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Apple unveils new iPhones, pricing for upcoming video streaming service

Apple unveils new iPhones, pricing for upcoming video streaming service

We've broken down a comparison into key categories to see how these top devices measure up.

First, the bad news: The new iPhones really do include the ugly camera bump that we've all been expecting. The main difference is the cameras.

The latest version of iOS, which powers iPhones, will introduce a dark mode and new features for stock apps like Mail and Maps. The 11 Pro has three cameras on its back, which has earned the ire of some folks for being a bit of an eyesore (iSore?).

As expected, Apple also unveiled its new iPhone 11, which will start at $699, and the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, starting at $999 and $1,099, respectively.

But a triple-camera feature is hardly ground breaking, because rivals Huawei and Samsung launched their triple-camera smart phones in 2018. The Pro will also come in a Pro Max larger size.

It is cutting the price of the iPhone 11 in the United States to NZ$1089 from NZ$1167, the price of last year's XR.

With iPhone sales declining year over year for the past two fiscal quarters, investors are focusing on the growth potential for services.

Cook speaks about the new Apple iPhone 11 during the Apple Special Event in the Steve Jobs Theater Cupertino Calif. Sept. 10 2019
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Apple on Tuesday said its new video streaming service, Apple TV+, will cost just $4.99 a month - undercutting entertainment giant Disney, which rocked the boat earlier this year when it said it will sell its new streaming service for just $6.99 a month. It's priced at $US6.99 per-month and is set to offer a catalogue of its iconic children's content.

And then there is Apple's much-vaunted move into TV production.

At launch, Apple TC+ will include eight original shows including The Morning Show, featuring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and See, a sci-fi drama featuring Jason Momoa.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new Apple Watch series 5 during the Apple Special Event in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019. I won't lie: I love fall mostly because I'm a fan of nearly everything Apple makes, and September is when we get brand-new gadgets from Cupertino. "Clearly, that was a positive that people were happy to hear". According to Variety, Cook also revealed that one year of Apple TV+ will be included for free with the purchase of an iPhone, Apple TV, or Mac - good news for any loyal Apple customer.

Along with Apple TV+, Apple is also launching a gaming service dubbed Apple Arcade. It poses a direct challenge to Walt Disney Co., which plans to launch its own streaming service in Canada in November for $8.99 a month. Even there, improvements from year to year have been small.

With both these products, Apple continues to push its vision of how everyone will use them, so convinced that it's right that it is sure it only has to repeat the message enough times before everyone realizes that the company was correct all along.

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