It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of an Apple announcement. And with Cupertino introducing two new iPhones for the first time ever, a lot of other news managed to slip through the cracks. Like Apple’s Cards app, for instance? Gone. So what else might have snuck under the radar? Here are four things that were easy to miss:
iWork is free for all new devices
You might have heard this one, since Apple announced it at the event. Anyone that purchases a qualifying iOS 7 device after September 1 will be able to download the entire iWork suite of apps for free. Previously these apps cost anywhere from $4.99 to $9.99 apiece. iWork includes iMovie, iPhoto, Keynote, Numbers and Pages. New users will automatically see a screen on their new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with an opportunity to install the software upon first setting up their device.
Apple Care+ service fees rise; service added for iPod touch and iPod Classic
AppleCare+ still costs $99 per iPhone, but service fees for accidental damage have increased from $49 to $79 per incident. So while it’s more expensive, it’s still much cheaper than buying a whole new phone.
AppleCare+ service has also been extended to the iPod touch and the iPod classic for the first time. Apple will extend the warranty of your device for up to two years for $59. Each incident of accidental damage will cost you an additional $29.
iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Lightning docks
Apple didn’t introduce a new dock for the iPhone 5 when it switched to the Lightning port last year, but this year it is selling two new docks for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. Given the similar size of the phones, the iPhone 5s dock will also work with the iPhone 5.
Each dock costs $29 and allows you to stand your phone upright while charging. It features a 3.5mm audio-out port, and audio porting that allows you to place speakerphone calls while your phone is docked. Just remember that you’ll still need to provide your own USB cable to sync or charge your phone.
Space Gray iPods
Apple didn’t introduce any new iPods, but it did make a slight change to the lineup. In place of black, the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle all come in a Space Gray option. This is the same new color Apple introduced for the iPhone 5S. Alas, there are no Gold iPods just yet.