Apple introduced new iPhone 14 models on Wednesday capable of using satellites to send emergency messages and an adventure-focused Ultra Watch for sports like diving and triathlons.
The new handsets are capable of sending an emergency call for help via satellite. The phone will display the whereabouts of passing satellites overhead and demonstrate how to point the device at them correctly.
It can take from fifteen seconds to a few minutes to send a basic message.
New iPhone tracks ovulation cycles
The new iPhone 14 also boasts a better camera, a faster processor, and a longer-lasting battery.
It has a number of new features, including car crash detection, temperature sensors for tracking ovulation cycles, and a new low-power mode option.
People have been cautious about menstrual trackers since changes were made to abortion legislation in the US, and there are concerns that data about periods could be used by law enforcement. Apple says the data on its devices will be encrypted and only accessible via a passcode or biometrics.
“We are taking our commitment to women’s health even further,” said Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Apple.
Apple said a new automatic retrospective ovulation notification could help those who are trying to conceive.
If activated, the new watch can monitor body temperate every five seconds overnight and detect tiny changes which can signal ovulation.
Apple’s iPhone 14 has car crash detection
Another new feature is car crash detection. Using sensors, the watch will be able to identify a severe crash and will automatically connect its wearer with emergency services, provide their exact location, and notify emergency contacts.
The Series 8 now also features a low power mode, a feature borrowed from the iPhone, that promises up to thirty-six hours of battery life on a full charge.
The company is releasing the iPhone 14 in two sizes, the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus.
The tech giant announced a new twelve-megapixel camera, capable of taking photos of fast-moving subjects, and the company claims a 49 percent improvement in low-light capturing.
The front camera also included auto-focus for the first time to help sharpen selfies.
According to Apple, iPhone users took more than three trillion photos in the last twelve months.
The iPhone 14 is priced from $799.