The world is abuzz with information on the new series of Apple products to be launched in a couple of weeks. The iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 3 are definitely going to be on a lot of people’s must-have lists.
For the fitness and health minded, here are our favourite features we’re most excited about.
For the flagship iPhone X it’s time to say goodbye to the home button. No more fumbling to slip off cycling or weightlifting gloves to unlock your phone, no getting sweat and chalk all over just to check a text, or if you need to check a nutritious recipe, no need to get food everywhere. The simple act of lifting your phone (or double-tapping the screen) turns in on, and you unlock it by looking at it, the infrared recognising your features even underneath a hat or sweatband or makeup. That’s it.
Reinvented front and back cameras with “portrait lighting”
We all know how much gymgoers love to get that perfect selfie. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X make it easier with specifically designed portrait lighting. The new feature gives you a wider range of colour, stabilisation and very precise exposure control, so no matter what the light you’ll always get your most flattering shot. Not to mention the dual cameras with larger, faster sensors, new colour filters and deeper pixels.
The new phones are glass on the back and front with stainless steel band to reinforce and hold it all together around the side, making the new models easier to keep clean, more durable and water and dust resistant. “For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realisation of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. As well as looking good, you won’t have to worry about bumps and scratches when you’re on the move.
Designed for AR
Augmented Reality (AR) workouts are the next big thing. But if you can’t attend a spin class that takes you cinematically through the alps, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are “custom tuned for the ultimate AR experience”. The cameras have new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking, and the graphics on the screen side give you an immersive and fluid experience.
The Apple Watch Series 3 – what doesn’t it do?
The new Apple Watch is built for fitness fanatics. On top of the standard exercise tracking, here’s just some of new things it can do:
- You no longer need to take your phone when you work out with the newly integrated cellular features. Stay connected to your apps, make calls and receive texts without your phone nearby, so you never have to miss out.
- Speaking of which, the Series 3 has built in GPS to help track you on your runs and walks. The brand new built in barometric altimeter will help you tackle any obstacle in your path (and measure how high you’ve climbed as well).
- If that isn’t enough, the Series 3 advises that you can “stream 40 million songs straight from your wrist” with Apple Music. Try topping that playlist!
- New intelligent coaching features to keep you on track the whole way through your workouts.
- The Series 3 is now water resistant to 50 metres (instead of just being splash resistant like the Series 1), so feel free to dive right in to the pool or at the beach with your favourite wearable on your wrist.
- Upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 3 Nike+ for all of the above features and in-ear coaching, wireless pairing with some gym equipment, access to the Nike+ Run Club and a handful of some seriously fit looking bands.
Piqued your interest? Here’s what you need to know to get your hands on these latest models:
- iPhone X will be available in silver and space grey in 64GB and 256GB models starting at Recommended Retail Price A$1579 inc. GST for the 64GB model and RRP A$1829 inc. GST for the 256GB model from apple.com/au and Apple Stores. Customers will be able to order iPhone X beginning Friday, 27 October, with availability beginning Friday, 3 November.
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in space grey, silver and an all-new gold finish in increased 64GB and 256GB capacity models starting at Recommended Retail Price A$1079 inc. GST for iPhone 8 and starting at RRP A$1229 inc. GST for iPhone 8 Plus from apple.com/au and Apple Stores. Customers will be able to order iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus beginning Friday, 15 September, with availability beginning Friday, 22 September.
- Apple Watch is available in two different case sizes, 38mm and 42mm. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available in gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel paired with a variety of bands starting at RRP A$559 inc. GST. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available in gold, silver or space grey aluminium cases with a Sport Band starting at RRP A$459 inc. GST. All models will be available from apple.com/au and Apple Stores. Customers will be able to order Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular and GPS) beginning Friday 15 September, with availability beginning Friday 22 September.