So What Did Apple Announce Overnight

Apple-iOS-OSX Tech Advice

The Apple event was held this morning in which they introduced 3 new iPhones and an updated Apple watch.

The dates were also announced for the release of iOS12 ( Sept 18th) and Mojave ( Sept 25th ) the operating system for Macs

APPLE WATCH SERIES 4

Now the number 1 selling watch in the world according to Apple

So what have they improved ?

The Apple Watch Series 4 will come in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. This replaces the previous watch face sizes of 38mm and 42mm.

Display is 30% larger thanks to edge to edge screen and the change in size.

Speaker is 50% louder, which is great for phone calls, Walkie-Talkie, and Siri.

The back of the Apple Watch is made entirely of black ceramic and sapphire crystal. Radio waves can now pass through front and back for improved cellular reception.

Features I Like

Apple Watch Series 4 can detect a fall – if the watch detects you haven’t moved for a minute it will call emergency services.

“Fall detection utilises a next-generation accelerometer and gyroscope, which measures up to 32 g-forces, along with custom algorithms to identify when hard falls occur. By analysing wrist trajectory and impact acceleration, Apple Watch sends the user an alert after a fall, which can be dismissed or used to initiate a call to emergency services. If Apple Watch senses immobility for 60 seconds after the notification, it will automatically call emergency services and send a message along with location to emergency contacts. ”

Apple Watch – Heart

Can now detect low heart rate – and an irregular heart rhythm – you can also now take an ECG – only currently in the US 

Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) is the process of recording the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time using electrodes placed over the skin.

Detect atrial fibrillation. Results all stored in your health app on your iPhone and can be shared as a PDF with your doctor.

Pre Orders Start – 14th Sept

Available – 21st Sept

Pricing commences at $599 for GPS and $799 for GPS & Cellular

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR 

So what have they improved ?

The new iPhones have the sharpest Super Retina displays with a custom OLED design offering the highest pixel density of any Apple device.

Now offered in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes.

Support Dolby Vision and HDR10 and have iOS system-wide colour management for the best colour accuracy in the industry.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max offer a million-to-one contrast ratio with remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos.

iPhone Xs Max delivers a more immersive experience with over 3 million pixels for videos, movies and games, offering the largest display ever in an iPhone in a footprint similar to iPhone 8 Plus.

Improved sound with wider stereo playback creates a more immersive soundstage.

The front and back glass design features the most durable glass ever in a smartphone with improved scratch resistance, while the glass back enables faster wireless charging.

Can I get them wet ?

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have a splash and water resistance of IP68 for up to 2 metres for 30 minutes and protect against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Battery Life 

iPhone Xs – Battery 30 minutes longer – than iPhone X

iPhone Xs Max – 90 minutes longer – than iPhone X

The Camera

“The 12-megapixel dual camera system features dual optical image stabilisation with 2x optical zoom, while a new sensor is twice as fast. Smart HDR creates photos with more highlights and shadow detail. Larger and deeper pixels improve image fidelity and low-light performance.

Advanced depth segmentation in Portrait mode enables more sophisticated portraits with professional-level bokeh. New Depth Control allows users to dynamically adjust the depth of field in the Photos app both in real-time preview and post-capture to create portraits with a beautiful background blur. Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies, which includes Memoji and faster face tracking support for third-party ARKit apps.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max deliver the highest quality video capture in a smartphone. The larger pixels and larger, faster sensor enable improved low-light performance and video stabilisation, as well as extended dynamic range for more highlight and shadow detail in video modes up to 30 frames per second. Using the four built-in mics, users can also record stereo sound to get the most out of video recordings.”

The iPhone XR – the budget iPhone 

iPhone XR comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED.

Features an LCD display – 12 MP camera

iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models

Ordering And Availability

Pre Orders Start – 14th Sept

Available – 21st Sept

Pricing commences at $1629 for the iPhone XS – 64GB of storage – up to 512GB ($2199)

Pricing commences at $1799 for the iPhone XS – Max – 64GB of storage – up to 512GB ($2369)

Pricing commences at $1299 for the iPhone XR – 64GB of storage – up to 256GB ($1479)

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Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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