Happy new iPhone XS, XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 day, everyone! There’s still plenty of news to cover, both from last week’s Apple event and all the other bits and pieces I just haven’t gotten to yet, so while you’re monitoring your doorstep for the delivery guy to rock up with your new shiny, why not check out the news? Then go back to obsessively refreshing the tracking status page, strolling past all the people lining up at an Apple Store so you can get in and check out the new hardware in person, or whatever else it is that people do on new hardware Friday.
Just like they did for the iPhone XS and XS Max, Apple has collected a bunch of Apple Watch Series 4 reviews and put them all in one place. Only the most effusive quotes were selected to be included in what’s probably more of a marketing/PR move than serious journalistic curation, but glancing at the publications cited really highlights the main difference between the iPhone and Apple Watch: while iPhone reviews were all from technology-focused websites, reviews from health and fashion outlets have been highlighted for the Series 4 alongside the usual suspects, which should tell you everything you need to know about where Apple has positioned the Apple Watch as a product.
Apple has a review roundup of the rest of the iPhone XS and XS Max reviews from yesterday. It’s high praise across the board for Apple’s latest and greatest, with many outlets waxing lyrical about the improved photography aspects of the newest iPhones. Although the rest of the changes in the iPhone XS and XS Max might not be as immediately obvious as the photography improvements, especially when compared to previous versions, they all add up to a seriously impressive product that many agree is the best iPhone ever.
Reviews of the iPhone XS are out, with TechCrunch and The Verge the first cabs off the rank. Given that we’re now ten years into iPhones, and the iPhone XS and XS Max have arguably the fewest changes of any iPhone thus far (even if they do have the biggest screens of any iPhone thus far), you can almost imagine how the reviews will go. TechCruch’s Matthew Panzarino puts a little extra effort into reviewing about all the changes in the iPhone XS and XS Max camera, where it turns out that whatever segmentation mapping and neural networking Apple are doing makes a difference in terms of the final shot, while The Verge’s Nilay Patel is a slightly more evenly-spread review that also compares the XS and XS Max to other devices, particularly when it comes to the camera. Both come to the same conclusion: there’s not much here worth upgrading for if you’re already an iPhone X owner, but if you do, know that you’re getting the very best iPhone available. And for everyone else, I think Apple’s narrative is clear: this is the future, and you’ll want to be a part of it.
It’s iOS 12 release day, which means reviews from all your favourite outlets and updates for all your favourite apps. There’s a recap of all the new features on Apple’s website, as well as a roundup of neat tricks you might have missed by TechCrunch. Meanwhile, Ars Technica says that iOS 12 runs faster on older hardware, thanks to performance improvements being a big focus for Apple this time around.
John Gruber’s thoughts and observations on last week’s iPhone and Apple Watch event says the Apple Watch Series 4 is as much of a landmark device to the Apple Watch lineup as the iPhone 4, 6, and iPhone X were to the iPhone. The first major design change of its kind sees Apple embrace the edges of the display, now curved to match the iPhone’s, and we’re not even mentioning Apple’s continued focus on health and fitness. And while the iPhone XS is about as iterative as upgrades get, the iPhone to watch is the iPhone XR — it may not have all the bells and whistles of the XS, but it gets damn close.
The highlights from Apple’s event yesterday gives us the cliff notes of everything that was announced, including the new iPhone XS and XR, as well as the Apple Watch Series 4. If you missed out and still want to catch up, there’s the full keynote available via your platform of choice, or if you’re really time-starved, the 108-second summary video that speeds through the announcements in a fraction of the time of the full thing.
If you’re planning to watch Apple’s September event tomorrow live, then you’ve got a couple of options. Besides watching on the Apple TV via the Apple Events app, you can also stream the event from Apple’s website, and for the first time, Apple will also be streaming their event on Twitter. Apple’s mysterious Twitter account with no tweets continues to offer reminders about the event, if you need one more notification in your life.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with predictions regarding upcoming Apple products, and seeing as still have a little time before Apple’s event on early Thursday morning, we might as well entertain his ideas. While Keuo doesn’t have anything new or particularly exciting about iPhones, he claims new iPad Pros will replace Lightning with USB-C and have an 18W USB-C power adapter in the box, while the Apple Watch Series 4 will have come with a built-in ECG and all-ceramic back on all models.
MacRumors has an extensive roundup of everything to expect at this week’s Apple event. Besides new iPhones, we should also see Apple announce the Apple Watch Series 4, with decent chances for AirPower and the AirPods wireless charging case to also make their debut. They’ll probably be some kind of recap about all of Apple’s software updates, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for iPad Pro updates, a Mac mini refresh, a cheaper MacBook Air, or any kind of Mac news at all.
Supply chain sources say that this year’s iPhone revisions are set to lead the tech industry in at least one key area: the fabrication process used for making chips that power the iPhone. With this year’s iPhone widely expected to use a 7nm process for its A12 SoC, Digitimes reports that four other major chipmakers have delayed their own plans to use 7nm processes, giving Apple a potential edge when it comes to power consumption and heat output.