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On the second Tuesday of every year, the omnipresent tech company Apple unveils its new line of products for the upcoming year. This product announcement event has been Apple tradition since at least the heyday of the iPod and has only become more meaningful this decade. Now, the iPhone (and, arguably, the Mac) is a daily force of life in a way that Apple could only have dreamed of for the iPod. Fervor over Apple’s product announcement events has thus only increased over the years.
At yesterday’s event, Apple continued in its usual vein of detailing advancements to its already field-leading products. It also detailed two subscription services that it began teasing long ago. Here’s a rundown of what happened at yesterday’s Apple product announcement.
iPhones with three cameras
Ever see one of those billboards or subways ads that say “Shot on iPhone” next to a breathtaking picture? Apple has long boasted about the top-notch lenses with which it equips its iPhones, and at yesterday’s product announcement, the company detailed its next foray into the world of high-definition photography. Two new iPhone models, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, will come with three cameras. Apple says these iPhones will be equipped with a wider angle lens and better computational photography capabilities.
Apple TV Plus is almost here
Apple confirmed long ago that it will launch its own streaming service to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. At yesterday’s Apple product announcement event, the company revealed that Apple TV Plus will be available starting November 1st for $4.99 per month, which is two dollars less than the monthly rate of the next-most expensive streaming service, Disney Plus. For anybody who purchases a new Apple product, Apple TV Plus will be entirely free.
But first: Apple Arcade
Arriving before Apple TV is a more newly-discussed subscription service. Apple Arcade will be available starting September 19th, also for $4.99 per month. Subscribers can enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of games that they can play from their Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV. Additionally, as Apple’s music streaming service Apple Music has long been known for, Apple Arcade will include a free one-month trial period.
Don’t forget about the Apple Watch and iPad
The Apple Watch and iPad are ostensibly less popular than the iPhone and Mac, but the updates Apple announced for each yesterday could change that. The fifth series of the Apple Watch will allow the watch to always display the time. This may seem like an obvious function for a watch, but the Apple Watch has long conserved battery by only displaying the time when wearers flick their wrist as though they were checking the time on a non-smart watch. This change won’t destroy the watch’s battery life, which is estimated to be 18 hours.
Additionally, Apple will replace its current 9.7-inch iPads with a 10.2-inch model. This newer iPad will include a processor said to make the iPad twice as fast as the top-selling personal computer.
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