Everything announced at the Apple Event 2021

This September saw the world turned to Apple Park for ‘California Streaming’, its 2021 launch announcement for several brand-new products and updates to its Apple range. Following a quick emergency security update sent to iPhone users on the 14th of September, Tim Cook was on hand at this Apple Event to reveal some incredible new additions to their roster of gadgets. Here’s our round-up of everything that was announced.

iPad 9th Gen

The newest iteration of the iPad has been designed, according to Tim Cook, to work faster and more efficiently than any other tablet on the market – namechecking the Chromebook and Android tablets specifically. In aesthetic design, the 9th iPad is remarkably similar to its early iteration from 2020 – a 10.2-inch entry-level device – but it’s what’s underneath the bonnet that will really get users excited.

It’s powered by the brand new A13 Bionic Processor, the fastest one Apple has ever produced, which is supposed to work 20% faster than other tablets currently on the market, without decreasing power consumption dramatically. It also upgrades original features on the A12 processor.

The iPad 9th Generation also features Centre Stage as standard, an upgraded FaceTime camera, and options for 64GB or 128GB. iPadOS 15 will also be automatically installed in all new products before its roll-out to users over the next week.

iPad Mini 6th Gen

Apple has, essentially, shrunk down their popular iPad Air and presented it as the 6th generation of the iPad Mini.

At 8.3 inches, Apple are promising a tall order with 80% improved graphics and 40% faster CPU with the new A15 bionic processor. One of the smallest tablets that Apple now has on its roster, it's newly updated with optional 5G capabilities and is now compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. You’ll also find a much-improved camera, with Centre Stage capabilities, that can create 4K pictures and video.

Available in four colours – space grey, pink, purple and starlight, models start at 64GB and go all the way up to 256GB.

Apple Watch Series 7

Replacing the Apple Watch 6, this new design makes the familiar timepiece not just bigger, but thinner too. The screen is slightly more rounded for easier transition between screen and case and is 20% larger than the Series 6. It will even feature a QWERTY keyboard – a small one, mind you – that allows users to type directly onto the watch screen.

Brightness has been improved on the watch for general usage and will be compatible with Apple WatchOS 8. The watch is fully waterproof, allowing it to go wherever you do, and dust resistant with an IP6X rating.

As it has done in the past, Apple has teamed up with sports brand Nike and the couture fashion house Hermes to create exclusive editions of the product that will blend the two brands together.

iPhone 13 / 13 Mini

The two new iPhones were perhaps the most exciting additions to the California Streaming launch.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will feature the A15 processor, giving the new phone a higher efficiency level and better, long-lasting performance, alongside a 6-core GPU.

Design-wise, things have been cleaned up and sharpened. The 12MP camera has been improved to take better photos and expose more sunlight into images – making it better for long-range photography and low-lighting pictures. They also feature the new ‘Cinematic Mode’, which allows pictures to shift focus between subjects while shooting on video. Graphics display has been significantly improved with Super Retina display and an updated dual camera.

Both are available at Chitter Chatter.

iPhone 13 Pro / iPhone 13 Pro Max

The highest-spec new addition to the iPhone roster, the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have both been given a makeover in the camera and display department.

With the A15 Bionic Processor and increased maximum storage space by up to 1TB, the phones feature ProMotion display, the first 3x optical zoom (equivalent to a 77mm telephoto lens), improvements on high shooting capabilities, and a macro photography mode which creates sharper up-close images from further away.

Cinematic Mode also gets a boost, allowing creators to change focus after videos have been shot and offer a 4K30 video shooting capability which makes shooting video clearer and crisper.

Both models are available at Chitter Chatter.


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