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Apple event: iPhone 13, iPad 2021, Apple Watch 7 and more announced

Read back over our live blog of the Apple event, where we saw the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7 and more officially announced

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If you've been eagerly awaiting the launch of the iPhone 13, then today is (probably!) your lucky day! While there have been no official confirmations of the iPhone 13's arrival, all the rumors point to the launch of the iPhone 13 series. This is set to include four new handsets, including the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

However, Apple doesn't like to do anything by halves. We're also expecting to see the Apple Watch 7 and the AirPods 3 launched – and there's even a rumor that we could be seeing a new iPad, iPad mini, Apple Watch SE and even a new MacBook Pro as well (although these are all less likely). 


Welcome to the live blog! We'll be covering today's Apple event and all of the exciting tech we're expecting to see. We've been covering all of the rumors surrounding the iPhone 13 for months now – and today is finally the expected announcement date. We're definitely interested to see how many of the rumors turn out to have legs – and how many end up being wishful thinking! There are some interesting leaks that have sprung over the past month or so, which we'll be rounding up in the countdown to the event. 

One of the latest rumors we've seen for the iPhone 13 regards improvements to Face ID. Apparently, the updated Face ID function could be so advanced that it might even be able to unlock the handset when the user is wearing both a mask and glasses.

Meanwhile, a recent article from Bloomberg had some interesting insights on these upcoming handsets, suggesting that we will be seeing at least three new major camera and video features. One of the most exciting new features will be a video version of the iPhone's already-popular Portrait mode. This will give users the ability to mimic the silky-smooth bokeh that professional video cameras can produce. 

Selfie camera notches are a weirdly controversial aspect of smartphone technology, so it's been interesting to see some rumors suggesting that we'll be seeing a different (possibly smaller) notch in the iPhone 13 models.

The iPhone 12 series was originally due to feature a 120Hz refresh rate, but it appeared that manufacturing issues possibly caused by the pandemic caused Apple to have to choose between a high refresh rate screen or including 5G. Thankfully, this time round, the rumors point to at least two iPhone 13 handsets (the Pro and the Pro Max) with 120Hz displays.

We're officially under 10 minutes away from the Apple Keynote beginning! As we near the start of the event, we're wondering whether we will indeed see the new iPhone models be named the iPhone 13 (as their unofficial moniker until now has been). The number 13 is seen as an unlucky number in many countries, so some have wondered whether we'll see the reintroduction of the 's' format (i.e. the iPhone 12s), or whether Apple will skip 13 and go straight to iPhone 14. 

It looks like we're starting! Hang fire for the first official announcement…

We're starting off with covering Apple TV Plus, including some promo footage for upcoming shows including Ted Lasso (a personal favorite of ours!), The Morning Show and more. 

Now we're onto the products, kicking off with the new iPad. Packing the A13 Bionic chip and featuring a CPU, GPU and Neural Engine that's 20% faster. Plus, the iPad 2021 has an upgraded image processor that means that the rear camera will have better autofocus capabilities in low light. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has been upgraded to a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 122º field of view. The iPad 2021 will also borrow the Center Stage function from iPad Pro – a FaceTime feature that follows the user around the frame as they move. 

Apple has also announced a new iPad Mini with a new design featuring stylish rounded corners and four colors. It also features a Liquid Retina display and a new 8.3" display with 500 nits of brightness without changing the physical footprint of the device. The Touch ID sensor has been moved to the power button, giving the screen more space. The new iPad Mini has 80% faster GPU performance and an improved Neural Engine that has 2x faster machine learning. Interestingly, the iPad Mini will now have 5G internet as well, with speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps. 

Now we're onto the Apple Watch 7! The new Retina Display has 20% more screen area with 40% thinner borders than the Apple Watch 6, including softer curved corners. It's also up to 70% brighter too. The durability has also been improved, with the most crack resistant front screen and the first Apple Watch to have IP6X dust resistance and WR50 water resistance. 

It looks like we're starting on the new iPhones!

The iPhone 13 is here (that answers the question of whether Apple was going to skip the number 13 or not)! iPhone 13 features a new look with the lenses placed diagonally and five new colors. The selfie camera system has been redesigned so that the notch can be 20% smaller. iPhone 13 has been rearchitected under the hood, including a bigger battery. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini both feature a 28% brighter screen that has improved power efficiency. 

Apple is focusing heavily on the new Cinematic Mode, which looks like it could be a bit of game-changer for smartphone content creators. It essentially looks as though users will be able to mimic a shallow depth-of-field from professional cinema cameras, shifting the focus from subject to subject. 

The iPhone 13 also has an upgraded battery life (thankfully!). The iPhone 13 mini's battery will give 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Mini, while the iPhone 13 will feature 2.5 hours longer battery life than the iPhone 12. 

The iPhone 13 Mini will start from $699 and the iPhone 13 will start from $799, with the base models featuring 128GB storage. Meanwhile, 256GB and 512GB variants will also be available. 

It looks like we're onto the Pro models now!

The iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max come in four metallic finishes with a stainless steel band around the sides, including a new light blue color. It has the new A15 Bionic chip, giving it what Apple are billing as the fastest graphics performance in any smartphone. 

The iPhone 13 Pro models will feature an all-new camera system – billed as Apple's "biggest camera advancement ever". The telephoto lens now features 3x magnification and the new ultra-wide camera will enable macro photography for the first time on iPhone, magnifying subjects with a minimum close focusing distance of 2cm. All of the cameras will also now have Night Mode, made possible through advanced computational photography. 

ProRes video will also be coming to the iPhone 13 Pro models later this year (no word on when exactly this will be). This means you'll be able to record up to 4K 30fps in Apple ProRes or DolbyVision. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro's battery lasts 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max's battery lasts 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max's. 

The iPhone 13 Pro will start at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max will start at $1099. The storage options include 128GB / 256GB / 512GB and a brand new 1TB option.

It looks like we're wrapping up now! This was definitely a jam-packed Apple event, with two new iPad models, the new Apple Watch Series 7 and the four new iPhone 13 models. We're most excited about the new iPhone 13 series, as the new camera module on the iPhone 13 Pro models look like they could be genuinely brilliant. We're also really interested in the new Cinematic Mode, so once we get our hands on a model for review we'll be taking a closer look. 

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