Every fall, Apple holds a big media event to introduce its latest products, and it’s always quite a show. This year’s edition was no different, with new iPhones, an improved Apple TV, and a GIANT iPad. Here’s a quick recap.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
The biggest news to come out of Apple’s event was the debut of the $199 iPhone 6s and $299 6s Plus. Both phones look nearly identical to last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but (like mom always said) it’s what’s inside that counts.
The new iPhones come with improved 12-megapixel iSight cameras that Apple says will capture cleaner, crisper images compared to the 8-megapixel camera in the iPhone 6. They also have new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch displays, which support some new gestures for interacting with apps and data.
For example, if you get an iMessage with a link to a website, you’ll be able to lightly press that link to open the page without ever leaving iMessage.
Apple has also made the phones sturdier — by building them from the same materials as the Apple Watch — so we can finally hope to put Bendgate behind us forever.
With the unveiling of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple is killing off its iPhone 5c and replacing it with the iPhone 5s, which now be free with a two-year contract.
On top of that, Apple has announced a new program through which you can buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus through any carrier and pay $32 per month to be eligible to upgrade your iPhone every year.
After years of speculation, Apple finally came out with a giant iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch tablet packs a massive screen and a stylus (something the late Steve Jobs famously hated).
The big-screen iPad will work nicely with iOS 9’s multitasking features, which let you use two apps side-by-side. In fact, Apple actually brought out a Microsoft executive to demonstrate how nicely Office for iPad works with the Pro and iOS 9.
But the big news was the Pro’s new Apple Pencil stylus. A $100 accessory, the Apple Pencil includes built-in sensors that can detect how much pressure you use while writing to change the size of your pencil stroke — press hard and you’ll see a thick stroke, press lightly and you’ll get a thin one.
Then there’s Apple’s new $170 Smart Keyboard cover. Similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro’s Type Cover, the Smart Keyboard cover combines a keyboard that connects to the iPad Pro magnetically with a screen cover.
Still, the iPad Pro won’t be able to run full desktop apps; for that, you’ll still need a MacBook. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, on the other hand, can run both tablet apps and desktop programs.
The Pro will be available in November with a starting price of $800.
Apple’s oft-forgotten Apple TV has finally received its long-awaited upgrade, and it just might give your Roku a run for its money.
The new set-top box comes with a faster processor for speedier performance, more storage for downloaded movies, and support for games.
Best of all, the new Apple TV comes with universal search and your favorite digital assistant, Siri. With universal search and Siri, you’ll be able to look for a show or movie across multiple apps. So you can type in, say, Ninja Turtles and get results for the cartoon on Hulu and the classic 80’s movie on Netflix.
And with Siri, you’ll no longer have to use your remote’s arrow keys to laboriously type out a show’s name. Instead, you’ll be able to simply ask Siri to find it for you, and you’ll be set.
The new Apple TV’s remote also gets a touchpad that you can swipe across to get to different apps. And the new Apple TV will support iOS-like games, similar to how Google’s Android TV lets you play Android games.