Apple unveils new iPhone: What’s to know?
It’s that time of year again, when Apple unveils its latest gadgets ahead of the holiday season.
On Tuesday, the iPhone maker will hold its annual product event — literally, due to the coronavirus pandemic — and introduce its latest lineup. New products – which include iPhones and Apple Watches – will have a stronger focus on screens, in an era when people are increasingly glued to them.
According to people briefed about the event, who weren’t authorized to talk publicly about the products, the company launched new iPhones with better displays and Apple Watches with slightly larger screens at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Planned to broadcast a video presentation. Apple declined to comment.
People said that the beauty of the new iPhone will be very similar to last year’s model. The biggest change will be in the screen, with what’s known as a higher “refresh rate” that will smooth out video and motion. The camera will also be improved, the people said.
The new Apple Watch will also look similar to last year’s model, but it will include a slightly larger display that may show more pixels, people informed about the products. This will make the images and text appearing on the watch face more attractive.
All told, this year’s upgrades are expected to be minor compared to the introduction of last year’s iPhone 12, which featured an overhauled design and support for 5G, newer, faster cellular technology. That generation of the iPhone helped double Apple’s profits in recent quarters.
Apple is announcing its latest products against a backdrop of antitrust and privacy concerns.
On Monday, the company released emergency software updates after security researchers disclosed a flaw that allows highly aggressive spyware from Israel’s NSO Group to infect people’s Apple devices without a single click.
Last week, a federal judge ruled that Apple did not engage in Monopoly behavior as part of a ruling in an antitrust lawsuit brought by Epic Games, the creator of the popular game Fortnite. But it also told Apple that it would have to allow app developers to communicate with their customers and advertise payment methods outside the App Store, allowing developers to dodge Apple’s commissions.
Apple had already agreed to a number of concessions to app makers in recent weeks and also said it would pay $100 million as part of a deal with smaller app developers. It is expected to appeal the judge’s decision.
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