Apple Event 2019: What's New from the Tech Giant?

The month of September brings more than college football and pumpkin spice reappearances. One of the biggest moments of the season is Apple’s massive event hosted every September to introduce the company’s new inventions and developments. In years past, Apple used the event to set the stage for launches such as the Apple Watch and AirPods. This year, Apple announced the anticipated launch of the next iPhone, as well as updates to the iPad and brand new streaming services. Here are the main takeaways from this year’s Apple Event.

 

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1. The New iPhone(s)

Apple has finally restored us to our regularly scheduled programming (or counting consecutively) with the new iPhone11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the MacDaddy, the iPhone Pro Max. With technical and design updates to the previous models such as the XR, the new iPhones promise users faster speeds and even higher quality cameras (yes, more than one). Some of the highlighted features for the new iPhone camera are advanced portrait mode, as well as night mode. According to GQ, Apple’s new night mode feature minimizes competition with cameras of the likes of the Google Pixel and Androids, considering that was one of the few distinctions between Apple and these competitors. The new iPhone also introduces the ‘pro’ line, so far only seen with Apple’s MacBook computers. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max are said to have an additional five hours of battery life and the hefty price points to match. Pre-orders for the new iPhones begin Sep. 13, with availability coming on Sep. 20.

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2. Apple Watch Series 5

The new Apple Watch is said to promise users a new feature that allows for an ‘always on’ display option, as well as a new compass feature. Seemingly designed for women, the new Apple Watch health tracker feature will help track menstrual cycles and other standard health components. With minimal changes to its design, the new and improved Apple Watch now comes in a ceramic material.

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3. Apple Subscriptions and Streaming

Apple introduces yet another subscription option for its users through the development of Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Apple TV+, in comparison to dominant streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu, will be available for the price of $4.99 a month. The streaming service will begin with roughly nine shows and exclusive movies added every month. Apple TV+ will be available Nov. 1.

Apple Arcade offers gamers an all-in-one platform to access and enjoy a wide variety of their favorite games. This package will be ad-free, available offline, capable of multi-device use, and includes a family sharing option. This subscription is also available for $4.99 a month and becomes available to users Sep. 19.

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4. iPad

The new and improved iPad, according to Apple, features a bigger screen (larger 10.2-inch retina display). The iPad is now also compatible with the Smart Keyboard and allows the use of more than one app simultaneously. For users who utilize the new Apple Arcade subscription on the new iPad, you can now pair a PS4 or Xbox controller and play on your iPad screen. Not to mention, the iPad is also compatible with the Apple Pencil for sketching and notetaking and can support a myriad of apps for photo editing, video editing, and of course streaming. The new iPad hits stores Sep. 30.

Apple has once again captured the realm of technology and consumers with its sleek and modern developments and designs. The price tags that come with these latest installments in the company’s collection may be hefty but regardless could very well lead to another record-breaking year for the influential tech giant.