Apple’s iPhone 14 offers camera improvements and a satellite feature

Apple unveiled the latest installment of its flagship product, the iPhone 14, banking on camera improvements and a new emergency satellite messaging feature to fend off competition from Samsung Electronics and other smartphone rivals.

The company debuted the models in a presentation called far-out, an event in which the new line of Apple watches and AirPods headphones were also presented. The standard iPhone 14 models are similar to last year’s iPhone 13, but with a twist: Apple has removed the mini version and added a model with a larger 6.7-inch screen.

The bulk of the iPhone updates come to the high-end Pro line. These devices will include a 48-megapixel camera and a display capable of always-on low-power mode, similar to recent versions of the Apple Watch. That will allow the new phones to display widgets with snippets of information—the weather, calendar appointments, and stock prices, for example—while the rest of the screen remains blank.

Apple has redesigned the notch at the top of the screen, essentially turning it into a new interface called Dynamic Island. Pro devices also get the new, faster A16 processor, while the standard line uses a modestly improved version of the current A15. Apple describes the A16 as the fastest chip in a smartphone40% faster than the competition.

Camera enhancements include a new video action mode that helps stabilize shots. And the device adopts the eSIM standard, which dispenses with the physical SIM card. The iPhone 14 also offers collision detection, similar to the latest Apple Watch.

The standard iPhone 14 will cost $799 and will go on sale on September 16, while the Plus version will cost $899 from October 7.

The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999, and the Pro Max model costs $1,099. They will be available on September 16.

Apple prices remain virtually unchanged from last year. Its carrier partners also presented a series of promotions, including free phone deals and other discounts. “We constantly challenge ourselves to raise the bar and do better,” said CEO Tim Cook during the presentation.

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