Apple reveals new iPhones, Apple Watches, and AirPods

By: Brogan Frey

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, Apple announced its new line of iPhones, the iPhone 14. There are 4 different versions of this new model, the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone 14 Plus, and the iPhone Pro Max, each including new features not yet seen before.

Both the regular 14 and the Pro will give you the pick out of 5 different colors. Midnight, starlight, blue, purple, and red.

All of the phones are water resistant, and all have a “ceramic shield” that Apple says is tougher than any smartphone glass. Basically, your phone will come with a screen protector as a part of the screen. 

And yet again, like Apple usually does, the phones are bigger as well as better with this new line. The iPhone 14 and the 14 Pro are 6.1 inches in length, and the Pro Max and the 14 Plus are both 6.7, making these 2 the biggest phones that Apple has released to date.

Something else that was expected with these new phones is the extended battery life. On the iPhone 14 Plus, the battery can last for up to 26 hours, and it will last up to 20 hours on the regular iPhone 14. All the phones can wirelessly charge, and there is also something that Apple has recently introduced that will speed up wireless charging, called the MagSafe charger. 

A new feature introduced with these phones is something that Apple is calling an “e-SIM” card. This e-SIM card would replace the physical card normally seen in most cell phones. This card is a digital version of the regular SIM card, allowing users to store multiple e-SIM cards, cellular plans, and phone numbers on the same phone.

The iPhone 14 costs $799, the Plus is $899, the Pro is $999, and the Pro Max is $1099. 

Along with the new iPhones, Apple announced three new Apple Watches, and a new set of AirPods. 

The new Apple Watches consist of the Series 8, the SE, and the Ultra. The most advanced of the three is the Ultra model, which is designed to help users track endurance training, scuba diving adventures, and triathlons.

The battery on this model lasts about 36 hours on a single charge, and is more water resistant than the previous model. It also includes an enhanced compass that can work at night, in the ocean, and in many other conditions.

The watches vary in price from around $249 for the SE, $399 for the Series 8, and $799 for the Ultra.

All the watches are available to order now, with the SE and the Series 8 available in stores on September 16th, and the Ultra model available on September 23rd. 

And finally, the last release of this year’s Apple drop, the new AirPods Pro 2. These AirPods have 6 hours of listening time with a single charge, which is better than the original version, which could only play for 5 hours on a single charge.

Another feature is a sound to help you locate the case or each individual earbud if you lose them. They now come with improved noise canceling technology, which can cancel out double the noise of the original version.

The AirPods Pro 2 cost $249 and are available to order. 

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Player profile: Jacob Lutkauskus

By: Dylan Moore

At the beginning of the school year, some students feel they don’t have much to look forward to. Summer is ending, and the freedom that it brings seems to go with it.

One thing I can always look forward to is school football. This year, the football team seems special. Behind this seemingly special team is many players, including Jacob Lutkauskus. Last week, I got myself an exclusive interview with the wide receiver. Here’s what we talked about. 

Me: How do you feel you contribute to the team this season compared to other seasons?

JL: Since I’m older I have more of a leadership role. I’m in more of a position to be more involved in the locker room, and on the field. Now that I’m a full time starter I do a lot more all around. 

Me: Do you think the team has improved since last year?

JL: We are more disciplined. There’s no time to mess around in practice. There’s a culture where everyone sticks to the game plan and does what they’re told. No one on the team is really a “Me first” kinda guy. Like our motto says “Together we win.”

Me: Who do you think are the key players on the team?

JL:  Monaire Vaughn, he’s obviously very important. Melvin Mensah is our running back. He had a huge kick return touchdown against Kennedy. Benny Waud pretty much plays everywhere. Ishmael Powell had a big game against Johnson; he had 3 touchdowns. 

Me: Given your first 3 games, how do you feel about your team’s ability to win big games this season?

JL: I definitely think we have a big chance. We have a very strong work ethic, and are a lot better than previous seasons. We really feel this is our year; we have a lot of seniors. 

Me: How was your season opener?

JL: It went very well, we beat them by a lot. 32-0 is always a good way to start off the season

Me: How do you expect the Musket Game to go?

JL: We’re definitely gonna beat Central. It might be close; we’re close in skill. We are almost identical in the rankings, but I think we’ll win. We usually do. 

As you can see by this interview, Jacob is extremely confident in his and his team’s abilities this season. I for one am very excited to see what they will do this year. GO SCOTS!!!

Update: As predicted, the Scots won the Musket Game and it was close. Jacob had a huge catch late in the 4th to help secure the 17-14 comeback victory.