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Far Out Event: Here’s Everything That Apple Announced

The iPhone 14 series was announced this Wednesday, along with a new set of AirPods and two versions of the Apple Watch.



For more Septembers than we can remember, we’ve waited excitedly for news of the latest iPhone release. 2022’s “Far Out” event at Apple’s Cupertino campus certainly didn’t disappoint, with four new smartphones, two watches and an updated set of headphones announced to a gathering of excited journalists.

The iPhone 14 Lineup

The first news from the event is what Apple didn’t announce. If you were still clinging to the hope that the company would release an updated iPhone mini, your dreams have been dashed. The model failed to sell in significant volumes and has officially been dumped from the lineup, though support for existing models will continue for years.

Instead, the iPhone lineup consists of four new models (if we discount the existing iPhone SE). There’s the entry-level iPhone 14, a new iPhone 14 with a bigger display, called the iPhone 14 Max, and two high-end models in the same form factors: The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Both Max Models feature 6.7-inch screens, whereas the standard sizes stick to a 6.1-inch display. Besides the chassis sizes, the Max models of both the entry-level and Pro phones are essentially the same as their smaller counterparts.

So what’s the difference between the Pro and regular models of the iPhone 14?

The base model sticks to the same format as last year’s device, even using the same a15 processor from the iPhone 13, albeit getting a slight bump in specs as it uses the chip from last year’s pro model.

Overall, it has to be said that there seems to be little reason for iPhone 13 owners to upgrade to the new model. There’s a slightly wider aperture to the camera, a slight boost to RAM, and that’s about it. Indeed, if you used the iPhone 13 and 14 side by side, you’d be very hard-pressed to work out which was which.

Of course, the iPhone 14 Max does bring a larger screen to the party and offers Apple fans the option to get a big display without shelling out for the Pro Max — though all told, the entry-level phones aren’t as exciting as we’d hoped.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are where Apple has invested most of its energy this year. Despite looking very similar to the outgoing models, there are a couple of awesome upgrades that are worth noting:

The big news is that the infamous notch that houses the front camera and Face ID sensor has been shrunk down to a pill-shaped lozenge. The new shape is called the “Dynamic Island”, and can change shape, expanding to incorporate different functions such as music control or navigation, or perform background tasks while using other apps.

There’s also always-on support for the display, a massive boost to the primary camera, which climbs from 12 to 48 megapixels, and better low-light performance as well as 8K video recording.

So what will the new models cost when they’re available to order? The iPhone 14 costs $799 and will be available on September 16th. The iPhone 14 Plus is $899 and will be available on October 7th. The iPhone 14 Pro is $999, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is $1,099 and will be on sale by September 14th.

New Apple Watches

Like the entry-level iPhones, the Apple Watch Series 8 only has incremental updates for this year, with a boost to its health sensors, motion detection and gyroscopes.

Aside from a range of new straps, the big news for Apple Watch fans is the announcement of the Ultra, an adventure-focused model aimed squarely at the likes of Garmin. The Apple Watch Ultra gets a huge 49mm titanium case, 36 hours of battery life (and up to 60 in extended power mode), and an action button to switch what you’re tracking with a quick press.

The Series 8 watches start at $399 for the GPS model and $499 for the cellular version, while the Ultra model will set enthusiasts back a whopping $799.

Second-Gen AirPods Pro

This year’s Apple launch event also sees the Cupertino company boost the specs of its AirPod Pro wireless headphones. Apple claims the new H2 chip inside the buds helps with noise cancellation and offers a jump in sound quality. Battery life is now improved at 6+ hours, and new touch controls allow volume changes with a finger swipe.

Overall, the event was both exciting and underwhelming. The Pro iPhone models offer genuine groundbreaking improvements, yet the rest of Apple’s lineup appears to be an exercise in recession proofing as we await an economic downturn.


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Adobe Firefly AI Image Generator Comes To Photoshop

The Generative Fill tool will arrive in the app’s tool palette sometime in the second half of this year.



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Adobe Photoshop is the latest app to benefit from the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, gaining a new tool called Generative Fill. The company’s AI image generator Firefly benefitted from the new feature in a web-only update back in March, and today, the Generative Fill tool launches in beta for the popular photo editing program.

Generative Fill is a little like a smarter version of Adobe’s existing Content-Aware Fill feature and works within individual Photoshop image layers. The tool can be used to expand the borders of an image (a feature known as outpainting) or to generate entirely new objects, and contains a text prompt to add direction to the AI technology.

Adobe claims its AI is only trained to work on Adobe Stock images, licensed content, and images without copyright restrictions. Generative Fill also supports a system called Content Credentials, which attaches metadata-style attributes to images before they are shared online, informing viewers that content was created or edited with the help of AI.

“By integrating Firefly directly into workflows as a creative co-pilot, Adobe is accelerating ideation, exploration and production for all of our customers,” announced Ashley Still, the senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe. “Generative Fill combines the speed and ease of generative AI with the power and precision of Photoshop, empowering customers to bring their visions to life at the speed of their imaginations,” she added.

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Generative Fill isn’t yet available in the latest version of Photoshop, but if you’re curious about how the tool works, you can download the desktop beta app or try it out within a module of the Firefly beta. Adobe is still tight-lipped about the exact release date of Generative Fill, but says we can expect the new feature to drop sometime in the second half of 2023.

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