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The day for the highly anticipated Apple event has officially arrived. During this Apple event, we will see the new iPhone 14 lineup, major updates to the new Apple Watch, the launch of AirPods Pro 2 and much more. Head below for the full live blog of everything Apple is announcing at today’s “Far out” space-themed event.
What to expect at today’s Apple event
By way of summary, here is an overview of the material we expect from today’s Apple event. First, there’s the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. We’re also expecting the Apple Watch Series 8 alongside a new Apple Watch SE and the completely redesigned Apple Watch Pro. AirPods Pro 2 are also on the agenda for today’s event.
Apart from the hardware, there are some software ads on the table too. During the Apple event, the company will announce the official release date of iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.
Finally, there are more and more major service category announcements. The specific information here is still unclear, but we might get details on Apple’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of NFL Sunday Ticket streaming rights. Another possibility is the release date of Ted Lasso season three.
Apple Event Live Blog
Refresh for updates throughout the Apple event. We’ll offer specific announcement details, ongoing comments, and more. You can watch the stream itself right here when it kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.
- New “action mode” for video to improve stability.
- Phototonic Engine benefits every camera: 2x low-light improvement on front camera and ultra-wide camera, 2.5x improvement on main wide camera.
- Deep Fusion will be applied much earlier in the processing so that more detail remains in the image. Apple calls this the phototonic engine.
- Improved front camera with autofocus for the first time and better low-light performance. “Hybrid system”, as Apple describes it.
- iPhone 14 Camera: New 12-megapixel main camera with larger sensor and larger pixels. Faster aperture at f/1.5. 49% improvement in low light performance.
- A15 Bionic chip inside: Improved graphics. the same A15 Bionic from the iPhone 13 Pro.
- The iPhone 14 has a 6.1 inch screen and the iPhone 14 Plus has a 6.7 inch. Both are Super Retina XDR OLED displays. Battery life all day.
- iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus colors: midnight, starlight, product red and blue.
- And here is the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. That’s right, not Max. iPhone 14 Plus. The Plus denomination is back.
- The AirPods Pro are awesome. Lots of improvements that I was hoping for. However, they don’t seem to support true lossless playback. Just improvements over the existing quality.
- Priced at $249, available to order September 9.
- You can now also charge your AirPods Pro through your Apple Watch charging puck. Lightning is still supported for wired charging as well as Qi wireless charging.
- The new AirPods Pro charging case supports precision search in the Find My app. There is also a speaker and a lanyard hole in the case.
- 30 hours of battery life with charging case, 6 hours for the headphones themselves.
- New capacitive sensing layer on the stems that lets you adjust the volume.
- Active noise cancellation is improved up to 2x better than existing AirPods Pro.
- A new XL tip will be included in the box with the AirPods Pro 2: sizes L, M, S, XS
- The design of the buds is the same. New H2 chip with high bandwidth audio playback. Also new custom audio driver and custom amplifier.
- And now we’re heading to the AirPods, for those of us who’d rather watch TV than exercise. AirPods Pro are Apple’s best-selling AirPods model, says Tim Cook.
- Apple Watch Ultra will be available September 23, order today, priced at $799. Price much lower than I expected.
- Built-in 86 decibel siren. New watchOS ‘Depth’ for water sports.
- 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, then running a marathon on a single battery charge. I will test this. I will not support misleading marketing.
- Apple Watch Ultra also includes “the most accurate GPS” of any smartwatch.
- New bracelets and dials designed for extreme sports. Apple is focusing on bands for specific athletic situations, like a new thin and lightweight band for endurance athletes.
- Cellular is built into every Apple Watch Ultra. Up to 36 hours of battery life on a single charge. 60 hours of extended battery life with a new battery optimization setting enabled.
- New, customizable, bright orange side action button. New digital crown design. Added a second speaker to increase the volume.
- Now let’s move on to the Apple Watch Ultra. Not Professional! Ultra! Tough and capable. Aerospace grade titanium. Sapphire crystal flat screen for durability, 49mm case.
- New Apple Watch SE: available in midnight, starlight and silver. 20% faster performance, new recycled back box design and collision detection. Available to order today for $249 GPS and $299 Cellular.
- $399 for GPS and $499 for cellular, order today and available September 16. You also get 3 months free of Fitness+.
- Lots of new band colors including Nike and Hermes. You can also now use Nike watch faces on any Apple Watch, not just specific Nike models.
- Apple Watch Series 8 aluminum colors: Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and Product Red.
- Apple Watch Series 8 Stainless Steel Colors: Silver, Gold, and Graphite
- New low power mode for Apple Watch Series 4 and later. This will extend the battery life up to 36 hours. Normal battery life is still 18 hours.
- Collision detection only works while driving and works with all popular car types including SUVs, sedans, trucks, etc.
- Then Apple added a new crash detection feature with Apple Watch Series 8. This feature will automatically detect the crash, call for help, and report your location to your emergency contacts.
- Everyone will be able to see the new temperature trend data in the Health app. The temperature is monitored overnight, every five minutes. The idea is to follow trending data over time to spot differences.
- Apple Watch Series 8 has a body temperature sensor, as expected. So far, Apple has said it will be used for new female health features, including improved ovulation features in the Health app.
- The Apple Watch Series 8 is now official. All the features of Series 7 plus exclusive new complications for your watch face and more.
- These Apple Watch videos are always impressive and emotional, and this one is no different. As Tim always says, Apple’s greatest contribution to humanity will be in healthcare.
- We’re kicking things off with Apple Watch, with Tim showcasing a video telling the stories of users who have been impacted by the product’s health and fitness videos.
- Tim says we’re here to talk about three products: AirPods, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Early confirmation of what to expect!
- Tim Cook is on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater to greet those in attendance. He confirmed that it would be a pre-recorded event.
- Between the lack of masks and the stuffed images we’ve seen, it definitely looks like an Apple event from the pre-COVID days. We’ll see what the event itself looks like!
- Here’s our first look inside the Steve Jobs Theater as the press settle in and mingle with Apple executives (via Neil Cybart).
- Tim Cook is taking selfies with people, as Tim likes to do (via dilarakocakiyiyasam on Instagram)
- And the press is now descending on the Steve Jobs Theater itself. T-minus 27 minutes before kick-off.
- Joanna Stern said there’s a lot more security at the Steve Jobs Theater than at past Apple events, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and more.
- And here’s a look at the chaos in the press waiting to descend on the real Steve Jobs theater (via Lance Oulanoff).
- Here’s a look inside the walkway to the Steve Jobs Theater (via Nilay Patel).
- In case you were wondering, 9to5Mac did not receive an invitation to the IRL event this year. If you think we deserve one, tweet Tim Cook and tell him.
- A bit of context to the Apple event: California’s power grid is on the verge of collapse. The state is calling on people to save energy amid record heat. We have already seen rolling interrupts implemented. Apple Park is 100% powered by renewable energy, but it will be interesting to see if that impacts anything. Climate change! Yay!
- Here’s a look at the food distribution Apple is giving out to the press. Everything is bite-sized and beautifully arranged as usual (via Scott Stein)
- It doesn’t appear that Apple is requiring masks for members of the press. This is the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that Apple has welcomed developers or press to Apple Park without masks.
- Guide by Tom Kate Kozuch share this shot of Apple’s eco-friendly press badges, also featuring the green Apple logo.
- Personally, I’m betting on a pre-recorded video like the one we saw at WWDC in June… but I’d love to be proven wrong! Let me know in the comments what you think we’ll see this time around.
- The jury is still out on whether this will be an all-in-person Apple event like the good old days or if it will be a pre-recorded video. Either way, the press is here to get time on the new iPhone 14 and other products.
- Members of the press arrive at the Steve Jobs Theater ahead of kickoff at 10 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. Here is a photo of Lance Unlanoff showing the festivities.
- Apple Fellow Phil Schiller is also here to celebrate.
- Tim’s use of “stellar” is yet another egg in the bucket of space-themed teasers. Could we finally see satellite connectivity for the iPhone 14 this year? It’s starting to look like this.
- Tim Cook is awake and ready to celebrate today’s Apple event. Tim took to Twitter to share a gorgeous image of Apple Park, with the teaser that he’s “looking forward to a stellar Apple event”.
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