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TLDR; Here’s Everything Apple Announced At 1am Last Night

TLDR; Here’s Everything Apple Announced At 1am Last Night

Apple announced a new iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch Series 7, a family of iPhone 13, and Fitness+ is coming to Malaysia.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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In the wee hours of the morning in Malaysia, Apple, in one of its signature keynotes, announced their latest gadgets and services for 2021.

There is a lot to go through, six announcements in all, so let’s get to it.

iPad – 9th Generation

The new iPad looks the same and still uses the first generation apple pencil. But inside, it has received some significant upgrades. Despite that, it is still relatively affostarrdable and compatible with previous accessories. 

A13 Bionic

  • Run advanced apps and games on the most affordable iPad.
  • Machine learning capabilities.
    • Recognise text in a photo that users can take action on.

12MP Ultra Wide Front Camera

  • With Centre Stage.
    • Automatically pans the camera to keep the subject in view.
    • Smoothly zooms out to include more people. 

10.2-inch Display

  • Retina display.
  • True tone.
    • Adjusts screen content to the colour temperature of a room.

Double the Storage

  • Starts with 64GB of storage.
  • Up to 256GB.

iPadOS 15

  • All the new features that come with it.
  • You can find out more about it here
  • Available beginning Tuesday, 21 September.

Environmentally Friendly

  • 100 percent recycled aluminium in the enclosure.
  • 100 percent recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board.
  • 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in the magnets in the enclosure.

Pricing & Availability

  • Available to order soon on apple.com/my/store.
  • Wi-Fi models starting price: RM1,499.
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular models starting price: RM2,119.
  • Colours: silver and space grey.
  • Apple Pencil (1st generation): RM419.
  • Smart Keyboard: RM649.
  • Smart Covers: RM229.

New iPad mini

This newly redesigned iPad mini has more in common with the iPad Air and the iPad Pro series than the iPad. It is ultra portable and yet powerful. 

Design & Finishes

  • Comes in pink, starlight (off white), purple, and space grey.
  • 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with narrow borders.
    • 500 nits of brightness. 
    • P3 wide colour gamut.
    • Anti-reflective screen coating.
    • True Tone.
    • Full lamination.
  • Landscape stereo speakers.
  • Touch ID on the top button.

A15 Bionic

  • All-day battery life.
  • 6-core CPU.
    • Jump in performance.
  • 5-core GPU. 
    • Leap in graphics performance.
  • 16-core Neural Engine and new ML accelerators.
    • Faster Machine Learning (ML) tasks.
  • iPadOS 15.

Advanced Cameras

  • Centre Stage.
  • Front Camera: Ultra Wide 12MP sensor.
  • Back Camera: 12MP sensor with Focus Pixels.
    • True Tone flash.
  • Smart HDR.
    • Improves image quality by recovering details in shadows and highlights.

Connectivity

  • 5G.
  • Wi-Fi 6.
  • USB-C.

Accessories

  • Apple Pencil (second generation).
  • New Smart Folio.
    • Comes in black, white, dark cherry, English lavender, and electric orange.

Environmentally Friendly

  • 100 percent recycled aluminium in the enclosure.
  • 100 percent recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board.
  • 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in the magnets in the enclosure.

Pricing & Availability

  • Coming soon to apple.com/my/store.
  • Wi-Fi models start at RM2,299.
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at RM2,949.
  • 64GB and 256GB configurations.
  • Comes in pink, starlight, purple, and space grey finishes.
  • Apple Pencil (second generation): RM549.
  • New Smart Folios: RM269.

Apple Watch Series 7

It is made tougher, with a bigger display, a softer design, and comes in a range of new colours. 

What’s New?

  • Reengineered Always-On Retina display.
    • More screen area.
    • Thinner borders.
    • Refractive edge that makes full-screen watch faces and apps appear seamless.
  • Softer, more rounded corners.
  • User interface optimised for the larger display.
  • Two unique watch faces.
    • Contour. 
    • Modular Duo.
  • Stronger, more crack-resistant front crystal.
  • IP6X certification for resistance to dust.
    • Maintains a WR50 water resistance rating.
  • Faster charging.
  • Powered by watchOS 8.
    • Find out more about it here.

Design & Interface

  • Nearly 20 percent more screen area.
    • Compared to Series 6.
  • Available in 41mm and 45mm sizes.
  • Always-On Retina display is up to 70 percent brighter indoors when the wrist is down.
  • Two additional larger font sizes.
  • New QWERTY keyboard.
    • Tap. 
    • Swiped with QuickPath.
  • Larger menu titles and buttons in apps.

Faster Charging

  • 18-hour battery life.
  • New charging architecture.
  • Magnetic Fast Charger USB-C Cable.

Cycling, Workout, and Fall Detection Updates

  • New features for cyclists.
    • Detect when users begin a ride.
    • Prompts workout.
    • Display workout metrics.
    • Auto-pause and resume.
    • Accurately measure active calories when riding an e-bike.
  • Voice feedback.
    • Automatically announce workout milestones and Activity ring status.
  • Fall detection.
    • Updated and optimised for detecting falls during workouts — including cycling.

Lineup

  • Five new aluminium case colours.
    • Midnight, starlight, green, and a new blue and (PRODUCT)RED.
  • New bands.
    • Compatible with previous bands.

Environmentally Friendly

  • 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets.
  • nearly 100 percent recycled tungsten throughout the product.
  • 100 percent recycled case on aluminium models.

Availability

  • Available later this fall (late October to November).
  • New Apple Watch bands available to order today from apple.com/my/store.
  • watchOS 8 will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 and later on Tuesday, 21 September.

Apple Fitness+

Apple’s fitness programme is finally coming to Malaysia later this year and it has a lot of new features too.

Guided Meditation

  • Nine guided Meditation themes 
    • Purpose, Kindness, Gratitude, Awareness, Creativity, Wisdom, Calm, Focus, and Resilience.
  • Five, 10, or 20 minutes long.
  • Also available in audio form in the new Mindfulness app on Apple Watch.
  • Meditation for Beginners program that helps users understand the fundamentals before diving into the studio sessions.

Pilates

  • 10, 20, or 30 minutes long.
  • Led by two new Fitness+ trainers.

Workouts for Snow Season

  • Studio workouts to build up strength, improve balance, and increase endurance.
  • Include HIIT, Strength, Yoga, and Core.

Artist Spotlight & Time to Walk

  • Artist Spotlight series with new workouts featuring the music of Billie Eilish, Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons, and Nicki Minaj.
  • Monday for four weeks
  • Workout types include Cycling, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, and Treadmill.
  • New episodes of Time to Walk.
    • Encourage Fitness+ users to get active by walking more often.
  • Features some of the world’s most interesting and influential people, who share stories, photos, and music.
  • New guests:
    • Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Reba McEntire, Tarana Burke, Carmelo Anthony, and Gabrielle Union.

Group Workouts with SharePlay

  • Group Workouts powered by SharePlay.
    • Training with friends and family.
    • FaceTime call on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV with AirPlay.
  • Support for up to 32 people at a time.
  • Introduces some friendly competition.

Availability

  • It will be available later this year in Malaysia.
  • Fitness+ requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or later.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Apple packed almost all the features that we saw on the previous generation Pro models into these. 

Beautiful and Durable

  • 6.1in and 5.4in displays.
  • Ceramic Shield on the front.
  • IP68 rating for water resistance.
  • Diagonally arranged lenses.
  • Super Retina XDR OLED displays.
    • True blacks.
  • A15 Bionic chip.
  • Improved battery life. 

Dual-Camera System

  • New Wide camera, with 1.7 µm pixels.
    • Biggest sensor ever in an iPhone dual-camera system.
  • Sensor-shift OIS.
    • Also comes to the Wide camera, even in the more compact iPhone 13 mini.
    • It stabilises the sensor instead of the lens.
  • Cinematic mode.
    • Simulates rack focus. 
    • Depth effect with automatic focus.
  • Focus can be changed during and after capture.
  • Edit the depth-of-field effect in video even after recording.
  • Dolby Vision HDR.
  • 4K up to 60 fps on all cameras.
  • Photographic Styles.
    • Bring their personal photo preferences to every image.
    • Support Smart HDR 4.

A15 Bionic

  • 6-core CPU.
  • 4-core GPU.
  • 16-core Neural Engine.

Featuring iOS 15

iPhone and the Environment

  • 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in magnets.
  • 100 percent recycled tin in the solder.
  • 100 percent recycled gold in the plating.
  • No plastics.

Availability

  • iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be available in.
    • Pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED.
    • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
  • iPhone 13 price starts at RM3,899
  • iPhone 13 mini price starts at for RM3,399 
  • Both are available for pre-order at apple.com/my/store.
  • Both will be available in Malaysia starting Friday, 8 October.
  • iOS 15 will be available as a free software update Tuesday, 21 September.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

When Apple announced all the new features for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, it seemed like there was nothing else left for the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Boy was I wrong. 

Most Advanced Cameras Ever on iPhone

  • New sensors and lenses for all three rear cameras.
  • Improved noise reduction and tone mapping.
  • Wide camera.
    • Larger sensor with 1.9 µm pixels..
    • Larger ƒ/1.5 aperture.
  • Ultra Wide camera.
    • Wider ƒ/1.8 aperture.
    • Autofocus.
    • Macro photography.
    • Minimum focus distance of 2cm.
    • Extends to video.
  • New 77 mm Telephoto camera.
    •  3x optical zoom for a total 6x optical zoom range.
  • Photographic Styles.
  • Night mode comes to all cameras.
  • Smart HDR 4.

Leap in Smartphone Video

  • Cinematic mode.
  • Dolby Vision HDR.
  • ProRes.
    • Advanced video codec used widely as the final delivery format.
    • Coming later.

A15 Bionic

  • 5-core GPU.
  • 6-core CPU.

Super Retina XDR with ProMotion

  • Adaptive refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz (FINALLY!)
  • 6.1in and 6.7in sizes.
  • OLED panel.

Redesigned

  • Surgical-grade stainless steel band,
  • Resistant to abrasion and corrosion.
  • Textured matte glass back.
  • Smaller TrueDepth camera system.
  • IP68 rating for water resistance.
  • All-day battery life.
    • Longest battery life ever in an iPhone.

Featuring iOS 15

iPhone and the Environment

  • 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in magnets.
  • 100 percent recycled tin in the solder.
  • 100 percent recycled gold in the plating.
  • No plastics.

Pricing and Availability

  • iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in. 
    • Graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue.
    • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
  • iPhone 13 Pro starts at RM4,899.
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at RM5,299.
  • Both are available for pre-order at apple.com/my/store.
  • Both will be available in Malaysia starting Friday, 8 October.
  • iOS 15 will be available as a free software update Tuesday, 21 September.

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