It’s that moment again!
It’s September, which generally means two things: We’ll repeat Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Apple will announce a new iPhone (or four).
Just in time, Apple held a remote event this morning, broadcasting a bit live from its Cupertino campus. Whether you haven’t had time to watch the full hour-long broadcast or just want the highlights, we’ve got it; As usual, we have summarized it all down to the points.
Both the standard iPad and iPad mini have received the upgrade treatment – here’s what’s new for each:
- It runs the A13 Bionic chip, which Apple first introduced in 2019 with the iPhone 11. Apple says it’s 20% faster across the board compared to the last generation.
- The front camera has gone from 8 megapixels to an ultra wide 12 megapixels.
- You’re getting Center Stage, the feature that debuted on the iPad Pro that automatically reframes the front video to keep your face centered as you move around a room.
- Starting at $ 329 (or $ 299 for schools). Orders start today and ship next week.
- Redesigned with thinner edges and more rounded edges
- The screen has been increased to 8.3 “(from 7.9”) keeping the same overall size of the device.
- The CPU is 40% faster, while the GPU is 80% faster
- There will be a 5G model
- The rear camera has a much improved 12 MP camera with True Tone flash and, as with the standard iPad, the front camera has 12 MP ultra wide angle and Center Stage support.
- Will support the second-generation Apple Pencil
- Starting at $ 499. Orders start today and ship next week.
Apple kicked off the watch segment with a few new features in iOS 8 (like fall detection for cyclists and better algorithms for detecting calories burned when you’re on an eBike) before announcing a new watch: the Series 7, they’re calling that.
- By reducing the edges of the screen, they were able to squeeze a screen that is 20% larger.
- To take advantage of that larger screen, the buttons are larger in the user interface
- It has a sliding-style prediction keyboard, for easy text entry on the go.
- Apple says it has the strongest (most crack-resistant) display to date, and it’s the first Apple Watch to be IP6X certified against dust.
- An “updated charging architecture” and a new USB-C charger allow you to charge 33% faster
- Series 7 will start at $ 399 and begin shipping “later this fall”
Not one, not two, but four new iPhones: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max. Faster chips, better cameras, better battery life.
- They both run Apple’s new A15 Bionic chip. It has a 6-core CPU (two high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores), a quad-core GPU, and great improvements to the neural engine that Apple leverages for machine learning on the device.
- A “front ceramic protector”, which according to Apple is stronger than the glass of any other smartphone.
- IP68 water resistance
- 28% brighter display
- The iPhone 13 is 6.1 “in size, while the iPhone 13 mini will be 5.4”.
- A wild new “Cinematic” mode that uses machine learning for tricks like automatically changing the camera’s focus when an on-screen speaker looks at someone behind them.
- The 64GB model has finally been retired, and the entry-level models come with 128GB of storage.
- Apple says that the battery life of the iPhone 13 mini has been improved by an hour and a half, while most iPhone 13 users will get two and a half hours more per charge.
- The iPhone 13 will start at $ 799, while the iPhone 13 mini will start at $ 699.
- You’ll get that new “ceramic shield front”, along with an upgrade to A15, here with a five-core GPU.
- As rumored, you will get a display that can adjust its refresh rate up to 120hz for super smooth movement / scrolling.
- It has three cameras on the back: a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, an ultra-wide, and a wide-angle. Night mode will now work in a friendly way with all three cameras (including telephoto, which previously didn’t support it).
- It will come in two sizes: 6.1 ″ (Pro) and 6.7 ″ (Pro Max).
- For those who don’t seem to have enough storage space, they are introducing 1TB models!
- Pro starts at $ 999, Pro Max starts at $ 1099. Pre-orders start September 17 and ship on September 24.
- iOS 15 will ship Monday September 20
- Apple’s Fitness Plus service is rolling out to 15 new countries, including Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Mexico, and Russia. The trainings will be in English and subtitled in six languages. They are also launching group workouts, which can be started from iMessage or FaceTime and will allow you to multitask in your hangouts and your workouts.
- Apple MagSafe Wallet you can now show your last known location via the Find My app if the wallet is detached from the phone