September is a lock for two things: confusing weather (68 degrees with 90 percent humidity?) and an Apple Event filled with new product announcements. And excepting the rare surprise—like when the company dropped AirPods unexpectedly in 2016—inevitable leaks mean we tend to know what’s coming. This year’s event didn’t have any Airpods-level eye-openers or anything weird like the Apple Credit Card, but it was full of tweaks, upgrades, and announcements across much of the Apple range. From new iPhones to a new Apple Watch to a new iPad, plus some long-awaited services, there’s no shortage of info to digest. Here’s a no-filler run-thru so you can move onto bigger things:
There are three new iPhones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone Pro Max
Goodbye Roman numerals! The successor to Apple’s affordable iPhone XR, which the company says is the most popular in their line, is the iPhone 11. The design is largely the same. Both phones have a 6.1 display and a notch on the front for the face ID and the front-facing camera. But the updated version includes Apple’s new A13 bionic chip, which Apple says has both the fastest CPU and GPU ever in a smartphone.
The iPhone 11 also includes an second camera lens on the back that allows for ultra-wide shots. It also comes with a few software updates, like a slightly altered camera interface, portrait mode for pets, and night mode. That latter feature has been a big advantage that the Google Pixel (which calls the feature Night Sight) and a few other Android phones had over Apple. It’s wild, letting you effectively shoot pictures in the dark. You can use either lens in video mode, which supports 4K solution for up to 60 frames per second, slow-mo, and time lapse. That front facing camera is now a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and also supports 4K 60fps video and slow-mo. Apple wants you to call slow-mo selfies, “slowfies.” Please don’t.
Apple also announced the upgraded versions of the phone, it’s new Pro line. The 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch screen and the 11 Pro Max has a 6.5 inch screen. Both have OLED panels that feature what Apple calls a Super Retina XDR display, which is brighter and more energy efficient than previous models, as well as the A13 chip. Apple says that these phones should get 5 more hours off battery life than last year’s comparable iPhone XS and XS Max. But the biggest distinguisher is that the Pro phones add a third back lens. That three lens system looks a little wonky, it’s been compared to bowling ball finger holds and a coconut, but it appears to be the makings of the best camera Apple has ever made.
If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, the $700 iPhone 11 is the obvious value option. If you want the best iPhone camera possible, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $1,000 and the 11 Pro Max starts at $1,100. The new phones are available for preorder on Friday, September 13th at 8 AM EST. If you don’t mind an older phone, the iPhone 8 starts at $450.
There’s a new watch: Apple Watch Series 5
The new Apple Watch is basically the same as the previous Apple Watch, but with some new design options and one desperately-requested upgrade: an always-on display. Finally, no need to twist your arm in the right way just to glance at the time. Despite this, Apple claims the Series 5 has the same 18-hour battery life as the last model. The Series 5 also now comes in titanium (both gray and black) and ceramic (as white as Tom Cruise’s teeth).
Also new in the Apple Watch Series 5: a compass, which means mapping apps will be able to tell which direction you’re moving. Cellular models also include emergency international calling for free. Outdoorsy people will find the Apple Watch that much more useful for survival...so long as they still have battery.
You can preorder the Apple Watch Series 5 (starting at $400 for the GPS model and $500 for the cellular) today, though it won’t be in stores until September 20th. If you’re still on the fence about taking the Apple Watch plunge, you can now get the Series 3 for a new low price of $200.
The entry-level iPad gets a big upgrade: Apple iPad (7th-generation)
Spring usually sees the major iPad updates, but this time saw Apple sneak in an update to its popular entry-level 9.7-inch model. The new 7th-generation iPad has a 10.2-inch screen, a headphone jack, a home button with TouchID, and a nice low(-ish) price at $329. The software has been upgraded to iPad OS, (better for doing actual work), supports the first-generation Apple Pencil and Apple’s smart keyboard case. As Apple indicated in their presentation, this iPad is really meant to compete with cheap (and popular) Windows laptops and Chromebooks. At its low price of $330—which doesn’t include the keyboard case—that might make sense. It’s available for preorder now.
Even more subscription services: Apple TV + and Apple Arcade
No one wants yet another subscription (unless you like reading magazines!), but everyone who buys a new Apple phone, tablet, computer, or Apple TV will get a free year of Apple+ (which launches on November 1). The service will initially stream nine original shows, including The Morning Show, and the company will announce a new series every month. Apple will also release two exclusive movies sometime in the coming months. If you want the programming, but aren’t in the market for new hardware, Apple+ will cost $5 a month.
Apple also announced that Apple Arcade, the company’s new subscription gaming service which was first shown back in March, will cost $5 a month and become available on September 19th.
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Originally Appeared on GQ