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Apple Unveils iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 At ‘Far Out’ Keynote Event

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Apple hosted its ‘Far Out’ keynote event today, introducing a slew of new products, including the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE, and more. So let’s dive in and see what all the fuss is about!

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Apple has given its Pro models a new design, ditching the notch up top and replacing it with a new “Dynamic Island” that houses the selfie and Face ID cameras. The Dynamic Island design is interesting in that it acts as a notch but also serves notifications and other relevant info, adjusting its size on the fly. In addition, these Pro models sport an always-on display without killing your battery life.

The iPhone 14 Pro introduces a new class of pro camera system, with the first-ever 48MP Main camera on iPhone featuring a quad-pixel sensor that adapts to the photo being captured and features second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization. For most photos, the quad-pixel sensor combines every four pixels into one large quad pixel equivalent to 2.44 µm, resulting in amazing low-light capture and keeping photo size at a practical 12MP.

Additional Pro camera system upgrades and features include:

  • A new 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 1.4 µm pixels, which delivers sharper images with more detail, improving already powerful macro photography capabilities.
  • An improved Telephoto camera that offers 3x optical zoom.
  • A new front TrueDepth camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture that enables better low-light performance for photos and video. Using autofocus for the first time, it can focus even faster in low light and capture group shots from farther away.
  • A new Adaptive True Tone flash that has been completely redesigned with an array of nine LEDs that change pattern based on the chosen focal length.
  • Powerful computational photography benefits like Night mode, Smart HDR 4, Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, Night mode Portrait photos, Photographic Styles to personalize the look of every photo, and Apple ProRAW.
  • A new Action mode for incredibly smooth-looking video that adjusts to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is being captured in the middle of the action.
  • Cinematic mode, now available in 4K at 30 fps and 4K at 24 fps.
  • Pro-level workflows for video, including ProRes3 and end-to-end Dolby Vision HDR.

A new A16 Bionic chip powers the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The component utilizes a 4-nanometer architecture, which is more powerful and energy-efficient. It has a dedicated display engine, which allows the above-mentioned Dynamic Island to work its magic.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro - Dynamic Island

What’s more, the entire iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking safety capabilities that can provide emergency assistance when it matters most. With a new dual-core accelerometer capable of detecting G-force measurements of up to 256Gs and a new high dynamic range gyroscope, Crash Detection on iPhone can now detect a severe car crash and automatically dial emergency services when a user is unconscious or unable to reach their iPhone.

The iPhone 14 lineup also introduces Emergency SOS via satellite, which combines custom components deeply integrated with software to allow antennas to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when outside of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Satellites are moving targets with low bandwidth, and it can take minutes for messages to get through. Since every second counts, with Emergency SOS via satellite, iPhone front-loads a few vital questions to assess the user’s situation and shows them where to point their phone to connect to a satellite.

As with previous iPhones, the iPhone 14 Pro sports a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen.

The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the Pro Max at $1099 (no price hike on base models), both available for pre-order on September 9th and shipping on September 16th.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus

Apple iPhone 14 / 14 Plus

For base phones, Apple has the iPhone 14 (6.1 inches) and iPhone 14 Plus (6.7 inches), with the iPhone mini sadly put out to pasture. Both models include the A15 Bionic processor.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus introduce a new standard for photo and video capture with a new 12MP Main camera featuring a larger sensor and larger pixels, a new front TrueDepth camera, the Ultra Wide camera to capture more of a scene, and Photonic Engine for a giant leap in low-light performance.

Dual-camera system upgrades and features include:

  • A new Main camera with a larger ƒ/1.5 aperture and 1.9 µm pixels, enabling photo and video improvements in all lighting scenarios for better detail and motion freezing, less noise, faster exposure times, and sensor-shift optical image stabilization.
  • A new front TrueDepth camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture that enables better low-light performance for photos and video. Using autofocus for the first time, it can focus even faster in low light and capture group shots from farther away.
  • A new Action mode for incredibly smooth-looking video that adjusts to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is being captured in the middle of the action.
  • The Ultra Wide camera, offering a unique perspective for wider shots and improvements to low-light photos with Photonic Engine.
  • An improved True Tone flash that is 10 percent brighter and has better uniformity for more consistent lighting.
  • Cinematic mode, now available in 4K at 30 fps and 4K at 24 fps.
  • End-to-end Dolby Vision HDR, available only on iPhone.

The iPhone 14 starts at $799 and the 14 Plus at $899, and both are available for preorder on September 9th. The iPhone 14 will ship in September, but the iPhone 14 Plus won’t ship until October.

Apple Watch Series 8 and new Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE 2022

As expected, Apple also introduced the Apple Watch Series 8, which at first glance looks very similar to the Series 7. But it includes significant hardware updates over its predecessor. The most notable upgrade includes a temperature sensor for advanced women’s health and wellness tracking. Apple also improved the battery life of the Apple Watch by adding a low-power mode, which can extend its battery endurance to 36 hours between charges.

The new Apple Watch SE has a new look, thanks to its revamped aluminum housing with a composite back case. The product features the same chip as the Apple Watch Series 8, so expect a little better performance compared to the outgoing model. But otherwise, it’s pretty much the same watch as before, with a little price break to boot.

In addition, the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE both get the same Crash Detection feature that is found on the iPhone 14 models.

The Apple Watch Series 8 starts at $399, while the Apple Watch SE starts at $249. Both are available to order today and will ship on September 16th.


Other products unveiled during the ‘Far Out’ keynote include the 2nd-generation AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Ultra. All in all, this was a pretty solid event, and we’re looking forward to checking out some of these new devices in the coming weeks!

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.

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