Apple Announces iPhone 11, 7th Gen iPad, Apple Watch Series 5, and More

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Live from Cupertino, California, it’s time once again for Apple’s annual keynote event. This year, the tech giant made several exciting announcements, including the iPhone 11, 7th-gen iPad, and Apple Watch Series 5. Follow along to learn about all of Apple’s exciting new products.

iPad Gets Bigger and Better

The first big announcement was the unveiling of the new 7th-generation iPad. This latest iPad features a larger 10.2" Retina display, powerful A10 Fusion chip (which will allow the new iPad to run twice as fast as many of the top-selling PCs), and both Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support. The 7th-generation iPad is optimized to work with the new iPad OS, which introduces several new multitasking tools, including a whole new way to organize your files. It also fully supports new and existing Apple services, like the upcoming Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

Apple Watch Series. The 7th-generation iPad is available in three color finishes (silver, space gray, and gold) and two different memory configurations (32 and 128GB). It’s also available with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. You can pre-order both models now, and they will begin shipping at the end of the month.  

Apple Watch Series 5 Brings an Always-On Display

The Apple Watch has saved lives. That’s what Apple decided to emphasize at this year’s event as it unveils Series 5. It makes sense, especially considering the focus on health and research in the company’s latest devices. Three new studies are launching that prove how useful the information generated by the Watch can help improve health. These studies are the Apple Hearing Study, Apple Women’s Health Study, and the Apple Heart and Movement Study, all available in the new Apple Research app. Anyway, on to the new Series 5.

With Series 5, the major new update is the always-on display. It uses an LTPO display to refresh the screen anywhere from 1-60 Hz to increase efficiency. You will still get all-day’s battery life and, now, you can always see the time and complications. Brand-new sensors and processor helps maximize performance. One addition is a built-in compass. Now, you can see what way you are facing when using the Maps app, as well as access compass information.

On to safety! The Apple Watch has already been working on this with fall detection and emergency SOS. Now, Series 5 models with LTE come with international emergency calling, so you are safe no matter where you go.

For style, new cases are available, with the aluminum options being 100% recycled metal. A first for the Watch is a Titanium case with a silver or space black finish. Nike and Hermes are again on board with their own set of new colors and bands. You can find it is all the usual configurations, including GPS Only and GPS + LTE.​

iPhone 11 is Ready for Action

After the Watch, Tim Cook and company wasted no time in introducing Apple’s new flagship smartphone series, the iPhone 11. This time around, the new iPhones will be available in two category types: standard and pro.

The standard iPhone 11 is the direct successor to the iPhone XR and looks to build upon the world’s most popular smartphone by introducing several exciting new highlights. For starters, the iPhone 11 features what Apple is calling the “toughest glass ever put into a smartphone,” meaning these phones can survive serious drops and falls. This extra protection will help safeguard the iPhone 11’s 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and sleek, precision-milled body. It’s rated IP68 for water resistance, so it can survive dunks, spills, and inclement weather.

iPhone 11
iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 also features Apple’s new A13 Bionic Chip. Based on benchmark tests, the A13 is the fastest CPU ever put into a smartphone. How fast? It can perform 1 trillion operations per second. That’s a staggering number. The A13 Bionic also yields the best GPU performance ever seen in a smartphone, which game developer Yang Yang, from Giant Network, showed off with a stunning demo of the upcoming title, Pascal’s Wager.

The iPhone 11 boasts a ton of feature upgrades (better performance, battery life, etc.), but none is bigger than the boost to the camera systems. For the iPhone 11, that boost means dual cameras have finally come to the iPhone. This is a significant upgrade from the XR and, interestingly, Apple decided to opt for an ultra-wide instead of a telephoto for the second lens. The “standard” camera is the 12MP Wide, which has a 26mm equivalent f/1.8 6-element lens with optical image stabilization and 100% focus pixels for fast subject acquisition. The new 12MP Ultra Wide Camera sports a 13mm equivalent f/2.4 5-element lens with a 120° field of view.

To make the best use of this new ultra-wide perspective, the camera app now shows you what is happening outside the frame—to help you decide which camera to use. Portrait Mode goes beyond people because it uses both cameras to create a depth map and properly recreate a shallow depth-of-field effect. Night Mode is a brand-new addition, which comes on automatically when it gets dark. It uses intelligent rendering and adaptive bracketing to create a well-exposed image.

Night mode
Night mode

Video gets some solid upgrades to quality and its cinematic video stabilization. Extended dynamic range is available at up to 4K at 60 fps. You can even perform zooms while recording. QuickTake should make it easier to record a video by simply holding the shutter button when in the photo mode. 36% brighter flash and the TrueDepth camera is now up to 12MP. The front camera can now access 4K60 and slow-motion shooting for more shooting possibilities.

As mentioned, there is also a pro version of the iPhone 11, available as two separate iterations: the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 ProMax. These two phones represent the pinnacle of Apple’s smartphone technology, brandishing the most cutting-edge design, display, and camera system the company has ever put into a smartphone.

Both the iPhone 11 Pro and ProMax feature Apple’s new Super Retina XDR display, which is the brightest screen ever put into an iPhone and worthy of the “pro” modifier. The difference between the Pro and ProMax is screen size—the Pro offers a 5.8-inch display to the ProMax’s 6.5 inches. Like the iPhone 11, the Pro and the ProMax feature Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, which means you’ll get peerless performance in terms of CPU speed and efficiency, as well as GPU performance. Battery life has also been boosted to get users up to 4 or 5 hours more life, depending on the model.

iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro

We could dig more into the many highlights of the Pro and ProMax, but like the standard iPhone 11, the big story with the pro series is the overhauled camera setup. Highlighted in the intro video of the iPhone 11 Pro was the triple-camera system, or as Apple calls it, a “Pro” camera. It has Wide and Ultra Wide Cameras that match the 11, but adds a 12MP Telephoto Camera with a 52mm equivalent f/2.0 6-element lens with optical image stabilization and focus pixels. This gives users a 4x optical zoom range and makes the iPhone 11 Pro’s imaging system incredibly versatile. All three cameras are calibrated at the factory and, during use, are automatically sync’d to ensure lightning-fast switching.

Deep Fusion uses ML to capture low-to-medium-light images with incredible detail. It shoots nine images. This includes four short images, four secondary images, and then a long exposure when you hit the shutter. It then uses all that information to create a stunning image, which is the definition of computational photography.

Taking video up a notch, Apple then showed off an incredible video, which was shot and edited on an iPhone 11 Pro. Video editing is now built into the Photos app for more control over the final look of your images. All the features mentioned in the iPhone 11 are in the Pro and Pro Max. ​

There wasn’t enough time for presenters to go over all the impressive upgrades and new features of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. But suffice it to say, what we saw indicates the new iPhone and its incredible new camera system is one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology ever to arrive in a smartphone.

Which Apple product most caught your eye? Will you go in for the new iPad, iPhone, Watch—or maybe all three? Let us know what you think about the Apple event in the Comments section.

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