Apple Event 2021 Keynote: it’s all about iPhones and iPads, also Apple Watch Series 7!

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

Apple on Tuesday has organised its keynote, the online streaming event, wherein we had got to see a slew of new products: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad 9th-Gen, and iPad mini. Except for the Apple Watch Series 7, all the other products will be available for pre-booking on the Apple Store India site, starting this Friday, and the products will be available starting September 24th, 2021. Let’s have a look at the new products announced, shall we?

Apple iPad 9th-Gen (10.2-inch model)

Apple updates its regular iPad model with the A13 Bionic chipset. It comes in Wi-Fi only model, and as well as WiFi+ Cellular models. The new iPad features a 10.2-inches Retina Display with up to 500 nits of brightness. It also features Apple’s renowned True Tone feature and attains Apple Pencil 1st-Gen support.

Apple iPad 9th-Gen

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The iPad also keeps the bezels intact wherein the bezel at the bottom houses a Home button/TouchID sensor. The device features stereo speakers. And most alongside the chipset upgrade the iPad comes with an ultra-wide 12MP FaceTime HD camera. It has a bigger 122-degree field of view and comes with Apple’s Centre Stage technology, meaning during FaceTime video calls, the front camera fixes its focus on the person and adjusts according to his/her movement; to have more engaging video calls.

The iPad 10.2 model on the rear has an 8MP wide camera with f/2.4 aperture that further supports 5x digital zoom. For video, it supports up to 1080p HD video recording at 30fps. As for the battery, Apple is promising all-day battery life. The other highlights of this iPad include multitasking support, iOS 15 support, has AR view feature, 4G LTE speeds, dual-band Wi-Fi, to name a few.

Apple iPad 9th-Gen

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The iPad 10.2 inch model retails at Rs 30,900 for 64GB WiFi model, Rs 42,900 for WiFi+Cellular. Likewise, the 256GB WiFi model starts at Rs 44,900, and the WiFi+Cellular model retails at Rs 56,900.

Apple iPad mini 5G

Apple’s new iPad mini comes with an 8.3-inches display, which is a Liquid Retina Display powered by the latest A15 Bionic chipset. The new mini iPad claims to be a whopping 80% faster than its predecessor. It now supports 5G for connectivity, as well as features a new USB Type-C port. Like the regular iPad, the mini also has Centre Stage supported FaceTime Camera, and comes with Apple Pencil support (2nd-Gen). The iPad mini also ships with the latest iOS 15 out of the box.

Apple iPad mini

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The iPad mini on the whole carries a new design reminiscent of the latest iPad Air, which we have seen earlier. It sports multiple colour variants: pink, starlight, purple, and space grey. The new mini aims to have the same footprint as the older model but the new display here helps minimize the bezels overall. The display features peak brightness of up to 500 nits, has P3 wide colour gamut, features True Tone, and comes with an anti-reflective coating on the top.

The Touch ID sensor doubles as the power button up top; for connectivity, the iPad mini supports 5G, USB Type-C for faster data transfer, and WiFi 6 for faster WiFi connections. The top accessories for the new iPad mini include Apple Pencil 2nd Gen, wireless chargers, a new smart folio case, which also comes in multiple colour finishes.

Apple iPad mini

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As for pricing, the iPad Mini (2021) comes in Space Grey, Pink, Purple, and Starlight

It starts at

-Rs 46,900 for Wi-Fi model – 64GB
-Rs 60,900 for Wi-Fi+Cellular model – 64GB
-Rs 60,900 for Wi-Fi model – 256GB
-Rs 74,900 for Wi-Fi+Cellular – 256GB

In addition, the Apple Pencil 2nd Gen costs Rs 10,900. And, the smart folio case retails at Rs 5,500. The pre-orders begin this Friday, and the availability of the models is from September 24th.

Apple Watch Series 7

The next generation of Apple Watch announced at the event is — the Apple Watch Series 7. The new series is available in two models: in 41mm and 45mm sizes. The new model promises to have 20 percent more screen area, alongside thinner borders, when compared to predecessor Apple Watch Series 6 models. The successors here come with new Always-On Retina displays that claim to be 70% brighter indoors than the previous models.

Apple Watch Series 7

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Also, the Apple Watch Series 7 models on the front are said to be 50% thicker and claim to be crack-resistant as well. The series 7 is also IP6X dust resistant and has a water resistance of WR50. On the inside, Apple is introducing a new interface with new QWERTY keyboard support, and both models come with WatchOS 8 out of the box.

Apple Watch Series 7

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Apple Watches are considered to be primary health and fitness trackers with the truly necessary tools which they carry. Series 7 are no exception. They come with an electrical heart sensor, ECG, Blood Oxygen sensor and the WatchOS 8 also hosts numerous new features. For instance, it has the new Mindfulness app, new workout types, accessibility features, to name a few.

Apple Watch Series 7

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Apple is bringing several new updates for its cycling, workout and fall detection. In the press release, Apple suggests “watchOS 8 also brings new features to anyone who rides a bike. Apple Watch uses advanced algorithms to analyse GPS, heart rate, accelerometer, and gyroscope data to detect when users begin a ride and prompts them to start an Outdoor Cycle workout if one wasn’t initiated. As with all automatic Workout reminders, cyclists will see their metrics from when they first started their workout. Additionally, cycling workouts have auto-pause and resume, so metrics more accurately reflect time spent moving versus stationary, like waiting at a stoplight.

Apple Watch can more accurately measure active calories when riding an e-bike, with an updated cycling workout algorithm that evaluates GPS and heart rate to better determine when users are riding with pedal-assist versus leg power alone. New voice feedback through the built-in speaker of the Apple Watch, or through AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones, will also automatically announce workout milestones and Activity ring status, helping users stay focused during activities like running or HIIT.

Since its launch in 2018, fall detection on Apple Watch has proven to be a valuable safety tool, recognising if a user is immobile for approximately one minute if a hard fall is detected, and initiating a call to emergency services right from the wrist. With watchOS 8, fall detection algorithms are updated and optimised for detecting falls during workouts — including cycling — and have been tuned to recognise the unique motion and impact of falls from a bike and other workout types.”

For battery, these watches claim an eighteen-hour battery life on a single charge. Again in comparison with the predecessor series, the Watch Series 7 promises 33 percent faster charging that includes a new charging architecture coupled with Magnetic Fast Charger USB-C Cable.

The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in five aluminium case colours that include midnight, starlight, green, a new blue and (PRODUCT) RED. The whole lineup including Apple Watch Nike, and Apple Watch Hermès will be available in the fall later this year.

Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

The Apple iPhones are here and they look largely the same on the outside be it in build, design and camera modules. However, there are very few tweaks in them too, for instance, the widely popular notch is now smaller but a tad bit taller; the camera lenses are now in a diagonal array instead of vertical. There are new colour options too, and camera improvements, and of course new bionic chips.

Apple iPhone 13

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Both iPhone models come in 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch displays respectively. They feature a flat edge design with an aluminium frame. These iPhone 13 models feature in pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and PRODUCT (RED) colour options. The displays on the front come with Ceramic Shield protection on the top. The iPhones also come with an IP68 rating. Apple suggests that these screens are improved Super Retina XDR OLED displays with a 28 percent increase in brightness up to 800 nits, and a peak brightness in HDR at 1200 nits.

Like the iPad mini, the iPhone 13 models: the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini equip in-house developed A15 Bionic chip. It is built on a 5nm process that features six-core CPUs that comprise two high performance and four higher efficiency core chips. The four core GPU also promises to be 30 percent faster than the previous generations.

The new 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second, enabling even faster machine learning computations for third-party app experiences, as well as features like Live Text in Camera with iOS 15. Major advancements to the next-generation ISP, paired with computational photography and powerful camera hardware, combine to create the new dual-camera system, Apple suggests.

The iPhone 13 models bring new advancements to their cameras as well. They feature a new wide camera with 1.7 µm pixels. The dual 12MP+12MP camera system is capable of gathering 47 percent more light. Further, the cameras bring in sensor-shift OIS, which was first introduced in iPhone 12 Pro Max last year, that stabilises the sensor instead of the lens to capture more steady shots. Then there is an ultra-wide camera that promises to capture more details in the dark. The camera samples showcased during the event surely look promising.

For video, the iPhone 13 models feature a new cinematic mode, which can record videos of people, pets, and objects with depth effect while simultaneously changing the focus. This mode captures videos in Dolby Vision HDR, which both iPhone 13 models support. Further, these models can capture 4K at 60fps on both cameras.

They also ship with iOS 15 out of the box that focuses more on on-device intelligence than the cloud even for Siri. It additionally brings spatial audio for FaceTime calls, a new portrait mode for video calls, and Live Text that again uses, on-device intelligence.

Apple iPhone 13

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iPhone 13 Mini price in India start at

– Rs 69,900 – 128GB model
– Rs 79,900 – 256GB model
– Rs 99,900 – 512GB model

Apple iPhone 13 price in India retails at

– Rs 79,900 – 128GB model
– Rs 89,900 – 256GB model
– Rs 1,09,900 – 512GB model

Apple iPhone 13 Pro models

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, are the higher-end models in the lot. Finally, Apple has managed to bring a higher refresh rate screen: the most awaited feature on iPhones to its Pro models. The company calls it ProMotion display, which is an adaptive refresh rate display ranging from as low as 10Hz-to-120Hz. Both the Pro models have the refresh rates, and they’re the latest Super Retina XDR displays with 1200 nits of HDR brightness, and 1000 nits of max outdoor brightness. For those wondering the iPhone 13 Pro has a 6.1-inch OLED display, and the Max has a 6.7-inches OLED screen. These displays are enclosed in a flat edge design like the predecessors, wherein they use a steel frame and textured matte glass finish on the back. Apple suggests the Pro models feature ceramic finish on the back and Ceramic shield protection upfront on the display as well. There’s an IP68 rating on the Pro models too.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max

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Cameras

Like the predecessors, the iPhone 13 Pro models also feature three rear cameras: 12MP Telephoto, Wide, and Ultra-wide cameras with f/2.8, f/1.5, and f/1.8 apertures respectively. The ultra-wide lens comes with a 120-degree field of view. These rear cameras also come with Night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4, and a new Macro Photography mode. The night mode here utilises LiDAR scanner for portrait shots; both telephoto and wide-angle cameras support dual OIS; the wide-angle camera again supports sensor-shift stabilization too; Other modes include Apple ProRAW, Lens Correction for the ultra-wide-angle camera. For video, they also support cinematic mode, like the iPhone 13 models, alongside up to 4K video recording for up to 60fps. One more new addition that is exclusive for the Pro models is the ProRes feature: video codec widely used in feature films. The front 12MP camera also supports the aforementioned features as in the rear cameras.

In terms of battery, despite having new screens, and higher refresh rates displays, the battery life on both models are said to be giving a couple of hours more than the predecessors — thanks to the A15 Bionic chipset, I think. Another exclusive feature for Pro models is the new 1TB storage model, alongside the 128GB, 256GB, 512GB options.

All iPhone models announced at the event ship with iO5 15, support 5G bands. Both the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max sport in Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold and Graphite colour variants.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro price in India starts at

– Rs 1,19,900 – 128GB
– Rs 1,29,900 – 256GB
– Rs 1,49,900 – 512GB
– Rs 1,69,900 – 1TB

And for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, they start at

– Rs 1,29,900 – 128GB
– Rs 1,39,900 – 256GB
– Rs 1,59,900 – 512GB
– Rs 1,79,900 – 1TB

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Vishnu Sarangapurkar
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Vishnu works as a Content Writer for Mr. Phone. His primary interests revolve around covering smartphones and all other gadgets connected to the Internet.