Yesterday’s Apple event was packed full of announcements regarding new products, redesigns, and updates. In the near future, we’ll see updates to most of the OS’s for the iPhone, Apple’s Watch, Mac computers and Apple TV. We’ll also see some services like iMessage and Siri opened up to developers, Siri on desktops, and Apple Pay on Safari. There will also be new lock screen options and notifications for iOS, an updated command center for the Apple Watch, and various changes to Apple Music, News, Maps and many other services. But these were only a few of the announcements, and by far not the most major. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest announcements.
Much like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 7 will be available in both a regular and a plus model. They both look similar to their predecessor, and some people are disappointed in the lack of new features, but there are some significant changes. Both iPhone 7 models are water resistant and much faster than previous versions. They also have a lot more storage – 32GB on the lower priced model. The iPhone 7s will also be available in a range of new colors. These phones will go on sale September 9 and be priced at $649 and $769.
No More Headphone Jacks
One major update to the iPhone 7 is the lack of a headphone jack. Instead, they will ship with earbuds that have a lightning connector and Apple is working hard to encourage users to use wireless headphones.
Two Camera Lenses
The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual camera design with two lenses on the back – a 56mm telephoto lens and a f/1.8 wide angle lens. It also has a 2x optical zoom. (This feature is not available on the iPhone 7 models).
Already available on new iPhones purchased this month, and available as an update on September 13.
Those who want to make the switch to wireless headphones will enjoy the new AirPods announced at the Apple Event. These are a wireless version of the EarPods that will ship with the iPhone 7. They offer up to 5 hours of listening time per charge and feature an accelerometer so they automatically know when you put them in. At $159, they are a bit on the pricey side, but a great item for anyone who wants to be free of wires.
Apple Watch Series 2
The Apple Watch Series 2 is a completely updated device. It’s waterproof and able to track swim workouts and features a GPS and can track bike rides and runs. It also features a brighter screen and faster processor than the original Apple Watch, and is available in ceramic. There’s been no mention of improved battery life, which is something many are rather disappointed about. The watch goes on sale next week for $369. However, some users may prefer to wait for the Nike+ edition which will be available in October.
Watch OS 3
If you already own an Apple Watch you’ll be able to enjoy all of the new features available on the Apple Watch Series 2 when an update to Watch OS 3 rolls out on September 13. This update will include a new dock, updated interface, the Breathe app and Pokemon Go.
Mario Available on iOS
That’s right, if you’re a fan of the popular Nintendo Mario games, you’ll be pleased to know that titles will soon be available in the App Store. Super Mario Run will be available before the end of the year. Fans will also be able to download a new set of Mario stickers to iMessage.
Niantic Labs took the stage at the Apple event and announced that the ever popular Pokemon Go game will be available on the Apple Watch Series 2, and older Apple Watches once you’ve downloaded Watch OS 3. The app will notify players when they are near a Pokemon or a Pokestop and display how far they need to walk to catch an egg. It will also display the experience points needed to level up and fitness information.