Eight years after changing the way we use our smartphones, Apple has again change the way we use touchscreens with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and its 3D Touch technology. However, the new iPhones were not the major product Apple unveiled at tonight’s event. To a crowd of almost 7,000, Apple unveiled products that will make 2015 it’s most exciting year yet. Take a look at of what Apple launched at tonight’s event.
1. iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will run on a faster quad-core chipset – A9 chipset and a M9 motion coprocessor.
Both phones feature improved 12 MP rear iSight cameras and 5MP FaceTime camera on the front.
Available in rose gold, silver, gold, and space grey, it is made of the strongest cover glass in the world.
New iPhones will start at $199 with a two-year contract.
Apple’s new flagship smartphones, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus feature 3 D Touch-integrated display panels so that the screen can identify the difference between two types of taps (and maybe even three types). The 6S has a 4.7″ retina display, while the 6S Plus comes with a 5.5″ retina screen. They can both shoot rich 4K video. Force Touch lets you communicate to the phone, just via touch. Use it on an address, and it’ll pull up a map. On the camera app, it’ll let you take selfies. The new TouchID sensor is now faster at recognising your fingerprint.,
Check out the 3D touch in motion: Instant status on Facebook, shooting instant videos on WeChat scrolling through someone’s Instagram stream without leaving your current page.Pre-orders for the phones begin on Sept 12, though they will be available from Sept 25.
2. iPad Pro. It has the biggest screen of any iOS device. It has more power than any iOS device
As usual, the previous iPad edition gets cheaper. In this case, it’s the iPad Mini 2 is being dropped to $269 when the iPad Pro 12.9-inch screen sees the light of the day. At 5.6 million pixels in all, it has more pixels than any other iOS device before. With a new A9X chip, it is also 1.8 times faster than previous chip. That means powerful multitasking – Or, as Tim Cook put it: “It’s faster than 80% of the portable PCs that have shipped in the past 12 months.” It has two speakers on the top edge, and two speakers on the bottom edge
Other specs: 10-hour battery life, and 1.57 lb. It ships this November.
32GB: $799 | 64GB: $949| 128GB: $1079
3. Apple releases smart keyboard for iPad Pro
A fold out smart keyboard cover just for the iPad Pro, at $169
4. A new iPad Pro accessory: the $99 Apple Pencil
Steve Jobs had said: If you see a stylus, they blew it.” Times have changed, and Apple Pencil is “re-engineering the touch system to measure both finger and stylus input with maximum accuracy”.Apple showed the pencil with a video of calligraphy with an Apple Pencil, that you can use WHILE you use your fingers on the iPad.
5. iPad Mini 4: $399
The iPad Mini 4: “the same power as the iPad air”, but in a smaller size. The device hardly got any mention by Tim Cook.
6. Apple TV
The new device is tightly integrated with Siri, allowing users to search for movies and TV show titles, or genres like “family movies.” It also features a full app store that gives consumers access to games and TV apps, as well as its own TvOS. There’s a LOT of focus on voice control, to the point where you can tell the TV: “Show me movies. Just the new ones!”And the glass touchscreen remote is also great for gaming!
Many new games on the TV will be those only available on consoles till now. The WWDC demo included wildly popular game Guitar Hero, and Apple also mentioned coming multiplayer games. Viewers can make requests through the Siri digital assistant and search for specific programs and movies across apps. The new version of Apple TV, which has been redesigned to focus on content will come with a new Bluetooth remote featuring an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Siri will now be able to search Apple TV for content on iTunes, Netflix Inc., Hulu and other apps on the new interface, Apple said.You can even ask it: “What did she say?”, and Siri will skip back 15 seconds to the previous line. Or you can use voice. “Skip ahead 7 minutes”, she says. AppleTV reacts accordingly.
It will ship in October. 32gb: $149 | 64gb: $199
7. iOS 9
Apple revealed a number of iOS 9 features at this year’s WWDC developer conference, which should finally be available for all to use soon. And it will not take up as much storage too, considering the download file is just 1.3GB compared to the 4.6GB file of last year’s iOS 8. And it will even support older devices, like iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, which were launched way back in 2011.
Some of the key features of iOS 9 include iPad multitasking, easier app switching, improved Spotlight Search, transit data for Apple Maps, new Apple Pay features, a News app, increase in battery life (around 3 hours of extra juice), and better Notes app. New iOS will be available on Sept. 16, rolling out in 130+ countries.
8. The Apple Watch – New apps onboard!
The Watch already supports 10,000 apps, and there’s even more to come Facebook Messenger, GoPro’s attempt at an app to turn it into a viewfinder, AirStrip, a medical app to quickly scroll through a patient’s medical history. The medical app won some applause – it allows expecting mothers to listen their baby’s heart rate with ‘belly monitors’ and send data from her watch to her doctor.
Apple Watch – a fashion accessory
And of course, a watch is an accessory too. Which is why Apple is going to work with Hermes on a new Apple watch collection. Apple is adding a classic luxury watch design flourish – rose gold and gold finishes, to the watch, as well as sportier elements – new sports bands: pink, brown, blues, and course reds – just in time for the festive seasons.
WatchOS 2, which will now power Apple Watch, will be detailed tonight and hit your smartwatch next week via an OTA update. One of the biggest feature of WatchOS 2 is that it brings native apps to Apple Watch, which means that the smartwatch will not have to depend on iPhones for its apps. It will also give developers access to Apple Watch’s sensors, Taptic Engine, microphone etc.