On September 10th, Apple unveiled their new line of iPhones for 2019. This event’s primary focus was the new iPhones, but they also made important announcements about new products and coming updates at this event.
The new iPhones: The big news of course was the introduction of 3 new iPhone models for this year: The iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
This year, the biggest improvements have to do with the cameras on these phones. Both the back and front facing cameras have seen pretty major improvements. The Pro models in particular have new and improved Triple 12MP cameras that are clearly aimed at users looking for the best cameras available on an iPhone. There’s also a new A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine on these phones that should noticeably improve performance in many of the apps that you use daily. There’s plenty of smaller improvements as well such as improved water resistance, new phone colors, strengthened front and back glass, faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds, and more… So, overall these are pretty nice updates, particularly when it comes shooting images and videos. On the other hand, it’s nothing ground-breaking. Most industry experts seem to think that next year’s iPhones will see much more radical changes than this year’s models. So, if you really need to upgrade your phone, these models do look quite good. But if you’re quite happy with your current iPhone, it may be worth waiting until next year to see what changes Apple introduces then.
For more information about the iPhone 11, check out the Apple website for all the details.
Apple Arcade: Apple Arcade is a subscription based service that lets you play a curated section of games on your iPhone, iPad, Macs and Apple TV. When Apple Arcade becomes available to the public on September 19th, you’ll have access to over 100 games. One of the more important aspects of Apple Arcade is that there will be no ads or additional purchases inside those games. The cost is $4.99 a month for the whole family, and the service will launch with a 1 month free trial. This is a very interesting concept, and the price is certainly quite good. It’ll be interesting to see how this does for Apple and how it develops in the coming months.
Apple TV+ : Not to be confused with the AppleTV devices, this is a subscription service that will feature new Apple original shows. You’ll be able to watch these on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and some Samsung smart TV’s. And in the future, Apple is hoping to bring the Apple TV app to even more smart TV’s, streaming boxes and streaming sticks. This is fairly interesting since it marks Apple’s entry into creating their own content. They will be competing against companies like Netflix and Amazon who also create their own shows. Apple TV+ will also cost $4.99 with access for up to 6 people, and it’s coming on November 1st, 2019
Apple Watch Series 5: The big news with this new watch is that the display always stays on, unlike the previous models. With prior watches, the screen would go black when you weren’t using the watch. You had to raise your wrist or tap the screen for it to come back to life. That is no longer the case, and that’s a big deal. I think the watch will become a far more appealing option for many people just because of this new feature alone.
iPadOS 13: Apple introduced a new iPad at this event, but the bigger news here is the upcoming release of iPadOS 13. This is the first time that the iPad will have its own operating system which includes features that are not available on iOS for iPhone. There’s a number of features that only make sense on a larger screen like an iPad compared to a smaller screen like iPhone. And that’s what iPadOS is all about. New multitasking features, a new Home screen layout, an improved file management system, desktop versions of websites, improved performance and much more. The iPadOS 13 update comes out on September 30th, and I really think it’s going to be a game-changer for anyone looking to boost their productivity using iPads.
So, overall, it was certainly an interesting event that played out pretty much as expected. Expect for the new Apple Watch … nobody was expecting that necessarily. There will most likely be another Apple event in October that may introduce some new MacBooks and hopefully a few surprises there as well.
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