Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and his team revealed several new products yesterday at an Apple Special Event in San Francisco. This includes the launch of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and the new Apple TV. Here’s what you missed.
Release of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
The release of 6s and 6s Plus came with a few new flashy features, as we’ve come to expect from a new iPhone release. Size-wise, these phones have the same dimensions as the 6 and 6 Plus, but the new S versions are also sold in rose gold. The 6s and 6s Plus will be available for pre-order on September 12 and in stores September 25.
iPhone 6s 3D Touch
There’s a lot of buzz about a new functionality that comes with these phones – 3D Touch. Let’s use Mail as an example. Apply a small amount of pressure to a message in your inbox to reveal the contents of the message. Lift your finger off to fade back to your inbox OR press down harder to open the message for editing. Flick up to expose the actions menu (reply, forward, etc.). Slide to the right to mark as read. Slide to the left to throw it in the trash. This is one example of how 3D Touch provides a fast and seamless touch experience to navigate your iPhone. Watch a video on the new 6s 3D Touch feature here.
iPhone 6s Live Photos
Every time a new smartphone comes out, it seems the megapixel count can’t get any higher. Testing that assumption yet again, the iPhone 6s takes 12-megapixel images compared to the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 6. The 6s also features a front-facing camera flash from the LED screen itself. (Selfies in the dark are no longer out of the question.) But the major hype around photo capturing on the 6s revolves around the Live Photos feature. The 6s camera automatically takes a short video snapshot of your subject matter directly before and directly after the actual photo is taken. Hold down any image in your gallery to bring it to life. When swiping through your photo albums, you’ll see a one-second clip in transition, giving you a feel for the live environment in which that photo was taken. Learn more about this feature here.
Apple TV Upgrade
Apple TV’s upgrade consists of a new operating system called tvOS and an improved user experience. But the most exciting new features are on its new remote. The remote allows for touch navigation via its glass-touch surface (much like a trackpad mouse). The remote also has a Siri button, so whether you’re looking for a specific movie, genre or channel, you can ask for it verbally. The new Apple TV will be in stores this October in 32GB and 64GB editions.
Release of iPad Pro
Much like Apple TV, the hype around the new iPad (the iPad Pro), lies within its accessories. The Apple Pencil works with the iPad Pro display to accurately depict different aspects of touch including force and tilt. This responsive relationship between stylus and screen allows you to experience a true drawing or writing experience. The iPad Pro also has a larger screen (12.9 inches), allowing for split-screen usage and keyboard convenience. In fact, the width of the iPad Pro is the same as the height of the iPad Air, so you can use your digital keyboard while keeping the screen size of the iPad Air.
iPad Pro Stylus Controversy
What’s the controversy with the Apple Pencil? Well, in 2010, Apple’s late founder and CEO, Steve Jobs publicly took a stance on a touch screen stylus. A lot of people are upset with the departure from Jobs’ original stance, but others are affirming that the Apple Pencil is far from an ordinary stylus and enhances the iPad experience. Especially for designers, illustrators, and other more visual users.
Watch the event for yourself or tell us what you think about these new features in the comments below.