Apple took to the stage at a special event in San Francisco yesterday to announce a range of new and updated products.
iPhone 6S/iPhone 6S Plus
The 9th generation of iPhone – the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and 5.5″ iPhone 6S Plus – look near identical to their predecessors, but feature a range of internal improvements starting with the new A9 processor which is 80% faster than before. LTE Advanced is now supported for faster data speeds. The Touch ID sensor has been improved for faster finger-print scanning and unlocking and the screen features ‘Touch 3D’ which allows users to press the screen to give more input methods such as bringing popup shortcut menus and quicker ways of multitasking between different apps.
On the back there’s a 12 megapixel camera which is capable of recording 4K video. There’s an improved front-facing 5 megapixel camera too with a software-based flash which uses the iPhones screen – great for talking selfies in low-light.
Both will ship with iOS 9 and can be pre-ordered starting 12 September and available to buy from 25 September.
iPhone Upgrade Program
A new program was announced giving customers a way to get a new iPhone every year. The iPhones are unlocked so you can choose any carrier and you pay in monthly instalments. AppleCare+ is included too which gives two years of hardware repairs and accidental damage coverage. We can imagine this will be popular with users who prefer to get a new phone every year
The oft-rumoured larger iPad was confirmed, packing with it a 12.9″ display (50% larger than the iPad Air) and the new A9X processor (80% faster than the iPad Air 2). Two new accessories will be available separately too; Apple Pencil, a stylus with a pressure sensitive nib and a Smart Keyboard cover (which looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro keyboard)
The iPad Pro will be available from November starting at $799.
iPad mini 4
Although it didn’t get much stage time, a new iPad mini was announced featuring a faster processor and improved camera.
A revamped Apple TV set-top box was announced featuring the new tvOS. The new model features the faster dual-core A8 processor, a Siri remote control with voice search, touch control, Bluetooth 4 as well as gyroscope and accelerometer. The Apple TV App Store will allow games and apps to be downloaded – and apps from Hulu, Netflix, ESPN, HBONow will be available at launch.
The new Apple TV will be available in late October at $149 for 32GB model and $199 for the 64GB model.
More info at: https://www.apple.com/
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