Didn’t get a chance to watch Apple’s presentation of this years upcoming devices? Here is a rundown of highlights for this year’s new products!
The entry-level iPad is getting a few upgrades for 2019. Originally a 9.7 inch display, it will now become a slightly larger 10.2 inch display. The quick connect accessories feature introduced on the iPad Pro will now be available as well, all starting at $329.
Apple Watch Series 5
The Apple Watch Series 5 (more like Series 4.5) gets a few upgrades. It will now have an always-on retina display. An always-on display is a feature generally reserved for OLED screens since these panels can turn off individual pixels on a screen, saving battery life. But, Apple has figured out how to offer the always-on display for the watch without losing any battery life. It was also come in a few finishes – aluminum, stainless steel, Nike, etc.
The Apple Watch will also provide a compass to keep you… unlost? Along with a very nice feature in the cellular watch of being able to call 911 from anywhere.
Apple is finally rolling out their own television streaming service. With many Apple original series. The series they showcased during the event starred Jason Mamoa. The service comes with a very affordable price of $4.99 for a family subscription. That means you can share! Like you used to be able to do with Netflix, before they caught on.
You also get a free one year subscription to Apple TV+ with every new device you buy. Tim didn’t mention how long this promotion would last, but I wouldn’t base my purchases off of it anyway, especially with the already low subscription price.
iPhone 11 (What we all have been waiting for!)
Last year’s iPhone XR was the best selling phone of the year. With phones surpassing the $1000 mark, it was a welcome addition to the iPhone lineup. This year’s iPhone 11 (the new XR) still offers that awesome, more affordable price of $699. It will now come with two cameras on the back – the regular 1x zoom and then a wide angle 0.5x zoom, both 12MP.
The iPhone 11 Pro (Pro means expensive) and iPhone 11 Pro Max (Pro Max means more expensive!) are the new iterations of the iPhone XS and XS Max. The iPhone 11 Pro’s battery will last 4 hours longer than the XS, with the Pro Max battery lasting 5 hours longer than the XS Max.
These phones will boast a three camera setup on the rear – 2x (telephoto), 1x, 0.5x (wide angle) zoom, all 12MP. Apple says they will also have 4x optical zoom. For those of you wondering what that means here’s the short: That grainy, fuzzy look you get when you zoom with your phone camera is because the phone is using software to “zoom in.” So the quality of the photo isn’t better, it’s just closer. Optical zoom means you are using actual hardware, like a DSLR camera, to zoom in. With optical zoom your lens will be able to capture more definition and eliminate the grainy zoom fuzz. On top of the upgrade to the extra cameras, Apple has upgraded the photos app as well. Now you will be able to fully edit videos right on your phone, which you should be able to do… on your computer priced phone.
These new upgrades will start at $999 for the iPhone 11 Pro, and $1099 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
A lot of cool upgrades this year. But the majority are just minor details. Are they worth $1000+ is the real question, especially with the rumored redesigned iPhone 12 coming next year. What do you think? Are you looking forward to buying the newest from Apple this year? Let us know!