Key Takeaways from Apple’s Latest Event

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Since its launch last year, many people have been wondering how Apple could improve on the iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 — yesterday we found out with the announcement of not one but four new products:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr

Apple Watch Series 4

The Watch received some significant updates this year — it’s been completely redesigned and is bigger at 40mm and 44m (previously 38mm and 42mm). It’s twice as fast as the Series 3; the screen is over 30% larger showing far more detail than it ever has before. It’s also slightly thinner; has been redesigned to improve signal strength of the LTE version; has a louder speaker and an improved microphone.

All that is a significant upgrade already but there’s more — the Series 4 adds an improved accelerometer allowing “fall detection”, and comes with a built in Electrocardiogram (ECG) — Apple are really taking health seriously!

WatchOS 5 is also coming on September 17th, adding Walkie Talkie mode, a Podcasts app, improved workouts and workout detection, and improvements to Siri.

iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr

The new iPhone Xs will come in two sizes; the same 5.8” we’re used to already and a new 6.5” version featuring a bigger battery and higher resolution OLED screen.

Under the hood, there’s an improved CPU, GPU and Neural Engine processor, and better battery life. The camera has been upgraded and it can now record and playback wide stereo.

Alongside the new iPhone Xs, Apple announced “One more thing” — a lower priced iPhone X featuring the same processing power with a 6.1” LCD screen and single lens camera.

Of course, Titanium SDK will support these new devices on day one, allowing you to build and deploy apps with Titanium that support the new, higher resolution screens of the Xr and Xs Max.

iOS 12

Since the release of the first betas, the Appcelerator team has been hard at work to support Xcode 10 and add the new features of iOS 12 – like Siri shortcuts, grouped notifications and more. Developers have been able to work with the latest version of the Titanium SDK directly from GitHub to test their Titanium apps with Xcode 10 and iOS 12.

As they have for many years, Appcelerator will provide day one support for iOS 12 with Titanium SDK 7.4.0.GA – which will be released with iOS 12 and Watch OS5 on Monday 17th September.

Will you be getting a new Apple Watch Series 4 or Xs or Xr? What do you think about the new features of iOS 12 and Watch OS5? Let us know in the comment section below. Personally, I’m excited to start looking at integrating Siri shortcuts into apps!

We’re really excited about these new devices and the new SDK release. And, we’re really looking forward to seeing what developers will do on the Appcelerator platform with iOS 12!

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