This latest Apple event was jam-packed with everything from a $100 stylus to a new color option for the iPhone. Let’s dive right in.
The Apple Watch got a small upgrade with new bands from the fashion company Hermes, watchOS 2, plus the Apple Watch (which is the $350 one) will come in gold and rose gold colors.
A rumor we’ve been reading about for months has come true: the iPad Pro. Coming in at thirteen inches, it comes with a 2732 x 2048 screen ratio (5.6 million pixels) and the new A9X 64-bit chip. Thicker than the iPad Air and heavier than the original iPad, why would you want this device? Good question, and I’m trying to think up some use case scenarios. Whatever your decision, the iPad Pro has two accessories: a smart keyboard-cover for $170, and the creatively-named Apple Pencil stylus at $100. The other iPads also quietly got incremental upgrades.
The Apple TV finally has an App Store, and is heavily integrated with Siri to bring voice control features with natural language processing. Along with the TV, there is also a new remote control featuring a small multi-touch panel with Force Touch functionality. The new Apple TV also has a new operating system called tvOS, which allows third-party developers to create apps specifically for larger screen TVs.
iPhone 6S/iPhone 6S Plus
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S got fairly impressive upgrades, starting with a new 12MP iSight camera. There is a new screen with 3D Touch taptic technology (why 3D Touch and not Force Touch I’ll never know). iOS 9 brings an always-on “Hey Siri” feature, and the new camera lets you create animated GIF-like pictures called Live Photos. Borrowing the technology from Apple Watch, the new iPhones have animated wallpapers.
In what seems like a slap in the face to carriers, Apple also announced an upgrade program that lets you buy a new unlocked iPhone each year with AppleCare for a $32/month payment plans, with payment plans in place for the other models as well.
Pre-orders start September 12th with the iPhones fully available on September 25th. iOS 9 will be ready for update on September 16th, and Mac OS X El Capitan will be available on September 30th.