Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ Event Prediction Results

Each Apple event provides the opportunity for me to make some predictions. I did just predictions in a post. Now that the event has occurred, here is how well I did.

Four New iPhones

There are indeed four new iPhone models, the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. There are new camera features, new colors, and improved battery life across the entire line.

These will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 17th, 2021.

Higher Refresh Rate on ‘Pro’ models

The iPhone Pro Max does have a higher refresh rate, 120Hz. In fact is can go from 10Hz to 120Hz dynamically as needed. If the screen does not need to refresh, it will save some battery. I got this one right..

No Macs

There were no Macs mentioned at the event, which makes sense. I also go this one correct as well.

Refreshed 10.2-inch iPad

iPad 9th Generation Wifi

There is a new 10.2-inch iPad with a new camera, the A13 Processor. It has 64GB of storage as a base amount and is still $329. You can order one today for delivery or pickup starting on September 24th. I got this one right.

Refreshed iPad mini

iPad mini in Purple

There is an all new iPad mini that asks after the iPad Air Design. There is no longer a home button, but the Touch ID button is on the sleep/wake button. The iPad mini has USB-C and support the 2nd Generation Apple Pencil. You can order an iPad mini today for delivery and pickup starting September 24th.

Like the 10.2-inch iPad, this one was correct.

New Apple Watch with new design

Apple Watch Series 7 Nike Edition

There is a slightly new design on the Series 7 Apple Watch. The bezels are a bit smaller and the edges are a bit more round. There were rumors of a significant redesign, but I did not think that would happen and chose a slight redesign, which came true.

New Apple Watch with new case sizes

Apple Watch Series 7 in Green

There are indeed two new sizes, 41mm and 45mm. This is indeed correct. The best part of the new sizes is that the existing Apple Watch bands will work with the Series 7 Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch will be available “Later this fall”. With the new case sizes, I got this correct as well.

Overall Results

I made a total of 7 predictions, and I got each one correct. This is likely the only Apple event where I will get every single prediction correct.

The updates this year appear to be minor ones. In the case of the 10.2-inch iPad and the Apple Watch, that is the case. However, for the iPhones and iPad mini, they are significantly bigger upgrades. For the iPhone 13 line, the cameras are huge upgrades.

“Spring Loaded” Event Prediction Results

Yesterday I posted a recap of what Apple announced at their “Spring Loaded” event, and the event was aptly named. I posted my predictions for what I thought we would see at the event. Now that the event is over, let us look at how well I did with my predictions.

New Watch Bands – 90% Chance

Variety of Apple Watch Bands available in Spring 2021.

While they were not announced at the event, there were new Apple Watch Bands. In fact, there were a few new colors including:

  • Tomales Blue Solo Loop
  • Pistachio Braided Solo Loop
  • Pistachio Solo Loop
  • Cantaloupe Sport Band
  • Cantaloupe Solo Loop
  • Pink Punch Braided Solo Loop
  • Deep Navy Solo Loop
  • Black Solo Loop
  • White Solo Loop
  • Electric Orange Braided Solo Loop
  • Inverness Green Braided Solo Loop
  • Atlantic Blue Braided Solo Loop
  • Charcoal Braided Solo Loop
  • Mallard Green Sport Band
  • Capri Blue Sport Band
  • Sea Salt Sport Loop
  • SunflowerSport Loop
  • Abyss Sport Loop
  • Olive Sport Loop
  • (PRODUCT)RED Braided Solo Loop
  • (PRODUCT)RED Solo Loop
  • Blue/Green Glow Nike Sport Band
  • Hasta/Light Silver Nike Sport Band
  • Ironstone/Black Nike Sport Band
  • Chalk Leather Link
  • Rouge de Cœur/Rouge H Jumping Single Tour (Hermes)
  • Kraft/Rouge de Cœur Jumping Single Tour (Hermes)
  • Orange/Rose Mexico Jumping Single Tour (Hermes)
  • Bleu Saphir/Orange Jumping Single Tour (Hermes)
  • Rose Mexico Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour (Hermes)
  • Bleu Saphir Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour (Hermes)
  • Blanc Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour (Hermes)
  • Noir Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour (Hermes)

The exact color is dependent on the type of band and not all bands will work with all watches. Since there were new bands, I got this one correct.

New iPad Pros – 90%

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) with the Magic Keyboard

There were definitely new iPad Pros. A new 11-inch and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The new iPad Pros have an M1, 5G, and comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB models.

With new iPad Pro models, that means I got this one correct too.

New Apple TV Box – 75%

Apple TV 4K (2021) with a Siri Remote.

There is a new Apple TV Box. It is an updated Apple TV 4K with an A12 Bionic. This comes in 32GB or 64GB models. Along with this, there is a new Siri Remote.

This one I also got correct.

New Screen Type on 12.9-inch iPad Pro – 60%

Along with the new internals, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro did get a new screen type, specifically Mini LED. This should allow for brighter screens when needed. So, I got this one correct too.

AirTags Announced – 50%

Air Tag back and front view

Apple did announce AirTags at the event. These small tags will allow you to find missing items using the “Find My” network. These are $29 each or you can get a 4-pack for $99.

Since AirTags were announced, I got this correct too.

New 21.5-inch iMac – 50%

There is a new 21.5-inch iMac that comes with an M1, a flat screen, a redesigned power supply, thunderbolt 4 and USB-C. There are two overall models with the iMac, an 8-Core CPU/7-Core GPU iMac and an 8-Core CPU/8-Core GPU model. You can configure either of these with 8GB or 16GB of memory, and you can customize it up to 2TB of storage.

I got this one correct as well.

New Colors for the iMac – 10%

24-inch Blue iMac from the back.

I honestly did not expect Apple to announce new colors for the iMac, but guess what, they actually did. There are seven possible colors:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Pink
  • Silver
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Purple

The first four colors listed are available on all iMac models, while the last three are only available on the 8-Core CPU/8-Core GPU version.

New colors on the iMac means I got this one right.

Closing Thoughts

Surprisingly, I actually got 100% of the predictions that I made, correct. This is the first, and likely the last, time that I will get all of my predictions correct. Time will tell, but I am pretty sure on this last statement.

You can read all about everything Apple announced by going to the recap post.

Apple “Time Flies” Event Recap

Apple held its “Time Files” event livestream event today. It was not a live event, but a pre-recorded one. The style of the video was very similar to that of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. We saw different parts of Apple’s campus with different people in each area. Today’s event focused on two products, the Apple Watch and the iPad. Let us look at what Apple announced for each.

Apple Watch

Today Apple announced two new Apple Watch models, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. These two models are similar, yet still different. Let us cover the aspects that are the same between the two models.

Common Features between Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE

There are a number of common features between the new Apple Watch Series 6 and the new Apple Watch SE. The first of these is the case sizes. Both come in 40mm and 44mm varieties and both have a Retina screen. Next is a feature that was added in the Apple Watch Series 5, fall detection. This is a great feature for those who may be prone to falling and need to be able to contact someone in the event of a fall. This is present in both models.

There is a new feature that is available on both models, a new Always On Altimeter. The Altimeter will be able to inform you, in real time, of your elevation. This is great if you are doing some hiking and want to see how high up you have gone.

One of the ways to personalizes the Apple Watch is by picking the finish for the watch. Both models come in an aluminum finish and are available in Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.

Apple Watch Series 6 Exclusive Features

The biggest area for the Apple Watch is regarding Health. There are a variety of sensors already present on the Apple Watch. Sensors like the ECG, fall detection, heart sensors, and ECG app. There is a new sensor being added to the Apple Watch Series 6, a Blood Oxygen app. This app will be able to inform you of your blood oxygen level, with a simple 15 second test. This is possibly through the use of infrared to analyze the color of your blood and the color can determine the oxygen saturation level.

The Apple Watch Series 6 comes in more than just the three colors mentioned above. It also comes in two additional aluminum finishes, Blue and (PRODUCT)RED. It also comes in Stainless Steel and Titanium versions. The Stainless Steel color choices are Silver, Graphite, and Gold. The Titanium color choices are Titanium (Silver), and Space Black.

New Bands

Besides the finish of the Apple Watch, many also customize their Apple Watch through the use of different bands. To go with the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, there are some new bands. A lot of them in fact. There are some new Hermes Fauve Barénia Leather Attelage bands in both single tour and double tour varieties, five new Sport Band colors, seven new Sport Loop colors, three new Nike Sport Band colors, and three new Nike Sport Loop colors. There are also two entirely new types of bands, the Leather Link and Solo Loop.

Leather Link

Apple Watch Leather Link Watch Band

According to Apple, “The Leather Link features handcrafted Roux Granada leather made in France. The band elegantly wraps around the wrist and magically attaches with flexible molded magnets that gently flex to help maintain a secure, comfortable fit throughout the day.”. The magnetic links will allow you to adjust the band to the perfect fit for your wrist.

The Leather Link band comes in four colors, Baltic Blue, California Poppy, Saddle Brown, and Black. These will work with the 38/40mm or the 42/44mm Apple Watches. Each Leather Link band is $99. They have a bit of a wait time, anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the model.

Solo Loop

The Solo Loop is made of a silicone rubber that is designed to stretch. There are no clasps, buckles, or any other item to adjust. Each Sport Loop is designed to be slipped on and off the wrist easily. Because there are no attachment mechanisms, they are designed to fit on your wrist, therefore there is a sizing guide that will allow you to determine the proper band size. The band sizes range from 1 to 9 on the 40mm Apple Watch and 4 to 12 on the 44mm Apple Watch.

There are seven different color options. These options are: Deep Navy, Ginger, Cypress Green, Pink Citrus, White, Black, and (PRODUCT)RED. Each of these is $49 and they will begin arriving on Friday. There is a second type of Solo Loop, the Braided Solo Loop.

To quote Apple, “Each Braided Solo Loop features a unique, stretchable design that’s ultracomfortable and easy to slip on and off your wrist. Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the 16,000 polyester yarn filaments in each band are interwoven with thin silicone threads using advanced braiding machinery then laser cut to an exact length. The 300D construction offers a soft, textured feel and is both sweat-resistant and water-resistant.”

The Braided Sport Loop comes in five colors. These colors are: Inverness Green, Black, Pink Punch, Atlantic Blue, and (PRODUCT)RED. The Braided Sport Loop comes in the same size configurations as the silicon Sport Loop, and these are $99 each.

There is one last thing to note about the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop. These are not compatible with all watches. The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are only compatible with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. Therefore, you will not be able to use these on the Series 3, or earlier models.

Family Setup

There is one new feature for the Apple Watch, which is compatible back to the Apple Watch Series 4 and that is Family Setup. There are many people who would like to be able to get an Apple Watch for the child or an elderly parent. This has not been possible because an Apple Watch has to be paired with an iPhone. That changes.

Family Setup allows you to setup another Apple Watch using your iPhone. When you do this, the Apple Watch will be independent and allow the Apple Watch to function on its own.

Family Setup makes it possible for the entire family to benefit from the important health and safety features of Apple Watch, like Emergency SOS, while Maps, Siri, Alarms, and the App Store provide greater independence without needing an iPhone. In addition, parents will have peace of mind knowing they can reach their child and identify their location, and that all personal data stays securely encrypted. With watchOS 7, the whole family can also take advantage of optimized features that enhance the overall Apple Watch experience.

There are a couple of limitations for the Family Setup. The first is that a cellular version of the Apple Watch is required. This will not work on a GPS model of the Apple Watch. The second restriction is that this only works on the Apple Watch Series 4 or later, including the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch Pricing and Availability

The price of the Apple Watch is an important one. The existing Apple Watch Series 3 is still available for the same starting price of $199. The new Apple Watch SE is $279 for the 40mm version, and $309 for the 44mm. There are cellular options for the Apple Watch SE, these are $329 for the 40mm and $359 for the 44mm. The Apple Watch Series 6 starts at the same price as the Series 5, $399 for the 40mm, and $429 for the 44mm. The cellular models are $499 and $529 respectively. The Stainless Steel models starts at $699 and the Titanium models start at $799. All of the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE are available for order today and will start arriving this Friday.

There is one last thing to note about the Apple Watch. the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple Watch Nike do not include a power adapter. Note, this is not the charger, but the little power brick that the charger plugs into. This is being done as a means of helping the environment. I believe that this is actually the case. It just so happens that it will also help save a bit of money, not just through not having to put a charger in each box, but also by reducing packaging as well as shipping weight. All of this adds up over millions of devices.

iPad

The Apple Watch was not the only item announced during today’s keynote. The iPad also saw some updates as well, but not all models of iPad. Only the iPad and the iPad Air were updated today. Let us look at each of these.

iPad

The iPad is Apple’s entry-level device, but even though it is entry level, it is full of features. The new iPad features a 10.2-inch LED screen as well as Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. This is the same one that is in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max phones. To quote Apple:

The eighth-generation iPad with the A12 Bionic chip delivers a huge leap in performance, with 40 percent faster CPU performance and twice the graphics capability.2 This makes the new iPad up to two times faster than the top-selling Windows laptop, up to three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet and up to six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook. For the first time on iPad, A12 Bionic introduces the Neural Engine for next-level machine learning capabilities, including people occlusion and motion tracking in augmented reality (AR) apps, enhanced photo editing, Siri performance, and more.

In combination with A12 Bionic, the power of iPadOS, and Apple Pencil (1st generation), the new iPad is perfect for drawing, note-taking, marking up documents, and more. With its thin and light design, iPad is portable and durable with ultra-fast wireless performance, support for gigabit-class LTE connectivity, and all-day battery life, giving customers the freedom to work, learn, and connect at home or on the go. With Touch ID, unlocking iPad is simple and secure using just a finger, to keep important information safe.

The biggest change, besides the processor and graphics, is that the iPad is now USB-C. Included in the box is a USB-C to lightning adapter and a 20 watt USB-C power brick.

The iPad comes in the same three colors as before, Silver, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. It comes with 32GB or 128GB of storage, and there are cellular models as well. The price is still the same at $329 for the 32GB Wifi model, and $459 for the 32GB Wifi + Cellular, and $429 for the 128GB Wifi and $559 for the 128GB Wifi + Cellular models. These are available for order today and will arrive starting this Friday.

iPad Air

The bigger of the announcements is the iPad Air. This is not only because it is changed significantly more, but also because of the size difference. The 4th generation iPad Air is now a 10.9-inch model. This is accomplished by taking cues from the iPad Pro design and incorporating them into the iPad Air. The 4th Generation iPad Air has significantly reduced bezels, which allows the screen size to increase to 10.9 inches. This creates a resolution of 2360 by 1640 pixels. All of this is on a Liquid Retina LED display. The screen has a True Tone display that support the P3 Color Gamut and is fully laminated. This means that it includes the oleophobic coating to help reduce fingerprints.

All of this is driven by the A14 Bionic processor, which, according to Apple

…features a new 6-core design for a 40 percent boost in CPU performance, and a new 4-core graphics architecture for a 30 percent improvement in graphics.2 To deliver breakthrough machine learning capabilities, A14 Bionic includes a new 16-core Neural Engine that is twice as fast, and capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second, taking machine learning apps to a whole new level. A14 Bionic also includes second-generation machine learning accelerators in the CPU for 10 times faster machine learning calculations. This combination of the new Neural Engine, CPU machine learning accelerators, and high-performance GPU enables powerful on-device experiences for image recognition, natural language learning, analyzing motion, and more.

The iPad Air takes many cues from the iPad Air, most notably, its square edges. The square edges allow for the iPad Air to utilize the 2nd Generation Apple Pencil. The iPad Air supports charging the 2nd Generation Apple Pencil right on the top edge, just like the iPad Pro. These square edges allowed Apple to reduce the bezel size. One thing that was not brought over from the iPad Pro is Face ID. Instead, the iPad Air still has Touch ID. However, the reduced bezel necessitated that the Touch ID sensor to go somewhere else. The Touch ID sensor is now moved to the top button. The Touch ID sensor still operates the same way as before, just in a different spot.

Just like the iPad, and the iPad Pro, the iPad Air now uses a USB-C port and included in the box is a USB-C charging cable and a 20-watt USB power adapter.

The 4th Generation iPad Air comes in five colors: Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue. The iPad Air comes with two storage options, 64GB or 256GB. As with the other iPads there is the Wifi-only model and Wifi + Cellular. The price for the iPad Air is $599 for the 64GB model and $749 for the 256GB Wifi-Only model. The Cellular models will cost $729 for the 64GB model and $879 for the 256GB model. The iPad Air will be available in October.

Services

Apple is pushing services, along with hardware, as their future. Currently, Apple has six different services. These services are:

  • iCloud
  • Apple Music
  • Apple TV+
  • Apple Arcade
  • Apple News+

There is a new service to go along with these. This is called Apple Fitness+.

Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness+ is a new subscription service that will provide you the opportunity to perform workouts whenever it works for you, wherever you might be. This could be out in the park, at the gym, traveling, or just at home.

Apple Fitness+ delivers personalized recommendations to help customers quickly get to their next workout, and uses Apple Watch to provide an engaging, immersive experience to help them stay motivated throughout.Using a custom recommendation engine, Fitness+ considers previously completed workouts and intelligently suggests new options that match the workouts users select most often, or something fresh to balance their current routine. Customers can also use an intuitive filtering tool to choose what is most important to them when looking for a workout, whether it’s the workout type, the trainer, the duration, or the music. For Apple Music subscribers, favorite music from Fitness+ workouts can also be easily saved and listened to later, whether in a workout or otherwise.

Apple Fitness+ will be available later this year and it will cost $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

With all of these services, it might be nice to have them all combined into a single bill. Let us look at one last new item, called Apple One.

Apple One

Today Apple announced a new Services bundle, Apple One. Apple One is a combination of different Apple services at different price points. Apple One has three price tiers, “Individual”, “Family”, and “Premium”. The Individual and Family plans will include Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud Storage. The Individual tier includes 50GB of iCloud Storage, whereas the Family tier includes 200GB.

The Premium tier includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, 2TB of iCloud Storage, Apple News+, and Apple Fitness+. The Family and Premium tiers will allow you to share with up to five family members. If you need more iCloud storage than your plan includes, you can pay for that separately, to supplement what comes with your plan.

Closing Thoughts

Today’s event was just over an hour, but included a whole lot of new products. This includes the Apple Watch Series 6 with its brighter Always On display, the new Blood Oxygen app, and always on Altimeter. The new Blue and PRODUCT(RED) colors are great additions to the lineup.

The new Apple Watch SE is a great way for bringing many of the features of the Apple Watch in a slightly less expensive price point. You get many of the same features of the Apple Watch Series 6, but with the Series 5 processor.

The new 8th Generation iPad is a huge jump in performance with the A12 Bionic and it has USB-C. It maintains the same base price of $329 for a 32GB Wifi model.

The iPad Air has seen the biggest set of changes with a new larger 10.9-inch screen, flat sides, reduced bezels, and the all new A14 Bionic processor. The iPad Air does not get Face ID, instead the Touch ID sensor is now moved to the top button and still functions the same way as before. The 4th Generation iPad Air also supports USB-C as well as the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.

All of the new products introduced today are available for ordering today, and will be available starting on Friday. The only exception is the iPad Air, which will be available in October.

The last item to note is that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, an watchOS 7 will all be available tomorrow, September 16th.

Source: Apple Newsroom: Apple One, Apple Fitness+, Family Setup, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, 8th Generation iPad, and 4th Generation iPad Air.

Apple September Event Prediction Results

Apple’s September event was on Tuesday, and they announced a bunch o things. You can read about what they announced at this post. Prior to the event I made my predictions and let us look at how well I did with my predictions.

Three new phone models

I got this one correct, because Apple unveiled three new phones, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

New Apple Watch Bands

This prediction was correct because there are new watch bands.

Series 5 Apple Watch announced

We did get the Series 5 Apple Watch, including always on time.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus no longer being for sale

This was also coh3 rrect, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are no longer for sale from Apple.

Apple Tag being announced

I got this one wrong, no Apple Tag was announced.

Apple Arcade pricing announced

We did get the Apple Arcade announcement. It is coming September 19th, 2019.

Apple Watch Series 5 including sleep tracking

Nope, no sleep tracking with the Series 5.

New Apple TV 4K

As much as I would like one, there is no Apple TV announced.

Apple Arcade price of $4.99

I got this one correct. Apple Arcade is available on September 19th, 2019 and it will be $4.99 per month.

New Apple Watch Materials

There are new watch materials, Titanium, and Ceramic is back.

iPhone and iPhone Pro as the names

I got this one half wrong, because they are the iPhone and iPhone Pro, but it they are called the iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple TV Bundle with controller

I was wrong on this one, because no Apple TV was announced.

New Beats Wireless Headphones

Again, I am wrong, although I could really use a new pair of headphones.

Apple Tag price of $9.99 each

Wrong, Apple Tag was not announced.

New Beats charging over USB-C

No Beats announced, so I am wrong on this too.

New Apple Tag available in two colors

No Apple Tag, so not correct on this one either.

Closing Thoughts

My predictions started off well, but finished pretty poorly. I got a total of six out of sixteen, or 37.5% correct. This is really bad for me. Maybe I will do better next time.

Apple Announces its Fall 2019 Event

Like clockwork Apple has announced its fall event. It will happen on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. The keynote will be at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park Campus. As is customary with events that occur on the west coast of the United States it will begin at 10:00am Pacific Time. As has been the case in the past, this event will be available as a live-stream on the day of the keynote.

The tagline for this event is “By innovation only” and features a multi-colored Apple logo. It is always interesting to speculate what Apple will unveil. I will have a full post about what I expect we will get before the event.

I will be following along with the live stream and doing a post about what is announced after the event has concluded, so stay tuned for that.