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Apple unleashes new iPhones and Apple Watches

TARLAKENYO (Sept. 13, 2023) — Apple launched their latest – and greatest – iPhone 15s and Apple Watches.

The most notable change in the new iPhones is the USB Type-C charging port – goodbye, Lightning port! Well, it was an 11-year run for this proprietary connector that was first introduced with the iPhone 5, as a replacement for the 30-pin dock connector.

Going back to the iPhones, the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus also got the “Dynamic Island” – first introduced in the iPhone 14 Pros last year. They feature an industry-first color-infused back glass with a stunning, textured matte finish, and a new contoured edge on the aluminum enclosure. Both models also feature an advanced camera system designed to help users take fantastic photos of everyday moments in their lives. A powerful 48MP Main camera enables super-high-resolution photos and a new 2x Telephoto option to give users a total of three optical zoom levels — like having a third camera.

Pricing:
iPhone 15
6.1-inch display
from P56,990

iPhone 15 Plus
6.7-inch display
from P63,990

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are designed with aerospace-grade titanium that’s strong yet lightweight to deliver Apple’s lightest Pro models ever. The new design also features contoured edges and a customizable Action button, allowing users to personalize their iPhone experience. Powerful camera upgrades enable the equivalent of seven pro lenses with incredible image quality, including a more advanced 48MP Main camera system that now supports the new super-high-resolution 24MP default, the next generation of portraits with Focus and Depth Control, improvements to Night mode and Smart HDR, and an all-new 5x Telephoto camera exclusively on iPhone 15 Pro Max. A17 Pro unlocks next-level gaming experiences and pro performance.

Pricing:
iPhone 15 Pro
6.1-inch display
from P70,990

iPhone 15 Pro Max
6.7-inch display
from P84,990

Also launched today are the new Apple Watches. The cheaper Series 9 brings new features to the world’s best-selling watch and achieves a significant environmental milestone. Apple Watch Series 9 is more powerful than ever with the new S9 SiP, which increases performance and capabilities; a magical new double tap gesture; a brighter display; faster on-device Siri, now with the ability to access and log health data; Precision Finding for iPhone; and more. Apple Watch Series 9 runs watchOS 10, which delivers redesigned apps, the new Smart Stack, new watch faces, new cycling and hiking features, and tools to support mental health.

Pricing:
Apple Watch Series 9
Aluminum from P26,490
Stainless Steel from P46,990

The Apple Watch Ultra 2, meanwhile, brings new features to Apple’s most capable and rugged smartwatch. The Ultra 2 offers all of the features users love about Ultra, plus the powerful new S9 SiP, a magical new double tap gesture, Apple’s brightest display ever, expanded altitude range, on-device Siri, Precision Finding for iPhone, and advanced capabilities for water adventures. Apple Watch Ultra 2 also runs watchOS 10, which delivers redesigned apps, the new Smart Stack, new cycling experiences, features to help explore the outdoors, and a new watch face — Modular Ultra. With all the new advancements, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 has the same 36-hour battery life with regular use and up to 72 hours in Low Power Mode.

Pricing:
Apple Watch Ultra
from P54,990

You may get your hands on the shiny new gizmos on Sept. 22. Pre-orders start this Friday.

Ronald Dizon
Ronald Dizon
Ronald was correspondent for several Philippine dailies and weeklies a score of years ago and was editor of a South Pacific paper. He still writes for this online news service and several local weeklies. If he's not busy, you might catch him online on cnc.net playing that godawful old game. "Aaaa kakakaka!!!!!"
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