Apple Event: 16 things that should matter to you
New Apple Watch, new iPhones and a new iPad
Apple pretty much gave us what we were expecting — a new Apple Watch, three new iPhones and one new iPad. But there were also a whole bunch of other announcements that Tim Cook and team dropped on us from the Steve Jobs Theatre, Cupertino.
1. The Apple Arcade comes to the App Store from 19 September and it is bringing with it a whole host of games meant specifically for the Apple ecosystem. The App Store will now feature a new Arcade tab for users to easily find games they want to play. An all-access, unlimited pass to the Apple Arcade will set you back by $4.99/per month.
2. Apple TV+ is going to get its first shows dropping in on 1 November with new content being added every month. This too is priced at $4.99/month and covers the whole family. Also, buying an iPad, Apple TV, MacBook etc will get you one year of free access to Apple TV+.
The new iPad is here!
3. Apple announced the new iteration of their best selling 9.7-inch iPad — the 7th Gen 10.2-inch iPad. It comes with the A10 Fusion chip under the hood and has Apple Pencil support (obviously). It also has a smart connector that will allow you to attach a full-size keypad with the iPad for easy typing. It has the iPad OS that Apple announced WWDC this year — Apple’s custom-made OS for the iPad that optimises its bigger display. The new iPad will set you back by $329, that’s the starting price. You can also get it for $299 if you go for the Apple Trade-In (more about the Apple Trade-in later). It starts shipping 30 Septemberr but you can order them now.
And the Apple Watch Series 5
4. Before we go to the Apple Watch, we need to talk about the new Apple Research Ap. The focus of this new app is health studies and it is going to study that through Apple Hearing Study (studies the effect of sound exposure on your health), Cycle Tracking and Apple heart and movement study. While this research needs data from you, you obviously get to choose what data you want to share.
5. Now, the Apple Series 5. The new Apple Watch comes with an always-on display. While earlier you would tap on the screen to wake it, now tapping on the screen makes it brighter. Like the last Watch, this too comes with an 18-hour battery life. The new additions include a built-in compass, a compass app and the safety feature now includes international calling as well. Now, you can also make an emergency call by pressing down on the button on the side — you no longer need your phone. The Apple Watch Series 5 is priced at $399 for GPS models and $499 for cellular models. The prices change depending on the band and the case you pick.
6. Speaking of cases and bands, Apple has something called the Apple Watch Studios now — a facility available in their physical stores, as well as online, that will allow you to pick the case and the band you want. This way you can entirely personalise the watch.
7. Prices for the Apple Wach Series 3 has now dropped to $199. Yay… we suppose.
To the iPhone now…
8. Apple announced three iPhones this time, much like last time. Replacing the “affordable” iPhone XR comes the 6.1-inch iPhone 11. Powered by the new A13 Bionic chip under the hood, which is supposed to be the fastest CPU and GPU in smartphones, the iPhone 11 comes with two cameras on the back and one in front. The two cameras on the back are the 12MP wide camera and the 12MP ultra-wide camera and the one in front is a 12MP as well. There are new effects in portrait mode and a night mode. All the cameras can record videos in 4K, 60fps — there’s slo-mo, cinematic video stabilisation etc as well. The front camera gets slo-mo video support for you to shot some slofies (yeaaaah, that’s a word now). And yes, iOS 13.
9. Of course, the price needs another point. The iPhone 11 starts from $699 ($399 on trade-in). And it comes in six colours — purple, green, yellow, black, white and Product (Red)
10. Then there is the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The former is a 5.8-inch device and the latter is 6.5-inches. This too comes with the A13 Bionic chip and the iOS 13. These two phones have the Super Retina XDR Display that is an upgrade over the screen you get on the iPhone 11.
11. Three cameras on the back — 12MP wide camera, 12MP telephoto camera and the 12MP ultra-wide camera. One camera in the front — a 12MP. These cameras can shoot videos in 4K, 60fps etc. The iPhone 11 Pros, both the devices, will get something called Deep Fusion through a software update. Deep Fusion fuses nine images together to optimise that final picture. Slofies on this one too, so don’t worry.
12. So, the prices. The prices for the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 and $1,099 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Trade-in brings down the price of the iPhone 11 Pro to $599 and $699 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Shipping starts from 20 September. Four colours on the iPhone 11 Pros — a midnight green, space grey, silver and gold.
13. Apple also announced a whole new line of cases for the iPhone 11 Pro devices.
14. The new iPhones will get a whole host of native apps for photos and videos that will help optimise the photos and videos you capture. These might differ between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pros since the camera set-up is different.
Brace yourselves for some price drops
15. The iPhone XR is now going to be available starting at $599 and the iPhone 8 is going to be for $499 (starting price).
16. If you want the new devices for cheaper and have older Apple products, you can always trade them in. Trade-ins, both online as well as in Apple stores, brings down the price quite significantly and there is also an option for easy monthly payments.