Apple hosted their annual Apple September Event where they revealed some brand new products, iOS news, Apple TV, Watch OS, and of course, the latest iPhone.
Watch OS 2
Apple revealed brand new Apple Watch designs with new straps and casing to mix and match with. Apple did not reveal any new Apple Watch models with new internals, so they are sticking to their first addition models for another year and changing up the look and feel of their exteriors. A brand new rose gold, and black model will be available later this year.
Apple also revealed that Watch OS 2 will be launching worldwide on 16 September 2015. New apps were also showcased that make use of the watch. Facebook messenger will be available, as well as the addition of transit to maps.
Apple revealed the biggest and most powerful iPad to date, the iPad Pro. The latest tablet looks like a brand new piece of tech as it boasts a 12.9-inch display, 4 stereo speaker, and for the first time in the iPad series, a dedicated stylus.
The device has a 2732×2048 display that will make full use of iOS 9 and its split-screen multitasking and picture in picture feature. Packed with an A9X 3rd generation 64-bit chip, and 2GB of RAM, the iPad Pro only weighs 1.75lb and is 6.9″ thick.
The device will ship in November, in models of 32 GB – $799, 64GB – $949, 128GB – $1079.
Going hand in hand with the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil will be the stylus that will change the way you interact with your tablet. It runs on a battery that chargers using the Lightning connector on you iPad, and fits perfectly in your hand as you draw, navigate, make spreadsheets, and even take notes.
Apple has re-imagined the Appel TV in a whole new way. Its focus on gaming, a solid OS, Apple Music, and its brand new remote will set the standard for all media boxes.
The device will have a brand new remote that will feature a glass touch button, integrate a mic for Siri voice controls, and a gyroscope for motion movement.
The Apple TV OS takes all your favourite shows, games, and music and puts them all together for you in one place. Great games are headed to it too, as the remote allows for a solid gaming experience thanks to its controller and optional iPhone connectivity.
The Apple TV is set for release in October in 80 countries, with 100 set for end of 2015. It will retail from $149 for the 32GB and $199 for a 64GB
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
We knew it was going to happen – a brand new iPhone that will integrate with some of Apple’s brand new tech has been revealed. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will feature a brand new pressure sensor, dubbed 3D touch. The iPhones will be able to detect finger pressure on the screen of the iPhone and will integrate this into the iOS to enable users to press down on folders to open options, peak into mails, and apply pressure to songs on the music player to add them into playlists. Applying pressure on a text message will peak into it and give you a summary of the text. If the text includes a link you can peak into it which will load up the web browser instantly without opening a whole new app for the link.
Third-party apps will also add peak options such as updating your status from your home screen by applying pressure to the Facebook icon. This is all powered by the Apple A9 processor, which provides a 70% increase to CPU power and 60% to graphics. Apple showed off how the 3D Touch will integrate into gaming by applying pressure to zoom in when shooting, and pressing harder to change weapons.
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will feature a faster Touch ID, a 12 mega-pixel iSight Camera with an all new improved sensor and 4K video recording support. It will also be encaged in a brand new aluminium never before used on an iPhone or any other smartphone. The glass protecting the screen has also been given the revamp and it is claimed to be the strongest glass ever uses on a smartphone. Apple is also introducing a Retina Flash which will utilize the screen display to brighten up to 3 times the normal amount when taking a selfie, allowing for a perfect bright flashed selfie. Live Photo lets you make use of the 3D Touch feature to watch a moving picture, yes its Apple’s fancy way of saying that your iPhone can play Gifs. Although the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will take these photos automatically.
All around the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus looks identical to the previous iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s what is inside that counts. Apple has assured us that everything we love about the iPhone will be improved with the new devices.
The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will go on sale for the exact same prices as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year, starting with the iPhone 6S at $199. The iPhone 6 S and iPhone 6S Plus is set for release on 25 September in 20 countries, and Apple plans to roll out the phones to the rest of the world by the end of the year.
Apple revealed that iOS 9 will be released worldwide next week on 16 September 2015.