It's a wrap: New iPhones, Apple Watches and more
Did Apple's Wonderlust event live up to the hype?
Even though 95% of today’s Apple event was correctly predicted by the rumors, you can’t help but be impressed watching it.
It’s a slick affair, with clever camera shots, transitions and effects, and great set-pieces. It made San Francisco look wonderful (it is!), and showcased some of Northern California’s beautiful (if overcast) landscapes.
But the products! I know a lot of people will complain they’re incremental and boring, but Apple continues to make huge strides in performance and features — at the same time as making its devices more environmentally friendly.
Take the new Apple Watch Series 9, powered by an even-more-powerful CPU that now boasts a mind-bending 5.6 billion transistors! That’s more than 5 BILLION TRANSISTORS, just for a watch! It’s bonkers. Of course, this is a watch that reads the blood flow in your wrist to detect the new double tap gesture to control the device. Plus, it’s Apple’s first carbon-neutral product, a milestone achievement in its own right.
The new iPhones get even more powerful chips. The A17 is the first 3nm chip in a smartphone, and it’s so powerful it rivals chips in high-end desktop PCs. Gaming performance is now on par with dedicated game consoles.
All this technology allows iPhones to be integral to high-end workflows used in Hollywood. Shooting a blockbuster? Forget pricey RED cameras, just get an iPhone 15 Pro Max!
Also in today’s newsletter:
The Apple Watch Ultra is by far the best Apple Watch and it just got a decent spec bump. No black titanium finish, but it does have a nice new Modular Ultra watch face.
Read about the new double tap gesture in Apple Watch Series 9 here.
This is when we’ll be getting iOS/iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma, currently in beta.
On the day Apple switched to USB-C, it’s also 11 years to the day that Lightning replaced the 30-pin connector.
In non-Apple news, I hope this powerful new portable speaker from Ultimate Ears sounds as great as the company’s other speakers.
And these vacuum-tube-powered headphones are supposed to sound great. Yes, you read that right — headphones with vacuum tubes!
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