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Everything Apple Announced at Today's Big iPhone Event

Including four new iPhone 13 models, the Apple Watch Series 7, a redesigned iPad mini and a new entry-level iPad.

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Apple held its first big hardware event of the fall — titled "California Streaming" — where it gave us a bunch of new gadget announcements, including a new entry-level iPad, a redesigned iPad mini, a new Apple Watch and a bunch of new iPhone 13 models. If you were hoping for news on the latest MacBook Pros or next-generation AirPods, you'll have to keep on waiting.

Here's the rundown of what you need to know.



The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

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The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have pretty much the same design as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, but Apple aligned the dual rear-camera system diagonally (instead of right on top of each other) and made the notch a little bit smaller. Apple has given the iPhone 13 its brand-new A15 Bionic chipset to give it a number of gains in performance and efficiency. Both new iPhones have bigger and longer-lasting batteries, as well as a screen that's 20-percent brighter. The biggest improvement has been with the cameras, as Apple has integrated both iPhone 13 models with a new custom 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, so they're able to take better lowlight photos and it enables a new Cinematic mode to shoot far superior video (it detects who is in frame and automatically changes focus). Each new iPhone 13 now has a starting storage capacity of 128GB.

The iPhone 13 mini starts at $699, while the iPhone 13 starts at $799. You'll be able to preorder both this Friday (September 17) and they'll be available everywhere on September 24.

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The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Apple has introduced two new "Pro" models of its iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have the same flat-edged design as last year's predecessors, but Apple has upgraded them with a smaller notch, a more durable body, its A15 Bionic chipset — now with a 5-core GPU — and a Super Retina Display with a 120Hz refresh rate (which Apple calls "ProMotion"). They have a vastly improved camera system with a new telephoto lens (with 3x optical), a new ultra-wide lens with a larger sensor, and a wide lens with f.15 aperture. The camera system will allow you to take more cinematic videos and better macro photography thanks to a new Macro mode. And they're the first iPhones to ever be available in a 1TB storage option.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099. You can preorder them this Friday, and they'll be available everywhere September 24.

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An Apple Watch with a New Big Screen

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Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 7 today. It has smaller bezels and a 20-percent bigger screen than the Series 6, but keeps the same curved edges (there were rumors that they were going to be flat). It's has a more durable design, with an IPX6 rating, making it the most rugged Apple Watch yet. Apple says that it is also shipping the Series 7 with a faster charging puck that will charge it up to 33-percent faster.

The Series 7 will be available later this fall and will start at $399. Apple will continue to sell the Apple Watch SE and Series 3. It will not continue to sell the Series 6.

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A Completely Redesigned iPad mini

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Apple introduced a new and redesigned iPad mini that looks very similar to the previous iPad Air. It has flat edges, thinner bezels, a larger display (now 8.3-inches) and Touch ID integrated right into the power button. It has new and improved front and rear camera systems, and charges via USB-C — a big deal! — which opens it up to faster changer and support for new accessories. Additionally, the new mini thankfully works with the second-generation Apple Pencil, which will magnetically clips and charges to your new iPad mini, and supports 5G connectivity.

The new iPad mini starts at $499. You can order today and will be available new week.

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A New Entry-Level iPad

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Apple introduced a new entry-level iPad. It looks very similar to the previous 10.2-inch iPad, but Apple gave it an upgraded A13 Bionic chipset, a much improved selfie camera (now a 12-megapixel, ultra-wide lens that supports CenterStage), support for True Tone, and it starts at 64GB of storage. It still only supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, unfortunately.

It starts at $329. You can preorder today and they'll be available new week.

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