So…. What Did Apple Announce At Their Fall Keynote?

Well, if you want to see the entire keynote, you can click here to see the entire keynote. But if you’re someone who wants to see the highlights, here they are:

  • Apple Watch Series 4: Available in 40mm and 44mm sizes, it has a number of next-generation medical heart detection features approved by the FDA. That will give users in the US to start with ECG functionality, the ability to detect low heart rhythm with background detection for atrial fibrillation, and low heart rate monitoring to detect very low blood flow from the heart. It has a digital crown with haptic feedback, a bigger and louder speaker, and improved microphone placement. Battery life is better as well, and it comes with a 64 bit processor and fall detection. GPS and GPS + Cellular versions are available. Pre orders start on Friday, September 14, with availability beginning Friday, September 21.
  • watchOS 5 will be available on Monday, September 17 along with iOS 12 and tvOS 12.
  • macOS Mojave will be available on Monday September 24.
  • iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max: Both models have an edge-to-edge OLED display, greatly reduced bezels, and a “notch” that houses the front-facing TrueDepth Camera system. The Xs is 5.8″ and the Xs Max is 6.5″. It has an A12 Bionic chip that makes everything from Face ID faster to giving the new dual 12MP camera incredible capabilities. It uses LTE Advanced for faster download speeds and introduces Dual SIM through the combined use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. Better battery life and it comes in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB sizes. You can pre order them on Friday, September 14 and get them in store on Friday, September 21.
  • iPhone Xr: Featuring an edge-to-edge “Liquid Retina” LCD 6.1″ display with wide color and True Tone support. It uses LTE Advanced for faster download speeds and introduces Dual SIM through the combined use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. It uses the same A12 Bionic processor as the iPhone Xs and Xs Max and features many of the same features. It will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes and be available for preorder on Friday, October 19 and in stores beginning Friday, October 26.

Apple also usually quietly adds or discontinues items as well. I’ll be watching for what those are and I will update this page accordingly. Right now, I can see that the iPhone X and iPhone 6s has been discontinued. But I am sure there will be more to come.

UPDATE: The Apple HomePod will also get an update that will give it new functionality and languages. Expect to see it on Monday, September 17th.

UPDATE #2: It now seems that AppleCare+ for iPhone has added a new theft and loss option along with monthly payments. The Apple Watch lineup drops the ceramic Edition models. The Series 3 is still around and it drops in price.

UPDATE #3Apple’s AirPods site has seen significant changes. The mention of AirPods with a wireless charging case has been changed to “currently unavailable”. What’s also weird is that any attempt to search for AirPower which is Apple’s wireless charging mat that was promised a year ago will come up empty. Apple didn’t mention it in the keynote today and it appears that Apple is trying to rewrite history by erasing it from their website.


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