This morning, Apple unveiled brand new additions to its tech lineup: the Apple iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple AirPods Pro 2. The devices include a number of upgrades over previous models such as better cameras, longer-lasting batteries and more powerful processors.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s event and the new crave-worthy Apple devices.
what happen on apple new event?
Today’s Apple event, streamed live on the internet, happened in three parts. First, the tech giant unveiled the Apple Watch 8 and the Apple Watch 8 Ultra. These wearables have new features the Apple Watch 7 doesn’t, such as better health monitoring for women.
The unveiling of the Apple Watch 8 Ultra, a device aimed at outdoor sports enthusiasts, marks the first time Apple released a “pro” version of its signature watch.
Apple also introduced a new version of its popular earbuds called the Apple AirPods Pro 2. They boast better noise cancellation and better audio, plus better battery life. The case has been redesigned as well.
Finally, Apple introduced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. The new phones feature Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip, an improved Retina display, better battery life and improved cameras. The iPhone 14 will be available in a new blue color (as well as starlight, midnight, purple and red), while the iPhone 14 Pro will be available in a new deep purple hue.
While all three devices were unveiled today, only the Apple Watch 8 is currently available for pre-order. Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and Apple AirPods Pro 2 will begin on Friday, Sept. 9, with an official release date of Sept. 23.
what about iPhone 14?
Apple’s new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 offers several improvements over the prior model. For starters, the new iPhones will feature 6GB of RAM, an increase over the 4GB offered in the iPhone 13. The new phone also promises improved, “all-day” battery life.
The Apple iPhone 14 will run the new Apple iOS 16 operating system. (Older phones will get this upgrade as well.)
The iPhone 14 has a new 12MP main camera with a larger sensor and wider aperture. The upgraded smartphone also includes an improved front-facing camera with autofocus for better selfies. New modes promise to improve low-light photography and better capture video of moving subjects.
The Apple iPhone 14 adds two new safety features: crash detection and emergency SOS. When your phone detects a severe car crash, it will contact emergency services for you and alert your emergency contacts. Emergency SOS, meanwhile, is designed to help you connect with help and transfer the necessary data if an emergency occurs in an area with limited connectivity.
The iPhone 14 is available in two versions: One with a 6.1-inch display screen and a larger iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.7-inch screen. Apple has decided to ditch the iPhone Mini this year, so these are the only two sizing options for the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 14 will start at $799; the iPhone 14 Plus will start at $899. They will be available for pre-order on Sept. 9. The Apple iPhone 14 will officially release on Sept. 16, while iPhone 14 Plus models will release on Oct. 7.
Several carriers are expected to offer special discounts on the iPhone 14, including increased trade-in credits and incentives for new customers. To learn more about switching carriers, read our article on how to choose the best wireless carrier for the Apple iPhone 14.
The New things in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Plus.
The higher-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Plus are also getting major upgrades. Arguably the biggest update is the inclusion of Apple’s new A16 bionic chip. Apple is sticking with the A15 chip for the standard iPhone 14, but shoppers that opt for a Pro model will get the enhanced chip for even better performance. The new iPhone Pro will also offer a brighter display, an always-on display option and a more personalized lock screen.
The iPhone 14 Pro will include Apple’s new Dynamic Island, a design change that will display alerts at the top of your phone without disrupting your current activities. Each alert will have a different alert design to easily differentiate them. Dynamic Island will also help you track background activities such as music, timers, or calls. Dynamic Island will replace the notch seen in prior iPhone Pro models.
The Pro models are getting even more camera upgrades than the standard iPhone 14. The new model will see significant improvements with a 48MP main camera, plus there’s a new 12MP ultra-wide camera in the mix. The new camera system will offer improved focus, range and color. Apple has also made improvements to the camera flash system.
The iPhone 14 Pro is also available in a Pro Plus version, with a larger phone screen with a 6.7-inch screen and a larger battery. The iPhone 14 Pro will start at $999, while the iPhone 14 Pro Plus will start at $1,099. Pre-orders for both models begin on Sept. 9, with the Pro and Pro Plus beginning delivery on Sept. 16.
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple Watch Series 8, the latest addition to the Apple Watch lineup, features the new S8 chip for improved performance. It also includes an always-on display and new watch face options. The Apple Watch 8 will has a larger battery than previous models: Battery life can be extended to 36 hours when in low-power mode. The Apple Watch 8 features a durable design and is swim-proof, dust-proof and crack-resistant.
Like the iPhone 14, the Apple Watch 8 also detects when the wearer is in a car crash.
The Apple Watch 8 has a number of health features, including an optical heart sensor, electrical heart sensor for ECG, blood oxygen sensor, and a new body temperature sensor. The temperature sensor is presented as a women’s health tool to more accurately track ovulation times and other changes in a woman’s monthly cycle. (In light of increased concern regarding data privacy around cycle tracking information, Apple assured consumers that their data is secure and encrypted.)
The Apple Watch 8 will be available in 41mm and 45mm sizing options. Shoppers can choose between stainless steel or aluminum casing and several different colors; new watch band options will be available via Nike and Hermes. The GPS model will start at $399, while the cellular model (with new international roaming capabilities) starts at $499.
Apple Watch SE 2nd generation
Apple Watch SE, the most affordable Apple Watch option, includes core Apple Watch features such as car crash detection, heart rate monitoring, fall detection and activity tracking. The updated watch can be paired with a parent’s iPhone, but still operate independently for calling and texting. It’s a smart choice for families that want to stay connected.
The new Apple Watch SE is 20% faster than the last generation. The display is 30% larger than the prior model as well. The back case design now features 100% recycled aluminum.
The Apple Watch SE starts at $249 for GPS and $299 for cellular. It is available for pre-order today.
the AirPods Pro 2
The Apple AirPods Pro 2 will feature a significantly upgraded wireless chip, the H2 chip, for improved audio functionality. The AirPods 2 Pro feature a new low distortion driver for clearer audio. Plus, you can use your iPhone’s camera to analyze your unique ear anatomy for sound that’s truly custom to you.
Another big upgrade: The Apple AirPods Pro 2 claim to have two-times-better noise cancellation than the previous model.
The design of the AirPods Pro 2 is fairly similar to the previous generation, though Apple has introduced touch controls to the AirPods 2. You also get a new extra-small ear tip option. The case has been redesigned too, with a new lanyard loop and a built-in speaker to aid you in finding the case when lost.
The AirPods Pro 2 will cost $249. They are available for pre-order on Sept. 9 with delivery scheduled to start on September 23.
How to get the new apple devices?
The Apple Watch models are available for pre-order now on Apple’s website. The iPhone 14 and AirPods 2 will be available for pre-order starting on Friday Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. EDT (5 a.m. PDT). You can pre-order on Apple’s website as well as through major carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Ordering through your preferred wireless carrier can help you snag special discounts or trade-in deals.
Pre-orders do not typically sell out. Instead, you will see delivery date estimates pushed back. During the iPhone 13 pre-order period, in-demand models such as the iPhone 13 Pro saw delivery dates pushed over a month out. If you have your heart set on a Pro model or an in-demand color, try to get your pre-order in early to ensure that you can get your new phone on launch day. Unfortunately, that might mean quite an early start to your Friday morning.