Apple Event #FarOut – Sep 22

Techtober has officially begun – in late September! Apple kicked off tech season with the unveil of the Apple Watch 8, Watch SE, Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), iPhone 14/14+, iPhone 14 Pro/Pro+. All minor iterations and improvements of previous products – except for the Watch Ultra.

1st up, Apple Watch 8 (not worth the money)

  • Temperature Sensing
  • Low Power Mode to get 36 Hours Battery Life
  • ECG
  • Crash Detection
  • Better Fall Detection
  • Better running, swim & sleep tracking
Apple Watch Series SE

2nd, Apple Watch SE (the watch to buy if you need one)

  • 20% faster than the previous SE
  • Larger Display
  • Also, crash detection & fall detection

Finally some innovation, the Watch Ultra (just take my money!)

  • Built for athletes, extreme sports – Extreme Desert, Snow, Dive, Hiking capable
  • Improved Compass, Pro running, depth gauge
  • Customizable Action Button
  • WR100 – 40m depth – EN13319
  • MIL-STD 810 – 49mmTitanium casing covering the edges of the cover sapphire crystal display
  • Precision Dual Frequency GPS
  • Night Mode
  • 60 Hours Battery Life on low power setting
  • Track back, put map markers for key locations when hiking
Apple Watch Ultra
AirPods Pro 2nd Gen

Next up, the AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) (Not worth upgrading from 1st Gen)

  • Precision finding, alert speakers in case
  • Touch/Swipe controls
  • 6 Hours listening time, 30 hours with case charge
  • Better Transparency modes
  • Better Noise Cancellation
  • Lanyard Loop
  • Apple Watch charger compatible

Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus (Not worth the upgrade)

  • Photonic Engine – better photo capture, better night mode
  • Autofocus Front Camera
  • Crash Detection
  • Emergency SOS via Sattelite
  • Better camera
  • Brighter flash
  • Action Mode & Cinematic Mode
iPhone 14 & 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max

Last but never the least, iPhone 14 Pro & Pro Max (Again, just take my money!)

  • Dynamic Island, a pill shaped notch that opens up with quick app info – pretty creative!
  • 48MP camera, Pro camera system
  • Promotion Display
  • Always On Display!
  • 12MP UltraWide
  • A16 Bionic
  • Plus everything that the iPhone 14 has

All in, a very iterative event apart from the Watch Ultra, good iterations of course – but they have settled into the iPhone users upgrade every 3 to 4 years or more philosophy. Very far behind on the innovations compared to the Samsungs & Huawei’s on hardware and far behind Android on software – but because of the Apple EcoSystem lock-in and doing things the refined ‘Apple Way’, they always seem to stay in the game better and longer than most.

Link to the Apple Event: https://www.apple.com/ae/apple-events/

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