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.
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.
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
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)
10.7mm thin (11.4)
Electric heart sensor (EKG)
Second-gen optical heart rate sensor
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
Titanium, Hermes and Nike models (Nike only)
50% louder speaker
W3 wireless chip (W2)
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
Gold Stainless Steel and sports loop from, $1099
Space Black stainless steel and leather from $1259
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.
Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing, said
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
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
250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm x 483/493g
Dual speakers and microphones
Rear camera: 8MP, f/2/4 camera, 1K@30fps
FaceTime camera: 1.2MP, f/2.2, 720p recording (Touch
ID not Face ID)
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
Customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch
or Mac have one year free of Apple TV+. Through Family Sharing, up to six
family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.
originals from the world’s most celebrated creative artists will debut on the
Apple TV app on 1 November:
“See,” an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and
Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated
humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has
lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive.
“Morning Wars,” a cutthroat drama starring and
executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring
Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the
misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the
“Dickinson,” a darkly comedic coming-of-age
story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens
of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson.
“For All Mankind,” a new series from Ronald D.
Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended
and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America’s
hopes and dreams.
“Helpsters,” a new children’s series from the
makers of “Sesame Street,” stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love
to help solve problems. It all starts with a plan.
“Snoopy in Space,” a new original from Peanuts
Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows
his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the
Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the
moon and beyond.
“Ghostwriter,” a reinvention of the beloved
original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious
ghost in a neighbourhood bookstore, and must team up to release
fictional characters from works of literature.
“The Elephant Queen,” an acclaimed documentary
film and cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction, follows
a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and
Oprah Winfrey joins the world’s most
compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club
community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share
meaningful ways to create positive change.
More Apple TV+ originals will be added to the
Apple TV app each month, including:
“Servant,” a new psychological thriller from M.
Night Shyamalan, follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable
tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious
force to enter their home.
“Truth Be Told,” a gripping new series starring
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul, explores
America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns
about privacy, media and race.
“Little America,” inspired by the true stories
featured in Epic Magazine, brings to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt,
inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America.
“The Banker,” a feature film inspired by a true
story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American
entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s
and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow
Texas. Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult also star.
“Hala,” a feature film and official selection of
the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival,
follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager
with her traditional Muslim upbringing.
Apple Arcade Game Subscription Service $7.99 per Month on 20 September
Users get unlimited access to the
entire catalogue of over 100 new, exclusive games, all playable
across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV. Apple Arcade is launching
with a one-month free trial, and users will not find the games on any
other mobile platform or subscription service. Apple Arcade games can all be
played offline, and a single subscription includes access for up to six
family members with Family Sharing. The catalogue will exceed 100
games in the coming weeks as new titles are introduced, with more games
to come every month. Apple Arcade will be available on 1
October on iPadOS and tvOS 13 and in October on macOS Catalina.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president
of Worldwide Marketing, said
“We are so excited to launch Apple Arcade on the App Store. A curated selection of over 100 new and exclusive games from many of the most innovative game developers in the world is the perfect complement to the App Store’s existing massive catalogue of games. We think customers of all ages are going to be delighted that a single subscription gives the whole family unlimited access to the full catalogue of amazing Apple Arcade games, all without any ads or additional purchases, while knowing every game must meet Apple’s high privacy standards.”
Some of the titles debuting on Apple Arcade include:
Baseball” from Gameloft, is an action-packed arcade baseball game that captures
the intense battle between pitcher and batter in live head-to-head multiplayer
Rocket! Universe” explodes as Sega launches the beloved ChuChus into a universe
of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles.
the Gungeon” from Devolver, players must escape a collapsing hell dungeon as
increasingly perilous obstacles, and opponents stand in their way.
from Finji, is a post-apocalyptic road trip adventure where players fight
dangerous creatures, rescue stranded travellers and scavenge for supplies to
PARTY ROYALE” from Bandai Namco, is a brand-new arcade experience featuring a
four-player Battle Mode where the last PAC-MAN standing wins.
First Light” from Blowfish, players follow the adventures of Greta, a girl
living in a mythological shadow puppet world as she embarks on a journey of
self-enlightenment, helped by legendary heroes from ancient cultures along the
Mini” from Ubisoft, Rayman has been reduced to the size of an ant! Players use
insects, mushrooms and plants to run through the world as quickly as possible
or try over and over again to achieve the perfect score.
and the Seven Sirens” from WayForward, players explore a vast sunken city and
battle the Seven Sirens in the Half-Genie’s most thrilling adventure yet.
City” from Snowman brings the heart and soul of street skating to life with
multi-touch controls as city streets become the ultimate skater playground.
Sasquatch” from RAC7, players live the life of a Sasquatch and do regular,
everyday Sasquatch stuff like sneaking around in disguise, raiding coolers and
picnic baskets, playing golf and more.
Universe: Unleash the Light,” is an original Cartoon Network game, co-written
by Rebecca Sugar, where players pick their favourite characters, choose which
Gems are in their party, unlock awesome new abilities and equip alternate
costumes in the ultimate mobile role-playing game (RPG).
Impossible Road” from Rogue Games, is a futuristic, high-speed racing game
where players master hairpin turns on courses that twist and coil over
beautiful galactic backdrops.
Bradwell Conspiracy” from Bossa, is a beautifully stylised conspiracy adventure
thriller with a humorous twist.“The Enchanted World” from Noodlecake, players
help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces.
Daylife” from Square Enix, is a brand-new RPG from the creators of “Bravely
Default” and “Octopath Traveler.” In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, players
explore a newly discovered continent while living life to the fullest in the
city of Erebia.
Arcade will be available via a new tab on the App Store for A$7.99 per
month and is launching with a one-month free trial. The subscription will
automatically renew at the end of the one-month free trial until cancelled.
GadgetGuy’s take – money-making services and minor hardware updates
The iPhone 11 series offers no compelling reason for recent iPhone
users to update. Sure, these have a better camera and more power than the
iPhone X series. But Apple users are a relatively happy lot. Whether they are
using an iPhone 6 or later they will get iOS 13 anyway. Lack of features found on
Samsung, LG, Huawei and OPPO will do nothing to stem the iPhone’s plummeting
sales figures. Frankly, I don’t see the iPhone 11 reversing that trend.
I suspect the laser-like ‘business-focus’ of CEO Tim Cook is
wringing every ounce of economy out of the iPhone manufacturing cycle in
anticipation of a revolutionary and costly 5G iPhone 12 in 2020.
The Apple Watch 5 has some new features that may make those
buying an Apple Watch select it over Series 3. But the fact is that for 99% of
us, the Series 3 is more than adequate and new pricing makes it very
Tim Cook is pinning Apple’s future on services. In June at Apple WWDC we saw announcements about Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade – these are just confirmation of start dates.
While it is good to see the Apple ecosystem is not standing still,
perhaps it is not moving fast enough to regain Apple’s position as the second-largest
smartphone maker (lost to Huawei last year). Shame that!