NEW from Apple

We weren’t the only ones streaming the party yesterday. Apple held its latest event — the one that annually triggers iOS users to stop and think, “Hm, do I need an upgrade?”

Mobile gamers, in particular, could be tempted by the new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, which got the new A15 Bionic chip. Apple said it’s the “fastest CPU in any smartphone” with a 6-core CPU (one more than the new non-Pro models). Because of the updates, the Pro models allow for 50% faster graphics and can last about 1.5-2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro and Max models, respectively.

Apple unveiling a new iPhone with a better camera is a free space on your bingo card every year. With this update, Pro models got a bigger, 77 mm telephoto lens (these help you to take photos of subjects that are farther away) with night mode and 3x optical zoom (up from 2x-2.5x). Users also get new wide and ultrawide cameras, autofocus, and a new mode for taking close-ups up to 2cm away.

The standard iPhone 13 and Mini models also feature the A15 Bionic chip. The dual camera got updates as well, but Apple is mostly playing up its new Cinematic Mode across all models. It’s basically portrait mode but for video.

Apple Watch Series 7 also got some upgrades, most notably a wider screen and 20% larger display.

The biggest star of the show though was probably the iPad — specifically the new iPad Mini. It got the A15 Bionic chip and lost its home button — meaning it now looks like a mini iPad Air complete with a USB-C port and Touch ID on the power button. The iPad and iPad Mini also got ultrawide cameras with Center Stage. The feature uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing camera during FaceTime video calls to keep you in frame.

We’re looking forward to hearing what you’re most excited about and what you’re disappointed by — you too, Android users.