Apple Unveils Latest iPhones, Holds the Line on Prices

Top models can send SOS by satellite
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2022 5:25 PM CDT
Apple Reveals Improved iPhones at Same Price
People arrive before an event Wednesday on the campus of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple's latest lineup of iPhones will boast better cameras, faster processors, and a longer-lasting battery at the same prices as last year's model, despite the inflationary pressure that has driven up the cost of many other everyday items. That decision, revealed Wednesday during Apple's first in-person product event in three years, came as a mild surprise. Many analysts predicted Apple would ask its devout fans to pay as much as 15% more to help offset rising costs for many components, the AP reports. Among the features on the new iPhone 14 is a motion sensor capable of detecting serious car crashes and automatically connecting to emergency services.

The hoopla surrounding the iPhone 14 models is part of a post-Labor Day ritual the company has staged annually for more than a decade. Wednesday's event was held in a theater on the company's Cupertino, California, campus. For several years, Apple's new iPhones have mostly featured incremental upgrades to cameras and battery life, and this year's models were no exception. Pricing for the standard iPhone 14 will start at $799; the deluxe iPhone 14 Pro Max will start at $1,099. Among the latest improvements is a 48-megapixel camera in the Pro and Pro Max models that the company said will produce especially crisp pictures. The iPhone 13 versions of the Pro and Pro Max have 12-megapixel cameras.

This year's high-end models will also have always-on displays that stay lit even when the device is locked, a feature that has long been available on many smartphones powered by Google's Android software. Beginning in November, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will be able to send SOS messages via a new satellite feature—a safety measure intended to let users request help when in remote areas without a wireless connection. With inflation still hovering at its highest level in 40 years, consumers have curbed their spending on many discretionary items. That's likely contributing to a recent decline in smartphone sales, per the AP, though the iPhone has fared far better than competing Android devices.

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