Sunday, September 19, 2021

Apple Announces iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 And iPhone 13 Mini

 Apple introduced the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Both the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max introduce an all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion featuring an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. Apple says the pro camera system gets its biggest advancement ever with new Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras that capture “stunning photos and video,” powered by the A15 Bionic.

Apple says these technologies enable impressive new photo capabilities never before possible on iPhone, like macro photography on the new Ultra Wide camera and up to 2.2x improved low-light performance on the new Wide camera. New computational photography features like Photographic Styles personalize the look of images in the Camera app, and both models now include Night mode on all cameras. 

Video takes a huge leap forward with Cinematic mode for depth-of-field transitions, macro video, Time-lapse and Slo-mo, and even better low-light performance. Both models also offer end-to-end pro workflows in Dolby Vision, and for the first time, ProRes, only available on iPhone. iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also include 5G with more bands for better coverage, improvements to battery life for the best battery life ever on iPhone with iPhone 13 Pro Max, new storage capacity of 1TB, and the Ceramic Shield front cover. The latter, says Apple, is tougher than any smartphone glass.

The iPhone 13 Pro will purportedly last up to one and a half hours longer in a day than iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro Max will last up to two and a half hours longer in a day than iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and all-new 1TB storage options. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, the UK, the US, and more than 30 other countries and regions will be available on Friday, September 24.

You can get the iPhone 13 Pro for $41.62 a month for 24 months or $999 before trade-in. You can get the iPhone 13 Pro Max for $45.79 a month for 24 months or $1,099 before trade-in from apple.com/store, in the Apple Store app, and at Apple Store locations.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers. Apple says customers in the US can get ready for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max pre-orders until 9 p.m. (Pacific) on Thursday, September 16, by visiting apple.com/store or using the Apple Store app. They can choose to pay monthly or in full, add a trade-in credit toward their new product, or upgrade through the iPhone Upgrade Program.

IPHONE 13 AND IPHONE 13 MINI

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13, like their bigger siblings, feature what apple says is the most advanced dual-camera system ever on iPhone. They also pack the A15 Bionic, boast longer battery life, a brighter Super Retina XDR display, the Ceramic Shield front cover, an IP68 rating for water resistance, and 5G connectivity.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be available in pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED. Availability begins Friday, September 24.

You can get iPhone 13 for $33.29 a month for 24 months or $799 before trade-in. The iPhone 13 mini costs $29.12 a month for 24 months or $699 before trade-in from apple.com/store, in the Apple Store app, and at Apple Store locations.

Apple Watch Series 7 Releasing This Fall


 Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 is coming this fall. The Apple Watch Series 7 packs a reengineered Always-On Retina display with significantly more screen area and thinner borders. The narrower borders allow the display to maximize screen area, while minimally changing the dimensions of the watch itself. 

Apple says the design of Apple Watch Series 7 is refined with softer, more rounded corners, while the display has a unique refractive edge that makes full-screen watch faces and apps appear to seamlessly connect with the curvature of the case. The Apple Watch Series 7 also features a user interface optimized for the larger display, plus two unique watch faces — Contour and Modular Duo — designed specifically for the new device. With the improvements to the display, users benefit from the same all-day 18-hour battery life, now complemented by 33% faster charging.


Apple Watch Series 7 introduces five beautiful new aluminum case finishes, along with a range of new band colors and styles. The entire Apple Watch Series 7 lineup will be available later this fall. Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, says the display of Apple Watch Series 7 offers nearly 20% more screen area and thinner borders at just 1.7 mm — 40% smaller than those on Apple Watch Series 6. Through a design that maximizes the screen area while minimally changing the dimensions of the overall case size, it’s available in 41mm and 45mm sizes. While the wrist is down, the Always-On Retina display is up to 70% brighter indoors than that of Apple Watch Series 6, making it easier to see the watch face without having to lift the wrist or wake the display, says Williams.

The user interface is optimized to take advantage of the shape and size of the new display. Apple Watch Series 7 offers two additional larger font sizes, and a new QWERTY keyboard that can be tapped or swiped with QuickPath — allowing users to slide a finger to type — and utilizes on-device machine learning to anticipate the next word based on the context, making text entry easier and faster. With watchOS 8, larger menu titles and buttons in apps like Stopwatch, Activity, and Alarms also make the screen even simpler to interact with.


PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

  • All Apple Watch Series 7 models will be available later this fall.
  • Apple Watch Series 7 will start at $399 Apple Watch SE starts at $279 and Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $199. Apple Watch SE with USB-C charging cable, new Apple Watch bands, and Apple Watch Nike bands will be available to order today from apple.com/store
  • Apple Watch Hermès Series 7 and new Apple Watch Hermès bands will be available later this fall.
  • watchOS 8 will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 and later on Monday, September 20, and requires iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later. Not all features are available on all devices and in all regions.


Apple Announces 9th Gen iPad With 10.2-Inch Retina Display With True Tone

 

Apple introduced the ninth generation iPad. Starting at US$329, the new tablet features a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage,
support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard.

A13 BIONIC CHIP

The new iPad comes equipped with the A13 Bionic chip, which purportedly delivers a 20% performance boost over the previous generation. This makes the new iPad up to 3x faster than the best-selling Chromebook, and up to a whopping 6x faster than the best-selling Android tablet, according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The Neural Engine in A13 Bionic also powers next-level machine learning capabilities, including Live Text coming in iPadOS 15, which uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in a photo that users can take action on.

TRUE TONE

For the first time, True Tone comes to the 10.2-inch Retina display on the iPad. A new, upgraded ambient light sensor enables True Tone, which adjusts screen content to the color temperature of a room. Joswiak says True Tone on the new iPad makes images appear more natural and provides users with a more comfortable viewing experience in all lighting environments.


ECO-FRIENDLY

Apple says the new iPad features 100% recycled aluminum in the enclosure — marking a major milestone where every single model in the iPad lineup now has a 100% recycled aluminum enclosure.The iPad also uses 100% recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board, and 100% recycled rare earth elements in the magnets in the enclosure.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

  • The new iPad is available to order beginning today on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including the US, with availability beginning Friday, September 24.
  • Wi-Fi models of iPad are available with a starting price of $329, and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $459, in silver and space gray finishes. The new iPad starts with 64GB of storage — double the storage of the previous generation. A 256GB option is also available.
  • iPadOS 15 will be available beginning Monday, September 20, and ships for free with the new iPad. iPadOS 15 will be available as a free software update for iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and all iPad Pro models.
  • Apple Pencil (1st generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with iPad (9th generation) for $99.
  • Smart Keyboard for iPad is available for purchase separately for $159 with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • Smart Cover for iPad is available for $49 in black, white, and English lavender.
  • Customers can buy any Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad model directly from apple.com/store or at an Apple Store and get up to $200 back from T-Mobile/Sprint or Verizon with activation. Terms apply. For eligibility requirements and more details see apple.com/shop/buy-ipad. Customers can also trade in their current iPad and get credit toward a new one.
  • You can engrave the iPad with a mix of emoji, text, and numbers, all for free, at apple.com/store or in the Apple Store app.
  • Apple provides customers with a number of services in store and online that make its retail experience uniquely Apple. With personalized support and advice from Apple Specialists, convenient delivery and pickup options, free engraving, and special ways to save with Apple’s carrier offers and great trade-in values, Apple ensures the best way to buy Apple products is from Apple Store locations and apple.com/store.

Apple Announces New iPad Min, With A New Look, USB-C And More

 Apple has introduced a new iPad mini. It sports a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display in four finishes. It packs the new A15 Bionic chip and delivers up to 80% faster performance than the previous generation.

A new USB-C port allows faster connectivity, and new cellular models with 5G are available. The upgraded table also boasts new advanced cameras, Center Stage, and support for the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) .

NEW ALL-SCREEN DESIGN

The new iPad mini comes in a new array of finishes — pink, starlight, purple, and space gray. It features a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with narrow borders, all while keeping the same compact footprint. With advanced technologies such as 500 nits of brightness, a P3 wide color gamut, anti-reflective screen coating, True Tone, and full lamination, images and video will be vibrant and come right up to the surface of the glass, according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. New landscape stereo speakers, combined with the new display, deliver a great movie-viewing experience, he adds.

The all-screen design is enabled by moving Touch ID to the top button of the tablet.

A15 BIONI CHIP

The iPad mini gets a huge performance boost from the new A15 Bionic chip, with its incredibly efficient design that delivers all-day battery life, says Joswiak. According to Apple, the 6-core CPU delivers a 40% jump in performance, and the 5-core GPU delivers an 80% leap in graphics performance compared to the previous generation.

Advanced machine learning (ML) functions are powered by a 16-core Neural Engine and new ML accelerators in the CPU, delivering 2x faster ML tasks than its predecessor. Combined with the CPU and GPU, the Neural Engine enables apps to deliver next-level experiences, such as image recognition and natural language learning, notes Joswiak.

BACK CAMERA

The back camera now features a 12MP sensor with Focus Pixels and a larger aperture to capture sharp, vivid photos. The back camera also features a True Tone flash, perfect for capturing images in low light. With a new ISP in A15 Bionic, users will purportedly see natural-looking photos with Smart HDR, which improves image quality by recovering details in shadows and highlights.


5G is now available on the iPad mini, allowing the tablet to reach peak speeds of up to 3.5Gbps. Combined with continued support for Gigabit LTE and eSIM, iPad mini offers flexibility when users need to get connected. Wi-Fi 6 ensures faster Wi-Fi connection, as well. iPad mini now features a USB-C port for up to 5Gbps data transfer. That’s 10x faster than the previous generation.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

  • The new iPad mini is available to order beginning today on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including the US, with availability beginning Friday, September 24.
  • Wi-Fi models of iPad mini are available with a starting price of $499 and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at $649. The new iPad mini, in 64GB and 256GB configurations, comes in pink, starlight, purple, and space gray finishes.
  • iPadOS 15 will be available beginning Monday, September 20, and ships for free with the new iPad mini. iPadOS 15 will be available as a free software update for iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and all iPad Pro models.
  • The Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with iPad mini for $129.
  • The new Smart Folio for iPad mini is available for $59 in black, white, dark cherry, English lavender, and electric orange.
  • Customers can buy any Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad model directly from apple.com/store or at an Apple Store and get up to $200 (US) back from T-Mobile/Sprint or Verizon with activation. Terms apply. For eligibility requirements and more details see apple.com/shop/buy-ipad. Customers can also trade in their current iPad and get credit toward a new one.
  • You can engrave the iPad with a mix of emoji, text, and numbers, all for free, at apple.com/store or in the Apple Store app.
  • Apple provides customers with a number of services in store and online that make its retail experience uniquely Apple. With personalized support and advice from Apple Specialists, convenient delivery and pickup options, free engraving, and special ways to save with Apple’s carrier offers and great trade-in values, Apple ensures the best way to buy Apple products is from Apple Store locations and apple.com/store.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Nintendo Switch Firmware Updated To Version 13.0.0. Adds Bluetooth Audio And More

 Nintendo has released a new Nintendo Switch firmware update. Once you update, the console should be at version 13.0.0. This is a big update, with the main things being the addition of Bluetooth audio support and a couple of options related to the Switch’s internet connection that can be toggled. The patch notes are down below.

Bluetooth® audio support was added.

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output.
    • Bluetooth microphones are not supported.
    • Up to two compatible wireless controllers can be connected to the system while using Bluetooth audio.
    • Bluetooth audio cannot be used while local wireless communication is active.
    • Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.
    • For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.


“Update Dock” was added under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems, allowing for software updates to Nintendo Switch docks with a LAN port.

  • Dock software updates are not available for Nintendo Switch docks without a LAN port.
  • This feature was not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.
  • For more information, see How to Update the Dock Firmware.


“Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode.
    • The setting is enabled by default.
  • When this setting is disabled, the system will connect to the internet only periodically, which decreases power consumption and delays downloads while in sleep mode.

Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.

The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.

  • From System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.

Insomniac Games Is Making A Wolverine Game

Spider-Man isn't the only Marvel superhero getting his own video game over at Insomniac Games. During the most recent PlayStation Showcase, Insomniac teased Wolverine is getting his own game, and yes its set in the same universe as Spider-Man. Not much was revealed about the upcoming game other than that it exists, but we did get an idea of the tone it will take. Wolverine has never been the most "amped up" character, and Insomniac looks to be respecting that with our first teaser of its upcoming game.

According to the most recent PlayStation Blog post about the announcement, "Marvel’s Wolverine is a standalone game being directed by Brian Horton (creative director) and Cameron Christian (game director), who recently led the creative efforts on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a game we’re extremely proud of at Insomniac. In the vein of our Spider-Man games, our goal here is to not only respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular but also look for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit. Even though Marvel’s Wolverine is very early in development, from what I’ve seen of its emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay (see what I did there?), the team is already creating something truly special."

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Spider-Man 2 Coming To PS5 In 2023

Sony and Insomniac revealed that Spider-Man 2 is coming in 2023. The trailer showed off Peter and Miles working together to bring down enemies. The trailer also features voiceover from someone who seems to be looking for a challenge in his face-off against the two Spider-Man heroes, who man believe to be Kraven the Hunter. Last, but most certainly not least. We got a very brief look at Venom. Spider-Man 2 is set to release in 2023 exclusively on PS5.