Apple September 2021 Keynote: Everything You Need to Know
Last night, Apple unveiled its all new lineup for the year ahead at its highly anticipated September 2021 Keynote, hosted (as always) by CEO Tim Cook.
The event took place at 10am PT and the technology giant announced several exciting additions to the family, including the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13 Pro range, major upgrades to its iPad range, a spanking new iPad mini, and also debuted the Apple Watch Series 7. A recording of the event is also available to view on apple.com, for all you Apple fans out there.
Here, see all of the biggest announcements from the keynote.
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iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 Pro range got some of the biggest updates last night. The phones have been fitted with the all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion featuring an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, which allows for a faster and more responsive viewing experience on your phone, whether its reading articles or playing mobile games.
The cameras have also been boosted, with macro photography enabled on the new Ultra Wide camera, and up to 2.2x improved low-light performance on the new Wide camera. What’s more, photographers (both budding and professional) will be pleased to note the new customisable Photographic Styles in the Camera app that will allow them to build their own personal aesthetic to their preferences.
Video has also taken a huge step forward with the new Cinematic mode, which “records videos of people, pets, and objects with a beautiful depth effect with automatic focus changes, so anyone can capture cinema-style moments”, according to Apple. The focus on objects can also be changed during and after capture.
The Pro range will come with more storage capacity, with a new 1TB option now available, in addition to the 512GB, 256GB and 128GB options.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have also got some enviable upgrades, with a new upgrade to its cameras—the Wide camera has bigger pixels and sensor-shift optical image stabilisation, which allows users to take better photos in lowlight environments. The Photographic Styles, and Cinematic mode will also be available on both models.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be available in pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED.
iPad upgrades and iPad mini
A new iPad, iPad mini and upgrades to the iPad OS were also announced last night.
The new iPad (9th generation) will feature the powerful A13 Bionic chip, a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Centre Stage, support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard, and the new iPadOS 15.
The new iPad now also starts with a 64GB storage capacity (double that of the previous generation), and also a 256GB option.
The iPad mini saw its biggest upgrades yet, all packed into its handy 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Other changes include the inclusion of the A15 Bionic chip, allowing it to function up to 80 per cent faster than the previous generation, a USB-C port and 5G capabilities.
The iPad mini will also support Centre Stage and Apple Pencil (2nd generation). It will come in several colours including space grey, pink, purple, and starlight.
Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch Hermés
With a bigger display area, a more durable and crack-resistant front crystal, better features for cycling enthusiasts, as well as all its innovative tools for for health and wellness, what’s not to love about the new Apple Watch Series 7?
WatchOS8 will provide better accessibility features, more access with Apple Wallet, and more capabilities with the Home app, along with enhancements to Messages and the Photos app. Not to mention, the bigger display (41mm and 45mm sizes) means that a QWERTY keyboard can now be included on the Apple Watch, allowing for a seamless texting experience on the go.
The Apple Watch Series 7 will also feature five beautiful new aluminium case finishes.
Apple also announced new additions to the Apple Watch Hermés family, with a new Gourmette Double Tour watch strap that pays homage to 1930s Hermès collars, in supple Fauve Barénia leather. A new Circuit H version will also be available with the French house’s signature anchor chain design, printed in Swift leather, and comes with a complementary watch face.
New colourful updates to the existing Classic, Attelage, and Jumping styles will also be included.