Apple September Event, iPhone 14 Launch Event: Apple’s September event saw the launch of its coveted iPhone 14 series along with a new Watch Series 8, Watch Ultra and the next generation of AirPods Pro. Apple hosted the iPhone launch in person at the Steve Jobs Theater located in the Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California with CEO Tim Cook opening the keynote address.
While the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus continue with the older A15 Bionic chipset, Apple is improving the camera and adding safety features like crash detection to these. It is also removing the SIM tray from the US models of the iPhone 14 series. And yes, Apple is bringing emergency SOS via Satellite connectivity. But this is only for US and Canada for now.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro sports a new ‘dynamic island’ notch, which will change based on the activity that you’re doing or the app you might have open. For instance, when the music app is open, the notch will display a different kind of animation. The iPhone 14 Pro gets a 48MP main camera. The sale begins September 16 for iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Plus goes on sale starting October 7. The iPhone 14 starts at Rs 79,900 and the price is Rs 89,900 for the iPhone 14 Plus. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at Rs 1,29,900 while the iPhone 14 Pro Max at Rs 1,39,900.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max launched: Key specifications, India price
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The Apple Watch Series 8 now has a body temperature sensor to help women know when they are ovulating. It also comes with crash detection when driving and supports international roaming. Apple Watch Series 8 starts at Rs 45,9000 for the GPS version. It will be available for pre-order today and the sale starts on September 16. Apple has also revealed the Watch SE 2 as well which will cost Rs 29,900.
Meanwhile, the new Apple Watch Ultra is geared for the pros. It comes with a special 49mm case, making it one of the biggest displays on an Apple Watch. It also gets a dedicated action button. Apple Watch Ultra will cost Rs 89,900. It goes on sale on September 23. The Apple AirPods Pro 2 were also launched. These come with Spatial Audio, a new H2 chip and advanced noise cancellation. The AirPods Pro 2 will cost Rs 26,900.
If you’re wondering how the iPhone 14 series is priced in India vs the rest of the world, we have all the details for you here. And yes, it is true, the iPhones do cost more in India compared to countries like US, UK, Canada, China, Dubai, etc. For instance, in the US, the base iPhone 14 comes to around Rs 64,000 on conversion, but in India it starts at Rs 79,900. The iPhone 14 Pro commands an even higher premium in India. It starts at Rs 80,000 when converted ($999) but in India the official price tag is Rs 1,29,900. So yes, be prepared to pay more when in India.
Here’s an in-depth look at all the new features of the iPhone 14 series, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra and more.
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The iPhone 14 series comes with satellite connectivity to help users in emergencies when they are out of cellular coverage. While the feature will be available on the entire iPhone 14 series later this year with iOS 16, there are a few things you should know about it first. Check out all about satellite connectivity on iPhone 14 series to know more.
With the launch of the iPhone 14-series, Apple has killed some of its older iPhone models. This includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 Pro-series. While Apple will not be selling these iPhones officially anymore, you still may be able to find them for sale on e-commerce sites or with retailers.
With the older models dropped, Apple has stopped selling its last 4G phone, which was the iPhone 11. The oldest iPhone you can now buy is the iPhone 12, and the most affordable iPhone right now is the new iPhone SE 2022, both of which are 5G phones.
For those who missed it, Apple’s iOS 16 and watcOS 9 will start rolling out on September 12, which next Monday. Apple typically rolls out the software around evening India time so keep that in mind. Apple iOS 16 rolls out iPhone 8 and above (iPhone SE 2 is included) but keep in mind many of the features are limited to iPhone XS and above. Apple’s watchOS 9 rolls out to Watch Series 4 an above.
The Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro series is a much more active use of the new notch and can show activities from other apps to users as well. Check out our video showing how the Dynamic Island works on the iPhone 14 Pro series.
If you’re wondering how Apple has priced the entire range of its new product, we have the list here for you. The iPhone 14 starts at Rs 79,900 for 128GB storage, but each higher storage variant will cost Rs 10,000 extra. So the 256GB version costs Rs 89,900. The same trend continues with the iPhone 14 Plus which starts at Rs 89,900 for the base 128GB and then an extra Rs 10,000 for the 256GB. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at Rs 1,29,900 with another Rs 10k for the next storage.
Apple announced a number of products at its September event, and here are the three things that impressed me the most. No, I’m not talking about the 48MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro. The first is the Apple Watch Ultra, which is will definitely have an appeal for several folks, even the non-Pro athletes. The second is the Dynamic Island notch on the iPhone 14 Pro, which is definitely a unique take on the much criticised notch. And finally, the AirPods Pro 2 come with some serious noise cancellation as I experienced in the demo zone. Read more here.
While the iPhone 14 series may have stolen the show, the Apple Watch Ultra may actually be the most innovative product that was announced during the event.
Here is how the ‘dynamic island’ on the Pro models of the iPhone 14 series will work
Here is our first look at Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.
The Apple AirPods Pro Gen-2 come with a new design, new charging case, new features and extra eartips. Here’s all you need to know about the new AirPods Pro Gen-2 before they go up for pre-orders from September 9.
With the iPhone 14 Pro series, Apple has revamped the notch both from a hardware and software perspective. It now functions as a ‘Dynamic Island’ capable of showing some interesting animations depending on the app being used. Check out the feature in action.
Check out the Apple Watch Series 8 below. The Watch Series 8 will cost Rs 45,900 in India. The Watch SE 2 will start at Rs 29,900.
Check out the show floor at the Apple event, where the products are typically display.
AirPods Pro (2nd generation) will be available for Rs 26,900 in India. They go up for pre-order from September 9. Availability is September 23. Check out the AirPods Pro 2 in the photo below. The new AirPods Pro 2 as seen at the Apple demo zone. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)
Here’s a closer look at the new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro series from the demo zone at the Steve Jobs Theatre.
Indian customers can get iPhone 14 for Rs 79,900 and and iPhone 14 Plus for Rs 89,900. Sales begin September 16 for the iPhone 14, while the iPhone 14 Plus will be available from October 7.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and Pro Max at $1099. So Apple has not increased the prices. The India prices are not yet out, but they should be soon.
The bigger camera sensor gets in more light making the Pro models much better in low light photography. Computational photography goes a notch up with ability to clarify images to show more detail, even in low-light conditions. The quad pixel sensor is capturing more information with each click. And the video quality also goes up many notches with the new action mode that stabilises all videos without a gimbal. And, cinematic videos now get 4K resolution.
Apple iPhone 14 series will consist of four variants this time. The iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus/or iPhone 14 Max and the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will get a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display respectively, with Apple expected to end the iPhone mini lineup. The iPhone 14 series will get the older A15 processor, 12MP ultra-wide and 12MP wide-angle camera. The old notch will also continue on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. We will have to see how Apple makes improvements to the base variants of the iPhone, considering that these are expected to get minimal changes.
Waiting for Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro this year? You might have to pay more
The big changes will be reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro series. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will continue with the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inches OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. But Apple will change the way the notch appears on top, which will now have a pill-shaped cutout. Reports indicate that there will be two cutouts on the iPhone 14 Pro’s notch, but it will appear as one when in use. The iPhone 14 Pro series will also get the new 48MP camera and other bigger improvements to the overall camera as well. Bigger batteries are likely on the way as well, though Apple typically never talks battery size during the presentation.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro series: All the changes we expect
Coming to the Apple’s Watch Series 8, it is expected to continue with the same design as the Series 7, though it could sport a new body temperature sensor. An Apple Watch SE 2 could also be in the works. The Apple Watch Pro is also expected and this one is aimed at athletes, etc. Finally, Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 are also expected to get an upgrade. The AirPods Pro originally launched back in October 2019.
Apple will also reveal the dates for when iOS 16, macOS and watchOS 9 will be available for download. Apple has confirmed that the iPadOS is already delayed and will only come in October.
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