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On the AppleInsider podcast this week we dive into the details of Apple's new devices and decide if the Apple Watch Series 7 is worth an upgrade, plus best practices for upgrading to the new iPhone 13.
Despite several leaks missing the mark, especially ones of a flat-sided design for Apple Watch Series 7 and a definite launch for AirPods 3, Apple announced a great deal at its "California Streaming" event. We examine the lot, including what's really significant and what isn't, plus what is worth upgrading to — and perhaps what may not be.
Starting with the 10.2-inch iPad which now has a starting storage capacity of 64GB and brings Center Stage to Apple's base-model iPad.
Then the iPad mini received the biggest redesign of the event, gaining iPad Air's design language, Touch ID power button, and 5G cellular connectivity. While the A15 Bionic processor will be under clocked when compared to the iPhone 13 lineup, and its 5G cellular activity lacks mmWave compatibility, the new iPad mini is a compelling device.
Apple Watch Series 7 received the fewest amount of changes, using a chip similar to last year's model and lacking any new sensors. While the decrease in bezel allows for 20% more screen real estate, our hosts debate whether an upgrade from the Series 6 is really worth the price.
Next, we go in-depth on the iPhone 13 camera system including the new Cinematic mode for video. The A15 Bionic is 21% faster in CPU speed and the base storage capacity is 128GB, but on the other hand, this year's model will be slightly thicker and heavier when compared to the iPhone 12.
Unlike last year, the Wide and Ultra Wide lenses on the iPhone 13 differ from the iPhone 13 Pro. Users who opt for the Pro models will gain a wider aperture across all three lenses, and its Telephoto lens is now 3x zoom. Thankfully, sensor-shift stabilization which only came on the iPhone 12 Pro Max model comes standard on the Wide angle lens for the entire iPhone 13 lineup.
We round out the show with strategies for upgrading to the iPhone 13, the benefits of Apple's iPhone upgrade program, and the Epic Games v. Apple verdict.
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Links from the show
- Explore Similar Options in Apple Store app - Tweet
- Apple Store app trying to get you the iPad you want with 'similar options' prompt
- iPad mini slightly slower than iPhone 13 despite same A15 processor
- Hands on with all the new watch faces coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 8
- Text Spacing on Apple Watch - Tweet
- RAM in iPhone 13 unchanged from iPhone 12 models
- A15 benchmarks reveal nearly 21% CPU performance gain over A14
- iPhone 13 models thicker and heavier, TrueDepth notch slightly taller than iPhone 12 lineup
- iPhone - Compare Models
- Compared: iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- ProRes in 4K limited to iPhone 13 models with 256GB of storage or more
- Pro Res Video not arriving on iPhone 13 Pro at launch
- How to preorder the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro
- Apple invites customers, iPhone Upgrade Program members to prepare for iPhone 13 preorders
- Epic Games vs Apple trial & verdict - all you need to know
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