A big day for Apple over in Cupertino California. Apple Bytes 10/9/19 is our curated version of all the Apple news on iPhone 11, Watch Series 5, TV, Arcade, iPad more.

GadgetGuy’s Apple aficionado and adherent Val Quinn was over at the Steve Jobs Theatres in Cupertino launch after a hectic few days at IFA in Berlin then flying over the Atlantic – several days of fun and frolic – not.

He will report in more depth on his return. Meanwhile, you can catch his Sunrise segment here.

As is characteristic, there was a 1:41:43 video podcast that Apple masochists can delight in watching later.

iPhone 11 (good), iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Proving that iPhone X really was a 10 now we have the 11-series. Val Quinn was over there and reports on his first impressions and specifications. His take – great new camera and more refinement and evolution of the iPhone X – not the radical 5G redesign Apple aficionados may have been hoping for.

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Watch series 5

The main difference is its always-on low-temperature polysilicon and oxide (LTPO) OLED),  display that automatically dims to conserve battery life and springs back with a tap or wrist raise. It should give up to 18 hours use.

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It now has an e-compass and new maps that orient in the direction you are facing.

Emergency calling now works everywhere without a Telco plan, and improved fall detection can automatically place an emergency call if Apple Watch senses the user has taken a hard fall and remains motionless for about a minute.

Watch OS 6 has new health and fitness features as well as a menstrual cycle tracking feature. It will be rolled out to previous Watch series – not all features have support.

There is a new Titanium case model that is lighter and stronger than stainless steel. It comes in space black titanium achieves its deep colour from a diamond-like coating (DLC).

Apple Watch Studio: Gives customers in-store or online the opportunity to pick their preferred case and band combination to create a look that is uniquely their own.

Compared to Series 3 it has

  • 44/40mm case with 977/759mm2 display area (42/38 case with 740/563mm2)
  • Always-on display
  • 10.7mm thin (11.4)
  • Electric heart sensor (EKG)
  • Second-gen optical heart rate sensor
  • eCompass
  • Fall detection (32 g-force) and emergency calling (16 g-force and emergency SOS only)
  • 64-bit S5 processor (S3 processor)
  • Digital Crown with haptic feedback (digital crown only)
  • Titanium, Hermes and Nike models (Nike only)
  • 50% louder speaker
  • W3 wireless chip (W2)
  • 32GB (8/16GB)
  • BT 5.0 (BT 4.2)

Price: There are 40/44mm cases and LTE and/or Wi-Fi models with a wide variety of bands.

  • Space Grey/Silver/Gold Aluminium and sports band from $649
  • Gold Stainless Steel and sports loop from, $1099
  • Space Black stainless steel and leather from $1259
  • Titanium from $1.419
  • Nike from $649
  • Hermes from $1,999
  • Apple Watch 3 series has reduced from $319

iPad 10.2”

With a larger 10.2-inch Retina display, A10 Fusion chip,  Apple pencil and support for the full-sized Smart Keyboard at $549 (options extra). The 4G version is $729.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing, said

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“The new iPad feature a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and for the first time, the full-size Smart Keyboard. It runs iPadOS, which introduces new ways to multitask, manage and mark up documents, use Apple Pencil and view more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen.”

 Brief specs

  • 10.2” 2160 x 1620, 264pi, 500 nits
  • 32GB or 128GB
  • Supports Apple Pencil Gen 1 $145
  • Smart Keyboard is $235 (uses the smart connector on landscape side)
  • LTE and/or Wi-Fi AC Dual-band MIMO – LTE is data only but supports Wi-Fi calling – uses an eSIM
  • BT 4.2
  • 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm x 483/493g
  • Dual speakers and microphones
  • Lighting connector
  • Rear camera: 8MP, f/2/4 camera, [email protected]
  • FaceTime camera: 1.2MP, f/2.2, 720p recording (Touch ID not Face ID)
  • Digital compass and GPS
  • Apple Pay support (not general NFC support)
  • 32.4W battery for up to 9-10 hours use

Price (note a trade-in program is available)

  • 32/128GB Wi-Fi $529/689
  • LTE model $729/889
  • AppleCare+ add $99

Apple TV+ at $7.99 a month from 1 November

Apple’s video streaming service starts 1 November. It is available on Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms (LG, Samsung and others that support AirPlay 2) or via Safari, Chrome or Firefox.