Apple’s Wednesday Far Out event saw the launch of several Apple devices, from the second generation Apple Watches and AirPods Pro to the new iPhone 14 series. With these new iPhones, Apple has introduced eight new features to its users, which will definitely come in handy – when needed. While – like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series – the iPhone 14 series is retailing for four iPhone models, this year Apple is going ‘big’ and is ditching the mini variant for the Plus model. However, the iPhone 14 series Pro models steal the show with their new features and a pill slot called Dynamic Island. Here are all the new features the iPhone 14 series brings to the table.
1. Emergency SOS via satellite
Emergency SOS via satellite is a new feature in the iPhone 14 series arsenal that can help you come to the rescue from a place with low or no cellular connectivity. Satellite services use Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to request an emergency: if someone is injured, needs rescue, or other urgent assistance. The user will have to point the iPhone to the satellite using on-screen navigation, and then notify the emergency services for help.
Initially, this feature will be launched across the US and Canada in November 2022 and will be free for iPhone 14 series users for two years.
2. Dynamic Island
Since the launch of the iPhone X, Apple hasn’t changed its iPhone screen much, aside from shrinking it a bit. However, that changes with the new iPhone 14 Pro models. The new pill slot on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max screen — called the Dynamic Island — has a new, smaller Face ID sensor. This small class extends to capture a wider viewing area that displays more information and allows you to interact with any new alerts or notifications.
For example, if you’re playing a song and tap on the track, it expands and lets you access on-screen buttons to control the music, making it an “exciting new way to experience the iPhone.”
3. Fault detection
This new feature can save your life in the event of an accident. In fact, the Apple Far Out event began with people from all over the world sharing their stories of how the Apple Watch saved their lives in difficult times. While these were cases where users were in complete control of their surroundings, the same could not be said in cases of car accidents where the victim might not be able to seek help. The new troubleshooting feature on the Apple Watch and iPhone 14 series alerts your emergency contacts and rescue services to your exact location if you are in a collision.
Apple says this feature detects sudden g-force changes in four types of car crashes: front, rear, side, and rollover, and asks if you’d like to call emergency service. If you fail to respond within 10 seconds, it will automatically alert emergency contacts and rescue services.
4. eSIM only
While Apple has not only made the iPhone 14 eSIM series for India, it will only come with an eSIM option in the US. However, the Cupertino giant can get rid of SIM tray in 2025 with iPhone 15 series To test the water for iPhone without ports and without tray. In India, carriers like Airtel, Jio, and Vi offer eSIM support, but the rate of eSIM adoption is slow.
5. 8K video capture
The iPhone 14 series Pro models feature a triple rear camera setup, which includes a new 48-megapixel sensor that Apple says is 65 percent larger than the last-generation Pro model and can perform 4 trillion operations per photo. This will greatly help users to take low-light photos with less rendering time. This 48MP primary sensor is set to f/1.78, has a focal length of 24mm, and the second generation OIS sensor is shifted. Apple says it’s capable of shooting 8K and 4K 30/24fps videos in cinematic mode.
It also comes with a new 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a new front camera with autofocus, and adaptive flash.
6. Plus model
This year’s iPhone series sees the return of the Plus model after five years. This year, Apple is ahead, making 2022 the year of the big iPhone, and as a result, there’s no small variant in the iPhone 14 lineup. Apple didn’t update the iPhone 13 mini with the iPhone 14 mini this year, citing weak sales of the same iPhone form factor. This addition to the Plus model could help Apple boost sales of the iPhone 14 series by giving a choice of a larger iPhone 14 model without going into the iPhone 14 Pro Max model.
As a reminder, the iPhone 6 Plus – the first Plus model – is the best selling iPhone of all time, which tells us that there is a huge audience interested in the iPhone Plus model. Thus, the debut of the iPhone 14 Plus makes sense.
7. A16 . chip
The heart of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is the A16 Bionic chip, a hexa-core CPU with two performance cores and four efficiency cores, built on the 4nm process. Apple says the high-efficiency cores in the CPU use 20 percent less power than those in the A15 and are 40 percent faster overall than competitors. This chip has a 16-core Neural Engine capable of performing 17 trillion operations per second, and a five-core GPU comes with 50 percent higher memory bandwidth.
8. Permanent display
Apple is finally introducing the Always On Display feature along with the launch of the iPhone 14 series. This will allow you to quickly check the time and information from widgets you’ve added on the lock screen without unlocking the iPhone or lifting the device. iPhone 14 Pro models come with an LTPO panel that supports a refresh rate as low as 1 Hz, allowing Apple to display an always-on display on new iPhones. However, this also means that this feature will be exclusive to Pro models.