Apple watch series 7.
Apple watch series 7.
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Apple Watch Series 7

With all the rumours swirling around the internet ahead of the September Apple event, pretty much every tech reviewer was expecting the company to announce a flat-sided Apple Watch.

Instead, Apple highlighted the curves of the new Watch Series 7 more than they have with any previous Watch. The new Series 7 has a new always-on Retina display with slimmer bezels and the biggest screen of any  Apple Watch. It also features an 18-hour battery life, 33% faster charging and an IP6X rating for dust resistance.

“Apple Watch Series 7 delivers significant improvements — from our largest and most advanced display, to enhanced durability and faster charging — making the world’s best smartwatch better than ever before,” said Apple COO Jeff Williams. 

The Series 7 also updates its cycling, workout and fall detection features, and comes with a new mindfulness app. It comes in five new colours ways and in either a 41mm or 45mm size.

iPad

Apple’s new iPad (ninth generation) sports the same design as its predecessor — chunky top and bottom bezels and a capacitive Fingerprint ID button — making it the only tablet in Apple’s portfolio not to sport a flat-edge design with slimmed down bezels like the iPad Pro or fourth generation iPad Air.

Despite the somewhat outdated design, the new iPad has some impressive innards, , making it the easiest tablet to recommend for pretty much anyone.

Powered by the A13 Bionic system on chip — the same one that powers the iPhone 11 series — the new iPad has storage options from 64GB to 256GB, plus a new 12MP ultra-wide front camera with Centre Stage and a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone all wrapped up in a 100% recycled aluminium enclosure.

Compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil, the new iPad is proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

From R8 999, available for pre-order starting 17 September, istore.co.za

Apple iPad 10.2 inch Ninth-Gen.
Apple iPad 10.2 inch Ninth-Gen.
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iPad mini

The iPad mini has received what is probably the biggest overhaul since it first launched.

Now with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with P3 wide colour gamut, all-screen design with slimmer bezels like its iPad Pro and iPad Air (fourth generation) siblings and an array of new finishes, the new iPad mini is droolworthy.

But the changes are more than just skin deep. The iPad mini is powered by the all-new A15 Bionic system on chip (which powers the iPhone 13 series), has a 12MP ultra-wide front camera with Centre Stage and a new 12MP rear camera sensor with focus pixels and a larger aperture, a USB type-C charging port and is now compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil.

Apple IPad Mini family-lineup.
Apple IPad Mini family-lineup.
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iPhone 13

While the new iPhone 13  and 13 mini differ in display size — 6.1 inches and 5.4-inches, respectively  — both sport the flat-edge design that debuted on the iPhone 12 series.

Both also have a wide camera with bigger 1.7 µm pixels and sensor-shift optical image stabilisation, A15 Bionic system on chip, Super Retina XDR display with ceramic shield front cover, and a 128GB entry-level storage option.

Available in five colours, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini boast 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours more battery life than their iPhone 12 counterparts.

Both devices will be available at iStore from October 8.

Apple Iphone13 Colors.
Apple Iphone13 Colors.
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iPhone 13 Pro

Unlike the 12 Pro and Pro Max, which had slightly different camera set-ups, the 13 Pro and Pro Max are the same, with the exception of the display size — 6.1 inches on the 13 Pro and 6.7 inches on the 13 Pro Max — and the battery capacity.

With new sensors and lenses for all three rear cameras and a new image signal processor, the iPhone 13 Pro line-up features what Apple says is “the best camera system ever on iPhone”.

The new wide camera has a larger sensor with 1.9 µm pixels with a larger ƒ/1.5 aperture that offers improved lowlight photography. Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation — available on both models — stabilises the sensor instead of the lens, which means that your images will be smooth and your video steady, even when you’re not.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Colors.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Colors.
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The new ultra-wide camera features an ƒ/1.8 aperture and a new autofocus system as well as new macro photography capabilities.

Night mode is now available on all cameras on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, including the Telephoto camera, Both devices include features such as portrait mode with portrait lighting.

Videography has also received a big boost thanks to cinematic mode which lets you record videos with a depth effect with automatic focus changes. The focus can be changed during and after capture, and you’ll be able to adjust the level of bokeh in the Photos app and iMovie for iOS.

Another first is the introduction of ProRes, an advanced video codec that offers higher colour fidelity and less compression.

Powered by the A15 Bionic system on chip, the 13 Pro and Pro Max feature a new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion that supports an adaptive refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz.

Both devices will be available in four new colours at iStore from October 8.

iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 (for Apple Watch Series 3 and later) will be available as free software updates on Monday, September 20.

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