Apple's much hyped event took place in San Fransisco and we've got all the essential highlights and what you need to know about the new products and upgrades coming to a device near you. From a new rosy phone to a Hermes Apple Watch, we're breaking it down for you...
Beginning with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcements – the product that was touted as leading this event – both phones get upgraded to ’s’ status with a few key additions. The new generation phone is adding a rose gold iteration to its lineup (as we predicted). The camera has received a major reboot adding 50 percent more megapixels to the iSight lens. It’ll be able to film 4K video and the phone comes with a super fast A9 processor. The front facing camera will have 5-megapixels to ensure high quality Face Time and those all important selfies.
Perhaps the biggest announcement for the phone is the new 3D Touch function, which means that the phone is sensitive to force, enabling new gestures. Tapping and swiping will no longer be the only ways to interact with the screen. The primary function of this is to enable faster and easier previewing of things from the home page and beyond.
The iOS update was announced – iOS 9 will be hitting devices on September 16, bringing with it a host of enhancements, including new built-in apps. There will be big improvements to the Notes function, allowing you to add things from other apps and online easily and even turn lists into check-lists. Maps will also see a host of upgrades with the addition of public transport notifications from within the app. Slide views and multitasking will also be made a lot easier.
iPad produced one of the biggest reveals of the event, literally, with the introduction of the new iPad Pro. At a whopping 12.9 inches, this new mega tablet is set to face-off with competing hybrid laptop/tablet devices from the likes of Microsoft. Set up to sit between a regular iPad and a MacBook, Tim Cook asserts that this device with its A9X memory chip, is more powerful than 80 percent of PC laptops. Thanks to its size it can support a full size key board and it has a 10 hour battery life.
There were some new Apple Watch revelations also, set to satisfy the techie and stylish Apple fans. Apple has entered a partnership with Hermes, adding more style options to the wrist bands, including a host of new shades. Additionally, WatchOS 2 will be coming on September 16, together with a wave of new apps including an imminent Facebook Messenger app.
In a 180 turn, Apple has now embraced the stylus, after Steve Jobs famously and publicly denounced the touch-pen several years ago. Apple’s version is dubbed the – Pencil – and will be a powered device that requires charging, it will allow precision drawing and can be used simultaneously with finger swipes.
Apple TV has received a big revamp, a logical step for the tech giant that by all accounts is planning to take content production and TV by storm. The biggest boost on this fourth generation box is the heavy integration of Siri. Users will be able to ask Siri to help them search for new content, check the weather and even rewind 15 seconds by asking “what did she say.” As such, the new remote will be adapted with Siri activation, as well as a swipe pad which can double as a (fairly basic) games console with games like Guitar Hero. The new box will also come a new OS called TVOS.
Discover some of the new devices and function in action via the demonstration videos below...