1. A NOVELTY-SIZED IPAD
The new iPad Pro has the biggest screen on an iOS device (and a bigger screen than some OS X devices).
At 12.9 inches, it can support a full-sized virtual keyboard, and will be the first iPad to feature an optional physical keyboard and stylus.
The Pro will have an A9X memory chip, making it 1.8x faster than the A8X chip that’s in the iPad Air 2, and Apple claims it’s faster than 80 percent of portable PCs (i.e. laptops) shipped in the past six months.
The iPad Pro’s new four-speaker audio setup will also rebalance itself based on how you hold it.
The 10-hour battery life and 5.6 million pixels will also help it compete with traditional laptops — or other tablet and keyboard combinations.
2. THE NEWER, ROSIER IPHONE 6S
Today’s event was always about introducing new iPhones, and Apple didn’t disappoint.
The new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will be built from a new, custom aluminium alloy, and will be available in silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold.
As expected, they will have Force Touch, which can detect where you’re pressing on the screen and how hard.
The 6S will have the same 4.7 inch display screen as the iPhone 6, and the 6S Plus will retain its 5.5 inch screen.
But both will come with new glass displays built of Ion-X, the same display on the Apple Watch Sport.
The upgraded iPhones both have a new A9 chip built in, 70 percent faster than the A8 at CPU tasks, and 90 percent faster with graphics.
You’ll also see a new 12-megapixel rear iSight camera, capable of shooting video in 4K, and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with Retina Flash that’s supposedly 3x brighter than regular flash.
3. ‘FORCE TOUCH’ IS NOW THANKFULLY ‘3D TOUCH’
As expected, Apple brought 3D Touch to the new iPhones today.
The feature is similar to the Watch’s simpler Force Touch, which allows users to clear all notifications with one press.
3D Touch, however, means the iPhone screen can distinguish between multiple levels of pressure.
3D Touch will require users to learn at least two new gestures: “peek” and “pop,” which will make app browsing more direct.
“Peek” will let users preview information, and “Pop” will take them inside it.
4. NEW ENHANCED VERSION OF APPLE WATCH
The Apple Watch got slightly more useful and better-looking today with the announcement of several new apps and bands.
The most notable new bands were designed by luxury brand Hermès, whose three custom brown leather straps include a double-wrapped band that fits with a custom, slightly elongated watch face.
Also announced were several new pastel-colored bands for the Apple Watch Sport, and a red band created in collaboration with Bono’s HIV/AIDS charity Product Red.
The aluminum Sport will be offered in gold, rose gold, and anodized aluminum finishes.
New native apps for the Watch include Facebook Messenger and GoPro, plus a medical app called Airstrip that lets users measure their vitals in real time.
And the Watch’s latest operating software, Watch OS 2, will launch on September 16th.
5. FINALLY, A NEW APPLE TV
The long overdue Apple TV is here, and it’ll run a separate OS, called… tvOS.
As expected, the new Apple TV will have a Universal Search feature that lets you search across apps like iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu, and it will feature Siri in a big way.
Similar to other set-top boxes, voice search will be the primary way to navigate.
You can manually fast-forward by sliding your finger forward on the touchpad, but also do a quick 15 second rewind by asking Siri, “what did she say?”
The new Apple TV will launch in October, at $149 for the 32GB version, and $199 for 64GB.
Source: The Verge