Everything Announced At The Special Apple Event Today
By John Hansen
Apple held a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in San Francisco today. Among other things, a new iPhone was announced. Here is everything that was shown at the event.
The big draw of this event is the new iPhone 11 which will have three different models. The base model starts out at $1,199 in Australia. Preorders begin on September 13th with the 20th being the launch day of all three models.
The new iPhones come in six different colors: Purple, White, Yellow, Green, Black and Red. Once again, no 3.5 mm jack will be in the devices. Like the iPhone XR that the 11 base model is supposed to be a reference to, it has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display. Apple is touting the iPhone 11 to have the “toughest glass in a smartphone” and water resistant up to 2 meters for up to a half hour. The base model will have 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage.
The iPhone 11 (and its Pro brothers) will have the newest Apple processor: the A13 Bionic. According to Apple it will use power in a more efficient way to save battery life, allowing 17 hours of uninterrupted video playback. Apple says it has the fastest CPU and GPU in any smartphone. The iPhone 11 is the entry or base iPhone and is a replacement for the iPhone XR.
The new iPhone 11 comes in six colours: yellow, green, purple black, white and red and has a 6.1 inch screen.
The camera has received a big update from the iPhone XR. For the first time on the “cheaper” model, the camera has a dual lens sensor. A 12MP wide camera with a 26mm lens is accompanied by another 12MP ultra-wide camera with 120 degrees field of view. On the video side of things, the camera records at 4K resolution, 60 fps. According to Apple, if you zoom in while recording the audio will zoom in as well, focusing on the subject making the noise. The 2MP TrueDepth selfie camera will also have 4K resolution for the first time.
The new Night Mode allows for better pictures and video in dark areas. Without flash, the phone automatically brightens up the subjects.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
The iPhone 11 Pro is the middle of the range and is a replacement for the iPhone XS while the iPhone 11 Pro Max replaces the iPhone XS Max as Apple’s top of the tree iPhone.
The iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8 inch Super Retina XDR display with the Pro Max at 6.5 inch put together in a textured matte glass and stainless-steel design. It has 458 pixels per inch and puts out better dark colors than iPhones in the past have done. The Pro’s battery will last four hours longer than the iPhone XS and the iPhone 11 Pro Max will last five hours longer than the XS Max. Both phones come with a 18W faster adapter. It is water resistant up to 4 meters for a half hour. Both the Pro and Pro Max come in Gold, Silver, Space Grey, and Midnight Green.
The iPhone 11 Pro is priced at $1,749 and the 11 Pro Max $1,899.
The big draw to jump from the base iPhone 11 to the Pro is the triple camera set-up. Triple 12MP Ultra-Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras all with Night mode are equipped here. The telephoto lens gets you the best zoom-in while the ultra-wide lens gives you 4x the area of the telephoto lens. That telephoto lens also gives the phone 40% more light capture.
The A13 Bionic set processes video in real-time and shoots in 4K, 60 fps like the base model. The Pro model however will let you edit videos like you edit photos. You can rotate, crop, auto-enhance, add filters, and more to your shoots.
Smart HDR brings out more colors in your photos and videos. The camera in the iPhone 11 Pro will show more realistic skin tones and will automatically capture detail between the subject and the background. Have a read of our iPhone history article to see all the iPhone models including more on the 2019 iPhones
New Apple iPad
The newest iPad has a larger 10.2 inch Retina display and support for the full-size smart keyboard. It also has support for the first-generation Apple Pencil and the A10 Fusion chip. Where the iPad Pro has a USB-C port, this iPad has the Lightning Connector and oddly enough, a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The new iPad seems to be Apple’s way of trying to bring a cheaper model back into the fray. According to The Verge, “nothing about this design or spec sheet is ultra-cutting edge: it’s a bunch of Apple’s best stuff from years past in a familiar case with a slightly bigger screen. It’s hard to ask for more at ($529 in Australia) — but that’s probably the point.”
Apple Watch 5
The newest Apple Watch seems to be pushing for allowing the customer to customize their watch the way they want. In Australia, the watch starts out at $649 and $799 for LTE.
Many cases and bands can be combined together to make your watch your own, as well as choose from hundreds of different watch faces. The display is always on, it only dims when not in use so you can see the time at any time. Supposedly, the new technology in the watch will not take away from the 18-hour battery life.
Compass now shows latitude, longitude, elevation and incline and Maps show which way you are facing. It also has fall detection, emergency SOS, and Medical ID for any medical emergencies.
According to TechRadar, “During the event, Apple trumpeted the health studies it’s helping with by partnering with research institutes and hospitals for heart, hearing, and women’s health (including menstrual cycles) health.”
Apple Arcade is a new game-based subscription service coming on September 19th that will allow subscribers access to over one hundred games at any time. The subscription can be shared with up to five family members and the games can be played on iPad, iPhone, Mac, or Apple TV. You can download games to your device so you can play even when not connected to the internet and no ads or extra purchase will be necessary outside of the $5 monthly subscription.