Apple did its thing

Apple did its thing
A guest looks at the new iPhone 14 at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Apple just had its fall keynote, which is usually when it announces new devices coming out soon. This time around, those new devices included new AirPods Pro, some new Apple Watches and, of course, the heavily-anticipated iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

Starting with the AirPods, the new generation of Pro earbuds aren’t exactly sexier or more exciting than the previous versions, but hey, they’re an upgrade. The new AirPods Pro has six hours of battery life (compared to four and a half hours on the first-gen model), or 30 hours total with the battery case (compared to 24 hours with the case).

There were three new Apple Watches announced at the event. The first is the Apple Watch Ultra, designed for rugged use (think rock climbing or scuba diving). The second is the Series 8, which has crash detection for if you get in an accident and need to call for help, along with temperature sensors to help with fertility tracking. And the third is a new SE model, the budget model with some, but not all, of the features of the others.

The big release, though, was Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro. The device looks a little different from its predecessors, mainly because of the pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen rather than a notch, which houses the camera and Face ID system. But what makes this so different is that Apple is using the empty space for some fun animations. Apple calls this the “Dynamic Island,” and notifications will pop out and around this space.

It will also have an always-on display, which means that even when you set your phone down, the screen will stay on (but dimmer) to display the time, notifications and any widgets you choose without draining your battery too quickly. Android devices have had this for a while, and Apple has finally decided to join the club.

There’s also a new camera, an eSIM instead of a physical SIM card reader and a new safety feature that lets iPhones send emergency signals over satellite.

Preorders are set to start for phones on September 9, and supposedly people will start getting phones in hand by September 16.