The price of the iPhone 14 series in China is the most recent piece of information. A Weibo tech blogger named @Angangah claims that the 2022 iPhones are currently available for pre-order at physical stores. In fact, pictures of the iPhones’ prices have been making the rounds in China. It should come as no surprise that the early scalper prices are essentially raised. One point to note is that the new “Plus” model was included rather than the “Max” model. There have been confirmations that Apple will replace the small model with a Plus or Max variant instead. We seem to be getting the Plus model rather than the Max model.
Apple has announced that on September 8 at 1:00 am Beijing time, it would host a special “Far Out” event. The business won’t go back to the previous routine but will continue with the new online launch event instead. The business will unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 at this event in addition to the iPhone 14 series. The business will also formally provide information about the new iOS 16 system. The price of the iPhone 14 series will be different from that of the iPhone 13 series, which uses the same pricing as the prior model. According to rumours, the iPhone 14 series will have a price hike.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously predicted that rising prices of components in the iPhone 14 series and the popularity of the iPhone 14 Max (or iPhone 14 Plus) will increase the average selling price this year by 15%. Market intelligence firm TrendForce said Apple is expected to tread cautiously with modest price increases given the sluggish economy and a slump in the smartphone market. According to predictions, the average price of the iPhone 14 series will increase by about $50.
In terms of price expectations, the pre-sale price of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 starts at 6,699 yuan ($971). However, the pre-sale price of the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus starts at 7,399 yuan ($1072). The pre-sale price of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro starts at 9,899 yuan ($1435) while the pre-sale price of the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at 10,899 yuan ($1580). Nevertheless, we can notice that the prices of the iPhone 14 series are still very expensive. Thus, it may be better to wait for the official prices before making a decision. It is also important to note that it may be very difficult to get this smartphone after launch.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 wireless earphones will launch with the iPhone 14 Apple has announced that it will hold a “Far Out” special event at 1:00 am Beijing time on September 8. The devices that have been making the rounds to launch in this event are the iPhone 14 / Pro series, Apple Watch Series 8, and the official version of iOS 16. However, in a recent Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman outlines his ultimate expectations for the event. Notably, Gurman expects Apple to announce the AirPods Pro 2 wireless earphones at the event.
The iPhone 14 Pro model has a new “pill + single punch” screen to replace the notch screen. The Pro series will also come with the faster A16 Bionic chip. However, the regular non-Pro models will come with the older A15 Bionic processor. The iPhone 14 series will also come with faster memory, upgrades to a 48-megapixel rear camera, support 8K video recording, and AOD screen display showing time and date.
The news broke that the new AirPods Pro 2 is equipped with an upgraded H2 chip. This new chip will significantly improve the audio quality, extend battery life, and improve charging box support for Find My. Furthermore, the chip will also enhance in-ear detection, fitness tracking features, and more. Back in 2020, Gurman and Debby Wu said that Apple had tested a more compact design for the new AirPods Pro that would eliminate the stem under the earbuds, similar to the Beats Studio Buds headphones. However, recent rumours suggest that the AirPods Pro 2 won’t have any major design changes.
Rumour has it that the AirPods Pro 2 charging case is still 21.38mm deep, 46mm high and 54mm wide. For comparison’s sake, the current AirPods Pro charging case is 45.2mm tall and 60.6mm wide. 9to5Mac sources have confirmed that the next-generation AirPods Pro, code-named B698, will be equipped with the next-generation H1 chip, Apple’s self-developed audio processor. Additionally, references to LC3 codec support in the AirPods Max Beta firmware suggest that the AirPods Pro 2 will likely support Bluetooth 5.2.
This codec will bring greater stability and efficiency to wireless headphones. Not only that, but this new standard will help AirPods Pro 2 improve the sound quality of voice calls and songs. Furthermore, it will also help the AirPods Pro 2 to support higher bit rates. While the Bluetooth Low Energy and LC3 codecs don’t promise “lossless Bluetooth,” they certainly improve sound quality considerably.