New iPhone 11, Apple Watch, iPad, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+
Apple announced new iPhone models today, plus a new Apple Watch, iPad and release dates for the upcoming Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade services. The new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max bring new cameras, new video capabilities, a new A13 processor, and new colors. The new Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on display and new finishes. The new 7th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch display. The Apple Arcade service launches next week for $4.99/month. Apple TV+ launches on November 1 and is free if you recently bought an Apple device.
I am a bit taken aback by Apples apparent desperation in keeping up it's iPhone sales numbers. Adding multiple cameras is not impressive, it seems rather silly. By the time Apple released iPhone 7 I believe they had provided pretty much everything that 95% of users could want or use .. Everyone has a phone now and they are reluctant to put out anywhere from 700 to 1500 bucks for an upgrade to what amounts to more camera lenses. Plus there is valid competition and for somewhat better pricing.
Once again the UK pay so much more for Apple products. You pay £565 for iPhone 11 , we pay £729. How do they justify that ?
By using Apple's iPhone Upgrade program, I am getting a new iPhone 11 Max and will pay the same price that I paid each month for last year's XS model. Moreover, with the new Apple Card, I'll get 3% back each month. So it will actually cost me LESS to get a new iPhone 11 than to keep last year's model!
Gordon: Aren't taxes include in your prices? Keep in mind that taxes are not included in US prices. So if you were to buy an iPhone 11 in my city, the sales tax is 8.31%. So you would actually pay $757 (£612). And I think sales tax is higher in the UK, at 20%? If I you paid that tax in my city it would cost $838 (£678). So that must account for a lot of it.
I would like to know if Apple plans to roll out a 7th generation 12.9" iPad, and when that might be.
Wayne: The 12.9-inch is one model of the iPad Pro and currently on the 3rd generation. That was announced on Oct 30 last year, so some think we'll see a 4th generation model about the same time. Since the 3rd gen was a new design, it is doubtful we'll see anything more than a new processor and such in a new model this year.
The biggest piece of news I took from the presentation was the lower price of the iPhone 11. I'm making the switch from Android to iPhone in January when I'm eligible. My wife has an Xr that I really like and, quite honestly, I was just going to look for a lower priced Xr in January, but when I saw the 11's price drop, that changed everything. I'll be going 11 in January.
With no 5G capability on the new iPhones they are already outdated by some other brands. Maybe we should wait for another year before upgrading?
Nick: 5G phones are only available in a very few limited areas where they have 5G networks up. Apple would never sell a phone like that -- charging everyone for 5G phones when only a few people would ever see a difference.
Was there any word on iPadOS? IPad Pro hard drive compatibility? Thanks.
Gregory: iPadOS is coming out on Sept 30 with iOS 13.1 for iPhone too. As for hard drive compatibility, not sure what you mean. It should support formats like macOS, FAT32 and ExFAT at least.
I just purchased a new iMac a few weeks ago. Do you think I will be eligible for the free Apple TV+?
Marcia: I don't think so. I mean the deal didn't exist when you made your purchase.
iPhone 11 will be my next upgrade. Was going to look into an XR, but not now. Thanks for the info! Also very interested in Apple TV+.