Friday, December 3, 2021

Apple unveiled a new generation of iPhones and a new iPad Mini, along with an update to its Apple Watch wearable

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Apple unveiled a new generation of iPhones and a new iPad Mini, along with an update to its Apple Watch wearable.

Introducing all the new models on stage in San Francisco, Apple chief executive Tim Cook showed off new materials and colours in the new iPhones, keeping the curvaceous, polycarbonate look for which it is known, but now in an aluminium casing. The company will also add new color and materials in it’s cheaper, larger iPhone, the iPhone SE.

The “iPhone X” is an all-screen phone, covered in glass and powered by an A11 processor. A step up from the SE, the smaller, lower-priced phone will be available in four colours, all starting at $399 (the iPhone 7 in rose gold is now $449). The 8 models have slightly larger screens than the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and can work on LTE networks and will start at $699 and $799 respectively.

“Now, more than ever, the one thing that defines iPhone is accessibility,” said Cook. “It can make the life you live easier.”

The bigger phones, the 8 and 8 Plus, will also include a feature called Face ID, based on facial recognition that will allow you to unlock your phone and access the App Store using a simple photo. The 8 and 8 Plus will be available in silver, gold and space grey, and include a new “wide selfie” lens that, along with an other camera software and accompanying software, promises better photos, with clearer skin, colours and lighting.

The apps are going to look different too, such as a new app to discover books and then read them, a new camera app called “Stories” that’s slightly less like Snapchat, and a motion tracking app called “Asimo Move”.

“We’re pushing the envelope in several ways,” said Cook. “First of all, what could be more natural than hugging your iPhone?”

Cook also heralded Apple Pay, which will use the fingerprint scanner, now joined by Touch ID, to take payments using the watch, and for third-party apps. It will be able to be used for payments at more than 25,000 places in the US and Europe.

The Apple Watch will get a new design, plus new bands, with all of them in cases and colours to match the new phones, with stainless steel for the Watch Sport, and aluminum and stainless steel bands for the more expensive Watch models. The bands come in 18-karat gold and rose gold, as well as grey and silver and space grey.

An app from Barclays that’s designed to let you see the accounts of people that look like you, as well as offer savings and loans from your current bank, will be integrated into the Apple Watch.

Cook also took the opportunity to announce something new in Apple Music: the company is expanding its streaming service to include podcasts.

The full product line-up is below.

Apple Watch Series 3, starting at $329 for the 42mm model. The update is to the software, which now has apps and will let you message with up to four Apple Watch users. The 40mm version starts at $299 and there’s a new round design in space grey and silver, and a new rose gold version that matches the new iPhone models.

New Apple TV box, starting at $179. It still has the Remote and the new Siri remote that was unveiled at the March event. The changes are to the software – everything now runs on tvOS and allows you to play all the apps from the app store on your TV. The company also announced it’s getting a new subscription service, Apple Music by Apple, to bring in streaming sports and news.

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