Apple’s annual Fall product launch event was this morning and it was a big one! Tim Cook and company announced Apple Watch and iPhone updates with some incredible new features.
Today’s media event was broadcast from the Steve Jobs theater at Apple’s new Apple Park location in Cupertino, California.
Below are notes from the event.
Mission Impossible-like film kicks off the media event
Tim Cook takes the stage to welcome guests and press
“Days like this are magical days”
Apple retail stores welcome more than 500 million visitors per year
“We are about to ship our 2,000,000,000th iOS device”
“Today, we are going to tell you about our two most personal devices…”
Apple is the #1 watch, period
Jeff takes the stage to talk about Apple Watch
“Apple Watch has become an intelligent guardian for your health”
Introducing Apple Watch Series 4!
“Everything about it has been redesigned and reengineered and it’s just beautiful”
Screens are more than 30% larger than Series 3
Series 4 is slightly thinner than Series 3
Every part of the UI (user interface) has been redesigned
Brand new watch face with up to 8 complications
Breathe app is now available as a watch face in 3 variations
Rounded corners on the screen match the rounded corners on the Apple Watch
Speaker is 50% louder than Series 3
Microphone has been moved to the opposite side of the speaker
The back of Series 4 is made of black ceramic and sapphire crystal
New S4 chip contains a new dual-core 64-bit processor delivering 2x performance
Upgraded sensors make it possible to detect sudden falls
When a fall/slip occurs, Series 4 delivers an alert to initiate an emergency call
If no motion is detected for 60 seconds after a fall/slip, action is automatically taken
3 new heart functions: low heart rate, irregular heart rhythm & ECG
Series 4 can now take an electrocardiogram (ECG)!
ECG results are stored in the health app as a PDF and can be easily shared with your doctor
Dr. Ivor Benjamin, President of the American Heart Association, takes the stage
Apple has received clearance from the FDA (first of its kind) for new health features
All data (including health and fitness) is fully protected and encrypted
WatchOS 5 to be included
Battery life has the same all-day, 18-hour battery life
Series 3 bands will fit nicely on Series 4
Various colors available including Silver, Space Gray, Gold, etc.
Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS pricing starts at $399
Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS/LTE pricing starts at $499
Apple Watch Series 3 is still available, starting at $279
Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order this Friday, September 14 (arriving next Friday)
Tim Cook takes the stage to introduce the new iPhone
“iPhone X has an incredible camera system that uses intelligent software to create stunning images”
iPhone is the #1 smart phone in the world with 98% customer satisfaction
iPhone Xs “is the most advanced phone we’ve ever created”
Phil takes the stage to talk about iPhone
New glass formuls is the most
iPhone Xs comes in 3 colors: Gold, Silver & Space Gray
iPhone Xs is water resistant up to 2 meters for up to 30 minutes
New larger 6.5” phone is called “iPhone Xs Max”
5.8” & 6.5” OLED Super Retina display options (458 pixels per inch for both sizes)
Improved stereo sound on both models
New A12 Bionic is industry’s first 7 nanometer chip with 6.9 billion transistors!
A12 chip can perform 5 trillion operations per second (compared to 600 billion on A11)!!
iPhone Xs can handle up to 512 GB storage, thanks to A12 Bionic
Cayan takes the stage
“A12 Bionic makes EVERYTHING just run much faster” (apps launch up to 30% faster)
iPhone Xs will, of course, include iOS 12
Brief review of various iOS 12 features
Various game demos
Phil takes the stage again
Upgraded rear-facing camera features a 12 megapixel sensor
Upgraded front-facing camera features a new 7 megapixel sensor
Every photo you take has 1 trillion operations taking place to ensure the best picture
New death of field adjustment slider In the Photos app!!!
Note: improved cameras look amazing for photos and videos
Battery life is 30-90 minutes longer than iPhone X
Gigabit-class LTE for faster networking
iPhone Xs now supports dual-SIM support!!!
Lisa takes the stage
100% of Apple facilities is run by 100% renewable energy (including HQ, retail, datacenter, etc)
“We hope to one day eliminate the need to mine new elements from the Earth”
Phil takes the stage again
New iPhone Xr is designed to be Apple’s entry-level iPhone
Enclosure is made of aluminum and comes in lots of fun colors (red, silver, blue, etc)
New 6.1” LCD Liquid Retina display feature 326 pixels per inch
Lacks 3D Touch, but does feature Haptic Touch
iPhone Xr includes FaceID
Rear-facing camera uses a 12 megapixel camera with Portrait Mode
Front-facing camera uses a 7 megapixel camera
As with iPhone Xs and Xs Max, iPhone Xr offers a longer battery life
iPhone Xr pricing starts at $749 for 64 GB (available for pre-order October 19)
iPhone Xs pricing starts at $999 for 64 GB (available for pre-order Friday, September 14)
iPhone Xs Max pricing starts at $1,099 for 64 GB (available for pre-order Friday, September 14)
iPhone 7 pricing now starts at $499
iPhone 8 pricing now starts at $599
Tim Cook takes the stage
Home Pod now offers aded features like multiple timers, find your iPhone, etc.
Home Pod and tvOS updates available Monday, September 24
macOS Mojave will be available Monday, September 24