Apple Annual Conference Recap: 3 New iPhones and an Improved Watch

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The GiveBack Program

Apple held its annual press conference at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park campus, California on Wednesday and the news is true that we are getting 3 new iPhones this fall. Let’s roll down to the announcements Apple made in the conference.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

The high-end flagship device iPhone X will be replaced with two new upgraded versions iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Apple iPhone XS will boast a 5.8-inch display whereas iPhone XS Max will have a 6.5-inch display. While the first one is priced at $999, the later one costs $1,099.

Both smartphones don’t have a home button. In the absence of Touch ID fingerprint, both feature a Face ID unlock. Despite the different display sizes, both the smartphones have similar body that of Apple iPhone X.

The Apple exec, Phil Schiller, uttered the similar words as of the previous events, saying that, the cameras are “better than ever before”. Phones feature 12-megapixel shooters with improved HDR mode and bigger sensors. The portrait mode, that has become popular in recent times, got a major new setting. The mode used to let users de-focus the backgrounds to emphasize on a certain object. The users now can adjust field depth after they click a picture.

The iPhone XR

The iPhone XR

There were speculations about a third smartphone and Apple dropped it as the iPhone XR. This is a lower end budget device set at a price of $749. The smartphone features a bright, colorful 6.1-inch LCD screen. The mobile phone giant surprised with a variety of colors on this budget phone featuring four different shades including coral, red, black, and blue.

The phone’s only rear camera is a 12-megapixel wide-angle shooter. Not boasting a dual camera would have killed the portrait mode but Apple has made sure that you can still blur the backgrounds while clicking photographs. The phone comes without the 3D touch feature but to avoid the embarrassment, the screen responds to touch with a vibration.

Apple Watch 4 Series

Apple Watch 4 Series

Another highlight of the conference was an upgrade to the 3-year old wearable, the smartwatch. Opposing the said predictions of a 15% larger display, Apple amazed everyone with a 30% larger, edge-to-edge screen. Apple Watch 4 series was impressive with its new and two times faster processor. The watch now flaunts a reliable reception of curved corners and a thinner built.

The screen or the digital crown (the dial on the side) gets a feedback to feel the vibrators, which was only possible via the screen previously.

Talking about the big changes, the Apple Watch 4 can detect when a user falls with wrist trajectory calculations and other movements. Not only that, but it can send the data to an emergency contact. Moreover, the latest version of the Apple watch holds an FDA approved EKG sensor. Cut down on all your heart checkups, it can also detect other problems related to arteries.

Apple Watch Series 4 will be available at $499 for the inbuilt connectivity variant and $399 for the standard model. The watch will be available on pre-orders from Friday and will be shipped across from 21 September.

The GiveBack Program

The GiveBack Program

Apple also unveiled an iPhone trade-in recycling program named the GiveBack. The company will either buy your old iPhone if they are still functioning in a good condition or recycle them if they are unusable. Apple also reiterated that the process is entirely followed by clean energy.

Verdict

We did witness some big and expected changes in the Apple Watch but it will be interesting to see how Apple users will react to the three new iPhones with nothing else than a bigger screen to offer on paper.