FACTBOX – Apple launches iPhone 14 with emergency satellite messaging, adventure watch

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Sept  (Reuters) – Apple Inc just launched its latest iPhone series with an improved camera and satellite messaging for emergencies, while also unveiling a rugged watch targeting sports enthusiasts.

The iPhone 14 models, starting at $799, will test Apple’s ability to wring dollars from its relatively affluent customer base, whose spending has so far held steady in the face of an economic slowdown.

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Apple added a new “emergency SOS via satellite feature”, allowing users to establish a connection with a satellite to send texts from remote locations. The company said it has set up relay centers to enable the feature.

The new series 14 will have four models: iPhone 14, Plus, Pro and ProMax.

The phones are fitted with improved cameras, sharper sensors and a new crash detection feature. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will have the A15 bionic chip, while the Pro models come with the A16 chip.

Price: Starts at $799 for iPhone 14, $899 for iPhone 14 Plus, $999 for iPhone 14 Pro and $1,099 for iPhone 14 Pro Max

Availability: Preorders start from Sept. 9, available Sept. 16 onwards


Touted as Apple’s “most-rugged and capable watch ever”, the newest series is made for people interested in outdoor adventure, water sports and endurance training.

It offers 60 hours of battery life, a compass in the dial and a new Oceanic Plus app for recreational scuba divers.

Price: $799

Availability: Starting Sept. 23


The newest Watch series has a temperature sensor that will work in conjunction with its previously released menstrual cycle-tracking app to retroactively detect ovulation.

The watch also has advanced crash detection to help notify emergency services, and it is swim-, dust- and crack-resistant.

Price: $399 onwards

Availability: Starting Sept. 16

Separately, Apple introduced the second generation of its lower-priced Watch SE for $249 with the crash detection feature.


The upgraded AirPods have personalized spatial audio, double the amount of noise cancellation over its predecessor and improved touch control to adjust volume with a light swipe.

The Airpods also have up to six hours of listening time, a 33% improvement over the prior version.

Price: $249

Availability: Orders start Sept. 9, available from Sept. 23

(Reporting by Eva Mathews and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

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