The Apple Watch 8: New premium model for outdoor athletes Photo: Apple
Apple presented its new product line in Cupertino on Wednesday: iPhone, Apple Watch and Airpods get an update. CEO Tim Cook presented his next gadgets to 900 invited guests.
The first novelty: The Apple Watch Series 8 should be able to use a temperature sensor to detect when women ovulate. On the one hand, Apple promises a high degree of accuracy: the new temperature sensor records the body temperature every five seconds at night and should also record the smallest fluctuations. At the same time, the company promises privacy, which is particularly important in the discussion about the new abortion laws in the USA.
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Cook particularly highlighted the role of the smartwatch as a lifesaver: he presented the stories of several users who were saved by the smartwatch because the device sounded an alarm for heart problems or acted as a telephone replacement for emergency calls.
In the new generation, the accident detection follows the fall detection: New sensors should enable the Apple Watch 8 to determine whether you have been in a car accident – and automatically call for help.
More running time, more variants
The everyday functions have also been improved: A new power-saving mode is intended to extend the battery life of Apple Watches from Series 4 to up to 36 hours - via update. And finally there is international roaming on the Apple Watch. So far, the cellular module only worked in the home country.
New emergency function of the Apple Watch 8: The smartwatch as a lifesaver
New emergency function of the Apple Watch 8: The smartwatch as a lifesaver Photo: Apple
The new Apple Watch Ultra variant comes with a titanium case and a brighter screen. In addition, it should be operable with gloves and offer 36 hours of battery life (up to 60 hours in economy mode). And she looks pretty big. Three new bracelets are said to work over a wetsuit, for example. It is intended to replace a dive computer via the Oceanic Plus app.
There is a cheaper model for less ambitious users. The new Apple Watch SE inherits the old Watch 3, has many functions and the processor of the Series 8.
Apple sets the starting price for the Apple Watch Ultra at 999 euros, and you can get an Apple Watch Series 8 from 499 euros. The new SE model starts at 299 euros.
AirPods with better noise cancellation
The next gadget on Apple's novelty list: the AirPods Pro 2. A new H2 chip ensures that you can hear a "personalized" 3D sound with them. Thanks to the new chip, the noise suppression of the new AirPods Pro should also be twice as good as before. They should also sit more comfortably in the ears.
Useful: The case of the new AirPods Pro can also be charged with an Apple Watch charger. Their running time is given as up to six hours.
The new AirPods Pro: Better noise reduction and a more comfortable fit in the ear
The new AirPods Pro: Better noise reduction and a more comfortable fit in the ear Photo: Apple
iPhone calls for help via satellite
With the new generation, Apple is changing the line-up of its flagship product: the iPhone mini is being phased out. In addition to the iPhone 14 (6.1 inches), Apple is offering the iPhone 14 Plus, which is significantly larger at 6.7 inches. The battery life of the two iPhone 14 models should be at the level of the previous Pro models. The well-known A15 bionic chip serves as the drive. The photo capabilities have been improved, partly via software, partly with a larger photo chip on the main camera.
The iPhone 14 Pro gets a screen with a peak brightness of 2000 nits, twice as much as before. In addition, the refresh rate can be controlled between 1 and 120 Hertz. This makes it possible to always leave the display on: Always on. The Pro version is also available in two sizes: The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a display diagonal of 6.7 inches, the smaller version is only 6.1 inches. Also new is the so-called "Dynamic Island", which replaces the "Notch" in the top model and is used for notifications.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus: Apple customers can choose between two sizes
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus: Apple customers can choose between two sizes Photo: Apple
In the US, the new iPhones are only delivered with eSim. In an emergency, the iPhone is no longer dependent on a mobile network in all cases: the new iPhones can send out calls for help via satellite if you get into trouble. Software should help to align the devices to the nearest satellite. However, the feature is only offered in the US and Canada and is only free for two years.
The iPhone 14 will cost upwards of 999 euros in Germany depending on the storage space, and at least 1149 euros will be charged for the 14 Plus model. For the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple calls 1299 euros and more, the prices for the 14 Pro Max model start at 1449 euros. All four device types can be pre-ordered from Friday.
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