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TECH & GAMING

Apple’s latest showcase was all about the tech

Words by Nathan Irvine

Upgrades aplenty

Apple has finally unveiled its line-up of new gadgets. iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and a few new flavours of iPad all made the cut for the big budget event, which you can watch below.

To the layperson, Apple has simply rolled out its annual upgrades without many cosmetic details. The iPad Mini and Apple Watch Series 7 minor design tweaks were about as radical as things got on the looks front. And it’s because of this that there’s been a somewhat tepid response from the internet lurkers who hope for big new changes each year. However, the technical upgrades – though less sexy – were great.

Most obvious of these is the iPhone 13 Pro’s internal gubbins. It all starts with the A15 Bionic chip that offers super speeds and power. This then translates into lightning-fast graphics for gaming and incredibly smooth playback for hi-res videos. The Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion enables 120Hz refresh rate so there should never be any noticeable lag (read: slow down) with iPhone 13 Pro. And then there’s the camera.

In plain terms, Apple says this is the most advanced camera ever on iPhone. It’s a photographer’s dream that can take pixel perfect shots in all manner of conditions, including low light. It has a telephoto camera that’s able to take better shots from further away, without the need for a telescopic lens leaping from the iPhone. In short, if you take a bad picture on iPhone 13 Pro and Max, it’s more than likely your fault.

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One of the most interesting aspects of the camera is the cinematic mode. This adds the type of depth of field effects and auto focus on subjects that’d you’d expect to see on the big screen. And in true Apple fashion, it’s a simple point-and-shoot function that can make the next video of your cat look like it was filmed by Christopher Nolan.

Elsewhere, the iPad mini has had its first major overhaul in a very long time. It has an 8.3-inch all-screen liquid retina display and comes in four colours – pink, starlight, purple and space grey. It runs on said A15 Bionic chip, which means it’s quick at processing lots of things at once.

Last, but not least Apple Watch Series 7 (out Fall 2021) got a few upgrades. More screen area and thinner borders – almost half the size of the Series 6 – but overall, it will be 50 per cent thicker than its predecessor. An 18-hour battery life from a single, 33 per cent faster charge, isn’t exactly headline worthy, but it’s an undoubtedly excellent feature. There’s also a full QWERTY keyboard interface for those with digits capable of working with it.

The rest of the show was equally tech-focused. It feels like Apple is trying to tell us that its happy with the aesthetically pleasing approach of its gadgets. The big advances will be in the what’s under the hood. And let’s be honest, that’s actually a good thing.

Apple’s iPhone 13 and iPad varieties launch in the Middle East on September 25, with the Apple Watch Series 7 coming later in 2021.

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