Apple's September iPhone Event 2019
We have come to know that every September is when Apple releases their new line of iPhones, along with a plethora of other updates, announcements, and devices. This year is no different. On Tuesday, September 10th Apple had its annual Keynote, where they announced the newest line of phones, a new iPad, Apple Watch, and more! In this article, we lay out everything you need to know.
Apple teased us with the announcement of Apple Arcade back in June, but this time they’ve given us all the details about release dates, subscription prices, and more. If you don’t know what Apple Arcade is, it’s Apple’s new video game subscription service that you will soon be able to find in the App Store. Apple Arcade will have hundreds of new games of all types from tons of big game companies that will be exclusive to Apple Arcade only. Some of these games that have been announced are Konami’s “Frogger in Toy Town”, Capcom’s “Shinsekai: Into the Depths”, and Annapurna Interactive’s “Sayonara Wild Hearts”.
These games will be playable across most devices, and will officially be available on September 19th. You can get unlimited access to all of these new and exciting games for only $4.99 a month for the whole family! Additionally, they are providing a one month free trial, so that sounds like a pretty great deal to us.
If you haven’t heard, Apple is joining the streaming service industry with Apple TV+. This streaming service will have exclusive new TV shows and movies, directed by world famous directors with world famous casts like Jennifer Anniston, Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon, and more. This service will be officially available starting November first, with new shows and movies added every month. Apple TV+ will only be $4.99 a month, which beats out much of the competition! Additionally, Apple is offering one year of Apple TV+ for FREE with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or other device.
Apple announced a brand new operating system (OS) for the iPad earlier this summer, which they continued to talk about this month. iPadOS will be a unique OS built the completely optimize the features of an iPad, rather than using the iPhone’s iOS. You can see how the new OS works on Apple’s site here.
This week Apple also announced a new iPad: the 7th generation. With a 10.2” Retina display (the 6th gen is 9.7”), this screen has 3.5 million pixels, 3.7x wider viewer angle than the 6th gen, and 2x faster performance than the top selling PC of the year. It comes with a detachable keyboard that doubles as a cover. It’s made out of 100% recycled aluminum, making it a more eco-friendly addition to the iPad line. It’s available for preorder today at only $329; they ship out September 30th.
This week Apple also announced the Series 5 watch, with the biggest change being that the screen never turns off. You heard us right, the screen is always on. When you’re not looking at it, it goes somewhat dimmer and when you raise your wrist it returns to regular brightness. This Retina display is said to still last a full 18 hours in battery life as well. Some new colors will also be available, including titanium, dark titanium, and ceramic. Continuing the eco-friendly trent, the Series 5 frame will also be made of 100% recycled aluminum.
Some new features include a built in compass, so you can always tell which direction you’re walking in maps. It will also include your latitude and longitude, as well as your elevation. To increase safety measures, international calling will be available for free, even without your phone. The Series 5 watch will be available starting September 20th for $399, or $499 for the cellular version. In addition to this, Apple is dropping the price of the Series 3 watch to only $199!
Finally, the one we’ve all been waiting for! Apple decided to continue the trend of a line of three phones this year with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. These phones all have a relatively similar design to last year’s line of phones, minus the new camera layout on the back. All of the models boast tougher glass for both the front and back and a wider spatial audio field to get better stereo sound.
The iPhone 11 is this year’s economical phone. However, instead of making it a phone with less features like the XR last year, this year it seems they are promoting the 11 to be the base model (very similar to the XS), and the Pro and Pro Max are just suped up models for professionals. The 11 comes in 6 colors: purple, yellow, green, black, white, and Product Red. The screen is 6.1” Retina display, the same size as the XR.
The new camera setup for the 11 is two cameras stacked on top of each other, with the flash to the right. One camera is a 12MP wide angle camera, and the other is a 12MP ultra wide camera, allowing users to take even bigger shots than ever before. The front camera is also receiving an upgrade to 12MP and 4K resolution video for both! Other new features for the camera include portrait mode capabilities for animals, a new portrait mode setting (high key mono), night mode (picks up things in the shadows super well), slo-mo (for both front and back cameras), time lapse, video stabilization, and video at 60 frames per second. Apple brags that this is the highest quality video ever before seen on a smartphone.
The iPhone 11 also has a new chip-the A13 bionic. According to Apple, this chip is the fastest CPU and GPU chip to ever be in a smartphone. The battery for the 11 is said to last one hour more than the XR (which is notorious for an amazing battery life). Other updates include wireless charging, faster Face ID recognition, and water resistance up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. The most exciting news: you can get this brand new phone for only $699!
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have everything the 11 has, and more. The biggest visual difference: THREE cameras. One is a wide angle lens, one an ultra wide, and the final is a telephoto lens. This combination of cameras allows users to have complete creative freedom indeed to the level of pros. These cameras allow for 4x optical zoom range with 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. This stainless steel frame has a 5.8” Retina display for the Pro and comes in midnight green, space grey, silver, gold, and black colors.
The Pro is said to last up to 4 more hours in battery life than the iPhone XS, and 5 more hours for the Pro Max. The phones will also come with a new, faster charger for lightning fast charging. You can get the iPhone 11 Pro for $999 and the Pro Max for $1,099.