Recap: Apple has shown the world once again they have the advertising genius of no other company and that Steve Jobs' reality distortion field is very much alive. The event announcements included Apple's Arcade and Apple TV+ showcase, both subscriptions set at $4.99 each. A new slightly larger $329 iPad, a new Apple Watch Series 5 with an always-on display (Series 3 is down to $199). All new iPhones sporting the new A13 Bionic SoC, the iPhone 11 will replace the Xr at a lower $699 price point, and the new iPhone 11 Pro models replace the XS with a triple-camera system. Our full coverage of the launches will follow on TechSpot's homepage soon.
In the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple HQ in Cupertino, California, Apple employees are busily preparing for the launch of this year’s iPhones, which rumors indicate will be called the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11R. As the most significant update since the iPhone X itself, Apple has finally relented and will be livestreaming their keynote on YouTube, in addition to the the usual streams via Apple's website and tvOS app.
Following past trends, the new iPhones will release on September 20, ten days after their announcement. A variety of leaks (which we’ve covered in full) gives us a good description of what the series is going to look like. What isn’t changing is the prices, storage configurations, ports or the displays. In essence, we’ll get an 11R for $750 with a 6.1” LCD, and the 11 and 11 Pro will cost $1,000 and $1,100, respectively, with 5.8” and 6.5” screens.
The most significant change is the cameras. All the models will get one extra lens, with the 11R adding zoom, and the big models taking advantage of a new wide-angle model from Sony, in addition to their normal and zoom options. Apple’s sticking with 12 MP for every camera on the back, but they’re finally upgrading the front-facing model from 7 MP to 12 MP and adding 120 fps slow-motion capture.
Rounding out the exciting upgrades are a new A13 chipset potentially offering 20% superior performance, and iOS 13, which has already been demonstrated to be great for battery life.
The iPhones will also copy Samsung and Huawei’s new wireless power share features which enable them to wirelessly charge other devices; it's expected this will cooperate with the new Airpod wireless charging case. Speaking of charging, the devices might also ship with the significantly faster 18W USB brick that is currently sold separately. As a bonus there’s also a new Taptic Engine, replacing 3D Touch.
When and how to watch
You’ll be able to watch the livestream here on TechSpot on September 10 (see times below) and we’ll be covering every product and detail the minute they’re revealed. For the first time Apple has opened up the keynote livestream to YouTube, so sharing it and watching live will be easier than before.
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