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The BIG Guide to Everything Announced At the iPhone Event This Year

image of iPhone 11

Anybody that follows the tech scene knows that September means only one thing – the new Apple iPhone. As in past years Apple held its iPhone event and this was the new iPhone release year rather than the upgrade version. It is known as the iPhone event because the new iPhone is naturally the big news but a lot more happened and we have all the details for your reading pleasure below. 

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 comes in to replace the previous generation Xr and the visible changes are on the back. The first thing you will notice is the dual camera. The camera area is double what it was on the previous generation iPhones. It seems Apple’s biggest focus on this release was the camera.

Tech Specs

Colours: Black, white, green, yellow, purple, and (Product) Red

Capacity: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Size (Height x Width x Depth): 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm

Weight: 194 grams

Display: 6.1 inch Liquid Retina HD, 1792 x 828 pixel at 326ppi

Chip: Custom made A13 Bionic chip, 3rd generation neural engine

Camera: Dual 12mp Ultra Wide and Wide Cameras, 2x zoom out and 5x digital zoom, ƒ/1.8 aperture, night mode.

4K video at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps. 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30 fps

Battery: Lasts up to 1 hour longer than iPhone Xr. Fast charge in 30 minutes

Sim: Dual Sim (nano-SIM and eSIM)

Pricing: From $29 on trade in program or $699 for the 64gb option

Availability: Available to preorder on 13th September 2019 with 20th September delivery date.

iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max

image of iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

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The iPhone 11 Pro is where Apple has naturally put the focus. It brings the iPhone in line with Apple’s other products like the iPad, Mac, and MacBook that also have Pro versions. Details are below, with pro on the left and pro max on the right

Tech Specs

Colours: Gold, space grey, silver, Midnight Green

Capacity: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

Size (Height x Width x Depth): 144mm x 71.4mm x 8.1mm / 158mm x 77.8mm x 8.1mm

Weight: 188 grams / 226 grams

Display: 5.8 inch Super Retina XDR, 2436 x 1125 pixel at 458 ppi / 6.5 inch Super Retina XDR, 2688 x 1242 at 458 ppi

Chip: Custom made A13 Bionic chip, 3rd generation neural engine

Camera: Triple 12mp Ultra Wide, Wide Cameras and Telephoto cameras, 2x zoom out and 5x digital zoom, ƒ/2.4 aperture, night mode.

4K video at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps. 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30 fps

Battery: Lasts up to 4 hours longer than iPhone Xs / 5 hours longer than iPhone Xs Max. Fast charge in 30 minutes

Sim: Dual Sim (nano-SIM and eSIM)

Pricing: From $29 on trade in program or $699 for the 64gb option

Availability: Available to preorder on 13th September 2019 with 20th September delivery date

iPad

Apple exec introducing new iPad

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The iPad comes as a surprise announcement for this event. A year and a half after the previous generation it follows the general ‘bigger screen’ adaptation with a new 10.2 inch screen compared to the previous 9.7 inch and is smart keyboard compatible.

Tech Specs

Colours: Space grey, silver, gold

Capacity: 32GB, 128GB

Size (Height x Width x Depth): 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 7.5mm

Weight: 483 grams (Wi-Fi model) / 493 grams (Wi-Fi + Cellular model)

Display: 10.2 inch Retina, 2160 x 1620 pixel at 264ppi

Chip: A10 Fusion chip

Camera: 8mp camera, ƒ/2.4 aperture

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps

Sim: Nano- Sim

Pricing: From $329

Availability: Available to preorder now with 30th September delivery date

Apple Watch

Apple exec introducing new Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch has seen regular updates since its initial release and each upgrade brings some notable changes. The new Series 5 watch has an always-on retina screen, and an array of new bands which helps continue to keep the watch highly customisable. Four materials are available; Aluminium, stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic. The watches are available from 20th September and start from $399 for the aluminium case.

iOS 13

iOS 13 preview

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Every September we also see the release of the latest iteration in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system and this year brings a feast of changes for iPhone owners. The update normally includes hundreds of minor and major changes. We’ve listed some of the highlighted features below:

  • Dark Mode
  • Add mono effect to photos
  • View photos in a new curated view
  • New Siri voice
  • Siri shortcuts
  • Siri reads incoming messages aloud
  • Swipe the keyboard instead of typing
  • New reminders app

iOS 13 is available on the iPod Touch (7th gen) onwards, iPhone SE, and iPhone 6s onwards and will be available for download on September 13th.

More Software Announcements

Apple exec introduces Apple Arcade

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Apart from the usual iOS update, two other major software announcements were made. Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ join Apple’s software wing. Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service for iOS, macOS, and tvOS. A new tab will be added in the App Store for the service and subscribers can play any of the 100+ exclusive games. The games will be ad-free and no additional in app purchases are required. Arcade will be available with iOS 13 available on September 13th. After a one month trial the service will cost $4.99 per month and can be shared with up to five family members.

Apple exec introduces Apple TV+

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Apple TV+ is the new streaming service offering by Apple. It’s been in the making for a while and was expected a couple of years ago.  It boasts shows made especially for Apple and they promise to add more every month. It will be available across all Apple devices and on some Samsung smart TVs. All new Apple hardware purchases will come with a one-year subscription included. If you don’t purchase any new hardware, after a seven-day free trial, it will cost $4.99 per month, and can be shared with up to five more people. The service will be available on November 1st 2019.

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