offer better detail and clarity according to Apple. Spatial audio gets a personalization option for better surround, active noise cancellation, passive noise reduction and mic noise cancellation all get a boost. Adaptive transparency will do a better job with really load noises.

Up to 6 hours in the earbuds plus 30 hours of charging in the case, and the case is easier to find thanks to a louder speaker. It will now support Qi charging as well.

They’re $249, shipping Sept. 23 and available for preorder Sept. 16.

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