Apple event – as it happened: iPhone 13, new Watch and iPad unveiled as devices hit by major problem

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Apple has unveiled a host of new products in another of its live streamed virtual events.

The headliner of the 14 September Apple Event was without doubt the new range of iPhones – iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max – which Apple described as its best and most powerful handsets to date.

The new Apple Watch Series 7 was also revealed, featuring a screen that curves around the edge of the watch face, as well as a new iPad.

New updates to Apple Fitness+ and new shows for Apple TV+ were also unveiled, plus details about the new operating systems for the Apple Watch, iPad and iPhone.

Rumours suggested that the company was preparing to launch new AirPods, though these did not materialise.

The online live stream of the event can be viewed right here, as well as covered, as it happened, in our live blog below.

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Apple Watch, iPhone 13, new iPad and everything else announced today

20:05 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will undoubtedly steal the headlines from today’s event, but there was plenty more for the Apple fans out there to get excited about.

We’ve got a full rundown of everything announced right here:

- Apple unveils update to its cheapest and smallest iPads

- Apple introduces new version of Watch with complete redesign

- iPhone 13 unveiled

- Apple reveals its ‘most professional handset ever’, iPhone 13 Pro

- Apple adds new features to Fitness+, including option to workout with your friends

- iOS 15 release date announced (sort of)

Thanks for joining us today! That’s all from us, but you can keep up to date with all the latest Apple news right here.

iOS 15 release date announced - sort of

19:35 , Anthony Cuthbertson

One thing that wasn’t mentioned during the Apple Event today was the release date of iOS 15.

Apple said in a press release for its new iPad that the iPadOS 15 operating system will arrive on Monday, 20 September.

It is usually released alongside the latest iOS for the iPhone, so it’s safe to assume that iOS 15 will also come out on that date.

You can read more about it here:

Apple reveals release date for its next big iOS update

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19:27 , Anthony Cuthbertson

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Tim Cook says goodbye

19:20 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Tim Cook signs off for another Apple Event.

“Stay safe and take care,” he says.

Stay with us and we’ll have roundups of all today’s announcements.

Full iPhone 13 price list

19:19 , Anthony Cuthbertson

So here’s the starting prices of all the new iPhone 13 models:

iPhone 13 Mini - $699

iPhone 13 - $799

iPhone 13 Pro - $999

iPhone 13 Pro Max - $1,099

iPhone 13 Pro price revealed

19:17 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The price of the iPhone 13 Pro will start at $999, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max will begin at $1,099.

Pre-order opens this Friday, 17 September, and they’ll all be available from 24 September.

iPhone 13 Pro and Max full rundown

19:15 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

You can read all about it here.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max ‘fastest phone ever’

19:03 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The iPhone 13 Pro has better cameras, better design, better water resistance, a better battery, as well as “surgical grade steel bands”.

Even the colours look more, well, Pro.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

It also has the fastest graphics processing “of any phone ever”.

Onto the iPhone 13 Pro

18:59 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Tim Cook is now telling us about the new iPhone 13 Pro. It sounds like Apple has gone all out on this one...

iPhone 13 price revealed

18:57 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The iPhone 13 price will start at $799, while the iPhone 13 Mini will start at $699.

Here’s the full specs:

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 round up

18:55 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Our tech editor Andrew Griffin has the full rundown of the new Apple iPhone 13 - you can read it here.

This is the new iPhone

iPhone 13 camera specs

18:53 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s more details about the iPhone 13 camera:

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 camera features impressive cinematic mode

18:52 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Apple’s improved camera for the iPhone 13 features a new ultrawide camera lens, that supports a new cinematic mode.

A preview of what this new mode is capable of is pretty impressive - all powered by the A15 bionic chip.

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 A15 bionic chip is a ‘powerhouse'

18:47 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The iPhone 13’s new A15 bionic will offer 30 per cent faster graphics “compared to the leading competition”.

It is also capable of an astonishing 15.8 trillion operations per second.

“It is a powerhouse. There is nothing in the world like this chip.”

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 screen specs

18:44 , Anthony Cuthbertson

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(Apple)

iPhone 13 to be ‘industry leading'

18:43 , Anthony Cuthbertson

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will feature an improved display, a bigger battery and improved camera system. The case is also made partly out of recycled plastic bottles.

iPhone 13 will come in five different colours. Here’s what they will look like:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

iPhone 13 unveiled

18:40 , Anthony Cuthbertson

After a bit of teasing, Tim Cook has finally unveiled what everyone has been waiting for.

“Today, we’re thrilled to introduce our next generation of iPhone,” he says. “This is iPhone 13.”

More details incoming...

Back to Tim...

18:38 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Tim Cook is back onstage to introduce the all-new iPhone.

Apple Fitness+

18:38 , Anthony Cuthbertson

A smooth transition now to Apple Fitness+, which wearers of the new Apple Watch Series 7 will be able to use thanks to a free three month subscription that comes with the smartwatch.

There will be everything from Pilates to guided meditation that works in tandem with a new wellness app.

Group Workouts will also allow users to take part in exercises with their friends.

There’s a few other things if you’re interested. You can see them here:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Apple Watch Series 7 specs

18:32 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s a full rundown of the new Apple Watch Series 7’s specs and features:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Apple describes it as “simply our best Apple Watch yet”.

Apple Watch Series 7 available ‘later this fall'

18:30 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s the updated Apple Watch lineup with the all new Series 7, which will be available “later this fall”.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Apple Watch Series 7 unveiled

18:29 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Onto the Apple Watch now, which is getting a whole load of new features through the new WatchOS 8.

The new Apple Watch Series 7 will be “bigger and better” than its predecessor, featuring a bigger screen that fits into the same slim form factor by extending the display around the curvature of the case.

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(Apple)

iPad Mini specs

18:22 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s a handy cheat sheet for the new iPad Mini:

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(Apple)

More details of the new iPad and iPad Mini

18:21 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s everything you might want to know about the new iPad and iPad Mini, courtesy of our tech editor Andrew Griffin.

Apple unveils update to its cheapest and smallest iPads

New iPad Mini unveiled

18:18 , Anthony Cuthbertson

From the iPad to the iPad Mini: The new miniature version of Apple’s popular tablet receives a similar boost in specs to its larger counterpart.

It’ll come with 5G, improved cameras and new apps that include a translate app, which comes with iOS 15.

One of the most popular features, however, will be a little hole at the bottom. It now comes with a USBC port, which allows 10X faster data transfers and allows you to connect it to all sorts of external devices. Ultrasound anyone?

 (Apple)
(Apple)

New Apple iPad price and specs

18:13 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Price starts at $329 and it will be available from next week. Here’s all the specs:

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(Apple)

New Apple iPad

18:12 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The first piece of hardware we’re going to see today is the all-new iPad.

It includes an A13 bionic chip, which is apparently 20 per cent faster in every aspect of the chip compared to the A12.

This makes it six-times faster than the fastest Android tablet, Apple claims.

The camera has also had a big upgrade, with a new 12 megapixel ultrawide front camera.

The one place it hasn’t changed is the outside. You’d be hard pushed to distinguish it from any of its recent predecessors just by looking at it.

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(Apple)

Apple TV+ shows coming soon

18:08 , Anthony Cuthbertson

There’s too many shows to write down here, but you can see them all on the screen behind Cook here. We’ll have a proper post with all the shows later on.

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(Apple)

Apple TV+ update

18:06 , Anthony Cuthbertson

He starts us off with an update on Apple TV+.

There’ll be a host of new shows coming out over the next few weeks and months, including the second season of The Morning Show.

18:04 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Tim Cook is on stage.

“California has always been a place for people with big ambitions and big dreams,” he says.

“We’re proud to call California our home.”

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Apple event begins

18:03 , Anthony Cuthbertson

And we’re off. We open to a violinist on a sand dune, before switching to a drummer on a broadwalk.

“California Soul” is playing and every shot is a different view of the beautiful state.

Apple event stream is live!

17:59 , Anthony Cuthbertson

And just like that, the stream goes live.

There’s just the usual ambient music for now, playing over an image of a glowing Apple logo floating over a lake.

It’s slowly zooming out.

Apple event stream countdown begins

17:55 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Apple has begun the official countdown for the live stream launching. You’ll find it just above this blog if you scroll up slightly.

There’s roughly five minutes to go.

Protests cloud Apple’s biggest event of the year

17:45 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Privacy campaigners have been making their voices heard ahead of today’s event, with a number of protests taking place outside Apple Stores last night.

They relate to controversies over privacy and monopoly power – in particular the Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) system that was set to be implemented in iOS 15.

Protesters held up signs saying ‘No spyware on our phones, ever’, and ‘Hey Tim #NoSpyPhone’.

 (Evan Greer/ Fight for the Future)
(Evan Greer/ Fight for the Future)

Here’s what one of the leading advocacy groups had to say:

The night before Apple’s much-hyped iPhone 13 rollout tomorrow, the company is facing protests at its retail stores across the US. Organized by Fight for the Future, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a network of volunteers, the protests are demanding that Apple permanently shelve their dangerous proposal to install photo and message scanning malware on millions of people’s devices. The company already announced it was delaying the misguided proposal after widespread backlash from security experts and human rights experts. Protesters are calling on them to publicly commit to never implementing it.

Fight for the Future

We’ll find out soon if Apple have an update on any of this.

T-minus 30 minutes

17:34 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Less than half an hour to go until the event gets underway...

Tim Cook posts from... somewhere?

16:13 , Andrew Griffin

Tim Cook always posts on the morning of the Apple events. But he doesn’t usually post like this:

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What does it mean? Is the video going to move from the usual Apple Park location?

It’s a little redolent of the invitation, which also included an outdoor, Californian vista, as well as the tagline “California Streaming”:

Apple (Apple)
Apple (Apple)

It’s a mystery. But one we probably won’t have to wait more than a couple of hours to solve.

Apple Store goes down

15:04 , Andrew Griffin

As is tradition, the Apple Store has gone down ahead of the event. Visitors are just told to come back later:

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(Apple)

Apple always does that before a siginficant new product launch, so it doesn’t tell us anything much. (It only means something is coming...)

It will probably go back online as soon as the event is over, probably with new details about the iPhone and everything else.

Cheaper iPad rumoured to be arriving today

13:51 , Andrew Griffin

There’s only a few hours before we actually find out, but the rumours are still coming fast. The latest is that the cheaper iPad will be getting an update today, too.

That’s according to the the Weibo account @PandaIsBald, which has accurately leaked Apple information in the past, and reported by Macrumors.

None of the changes are likely to be especially exciting: it will probably get a speed bump and other small improvements, while keeping its current design, which is rounded with a TouchID button, unlike the rest of the iPads.

The update and the timing would make sense given that event comes as people are headed back to school, and the model has traditionally been focused on students and others who are keen for a relatively low-cost entry into the iPad range.

10:36 , Andrew Griffin

With just hours before the event begins, Apple has released an urgent security update for all of its devices. The patch fixes a flaw that could allow take over an iPhone, iPad or Mac – without the user even needing to do anything.

Our full story can be found here.

Even before the latest news, Apple has had a busy run up to today’s event. A couple of weeks ago, it said it was delaying a very public – and much criticised – plan to fight child abuse on its platforms by scanning images; days ago, the judgement in its trial against Epic was released, which Apple hailed as a win but is nonetheless not entirely positive.

Hello and welcome...

10:22 , Andrew Griffin

... to The Independent’s live coverage of the latest Apple event – which will probably see the release of the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and new AirPods.

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