Apple ‘Re-cApple’- iPhone 13, etc EventPosted: September 14, 2021
iPad- A13 Bionic chip…20% faster in every way than the old model. 6x faster than fastest Android. 12MP wide front cam like iPad Pro. Center Stage adjusts to put the person centered automatically for video conferences in addition to in other apps.
iPad gets TrueTone and get 1st gen Apple Pencil.
Better multitasking controls (badly needed, in my opinion!)
iPad is $329 base with 64 Gb…$299 for schools. Available next week.
iPad Mini- Thinner bezels and more colors. Screen size goes to 8.3 inches in the same size case. Touch ID moves to the on button since the display is now close to edge-to-edge. 40% faster CPU and 80% faster GPU.
USB-C port now, and also 5G cellular comes to the Mini.
Back cam goes to 12MP and gets TrueTone flash. Still only 1 cam, though. 4K recording.
12MP ultra wide selfie cam, and supports Center Stage.
Stereo sound in landscape mode.
Supports 2nd gen Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically.
Starts at $499, and available with wi-fi and cellular. Preorder now, available next week.
Apple Watch Series 7- New features for biking. Will detect starts and stops and has fall detection.
Bigger display…20% more screen area than the 6…by reducing the borders. More rounded corners (NOT straight sides as predicted.) 70% brighter screen. 50% more text on screen. There is a full keyboard (if you would use that…even with the processor assisting, not really something you could type on.)
New watch faces, as usual.
The Series 7 gets a stronger screen, and more protection vs dust…water resistance stays the same.
18 hour battery life, and charges 33% faster than Model 6. 45 min to go from zero to 80%.
Watch 7 is available in 5 new colors of aluminum. New bands, but still compatible with old bands.
Series 3 stays at $199. The SE at $279, and new Series 7 $399…they say available later this fall, so that rumor is true.
No new health features like detecting blood pressure as some had predicted. Maybe next year…or the year after that. If they perfect accurate blood SUGAR readings, they will sell untold millions of watches.
iPhone 13- ooh…20% smaller ‘notch.’ The tech press just finally wet their pants. They have all bitched about the stupid notch for years. (Of course, other phones with no notch get dinged for the ‘hole punch’ camera in the screen…tech reporters are never happy!
They are keeping the Mini, and both the 13 and Mini have 2 cams. Brighter screens and better battery life.
A15 Bionic chip 5nm tech for 15 billion transistors. 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores.
They claim up to 50% faster than the closest competitor, which I presume is Samsung.
New wide cam with 47% more light gathering. It gets the image stabilization of the Pro and Pro Max. New ultra wide cam…lower noise shots. For video, the 13’s get ‘cinematic mode.’ They are touting ‘racks focus’…where you have a figure in focus and background a bit blurred, then zoom in and the background is in focus instead. Very cool, but doubt many will use this…anyone shooting pro or semipro video will probably buy the Pro models with the 3 cams….or shoot video on an actual professional video camera!
More 5G bands are available in the new models. Should make 5G use available in more countries, etc.
Battery life – Mini gets 1.5 hours more, 13 gets 2.5 more hours of battery life than last year’s model. Mostly done via the chip conserving in more ways.
More privacy features….including ways to hide your IP address and using email aliases. This has been covered earlier, so I won’t get into the weeds here.
Apple is putting out more Mag Safe accessories….chargers, wallets, etc. They even touted 3rd party accessories. A bonus—when the Mag Safe wallet falls off the phone, you can use ‘Find My’ to locate it, LOL!. I have a Mag Safe extra battery, and it’s great, but even in a pants pocket, it can come loose from the phone. DON’T get a mag safe wallet for your credit cards and license…just don’t!
$699 for base iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 at $799. Starting capacity is 128Gigs, 512 Gigs available.
iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max- smaller notch…of course. Bigger battery! The 13 Pro will last 1.5 hours longer than the 12, and the Pro Max 2.5 hours longer than the 12 Max.
Same A15 Bionic chip as the 13s as far as CPU, but has a 5 core GPU.
Super Retina XDR display with 25% more brightness and Pro Motion. Can refresh from 10 Hz to 120Hz.
6.1 inch and 6.7 inch screen sizes stay.
Cam system gets an upgrade. 77 mm telephoto with 3x optical zoom! The 3x optical zoom also works for video. New f 1.5 wide lens with bigger sensor. Ultrawide lens gets macro photography. Can zoom in up to 2 cm. All lenses get night mode, including the telephoto.
New photographic styles. You can customize the different filters for real time edits and it will remember your settings so you don’t have to reset every shot. Choose rich contrast, vibrant, etc, and you can customize the tone and warmth further.
The Pros start at $999 for the Pro and $1099 for the Pro Max. (No price increase.) The Pros get the predicted 1 TB storage option. Preorder Friday, available September 24.
NO new AirPods Pro in today’s presentation. Maybe they will be rolled out with the updated MacBook Pros this Fall.