Apple held its yearly Keynote event yesterday, September 14, 2021. As has become the norm, this event heralded the new flagship mobile device, the iPhone 13. Featuring the high refresh rate screens that have become commonplace on higher-end non-iPhone flagship phones, this iPhone is bound to be yet another hit. However, it wasn’t only iPhones that were demonstrated. This article is a recap of the new devices and services that were announced.
The iPhone 13: Now with a smaller notch
The iPhone 13 is finally here and visually at least, it doesn’t look too different from the iPhone 12. The main differences are a smaller notch, which houses the TrueDepth system that powers FaceID, and a diagonal camera array. Internally Apple has introduced the A15 Bionic chip and with it come more promises of longer battery life. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $729, and the iPhone 13 starts at $829. You can preorder them on September 17th ahead of availability on September 24th.
iPhone 13 Pro and ProMax: ProMotion the Headlining Feature
The iPhone 13 Pro and ProMax look very similar to their predecessors with stainless steel bands around the sides and a matte finish on the back. The main new addition is the screen. The screen supports adaptive high refresh rates that range from 10hz to 120hz, powered by the A15 Bionic chip. They also have a new camera system. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the Pro Max starts at $1,099, and you can get both in a new 1TB storage option. The phones will be available to preorder on September 17th, and they’ll be out on September 24th. Apple has also included a new camera and video mode called Cinematic Mode. With a dynamically adjustable Rack-Focus mechanism, more cinematic shots can be generated on the iPhone 13.
Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in two bigger screen sizes — 41mm and 45mm — with smaller bezels. Some elements of the UI have been updated to better accommodate the bigger screen, including showing a full keyboard at times. The new model starts at $399. Apple says it will be available later this year.
The New iPad Mini: Bigger Screen and New Design
Apple’s entry-level tablet has received an entirely new design that now more closely resembles the iPad Air that was released in 2020. The new iPad Mini has an 8.3-inch screen, a Touch ID sensor on the power button, a USB-C port, a 12MP ultrawide front camera, and the option of 5G connectivity. It also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can connect magnetically to the side of the tablet. The new tablet starts at $499. It will be available to order Tuesday ahead of availability on September 24th.
Apple then rounded out the Keynote with an announcement about the new iOS. The next major software updates for Apple’s phones tablets — iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 — will be available on September 20th.