Apple Announces iPhone 14 Line Up, revamped AirPods Pro and Watch Series 8

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The hype train for the iPhone 14 series is seriously ‘Far Out’, with 4 new models introduced (iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max) – here are some key highlights we’re most excited about.

We’re promised a whole new experience complete with a new design, better processor and significant improvements on the camera – the iPhone 14 series is truly the star of the event.

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The iPhone 14 Plus will showcase a larger display, equipped with OLED and Dolby Vision, the best battery life yet, an A15 Bionic chip – and comes with an upgraded camera.

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The new 12mp main camera comes with a larger sensor, 1.9micron pixels, F1.5 aperture AND F1.9 True Depth camera with autofocus and better low-light capture. Faster aperture is going to be a game changer for the iPhone 14 for sure.

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The iPhone 14 series will also feature a new Action Mode in Video, making it more stable to capture action shots, while being in the action – you don’t even need a gimbal anymore, that’s how stable the Action Mode shots will be.

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iPhone 14 (6.1”) and iPhone 14 Plus (6.7”) will be available in 5 colors: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and (PRODUCT) Red.

Now, on to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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The Dynamic Island is something that I’m pretty excited about – it’s essentially a pill-shaped notch to show new live activity widgets without disrupting your current app usage. No more swiping up and down to switch apps just to check where your ride is.

Always-On Display will allow you to easily see the time and other information without tapping on the display.

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You can now dim wallpaper images without losing skin tones as well. 

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A16 Bionic Chip is the fastest chip in a smartphone ever, and will be used to power the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

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Seems like the camera is getting a huge upgrade in the 14 Pro series as well – a 48mp camera with a quad pixel sensor which is 65% larger than the previous Pro range. Coming in hot with the F1.78 aperture, 24m focal length, there would also be different sensor modes for different photos such as in low-light conditions.

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There’s a dramatic improvement in the low light department with the Photonic Engine.

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I’m sold on the iPhone 14 Pro series upgrades – imagine taking better photos and more dynamic videos on the iPhone – even in low-light situations? If Action Mode is as good as they say – this would change how pro filmmakers use the iPhone 14 Pro.

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iPhone 14 Pro will come in 4 colors: Space Black, Silver, Gold and brand new Deep Purple

iPhone 14 starts at S$1,299 and comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage, available from 16 September onwards.

iPhone 14 Plus starts at S$1,499 and comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB from 7 October onwards.

iPhone 14 Pro (6.1″) starts at S$1,649 and comes in 128 GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage from 16 September onwards.

iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7″) starts at S$1,799 and comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage from 16 September onwards.

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Apple Watch Series 8

Apple unveiled three new Apple Watches with the most important update for the watch in years – one that Apple Watch fans will definitely want to keep their eyes peeled out for. 

Apple Watch Series 8 will come with a new body-temperature sensor and women’s health features related to fertility – from ovulation tracking that is protected heavily by privacy to detecting cycle deviations, which can indicate health problems. 

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Cycle data is encrypted on the device and only accessible with a passcode or biometric ID – and is encrypted end-to-end when synced to iCloud, so Apple can’t read it without your permission. It’s nice to know that Apple has spent so much time innovating and talking about this!

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An innovative new feature – ‘Crash Detection’ can detect if one is in a severe car crash and notify emergency services and contacts. Two new motion sensors, an improved gyroscope and a new accelerometer that samples motion 4x faster than the old one. Series 8 can detect crashes in most popular types of vehicles, which could potentially be a life-saver. This feature is also available on the iPhone 14 series and Watch Ultra.

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Low Power Mode will be available on Series 4 and above with WatchOS 9. Apple Watch with cell service will now support international roaming by pairing with the phone’s roaming plan.

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The Apple Watch Series 8 can detect if you’ve taken a hard fall and connect you with emergency services on the fly with Fall Detection.

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Apple Watch Series 8 SE will sport the same motion sensors as Series 8, and allows you to pair the watches for children who don’t own iPhones yet, using Family Setup.

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Shiny new toy alert! Apple announced the launch of Apple Watch Ultra, which is made with aerospace grade titanium and customised for mountain, ocean, trail. This is truly the Watch to own for avid athletes. Think mountain climbing / hiking trails, competing in triathlons, diving and more. The watch face even comes with a wayfinder which can be switched to Night Mode for better visibility in the dark.

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A new button called the Action Button is customisable for a range of functions – from the most accurate start and control of a workout, to starting a dive, or marking a Compass Waypoint – it all works with a push of the button. It comes with 60 hours extended battery life, a new GPS chip, and low power mode. You can easily do a long-distance triathlon with precision GPS and heart rate tracking.

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Now, this is pretty cool – Watch Ultra is designed for watersports and this is perfect for recreational scuba divers, with a new Oceanic+ app that turns it into a dive computer for recreational diving and freediving down to 40 metres. (Coming soon)

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The Depth app is quite ideal for snorkelling or casual underwater activity, to see the time, current depth, water temperature, duration under water and more.

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The Apple Watch Ultra will be available from 23 September onwards.

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Apple Watch Series 8 starts at S$599 and comes in 41mm or 44mm, with 4 colors: Midnight, Starlight, Silver and (PRODUCT) Red, and 3 stainless steel finishes: Silver, Gold and Graphite – from 16 September onwards.

Apple Watch Series 8 SE starts at S$379 and comes in 40mm or 44mm, with 3 colors: Midnight, Silver and Starlight – from 16 September onwards.

Apple Watch Ultra starts at S$1,199 and comes in 49mm, with 3 choices of bands, Alpine, Trail, and Ocean for specific conditions and maximum comfort – from 23 September onwards.

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AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

This is also one of the key updates everyone has been waiting for, dubbed the ‘most advanced AirPods Pro yet’ – and Apple truly did not disappoint.

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Featuring the H2 chip, Apple’s audio processor, the all-new AirPods Pro would also be the first to add Bluetooth 5.2 support.

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You can use iOS 16 to create a personalised spatial audio profile, and has a new Active Noise Cancellation feature with advanced computation audio to cancel up to 2x noise around you.

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With the new AirPods Pro, you get to 6 hours of listening on a single charge, a 33% increase over the original AirPods Pro. You can now use Apple Watch charger, MagSafe or any Qi charger to charge your AirPods case.

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Here’s a summary of the key updates for the all-new AirPods Pro:

  • H2 chip to deliver a better audio experience
  • Size XS joins the ear tips family
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • 30 hours of total listening time with charging case
  • Precision finding to help you find your charging case 
  • Speaker added to the bottom of the case for locating, pairing and charging
  • Lanyard loop added to the side of the case

The new AirPods will be priced at S$359 and will be available from 23 September onwards. 

Just a note that there were noy updates on iPad or iMac this time round – but we aren’t complaining! The ‘Far Out’ event was pretty holistic as is. 

Check out all the new updates or pre-order your upsized, upgraded Apple gadget here.

What are you most excited about in this line up?

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