Apple hosted its ‘California Streaming.’ event.

Announces include iPad 9-gen, all-new iPad mini, Apple Watch Series 7, iPhone 13 (and mini), iPhone 13 Pro (and Max). Apple also mentioned that Fitness+ expands to 15 new countries later this year.

iPad and iPad mini

Apple refreshed base iPad model with A13 chip and Center Stage front camera. New iPad also supports True Tone.

iPad mini now follows iPad Air design (including edge-to-edge screens and Touch ID in power button), supports second generation Apple Pencil, supports 5G, uses USB-C for charging and accessories. iPad mini uses A15 chip (the same as iPhone 13).

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7 has new screens with smaller bezels. However, it uses the same SoC as Series 6. Also, Series 7 support faster charging via new USB-C charging puck. New Watches support existing bands.

Apple Watch Series 7 will allow keyboard entry directly on the watch. This also triggers angry discussions following ban of FlickType app for Apple Watch.

Apple also keeps Apple Watch Series 3 on sale.

During the presentation Apple also announced that Fitness+ is expanding to 15 new countries, will support SharePlay for group participation and gets new workout types.

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 keeps mini model in line. New iPhones (including Pro) have better battery life.

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have ProMotion display with adaptive refresh rate (from 10 to 120 Hz). Also, Pro models support ProRes video recording (on models with 256+Gb storage). Pro models also now have 1TB storage option.

Camera also supports “Cinematic” mode for video allowing focus readjustment during the recording and afterwards. New camera system also allows macro photography features.

New iPhones have different notch design. Notch is smaller, but slightly taller. If your apps draw content around notch area, these designs should be adjusted for new models.

iPhone 13 models also support dual eSIM configuration with no physical SIM card present.

Apple Events: California Streaming.

Reference: Apple Announces New 9th-Gen iPad With A13 Chip, True-Tone Display, and More, Apple Introduces Redesigned Sixth-Generation iPad Mini With Touch ID, USB-C Port, 5G, and More, Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 7 Featuring Larger Screen Sizes From $399, Apple Announces iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini With Smaller Notch, Repositioned Rear Cameras, and More, Apple Announces New Fitness+ Features Including Pilates, Group Workouts, 4K Video, and More, Apple Fitness+ Launching in 15 New Countries Later This Year, Apple Unveils iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max With ProMotion Displays and Up to 1TB Storage, Apple Watch Series 7 Larger Display Allows for Full On-Screen Keyboard, iPhone 13 Models Feature 20% Smaller Notch That’s Just a Tiny Bit Taller, iPhone 13 Models Support Dual eSIMs [Updated], Apple Watch Series 7 to Come in 41mm and 45mm Case Sizes, Will Be Compatible With Older Bands, All of the New iPhone 13 Camera Features: Macro, Cinematic Mode, Photographic Styles, Sensor Improvements and More, iPhone 13 Pro’s A15 Bionic chip has more powerful GPU than regular iPhone 13, Everything Announced at Today’s Apple Event, Shooting 4K ProRes Video Requires iPhone 13 Pro With at Least 256GB Storage, Apple Watch Series 7 has the same processor as last year’s Apple Watch Series 6, iPhone 13 Still Doesn’t Display Battery Percentage in the Status Bar, Despite Smaller Notch

Recommendations

Developer:

Review new hardware features. Consider studying “Center Stage” API. Adjust Apple Watch apps to new screen sizes.

QA engineer:

Consider getting new devices for testing purposes. Check apps on new Apple Watch sizes.

PM/DM:

Consider adding “Center Stage” support where appropriate, consider getting new devices for testing purposes.

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