Apple’s at it again.
New iPhones were front and center at Apple’s event this past Wednesday, but the company also announced a few other products and gave final dates for their new software updates. We've rounded up a couple new releases for you to decide how or how not to spend your next pay-check(s).
iPhone Xs & Xs Max and the new iPhone Xr
Apple’s 3 new iPhones include a new and improved version of the iPhone X called the iPhone Xs, a larger model of the phone called the Xs Max with a 6.5 inch screen and a new take on the (budget) iPhone 5c named the iPhone Xr that, like its 5c little brother, promises to be a little easier on our finances while still delivering flagship features.
The number one new iPhone feature for me, as a photographer, is the new camera feature called depth control. This lets you control the new enhanced bokeh effect that has to do with that background blur you seen in photos. Essentially, portrait mode on the new iPhones is going to allow you to control after the bokeh within your photo after you shoot it. There's a slider which lets you change the equivalent f-stop which will make the background more or less blurred. Again, this is after you take the photo! I’m super excited about this I can't wait to try it out.
Another exciting feature for me today was the new smart HDR feature. Thanks to the new A12 Bionic chip, a faster sensor, and some other wizardry, your photos can now have more highlight and more shadow detail. Anything that makes your pictures look better is a good thing. I also love how Apple is using buffer frames. The camera shoots four extra frames to make sure that a moving subject isn't blurry using this new smart HDR function.
For some hands on interaction with the new Xs and Xs Max, check out Jonathan Morrison’s video below.
The next installment in the Apple Watch series will include a screen that is 30% larger, a thinner housing, redesigned interface and speaker that boasts a 50% louder sound projection. A new S4 chip promises to give the watch the same all day battery life but almost double the functioning speed. However, the biggest change is the integration of new health features: Apple Watch 4 can be used to run ECGs at home, and monitor for irregular heart beats, also known as Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). The watch also constantly monitors for falls, and can automatically dial emergency services if a user doesn’t get up after a fall. You can read more on the Series 4 health benefits on Apple’s website.
Incoming Software Updates
iOS 12. This is the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system. It will be available to existing iPhone and iPad users starting today. The company previewed most of the software’s new features, which include digital wellness tools as well as an update to its augmented reality platform ARKit, and better notification management at its WorldWide Developer Conference in June.
HomePod. Apple’s smart speaker isn’t getting a hardware update just yet, but the company announced a few software tweaks: HomePod users will be able to make and receive phone calls, set multiple timers, get help to find their misplaced phone and search for songs by lyrics once they receive the next software update, which is also now available to install on your HomePod
tvOS. The AppleTV will receive its next major software update today as well. This will include previously-announced support for Dolby Atmos, as well as a revamped single sing-on functionality for TV Everywhere apps, along with some really amazing new 4K wallpapers shot from the International Space Station in partnership with NASA.
macOS. Apple is going to release the next version of is desktop operating system, dubbed macOS Mojave, on September 24th. Mojave brings new features inspired by its most powerful users but designed for everyone. Stay better focused on your work in Dark Mode. Automatically organize files using Stacks. Take more kinds of screenshots with less effort. Try four handy new built-in apps, and discover even more in the redesigned Mac App Store. Now you can get more out of every click.