Besides the sweltering temperatures. . . . Today’s Apple event introduced a new generation of iPhones, Apple Watches, and AirPods Pro (a good overview is here).
There was the usual round of “best. . .fastest. . .fantastic” cheerleading (yeah, whatever), and a few intriguing new features and devices:
- Crash detection: new iPhones and Apple Watches can detect if you’re in an accident and automatically call for help. Love this.
- Satellite emergency service: if you’re out of cell range, new iPhones can help contact emergency services via satellite. If you’ve ever seen a satellite phone, that is astonishing.
- Ovulation estimator: the Apple Watch temperature sensor can help pinpoint when you might be ovulating. (Cool or creepy?)
- Apple Watch Ultra: a big, fat, ugly, tough-and-powerful new Apple Watch line designed for serious athletes/adventurers, with features for ultramarathoners, scuba divers, and other crazy people. This is the watch for Alex Honnold. (Wait, you haven’t seen Free Solo?).
The iPhone 14 Pro models did NOT have the price bump some had predicted, luckily, because this time the Pro models have some useful display and notification tricks that the non-Pro models lack.
If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, Apple Watch, or AirPods Pro, all the details are now up on Apple’s website. Be sure to use the “Compare” tool to see how your existing device stacks up against the new options. Or drop us a line if you need a shopping-help appointment.
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