Apple Event - September 12
YouTube video: Link
“Happy birthday” video. [That “thank you” song, real catchy.]
Today is all about Apple Watch and iPhone.
Recap about the new Macs (the Studio, the Pro, and the 15" MacBook Air).
Much flexing about the 15, I feel like.
Vision Pro, ships “early next year”. [I’d forgotten, got excited all over again!]
Watch Series 9
“Most popular watch”. [How did you know?]
Apple silicon (S9 SiP) in the Series 9.
“30% faster GPU”, probably relative to the S8.
Most common Siri requests now run on-device.
“… more advanced transfomer model”. [Very important keyword since 2022.]
Health queries via Siri (in English/Mandarin), available “next year”. [It seems uninteresting, but we’ll see.]
Watch-to-watch Name Drop on watchOS v10. [Wirelessly share contact information via an ad-hoc Wi-Fi (or Bluetooth?) network.]
Precision-find your iPhone using the new UWB chip. [I use it’s predecessor feature alot!
Watch-to-HomePod integration. [HomePod being HomePod, it probably won’t work well.]
Always-on, Retina display, 2000~1 nit(s) of brightness.
New “Double Tap” interaction feature, available “next month”; i.e., tap your index finger/thumb together, twice. [Like on Vision Pro?]
[“Double Tap” vid.]
|Aluminium||5 (pink, starlight, silver, midnight, red)|
|Stainless steel||3 (gold, silver, graphite)|
[Stainless steel ain’t got much color, if at all.]
Mother Nature vid (and their 2030 goals)
“OK, good. See you next year. Don’t disappoint your mother.”
[I love her sass, if only she’s real, to keep showing up remind us all of how we’ve ruined Earth…]
I’m also glad there won’t be leather in any new Apple products, including watch bands.
New “FineWoven” textile, 4 Hermes bands (woven, knitted, and rubber). New “Hermes Radial” watch face. [3rd party watch faces anyone?]
[The new Nike Sport Band, with colorful flakes of recycled material looks nice, if I’m ever in the market for a new one.]
New Nike watch face. [3rd party watch faces, please!!]
Watch Ultra 2
3000 nits of display brightness.
[Dropped the “Series” part in the name.]
“Modular Ultra” watch face. [I still want 3rd party watch faces…] watchOS v10 can connect to Bluetooth acessories that measure cadence, speed, and power. [I wanna be a cyclist now.]
36 hours of battery life.
New Ultra bands/loops, but no details. [At least, in the vid.]
2nd-generation SE remains in the lineup.
Order today, available September 22.
iPhone 15/15 Plus
[Nice translucent/shiny fence at Apple Park, ~1.8m or so tall.]
“Dynamic Island”. [What a name…]
“Super Retina XDR”. [That is, OLED. It sure seems like iPhone 14 Pro from 2022.]
Peak HDR brightness of 1600 nits.
Up to 2000 nits in sunny conditions, double of iPhone 14.
6.1", and 6.7" for the Plus.
New contoured edge.
5 colors (pink, yellow, green, blue, black).
“Dual ion exchange process”. [I’m lost on the materials gobbly-gook.]
0.5-2x continuous optical zoom.
Next-generation portraits? [I mostly don’t use it, as the faked bokeh doesn’t look good to my eyes.]
Portrait mode is automatic for people, dogs and cats.
Focus can be adjusted after the fact. [Wow!]
Smart HDR for both front/back cameras.
A16 Bionic; i.e., 2+4-core CPU, 5-core GPU.
Use the new, aforementioned UWB – ultra-wideband – chip to precision-find your friends – up to 3x further than before.
Voice isolation vs. noise cancelling, at source. [This isn’t new, though.]
Emergency SOS/Find My via satellite is now in 14 countries in 3 continents, including Australia.
New “Roadside Assistance via satellite” feature in the US. [Free if you’re an AAA member, probably paid otherwise.]
2 years of free satellite service with iPhone 15.
Connect via USB-C. [Finally. Also snuck in the braided cable right there.]
USB-C EarPods, too.
[iPhone 15 promo vid.]
iPhone 15 Pro
[iPhone 15 Pro promo vid.]
Titanium [3D printed?]
Lightest Pro models ever.
[Matte finish, it looks like.]
Infinitesimal smaller bezels. [It’s actually smaller, too.]
6.1", and 6.7" screen for the Pro Max. [Can we reconsider “Pro Max”, please?]
[What is “Grade 5 titanium”? Oh OK, for the Curiosity rover. On. Mars.]
Titanium on the onside, aluminium on the inside “sub-structure”.
[What is a “PVD coating”?]
4 “colors” (black, white, blue, natural).
Customizable action button, replacing the ring/silence switch.
Long press to activate.
New SoC (A17 Pro):
- CPU: 2+4 cores
- GPU: 6 cores
3 nm (EUV - extreme ultraviolet) litography.
USB 3 transfer speeds.
[What is a shader?]
Hardware-accelerated ray tracing vs. cube maps.
“MetalFX upscaling”, probably like Nvidia (or AMD’s) implementations.
Upcoming Ubisoft titles “early 2024”:
- The Divergence Resurgence
- Assassin’s Creed: Mirage [Smartphone-native, wow!]
24 megapixel photos.
3x optical zoom.
5x at 120mm on the Pro Max only.
[TIL about tetraprisms.]
“Most advanced (image) stabilization yet”.
“7 lenses”; i.e.,
“Capture One [sp?]”, to send ProRaw photos to Mac over the wire.
Supports 4k60 ProRes videos direct to external storage.
[What is “log encoding”?]
[What is ACES?]
Spatial video capture available “this year”. (This is gonna be a killer feature.)
|15 (128 GB)||799|
|15 Plus (128 GB)||899|
|15 Pro (128 GB)||999|
|15 Pro Max (256 GB)||1199|
[Not sure how much storage for the pre-15 models.]