Apple 2022 Event Recap: iPhone 14 Lineup, Apple Watch Series 8, and All Other Announcements

Apple 2022 Event Recap: iPhone 14 Lineup, Apple Watch Series 8, and All Other Announcements
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The iPhone turns 15 with the iPhone 14, one of the few new products announced at Apple’s event on Wednesday. To remember: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, apple watch series 8, apple watch ultra, Apple Watch SE Y AirPods Pro 2nd generation. All will be available for pre-order over the next few weeks, with some shipping as early as September 1. sixteen.

Apple announced the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 16, at WWDC in June, and at the “Far Out” event we saw features like Crash Detection, the always on screen Y dynamic island in action.

Want a detailed, play-by-play summary? Take a look at our archived live blog.

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The Plus expands to a 6.7-inch device from the standard 6.1-inch version. They have updated head dissipation, a 1200-nit HDR display with Dolby Vision support, and come in a new shade of blue on top of the rest. They inherit the battery life of the Max.

A new A15 Bionic chip outperforms all cores for faster performance. Apple updated the camera system with a larger sensor (1.9 microns) and OIS sensor change on the main 12-megapixel camera. Apple says you’ll get better results in difficult lighting conditions and faster, too. The new TrueDepth camera also improves low light photography and has better and faster focus. Apple has introduced what it calls the Photonic Engine into the software for better image processing.

Action mode enhances digital image stabilization for video and utilizes the full sensor.

As rumoured, the iPhone has gone eSIM – there are no more physical SIMs supported in the US. It also supports accident detection, thanks to new sensors, and adds emergency SOS via satellite for when you’re off the grid, thanks to new antennas and an app that keeps you connected as the satellite moves. The latter comes free for two years.

The iPhone 14 starts at $799 (£849, AU$1,399), the Plus at $899 (£949, AU$1,579). Pre-order begins October 1. 9, but the 14 boats sep. 16 and 14 Plus on October 1. 7.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max side by side showing sizes

Similar specs to Pro Display XDR come to Pro displays with Super Retina XDR. The new camera notch on the Pro expands and contracts to accommodate notifications and information, which you can interact with, called “Dynamic Island”. Better brightness management and a variety of refresh rates are available to manage battery life, and prevent the new Always On display from draining too much.

The new 4-nanometer A16 Bionic chip is faster and requires less power than the A15. A new Display Engine inside speeds up screen rendering, and updated image signal processing adds similar improvements in photo quality to lower-end models.

A 48-megapixel sensor with support for pixel binning (4 pixels) allows for better sensitivity in low-light shooting at 12-megapixels. There’s a new 2x telephoto setting and 48mm mode, plus 48-megapixel support in ProRaw. The video also gets action mode and 24 frames per second shots.

They come in space black and deep purple, in addition to the traditional silver and gold.

Prices start at $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749) for Pro, $1,099 for Pro Max (£1,199, AU$1,899). You can book from September. 9; are available Sept. sixteen.

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New watch faces, a larger always-on display (thanks to smaller bezels), along with increased durability are the highlights of the new series. There’s better menstrual cycle tracking thanks to a new set of features, including a new temperature sensor to get an estimate of ovulation, among other things.

There are also new safety features such as accident detection to provide automatic notification to emergency services and contacts. It’s made possible by updated motion detection with a new gyroscope and accelerometer.

Low Power Mode disables some of the less necessary features, like the always-on display, to extend to a claimed 36 hours. International roaming will also be implemented on all cell phone models running WatchOS 9.

And pretty new colors and bands.

Prices start at $399 (£419, AU$629) and include three months of free Apple Fitness Plus. It’s available Sept. 16, but pre-orders are open now. WatchOS 9 will be available starting Monday, September 9. 12


Apple’s entry-price Watch gets bigger, faster and better-matched for kids without an iPhone, and the back cover now matches the finishes. It is made from many recycled materials. It also has the same sensors as the Series 8 to enable crash detection.

It’s available to pre-order now, shipping on September 1st. 16. Prices start at $249 (£259, AU$399).

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“Extreme” is the slogan of this model. It’s the toughest yet, made of titanium, with a bezel to protect the screen from impacts. There are new bands designed for specific activities (alpine, trail and ocean). There’s a new action button for quick physical control, plus the controls are designed to be used with gloves. An improved microphone, built-in cellular, a huge battery that will last up to 36 hours (which can be extended up to 60 hours through a new optimization setting), plus a complex new face and night mode for better visibility are some highlights.

Inside is a new GPS designed for better results in urban environments and uses a microphone array for better pickup. It also has a bunch of new apps geared towards specific types of activities, like a dive computer and guidance system.

Apple Watch Ultra will cost $799 (£849, AU$1,299) and automatically includes cellular data. Pre-orders are now open and the Watch Ultra will be available on September 1. 23

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The H1 chip is downgraded to H2, and new drivers and processing offer better detail and clarity, according to Apple. Spatial audio gets a customization option for better surround sound, active noise cancellation, passive noise reduction, and microphone noise cancellation get a boost. Adaptive transparency will do a better job with very loud noises.

Wear these earbuds for up to six hours in the earbuds, plus 30 hours of charge in the case, and the case is easier to find thanks to a more powerful speaker. It will now also support Qi charging.

They cost $249 (£249, AU$399), available for pre-order on September 1. 16 and start shipping on September 1 23

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