Iphones That Are Bigger
Apple held its usual September event, where it showed off new iPhones, smartwatch models, headphones, and software. Most of the early rumours have turned out to be true, like the fact that an iPhone can even use satellites to talk in an emergency.
Great Interest In The Event
Still, a lot of people watched. On YouTube alone, more than 2.3 million people live. But many people also watched on Apple TV, tech magazines’ blogs or YouTube channels, and online comments were full of praise for the new products.
As expected, Apple has released new iPhones, as well as updated AirPods and smartwatches with more features.
Almost 15 years to the day after Steve Jobs showed off the first iPhone, Apple showed off the iPhone 14 this time. Visually, it’s not a big change because it looks more like the current models than it does different. Speaking of bigger, the new “Plus” model has a 6.7-inch diagonal screen and a bigger battery, which means it can run for longer.
48 Megapixel Photos
Three things about the new models stand out: First, the main camera, which can now take photos up to 48 megapixels in size. Professional level, but also requires a lot more memory. Autofocus is now on the camera used inside.
Another new feature is that the iPhone 14 can also make emergency calls via satellite in remote areas in case of an emergency (or in dead spots). There was no voice call, but I got text messages that told me where I was. This is meant to help people in emergencies, but for now it only works in the United States.
Third, Apple has given the iPhone 14 a screen that is always on (like the watch before). This lets the user see what’s on the screen, like the time or messages, without picking up and/or unlocking the phone.
In The US Without A SIM
Also, it’s interesting that the iPhone 14 in the United States doesn’t have a SIM card at all. Here, eSims is used in every way. They are already in Europe, but only in small numbers. eSims are more useful and better for the environment because no plastic cards have to be sent and then thrown away.
In the US, the cheapest iPhone 14 model costs $800, while the cheapest one in Germany costs €1,000. It can easily be several hundred euros more if there is a lot of storage equipment.
Sustainability Is Worth Mentioning At Apple
What we noticed was that when many products were shown, it was said that they were made in part or in whole from recycled materials. Take the magnets in the new AirPods as an example. Plastic packaging that isn’t needed would also be thrown out. Customers can also send back their old devices at any time, either in person at an Apple Store or through the mail.
This is a good thing, and so is the goal of having no effect on the climate by 2030. Still, new models are released every year in almost all important categories, which is a clear reason to buy more and replace devices that still work faster. If it was good for Apple, sure, but not if it was good for the environment and long-term growth.
More Sustainability Would Be A Cool Feature
No one can expect a manufacturer to go it alone and forgo economic growth. But an innovative company like Apple would have been better off with a few good ideas and concepts on how to use high-tech devices in a way that is really sustainable.
Because innovations that combine sustainability with comfort and style would probably not only be a big draw for many people today, but also be smart and useful for the environment and, by extension, for all of us.