Published on September 10th, 2015 | by Mick Brennan0
Say Hello To The iPad Pro, The iPhone 6s and The New Apple TV
The annual Apple event took place yesterday and there was a lot of new announcements with two new iPhones as well as the new Apple TV, iPad Pro and updated Apple Watches. Here is all the info that you need to know about the new toys.
iPhone 6S & 6S Plus
The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are available in four colors: silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold. The devices are now made from 7000 series aluminum, which is an aircraft-grade material. It’s stronger than the previous phone aluminum and is unlikely to bend.
The devices’ biggest addition is a 3D touch screen, a feature introduced on Apple trackpads and the Apple Watch, that was previously known as Force Touch. The new iPhones also come with a 12 megapixel iSight rear camera, with 50% more pixels than the iPhone 6. The front-facing camera is now 5 megapixels (for sharper selfies). The phones also have the new A9 processor and faster finger print sensors. There are new charging docs to match the colors of the iPhones as well as new covers.
The phones will cost the same as the last version (starting at $650 and $750 for the 6S Plus). The previous versions (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) will each drop $100. There are no pricing details for Ireland as yet.
A new iPhone Upgrade program lets you lease an iPhone for $32 a month( in the U.S) and get a new version every year.
The new iPhones will go on pre-sale on September 12 and will hit stores on September 25. IOS 9 will be available on September 16 for anyone with an iPhone as old as an iPhone 4S.
The iPad rumour mill has been floating around for a while now and Apple announced a bigger, faster iPad as expected. The iPad Pro is 12.9 inches. It’s the same height as the iPad Air, so you can run iPad Air apps side by side. The screen has 5.6 million pixels — more than a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display.
The iPad Pro has a new A9X 64-bit chip. It’s 1.8 times faster than the previous iPad’s CPU. It is powerful enough to edit three streams of 4K video at a time. It has a 10-hour battery life, is super thin, weighs just over 1.5 lbs. The company is also making its own stylus, the Apple Pencil, a low latency stylus that feels like a real pencil. The company also announced a new iPad Mini 4.
The new release Apple TV features a third-party App Store, a new remote, Siri controls, and a completely overhauled operating system. The TV now runs on tvOS, which is based on iOS. The device will start shipping in October for the U.S and cost $149 for the 32 GB version and $199 for 64 GB.
The new black remote features a glass touch surface on the top half, so you can navigate the Apple TV with swipes and other gestures. The new ATV also has Siri. Siri searches across all apps when given a command to search for something.
A new feature for the ATV is that you can use the device to play multiplayer games. Apple demoed a few examples, including Harmonix’s Beat Sports and Hipster Whale’s Crossy Road. Another app by Gilt lets you shop directly from the Apple TV. MLB has an Apple TV app for watching multiple live games at a time with pop-up notifications and interactive stats.