Apple launches carbon neutral Watch 9; iPhone 15 with USB-C connector

Apple shows off ‘double tap’ gesture to control Watch 9

Tim Cook Apple event Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during a launch event for the new Apple iPhone 15 at Apple Park in Cupertino, California | AFP

Apple launched its ninth generation watch during its annual event, ahead of debuting the new iPhone series on Tuesday. The Series 9 watch boasts a powerful processor and access to individual health data through Siri. Apple CEO Tim Cook also said Apple is "on track" to ship its Vision Pro mixed-reality headset early next year, Reuters reported.

Said to be a carbon-neutral product, Series 9 can be controlled using a double tap gesture. 

Apple said that from this year, the watch is being manufactured using clean energy. The tech company said it has used 100 per cent recycled cobalt in Watch 9’s batteries. As part of carbon-neutral initiatives, Apple said it won’t be using leather in its products, including for watch straps. Apple also launched the Apple Watch Ultra 2.

“Iphone 15 is absolutely incredible,” Tim Cook said. The new iPhone has XDR display, claimed to be twice bright than the iPhone 14. The 15 has a 6.1-inch screen while the plus size has a 6.7-inch screen size. The iPhone 15 has a two-camera system in the back which includes a 48MP main camera. The 15 series gets dynamic island, a feature which was available only in Pro variants. 

The new phone comes with UCB-C connectors instead of its ligtening port in compliance with the European Union common charger laws. Apple said the said same cable can be used to charge various other Apple devices. The iPhone is priced at $799 while the Plus variant is priced $899.


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