Saturday, September 16, 2017

Summary of the Apple Keynote by Karthik Sankar

Summary of the Apple Keynote by Karthik Sankar

There was an amazing amount of Hype around this year's iphone announcement especially among teens. Well, it finally happened, let’s take a look at what went down:

They are upgrading their retail stores in major cities to make them like a “town square.”  This likely won't affect us in South Brunswick.
Apple Watch.
They upgraded the heart rate sensor. It will now tell you if you heart rate is unusually high or irregular. The music interface is resigned to show album art. The Siri screen gives you cards (similar to Google Now) you think you could use. In addition there are new toy story watch faces. It now has cellular data, so you don’t need your iPhone to use it but that version will cost you 399 (non cellular is $329). Siri can now actually TALK back to you.
Apple TV.
There's now a model that supports 4K and HDR. It costs $179 for 32GB and $199 for 64GB. The non 4K version is $149 (there is only a 32GB version). It now supports live sports (you will get notifications if a game is going to start).
iPhone 8 and 8 plus.
New design: glass on front and back. The aluminum band matches finish of the color you choose.
They claim the glass is the “Most durable ever in a smartphone.”
New display with True Tone technology (think upgraded auto-brightness).
The new speakers are 25% louder with deeper bass.
New A11 bionic chip “This is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone.” It has two performance cores are 25% faster. The four high efficiency cores 70% are faster. And the second gen performance controller is 70% faster with multithreaded workloads. Finally, the GPU is 30% faster. This basically means it's definitely faster than the old iPhone.
A new ISP with faster autofocus and has hardware noise reduction. (better pictures)
There are new gyroscope and accelerometer for improved AR.
iPhone now supports wireless charging!
There are 2 memory options for iPhone: 64GB and 256GB.
Pre order starts this friday (September 15) and they will be available on September 22. iOS will be released on September 19.
iPhone X.
This iPhone doesn’t have Touch ID but DOES have Face ID which allow you to unlock your phone by looking at it. Any apps which work with Touch ID will work with Face ID. Animoji uses the same tech as Face ID to let you control the emoji’s animation with your face (similar to snapchat filters) and it’s built into iMessage. The depth camera (used for Face ID) work with third party apps so apps like Snapchat can create more realistic filters.
The home button is replaced with a gesture (swiping up from the bottom). Control center can be accessed by swiping down from the top of the display.
The power button is now the “side button”, this is because it has alternate uses like double clicking it for Apple Pay.
The dual cameras are positioned vertically with the flash in between them. Both lens have Hardware Optical Image Stabilisation. There is zero shutter lag so fast moving objects aren’t burry. Selfies can now be taken in portrait mode thanks to the depth camera. The battery lasts 2 hours more than iPhone 7.
A new wireless charging mat by Apple from iPhone, Apple Watch and Air Pods. There is a new optional case for Air Pods that allows wireless charging. Will be launched later in the year.

Want to watch the Apple Keynote for yourself? (Warning: it's 2 hours long!)

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