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Everything Apple didn’t announce at its iPhone 14 event

Apple wrapped up its Far Out event, giving us a glimpse of the new iPhone 14, three new Apple Watch models, and the next-generation AirPods Pro earbuds. But that’s what Apple is all about did not Announce?

Some of the rumors we’d been hearing for months leading up to the event didn’t pan out, and some of our long-held hopes were disappointed. Here’s everything the future might yet have — or might prove to be a bust.

A mixed-reality headset

Apple’s mixed-reality headset has become the elephant in the room at its events, with rumors about the device getting more detailed. While there was no sign of a headset at the Far Out event, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

We’re not expecting the headset until early next year, with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting it could hit the market in January 2023. Apple also seems to be close to launch as Apple has filed for “Reality One”. “Reality Pro” trademarks may refer to its branding.

The device is expected to be a standalone headset powered by the M2 chip, which will feature mixed reality experiences and games. Apple’s board of directors got to try out the device earlier this year, and hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to see it for ourselves.

$100 premium on iPhone 14 Pro

Everything Apple didnt announce at its iPhone 14 event

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I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief on this one. Apple hasn’t ended up raising the prices of its Pro and Pro Max models, Kuo said, as he predicted back in August. Like last year, the Pro starts at $999, while the Pro Max starts at $1,099.

Satellite calling and texting

Branding Apple’s Starry Far Out event, it looked like the company was gearing up to launch some groundbreaking satellite-based connectivity for the iPhone 14. Rumors have been floating around for months about Apple’s plans to support satellite calling and messaging. .

There is Some The source of those rumours. Apple announced the ability to send SOS alerts to emergency services using satellite connectivity on the iPhone 14. This feature was rumored for the iPhone 13 last year and it’s nice to see it finally come to fruition. As carriers like T-Mobile look to dive into satellite-powered messaging, Apple may eventually get into the game, and these SOS alerts could be its first step.

(On a somewhat amusing side note, since Huawei announced support for satellite texting on its Mate series devices the day before the event, Huawei might have thought Apple was planning to reveal some crazy new satellite features as well.)

Fever detection feature for Watch Series 8

Earlier rumors suggested that Apple would introduce a new fever-detecting feature to the Watch Series 8. And while Apple has added two new temperature sensors to its device, their main purpose is for fertility tracking.

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The Watch Series 8 can take the user’s temperature every five seconds and detect changes as low as 0.1 degrees Celsius, helping users determine when they last ovulated. Perhaps Apple will expand this feature in the future to provide alerts if you have a fever. It’s possible that its fever-detection ability won’t pass internal testing, as Apple tracker Mark Gurman warned earlier this year that it could prevent temperature sensing.

The new iPhone mini

Sorry mini phone fans, but there is no new mini model in the iPhone 14 lineup. The latest iteration of Apple’s mini (and possibly its last) arrived last year with the iPhone 13. The device has a small 5.4-inch display and may not appeal to those who prefer a larger screen, but its compact size makes it ideal for popping into your pocket.

However, I’m not completely ruling out another mini. Apple has brought back the Plus model of the iPhone for the first time since 2018. Perhaps if Apple sees demand for a smaller device in the future (perhaps more people will turn to foldable phones for their compactness), it will bring it back. .

Lossless audio for the new AirPods Pro

What Apple CEO Tim Cook called the “most advanced AirPods” still come with Bluetooth. While the second-gen AirPods Pro come with some significant upgrades, including better noise cancellation and spatial audio, they don’t come with the rumored lossless audio that would significantly improve audio quality.

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Although we don’t get lossless audio this time around, at least Apple has included Bluetooth 5.3. This version of Bluetooth uses the new LC3 audio codec for a more efficient way to transmit audio, resulting in better audio.

USB-C port for iPhone

Well, it’s a bit of a long shot, but we can all dream, right? With Europe (and even Brazil) pushing Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning port, we can expect Apple to introduce a USB-C port on its devices relatively soon. Apple is currently reportedly testing iPhones with USB-C, but Kuo doesn’t expect it until the second half of 2023.

What happened next?

Apple isn’t done releasing new devices this year — the company hopes to add to its Mac and iPad lineups at an event this October.

There, we’ll see a new iPad Pro with an M2 chip, as well as an entry-level iPad with a refreshed design. On the Mac side, Apple announced three new Macs with the M2 processor, including the Mac Mini, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro. We also expect Apple to launch iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura around this time.

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