Apple Unveils Incremental Updates to Existing Hardware

Phones and credit cards have been around for a while now, but Apple continues to try to renovate these classics, releasing the Apple Card on Aug. 22, and the new iPhone 11 on Sept. 10.

 Just as expected, the iPhone 11 camera quality is better than it’s ever been in an iPhone before. Apple described the new A13 Bionic chip in the phone saying, “Everything you do is fast and fluid.” With a new chip, the phone offers better wifi service, and 5 more hours of battery life. 

The newer features of the iPhone 11 can be easily overlooked by everyday users, but for avid photographers, the new camera features might just be worth the wait and worth the price. As described on the Apple website, “A redesigned interface uses the new Ultra Wide camera to show you what’s happening outside the frame,” capturing 4 times more than on previous iPhones. The phone includes a dual camera system, and a feature called night mode that turns on automatically when taking photos in low light settings. 

Maybe one of the most unappreciated features (that was also in the iPhone XR), is the liquid retina display, a display that depends on a larger amount of pixels per square inch, creating an effect where pixels aren’t visible to the naked eye. 

The last two features that can be easily ignored but might just be what some users need: one being the iPhone 11 is made with the toughest glass ever to be used in an iPhone, and it is now water resistant for up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. 

Even with all the new features and the newer look to this generation of the iPhone, many users are still on the fence, wondering if it’s worth the price or the hassle of trading it in. During an informal survey, several iPhone users agreed that they would be able to “live without upgrading to the newer phone,” as Maddie Bennett (11) said. Some even said that it’s just a way for Apple to make more money without having to innovate their number one product drastically. 

The newest iPhone wasn’t the only thing Apple recently released these past two months. Among the new series of iPads, AirPods, and Apple Watches, the new Apple Card is maybe one of the least recognized out of all the new releases. The Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple, not by a bank. The card’s information is stored in the wallet app, and this feature can only be accessed by iPhone users. In a way it’s more of an upgrade to the apple pay system, making it somewhat easier by tracking your account information in your phone, and giving you a laser-etched titanium card for when the Apple Pay feature isn’t available.