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iPhone 14 launch: Here are the devices Apple revealed at its 'Far Out' event yesterday

At last night's event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced four iPhone 14 models - the standard iPhone 14 model, the iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It also unveiled three new smartwatches and wireless headphones

After almost a year of anticipation from tech fans, Apple last night unveiled its much-anticipated new flagship smartphone and a host of other shiny devices at its annual fall bonanza.

At Wednesday night’s Far Out event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced four variants of the iPhone 14, three Apple Watches and the next generation of wireless headphones.

The iPhone 14 family can connect to satellite internet, which can be used in remote areas without phone service, and also detect a serious car accident and automatically call emergency services.

However, criticism of the new iPhone 14 has focused on the price. In the UK, the iPhone 14 flagship model starts at £849, which is £50 more expensive than the iPhone 13 released a year ago.

The public has already slammed the tech giant for charging more than £800 for one of its new smartwatches amid a cost of living crisis.

Here’s MailOnline’s round-up of everything Apple revealed last night, including what the pundits think of the new devices – and whether they’re worth the money.

At last night's event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced four iPhone 14 models - the standard iPhone 14 model, the iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It also unveiled three new smartwatches and wireless headphones

At last night’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced four iPhone 14 models – the standard iPhone 14 model, the iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It also unveiled three new smartwatches and wireless headphones

Apple announced four new iPhones, three new Apple Watches and an updated AirPods Pro on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 during a press event in Cupertino, California.  In the picture the iPhone 14

Apple announced four new iPhones, three new Apple Watches and an updated AirPods Pro on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 during a press event in Cupertino, California. In the picture the iPhone 14

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come in five eye-catching colors: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and Product Red

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come in five eye-catching colors: Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and Product Red

iPhone 14

iPhone 14 PRICES

iPhone 14: £799/$849

iPhone 14Plus: £949/$899

iPhone 14 pro: £1,099/999

iPhone 14 pro max: £1,199/$1,099

At last night’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced four iPhone 14 models – the standard iPhone 14 model, the iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The standard model costs £849 and comes with a 6.1-inch screen, while the Plus costs £949 and has a 6.7-inch screen.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are more expensive, largely because they have more advanced cameras and an ingenious pill-shaped notch at the top of the screen dubbed the “Dynamic Island.”

Dynamic Island hides the front camera but also resizes to show important alerts, notifications and activities, blurring the line between hardware and software, according to Apple.

“The single, pill-shaped Dynamic Island now offers Apple fans a smooth replacement for the notch and is a smart way to utilize screen real estate that was previously wasted,” said Ru Bhikha, mobile expert at Uswitch.com

“We should see this design eventually trickle down to simpler Apple phones in the years to come.”

The iPhone 14 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen (like the standard model) and costs £1,099, while the Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen (like the Plus) and costs a whopping £1,199.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max (pictured) have more advanced cameras and an ingenious pill-shaped notch at the top of the screen dubbed the

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max (pictured) have more advanced cameras and an ingenious pill-shaped notch at the top of the screen dubbed the “Dynamic Island.”

Dynamic Island is a pill-shaped black notch that hides the front-facing camera, but also resizes to show important alerts, notifications, and activity

Dynamic Island is a pill-shaped black notch that hides the front-facing camera, but also resizes to show important alerts, notifications, and activity

According to Apple, Dynamic Island, present only on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max,

According to Apple, Dynamic Island, present only on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, “blurs the line between hardware and software.”

All iPhone 14 models support satellite connectivity, which allows users to send satellite SOS messages when faced with an emergency without service.

They also feature technology that can detect when users are in a car crash and automatically call emergency services if vehicles are hit, thanks to a dual-core accelerometer that can capture G-force readings.

iPhone 14 cameras also have a 49 percent improvement in low-light recording[, while ‘TrueDepth’ for the front-facing camera focuses on objects and people within the frame, along with the Ultra Wide camera that captures more of the scene.  

All the iPhone 14 models support satellite connectivity that will let users send satellite SOS messages if they're caught in an emergency without service

All the iPhone 14 models support satellite connectivity that will let users send satellite SOS messages if they’re caught in an emergency without service

For models sold in the US, Apple is also removing the SIM tray, and instead is relying on an eSIM (one that’s embedded directly into the device). 

‘Apple’s transition to an eSIM-only variant of iPhone 14 in the US will provoke intense debate,’ said Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight. 

‘Network operators globally will be watching closely to see whether the move sees a shift in Apple’s balance of power over US carriers.

‘CCS Insight predicts that if the eSIM-only iPhone is successful in the US, Apple will take this approach to advanced markets in Europe and beyond with iPhone 15 in 2023.’ 

One big focus of criticism of the new iPhone 14 from the public and experts alike is that they don’t appear to be hugely different from the iPhone 13 family. 

Analysts also questioned whether the iPhone 14 justifies an upgrade in the midst of the cost of living crisis. 

Paolo Pescatore, analyst at PP Foresight, told MailOnline: ‘With household bills all heading in the wrong direction, it still represents a real test of consumer appetite in forking out for these latest shiny devices. 

‘As well as the true power of Apple’s brand in a tough economic climate with everyone tightening their belts.’

A barrage of global attention accompanies the hotly-anticipated reveal of the new iPhone every September, and this year was no exception

A barrage of global attention accompanies the hotly-anticipated reveal of the new iPhone every September, and this year was no exception

However, he added that: ‘While these subtle improvements may go unnoticed, they remain paramount to improving the entire experience for iPhone users.’ 

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come in five colours – midnight, starlight, blue, purple and red. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in deep purple, silver, gold, and space black. 

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Unfortunately for Brits, prices of the new phones are more expensive in the UK than the US, thought to be due to the strength of the US dollar. In the US for example, the standard model is $799, but in the UK it’s £849. 

If the UK price for the standard iPhone 14 model were equivalent to the US price, it would be around £695. 

Ben Wood at CCS Insight said: ‘Although iPhone pricing in the US has remained flat, we caution that in markets such as the UK, Apple will be obliged to increase pricing in local currency given the strength of the US dollar.

‘If it matched pricing from last year it would quickly find huge volumes being shipped for profit.’ 

Preorders for all four iPhone 14 models start September 9. They will be available on September 16, apart from the Plus, which becomes available on October 7.  

APPLE WATCHES

Apple announced three new smartwatches – the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch Ultra. 

The £419 ($399) Apple Watch Series 8 has an Always-On display – meaning the screen shows a small amount of quickly glanceable information when it’s idle.  

It also has a strong crack-resistant front crystal, a temperature sensor that provides estimates of when a female wearer is ovulating and the same crash detection technology as the iPhone 14.

From left, an Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE on display at an Apple event on the campus of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022

From left, an Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE on display at an Apple event on the campus of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, September 7, 2022

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Series 8 (pictured) with an always-on display and provides up to 36 hours on a single charge - twice as much as the Series 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Series 8 (pictured) with an always-on display and provides up to 36 hours on a single charge – twice as much as the Series 7

Apple said: 'The redesigned Apple Watch SE [pictured] delivers the core Apple Watch experience at a new entry-level price.  Apple Watch SE starts at £259 or $249

Apple said: “The redesigned Apple Watch SE [pictured] delivers the core Apple Watch experience at a new entry-level price. Apple Watch SE starts at £259 or $249

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Ultra (pictured) is the Cupertino company's longest-lasting smartwatch to date - and its most expensive at £849 or $799

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Ultra (pictured) is the Cupertino company’s longest-lasting smartwatch to date – and its most expensive at £849 or $799

The Apple Watch SE offers some of the advanced features of the Series 8, including crash detection, at a lower price (starting at £259 or $249). Although it has the ovulation function, it is less comprehensive than the 8 series.

Thanks to a power saving mode, the Series 8’s battery also lasts longer – up to 36 hours on a single charge – than the SE 2’s.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Ultra is the Cupertino company’s longest-lasting smartwatch to date – and its most expensive at £849 or $799.

A robust smartwatch for “extreme athletes” with a flat sapphire crystal and a titanium case that encloses the display, as well as side buttons that also work with gloves.

Apple Watch Ultra can withstand temperatures below 0°F or temperatures above 100°F and features a new, enhanced map to help explorers stay on their path.

The Ultra’s own low-power setting can also extend battery life up to 60 hours. Ultra also shares the same crash detection and ovulation estimation technologies as the 8 Series.

The Apple Watch Ultra is a rugged smartwatch for

The Apple Watch Ultra is a rugged smartwatch for “extreme athletes” with a titanium case that wraps around the display and side buttons that work with gloves

Uswitch.com’s Ru Bhikha said the Apple Watch Ultra is “clearly aimed at seasoned adventurers.”

“The new addition is more robust and less curved, with a fully flat display made from stronger materials,” he said.

“With bright orange accents comparable to the Ploprof Omega, the Ultra aims to be taken seriously among luxury divers. One for those who want to keep up with the Indiana Joneses.’

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are available to order now, with availability beginning Friday, September 16. The Ultra will be available a week later, on September 23rd.

AIRPODS

Just before Apple unveiled the highly anticipated smartphones, the company unveiled the next-generation AirPods Pro with “unmatched audio quality” and “enhanced active noise cancellation.”

The second-generation Apple AirPods Pro are on display at Apple Park's campus in Cupertino, California on September 7, 2022

The second-generation Apple AirPods Pro are on display at Apple Park’s campus in Cupertino, California on September 7, 2022

They block twice as much noise and contain a new charging case with integrated “Find My” technology.

Designed for those who never know where their AirPods are, Find My technology allows users to locate their AirPods if they are lost.

“The new AirPods Pro offer even better sound quality, a more immersive listening experience with personalized spatial audio and transformative audio features like Adaptive Transparency,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

“The world’s best-selling wireless headphones just got better with up to twice the noise-cancelling performance of their predecessors.”

Apple said the AirPods Pro have better battery life at six hours on a single charge.

The new earphones can be ordered now and will be available on September 23rd. As with Apple’s other new products, the price is higher in the UK than in the US (they cost £249 or $249).

The iPhone 15 could come with a new charging cable

Back in 2012, Apple caused mass hysteria among iPhone owners when it switched the original 30-pin charging connector to its current Lightning connector.

Now, a reliable leaker claims that Apple may be preparing to change the charging point for the second time.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will finally ditch the Lightning connector for USB-C in its 2023 iPhone, rumored to be called the iPhone 15.

The leak comes shortly after the EU unveiled plans to force all new smartphones – including iPhones – to use USB-C by default.

Apple has previously resisted calls to switch to USB-C, claiming it would produce an “unprecedented amount of e-waste” and stifle innovation.

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