There were no big surprises at Apple’s big September 7 annual iPhone unveil. The tipsters and leaks got it mostly right. The big debut was the all-new Apple Watch Ultra, probably the biggest overhaul of the Apple Watch since its 2014 debut. We also can’t wait to try out Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro twins that adds a ‘whole’ new navigation experience that is made possible by the new design feature that has shrunk the ‘Notch’ which remained almost unchanged since 2017. India will be among the first countries along with the US where you can buy the new iPhones on the global launch date (September 16)
Deep Purple: The new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max debut in a brilliant new deep purple shade aside from three other finishes. But it’s more than just a colour refresh. This year’s Pro duo feature more significant upgrades than last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. We’re excited and relieved to see the Notch make way for ‘Dynamic Island’ – a new pill-shaped cut-out that houses Face ID components and the front facing camera. It isn’t just visibly smaller than the 2017-style Notch but also adds a whole new, intuitive navigation experience that allows you to stay on your primary display as you control multiple apps from the cut-out.
At its heart is the new A16 bionic chips with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Apple claims the new 6-core CPU is up to 40 percent faster than the competition and aces demanding workloads. The other big story is the new camera system with the first-ever 48MP main camera on the iPhone featuring a quad-pixel sensor, and Photonic Engine, an enhanced image pipeline that dramatically improves low-light photos. (Rs 1,29,900 onwards)
Now in a Plus size: The big iPhone 14 update is the new iPhone Plus. We haven’t seen Apple use iPhone ‘Plus’ moniker since the iPhone 8. The new iPhone 14 comes with a 6.7-inch display (the same screen size as the Pro Max). We’re sad to see Apple replace the mini with Plus, it’s also a reflection of consumer preferences where the 6.1-inch iPhone is now being seen as the new ‘small phone’. The new size variation is the biggest change over the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 twins are powered by the same A15 bionic chip in last year’s iPhone quartet. There’s a slight enhancement to aperture in the primary 12MP cam that Apple claims impacts lowlight camera performance by 39%. (Rs 79,900 onwards)
An all-new Apple Watch: The Apple Watch Ultra is the biggest rejig of the Apple Watch since its debut. It’s more rugged and has been designed for active lifestyles. It comes with a larger 49mm titanium case that’s ready for the elements. There’s also a cool new, customisable ‘Action’ button that allows you to transition more easily between sport modes. Apple also touted the Oceanic Plus App that transforms the watch into a ‘dive computer’ and offers multiple data points and tracking options for underwater dives. It comes with three new bands for different environments and offers 36 hours of battery life on a single charge that can be extended to 60 hours with a new power saving battery setting. Apple also unveiled the second-gen Apple Watch SE with a faster processor and the new Series 8 with a new temperature sensor and advanced cycle tracking. The Series 8 and the Ultra come with a new crash detection feature that is also available on the new iPhones (The Apple Watch Ultra costs Rs 89,900)
A welcome upgrade: We’ve been looking forward to the next gen AirPods Pro and it’s here. It’s powered by a new H2 chip with a new low distortion driver. ANC (Active Noise cancellation) was one of the talking points of the 2019 Apple AirPods Pro; it’s now twice as good. Apple offers a new ‘Adaptive Transparency’ feature that allows you tune into external surroundings better. Battery life sees a 33% improvement – the buds now last 6 hours and the case clocks 30 hours on a single charge. Our favourite feature is the new charging solution – the Apple Watch charger can now charge the AirPods Pro. (Rs 26,900)