October 5, 2022

After nearly a 12 months of anticipation from tech followers, Apple final night time unveiled its highly-anticipated new flagship smartphone and a slew of different shiny gadgets at its annual autumn bonanza. 

On the ‘Far Out’ occasion on Wednesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner introduced 4 variations of the iPhone 14, three Apple Watches and its subsequent technology of wi-fi earphones. 

The iPhone 14 household can hook up with satellite tv for pc web, which can be utilized in distant areas the place there isn’t a cellphone service, and likewise detect a extreme automobile crash and robotically dial emergency companies. 

However criticism of the brand new iPhone 14 has centered on the worth. Within the UK, the flagship iPhone 14 mannequin begins at £849, which is £50 dearer than the iPhone 13 launched a 12 months in the past. 

Members of the general public have already slammed the tech large for charging greater than £800 for one of many new smartwatches within the midst of a cost-of-living disaster. 

Right here’s MailOnline’s round-up of every little thing Apple revealed final night time, together with what the specialists make of the brand new gadgets – and whether or not they’re well worth the cash. 

On the occasion final night time, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner introduced 4 iPhone 14 fashions – the usual iPhone 14 mannequin, the iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max. Additionally revealed have been three new smartwatches and wi-fi earphones

Apple unveiled four new iPhones, three new Apple Watches and an updated AirPods Pro during a press event on Wednesday in Cupertino, California, United States on September 7, 2022. Pictured, the iPhone 14

Apple unveiled 4 new iPhones, three new Apple Watches and an up to date AirPods Professional throughout a press occasion on Wednesday in Cupertino, California, United States on September 7, 2022. Pictured, the iPhone 14

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come in five eye-catching colours: midnight, starlight, blue, purple and product red

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are available in 5 eye-catching colors: midnight, starlight, blue, purple and product purple

iPHONE 14

iPHONE 14 PRICES 

iPhone 14: £799/$849

iPhone 14 Plus: £949/$899

iPhone 14 Professional: £1,099/999

iPhone 14 Professional Max: £1,199/$1,099 

On the occasion final night time, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner introduced 4 iPhone 14 fashions – the usual iPhone 14 mannequin, the iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max. 

The usual mannequin retails for £849 and comes with a 6.1-inch display screen, whereas the Plus prices £949 and has a 6.7-inch display screen. 

In the meantime, iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max are dearer, largely as a result of they’ve extra superior cameras and a classy pill-shaped notch on the prime of the display screen, referred to as ‘Dynamic Island’. 

Dynamic Island hides the front-facing digicam but in addition modifications dimension to indicate necessary alerts, notifications, and actions, blurring the road between {hardware} and software program, in keeping with Apple. 

‘The only pill-shaped Dynamic Island now provides Apple followers a clean alternative to the notch and is a intelligent strategy to utilise display screen actual property that was beforehand wasted,’ stated Ru Bhikha, mobiles professional at Uswitch.com

‘We must always ultimately see this design trickle right down to extra fundamental Apple telephones within the coming years.’ 

iPhone 14 Professional has a 6.1-inch display screen (similar as the usual mannequin) and prices £1,099, whereas Professional Max has a 6.7-inch display screen (similar because the Plus) and prices a mammoth £1,199. 

Dynamic Island is a pill-shaped black notch that conceals the front-facing camera but also changes size to show important alerts, notifications and activities

Dynamic Island is a pill-shaped black notch that conceals the front-facing digicam but in addition modifications dimension to indicate necessary alerts, notifications and actions

According to Apple, Dynamic Island, which is only on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, blends 'the line between hardware and software'

In response to Apple, Dynamic Island, which is just on the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max, blends ‘the road between {hardware} and software program’

All of the iPhone 14 fashions assist satellite tv for pc connectivity that may let customers ship satellite tv for pc SOS messages in the event that they’re caught in an emergency with out service.

In addition they have know-how that may detect when customers are in a automobile crash and robotically name emergency companies, due to a dual-core accelerometer that may detect G-force measurements when autos are hit.  

iPhone 14 cameras even have a 49 per cent enchancment in low-light seize[, while ‘TrueDepth’ for the front-facing camera focuses on objects and people within the frame, along with the Ultra Wide camera that captures more of the scene.  

All the iPhone 14 models support satellite connectivity that will let users send satellite SOS messages if they're caught in an emergency without service

All the iPhone 14 models support satellite connectivity that will let users send satellite SOS messages if they’re caught in an emergency without service

For models sold in the US, Apple is also removing the SIM tray, and instead is relying on an eSIM (one that’s embedded directly into the device). 

‘Apple’s transition to an eSIM-only variant of iPhone 14 in the US will provoke intense debate,’ said Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight. 

‘Network operators globally will be watching closely to see whether the move sees a shift in Apple’s balance of power over US carriers.

‘CCS Insight predicts that if the eSIM-only iPhone is successful in the US, Apple will take this approach to advanced markets in Europe and beyond with iPhone 15 in 2023.’ 

One big focus of criticism of the new iPhone 14 from the public and experts alike is that they don’t appear to be hugely different from the iPhone 13 family. 

Analysts also questioned whether the iPhone 14 justifies an upgrade in the midst of the cost of living crisis. 

Paolo Pescatore, analyst at PP Foresight, told MailOnline: ‘With household bills all heading in the wrong direction, it still represents a real test of consumer appetite in forking out for these latest shiny devices. 

‘As well as the true power of Apple’s brand in a tough economic climate with everyone tightening their belts.’

A barrage of global attention accompanies the hotly-anticipated reveal of the new iPhone every September, and this year was no exception

A barrage of global attention accompanies the hotly-anticipated reveal of the new iPhone every September, and this year was no exception

However, he added that: ‘While these subtle improvements may go unnoticed, they remain paramount to improving the entire experience for iPhone users.’ 

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come in five colours – midnight, starlight, blue, purple and red. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in deep purple, silver, gold, and space black. 

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Unfortunately for Brits, prices of the new phones are more expensive in the UK than the US, thought to be due to the strength of the US dollar. In the US for example, the standard model is $799, but in the UK it’s £849. 

If the UK price for the standard iPhone 14 model were equivalent to the US price, it would be around £695. 

Ben Wood at CCS Insight said: ‘Although iPhone pricing in the US has remained flat, we caution that in markets such as the UK, Apple will be obliged to increase pricing in local currency given the strength of the US dollar.’

According to Wood, if Apple had matched the pricing of last year’s iPhone 13, the company would find huge volumes of phones being ‘transhipped’ – sold into one country but end up being bought and shipped out of the country for profit.

Preorders for all four iPhone 14 models start September 9. They will be available on September 16, apart from the Plus, which becomes available on October 7.  

APPLE WATCHES

Apple announced three new smartwatches – the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch Ultra. 

The £419 ($399) Apple Watch Series 8 has an Always-On display – meaning the screen shows a small amount of quickly glanceable information when it’s idle.  

It also has a strong crack-resistant front crystal, a temperature sensor that provides estimates of when a female wearer is ovulating and the same crash detection technology as the iPhone 14.

From left, an Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE on display at an Apple event on the campus of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022

From left, an Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE on display at an Apple event on the campus of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Series 8 (pictured) with an always-on display and provides up to 36 hours on a single charge - twice as much as the Series 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Series 8 (pictured) with an always-on display and provides up to 36 hours on a single charge – twice as much as the Series 7

Apple said: 'The redesigned Apple Watch SE [pictured] delivers the core Apple Watch expertise at a brand new beginning value'. Apple Watch SE begins from £259 or $249

Apple stated: ‘The redesigned Apple Watch SE [pictured] delivers the core Apple Watch expertise at a brand new beginning value’. Apple Watch SE begins from £259 or $249

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Ultra (pictured) is the Cupertino company's most durable smartwatch to date - and its most expensive, at £849 or $799

In the meantime, the Apple Watch Extremely (pictured) is the Cupertino firm’s most sturdy smartwatch so far – and its most costly, at £849 or $799

Apple Watch SE delivers a number of the Sequence 8’s superior options, together with crash detection, at a cheaper price (ranging from £259 or $249). It does have the ovulation function, but it surely’s much less complete than on the Sequence 8. 

The battery of the Sequence 8 may go for longer – as much as 36 hours from a single cost – than that of the SE 2, due to a low energy mode. 

In the meantime, the Apple Watch Extremely is the Cupertino firm’s most sturdy smartwatch so far – and its most costly, at £849 or $799. 

A rugged smartwatch for ‘excessive athletes’, it has flat sapphire entrance crystal and a titanium case that wraps across the show, in addition to aspect buttons that work even when the consumer is carrying gloves. 

Apple Watch Extremely can endure temperatures that fall under 0°F or people who spike above 100°F and has a brand new, superior map to assist explorers keep on their path. 

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The Extremely’s personal low-power setting may lengthen battery life as much as 60 hours. Extremely additionally has the identical crash detection and ovulation estimate applied sciences because the Sequence 8. 

Apple Watch Ultra is a rugged smartwatch for 'extreme athletes' with a titanium case that wraps around the display and side buttons that work even when the user is wearing gloves

Apple Watch Extremely is a rugged smartwatch for ‘excessive athletes’ with a titanium case that wraps across the show and aspect buttons that work even when the consumer is carrying gloves

Ru Bhikha at Uswitch.com stated the Apple Watch Extremely is ‘clearly aimed toward seasoned adventurers’. 

‘The brand new addition is extra rugged and fewer curved, with a wholly flat show, made from stronger supplies,’ he stated.

‘With brilliant orange accents similar to the Ploprof Omega, the Extremely goals to be taken significantly amongst luxurious divers. One for these wanting to maintain up with the Indiana Joneses.’

Apple Watch Sequence 8 and Apple Watch SE can be found to order now, with availability starting Friday, September 16. The Extremely, in the meantime, is on sale per week later, on September 23. 

AIRPODS 

Proper earlier than Apple revealed the extremely anticipated smartphones, the corporate debuted the next-generation AirPods Professional with ‘unrivalled audio high quality’ and ‘enhanced lively noise cancellation’. 

The second generation Apple AirPods Pro are pictured on display on the campus of Apple Park in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022

The second technology Apple AirPods Professional are pictured on show on the campus of Apple Park in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022

They cancel out twice as a lot noise and embody a brand new charging case with built-in ‘Discover My’ know-how.

Designed for individuals who by no means know the place their AirPods are, the ‘Discover My’ know-how permits customers to find their AirPods when misplaced. 

‘The brand new AirPods Professional ship even higher sound high quality, a extra immersive listening expertise with Personalised Spatial Audio, and transformative audio options like Adaptive Transparency,’ Bob Borchers, Apple’s vp of worldwide product advertising.

‘With as much as double the noise-cancelling energy of their predecessor, the world’s bestselling wi-fi headphones simply obtained even higher.’ 

Apple stated the AirPods Professional have higher battery energy, with six hours on a single cost.

The brand new earbuds can be found to order now and shall be in shops on September 23. Like Apple’s different new merchandise, the UK value is greater than the US equal (they price £249 or $249). 

iPhone 15 may include a brand new charging cable 

Again in 2012, Apple precipitated mass hysteria amongst iPhone homeowners because it switched the unique 30-pin charging port to its present Lightning port.

Now, a dependable leaker claims that Apple could also be making ready to vary the charging level for a second time.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will lastly ditch the Lightning port for USB-C in its 2023 iPhone, rumoured to be referred to as the iPhone 15.

The leak comes shortly after the EU unveiled plans to pressure all new smartphones – together with iPhones – to make use of USB-C as commonplace.

Apple has beforehand pushed again towards calls to change to USB-C, amid claims it could produce an ‘unprecedented quantity of digital waste’ and stifle innovation.

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