Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 13, a “new iPad” and iPad mini, and Watch Series 7 at its “California streaming” event, held again virtually this year to avoid going viral in a bad way.
The latest shiny news from iBiz came following a patch released Monday for its mobile and desktop operating systems to block a serious clickless iMessage vulnerability and protests in front of Apple stores in major US cities to demand that the company pledge to abandon its recently suspended plan to scan photos and messages on devices looking for child pornography.
Apple managed to shoot itself in the foot as its product launch neared by announcing a child safety initiative based on the use of its customers’ devices against them – a laudable goal that contradicts the commitments of the mega-company when it comes to privacy and has alarmed technical experts for its intrusive approach. The backlash prompted Apple to suspend its CSAM scan rollout, and protesters who took to the streets on Monday are hoping the hiatus will be permanent.
Adding the rebuke to self-harm, a California judge ruled last week that Apple must allow app developers to connect to third-party payment systems. Apple presenters at Tuesday’s event made no mention of how the company plans to change its development rules to accommodate the move.
On a happier note, the “new ipad“- for lack of a sensible iterative naming scheme – can be differentiated from older iPads by the inclusion of an A13 Bionic chip. It features a 10.2” Retina display and an Ultra Wide front camera from 12 MP. Available September 24 in space gray or silver for $ 329 with 64GB of storage, or $ 299 on the education market.
There is also a new ipad mini, available in purple, starlight pink and space gray, with an 8.3 “Liquid Retina display (500 nits of brightness) and support for Apple Pencil. This one has 40% better CPU performance and 80% better GPU performance than its predecessor, it is claimed.
It also has a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, possibly due to EU efforts to promote standardized connectors. Its rear camera is 12MP with an f / 1.8 aperture, capable of recording 4K video, and its front camera is an ultra-wide variant of 12MP. It starts at $ 499 and can be used in both Wi-Fi and 5G cellular setups. It’s now available to order and should be in stores Friday, September 24.
The iPad mini features an A15 Bionic chip with six processor cores – two performance cores and four efficiency cores – which Apple says delivers 40% better performance than its A12-powered predecessor. It also has a five-core GPU that is said to provide an 80% improvement in graphics performance over the previous iPad mini. Then there’s the 16-core Neural Engine and the new in-processor ML accelerators, which should be able to perform machine learning tasks twice as fast as the old iPad mini.
Apple’s iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max also rely on the 5nm A15 Bionic chip.
The iPhone 13’s battery life is said to be around 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12’s due to software and hardware improvements. The iPhone 13 mini is expected to be around 1.5 hours longer than its predecessor.
Both are equipped with a Wide camera with 1.7 µm pixels, which Apple claims can collect 47% more light with less noise than the previous generation. The camera incorporates an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) sensor that debuted in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Thanks to the processing power of the A15 chip, these phones can use Cinematic mode to record in Dolby Vision HDR, 4K at 60fps.
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini (starting at $ 799 and $ 699, respectively) sport a Super Retina XDR OLED display (6.1-inch and 5.4-inch respectively), a Ceramic Shield front cover, storage that starts at 128 GB, a strength rating to IP68 water and a 5G Cellular Support. Other configurations include 256 GB and 512 GB storage.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max (starting at $ 990 and $ 1,099, respectively) incorporate a Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, which offers an adaptive refresh rate of 10 Hz to 120 Hz. It is equipped with three rear cameras: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto .
The Wide camera of the two top-of-the-range models has a sensor with 1.9 µm pixels and ƒ / 1.5 aperture and is said to offer 2.2 times better low-light performance than the iPhone 12 Pro and 1 , 5 times that of the iPhone 12 Pro. Max.
The ultra-wide camera offers an aperture of ƒ / 1.8 and is capable of macro photography; the 77mm telephoto lens offers 3x optical zoom.
There are several improvements in computer photography – for example, the Cinema Mode demo showed how it can be used to focus in post-production from subjects in different depths. Like the smaller iPhone 13 models, the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max include sensor-shift optical image stabilization and Dolby Vision support.
The 13 Pro’s battery life is said to be 2.5 hours longer than the 12 Pro and 1.5 hours longer than the 13 Pro Max and 12 Pro Max. They are available in graphite, gold, silver and sierra blue.
Unlike the smaller models, the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will support ProRes later this year – Apple’s high-end production video format. To accommodate higher resolution videos, the Pro Max will be available with up to 1TB of storage ($ 1,599) as predicted. And an IP68 water resistance rating will make it less catastrophic if you accidentally drop your 1TB phone down the toilet.
Pre-orders of these iPhones are available for customers in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, UK, US, and over 30 other countries and regions, from Friday September 17, with availability scheduled for Friday September 24. .
Apple Watch Series 7 starts at $ 399 and arrives later this fall. It has a larger screen (~ 20% larger than the 6 Series) and its bezels are thinner (~ 1.7mm, 40% smaller than the 6 Series). Available in midnight, starlight, green, blue, and red product, the Apple Watch would be 70% brighter on the inside when your wrist is down, making it easier to check the time. It charges quickly – eight minutes of charging will give you around 8 hours of use – but overall battery life remains the same, at around 18 hours.
The Watch Series 6 introduced a potentially useful health feature, blood oxygen monitoring; alas, the Series 7 does not have a new biosensing capability. It achieves IP6X certification for dust resistance and maintains its WR50 water resistance rating.
The 7-series includes new code to handle fall detection during bike rides and a better understanding of e-bikes so that it can more accurately calculate calories burned while riding with electronic assistance.
Apple’s latest mobile devices will ship with iPadOS 15, iOS 15, or watchOS 8, depending on the hardware.
Apple CEO Tim Cook chaired the “California Streaming” event and helped provide the usual superlatives. He spouted “spectacular announcements”, praised the “phenomenal new iPad Mini”, described the Apple Watch as an “indispensable companion” and called the iPhone’s “legendary ease of use”.
We can say without reservation that “California Streaming” was the best Tuesday September 14, 2021 Apple event ever. ®