During a launch event in the US, Apple introduced the iPhone 14, which includes emergency satellite connectivity. In its Cupertino headquarters, Apple revealed four different versions of its new handset, with an audience in attendance for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic.
During a launch event in the US, Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, which come equipped with emergency satellite connectivity and car crash detection. First time since the pandemic, Apple unveiled four versions of the new handset at its Cupertino headquarters. pic.twitter.com/cnBWX1NvQI
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The Watch Ultra also featured a new extreme sports wearable. However, the event’s primary focus was the AirPods, watches, and next-generation iPhones. In an entirely pre-recorded presentation, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on stage at the Steve Jobs theatre inside the company’s California campus.
Watch Series 8 from Apple
The Apple Watch Series 8 boasts new features such as car crash detection, a temperature sensor that tracks the ovulation cycle, and a low-power mode that saves battery life. Since changes were made to abortion laws in the United States, many people have been wary of menstrual trackers out of concern for law enforcement’s use of the information. In addition to encryption, Apple states that data on its devices will only be accessible via a passcode or biometric identification.
According to Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Apple is taking its commitment to women’s health even further. For example, those trying to conceive could benefit from Apple’s automatic retrospective ovulation notification. This watch can detect tiny ovulation signals by monitoring body temperature every five seconds overnight if it is activated.
Car crash detection is another new feature. Sensors can detect a severe crash, and the watch uses those sensors to automatically notify emergency services, provide the wearer’s exact location, and connect them with emergency services. In addition, due to the Series 8’s low-power mode, which is borrowed from the iPhone, users can now expect up to 36 hours of battery life on a full charge. Prices for the Apple Watch Series 8 range from $399 in the United States to £419 in the United Kingdom.
Apple Watch Ultra
Apple’s latest rival to Garmin, Polar, and other rugged watch manufacturers is a rugged watch with swim-proofing, dust-proofing, and crack resistance. During the presentation for the new watch, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek from Born to Run explained why the watch’s face is so large for extreme sports use. With an ultra-long battery life of 60 hours, Apple aims to give its customers enough power to complete an ultra-triathlon that involves swimming, cycling and running. In the United States, the Apple Watch Ultra costs $799, and in the United Kingdom, it costs £849.
iPhone 14 and Camera
The Apple handset will be available in two sizes, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The new handsets can send an emergency call for assistance using a satellite connection. A satellite tracking feature will also display the locations of passing satellites overhead and give instructions on how to point at them correctly. Generally, an introductory message can take between 15 seconds and several minutes to send.
In the opinion of Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, adding satellite capabilities should not be underestimated. All the pieces of the puzzle, such as a satellite agreement with Globalstar, and the creation of the communications infrastructure required to send messages to emergency services, will likely have taken Apple years to put together.”
“It is encouraging to see providers beginning to take satellite seriously – ultimately reliable and robust connectivity is still highly desired among all users,” Paolo Pescatore, the tech analyst, said. He believes that innovation is good for consumers “in hard-to-reach areas.” For example, a new 12-megapixel camera from the tech giant can capture photos of fast-moving subjects and promises a 49% improvement in low-light capturing. In addition, as part of the new front Camera, auto-focus is included for the first time to make selfies sharp. According to Apple, iPhone users took more than three trillion photos in the last 12 months.