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If you missed Tuesday’s Apple event, here’s a rundown of everything that was announced, from iPhones to Apple Watches.
Apple held its annual fall event earlier this week to announce some of the company’s newest gear, including the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and AirPods, ahead of the holiday season.
The company also switched from a Lightning port to a USB-C port, citing consumer convenience rather than the pressure from the European Union.
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
This year’s headline act was the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which featured new and improved form factors, updated processors, and the most recent breakthroughs in iPhone camera technology.
The most visible difference is the thinner and lighter design, which has new curved edges, Grade 5 Titanium, and the smallest borders ever on an iPhone.
The iPhone 15 Pro is equipped with the fastest mobile CPU, the A17 Pro. The new CPU is 10% faster than the A16 Bionic chip seen in last year’s iPhone 14 Pro. The neural engine is up to two times faster than in prior incarnations, and the pro-class GPU is up to 20 times faster, maximizing total smartphone performance.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
Not to be outdone, the normal iPhone 15 series, which includes the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, has received some much-needed updates, including as the USB-C connector, upgraded cameras, and Apple’s now-signature Dynamic Island.
The notch was replaced with Apple’s Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped camera feature introduced last year that changes to the software and apps operating on the iPhone.
The iPhone 15 also shares a main camera sensor with the iPhone 14 Pro from a year ago, but with a 48-megapixel lens instead of a 12-megapixel one. For the first time ever on an iPhone dual-camera system, the camera will also provide a 2X telephoto function.
Apple Watch Series 9
The S9 SiP, the most potent watch chip Apple has ever produced, is featured in the Watch Series 9. The processor will improve the watch’s efficiency and performance by enabling smoother animations, faster graphics, and a brighter display of 2,000 nits.
Siri commands will be quicker and more secure thanks to the neural engine’s ability to execute them locally rather than in the cloud, which is crucial for logging health data. The device still has an 18-hour battery life despite the upgraded chip.
Apple Watch Ultra 2
Last year, the Apple Watch Ultra was the brand’s most inventive product. It was robustly constructed, multi-functional, and it captured the hearts of more daring Apple Watch customers.
Apple unveiled its follow-up a year later, with the S9 chip, the double-tap function, precise locating for the iPhone, and on-device Siri processing similar to the Series 9.
The Ultra 2 also has a new, more sophisticated display architecture with 3,000 nits of brightness, which is the brightest watch display Apple has ever created. It also has a new Modular Ultra watch face that shows more important information on the home screen, a flashlight boost, and the same programmable action button.
Preorders for the $799 Ultra Watch 2 may be made right now, and shipments will start on September 22.
Because there were no other modifications save the new USB-C charging connector, Apple probably sneakily slipped in the announcement of the most recent AirPods.
Apple promoted the AirPods and its new iPhones as seamlessly connected products that only need one type of cable and can even charge each other, as demonstrated in the image above, with the changeover from Lightning-based charging to USB-C.
When coupled with the Vision Pro headset, the USB-C-powered AirPods Pro also support lossless audio, giving customers access to 20-bit, 48kHz playback in the future.