Apple’s biggest event of the year, the Far Out event, is finally live. After months of buildup, the California tech giant is finally set to reveal the next lineup of iPhones, the iPhone 14 series. Apart from this, Apple also brings forth significant updates to the iOS, with iOS 16 set to release possibly a week after the launch of the latest iPhones. A new iteration of the Apple Watch and AirPods are also on the lineup. The event’s been held at the Apple Park Campus, with an in-person attendance and millions of viewers streaming the event on Apple’s website and their official YouTube channel. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Apple Far Out Event highlights and the various changes that Apple is bringing to its ecosystem!
iPhone 14 series
The iPhone 14 series has introduced some major changes to the Apple and iPhone ecosystem. Let’s take a look at all the new features of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus
These two iPhones from the latest lineup include the same features. However, the iPhone 14 comes with a 6.1-inch screen size, while the iPhone 14 Plus comes with a 6.7-inch screen. Apart from this, both iPhones include the Super Retina XDR display and are powered by a faster version of the A15 Bionic processor. In fact, this version of the A15 is up to 18 per cent faster than the previous iteration.
Moreover, the camera system has been improved. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus include a new TrueDepth camera system for the front shooters, with a 12MP selfie shooter that provides a better focus through Auto Focus processing. Additionally, the primary camera is a 12MP sensor that uses Sensor-shift OIS for fine photography. Apple has also introduced a new Action Mode, which uses machine learning and the phone’s camera sensors to provide the ultimate image stabilisation for both photography and videography. Apple has also introduced 5G, eSIM support, Crash Detection, and Satellite Connectivity for the ultimate smartphone experience.
Lastly, both iPhones provide all-day battery life, with Apple improving the power consumption efficiency. The iPhone 14 will be available for $799, while the iPhone 14 Plus will sell at $899. Both iPhones can be preordered from September 9. However, the iPhone 14 will be available from September 16, while the iPhone 14 Plus will be available for purchase from October 7 onwards.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple also unveiled the ultra-premium flagship devices from the iPhone 14 lineup. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max retain plenty of features from their more affordable siblings. However, there have been some major improvements. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are powered by a new A16 Bionic processor, which Apple claims to be the fastest smartphone processor yet. Furthermore, the notch in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus has been replaced with a pill-shaped cutout. This notch also works with the Always-On Display to provide a new experience through Dynamic Island.
The Dynamic Island displays notifications and app animations without interrupting your iPhone experience. Moreover, it’s also customisable and completely interactive, allowing you to access apps and notifications whenever convenient. The iPhone 14 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch screen size, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a display size of 6.7 inches. It also delivers the brightest screen in a smartphone, with both phones reaching a peak brightness of 2000 nits.
Coming to the new processor, the A16 Bionic works 40 per cent faster than the competition, at one-third of the power consumption. This means that both phones have an even better battery life than their competitors. The cameras have also been improved, with a 48MP quad-pixel sensor that uses a second generation Sensor-shift OIS. The 12MP Telephoto lens also delivers up to two times better low-light photography. For complete creative control, both phones have support for ProRAW and ProRes. Despite these significant changes, the A16 Bionic helps the iPhones provide all-day battery life.
The iPhone 14 Pro’s price starts at $999, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available at $1099. Both phones can be preordered from September 9 and will be available for purchase from September 16 onwards.
The base variants of the iPhone 14 models could be priced differently in India. Here are the expected iPhone 14 prices in India:
- iPhone 14 – INR 79,900
- iPhone 14 Plus – INR 89,900
- iPhone 14 Pro – INR 1,29,900
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – INR 1,39,900
The Apple Watch lineup has been completely shaken this year, with three new product lineups on the market. Let’s check them out:
Apple Watch Series 8
The most anticipated Apple Watch since last year, the Apple Watch Series 8 makes some hefty changes. It comes with an Always-On Display and is swimproof, dustproof, and crack-resistant. Apart from this, a new Temperature Sensor has been added for women to keep track of their cycles. The Apple Watch Series 8 contains all the major health functionalities found in the previous iteration and adds Crash Detection for emergency services.
When it comes to battery life, the Watch will provide 18 hours on a full charge. The Low Power Mode can effectively double the battery life without compromising on the features. Lastly, the Apple Watch Series 8 will be available for $399, with $499 for the GPS + Cellular variant. You can purchase your new Apple Watch when it releases on September 16.
Apple Watch Ultra
This is arguably the biggest surprise to the lineup. Apple revealed the Apple Watch Ultra, which is meant for professional athletes and explorers. The Watch comes with a completely new design, using Aerospace Grade Titanium and Sapphire Crystal for the ultimate durability. Moreover, a customisable Action button has been added to the mix. With the L1+L5 GPS and a redesigned Compass app, the Apple Watch Ultra provides the most accurate GPS tracking yet. It also has a bigger display and better battery life, with 36 hours of battery on a full charge. Apple has promised that a future update will bring the battery life of the Apple Watch Ultra up to 60 hours. Finally, the Watch has WR100 and EN13319 certification, effectively turning the Watch into a dive computer.
You can get your hands on the Apple Watch Ultra from September 23 onwards at a price of $799.
Apple Watch SE (2022)
The Apple Watch SE is the best entry point into the Apple Watch ecosystem. This time, Apple has also introduced some commendable improvements to the entry-level wearable. It was the core benefits found on the latest Apple Watches, and features a 30 per cent larger display than the Series 8. Moreover, it uses the SiP 8 system for all-around performance. The Apple Watch SE GPS version will cost you $249, while the GPS + Cellular model will cost $299. Both models will be available from September 16.
AirPods Pro 2
Finally, we move on to the latest generation of the AirPods Pro. The second generation of the AirPods Pro uses the new H2 chip, which provides a high-bandwidth connectivity, and uses a low distortion audio driver. Spatial Audio has been improved with Personalised Spatial Audio, which changes the sound quality based on your listening patterns, music taste, and surroundings. Moreover, with 2X Active Noise Cancellation and a new Transparency Mode, you’ll be able to reduce environmental noise based on your requirements. The new AirPods Pro also feature Touch Capacitive controls. Actions such as swiping up and down on the body of the AirPods will control the volume.
Coming to the battery life, the AirPods Pro 2 have a better battery life than its predecessors. In fact, these new AirPods will provide 6 hours of battery life, with a 30-hour total if you’re using the case. Furthermore, even if you lose the case, you can use Precision Finding to locate it almost instantly.
The AirPods Pro 2 will retail at $249. You can preorder them from September 9, and the wearable will be available from September 23.
Apple Far Out Event Highlights – Final remarks
That’s a wrap on the Apple Far Out Event in 2022. Apple made a few surprising announcements at this event, especially with the Apple Watch Ultra. What did you think of the Apple Far Out event? In case you missed it, we hope that the Apple Far Out event highlights shown here will be more than enough for you to get a general idea. For more detailed coverage of the newest Apple products, Cashify is here to help!