Apple wrapped up with their fall event and announced a bunch of new products; a new redesigned iPad Mini, iPhone 13 with a smaller notch, and a larger Apple Watch. All with new and improved chipsets for better performance.
Here is everything that Apple announced:
iPad and Redesigned iPad Mini
Apple started the event with a slight upgrade for the base model of the iPad with a faster A13 Bionic processor which offers a 20% faster CPU, GPU, and Machine Learning performance than its predecessor. The improved cameras with the front camera getting the Center Stage feature similar to the M1 iPad Pro. The base model now starts from 64GB of base storage instead of 32GB. The iPad can be pre-ordered from today for the same starting price of $329.
Next was the iPad Mini that received its biggest update and now resembles the iPad Air with flat edges, a new power button with a built-in fingerprint reader for Touch-ID, support for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, and a new USB-C port at the bottom for faster charging. The display also got an upgrade and can now go up to 500 nits of peak brightness with Apple's True Tone technology. The iPad Mini starts from $499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only model and $649 for the 5G/LTE model.
Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch Series 7 now offers a bigger display (41mm and 45mm), which is made possible by slimming down the bezel by 1.7mm. Thereby, providing 20% more screen area compared to Series 6.
The new Series 7 is powered by a new S7 chip making the watch faster while having the same 18 hours of battery life. Apple has also added fast charging to the Apple Watch which allows us to use the watch for 8 hours with just 8 minutes of charging.
Apple still offers the Series 3 for $199 for people who want to try the Apple Watch, but don't want to spend a lot of money on it, then there is the Apple Watch SE that goes for $279, and finally, the Series 7 starts at $399.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini
After some wait, Apple finally started showing off their iPhones. Starting off with the iPhone 13 and the 13 Mini, which now has a 20% smaller notch, but the screen size remains the same 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch. The displays have a higher peak brightness of 1200 nits.
Cameras have received the biggest update in this generation of iPhones with improved dual lenses now arranged diagonally, these new iPhones can now shoot Portrait-mode videos that Apple calls "Cinematic Mode" which allows the iPhone's camera to automatically adjust the footage when switching between subjects up close or far away.
The battery has also received a major upgrade. Apple claims that the iPhone 13 Mini will last 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 12 Mini, and the iPhone 13 will last 2.5 hours more than the iPhone 12. This is made possible with Apple's latest A15 Bionic processor which allows the phone to run 50% faster than its competition, with the two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores.
The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $699 for 128GB of storage, while the regular iPhone 13 starts at $799. Both the iPhones can be pre-ordered on 17th September 2021 and will be available for sale from 24th September 2021 in 5 colors: Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and Red.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
Alongside the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini, Apple also announced the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 Pro comes with a 6.1-inches display similar to the iPhone 13, meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro Max comes with a 6.7-inches display. Both the Pro models have a silky smooth 120Hz refresh rate display similar to the iPad Pros. The same A15 Bionic chip is being used which delivers up to 50% better graphics performance than its competition.
The only differentiating factor of the Pro models is the cameras, which are arranged in a trio and supports Night Mode on all camera lenses and can also shoot ProRes for higher-quality shooting and editing. The telephoto lens has also been revamped with a 77mm lens with 3X Optical Zoom. The Pro models can now also do macrophotography.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come in 4 colors i.e., Silver, Sierra Blue, Graphite, and Gold. The 13 Pro starts from $999 while the 13 Pro Max starts from $1099, and for the first time, Apple also offers a 1TB version of these Pro iPhones.