Biggest Announcements from Apple’s iPhone 13 Event
Apple finished its “California Streaming” event on September 13th as it announced a whole lot of new products, including the iPhone 13 lineup of smartphones, Apple Watches with bigger screens, and new iPads. Here are the 8 biggest announcements from Apple’s iPhone 13 event:
Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini look very similar to the iPhone 12 but have a smaller notch and a diagonal camera array. They’re equipped with the new A15 Bionic chip and have an improved dual-camera system on the back. Apple is also promising longer battery life than the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $729, while the iPhone 13 starts at $829, though both are more affordable with carrier discounts. You can preorder them on September 17th ahead of availability on September 24th.
iPhone 13 Pro
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max look similar to their predecessors, with a stainless steel band around the sides and a matte finish on the back. But the biggest upgrade is the screen, as they support Apple’s ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology that tops out at 120Hz. The phones also have a new camera system and an A15 Bionic chip.
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 Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in two bigger screen sizes 41mm and 45mm with a slightly tweaked design. 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, but you can’t get it just yet. Apple says it will be available later this fall.
Apple announced some updates coming to Fitness Plus, its workout service. Apple is adding Pilates workouts, guided meditations, and workouts inspired by winter sports to the service later this month. Group workouts, coming later this fall, will let you work out with your friends. And the service is expanding to more countries, also later this fall.
New iPad Mini
Apple’s new iPad Mini has an all-new design that resembles the iPad Air that was released in 2020. The new Mini has an 8.3-inch screen, a Touch ID sensor on the power button, a USB-C port, a 12MP ultrawide front camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage technology, 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.
9th Generation iPad
Apple announced a new ninth-generation iPad with an A13 Bionic chip. It also has a 12MP ultrawide front camera and that supports Center Stage. The new iPad starts at $329 with 64GB. You can order it today, and it will be available on September 24th.