Emergency SOS via satellite credited for saving life

Man in Alaska used iPhone's Emergency SOS feature to get help while being stranded in cold weather. Apple's response center contacted local rescue teams. Man was found and rescued without injuries.

There are some limits to this feature too. Not all latitudes provide access to satellites.

Apple says that satellite connectivity might not work in places above 62° latitude, such as northern parts of Canada and Alaska, and Noorvik and Kotzebue are close to 69° latitude. 

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Reference: Apple's iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Saves Stranded Man in Alaska

Apple announces supply issues with iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple released a bit unusual statement declaring supply issues with new iPhones. COVID-19 restrictions in China affect factory producing iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

These issues will significantly affect holiday season sales. iPhone 14 Pro models already are hard to buy same day.

Apple Newsroom: Update on supply of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

iPhone 14 Plus is now available

Apple starts selling iPhone 14 Plus. This brings more phones with higher screen size to the market. Initially, higher screen sizes were only on Pro models, now iPhone 14 Plus brings better battery life and big screen to regular models.

Apple Newsroom: iPhone 14 Plus available in stores Friday

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Apple announces new iPhones, Apple Watches, AirPods Pro and publishes RC for iOS 16, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16

Apple hosted 'Far Out.' special event. During the presentation three product lines got major updates – Apple Watches, AirPods and iPhones.

Event is available for playback at Apple website.

Apple Watch

New Apple Watch Series 8 has addition of wrist temperature sensor which could monitor ovulation cycles. At the moment, this sensor does not provide absolute temperature readings and could not be used to measure exact body temperature.

Also, Apple Watch now has crash detection which will trigger call to emergency services when it detects a crash.

watchOS 9 will introduce Low Power mode which will provide more battery life by sacrificing some of the features.

Apple also updated Apple Watch SE with new specs.

But main announcement is introduction of Apple Watch Ultra which adds new design and extra programmable action button.

Apple Watch Series 3 are now discontinued.

AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro 2 will feature better noise cancellation, improved transparency mode (marketed as "Adaptive Transparency") which will silence some of the noises while keeping user within the environment.

Touch control on new AirPods Pro will allow volume control by sliding.

iPhone 14

iPhone 14 will come in two models – regular and Plus matching screen sizes of Pro models. iPhone 14 models will use A15 Bionic chip introduced with iPhone 13, screen will also be similar to last year's models.

iPhone 14 Pro models will have A16 Bionic chip and new pill shaped sensor area which will be used as Dynamic Island – this area will be used together with notifications and will be available for the third-party integrations.

All new iPhone 14 will feature satellite emergency SOS connectivity allowing users to send message through satellite connection. Service will be free for two years with all new iPhone 14 purchases.

Pro models will also feature significant upgrades to main camera – sensor is now 48MP. Typically camera will use 4 pixels together, however ProRAW format will allow to get full 48 megapixels for processing.

iPhone 14 US models will not have SIM tray and will rely on eSIM only.

Apple Fitness+ will no longer require purchase of Apple Watch.

Release Candidates

Release candidates are published for iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Xcode 14 Release Candidate is also available.

Apple plans releases for September 12, 2022.

Note that iPadOS 16 will not be released together with iOS. It is assumed that iPadOS 16.1 will be released later in October.

Apple also published iOS/iPadOS 15.7 RC and macOS 12.6 Monterey RC.

Beta download: Operating Systems

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Apple special event ‘Far out.’ to be hosted in-person on September 7

It was a long time since Apple hosted in-person special events for announcements. This time Apple will announce next generation iPhones, Apple Watches and probably other devices at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

Presentation will take place September 7, 2022 at 10:00am PDT.

Apple Event: Far Out.

Reference: Apple Announces 'Far Out' September 7 Event Set to Feature iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8 and More

People spend 4 hours using their mobile devices

TechCrunch reports device usage statistics based on data.ai article (formerly App Annie).

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Statistics also show top downloaded apps. Instagram, Facebook and TikTok top the list.

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Read the full report, to get more details on each app category.

data.ai: Mobile Users In Two Regions Now Spend 5.7 Hours A Day In Apps

Reference: Mobile users are now spending 4-5 hours per day in apps

There are signs of always-on display in upcoming iPhone

New iOS 16 beta version has hints of possibility for iPhone always-on display. New Lock Screen background has "sleep" mode which makes background darker and less colorful. While this still might be used for night time only, this might also be used to save OLED screen power for always-on display.

Reference: Latest iOS 16 Beta Further Suggests Always-On Display Coming to iPhone 14 Pro

New OS releases drop support for older devices

New OS releases mean that some of older devices are left behind. This is true for iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 Ventura.

iOS 16 will not be available for iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and original iPhone SE.

iPadOS 16 will be provided for:

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (5th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

watchOS 9 leaves Apple Watch Series 3 behind. Which is a bit strange since Series 3 are still sold by Apple as entry-level model.

macOS 13 Ventura also drops support for several older Macs. Currently supported are:

  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • ‌iMac‌ Pro
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)
  • MacBook (2017 and later)

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