What the new iPhone and Watch mean for Apple

The tech world held its breath as Apple introduced new products. Today is no exception. When the tech giant unveiled its latest version of its hardware at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, the biggest buzz was around the new Apple Watch and its focus on health. Here are some highlights.

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said the Apple Watch has been completely “redesigned and redesigned.”

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The screen is 30% larger and 4mm thinner, which means it’s “actually smaller than the third series.” Apple also introduced new watch faces, as well as widgets that allow the watch to display more details. The speakers are 50% louder. The Digital Crown (the thing you use to scroll, on the right side of the watch) has haptic feedback, which means it clicks as you scroll. Using the new accelerometer and gyroscope, the watch will also be able to detect falls of an individual and provide the option to call emergency services when it detects signs of a fall – just like LifeAlert in the watch. According to Apple, the watch’s battery will last “all day.”

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The watch also offers a new set of cardio fitness apps, all FDA-approved, that align with the Apple Watch’s three cores: Connectivity, Fitness, and Wellness.

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The new watches start at $399 with GPS and $499 with cellular. The Series 3 watch will drop to $279.

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The watch is available to order from Friday, September 14th, with shipping the following Friday, September 21st.

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new iphone

Today, Apple released the iPhone XS (pronounced 10-S, or maybe tennis(?)).

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The phone comes in two sizes. The larger of the two, the iPhone XS Max, has a 6.5-inch display, roughly the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, just an extra inch because the screens are now on display. The phone is more water resistant and covered with new glass that is “the most durable ever”. Stereo effect has been improved. Battery life has also been improved. The XS lasts 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. The XS Max has a battery life of up to an hour and a half.

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There are plenty of tech updates, but for the more casual observer or reader, you need to know two things: These phones have up to 512GB of storage, and apps can launch 30 percent faster.

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The iPhone’s camera has also been improved. According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, we’ve entered, or rather, Apple has entered a “new age of photography.” There are many different technical updates, but it boils down to a few benefits for the user: higher quality photos with different exposures, adjusting the depth of field of the image after the photo is taken (not before), higher quality low-light photos, and record in stereo.

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Apple has released another iPhone, the iPhone XR. The phone has a 6.1-inch display. Its battery is an hour and a half longer than the iPhone 8 Plus. Its display isn’t as impressive as the other two (which use OLED), saving you money, but Schiller is careful to mention that it’s “the most advanced LCD in a smartphone.” It also keeps costs down by using a less widespread rear camera setup — just one.

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These cost-savings vary: The 64GB iPhone XS starts at $999, the 64GB XS Max starts at $1,099, and the same-sized XR starts at $749.

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That brings the price of the iPhone 7 down to $449 and the price of the iPhone 8 to $599.

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The first two are available to order this Friday and will ship on September 21, 2018. The XR will not be available to order until October 19th, and will start shipping on October 26th.

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There are other changes to other products, as well as a few other announcements. Compared to these, they are not important.

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What does it mean?

With Apple’s valuation surpassing $1 trillion earlier this year, it was suggested that the company could soon shift to focus on utility rather than just user experience — you use your Apple products to enhance yours Live the experience, not be eliminated. That became the driving force behind sales of products like the Apple Watch, Airpods and Homepod on the iPhone.

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Today’s launch tells us that if this pivot is coming, it won’t be in the near future. With its connectivity, fitness and health at its core, and the features they’ve launched, Apple appears to be targeting Fitbit and other fitness and health-based wearable tech directly. In fact, today, almost right after Apple started talking, Fitbit’s stock price started to drop. But Apple investors didn’t seem so excited either. While the stock was nervous, it fell ahead of the release, closing the day in the red.

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Image: Facts Collection

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Apple’s update to the iPhone doesn’t seem to indicate that the company wants to get users to pay attention to the phone anytime soon. In most cases, this is an updated version of an existing iPhone with better and faster features, augmented reality with apps, an improved camera, and an improved and enlarged display. The phones are also among the most expensive the company offers.

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So, at least for now, Apple seems to be doubling down on making great hardware without fundamentally changing the user experience.

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