Apple Inc. on Wednesday released its latest iPhone series with an improved camera and satellite emergency messaging system, and introduced a rugged watch aimed at sports enthusiasts.
The iPhone 14 models, starting at $799, will test Apple’s ability to wring dollars from its relatively affluent customer base, whose spending has so far remained steady amid the economic downturn.
Here’s a list of the best Apple launches at the Far out event:
IPHONE 14 WITH SATELLITE CONNECTION
Apple has added a new “satellite emergency SOS feature” that allows users to connect to a satellite to send text messages from remote locations. The company said it has set up relay centers to enable the feature.
The new 14 series will have four models: iPhone 14, Plus, Pro and ProMax.
The phones are equipped with improved cameras, sharper sensors and a new crash detection feature. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will have the A15 bionic chip, while the Pro models come with the A16 chip.
Price: Starting at $799 for iPhone 14, $899 for iPhone 14 Plus, $999 for iPhone 14 Pro, and $1,099 for iPhone 14 Pro Max
Availability: Pre-orders start September 9th, available September 16th
APPLE WATCH ULTRA
Touted as “the most durable and efficient Apple watch ever,” the latest series is designed for people interested in outdoor adventures, water sports and endurance training.
It offers 60 hours of battery life, a compass on the dial and the new Oceanic Plus app for scuba enthusiasts.
Price: 799 dollars
Availability: from September 23
WATCH EPISODE 8
The newest Watch series has a temperature sensor that will work in conjunction with the previously released menstrual cycle tracking app to retroactively detect ovulation.
The watch also has an advanced crash detection system that helps alert emergency services, and is resistant to swimming, dust and cracks.
Price: Starting at US$399
Availability: from September 16
Separately, Apple unveiled a second-generation, low-cost SE watch for $249 with crash detection.
Upgraded AirPods feature personalized surround sound, double the noise cancellation compared to their predecessors, and improved touch control for easy volume control.
Airpods also have up to six hours of listening time, which is 33% more than the previous version.
Price: 249 dollars
Availability: Orders start September 9, available September 23 – Reuters