Apple’s new offerings: Cheaper iPhone, streaming TV
CUPERTINO, California: Apple is dangling deals for its new phones and TV streaming service as it seeks to offset slumping device sales with new services.
Here’s a look at what Apple unveiled on Tuesday at its product event in Cupertino, California.
An update to last year’s iPhone XR, but $50 cheaper at $700. It now gets a second camera lens, with a wider angle to squeeze more of the landscape or a group of people into the picture. Stays at 6.1 inches, as measured diagonally. Comes out Sept. 20.
IPHONE 11 PRO AND PRO MAX
Updatesto the XS and XS Max, with prices staying the same at $1,000 and up. Last year’s phones had a telephoto lens for better zoom compared with the regular lens. A third lens now offers wider angles. The display stays at 5.8 inches for regular model, 6.5 inches for Max. Comes out Sept. 20.
The Series 5 watch catches up with rivals in offering an always-on display. There’s also a new Compass app for gauging location. New titanium and ceramic models available. Comes out Sept. 20, starting at $399. Cellular models are $100 more.
Slightlylarger screen than before, at 10.2 inches. Comes out Sept. 30, starting at $329.
APPLE TV PLUS
Challengerto Netflix and other streaming services. The service will launch with nine original shows and movies, with more expected each month. Comes out Nov. 1 at $5 a month. Free year for buyers of any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod Touch.
Video game service with more than 100 games, curated by Apple and exclusive to the service. Games can be downloaded and played offline — on the Apple-made iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Comes out Sept. 19 at $5 a month. Games available through a new dedicated tab in the app store.
For iOS 13 update for existing iPhones on Sept. 19, iPadOS for existing iPads on Sept. 30.
UNSPOKEN: Apple didn’t provide any updates on its Mac computers, including a launch date for Catalina, the next version of macOS. And Apple didn’t announce any iPhone with support for the faster cellular network known as 5G; while Samsung and other Android makers already have 5G versions for a few hundred dollars more, 5G iPhones aren’t expected until next year.
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