MANILA, Philippines – If you’re looking forward to new gadgets and devices from tech giant Apple, you’re in luck!
Apple announced a number of new devices and initiatives, including its latest iPhones, at its event on Wednesday, September 11, Manila time.
Apple Arcade gaming service
Apple Arcade is up first.
The App store will get an Apple Arcade tab, which allow users with an Apple Arcade subscription to download and play the exclusive games from its roster.
Konami’s Benjamin Kinney showed off a new version of Frogger for the system, while Capcom’s Peter Fabiano gave a glimpse of Shinsekai: Into the Depths.
Annapurna Interactive, meanwhile, showed off Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Apple Arcade will be available starting September 19 in over 150 countries around the world, and is priced at $4.99 monthly, with a one-month free trial.
Apple fired a salvo by revealing the first trailer for Jason Momoa-powered Apple TV+ show See, in which a post-apocalyptic world without sight births children who can see.
Apple TV+’s first shows will be available on November 1.
Apple TV+ will also cost $4.99 a month and will be available in over 100 countries.
Tim Cook added Apple TV+ would be free for a year for purchases of new iPhones, iPads, or Macbooks.
The new iPads
The new 7th generation iPad will come with a 10.2-inch Retina Display, sporting an A10 Fusion chip and will, of course, run iPad OS.
It will also have a Smart Connector, allowing it to better use keyboards.
The new iPad is made environmentally friendly with 100% recycled aluminum.
It’s priced at $329 and can be ordered today.
Apple Watch and Apple studies
Apple tugs on the heartstrings with a video showing how Apple Watches helped people to spot health issues and keep them going on their own fitness and wellness journeys.
Apple will be doing 3 new health studies with the help of the Apple Watch:
- An Apple Hearing Study with the partnership of the World Health Organization and the University of Michigan
- An Apple Women’s Health Study on menstrual cycles, partnering with the Harvard School of Public health and the NIH.
- An Apple Heart and Movement Study, with the partnership of the AHA and Brigham Women’s Hospital
You can enroll in the studies by grabbing a new app, as well.
Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 5 will feature an always-on Retina Display, which is an LTPO display that can cycle at 60Hz or ramp down to 1Hz.
The always-on display will not impact battery life, whch is still at 18 hours.
The Apple Watch Series 5 will now have a compass function as well as a usabe compass app, which provides more information for those who hike, such as latitude and longitude information.
The Series 5 Apple Watch will also have new colors and cases, including a Ceramic White model; gold, silver and space grey aluminum models, and stainless steel models as well.
Series 5 GPS models start at $399 and will be $499 for cellular models. They can be ordered today, and will come out in stores on September 20.
Series 3 models, meanwhile, will now be priced at $199.
Apple’s iPhone 11 models
The newest iPhone sports an anodized aluminum glass design and will have a 6.1 inch liquid retina display.
It will come in purple,white, yellow, green, and red and will support Dolby Atmos for sound.
It will also have a new rear dual camera setup with a camera interface that will allow for wide and ultrawide shots. Wider shots will also be visible while using the wide angle lens.
It will have an automatic night mode, and portrait mode.
They also showed a video taken by the iPhone 11. It was shot in 4K resolution supporting up to 60 frames per second.
The front camera, meanwhile, has a 12MP sensor with 4K video support and extended dynamic range. The front camera will also support slow-motion, allowing users to take “slowfies” – slow motion selfies.
The next-generation A13 Bionic CPU will power the iPhone 11, and Apple claims it is the fastest CPU and the fastest GPU ever in a smartphone.
Of course, they had to showcase the graphics, so there’s also a game demonstration for Giant Networks’ Pascal’s Wager action role-playing game.
Apple also said the new iPhone will last an hour longer than the XR, and mentioned faster FaceID, WiFi 6, and water and dust resistance, among other features.
The iPhone 11 will cost $699.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 Pro is touted as its most powerful and advanced iPhone to date.
The iPhone 11 Pro will have a midnight green color as well as Space Gray, Silver, and Gold colors.
It will come two display sizes, so they’re differentiated by the Max suffix: The 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max.
It’s said to be 15% more energy efficient and will also sport the A13 Bionic chip. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max has 4 efficiency cores to take care of common tasks, and is said to be 20% faster than the A12.
With iPhone 11 Pro, you’ll get up to 4 hours longer battery time, and up to 5 hours longer battery time on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The iPhone 11 Pro series will have 3 rear cameras, seen above.
It will feature Deep Fusion computational photography technology, which will fuse 9 images to make an optimized photo with better details and low noise.
All 3 cameras will shoot 4K 60 frames-per-second video, supporting extended dynamic range.
New advanced video editing features will also be available on the Photos app.
The iPhone 11 Pro will cost $999 while the iPhone 11 Pro Max will cost $1099, with pre-orders available Friday. The iPhone 8 will now cost $449 and the iPhone XR will now cost $599. – Rappler.com.