So in case you weren’t on Twitter last night or had muted me, there was a big Apple Event in San Francisco during which they made a couple of big announcements about the iPhone and Apple Watch. I’ll spare you the nerdy details but I’ll run through the top five things they announced which I think will matter to the average person. (If you're lazy, scroll to the bottom and watch Apple's 107 second summary video).
So as was expected, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the event. To be honest, they look mostly the same as the iPhone 6S, with some small differences. The antenna lines which always made the back of the iPhone look a bit janky have been moved to make them more subtle. There are two badass new colours, black - which is just a matte black - and Jet Black - which has a glossy piano-like finish. They both got new cameras, with a 12 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a brighter f/1.8, six-element lens.
Both models get a 7 megapixel FaceTime camera, but only the Plus gets the dual 12 megapixel camera system. One side has a wide-angle 28mm lens, while the second has a 56mm lens; this pairing allows for 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, and a new Portrait mode that provides DSLR-like bokeh.
They’re both now officially water and dust resistant, which means you can get pushed into a pool with your phone in your pocket and it’ll be fine. They also both got a new, faster A10 fusion chip inside which improves the performance by 50%. Lastly, there are now stereo speakers so you can be even more obnoxious while listening to music in public. All in all, both phones would be a solid upgrade if you’re in the market for a new phone.
RIP Headhone Jack
As was long-rumoured before the event, the headphone jack is nowhere to be found on the new iPhones. Instead, you can use the lightening post (the one you use to charge) or use wireless headphones. Apple has launched their own, called Airpods. They’ve streamlined the connection process so you don’t have to faff too much with bluetooth.
Apple Watch Series 2
The new Apple Watch was announced and it doesn’t look any different, but it has a couple new vital featured for fitness enthusiasts. Apple has realised that fitness tracking is really the only legitimate answer to the question “Why should I buy an Apple Watch”, so they’ve upped their game in that regard. The first killer fitness feature they’ve added to the Apple Watch is untethered GPS, meaning you can now go running/hiking without your phone and it will accurately track your distance and speed while mapping your activity. It’s also now waterproof, meaning you can swim with it and track your laps etc. This is especially useful for people interested in triathlon training. Aside from that, Apple has realised they they done fucked up on the original UI of the watch, so in the next few weeks there’ll be a software update for all Apple Watches which will improve the performance and interface in a big way. There’s also a new Nike edition of the watch, which they described as the best running device ever made, which I’m pretty sure is hyperbole.
Mario is coming to the iPhone
This was the big surprise of the event. Legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto was on stage to talk about the new Super Mario Run game which will be available soon exclusively on iOS - I’m sure it’ll come to Android in the coming months.
Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch
This would have really excited me two months ago, but is still pretty cool, I guess.
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