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Apple's iPhone 11, Watch Series 5, and more updates and availability dates from the latest Keynote 2019

Apple's iPhone 11, Watch Series 5, and more updates and availability dates from the latest Keynote 2019

Annual hurrah

Text: Janice Sim


Don't mind us as we go about the annual nerdery of tech releases — yet again. It's that time of the year, after all. Just yesterday, we got a sneak preview on the soon-to-be-released and highly controversial Samsung Galaxy Fold, and today we woke up with the world buzzing on the unveil of Apple's iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro (and Pro Max), Apple Watch Series 5, and more news fresh off the press from the Keynote in San Jose.

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Essentially the eventual incarnations of iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max respectively — in case you were confused. So let's dive straight into it.

iPhone 11

Featuring a better and more powerful chip, the A13 Bionic, which works on an increased speed to perform the most demanding tasks, while securing four more hours of battery, and designed to bag better water resistance (specifically two metres down for up to 30 minutes). The biggest upgrade has to ultimately go to the cameras — at the rear you'll find two, cordoned in a square bump of sorts. There's a standard lens and an ultra-wide angle lens, both honing 12 megapixels each. It might not look like it, but the rear's surface is a different one from its predecessor — sculpted and tested in about a hundred examinations, you're looking at the toughest piece of glass to date.

iPhone 11

What we're most excited about: The accessibility of an ultra-wide angle lens, that can easily be implemented while capturing a photo. Better quality images in low-light conditions, which can be a plausible option in a dimly-lit bar or intimate concerts with the lights down low. Then there's the introduction of slow-mo selfie videos, which might seem unnecessary, but we all know it's going to be a big hit on our Instagram Stories.

iPhone 11

Available for preorder on 13 September, before hitting stores 20 September. From $1,149.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Safe to say, everything mentioned above with the iPhone 11 is present in this number. Just better. Oh, and its appearance comes in a textured matte glass behind, and is secured with a polished stainless steel band. Bearing the same differences between the XR and XS, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max features a sharper viewing experience (credit to the OLED effect) and a better camera — specifically a triple-cam system. You'll be getting an ultra-wide, wide, and Telephoto camera — contributing to better and varied styles of the Portrait Mode (with a wider field of view, and even including more subjects in a single portrait). The Telephoto camera holds a larger ƒ/2.0 aperture, to snag 40 percent more light as compared to the iPhone Xs. That pays off in video as well — with the ability to shoot action content better.

iPhone 11 Pro

What we're most excited about: The feature of haptic touch — that allows a swift movement whether it be changing between the camera lenses and navigating app shortcuts. While the triple-threat of the cameras are indeed an exciting difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro, what really sets the latter apart is its textured matte glass on the back. Especially in that midnight green hue.

iPhone 11 Pro

Available for preorder on 13 September, before hitting stores 20 September. From $1,649 and $1,799 respectively.

Apple Watch Series 5

The last significant upgrade we saw in the Series 4, was the emphasis on health and fitness tracking actions. But the most obvious difference in the Series 5 has to be its new display, that is set to be always-available. This means the watch face isn't going to be pitch black while you're resting your arm, but rather dimmed down and only back to full brightness with a raise or a tap. Ambient lights are included, of course. Within the watch, there's an all-new Compass app and updated Maps app to help you see which way you're facing. This also tracks heading, incline, latitude, longitude, and elevation — perfect if you're about to hike up a mountain.

Apple Watch Series 5

What we're most excited about: Since the new watchOS 6 basically covered most essential things in the bag, it will come down to the materials used for the Series 5. Which happens to be a wide array of aluminium, stainless steel, ceramic and an all-new titanium.

Available to order online from $599.

Apple Arcade and AppleTV+

This isn't news. But dates and plans have been finalised with regards to Apple's gaming and streaming service. Users on Apple Arcade can get unlimited access to an arsenal of more than 100 new and exclusive (to Apple) games that extends across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. The best part is? All of them can be played offline. Family sharing (up to six members) is also allowed under a single subscription service. On AppleTV+, the same rules apply. With a powerful and star-studded lineup of original shows, movies, and documentaries. Some of which includes The Morning Show (starring Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston) and the highly-anticipated documentary from Oprah Winfrey, alongside the world's most compelling authors.

Apple Arcade launches 19 September while Apple TV+ launches 1 November. Both are priced at $6.98 a month.

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