Tim Cook, CEO, Apple and his team of product executives have launched a slew of products at the iPhone launch event on 10 September at the Steve Jobs Theater in California.
The company has introduced three new iPhones, a new iPad with support for Apple Pencil, Apple Watch 5 also made its public debut and we finally know how much Apple’s video streaming and online gaming platforms will cost per month for users in India.
Key Announcements at Apple iPhone Keynote:
- Apple TV+ streaming and Arcade online gaming priced at Rs 99 per month in India. Offered with free trial of seven days.
- iPhone 11 with dual rear cameras priced at Rs 64,900. Will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants.
- iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max will be available for a starting price of Rs 99,900 and Rs 1,09,900 respectively, also comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options.
- Apple Watch Series with improved features launched at Rs 40,900 for the Wi-Fi model.
- iOS 13 will come to iPhone 6S and later models. iPhone 6 users will have to upgrade.
- Apple has also introduced a 10.2-inch iPad with Retina display and support for Apple Pencil.
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Good Morning, Says Tim Cook
Looks like Apple CEO Tim Cook can’t wait to get the event started, and here’s a picture of the Steve Jobs Theater from the outside, probably shot with the new iPhone? Who knows!
What to Expect?
All leaks for this year’s Apple launch event are pointing towards one thing – three iPhones will be introduced on 10 September. This could be the year that iPhones sport more than a single camera sensor at the back.
In addition to this, rumours have suggested that Apple will confine the iPhone 11 series to Face ID for biometric security, which means users will miss out on the in-display fingerprint option in this year’s iPhone series.
Now, we’re waiting for Apple to confirm the leaks and show us what the real thing is all about.
More Than iPhones on the Card
In addition to the hardware announcements, Apple is also likely to reveal more details about its TV+ premium streaming service, along with its pricing. That’s not all, Apple’s online gaming platform Arcade will also be highlighted at the keynote, where its pricing is also expected.
Lots of stuff to come in an hour from now, are you excited?
How Much Will New iPhones Cost in India?
With more than a lakh as the starting price for the iPhone XS last year, how much can Apple manage to price the iPhone 11 series in India?
Our bet is, get ready to spend another lakh plus yet again. By the way, t-40 minutes for the keynote.
Triple Rear Cameras on iPhone
Most leaks seem to have confirmed that the new iPhone 11 series, at least two of them will sport three cameras at the back.
We’re eager to know more about the technology built into them and see if Apple can give Google’s Pixel series a tough fight in the imaging segment this year.
Tim Cook is Here, Let's Get Started With Gaming!
Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage to kickstart the keynote, which, according to Cook, will pack a lot of big announcements. First up, it’s the Apple Arcade, which will cater to over 100+ gaming titles, and be available through the App store for users.
Apple has priced the Arcade at $4.99 per month, and users get a chance to use it for free on a trial basis. It will be coming to over 150 countries from 19 September.
Apple TV+, the Premium Streaming Service
Next up, Apple is about to detail the shows that will be available exclusively on its premium video-streaming platform. Cook also showcases some of the trailers for the shows on Apple TV that include "The Morning Show", starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon.
And, guess what, Apple TV+ will be available from 1 November, and it is priced at $4.99 per month, as part of the family subscription. In India, Apple is offering the service at Rs 99 per month, after the seven day trial period gets over.
But wait, there’s more. This service competes with Netflix and when you buy an iPhone, iPad or Mac, you get 1 year subscription free.
New 10.2 Inch iPad Launch
Apple has bundled the launch of a new iPad this year. Greg Joswiak, Vice President at Apple talks about the new 10.2-inch iPad.
It runs on the iPadOS, which supports multi-tasking features, and dark mode is there too. We’ve already seen most of these at the WWDC 2019 earlier this year. Apple claims the new iPad is 2x faster than its previous generation.
This iPad also supports Pencil, and has been priced at $329 and will be on sale 1 November onwards. For Indian buyers, the new iPad series starts from Rs 29,900 and will be available from 30 September.
Apple Watch 5 Incoming!
The products are coming at a quick pace, and Cook has now moved to talk about the new Apple Watch.
"Apple Watch saves lives". Cook plays a series of videos, including a woman who had an emergency C-section, another man who had a heart attack and third who was inspired to run, all thanks to the Apple Watch. Hmm.
The Apple Watch 5 gets a retina display and Apple claims it will last for 18 hours on a single charge.
Apple Watch 5 comes with a built-in compass, which can give you directions in different apps or just displayed on the screen.
Apple Watch 5 can be pre-ordered after the keynote, and this is what it’ll cost this year; $399 for the basic variant and $499 for the cellular model of Apple Watch 5
In addition to this, Apple will continue to sell the Series 3, but at a revised price tag of $199.
It's iPhone Time: iPhone 11 First
The new iPhone is called the iPhone 11. No surprises with that. Let’s see what the new variant offers, except for the new colours.
iPhone 11 gets a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which is probably Apple’s version of 720 pixels resolution. The phone sports dual cameras at the back, both supporting wide and ultra-wide angle 12-megapixel sensors. Even on the front, you’re getting a 12-megapixel shooter.
The iPhone 11 packs the A13 bionic processor, claimed to be the fastest processor on any smartphone. Apple has priced it at $699, and now we wait for the other iPhone variants.
iPhone 11 Pro Makes Its Debut
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have been officially revealed by Apple.
The iPhone 11 Pro series gets 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED display respectively. This is most likely the same screen that we’ve seen with the Galaxy Note 10 series from Samsung earlier this year. These phones will also be powered by the A13 bionic processor, but how much RAM? We’ll know soon.
Before that, iPhone users, this is what the iPhone 11 Pro will offer in terms of the battery life. In addition to this, iPhone Pro buyers get an 18W charger out of the box.
But what about the cameras? Phill explains with this diagram of the sensors and their capabilities.
Apple has packed ‘Pro’ features into this series, but how does it compare with other ‘Pro’ smartphones in the market? It’ll be an intriguing battle for sure.
And here’s the most important news of the day. iPhone 11 Pro series has been priced starting from $999, which means in India, it’s probably going to launch at over a lakh. It will be available from 20 September.
Tim Cook Back on Stage
The Apple CEO is summing up everything that Apple announced at the keynote today, and guides everybody present at the Theater to get a hands-on experience of these devices.
And that’s a wrap from our end as well, stay tuned for detailed stories and analysis of Apple’s iPhone launch event.