The Apple 2019 iPhone Event Live Blog (10am PT)
12:54PM EDT – The fall season is approaching yet again, and it’s time again for another round of iPhone updates, representing Apple’s newest 2019 mobile hardware. The event should be starting at 10am PT, and the show again takes place on the Apple Park campus in the Steve Jobs theatre. This year we’re expecting a new refresh of last year’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models. We’re still not quite sure what Apple is going to be calling the new phones, but if the numerous leaks prove to be true, we’ll be seeing incremental design updates with a new in-vogue triple-camera setup as being the key new features of the phones, as well as naturally Apple introducing new internal hardware such as the new Apple A13 SoC, which might bring some surprises to the table this year.
12:54PM EDT – The event should be starting in 5 minutes. Hanging in there.
01:01PM EDT – The show’s starting, intro video playing.
01:03PM EDT – Tim Cook starting the show “Giving people the tools to do great things”
01:03PM EDT – Big announcements in hardware, software and services today.
01:03PM EDT – No updates this year, getting right into the new stuff.
01:03PM EDT – Starting with the new App Store and Apple Arcade
01:04PM EDT – “First game subscription service for desktop, mobile and TV”
01:04PM EDT – “No game service has launched as much games at once”
01:05PM EDT – New arcade tab in the app store with new games regularly published under a subscription service
01:05PM EDT – Konami is the first publisher to talk about the new games they’ll offer.
01:06PM EDT – “Frogger in toytown”
01:07PM EDT – Moving on…
01:08PM EDT – CAPCOM is next up
01:08PM EDT – “Shinsekai Into The Depths” if I heard it right
01:10PM EDT – “Available only on Apple arcade” – I wonder how many publisher will jump onto this
01:10PM EDT – Annapurna Interactive next up.
01:12PM EDT – Many developers will be jumping onto Apple Arcade, and will be starting September 19th
01:13PM EDT – $4.99 per month with 1 month free trial.
01:14PM EDT – Talking about new Apple TV shows and feedback.
01:15PM EDT – “See” with Jason Momoa – sounds like some dystopic sci-fi.
01:19PM EDT – Apple TV+ first shows will be available November 1st
01:19PM EDT – Will be available over 100 countries at launch, $4.99 family subscription.
01:20PM EDT – When you buy any new major Apple device, you get Apple TV+ for free for 1 year.
01:20PM EDT – iPad next.
01:21PM EDT – A huge year for the iPad – all new lineup
01:21PM EDT – iPadOS pushed the boundaries of new features – new specific features to the iPad
01:21PM EDT – Over 1M apps specifically designed for the iPad.
01:22PM EDT – Talking about the 9.7″ iPad
01:22PM EDT – 6th generation iPad is being replaced by the new 7th gen unit
01:23PM EDT – New larger, 10.2″ display with smaller bezels.
01:23PM EDT – 3.5M pixels
01:24PM EDT – 2x faster than the nearest PC at the price
01:24PM EDT – Taking full advantage of iPadOS
01:25PM EDT – Rehash of specific iPadOS functions as first presented at WWDC earlier this summer.
01:27PM EDT – First time an iPad out of 100% recycled aluminium.
01:27PM EDT – The new iPad starts at $329
01:28PM EDT – No mention about which SoC is sports. Starts shipping September 30th.
01:28PM EDT – That’s the new for the iPad.
01:28PM EDT – Apple Watch is up next.
01:28PM EDT – “Today Apple Watch is everywhere”
01:29PM EDT – “Personal and profound impact the Apple Watch has on people’s lives”
01:29PM EDT – Short video about testmondials.
01:33PM EDT – Moving into Health Research and how the Apple Watch can impact it
01:34PM EDT – 400k people participated in the Apple Heart Study
01:34PM EDT – Introducing now the Apple Hearing Study, how noise can impact your health.
01:36PM EDT – Apple Research App will be available in the US later this year
01:36PM EDT – Back to Tim now.
01:36PM EDT – “Since the beginning, innovation has been the core of the Apple Watch”
01:37PM EDT – “Most advanced, and most loved smartwatch in the world”
01:37PM EDT – How the Apple Watch is moving forward – the next generation.
01:38PM EDT – Apple Watch Series 5
01:38PM EDT – New innovative display that is always-on.
01:38PM EDT – MicroLED????
01:39PM EDT – LTPO backplane display, but is it still OLED ?
01:39PM EDT – Looks like they just improved the efficiency of the display, so not a totally new panel technology.
01:40PM EDT – Another new feature – Built-in compass
01:41PM EDT – New safety features
01:41PM EDT – Emergency SOS is now international.
01:42PM EDT – New case model finishes and colours.
01:42PM EDT – Including all-new titanium model.
01:42PM EDT – Ceramic white also new.
01:44PM EDT – $399 for the GPS models
01:44PM EDT – $499 for GPS + cellular
01:44PM EDT – Series 3 watch now starts at $199
01:45PM EDT – Video about Apple Watches use-cases
01:47PM EDT – Next up- iPhone
01:48PM EDT – iPhone XR the most popular iPhone and smartphone in the world
01:48PM EDT – XS and XS Max the most advanced iPhones ever
01:48PM EDT – 99% customer satisfaction
01:48PM EDT – New iPhone intro video
01:49PM EDT – Camera first thing being shown – as the leaks suggested, a new square cut-out
01:49PM EDT – iPhone 11
01:50PM EDT – 6.1″ liquid retina display.
01:51PM EDT – “Spatial audio” with virtual sound and new Dolby Atmos compatibility
01:51PM EDT – New Dual-camera system
01:52PM EDT – So the two cameras are Wide & Ultra-wide, a great decision instead of favouring the telephoto. The wide-angle is a much more expansive experience than a telephoto lens.
01:52PM EDT – The 120° wide-angle is in line with the width of other vendors this year.
01:53PM EDT – New ISP pipeline and algorithms, suing Machine Learning to improve the shots.
01:53PM EDT – Using both cameras for stereoscopic depth effects.
01:54PM EDT – Night Mode
01:54PM EDT – This was a much-needed feature for Apple
01:55PM EDT – Apple’s Night Mode will automatically come on depending on low-light situations, until now this would be the first phone to actually do this as all other existing Night Modes from Android vendors require a switch to a dedicated mode. Good on Apple to make this more seamless.
01:55PM EDT – Showcasing new video quality shot on the new iPhone 11 – samples look great.
01:56PM EDT – Switching between the two cameras looks super smooth.
01:57PM EDT – “The highest quality video ever in a smartphone”
01:58PM EDT – Front-camera has been upgraded to a 12MP wide-angle sensor (in landscape mode).
01:58PM EDT – Slow-motion video for the front-camera.
01:59PM EDT – “Slofies” oh god
01:59PM EDT – Performance – get to the chips!
01:59PM EDT – Introducing the new A13 Bionic
02:00PM EDT – It’s faster!
02:01PM EDT – Fastest GPU in a smartphone. Apple is now showcasing it would be double the speed of the Adreno 640 in the S855 – the Android crowd if falling behind a lot.
02:02PM EDT – Showcasing some of the new high-end games taking advantage of the graphics power.
02:03PM EDT – Notice we didn’t hear any details about the A13 SoC, Apple may be simply just not bothering anymore to detail things if they’re that far ahead.
02:04PM EDT – Battery now.
02:04PM EDT – 1 hour more battery than the iPhone XR
02:07PM EDT – Wrapping up the iPhone 11
02:07PM EDT – Starting at $699
02:08PM EDT – “The customers that want the most sophisticated technology”
02:09PM EDT – Introducing the new iPhone 11 Pro
02:09PM EDT – Most powerful and advanced iPhones.
02:10PM EDT – The first iPhone that’s called “Pro” – what it means
02:10PM EDT – Surgical steel housing and single-piece glass back cover.
02:11PM EDT – New OLED panel with is much brighter
02:11PM EDT – 1200 nits – It’s rumoured Apple is using a new OLED emitter this year, like the S10.
02:12PM EDT – “Super Retina XDR”
02:12PM EDT – Oh, we’re getting back to the A13.
02:13PM EDT – “We at Apple have the advantage to own the whole vertical stack, from transistor to software”
02:13PM EDT – Machine learning changes.
02:13PM EDT – New dedicated matrix accelerators on the CPU
02:14PM EDT – 1 TOPS on the CPU.
02:14PM EDT – Machine Learning Controller to schedule things across CPU, NPU, and GPU.
02:15PM EDT – 8.5 billion transistors optimised for low-power.
02:16PM EDT – “Hundresds of voltage domains on the chip” “Hundreds of thousands of clock-gates”
02:16PM EDT – 40% lower power on the GPU – Apple’s making gigantic strides here.
02:17PM EDT – iPhone 11 Pro lasts 4 hours more than the XS, and 11 Pro Max 5 hours more than the XS Max
02:18PM EDT – Cameras now – Moving onto the triple-camera setup
02:20PM EDT – Camera samples right now.
02:20PM EDT – Showcasing various shots with the different cameras.
02:22PM EDT – Sneak peek for an upcoming camera feature this fall
02:22PM EDT – “Deep Fusion”, using the neural processor.
02:23PM EDT – 9 images stacked together, picking the best region mapping of the different shots to create the output image.
02:23PM EDT – “Computational photography mad science”
02:24PM EDT – 4K60 extended dynamic range video.
02:24PM EDT – Showcasing again a video sample from the new phones.
02:26PM EDT – Smooth transitions between all three cameras is made easy.
02:27PM EDT – Over 30000 photo and video apps in the App Store.
02:28PM EDT – Testmondials from a director who used “Filmic” app to record his movie.
02:29PM EDT – Shooting from all four cameras at the same time
02:29PM EDT – Actually, from 2 cameras from the four cameras?
02:31PM EDT – “Stronger cellular” – only a brief mention of cellular here, notice no 5G connectivity for this year.
02:31PM EDT – New technical overview video of the new iPhone 11 Pro’s manufacturing.
02:32PM EDT – Textured matte glass back finish – this great against fingerprint smudges.
02:34PM EDT – New FaceID works from greater angles.
02:34PM EDT – Colour cases for all 3 models.
02:35PM EDT – $999 for the iPhone 11 Pro – $1099 for the Max
02:35PM EDT – Pre-order tomorrow- available September 20th
02:36PM EDT – Now moving on onto Apple Retail
02:37PM EDT – Talking about product customization – starting with the Apple Watch
02:37PM EDT – Apple Watch Series 5 starts with the Apple Watch Studio – pairing any watch case with any band
02:37PM EDT – A thousand different ways to represent your personal style.
02:38PM EDT – Now talking about Apple Trade In
02:38PM EDT – Trade-in for older iPhones getting reduced prices, or new monthly payments to get the new models.
02:39PM EDT – Apple Fifth Avenue is going to be reopening following renovation.
02:39PM EDT – It’s now the largest Apple store in the world.
02:40PM EDT – Tim summing up the new announcements today.
02:42PM EDT – That’s a wrap folks, thanks for being with us!