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Apple launch event. Likely new iPhones and ARM Macs to be announced.

I might be busy today, but when possible, I’ll try to tl;dr the event for you, like previous Apple events.

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    • Stream begins. New building shown. Recap on hardware launched in the September event.

    • Home product. It should be easy (setup/everyday), works together with other products, and secure/private. HomePod; a Siri speaker thing for the home. A new HomePod device; a mini device.

    • Bob on stage to talk about it. Mesh fabric for acoustics. Touchscreen with backlight on the top for controls/lighting up with Siri. Good sound, assistant, centre of the smart home, as one expects. Acoustic improvements like the driver and radiators, so you can place it in most areas. S5 SoC. Computational audio for computer-enhanced acoustics. Can keep multiple speakers in sync, or work with other speakers for multiple channels. U1 chip to make them work together. Apple Music, of course, along with third party services.

    • Yael on stage to talk about intelligence in Siri. Improved recognition accuracy/performance, and features. Works with multiple voices and can recognize them for context sensitivity. Suggestions also appear in the car. Smart home features, of course. Intercom between HomePods, iDevices, and CarPlay.

    • Privacy. It isn’t listening until you say Hey Siri, and requests aren’t associated to an Apple ID. Strong encryption between devices. White and grey, 99$. November 6 preorder, 16th ship date.

    • Back to Tim. iPhones. Autohagiography begins first. Important! People like them! Apps! Privacy!

    • 5G on iPhone. Hans from Verizon on stage to talk about it. Fluff excised here. Ultra wideband (mmWave) supported. 4 Gbps peak ideal download, 200 Mbps up. More towers being brought up near populated locales. 5G rolleout, partnering with gaming companies.

    • Is that an iPhone? iPhone 12. 5G. Kaiann on stage. Flat edges again, like an iPhone 5. Five colours, black, white, red, green, blue. 6.1” screen, but thinner bezels. 11% thinner, 15% smaller, 16% lighter. Better displays. “Super Retina XDR”. OLED. 2000000:1 contrast. Higher resolution, 2x pixels over iPhone 11 at 460ppi. New display glass from Corning. “Ceramic Shield”. Ceramic in the glass for resilience.

    • Arun on stage to talk about iPhone 5G. Custom aerials and more bands. Software support and beamforming. Apple claims 3.5 Gbps ideal down. mmWave is supported on US models.

    • Performance. A13 still leads, but now A14 Bionic is a thing. Hope on stage. 5nm process. 11.8T transistors, 40% more over A13. Six cores (2 high, 4 lore), 50% faster than anyone else. 4 core GPU. Also the fastest GPU too by 50%. 80% faster neural engine, 11T ops/s.

    • Back to Kaiann. Gaming on iPhones. League of Legends on an iPhone.

    • Camera. Dual camera. Ultrawide lens and regular wide lens. Better low light performance. Better HDR, ML applied. Night mode on all iPhone 12 cameras, even front. Applies to video too. Time-lapse with tripods. Example photos and videos shown.

    • Wireless charging. MagSafe??? Deniz on safe. Magnets can be used, while remaining compatible with Qi. 15W. Accessory attachment, and cases that can use it. Magnetic accessories snap together and stack. Third parties making accessories.

    • Lisa on stage to talk environmental. Carbon neutral now. By 2030, they plan to be net zero climate impact from materials to end of lifecycle. Less bad chemicals, more recycled stuff. Not bundling stuff to avoid waste. (also better for Apple… maybe not you) Less carbon emitted as a result.

    • Type C to Lightning cable shipped now.

    • Mini size iPhone 12 while keeping all the features - nothing omitted. Smaller than a 4.7” model, but 5.4” screen with less bezels. Water resistance. Promo video plays. 699 for mini, 799 for big. Carrier deals available.

    • Back to Tim. Pro iPhones. Three lenses. iPhone 12 Pro. Joz on stage to talk about it. Steel band, black glass. Silver, graphic, gold, blue colours. Same glass, IP68 rating. Compatible with magnetic accessories. Pro Max goes up to 6.7” with nearly identical form factor; similar to the normal model for smaller Pro. 458 ppi. Same A14 SoC. ISP for photography. “Deep fusion” image type using multiple of the coprocessors. Ultrawide, wide, and telephoto lenses. 4x optical zoom. On the Max model, even more specs.

    • Andrew to talk about the camera. Even beefier on Pro Max. Larger sensor, faster aperture, new OIS for 87% low light performance. Sensor-shift instead of moving the lens. Full f-stop worth of improvement.

    • Alok for more about pro photography. Raw means you lack some of the advanced processing. ProRAW means raw with the additional processing, with no additional delay. The additional processing is layered into the image instead of being baked in, so it can be selectively edited. Editing able to be done from photos app, or third parties with API.

    • Back to Joz. Examples. Pro video. 10-bit HDR with live preview. Live colour grading and filters in real time. Example video done by an Oscar winner. It’s lightweight and people will have it.

    • Francesca on stage to talk LiDAR. LiDAR used for faster focus and focusing in low light.

    • Back to Joz. Example usages of new features. Promo video. Regular 999, starting capacity 128 GB, Max at 1099. Preorders on 16th, available 22nd. Max will be preorder/available in November.

    • Back to Tim. Recap of event so far. That’s it?

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      Autohagiography

      This got a LOL. Well done.

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        how does it hear you say “hey siri” if it isn’t listening before you say it?

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        Not a single word on the Super Mega Retina Display XXX’s refresh rate – guess that means 60Hz again.

        ProRAW is an excellent idea, I’ve been waiting for this kind of thing! Hopefully Google/Qualcomm/etc do something in this direction too.

        LiDAR is cool. I wonder if there will be an app that could record the depths of the probed points while recording video, so you could import footage into Blender and have it motion-tracked already, better than software ever could just from the image.

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          My house is littered with these IKEA speakers. They’re great thanks to the sonos software support.

          I kind of want to replace them all with these new HomePods now. I’m a little shocked Apple priced them low enough to eat IKEA’s lunch on these.

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            Keep in mind HomePods don’t work with Bluetooth or any other standard. AirPlay is awful with a 2-second lag that makes it unusable as a non-music speaker, and still pretty slow and flaky for music. macOS doesn’t support AirPlay stereo (for 2 versions now. It probably never will).

            HomePod is basically an Apple Music lock-in device. I’m using mine just as a HomeKit control, but it sucks for that too. It keeps mishearing “lamp” as “alarm”, or sometimes tells me “I can’t find ‘lights on’ in your iTunes playlists”.

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              Thanks for airing those deficiencies. That makes it sound more like a lateral move and helps attenuate any desire I might have to replace them. (I wasn’t going to… just kind of wanted to based on the video I saw.)

              The IKEA speakers are also only usable for music, either from Sonos or from AirPlay. There’s no Siri/Alexa/etc functionality at all. They are good music speakers, though, and I quite like them. They don’t do bluetooth either.

              The reason I was starting to get a little HomePod envy was because it would be mildly useful to have the assistant functionality and the HomePod Mini looks like it probably has a better-sounding music speaker built in than the Symfonisk.

              At $99 for speakers that can synchronize across the house and stereo pair in rooms, I consider the price right for the IKEA ones and would consider it right for the Apple ones as long as they are good for music.

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                AirPlay is awful with a 2-second lag that makes it unusable as a non-music speaker

                Mm, that’s odd. Are you using it with games or what? I see no lag with video streams at least.

                macOS doesn’t support AirPlay stereo (for 2 versions now. It probably never will).

                I think the next version (Big Sur) might support that. https://www.reddit.com/r/HomePod/comments/i7h27q/stereo_pair_from_os_x_big_sur_beta_seems_to_be/

                HomePod is basically an Apple Music lock-in device.

                Well, yes, somewhat. They’re opening it up now though. I think Spotify will be available for it soon.

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                  Some Airplay-aware applications delay video by 2 seconds, so instead of just an audio lag, you also get a visual lag. It breaks looped GIFs on Twitter, for example (every loop waits 2 seconds to restart).

                  I’m on Big Sur, and stereo Airplay still doesn’t work for me. macOS sees two separate HomePods instead of a pair. iOS sees the pair.

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              I don’t how to feel about yet another RAW photo format. As a digital archivist, I fear incoming years of conversion nightmare to open and sustainable formats.

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                But most existing camera companies have their own proprietary RAW format. This is just adding “Apple iPhone camera RAW” to the list.

                I shoot RAW just for convenience - I get slightly better chances to adjust stuff like exposure and white balance - but I publish in JPG and will not assume that anything else is viable long-term.

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                  I do not challenge the usefulness of the RAW format. The plethora of proprietary RAW formats is not something we should be happy about. There have been efforts to find a common RAW-like format to please everyone (photographers, graphic designers, archivists) but it has not been successful yet. I agree that RAW should not be considered a long-term preservation compatible format, but some content creators are not aware and digital archivists do get RAW files. With Apple firepower, I am afraid of the potential explosion of RAW files that will need to be taken care of.

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                    I’ve been photographing RAW since… 2008? and I honestly can’t remember the format that Adobe promoted and that was used by a few manufacturers. Maybe the new Apple format will be so popular that it will sweep all before it and become the one true standard, or maybe the different manufacturers will continue using with own proprietary formats out of inertia.

                    My point is, one more entry to long list of incompatible formats is neither here nor there. The ship sailed long ago.

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                  I don’t agree. This isn’t like supporting documents written in WordPerfect for classic Macintosh. There’s simply no reason to think that compatibility with old RAW formats will ever go away in future versions of major software. Of course it’s possible that in 50 years Adobe will fail into obscurity. But at the very least you’ll always have LibRaw. Or if in 50 years the project is abandoned and the new hotness fails to support older cameras, the source code for LibRaw will still be in your digital archive—and I dare say archivists will be able to keep that final release compiling on future systems forever.

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                    Existing RAW formats are a fact and digital archivists have to deal with it on a daily basis: should we keep it as it is? convert it? My concern is this additional format by Apple that could be a new challenge, with Apple not having a great track of openness and compatibility concerns with its file formats.

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                      Sorry for the slight delay in replying but my answer to archivists is simple: always keep originals. Optionally keep translated files as well, if you like.

                      By keeping the original RAW, you maintain the ability to take advantage of the very latest RAW processing technology. I’ve recently updated to the latest version of DXO PhotoLab with DeepPRIME RAW de-noising and it’s utterly magical. Because I have kept RAW files I can go through decades old photo collections and re-process them. It’s like going back in time and re-shooting with two or three more stops of light.

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                        Thank you for sharing your point of view. I agree that original RAW files should be kept but as you know, some file formats do become increasingly more difficult to interpret and converted files may become, a one point, the only “understable” version of the information.

                        According to various sources, the ProRAW seems to be a 12-bit Linear DNG, which is good news and surprising since Apple is usually known for pushing for new and proprietary formats. At the end, this could prove to be a good move by Apple and long term preservation.