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Apple Gather Round Event on September 12th, 2018

[6:47 PM] Bryan: Cheers, everyone. We appreciate you being here with us.
[6:47 PM] Dave: And, of course, our huge thanks to our sponsor AnyTrans, the one-stop iPhone manager to transfer, manage and back up iOS data and files. Visit for a free download and 30% off.
[6:47 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook is wrapping up.
[6:46 PM] Dave: That’s it, folks. Thanks for joining us!
[6:45 PM] Bryan: iOS 12, tvoS 12 on September 17th. macOS Mojave ships on September 24th.
[6:44 PM] Dave: macOS Mojave available on 9/24
[6:44 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook is back on stage with some other minor updates.
[6:43 PM] Dave: HomePod updates!
[6:42 PM] Kelly Guimont: Today brings the number of iPhones available up to SEVEN. That won't confuse people at all.
[6:42 PM] Bryan: iPhone X starts at $999, iPhone Xs Max starts at $1099.
[6:41 PM] Dave: iOS 12 September 17
[6:41 PM] Dave: New iPhone pricing!
[6:41 PM] Dave: New iPhone pricing!
[6:41 PM] Dave: New iPhone pricing!
[6:41 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xr will start at $749, "less than iPhone 8 Plus," but that's more than iPhone 8. 64GB, 128GB, 256GB.
[6:40 PM] Kelly Guimont: Why did they bother with the iPhone 7s-I mean, iPhone 8-last year and not just double down on the notch? Courage?
[6:40 PM] Dave: iPhone XR
[6:38 PM] Bryan: Apple has emphasized that the glass on iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max is "the most durable glass" ever, but has not specified which glass it is.
[6:37 PM] Kelly Guimont: Whither iPhone SE 2 (which will inevitably get a new and ridiculous name)?
[6:36 PM] Bryan: Sir Jony Ive is now doing a voiceover for new iPhone video.
[6:35 PM] Bryan: I mean, really, he's touting features for iPhone Xr as if we've never heard of them 20 minutes ago for iPhone Xs. It's weird.
[6:35 PM] Dave: Dual SIM on iPhone XR, as well
[6:33 PM] Dave: From what they've said thus far, iPhone XR will, for most people, be an indistinguishable experience from iPhone XS.
[6:33 PM] Kelly Guimont: I don't know why we can't call it the iPhone Ten C, it's just the 5c updated...
[6:32 PM] Bryan: Phil is walking us through all the ways iPhone Xr is a successor to iPhone X, while replacing iPhone 8, because obvious.
[6:31 PM] Dave: iPhone XR single camera
[6:31 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xr has a bigger display at 6.1" than iPhone 8 Plus, but in the same size device as iPhone 8. All thanks to edge-to-edge display like iPhone X.
[6:30 PM] Dave: iPhone XR notch
[6:30 PM] Dave: Haptic touch in place of 3D Touch
[6:29 PM] Dave: iPhone XR details
[6:29 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xr has the notch and looks a lot like iPhone X, but is LCD, and replaces the iPhone 8 end of the product line.
[6:29 PM] Dave: 6.1in liquid Retina display
[6:28 PM] Dave: iPhone XR = Aluminum case. LCD Display called Liquid Retina display.
[6:28 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xr, as Mark Gurman reported earlier.
[6:27 PM] Bryan: Remember when Apple announced AirPods wireless charging case and AirPower wireless charging pad in September of 2017 and then didn't ship them or mention them September 2018? Good times.
[6:27 PM] Dave: Whoa!
[6:26 PM] Dave: One. More. iPhone.
[6:26 PM] Kelly Guimont: I like the approach Apple takes to being environmentally conscious. I also like that they are showing us how they go about it.
[6:24 PM] Bryan: Lisa Jackson says Apple uses all recycled tin in logic boards on iPhone, eliminating need for 10 tons of tin ore being mined.
[6:23 PM] Bryan: Lisa Jackson says Apple's new goal is to make its products without mining new materials from the earth. Wow.
[6:22 PM] Bryan: Apple VP Lisa Jackson is on stage talking about the environmental aspects of iPhone Xs, starting with Apple's 100% renewable energy use.
[6:21 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller is recapping iPhone Xs specs and announcements.
[6:20 PM] Dave: iPhone XS details
[6:19 PM] Dave: No eSIM in China, so dual SIMs there.
[6:19 PM] Dave: Nice to see GigSky now on iPhone thanks to eSIM!
[6:18 PM] Dave: Dual SIM Dual standby, now with eSim!
[6:18 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs will have up to 30 minutes more battery life than iPhone X. iPhone Xs Max is 90 minutes more battery life than iPhone X.
[6:17 PM] Dave: Dual SIM!
[6:16 PM] JohnM: A new era: "computational photography"
[6:15 PM] Dave: Now you can record stereo sound on iPhone XS videos
[6:14 PM] Bryan: With iPhone Xs and A12 Bionic, you can adjust the depth of field in post. That's amazing.
[6:12 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller is showing a variety of photos taken with iPhone Xs. They're all amazing.
[6:11 PM] Dave: Phil Schiller showing off Photo capabilities on iPhone XS
[6:11 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller is walkking us through Smart HDR on iPhone Xs, made possible by A12 Bionic processor.
[6:11 PM] JohnM: 1 trillion operations per photo!
[6:08 PM] Bryan: 12 megapixel wide-angle camera and 12 megapixel telephoto camera in iPhone Xs. Improved True Depth camera, too.
[6:08 PM] Dave: Front facing iPhone XS camera
[6:07 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller showed a photograph that was used for a cover shot on Time magazine. That's cool.
[6:07 PM] Dave: iPhone XS cameras
[6:06 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller is now talking about the camera in iPhone Xs.
[6:06 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller is back on stage.
[6:05 PM] Kelly Guimont: Shared AR looks super amazing!
[6:05 PM] Bryan: We're seeing a demonstration of an almost 3D version of Galaga that is a shared AR experience. It's...interesting.
[6:04 PM] Bryan: Atli Mar, CEO of Directive Games is up on stage talking about a new AR game and ARKit 2.
[6:03 PM] Dave: Galaga AR
[6:03 PM] Bryan: Steve Nash looks so much like a Silicon Valley nerd up on stage.
[6:02 PM] Kelly Guimont: Tracking shot information is great in basketball but I can't wait to see how it gets translated to other sports like baseball or golf.
[6:02 PM] Bryan: With Homecourt on iPhone Xs, coaches/trainers can do real-time player monitoring. It's quite impressive.
[6:01 PM] Dave: Real time shot science on iPhone XS with HomeCourt
[6:00 PM] Bryan: Steve Nash the basketball player is on stage to talk about a basketball app called Homecourt, which he has consulted for.
[5:58 PM] Bryan: Todd Howard is showing us Elder Scrolls: Blade on iPhone Xs, with the A12 Bionic chip. Looks amazing.
[5:58 PM] Dave: Seems Puck likes Apple Keynote days.
[5:56 PM] Bryan: Todd Howard, Game Director of Bethesda Game Studios is on stage to talk augmented reality.
[5:55 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs is a solid nuts-and-bolts update.
[5:54 PM] Dave: ARKit 2
[5:54 PM] Dave: A12 Bionic
[5:53 PM] Dave: Core ML is now 9x faster with 1/10th the energy.
[5:53 PM] Dave: Demoing Siri Shortcuts (fka Workflow)
[5:52 PM] Bryan: Apps will launch up to 30% faster with A12 Bionic on iPhone Xs models.
[5:51 PM] Bryan: Marketing exec Kaiann Drance is on stage discussing some of the features of Apple's A12 Bionic processor.
[5:50 PM] Kelly Guimont: My watch just went off reminding me to stand. Will there be a Stand Ring Revolution in the Steve Jobs Theater?
[5:50 PM] Dave: Again, our thanks to our sponsor AnyTrans, the one-stop iPhone manager to transfer, manage and back up iOS data and files. Visit for a free download and 30% off.
[5:49 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller says A12 Bionic processor can do 5 trillion calculations per second.
[5:49 PM] Dave: Half a terabyte
[5:48 PM] Dave: Lots of on-board processors
[5:48 PM] Bryan: A12 Bionic has an 8-Core Neural Engine for handling machine learning systems.
[5:47 PM] Dave: A12 8-core Neural Engine
[5:47 PM] Bryan: Yessssss...iPhone Xs is powered by A12 Bionic processor, the first 7nm chip. Faster, more efficient. Has 4-Core GPU and 6-Core CPU.
[5:47 PM] Dave: A12 GPU
[5:47 PM] Dave: A12 Bionic
[5:46 PM] Dave: A12 Bionic with industry first 7nm chip
[5:46 PM] Bryan: Phil Schiller says Secure Enclave in iPhone Xs is faster, more secure. Face ID is faster, more secure, too.
[5:45 PM] Dave: The notch... revealed!
[5:45 PM] Dave: And there’s Foo Fighters on the screen
[5:44 PM] Bryan: Apple says speakers are improved in new iPhone Xs models.
[5:44 PM] Kelly Guimont: If Apple doesn't also announce a new line of women's pants with pockets sized to hold this phone they are clearly doomed.
[5:43 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs Max will have split screen mode.
[5:43 PM] Dave: iPhone XS specs
[5:43 PM] Dave: iPhone XS Max
[5:42 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs Max will have a 6.5" Super Retina OLED display.
[5:42 PM] Dave: Compared
[5:42 PM] Dave: 6.t” Super Retina OLED display
[5:41 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs will have a 5.8" OLED display.
[5:41 PM] Dave: Plus sized display, smaller design
[5:41 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs is IP68 waterproof.
[5:40 PM] Dave: 2 meters for 30 minutes
[5:40 PM] Bryan: iPhone Xs comes in Gold, Silver, Space Gray.
[5:40 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook: "This is iPhone Xs, the most advanced iPhone." Tim handed stage over to Phil Schiller.
[5:39 PM] Dave: New iPhone XS
[5:39 PM] Kelly Guimont: iPhone X has a 98% Customer Satisfaction score. I'm not sure baskets of kittens rate that high...
[5:39 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook: "Today we're going to take iPhone X to the next level." Cut to new video.
[5:38 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook emphasized that iPhone X is the #1 smartphone in the world, with 98% customer satisfaction, too.
[5:37 PM] Bryan: Moving on to iPhone.
[5:37 PM] Dave: iPhone time!
[5:37 PM] Bryan: We're seeing an Apple Watch Series 4 commercial centered around The Hokey Pokey. It's a fun, energetic spot.
[5:36 PM] Bryan: No Apple Watch Edition for Series 4 announced. Thee is a new Gold finish for Stainless devices, however.
[5:35 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for pre-order on September 14th, ships September 21st.
[5:35 PM] Dave: Available Sept 21
[5:35 PM] JohnM: All previous bands still work.
[5:34 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 3 still for sale at $279.
[5:34 PM] Kelly Guimont: New Nike watch bands will include reflective thread in them.
[5:33 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 will still fit existing Apple Watch straps.
[5:33 PM] Dave: New Gold Stainless
[5:32 PM] Kelly Guimont: "Hey Kelly, you have the original Apple Watch, are you upgrading?" Kelly: Shut_Up_And_Take_My_Money.gif
[5:30 PM] Bryan: Haptic feedback on AWS4 Digital Crown. Cool!
[5:30 PM] Bryan: Sir Jony Ive is doing a voiceover for an AWS4 video.
[5:29 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 will have same battery life as AWS3 (essentially 18 hours for most uses).
[5:29 PM] Kelly Guimont: I like that they took a moment to point out how your data is stored (and protected) with Apple Watch.
[5:28 PM] Dave: AWS4 run down
[5:28 PM] Bryan: I'll repeat, Apple Watch Series 4 = GIMME GIMME GIMME!
[5:27 PM] JohnM: I like the phrase Tim used: "Intelligent Guardian."
[5:26 PM] Bryan: Apple has FDA clearance for its heart monitoring features—without it leaking.
[5:26 PM] Dave: Apple receives first FDA clearance of its kind for heart alerts “later this year”
[5:26 PM] JohnM: I'll be upgrading to this series 4 Apple Watch. Important design and feature changes. Can't wait.
[5:26 PM] Kelly Guimont: I can't wait to see how the extended health tracking features help healthcare in the next 6-12 months. There is SO much potential here!
[5:25 PM] Bryan: Dr. Ivor J. Benjamin, president of the American Heart Association, is on stage touring Apple Watch Series 4's heart features.
[5:25 PM] Dave: This is really interesting. Goes beyond “Smart Watch”. Apple made a commitment to leading the Tech/Health world years ago, and now they’ve got something that makes me go, “hmm…”
[5:24 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 will store heart data in the Health app on iPhone so you can share it with your doctor.
[5:24 PM] Dave: Heart rhythm classification
[5:22 PM] Bryan: Wow, Apple Watch Series 4 can take an Electrocardiogram (ECG). First over-the-counter ECG device. Wow.
[5:22 PM] Dave: Take ECGs with an over the counter product for the first time!
[5:21 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 can detect irregular rhythms automatically and alert you to them.
[5:20 PM] Dave: Low heart rate detection
[5:20 PM] Bryan: Apple announcing 3 new heart-related features for AWS4. First is detecting heart rate that's too slow.
[5:20 PM] Bryan: Jeff Williams is talking about the science of falls, and how Apple can use that science to detect falls. AWS4 can send an automated call if it detects 1 minute of zero motion after a fall.
[5:19 PM] Dave: AW4 determines falls and then alerts with emergency calls, if necessary... and automatically after 1 minute.
[5:19 PM] Kelly Guimont: With the new fall tracking, everybody's parents will get an  Watch for Christmas.
[5:18 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 can detect falls. And I mean falls by its wearer, not the device.
[5:18 PM] Dave: AW4 uses the new Accelerometer Gyroscope to detect falls
[5:18 PM] Bryan: Apple says AWS4 accelerometer gyroscope is much faster.
[5:17 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 is powered by the S4 SIP (system on a chip). It will have a 64-bit processor in it. ::boggles::
[5:17 PM] Dave: New 64-bit Dual Core professor in AW4
[5:16 PM] Bryan: Apple says AWS4 will handle phone calls better.
[5:16 PM] Bryan: Speaker in Apple Watch Series 4 has speaker that is 50% bigger.
[5:15 PM] Bryan: Jeff Williams showed several new Apple Watch Series 4 faces. Flames, bubbles, more.
[5:15 PM] Kelly Guimont: My OG Apple Watch won't do any of the OS 5 stuff so I am VERY interested in the new model. Yes. Yes PLEASE.
[5:15 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch will have a Breathe watch face, too. It includes three different visual ways to breathe.
[5:14 PM] Dave: Larger faces and screens on Apple Watch Series 4
[5:14 PM] Dave: New Apple Watch Series 4
[5:14 PM] Bryan: OMG, do I want the Apple Watch Series 4? Yes. Yes I do.
[5:13 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 has a new watch face with 8 complications, and it looks GREAT!
[5:12 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4 screens are more than 30% larger. Thinner, too!
[5:12 PM] Bryan: Apple Watch Series 4. Jeff Williams says everything has been redesigned.
[5:12 PM] Kelly Guimont: Siri says the song in the Apple Watch video is Supernova by The Hand.
[5:11 PM] Bryan: Wow, new Apple Watch looks amazing in that video!
[5:11 PM] Bryan: We're getting an introductory video for new Apple Watch!
[5:10 PM] Bryan: Jeff Williams: "Apple Watch has become an intelligent guardian for your health."
[5:09 PM] Bryan: Jeff Williams is on stage for Apple Watch preso. "Fitness is at the core of Apple Watch."
[5:08 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook reminded us that Apple Watch is the number one watch in the world. Not smartwatch, but watch. Not bad for a product deemed a failure by many pundits.
[5:08 PM] Kelly Guimont: Seconding Bryan: Seems like Tim has figured out how to be Tim On Stage, not Tim Trying To Be Steve On Stage.
[5:07 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook: "Today we're going to tell you about two of our most personal products." Starting with Apple Watch.
[5:06 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook said Apple will soon ship its 2 billionth iOS device. Wow.
[5:06 PM] Dave: White sneakers and original Mac. Oh, and Tim Cook.
[5:06 PM] Bryan: Tim Cook says Apple gets 500 million people through Apple Store every year. Which is stunning.
[5:06 PM] Kelly Guimont: Current status: Super distracted by Tim's sneakers in Blinding White.
[5:05 PM] Bryan: It amazes me how much Tim has improved as a presenter. He's no Steve Jobs, because no one else will be Steve Jobs, but he looks so much more comfortable on stage.
[5:04 PM] Bryan: Seems like Tim Cook needs his clicker. But it was also a nice semi-tour of Apple Park.
[5:04 PM] Bryan: Funny intro movie.
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