Today at the live Apple event, the company released information on a host of new products and features. Let’s take a look at the most notable offerings revealed.
iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
Here it is folks – the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus have been revealed. They will come in 4 metal finishes: Apple Alloy, Silver Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold. There’s even a new glass called Ion-X. One of the biggest new features revealed: 3D Touch. The iPhone 6s recognizes the amount of force pressed on the screen which is sensed by the taptic engine. This allows you access to different features by how hard you press down. You can “peek” into apps and messages by lightly holding your finger over it.
iPhone 6 will run on the new 64-bit A9 chip. This new processor is suppose to be 70% faster at tasks & 90% better at graphics performance than the previous version. TouchID is now 2x faster. The camera will be 12 megapixel and be able to shoot 4K video. The front-facing camera is now 5 megapixels meaning FaceTime video and selfies will be more clear. Starting price with a 2 year contract, iPhone 6s is $199 and the 6s Plus is $299. It will be available September 25th with pre-orders beginning on September 12th.
The new iPad has a massive 12.9 inch screen with 5.6 million pixels on screen, which is more than a Retina Macbook Pro. The cpu utilizes the 64-bit A9X chip, which is suppose to be about 2x faster than the previous version. It has a 10 hour battery life, 4 speaker audio system, and weighs 1.57 lbs (the 1st original iPad weighed 1.54 lbs). It is only 6.9mm thick compared to 6.1mm iPad Air 2.
The iPad Pro now supports a physical smart keyboard attachment similar to Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Another new accessory is a pressure sensitive stylus called Pencil. November is the release date and pricing starts at $799.
Apple TV + tvOS
Tim Cook stated “the future of TV is apps.” Apple also refers to their TV apps as “channels.” Apple TV has a new remote with a touch surface and five buttons. You can fast forward video by sliding your thumb on the touch surface. There’s a universal search function that allows you to search across multiple apps.
There’s a Siri button on the remote so you can access Apple TV with voice commands. There’s a universal search function that allows you to search across multiple apps. If you ask Siri “What did she say?”, the video will rewind 15 seconds. Siri will allow you to ask for current weather or sports scores without interrupting your video. You can also ask Siri information about the TV show or movie you’re watching, like the age of the actors and other films they’re in.
Apple TV has a new Os called tvOS – an “iOS built for the living room.” Popular apps have been redone like Netflix, Hulu, Hbo, and more. There are new apps like AirBnB and Zillow on your TV. They are also releasing games on the Apple TV like Disney’s Star Wars. For sports fans, you can watch live games synced with up-to-date stats. Starting price is $149 and releases in October.
Apple Watch + WatchOS 2
Apple is releasing a new OS for the Apple Watch dubbed the WatchOS2. It’ll have improved features and access to new apps coming out like Facebook Messenger, AirStrip (health monitoring), GoPro, and more. Apple is also releasing more bands for the Apple Watch so now you can look even more snazzy. Sept 16th is the release date and pricing starts at $349.