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Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro MAX review

Apple announced the all-new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus at its September 7 event. Both the new iPhones come with Super Retina XDR Display. The all-new iPhones are powered by the A15 Bionic processor chip, which was introduced with the iPhone 13 series. It’s a big surprise as Apple never introduces a new iPhone with an older processor.

Customers can get iPhone 14 starting at Rs 79,900 and iPhone 14 Plus starting at Rs 89,900 from and through Apple Authorised resellers. Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will be available in five colour variants — Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple and Product Red. Both phones will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities.

Customers in India and more than 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus starting September 9. iPhone 14 will be available from September 16 whereas the iPhone 14 Plus will be available October

For the first time ever, Apple's 'Pro' series iPhones offer notable upgrades over the non-Pro models. While the display size is the same -- 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch -- there are some big differences in other specifications.

Apple has retained its pricing for the third year in a row but only for the ‘vanilla’ iPhone 14. However, the Pro models get a price hike of Rs 10,000 as the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max start at Rs 1,29,900 and Rs 1,39,900 respectively.

Both the new iPhones will launch in India in the first phase itself along with Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, the UAE, the UK, the US, and 30 other countries and regions. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available to pre-order beginning at 5.30pm IST on September 9. The phones will go on sale starting September 16.

Both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, run on the company's latest A16 Bionic processor. With two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, the new 6-core CPU is claimed to be up to 40 percent faster than the competition. Built on an updated 4nm process, A16 Bionic features an accelerated 5-core GPU with 50 percent more memory bandwidth.

At the Far out event in Cupertino, Apple also unveiled the Watch Series 8 with new features for women’s health. Apple Watch Series 8 features a similar design to Apple Watch Series 7 and has an always-on Retina display. The Watch Series 8 comes with a Low power mode for the first time.

Apple Watch Series 8 starts at Rs 45900 and Apple Watch SE starts at Rs 29900. Apple Watch Series 8 comes in aluminium and stainless steel cases in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, and is compatible with all bands. Aluminium case colours for Apple Watch Series 8 include Starlight, Midnight, Silver, and (PRODUCT)RED, while the stainless steel case offers options of Silver, Graphite, and Gold.

Apple Watch SE is available in 40mm and 44mm aluminium cases, in Midnight, Starlight, and Silver finishes, and is compatible with all bands.

Both Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are up for pre-orders in India and will be available starting September 9.

The Watch Series 8 has an always-on edge-to-edge display and looks very similar to the Watch Series 7. It comes with advanced features for tracking women’s health and has a new temperature sensor which will tell women when they are ovulating. Apple Watch Series 8 also brings the new crash detection feature which can detect if a user has been in a car accident and automatically alert emergency services.

Apple also introduced the Watch Ultra with an all-new design, including an extra button and cones with cellular connectivity as a default. Apple Watch Ultra is targeted at hardcore fitness enthusiasts and athletes.

Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UAE, the UK, the US, and more than 40 other countries and regions can order Apple Watch Ultra today, with availability in stores beginning Friday, September 23. Apple Watch Ultra is priced at Rs 89990.

The Apple Watch Ultra comes in a single 49mm titanium case— the largest display Apple has made for a Watch. Apple Watch Ultra comes with all-new bands that are designed to withstand extreme conditions as well as endurance athletes. Apple Watch Ultra’s display offers brightness levels of up to 2000 nits.

Apple Watch Ultra features improved GPS tracking. The action button gives a one-push workout mode on the Apple Watch Ultra. The action button can be customised to perform a host of functions on the Apple Watch Ultra. Click here for the full details on the watch.

Apple’s premium AirPods, AirPod Pro get a successor, priced at Rs 26,900
After a gap of three years, Apple finally introduced the new AirPods Pro. This is the second generation of AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro features a similar design to the first generation AirPods Pro. The new AirPods Pro still comes in just one colour variant — White.

AirPods Pro (2nd generation) will be available to order for Rs 26900 in India and more than 50 other countries and regions starting Friday, September 9, with availability in stores beginning Friday, September 23.

The Apple AirPods Pro features an H2 processor that aims to provide better audio performance. Apple AirPods Pro feature new personalised Spatial Audio. Users can create a personal Spatial Audio using an iPhone running iOS 16. Apple is offering four ear tips — including an XS — with the new AirPods Pro.

The new AirPods Pro comes with advanced computational audio that claims to offer double noise cancellation and also has a new feature called Adaptive Transparency.

--If you are looking for some design changes here, you will be left disappointed. Apple has limited the design changes and introduced a “dynamic island” design only on the Pro models. The iPhone 14 looks just like the iPhone 13 with dual rear cameras and a wide notch on the front.

--With every passing year, Apple introduces a more advanced chip. This year too, the company followed the same, but the new A16 Bionic chip is again limited only to Pro models, including the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 and even the iPhone 14 Plus come with an A15 Bionic chipset with slight improvement in the gaming performance, as Apple claims. The A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 14 offers a 5-core GPU for boosted gaming performance, which isn’t the case for the iPhone 13.

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