Apple hosted its special March event this evening where it highlighted its upcoming hardware and software changes. Apple started off with some numbers, as usual, and revealed that over 1 billion active devices around the world are Apple devices. Apple also went on to announce that it is now 93% environmental friendly across the globe. Out of this 93%, both China and the U.S are running on 100% renewable energy. Apple announced a new RND project called Liam. This robot has been specifically designed to dismantle iPhones into its specific parts, these parts will then be refined into other specific parts. An example Apple gave us was a solar panel which was made from used motherboard parts from an iPhone 6.
Apple announced a brand new Apple Watch band. The woven nylon band comes in brand vibrant new colours. Apple also dropped the price for the Apple Watch, starting from today, the watch will start at $299.
The Apple TV has been an instant hit since its makeover last year. Apple showed off some new software coming to tvOS, features and apps coming to the App Store. tvOS will receive some new tweaks like folders, dictation, Siri for the App Store, and Live Photos viewer. Apple announced that the new tvOS is out today.The Apple TV has over 5000 apps available on the store, and Apple are extremely happy with the progression of its media device.
Over 300 million 4-inch iPhones have been sold in 2015 alone. Apple say that people like smaller phones that are affordable, hence the introduction of the brand new iPhone SE. The device mimics the same design as the current iPhone 5S, a 4′-inch display, but it has a chamfered casing. The device packs a 64-bit A9 Chip, with the same graphics chip as the one found in the iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE comes with an 12 MP iSight camera, focus pixel, True Tone flash, and records 4K video. The device has an improved battery, offering just as much use as the iPhone 6. Apple revealed that the device will cost $399 for the 16GB and $499, which makes it the most affordable launch iPhone to date. Pre-orders open March 24 and the device will be available on March 31 in 21 countries. Apple hope to have the device available in 100 countries in May. Full specs of the device are below:
- Available in gold, silver, space gray, and rose gold, iPhone SE features an A9 chip, Touch ID, ultrafast LTE wireless, a 12MP iSight camera, and iOS 9
- 4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology – 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- 4.87 x 2.31 x 3.99mm
- 113 grams
- Apple A9 (M9)
Apple highlighted that the latest iOS is running on 80% of Apple devices. iOS 9.3 will come with Nightshift, a brand new screen toggle which adapts your display to the time of day, warming colours and reducing blues to help you view the screen better at night, which is result in better sleeping patterns while using the device.
Notes will also be getting a few new features, one of the most notable one is the ability to lock your notes with fingerprint access or pin codes, to help prevent any security breaches. Apple news, something we do not have in SA, will now be personalized to your liking with articles and features for you. Apple revealed that iOS 9.3 is out today and available to download right now.
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Apple showed off the latest iPad variation, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch. The device is smaller, and packs the same punch as the iPad Pro. The screen is 40% less reflective, it also has a brand new adjusted display, which measure the ambient light and temperature in your room, and adjusts the colour of your display to match your surroundings. The iPad Pro 9.7-inch has been developed to fit in-between the iPad Air and the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro 9.7-inch will come in 4 colours, rose gold, space grey, gold, and silver. The new iPad will come in a few models, 32GB will cost $599, 128GB is $749, and Apple revealed its first ever 256GB iOS device at $899.