Apple hosted another virtual show on Tuesday, showcasing both California’s beautiful landscapes and a host of new consumer products, including the expected new iPhone lineup and updates to its smaller tablet.
While the upgrades have been plentiful, many of them were predictable, expected, and incremental, failing to knock the socks off of the collective audience. The base iPad, iPad mini, Apple Watch, and newer iPhones have all received updated hardware. However, the upgrades were more quantitative than qualitative, and rumors of announcements like new AirPods or augmented reality glasses were nowhere to be found.
Still, the slight updates add up if you’ve delayed buying a new Apple device, and they seem especially intriguing when looking at the company’s smaller devices.
More iPhones, more power
Like clockwork, Apple has a new line of iPhones. But other than the diagonally arranged dual rear cameras and the slightly changed color scheme, you’d be hard pressed to find anything noticeably different on the iPhone 13, compared to last year’s models. The new A15 Bionic processor is an expected, but welcome upgrade to an already blazing-fast phone, speeding up activities like video processing and live translation.
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Also on deck for the iPhone 13 is a new and improved pair of cameras, along with the addition of pro-level image stabilization features found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The changes allow the lenses to pick up more light, which means less noise and clearer photos in low light conditions. Apple has also added new video recording modes such as “cinematic mode,” which allows easier and more automatic focusing in the rack.
The iPhone 13 will also offer enhanced support for 5G, including support for more 5G bands, meaning more than 200 carriers worldwide will be able to support the connection standard. faster cellular using the iPhone 13 by the end of the year, according to Apple.
Starting at $ 699 for the 128GB version, Apple’s iPhone 13 line will be available to US customers on September 24.
Pro users might not like the iPhone 13 Pro
Once again, Apple announced Pro and Pro Max models for its new iPhone lineup, but they didn’t really steal the show either. Yes, they have better battery life, improved cameras, and, surprise, the new A15 Bionic processor. The 6.1-inch (or 6.7-inch on the Pro Max) screen has a new adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, which is perfect for jittery, fast-paced games that require instant reaction times.
As always, each version of the iPhone 13 has an improved processor and camera system, including new features such as professional-grade video recording and real-time image presets for apply custom picture settings to your photos on the fly. ProRes video, the format used to record and display professional videos, will soon be available on the iPhone 13 Pro, allowing you to record at 30 frames per second in 4K HDR. All three cameras have received sensor upgrades, along with a new 3x telephoto lens that lets you zoom even closer to your subject.
Apple’s smartwatch is getting tough
The company also updated its wearable Apple Watch with new colors and a slightly refreshed look.
The Apple Watch Series 7 has a more durable screen and is the first Apple Watch to be IP6X certified, making it resistant to dust and water up to 50 meters. The screen is slightly larger than the 6 Series, thanks to thinner bezels and a modified overall frame. The new Apple Watch Series 7 also charges faster when paired with its magnetic fast charger USB-C cable.
Available in five colors, its slightly rounded edges and more curved design are quite stylish, but don’t spoil the device’s growing ecosystem of bands and accessories.
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Apple Fitness +, the company’s premium streaming workout service, ties into the Apple Watch. Apple also announced today that it will bring Pilates and guided meditation to the program starting September 27. Apple Watch Series 3 or later is required to use the service. It shows your vital signs on your TV or mobile device as you work out and helps you track your progress.
The new Apple Watch Series 7 will be available starting at $ 399 later this fall.
IPad Dark Horse gets an upgrade
To gain near-unanimous approval online, Apple has also upgraded the popular iPad mini. It now supports the latest Apple Pencil, a fingerprint sensor on the power button, and the same flat-rimmed design as the iPad Air and iPad Pro. Apple has also replaced its Lightning port with a more universal USB-C port in the new iPad mini, allowing you to connect it to various accessories designed for USB-C devices, such as USB hubs and memory card readers.
The set is housed under an 8.3-inch high-resolution “Liquid Retina display,” the same technology as the larger iPad Air and Pro models, and is powered by an updated, faster chip.
The cheapest base model iPad also received a small spec increase, along with new features to go along with its updated front camera (which still lacks the face scanning features found on other tablet computers. ‘Apple). The new, updated iPad camera supports the iPad Pro-specific CenterStage feature, which follows you around the frame during video calls, letting you walk around while still in view of the front camera. The education-friendly tablet still supports Apple Pencil, as well as older “new iPad” accessories.
You should update your Apple products now
While Apple didn’t announce this incredibly important security update during its product showcase, it is nonetheless important.
Every Apple device user should update their device with the latest security update, released by the company on September 13. The security update fixes the flaw called “Forced Entry”. a hack it could allow iPhone users to be compromised without any action on their part. Apple cited security research group Citizen Lab in a blog post discussing the security update, which is designed to protect users who interact with “malicious PDF”.