Apple Event 2019: iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Arcade, Slowfie and everything else that was announced
Here are the highlights from the Apple Event, 2019.
September is Apple season, and we don’t mean the crisp delicious red fruit. Every year, September is the month Apple hosts its annual Apple Event, where the latest and greatest in cutting edge technology is dropped, and this year was no exception.
So without further ado, here are the highlights from the Apple Event, 2019:
The iPhone 11: Let’s begin with the best
The iPhone 11 has officially been announced. It will have a 6.1” display, with what Apple calls the ‘toughest glass ever in an iPhone’. The biggest change will be a dual camera system on the back, with one 12 MP wide angle camera, and one 12MP ultra wide camera. The wide camera will have a 26mm f/1.8 lens, while the ultra wide will have a 13mm f/2.4 lens. The front camera has been brought up to 12MP from what used to be 7MP, and can now do 60 FPS 4k and slow motion video, giving rise to the term, the ‘Slowfie’ - a slow motion selfie.
Please dog don’t let “slowfie” become a thing.— Dr Chris (@smalltown2k) September 10, 2019
The iPhone 11 will run on the A13 chipset, which Apple says is the fastest CPU/GPU to ever be built into a smartphone. The phone will start at a retail price of $699, and will come in black, green, yellow, purple, red, and white.
The iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max: Where Apple tries to be OnePlus
Okay, let’s be honest - OnePlus has already captured the imagination of the masses in marketing a flagship phone with a Pro version. So whatever Apple is doing, it comes about six months too late. That being said, the Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone 11 also run on the same A13 chipset. The Pro has a slightly smaller display, at 5.8”, while the Pro Max has a much larger display at 6.5”.
iPhone 11 Pro announced:— Corbin Williams (@corbinwilliams) September 10, 2019
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???? Pro - $999 | Pro Max - $1,099
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Here’s the biggest advantage of the Pro and the Pro Max: they come with three back cameras instead of two. In addition to the two cameras on the iPhone 11, the Pro will also have a third telephoto camera, 12MP with a 52 mm f/2.0 lens.
Both the Pro and Pro Max come with 18 Watt fast chargers - again, something OnePlus did ages ago - and the Pro starts to retail at $999, while the Pro Max retails at $1099.
The 2019 Apple iPad will be a whopping 10.2” in size. With a Retina display, and features that allow full sized keyboards to be connected, this could finally be the replacement for a personal computer. The iPad will work with the Apple Pencil, and here’s a design quirk: although Touch ID will be implemented, the much-loved home button stays.
In a world consumed by electronics, what we need more of is technology that never turns off, right? Absolutely not, but someone tell that to Apple. While one feature of the previous Apple Watches was that they would automatically turn off if you lowered your arm, this version stays on until you deliberately turn it off.
The new Apple Watch will have a built in compass, an emergency calling feature, and a battery life of about 18 hours per charge. It will retail at a starting price of $399, while the cell enabled watches will retail at $499.
Apple Arcade: Here’s the game-changed you were looking for
Apple Arcade is Apple’s offering of a subscription based gaming plan. If you liked to binge watch TV shows and movies, you’ll probably enjoy the opportunity to binge-play your favourite video games. Welcome to 2019, where Arcade and Chill will soon be a thing. Well, probably not. But one can hope!
Unlimited access to over 100 exclusive games for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV. No other launch ever this big.— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) September 10, 2019
New Arcade tab. New games every month. Editorial content. So many genres and play styles.
Demo time. pic.twitter.com/B0nJ2Cv43f
Arcade comes at a monthly cost of $4.99 for a family subscription.
Speaking of TV shows and binge watching, Apple TV+ is the much awaited on demand video service from Apple, with a curated series of original, handpicked shows. Apple TV+ will roll out in November, and the monthly subscription fee will be a highly competitive $4.99 for a family plan.
Netflix HQ seeing the price of Apple TV pic.twitter.com/2EDXRhgbv9— Sammie (@samlogic_) September 10, 2019
So here’s the thing: Let’s brace ourselves for the kidney jokes, the long lines, the fanboy rants, and everything else that we see every year with the launch of the new iPhones. For the rest of us android fans out there: we’ve been there, done that.