Apple Keynote September 2019

Apple Keynote September 2019

What was revealed today:

Services

Apple arcade

  • Console-level games (didn't look like it)
  • Launches sept 19 with limited amount of games
  • $4.99 / mo / family
  • Best (presented) games looks very basic, but the price is cheap, so...

Apple TV+

  • 'See' movie trailer
  • 12 show title on big screen - all new / unknown
  • 1 month free trial
  • 1st show launches Nov 1
  • $4.99 / mo / family
  • Apple TV+ free for 1 year for each new purchased device

Hardware

iPad

  • New budget iPad with smart connector to support keyboard and apple pencil
  • $329 regular, $299 for education
  • 100% recycled aluminium

Apple watch

Saves / improves peopleโ€™s lives
Participates in health research

Series 5:
  • Always on display
  • Compass
  • International emergency calling (LTE models)
  • 100% recycled aluminium
  • New titanium, ceramic materials
  • New Nike and Hermes models
  • $399 for the GPS, $499 for cellular models
  • Available Sep 20
  • Series 3 price down to $199

iPhone

Budget iPhone (formerly known as XR) is now called iPhone 11, and the successor for XS and XS Max are called 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11

  • 6 colors
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Dual camera (wide 1x and ultra-wide camera)
  • Night mode
  • Improved front-facing camera
  • New A13 bionic chip
  • Chinese company showing a GPU performance demo with their game demo
  • 1h longer battery than on XR
  • Wireless charging (XR also has it)
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • $699 starting price (nice)

iPhone 11 Pro

  • Everything iPhone 11 has plus:
  • New matte finish
  • New midnight green color (yikes)
  • Up to 1200 nit brightness
  • A13 improvements: Machine Learning, Low-Power design
  • 6x faster matrix multiplication for ML, over 1 TFLOPs
  • CPU cores are up to 20% faster and 30-40% lower power
  • 4-5h longer battery (nice)
  • 18W charger in the box
    New camera system (updated wide + telephoto and a new ultra-wide) - looks like a triclop ๐Ÿ˜
  • Simultaneous video recording from multiple lenses in pro apps
  • Starts at $999 and $1099 for the bigger iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple Retail(?)

  • Custom Apple watch bands
  • Trade in
  • Fifth Avenue store reopening

Apple Watch ECG is out

Available only on the Series 4, the Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) has been enabled presumably only for US users, even though it works for me outside of the US, granted with a US iTunes account.

ECG-1
ECG-2

The reason behind the geo limitation is that Apple doesn't want to face fines by launching essentially a medical device without proper licensing in other countries (which by the way are in works, but not finished yet).

Anyway, for me the new ECG works flawlessly, showing a sinus (uniform) rhythm without any signs of Atrial Fibrillation (non-uniform rhythm) which is uplifting ๐Ÿ™‚

After doing the first few tests, the Watch offers doing it from time to time in the background on its own and inform you when it sees any inconsistencies. I wonder how it's gonna do it since for the manual measuring it requires you putting your finger onto the Digital Crown to complete a circuit connectivity.

Another drawback is that the ECG app requires you to have your watch snug to your arm which for me means to readjust the band each time by one button snugger and that is less comfortable in my regular use scenarios ๐Ÿ™‚

But overall this is an insane feature for such a small and portable device where previously you had to have a separate dedicated device to be plugged in instead.

P.S. In order to get the ECG feature you should be on the latest watchOS 5.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1