Everything Apple Announced at the iPhone 15 Event | Cord Cutters News

Everything Apple Announced at the iPhone 15 Event | Cord Cutters News

Few companies can capture the attention of the public better than Apple, but the tech giant really turns heads when it comes time to unveil a new version of its flagship iPhone. This time, it’s the new iPhone 15 family of smartphones.

Apple’s iPhone debut is the company’s arguably its highest profile event of the year, when everyone tunes in to see what innovations the company has packed into its newest smartphone. While Apple isn’t always the first company to introduce a new feature or technology, it’s typically the one that turns them into mainstream, must-have elements of a smartphone. Think wireless charging, mobile payments or multiple camera lenses – those were features that rivals got to first, but Apple somehow got people talking about them.

Admittedly, the rate of innovation has slowed across the smartphone industry, with advancements settling for incremental upgrades like a sharper camera, faster processor or slightly smaller bezel. At the same time, prices for these phones have gone up, which is likely why smartphone sales are in a bit of a slump right now. 

Here’s what Apple announced today at its “Wanderlust” event:

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

Apple’s flagship iPhone 15 gets a relatively big change from last year’s model, and inherits features from last year’s Pro models. Superficially, the biggest change is the elimination of the notch and the adoption of the “Dynamic Island” at the top of the display. The Dynamic Island was first introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro, and has moved down to its most popular model.

The phones also get the A16 Bionic processor that also debuted on the iPhone 14 Pro.

For the photogs, the iPhone 15 gets a 48 megapixel camera with a 2x telephoto lens. The camera also features the second-generation version of its “Portrait Mode,” which no longer needs to be actively selected. You can take a normal photo and decide later if you want to add the background blur effect.

The iPhone 15 keeps the 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 15 Plus gets the 6.7-inch display, along with a larger battery.

One of the biggest changes is the switch to a USB-C connection, with Apple ditching the long-standing Lightning port. The switch means you’ll need to be mindful that your older Lightning cables will no longer work.

Apple also added to the capabilities of its Emergency SOS satellite service, adding Roadside Assistance through AAA as an option.

The iPhone 15 starts at $799, while the iPhone 15 Plus starts at $899.

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple led the event with a refresh of its Apple Watch wearable, the Apple Watch Series 9.

The highlight feature of the Series 9 is a new gesture control called “Double Tap.” It works by tapping your forefinger and thumb together, which allows you to take calls, snooze alarms, take photos or more. Apple said the Watch’s four core neural engines, which allow for faster machine learning processing, allows the wearable to recognize the gesture.

Another feature is Name Drop, which allows you to get near another person’s Apple Watch to exchange contact info.

The Series 9 also includes precision finding through a second-generation UWB chip, which will allow you to find your iPhone a lot easier.

It also boasts a longer 18-hour battery.

The Apple Watch SE starts at $249, while the Series 9 starts at $399.

You can preorder today, available on September 22.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

The more rugged version of the Apple Watch, the Ultra, gets a sequel.

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 also gets the S9 processor, as well as a brighter 3000-nit display, its brightest display yet.

The watch will run for 36 hours, and 72 hours on low-power mode, the same as the original model.

It starts at $799, and you can pre-order it today and buy it on September 22.

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