Apple's iPhone 11 camera interface mimics Instagram

Brenda Watkins
September 11, 2019

Apple today stunned tech-heads with a panoply of pricey new iPhone models, but the company also surprised audiences with a much smaller dollar figure: $7.99.

Apple also announced new games for the service, including Sega's ChuChu Rocket! The new iPhones retain the fundamental design language of the predecessors but have got a lot going for them like computational photography, night mode, and some benchmark breaking under-the-hood upgrades.

The whole new slew of iPhones are available for pre-order starting this Friday at 1pm. But in terms of screens, the iPhone 11 will have a 6.1-inch LCD screen while the more expensive Pro and Pro Max models will come with 5.8-inch and 6.5 inch OLED screens respectively. But it has been years since the company has had a major hit with a new device, as it did with the iPhone in 2007.

Audiences worldwide can enjoy Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in almost 40 languages, including Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) or closed captions.

In markets like India, where Apple has slightly over 1% market share, the attractive pricing of iPhone 11, further price cuts of older models and availability of new services might help Apple improve their position.

The iPad also got an update.

The Apple iPhone 11 and 11 Pro
Full availability starts September 20, which is when you'll be able to buy any of the new models at both retailers and carriers. Apple said it would offer a free year-long subscription to the video service for customers who purchased a new device.

New software features include tracking ambient noise levels to safeguard people's hearing; an ability for women to monitor menstrual cycles, and a "compass" to keep users properly oriented. Apple also failed to announce several products and features that had been widely reported ahead of the event, such as two-way wireless charging for its phones. "The price of a single movie rental", Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage. Apple will then notify you the moment the service becomes available. It poses a direct challenge to Walt Disney Co., which plans to launch its own streaming service in Canada in November for $8.99 a month. Rather, recent competition among platform holders is driving better deals for developers, and there's simply no reason to risk everything on Apple Arcade.

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller talks about the new iPhone 11 Pro during an Apple special event on September 10, 2019 in Cupertino, California.

But there was no bundle with Apple Music or other services at the latest launch as some analysts had expected, although Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin said the TV service, gaming service and the base model iPhone 11 seem created to draw in users for the longer term.

Lastly, Apple announced two new subscription services: games and TV.

Arcade will have more than 100 exclusive titles for play on Apple's array of hardware.

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