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It’s lucky numbers 13 and 7 for Apple as the company revealed several new products as well as software updates at its annual September event. Interesting, the event took place the same day that Apple pushed a huge security update to its devices, citing a critical spyware vulnerability that was detected.
Nonetheless, Apple seemingly has things under control with regards to the supposed hole in iMessage that would allow hackers to access a phone without the need for the person to even click on a link. If you haven’t yet updated the software on your iOS device, do so immediately! The company continued on with its event, revealing a new slate of devices.
From several new iPhones and iPads to a new Apple Watch, Apple Fitness+ features, and more, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know.
iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
The new flagship iPhones in the line are the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max, both of which super Super Retina XDR displays with ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate, improved battery life, the A15 Bionic chip, an advanced 5G experience, new ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto cameras with better low light performance, and new photo style features, including night mode. There’s also a new cinematic mode for video, Dolby Vision, 1TB capacity, and Ceramic Shield front cover. Both will come in graphite, gold, silver, or sierra blue, with pre-orders starting September 17 and official availability starting September 24. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is available in Canada for $1,549 and the iPhone 13 Pro for $1,399.
The latest iOS 15 includes spatial audio for FaceTime calls, a new Portrait mode, new Focus features, redesigned notifications, Live Text for recognizing text in photos, three-dimensional cities in augmented reality through Apple Maps, full screen maps, support for home keys in Wallet, new privacy controls in Siri, Mail, and more. iOS 15 will be available as a free software update as of Monday, September 20.
Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini
The new 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini are durable devices for those who want to save a few bucks. But they also boast a bevy of improvements, including better battery life and camera performance. Available in five colors (pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and PRODUCT(RED)), they feature a new dual-camera system with a new wide camera, sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) along with the new A15 Bionic chip and a Super Retina XDR display with Ceramic Shield front cover. Entry-level storage starts at 128GB, double the previous number. Both are also IP68-rated for water resistance and offer an advanced 5G experience. Available for pre-order September 17, official availability September 24, they will sell for $1,099 and $949, respectively.
Apple Watch Series 7
Among the many upgrades for the Series 7 Apple Watch is enhanced durability, faster charging, new aluminum case colors, and watchOS 8. With an Always-On Retina display is surrounded by softer, rounded corners. You’ll still get the same 18-hour battery life, but the Watch will charge up to 33% faster. Stronger and made of more crack-resistant crystal, it is the first Apple Watch to have an IP67 certification for resistance to dust as well as a WR50 rating for water resistance. Along with an electrical heart sensor, ECG app, and Blood Oxygen sensor and app, watchOS 8 includes new workout types, like Tai Chi and Pilates, a new Mindfulness app, sleep respiratory rate tracking, better access to Apple Wallet, and more. There are five new aluminum case finishes along with new band colors and styles. The Watch and its accessories will be available later this Fall. There are new features for those who love cycling, including advanced algorithms to analyze GPS, heart rate, accelerometer, and gyroscope data once a ride begins, and prompting to begin the Outdoor Cycle workout if it wasn’t initiated. There’s also auto-pause and resume for cycling workouts so you can stop while waiting at a stoplight, for example, to ensure accurate reporting. New voice feedback through the built-in speaker of Apple Watch, or through AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones, will also automatically announce workout milestones and Activity ring status, helping users stay focused during activities like running or HIIT. Pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed for the upcoming Apple Watch.
On Monday, September 27, Apple Fitness+ will introduce a new body-conditioning workout type with Pilates and a simple way to practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime, with guided Meditation. Fitness+ is also introducing a new program called Workouts to Get Ready for Snow Season, featuring two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion skier Ted Ligety, along with Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia. Later this fall, Fitness+ will introduce Group Workouts with SharePlay, where users can work out with up to 32 people at once to keep each other motivated. Apple Fitness+ remains $12.99 per month or $99.99 per year and can be shared with up to six family members.
The new 10.2-inch Apple iPad features the A13 Bionic chip, Center Stage, True Tone, and now starts with double the storage. The ninth generation iPad, which will start at $429 ($599 for the model with Cellular) once available on September 24, comes equipped with a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard, the intuitive iPadOS 15, and twice the storage of the previous generation.
New upgrades to iPadOS 15 include more intuitive multitasking through Split View, Slide Over, and other features; new widget layouts for the Home Screen and App Library; systemwide Notes; the addition of the Translate app; Live Text; Focus for filtering notifications based on what the person is currently doing, such as working, reading, exercising, playing games, or sleeping; and spatial audio in FaceTime calls along with a new Portrait mode and Group FaceTime calling.
With a similar feature set to the new iPad, the mini has a smaller 8.3-inch screen, and will be available on the 24th as well for starting at $649. Along with A15 Bionic chip, 5G, USB-C charging, Center Stage, and support for the Apple Pencil (2nd-gen), it features Touch ID and offers an all-day battery life.