Apple Event Highlights: iPhone 6s, iPads, 3D Touch, Apple TV, iPencil, iOS 9.1, Live Photo


Rose gold iPhones, giant tablets, Apple TV and more was unveiled at the iPhone 6s event today. They delivered on two circulating rumours by updating the Apple TV and unveiling a huge iPad.

The iPad pro is 12.9 inches and comes complete with a stylus and an optional physical keyboard. Despite Steve Jobs trashing the stylus when the original iPad came out, they’re cool again. The $99 Apple Pencil is a dedicated iPad Pro stylus.

The giant tablet has the biggest screen on any iOS device. It’s A9X memory chip means that it’s faster than 80 percent of the portable PCs shipped in the last 6 months, according to Apple.

It features a four-speaker audio setup that will rebalance itself depending on how you hold it. And a 10 hour battery life!

It will be available in November and the 32Gb edition will cost you $700 while the 128Gb will cost you $949. LTE support bumps up the 128Gb to $1079. It’s available in silver, gold and space grey versions.

Apple TV is back with a new remote that you can play games with! It also has Siri built right into it. The TV has its own iOS called tvOS. Its Universal Search feature will let you search across apps like iTunes, Netflix and Hulu.

Apple TV will double as a gaming console. You can play the new Guitar Hero and everyone’s favorite Crossy Road on it.

It will be coming out in October and will cost $149 for the 32Gb version and $199 for 65Gb version.

The Apple Watch got new bands, including a Hermes one.

But the biggest news is the 6s and larger 6s Plus. It’s built from a new, custom aluminum alloy. It will be available in silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold.

It will have Force Touch, which can detect when you’re pressing on the screen and how hard. But it’s now called 3D touch.

3D touch requires users to learn two new gestures: peek and pop. Peek will let users preview, pop will take them inside . WeChat, Instagram and Facebook are among the third-party apps to integrate it.

The phones will have the same screen sizes as previous versions, but both will come with new glass displays built of IonX, which is on the Apple Watch Sport.

An A9 chip is built in, which is 70 percent faster than the A8 at CPU tasks, and 90 percent faster with graphics.

There will be a 12-megapixel rear iSight camera, capable of shooting 4k video, and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with Retina Flash that’s 3x brighter than regular flash. The camera also has Live Photos, which before the camera shutter closes, it will capture a second and a half of footage. So when you view the image, it will play a short video clip. Facebook will support it.

Entry level phones will start at 16GB and will maintain its traditional pricing tiers: $199 to $399 for the 6S, and $299 to $499 for the 6S Plus depending on storage while on a two-year contract.

Apple is introducing two new payment options. You can pay for the 6S in installments of $27 per month or lease an iPhone for $32 a month, which lets you trade in your phone for a new one every year.

Preorders for iPhone 6s and 6s plus start Sept 12. iOS9 will be released on September 16th.

Which new Apple product feature excites you the most? Watch my Apple iPhone 6s Event review above and let me know in the comments below.


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