Laurent Joly

Electronics, News, Smartphones, Smartwatch, tablets

Apple’s Keynote 2019: What you Must Remember

Apple is never known to play small when it comes to its events. The company has every detail down to the T, engineering every part of the occasion (including crowd reaction) to maximum effect.

Each year’s keynote is a whirlpool of anticipation, and while reactions have dithered in recent years, the hype appears to be alive and well. It is Apple’s way never to discuss announcements until it decides it’s time to make things public. This has plunged industry observers and the media into a never-ending cycle of speculating by dissecting Apple’s event invite.

The Apple logo was divided into horizontal slices, each with a different color, for this year’s invite. Some took this to mean a reference to rumored new colors for Apple’s iPhone XR sequel.

So this year, Apple’s September event leaves the rest of us with more than memories alone. Two hours never cut it for a rapid-fire Apple show. Widely expected to focus on new iPhones, we didn’t just get them new, we got three. Plus, they were not the only highlights. Updates on the iPad 10.2, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple TV+, and Apple’s gaming arcade service were in tow.


  • The iPhone 11

This is the biggie of every keynote. Everyone expects this, CEO Tim Cook duly delivered by announcing the iPhone XR’s successor, the iPhone 11. Sporting a glass and aluminum body, the phone will be available in six colors (midnight green, space gray, silver, black, purple, and Product RED).

The Liquid Retina display of 6.1 inches (like the XR) will, however, have two cameras. One is an ultra-wide-angle lens for lively landscape shots, while the other is a regular wide-angle lens.

Night mode is now an option, as Apple looks to keep pace with Huawei and Google. It’ll come on automatically when required, lighting up the scene, dropping off noise, and giving users a great photo experience even in low light.

Video also powers up on the iPhone 11, with support for 4K video at 60fps. The new Quick Take feature makes taking video much easier too – simply hold down the camera button to begin taking videos.

Dolby Atmos audio, WiFi 6, and slofies – Apple’s term for slo-mo videos also make their iPhone debut. The A13 Bionic processor will shoulder performance, with a faster graphics processor.

Flagship siblings, the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches) and iPhone Pro Max (6.5 inches) show off Super Retina XDR OLED displays based on the Pro XDR Display (similar specs, but not OLED). They carry the A13 Bionic too, along with a new matte finish and tri-camera setup. A fast charge adapter comes bundled, though Apple claims longer battery life.

Cameras are new and include an ultra-wide lens (for 4x zoom range) with edge-to-edge pixel focus and Apple’s improved image processing. Deep Fusion tech will drive the improved Smart HDR multishot mode.

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  • Apple iPad 2019

The sixth-generation iPad will make way for a new 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad tweaked for the new iPad OS. It offers improved brightness, superior viewing angle, an A10 Fusion chip and includes a Smart Connector in addition to a new smart keyboard cover.

The new iPad will run on iPad OS 13, Apple Pencil support, and the price remains unchanged.

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  • Apple Watch Series 5

The biggest news about the Apple Watch is the new always-on display. The display is able to drop as low 1Hz refresh rate to save power. It also sports a compass, international emergency dialing, and optimized faces. Fancy bands and faces are available. Prices vary for GPS and cell models. The latter start at $499 USD, while the former start at $399 USD.

Series 5 is available in a wider range of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, premium ceramic, and brand-new titanium.

This does not put the Series 3 out of service, but its price drops to $199. Three new health studies in collaborative initiatives were also announced. They are hearing, heart and movement and menstrual-cycle tracking.

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  • In Other News…

While the iPhone 11 and Apple Watch will share the larger chunk of the keynote’s appeal, Apple deftly introduced new games slated for its upcoming game subscription service. At $4.99 each month per family, there’s a one-month free trial. It comes with Family Sharing access with up to six family members.

Frogger in Toy Town (Konami), Shinsekai: Deep Sea (Capcom), Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna Interactive) were titles demo’s as the Apple Arcade gaming service was introduced.

Finally, from November 1 more than 100 countries will enjoy the goodness of Apple TV Plus, another monthly $4.99 subscription. A longer trailer of Jason Momoa’s sci-fi thriller, See, was shown. That’s a run-down of what you must remember from Apple’s September 2019 keynote.