In this week’s top stories: Apple holds its September event at Steve Jobs Theater, unveiling the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4. We have everything you need to know below. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.
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Apple event day was Wednesday, and things got off to an exciting start when Apple inadvertently updated its sitemap to include references to all of its new products – and indicate which ones weren’t coming.
Apple kicked things off with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4. As we expected, the Series 4 features a 30 percent larger display – this means the display stretches closer to the edges, while Apple has also updated the case sizing from 38mm and 42mm to 40mm and 44mm.
Other improvements to the Apple Watch include a thinner design, a new Digital Crown, a new gold stainless steel color, and more. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 started on Friday, with the device arrive to the first customers on September 21st.
Apple’s event also brought the introduction of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XS Max features a massive 6.5-inch display, while both models are available in a gold color and a 512GB storage option. Other improvements include a new A12 Bionic processor, camera enhancements, and more.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max went up for pre-order on Friday, with availability starting September 21st.
Last but not least, Apple introduced the colorful new iPhone XR. This device features an LCD display and is available in six colors: black, white, coral, yellow, blue, and (PRODUCT)RED. The iPhone XR starts at $749 and lacks features like 3D Touch and a dual-lens camera.
Pre-orders for the iPhone XR will start on October 19th and ship on October 26th.
Just as notable as the products Apple announced at its event were those it didn’t announce: iPad Pros are seemingly being saved for next month, as are new Macs. Perhaps most notably for the September event, however, is that both AirPower and AirPods went by without a single mention.
In non-event news, Ming-Chi Kuo published a new analyst note this week suggesting that this year’s iPad Pro refresh will drop Lightning connectivity in favor of USB-C. Apple is expected to introduce its new iPad Pro lineup next month.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below…
iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |
- iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad is coming to everyone on September 17th
- Here are four new watch faces coming to existing Apple Watches with watchOS 5 [Gallery]
- HomePod will gain support for multiple timers, phone calls, iPhone pinging, more in new update
- watchOS 5 to be available to the public on September 17
- macOS Mojave available to download on September 24
- Apple reveals release date for tvOS 12
- Apple website leak confirms all three 2018 iPhone names; 512GB storage option
- iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max announced: 6.5-inch model, new gold finish, much more
- Apple announces 6.1-inch iPhone XR in several colorful finishes, new A12 Bionic chip and faster Face ID
- Hands-on with the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR [Videos]
- Apple offering up to $525 instant credit for iPhone X trade-in, up to $250 for Apple Watch and iPad
- iPhone SE and iPhone 6s no longer sold by Apple (and iPhone X gone too)
- Best new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr cases available now
- iPhone Xs battery life details: The good and the bad
- iPhone Xs and XR can take advantage of T-Mobile’s 600MHz extended range LTE
- iPhone Xs & iPhone Xs Max feature faster Face ID performance, Apple claims
- Early iPhone Xs A12 Geekbench results show small performance boost over A11, 4GB RAM, more
- Download the new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max wallpapers right here [Gallery]
- Apple announces new iPhone battery repair prices after $29 offer ends at end of year
- Here’s how much the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will cost you with carrier financing
- Apple suggests iPhone Xs supports faster wireless charging, but details are unclear
- iPhone XS costs $1,349 for 512GB of storage, iPhone XS Max hits $1,449
iPad & Mac |
- Kuo: iPad Pro dropping Lightning connector in favor of USB-C this year
- Sitemap leak suggests Apple won’t announce new iPad Pro models at Sept event
- Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history
- How I use Alfred to become a more efficient macOS user
- Review: Yohann’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Stand is a beautiful addition to your setup
Apple Watch |
- Apple officially announces Apple Watch Series 4 with larger display, thinner body, more
- Hands-on with the Apple Watch Series 4 [Videos]
- Apple sitemap leak reveals new 40mm and 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 sizes, gold stainless steel case
- Which Apple Watch should you buy? Here’s how Series 4 compares
- Opinion: The flagship new iPhones were totally overshadowed by the Watch and the iPhone XR
- Apple Watch Series 4 battery life details: The good and the bad
- Jony Ive on Apple Watch Series 4: ‘Every bone in my body tells me this is very significant’
- Apple drops official Apple Watch Link Bracelet price, some already sold out
Tech Industry |
- Verizon’s ‘5G’ home broadband service launches next month, includes free Apple TV 4K
- Plex Cloud media and video hosting service to shut down on November 30
AAPL Company |
- Apple Event News Hub: iPhone Xs, Xr, Xs Max + Apple Watch Series 4, much more
- Everything Apple announced during its ‘Gather round’ iPhone Xs/XR & Apple Watch event
- iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 now available for pre-order
- Apple’s move to larger iPhones is likely part of its play to boost Services revenue
- Apple details iPhone Xs/XR, Apple Watch Series 4 in large drop of FCC filings
- AirPower may not make 2018 deadline, AirPods product page suggests
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Making The Grade |
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