Apple recently held its Wonderlust event, showcasing a range of new products and features designed to upgrade our communication, work, and play experiences. From the highly anticipated iPhone 15 with four models to advanced smartwatches, Apple is targeting the premium market. Here are the top announcements that have got me excited:
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
The new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will be available in five vibrant colors: pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. These models include the regular 6.1″ iPhone 15 and the larger 6.7″ iPhone 15 Plus. Starting at $799 and $899 respectively, these prices are the same as last year’s newest iPhone models. Pre-orders open on Friday, Sept. 15, with availability starting on Sept. 22.
Exciting Features of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
All-day battery life: These phones will operate with the A16 bionic chip, which supports the camera, live voicemail transcription, graphics-intensive games, and more. With 20% less power consumption compared to the A15 bionic chip, the A16 chip ensures all-day 18-hour battery life.
Dynamic Island: Dynamic Island is a captivating feature that dynamically changes the size and shape of the pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen. It displays relevant information and interactions in a centralized spot on the display. Originally introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro models, this feature can now be enjoyed on all iPhone 15 models.
New Features with Apple Watch Series 9
Access health data with Siri: Siri now allows you to access your health data, including sleep patterns, medication reminders, step count, and more. You can simply ask Siri instead of searching through numerous apps. WatchOS 10 includes NameDrop, which enables easy sharing of contacts.
Precision finding: This handy feature helps you precisely locate your iPhone by providing distance and direction, accompanied by haptic and audible feedback. It requires the Series 9 chip to function.
Double Tap: The Series 9 watches introduce the Double Tap feature. By tapping your index finger and thumb together twice, you can perform various commands, such as answering calls, stopping timers, playing music, and snoozing alarms.
Apple Watch Ultra 2
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is an enhanced version of the Series 9. Available in stores on Sept. 22, it starts at $799. Here are some of its key features:
Brighter than ever: The Apple Watch Ultra 2 boasts a brightness level of up to 3,000 nits, the brightest display Apple has ever created. This ensures clear visibility at any time of day.
Longer battery life: With regular use, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 can last up to 36 hours and up to 72 hours on Low Power Mode. Its durability has been tested across various altitudes, making it ideal for runners and bikers. It also includes a depth app for reviewing dives.
As part of Apple’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, the new iPhone 15 models and Apple Watch Series 9 models are designed using sustainable materials. These devices reduce greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing recycled and renewable materials. For instance, recycled aluminum and gold are used in the watch cases, while recycled cobalt is used in the batteries.
Kurt’s Key Takeaways
If you’re considering upgrading to a new iPhone 15 device, it’s worth exploring the subsidized pricing and trade-in options offered by major wireless companies. In some cases, you may even be eligible for a free iPhone 15. Contact your wireless carrier or Apple for more information on available incentives. If there’s something you wish Apple had provided more information about during the event, let us know at Cyberguy.com/Contact.
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