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Apple Watch Ultra takes on high-end sports watches, camera is king in new iPhone 14

The most exciting product to emerge from Apple’s product announcement earlier this morning is the company’s newest line of hardware, the Apple Watch Ultra.

After seven versions of the Apple Watch, it has stepped up its game to give Garmin and high-end sports watch makers a run for their money. Prices start from S$1,199. Customers can place orders starting today.

Along with this new device, Apple also announced four new iPhone 14 models, new AirPods Pro headphones and the Apple Watch 8 series during a 90-minute event held at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. .

The iPhone 14 family sports new camera features and longer battery life. They are available in 6.1 inch and 6.7 inch sizes.

The top models, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, are powered by the new A16 chip. Prices start from $1,649 and $1,799 respectively. Pre-orders begin September 9. Pre-orders for iPhone 14 models will be available a week later.

The more affordable iPhone 14 and iPhone Plus offer new security features and are powered by the A15 Bionic chip. They cost from $1,299 and $1,499 respectively. Pre-orders begin September 9. Customers will receive iPhone 14 from September 16 and iPhone 14 Plus from October 7.

Apple also announced the second-generation AirPods Pro2, featuring longer battery life, the ability to block out harsh noises like construction, and new technology to scan a user’s ears to personalize audio. 3D.

There’s also an all-new charging case and an extra tip size for a better fit. It costs $359 and orders can be placed from September 19. It will be available in stores from September 23.

New Apple Watch Series 8 features include a temperature sensor, car crash detection and a low-power model for the first time. Apple also said they are swim-proof and dust-proof.

There’s also a new Apple Watch SE which is a more affordable device aimed at new users. The costs of the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE $599 and $379 respectively.

Apple Watch Ultra

Designed for triathletes, skiers, divers, mountaineers. and extreme sports enthusiasts, it features doubled battery life, a dual satellite system and a new action button painted in international orange.

The dual satellite system allows marathon runners and cyclists to pinpoint their location in cities full of skyscrapers or forests full of tall trees that normally lock out satellite signals, a challenge for marathon runners, trail runners and hikers .

This system has a redesigned compass with a hybrid view that shows both the analog dial and a digital view, and turning the digital crown lets you see your latitude, longitude and elevation.

Apple also has a beamforming algorithm that allows the mic to pick up your voice and reduce background noise with special wind reduction algorithms, perfect for those times when you need to take a work call while on the go. a windy hike in the mountains. More importantly, it has a long battery life which Apple says is 60 hours.

It meets recreational diving waterproof standards and has a new depth gauge. When it debuts this fall, it will let divers see a decompression calendar, dive planning, logbook, and other features serious divers need.

So far, Apple has grabbed around 36% of the smartwatch market and is now looking to enter the expensive and tough premium watch categories popular with athletes and extreme sports enthusiasts.

Aside from features, Apple’s advantage over Garmin watches is ease of use. I had to read the manuals to learn how to use Garmin, unlike the Apple Watch which is intuitive to use.

I like the look of this new watch. With a 49mm case, it’s chunky, fatter and thicker than the current Apple Watch and would look like a giant watch computer on my small wrist. Alas I am not a marathon runner nor do I practice any extreme sport so I can only appreciate it from afar.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

The camera is king in the new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. These high-end phones feature a 48-megapixel primary camera designed to capture more detail and give a head start for low-light photography.

Apple has incorporated a smart process to combine data from four pixels into one allowing users to take 48 megapixel image like large landscape photos with great detail.

The notch at the top of the iPhone 13 models has disappeared on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Plus. In its place is the Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped cutout to house the Face ID sensors and front camera. It changes the animation based on phone activity such as music or games.

The new colors of the iPhone 14. PHOTO: document

A new A16 Bionic chip powers the high-end models. It has a 6-core processor which outperforms the previous chip. Apple promises one-day battery life. The iPhone 14 Pro measures 6.1 inches and the iPhone 14 Pro Max measures 6.7 inches

I would surely test the low-light feature with photos of the waterfront at Marina Barrage during my 6am bike rides. I found dawn, just before sunrise, to be beautiful because the sky bursts into orange hues. However, this time instead of the Pro version, I will want to get the Pro Max model.

The other two models in the new iPhone family are iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Unlike previous years, there is no “mini” iPhone this year. Unlike their higher-end brethren, these two models still have the notch on the top of the phone and are powered by the A13 Bionic chip.

Their design is identical to that of the iPhone 13 models, with flat edges, an aerospace-grade aluminum casing and a glass back that allows wireless charging. Stay tuned for reviews of new Apple devices.