The long wait for Apple fans is over, with the announcement of two new iPhones in Apple’s Special Event last night. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this included other products like a new Apple TV and Apple Watch. We go over some of the announcements below.
Apple first started off by announcing updates to the watchOS. Now at version 4, it has new and improved functionalities like Smart Activity Coaching, redesigned workout app, metrics for swimmers, and more. watchOS 4 will allow the Watch to displays more information on your heart rate directly on-screen as well, while the heart rate app will also come with new measurements like resting and recovery heart rate. Besides that, other new things mentioned are a new music experience, Intelligent Siri face, and more. The new version will be available to all Apple Watch users from 19 September 2017 onwards.
As for Watch Series 3 itself, the biggest news on it would be the inclusion of built-in cellular connection. It allows Apple Watch users to stay connected always, even if they don’t have their phones with the. Users will be able to receive calls directly from the Watch, get messages, navigate the map, and more. For calls, it’ll be connected to the same SIM that’s on your iPhone. Best of all, it’s compatible with the Apple AirPods, allowing users to stream millions of songs straight from the Watch on their wrist.
Apple has managed to keep everything confined within a device that’s barely any bigger than its predecessor, by switching things up. The display is the antenna for the cellular networks, while the SIM card is an integrated electronic SIM that’s much smaller in size even compared to a nano SIM card.
Series 3 is priced at USD329 (approx. RM1,383) for the standard version, while the version with cellular connection will cost USD399 (approx. RM1,677). It will only be available to selected countries beginning 22 September 2017, so it’ll be a while before Malaysia gets it.
Next to be introduced was a new Apple TV – the Apple TV 4K. As the name implies, this model comes with support for 4K video playback and HDR10 (High Dynamic Range). Housed inside is the A10X processor, delivering two times more performance on CPU and four times more for GPU compared to the previous model. It runs on a new version of tvOS and Apple has partnered with several movie studios to bring more 4K content to iTunes. Apple will also be bringing Netflix and Amazon Prime titles to the Apple TV 4K later this year.
Apple TV will be available beginning from 22 September 2017, with prices set at USD179 (approx. RM752) for the 32GB version and USD199 (approx. RM837) for the 64GB version.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus was next to be announced. With screen sizes at 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch respectively, the two devices will be using the new A11 Bionic chip. Besides that, the iPhone 8 will have a new 12-megapixel rear camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus will have dual 12-megapixel rear camera. Another neat feature is that these new models will also be compatible with Qi wireless charging.
Available in 64GB and 25GB storage options, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be priced at US699 (approx. RM2,938) onwards and USD799 (approx. RM3,359) onwards. Both models will be available beginning 22 September 2017.
Finally, Apple showed off the iPhone X for the 10th year anniversary of the smartphone series. The iPhone X has an edge-to-edge display so the home button is now gone. It also has a glass front and back, as well as a stainless-steel body and an OLED display that delivers a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 and HDR support on a 5.8-inch screen. Apple has also implemented Face ID to a TrueDepth camera system, which will basically help with face recognition for use in unlocking the phone. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X will have dual 12-megapixel cameras and support Qi wireless charging.
The iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB models, with prices starting at USD999 (approx. RM4,199). However, this is the only product that’s not available in September, but will be up for pre-orders starting 27 October 2017 and will ship out starting 3 November 2017.