Apple’s grand unveiling event, “Wonderlust,” on September 12, provided an extensive glimpse into the new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2. Amidst the prominent announcements, like the switch to USB-C for the AirPods Pro (2nd gen) charging case, several intriguing details managed to fly under the radar. Here are some of these fascinating revelations that you might have missed:
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1. iPhone 15 Pro’s Wi-Fi 6E and Thread Compatibility
- Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro (and Pro Max) boasts Wi-Fi 6E support, marking the first iPhone to embrace this technology. Additionally, it supports the Thread mesh networking technology, designed for low-power home networking. While these may not be game-changers for most users, they offer valuable additions to the iPhone’s connectivity capabilities.
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2. The Pricy USB-C to Lightning Adapter
- With the shift from Lightning to USB-C, Apple provides a USB-C-to-USB-C cable in the box. However, for those still reliant on Lightning accessories, Apple offers a USB-C to Lightning adapter at a premium price of $30.
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3. iPhone 15’s USB-C Port Unveils 4K/60Hz Display Support
- Apple quietly introduced DisplayPort support for the USB-C ports on the new iPhones, enabling them to output video at up to 4K/60Hz to external displays. While it may primarily support screen mirroring, it hints at potential desktop functionality in future iOS iterations.
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4. Zooming Up to 25X with iPhone 15 Pro Max
- The iPhone 15 Pro Max’s tetraprism lens elevates optical zoom from 3X to 6X compared to the iPhone 15 Pro, along with a digital zoom expansion from 15X to 25X, significantly enhancing the device’s photography capabilities.
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5. iPhone 14 Pro’s 48MP HEIF Max Option
- While the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro capture 48MP images in both good light and ProRAW format, the iPhone 14 Pro previously required ProRAW for this feature, resulting in massive file sizes. However, with the introduction of the HEIF Max option in iOS 17, the iPhone 14 Pro can now efficiently capture high-resolution images.
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6. Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2’s 64GB Storage
- Apple has doubled the storage capacity for new Apple Watch models, equipping them with 64GB of storage, catering to users who wish to store music, podcasts, audiobooks, or other content on their watches for independent use without an iPhone.
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7. Discontinuation of MagSafe Duo and MagSafe Battery Pack
- Apple has discontinued two MagSafe products: the MagSafe Duo and the MagSafe Battery Pack. While the MagSafe Duo faced criticism, the MagSafe Battery Pack was well-received, but it’s no longer available. This change might be attributed to both products featuring Lightning connections, whereas Apple’s new offerings adopt USB-C.
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8. Unique Features for USB-C AirPods Pro
- The 2nd-generation AirPods Pro with USB-C charging cases come with intriguing features. They will enable Lossless Audio with ultra-low latency when paired with Apple Vision Pro. While this feature is intriguing, it remains a mystery why it’s exclusive to the USB-C model. It’s unclear whether the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro with Lightning cases will offer the same functionality.
9. Portrait Mode Enhancements
- The iPhone 15 introduces two new Portrait mode features. It can recognize people, dogs, and cats in photos, preserving depth information for later use. Additionally, in the Photos app, users can select a new focal subject for Portrait mode shots during editing. iOS 17 extends the latter feature to prior iPhones, including iPhone 13 and 14 models.
These hidden gems from Apple’s “Wonderlust” event add depth to the already impressive lineup of products, showcasing Apple’s commitment to innovation and user experience.