Apple has unveiled its new, highly-anticipated 14 which has satellite connectivity that will let users send satellite SOS messages if they’re caught in an emergency without service.
The service which launches in November, two months after the new smartphone hits the market on September 16, will be free for two years – but Apple is yet to announce how much it will cost after that.
The inflation-busting phone, which starts at $1399 – 15 percent more than usual, ie will also have technology that can detect when users are in a car crash and automatically calls 000.
This is possible with the addition of a new dual-core accelerometer that can detect G-force measurements when vehicles are hit.
iPhone 14 was the closing item in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s annual product event that also revealed the Apple Watch Ultra designed specifically for ‘extreme athletes’.
The new wearable features a wraparound titanium casing to protect the front crystal and is capable of withstanding temperatures below 0c and above 38c, allowing users to take the watch with them as they explore different parts of the world.
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iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come in five eye-catching colors: midnight, starlight, blue, purple and product red
Apple’s annual product event also showcased:
- The new Apple Watch Series 8 that also includes the same crash detection technology as the iPhone 14
- It gets up to 36 hours’ use on a single charge – double the current standard for the company’s watches – and has a feature to track ovulation, via temperature sensors
- The all-new Apple Watch Ultra, the company’s most durable to-date, comes with cellular connectivity and has up to 36 hours of battery life on a single charge, but will have a feature in fall that extends that to 60 hours
- Before the iPhone 14 was unveiled, Apple revealed its new AirPods that cancel out twice the noise of the previous model
- The charging case also comes with ‘Find My’ technology, allowing users to locate their AirPods when lost
Apple shares rose 0.93 percent almost immediately after revealing its new iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, which boasts a 6.7-inch screen, come in five colors: midnight, starlight, blue, purple and red.
iPhone 14 starts at $1399 and will go up to $1,899which is much lower than rumors had predicted – speculation said costs could rise by 15 percent due to inflation.
Preorders start September 9.iPhone 14 will be available on September 16 and iPhone 14 Plus releases October 7.
Rumors about the tech giant partnering with a satellite internet company surfaced earlier this month, but on Wednesday those speculations became a reality.
‘Since satellites are moving rapidly through space, iPhone will show you where to point to maintain your connection — and avoid obstructions such as mountains and heavy foliage,’ Apple stated on its website.
The company states on its website that once the iPhone is connected to a satellite, it automatically sends a message, your location, Medical ID (if set up) and the amount battery left on your device to the nearest 911 dispatcher.
iPhone 14 family connects directly to a satellite by showing you where to point your smartphone, allowing you to then send a ‘custom short text’ created by an algorithm that shares the emergency message in just 15 seconds
Apple unveiled its new iPhone 14 at its annual product event held on its campus of Apple Park Cupertino, California.Hundreds of people attended the event and got a close look at the new smartphone
The tech giant said the smartphone has an ‘amazing new camera system’ with an upgraded 12 megapixel main camera that features a sensor larger than the smartphone’s predecessor.
The smartphones feature a sleek aerospace-grad aluminum design in five finishes, along with updated internal designs for better thermal performance, and the pair have a Ceramic Shield on the front cover that protects the inner workers from spills, water and dust.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement: ‘Both phones have a powerful new Main camera with a huge leap in low-light performance, advanced connectivity capabilities with 5G and eSIM, and the incredible performance of A15 Bionic, which helps enable even better battery life.All of this, tightly integrated with iOS 16, makes iPhone more essential than ever.’
The camera also has a 49 percent improvement in low-light capture and a new TrueDepth for the front-facing camera that automatically focuses on objects and people within the frame, along with the Ultra Wide camera that captures more of the scene.
The tech giant said the smartphone has an ‘amazing new camera system’ with an upgraded 12 megapixel main camera that features a sensor larger than the smartphone’s predecessor.Pictured is Caron Thor, Apple’s senior manager of camera image quality
It also has a 49 percent improvement in low-light capture and a new TrueDepth for the front-facing camera that automatically focuses on objects and people within the frame
The new iPhone 14 family includes a software feature called ‘Photonic Engine’ that captures better details and color in low-light.
‘Through a deep integration of hardware and software, Photonic Engine improves mid- to low-light performance for photos across all cameras: up to 2x on the Ultra Wide camera, 2x on the TrueDepth camera, and an impressive 2.5x on the new Main camera,‘ shared Apple.
‘Photonic Engine enables this dramatic increase in quality by applying the computational benefits of Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging process to deliver extraordinary detail, and preserve subtle textures, provide better color, and maintain more information in a photo.’
The video system also received an upgrade with ‘action’ mode, which keeps the video footage stable even when you are shaky.
Apple enthusiasts also saw the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Max that uses even more of the front screen by display information on the notch and the TrueDepth camera is much smaller.
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