Happy weekend launch of iPhone 13 and iPad mini 6!

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Hello and happy weekend of the launch of the new Apple product! I feel like Christmas in September and I hope you all received and enjoyed your new Apple products this weekend, whether it’s the new iPhone 13 or iPad mini 6, or even the base iPad model.

It’s been a huge week. Before the new products were launched, we saw the release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15. Unfortunately, those eager for macOS Monterey will have to wait a little longer because it looks like they are not ready yet.

After a few months spent in beta, I’m glad I finally put iOS 15 on my best iPhone, which is the iPhone 12 Pro at the time of this writing because I’m looking forward to the UPS delivery to get my iPhone 13 Professional on the doorstep ( uf). I used to mess with beta software on secondary devices, but now that it’s most important to me, I’ve spent a lot more time with it. I’ve said it a few times already, but the Focus is one of those features that I didn’t know I wanted, but I absolutely love. It really helped me eliminate interference while working (mostly), and I love how I still have control over what notifications I get and from whom. Notifications are much better now, and I personally enjoy being able to share my health information directly with my husband, so he is always up to date. If you want to know more about my thoughts on the new iOS, be sure to check out my full review of iOS 15.

Iphone 13 Pro and Iphone 13 Pro Max

Source: Rene Ritchie

As I write this, I’m still waiting for the delivery of my iPhone 13 Pro (for whatever reason, I’m always on a later part of the UPS route, even though I’ve received other UPSs before). I’ll have it while you read this, but for now the reviews are positive. I think I’m most excited about the new iPhones, especially on the Pro models, the new photography and video capabilities. As Rene Ritchie points out, it’s basically cinema equipment in your pocket. I’m also particularly eager for that ProMotion screen, which I hear is fantastic. Of course, my eyesight is definitely not the best, so I’m not sure if I’d really notice a difference, but I’ll still have my iPhone 12 Pro on hand, so I’ll compare them. And while the comma is small enough to show a little more on the status bar, I’m still angry that we can’t constantly have just a percentage of battery. Seriously, why Apple? I’d rather know the percentage that remains instead of the dim battery icon, come on.

One of the things you need to be aware of with the Pro model is the Macro mode. While the ability to take macro photos is great, automatic switching to macro mode doesn’t seem to be what everyone wants all the time. This happens in both photo and video modes, and users aren’t too happy about it. Fortunately, it seems that Apple has acknowledged the problem and will add a new setting in the future release to disable the automatic switching function. Let’s hope it comes sooner or later.

Although we have just received new Apple devices, it is never too early to start talking about what awaits us in the future. In last week’s Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg says we should expect significant updates for the Apple Watch, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, AirPods Pro and iPad Pro next year.

While the Apple Watch Series 7 was a big disappointment this year, it looks like we could get three new Apple Watch models next year. Maybe the new Apple Watch SE, the Apple Watch Series 8 (of course) and the “more robust” Apple Watch. I’m not sure if a robust model would be something I’d get, as I’m not often in situations that require it, but I could see that it’s a good choice for others if it has aluminum and sapphire crystal glass. But who knows – after this year’s disappointment in Series 7, I’m running away from the rumors a bit. I’m eager to see what the next MacBook Air, AirPods Pro and iPad Pro will look like.

Render iPhone 14

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And as we talk about future products, despite the fact that the iPhone 13 has just arrived, we are already getting more and more rumors about the iPhone 14. Ming-Chi Kuo envisions a screen display and a 48 MP wide camera. Although I’m not really sure about that 48-megapixel camera (that’s a huge jump from 12 megapixels in the last few years), I welcome drilling holes instead of commas. I know some people aren’t fans, but I’d rather have a much bigger screen that makes the front without a weird cutout at the top. I think drilling is less intrusive and noticeable, but again it’s not for everyone. I just want a status bar that can fit much higher than what is currently allowed. Is that too much to ask for?

Another rumor about the iPhone 14 that I hope will come to light is the Touch ID sensor below the screen, which Kuo says could happen in 2023, along with the foldable iPhone 2024. Many Android phones have such a feature, and since I wore a mask because of the pandemic, this is something I wanted. Let’s hope Kuo is on something, and that will eventually come. Hell, I’d even take the Touch ID sensor into the side button – I just want more ways to authenticate if Face ID doesn’t work because of the masks. But as for the foldable iPhone, I think it would be interesting. Honestly, I wasn’t selling on folding phones when they were just starting to appear, but I was pretty tempted by the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Who knows – maybe Apple can create a great foldable iPhone.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. I hope you all enjoy your great new toys and stay up to date with some of my thoughts on the iPhone 13 Pro next week after spending some quality time with it.

Until next time,

- Christine Romero-Chan

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