September 9 was the date etched in the mind of Apple enthusiasts the world over as the unveiling of the latest batch of Apple products, and once again the company has come up with the goods.
At yesterday’s event in San Francisco Tim Cook announced two new iPhones, a supersized iPad, and a new version of Apple TV.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
While the latest incarnations of the iPhone don’t differ hugely from their predecessors, there are several notable upgrades. The most significant new feature is 3D touch, a new pressure sensitive screen, which can distinguish between gentle and firm touches, allowing users to switch between apps more easily.
The new handsets also feature new iSight cameras with 12 megapixels (50% more than before) that can film 4K video, and a 5 megapixel front camera for high quality selfies and FaceTime calls.
There’s also a new Rose Gold version to add to the collection.
After a decline in iPad sales, which can perhaps be attributed to arrival of larger phones such as the iPhone 6 Plus, which isn’t much smaller than the iPad Mini, Apple has decided to create a larger, more powerful tablet, called the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro has a 12.9 inch screen, and its width is the same as the height of the iPad Air. It is 6.9mm thick, weighs 1.57lb and its screen is 2732×2048 pixels. It has an A9X chip, which makes it 1.8 times faster than the iPad Air 2, with a processing power similar to the majority of portable PCs on the market.
To accompany the iPad Pro, the company also unveiled a stylus, called the Apple Pencil, which has sensors that make it feel like using a real pencil on paper. They also announced a magnetically connected keyboard cover, similar to that for the Microsoft Surface tablet.
The company also announced a new improved version of Apple TV with a new operating system and its own app store. Siri has also been incorporated into the new set-up and there is a remote control with microphone, which allows users to ask the virtual assistant to execute different functions. The remote also has a touch sensitive panel for ease of operation.
Apple Music has been added to Apple TV, and there will be an increasing number of console games added to the OS in the coming months.