Apple announces new iPhones and withdraws its “mini” model

Apple announces new iPhones and withdraws its "mini" model

For the first time since the Covid-19 crisis, Apple’s announcements took place this Wednesday, June 7, in the presence of an audience gathered at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. An audience reduced to watching a series of pre-recorded videos, no doubt hoping to attend a conference led by a very real person, present on stage as in the past. These were obviously new products during this conference, but also, unusually, a sad demise.

In fact, Apple has not announced a successor to the iPhone 13 mini, its high-end compact smartphone, which obviously will not be replaced. However, this model was recommended by many journalists for its pleasant format in the hand, faster to use than larger models and particularly suitable for mobile users. But it is true that the iPhone mini offered less visual comfort to presbyopic users and did not live up to the videos. We will regret this excellent compact smartphone whose sales have never reached the volume sold by its bigger brothers.

The iPhone mini disappears, replaced by an XXL model with a diagonal of 6.7 inches.
  • iPhone 14s that make little progress

The iPhone mini is replaced by a very large opposite model, the 14 Plus, whose screen measures 6.7 inches diagonally. It joins the standard iPhone 14 whose screen still measures 6.1 inches. The French prices of these models are increasing significantly: 1020 euros, an increase of 110 euros and even 1170 euros for the Plus model. Which leads to regret the 810 euros of the iPhone 13 mini.

Especially since the new iPhone 14s sport an unchanged design, and incorporate a processor identical to last year’s. However, as with almost all new generations, its camera quality is progressing, at night and indoors. Both iPhone 14 models also become capable of detecting car accidents thanks to a redesigned accelerometer, allowing them to automatically call for help when needed. Also, they can now communicate with satellites.

  • Satellite distress messages

Thanks to new equipment, the iPhone 14s are also capable of sending messages to satellites in white areas where the phone signal does not pass, which allows you to ask for help in case of a health problem, for example. Currently, the service is reserved for the United States and Canada, where it will be free for the first two years.

Sending a message via satellite will be much less easy than via 4G. You will have to be outside, and point the smartphone in the direction of a satellite following the graphic indicator that is shown on the mobile screen, then follow the evolution of the satellite in the sky by gradually tilting the smartphone… then go to the next satellite repeating the same maneuver. In the best case, if the sky is clear, sending a message will take about fifteen seconds. However, if the sky is cloudy, the shipment will require a few minutes of gymnastics.

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  • iPhone 14 Pros that widen a small gap

Unlike the base iPhone 14s, the Pro models get a next-gen processor, a change that will probably go unnoticed by most users. On the other hand, these new models revise their appearance a bit: the large black notch that crossed the upper part of the screen of its predecessor disappears, replaced by a more discreet, more elegant, pill-shaped notch.

The screen on professional models will now stay on all the time, displaying notifications all the time, and will dim at times to reduce power consumption. A choice that raises questions at a time of debate on energy and digital sobriety. This screen is now capable of displaying a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits, which should allow you to play the videos shot in an even more natural way.

The black notch at the top of the iPhone 14 Pro screen is more discreet than its predecessor.

The photo sensors on the Pro models are getting bigger, which should improve the quality of photos at night and indoors. But for them too the prices are getting higher and higher: 1,330 euros for the 6.1-inch Pro model, 1,480 euros for the 6.7-inch Pro Max.

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  • An XL watch for athletes

A new watch model is emerging. Wider and more massive, the watch plays on the codes of adventure, diving, mountaineering and ultra-long-distance racing. Without really having the capacity since this Watch Ultra only resists immersion at -40 meters, temperatures of -20 degrees, and its battery only lasts 36 hours in non-sports use (compared to 18 hours for the rest of the watch models). And much less time running.

Apple plays with adventure codes to promote its watch, which however seems insufficiently equipped for extreme situations.

However, its screen is not curved, so it seems more resistant. The presence of an additional button will make life easier for athletes who like to measure their performance in action. Its dual-frequency GPS should also allow it to better track running sessions. For a very high price: 1,000 euros.

Also read: Sport and health: can we trust the measurements of connected watches?

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