Apple held a massive press event, as it does most years unveiling some of its latest innovative products. This year Apple unveiled a newer version of WatchOS, a new Apple TV, iPad Models as well as the highly anticipated iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.
All versions of the Apple Watch will be updated to the latest WebOS 2.0 on the 16th September 2015. The update will include greater user customisation including allowing the screen to remain on for longer and more custom watch faces. The Apple Music interface has also been improved and you can watch short videos on the device from channels such as Vines. New apps coming in the future for your Apple Watch include Facebook Messenger as well as the Watch being used as a viewfinder for a GoPro Camera.
The new AirStrip feature is a cloud platform that allows for secure Apple Watch data services, including health data and patient-doctor communications.
A new iPad is also expected to join the iPad Family. The iPad Pro is a new model which features an impressive 12.9″ display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels to put that into comparison that is more than a 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The iPad Pro is powered by a new processor the Apple A9.
Included is a new and impressive 4-speaker arrangement that can alter the sound delivered based on how the unit is being held. A full on screen keyboard that dynamically changes based on the application being used. Users can also expect a Smart Keyboard accessory to be available to provider a cover and a keyboard combo similar to that available for the MS Surface and is shown in the picture above.
Similar to the Note 5, Apple has unveiled a new Apple Pencil a new and impressive digital stylus. MS Office will also be available and users will be able to take advantage of the “Split Overview” and “Slide Over” features coming to iOS9 allowing you to run 2 office applications simultaneously. What’s more the office suite is fully compatiable with the Apple Pencil for annotating and “inking”.
In October we can also expect to see a brand new Apple TV with integrated Siri and App Store. A new touch surface navigation remote control will also be available. Integration between the Apple Store on the Apple TV will give users a selection of applications to use and a variety of shopping experiences to choose from.
Also announced during the event was the iPad Mini 4 which will take the same components that is in the iPad Air 2 and shrink it down into a smaller frame.
Finally, we save the past to last just like the guys at Apple, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models were announced, as expected. Like previous “S” models these newer models resemble that of the traditional 6 and 6 Plus variants and the focus has been preliminary on the internal hardware. Both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus retain their 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen sizes as well as the same button layout. Both versions of the iPhone 6S will be available in a new colour, Rose Gold.
A new glass screen dubbed by Apple as “dual ion-exchange glass”. Apple has also implemented sensitive capabilities which Apple has called “3D Touch” which has been implemented on the Apple Watch. With the functionality of the watch in mind a light touch on an iPhone will show you details about the application where as a more firmer touch will launch the application.
Both the 6S and 6S Plus features Apple new A9 processor which gives the iPhone more than 70% speed than that of its predecessor the A8. Both variants will also come with a fingerprint reader which is twice as fast as the earlier version and a new cellular chip will provide access to more 4G brands.
The 12MP rear facing camera on the iPhone 6S boasts iSight sensor and can record 4K video resolutions of 3480×2160 pixels. The unit gets an upgrade to 5MP and can now use the whole screen as a flash to help light images.
Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be available on September 25th 2015.
The iPhone 5C will be discontinued and no longer available.
What’s more, Apple announced the iPhone upgrade program, initially available in the US, this program will ensure you get a new iPhone every year.
On September the 16th 2015, Apple users will be able to update their iPhone’s to the latest iOS9 and Mac OS X 10.11 “El Captain” on September 30th 2015. Both available to download for registered developers.
For users who are using the iCloud new pricing was announced at the event, 50GB of cloud space will now be available from $0.99 per month, 200GB for $2.99 and 1TB from £9.99 per month.