🍎 Good morning! We’re now in a post-Apple Inc. launch phase, which is definitely more interesting than the pre-phase, as secrets are dug up. For example, someone found a tiny Easter Egg, hidden in just six frames of footage (r/apple).
Apple’s big media event launched Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, with pricing, the Apple Watch Series 5, and the iPhones 11: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The new iPhone didn’t do a lot for me in terms of design, with the camera housing on the back looking a bit off, while Apple hasn’t shrunk the notch at the top of the device at all. Most features looked like a progression of features, rather than true innovation, although some things not talked about do look innovative - more on that below.
But first, it was pricing that really surprised many, with rare restraint shown by Apple.
The Apple Watch Series 5:
Other new Apple bits:
Now for everything else…
📅 Google Pixel 4 announcement taking place October 15? (Android Authority).
🔋 The best new mobile accessories from IFA 2019, by me! I saw lots! Nice new power packs, SSDs, earbuds in a fitband, tough glass to protect your phone, and more (Android Authority).
📸 From upcoming camera features to a leaked TV ad, it seems like Google Pixel 4 leaks just won't stop. (Android Authority).
🆕 TCL Plex and folding screen concepts show company ready to flex brand power (Android Authority).
🗣 Here are the best smart displays from Google, Amazon, Lenovo, and more. (Android Authority).
🕳 The iPhone lenses are giving me Trypophobia (Gizmodo).
🎮 Razer made a case for cooling iPhones while gaming (TechCrunch).
🛩 The Silent Arrow is a massive glider delivery drone (Engadget).
💱 “Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet (Ars Technica).
🤔 “Could I survive the rest of my life (let's say 50 years) in an abandoned Walmart?” (r/askreddit).
IFA 2019 had Japanese brand Qoobo in attendance, a “therapeutic robot in the form of a cushion with a tail,” which launched on Kickstarter a while back and is now available in the U.S. and Japan. It's weird! Buuuut:
Yours in husky pale,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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