Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the past few weeks, you’ll no doubt have been aware that Apple announced a slew of of shiny new gadgets at a massive event in San Francisco last night.
Every time an Apple launch event comes around there’s an awful lot of hype and this one was no different. Thousands packed in to the 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to hear Apple CEO Tim Cook and co give the lowdown.
So, after all the hype, here’s what we know. Apple is launching:
- The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus
- A bigger iPad Pro
- An Apple TV with its own app store
- An update to the Apple Watch
The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, grey and rose gold and will come in 16, 64 and 128GB versions.
Perhaps the biggest announcement for the new iPhones is 3D Touch – a pressure-sensitive screen which will recognise the strength of your touch and do different things accordingly. So, lightly press to look at a website, press harder to go into the content itself.
There’s a better camera, too. The 12-megapixel camera will be able to film 4K video, allow you to FaceTime in 5 megapixels and comes with Live Photos – a feature which allows you to “reveal the moments immediately before and after a shot was taken”, Apple said.
And the devices will be fitted with Apple’s A9 chip, a third-generation chip with 70% faster CPU, so better battery life.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: release date and pricing
Both models will be released on September 25th in the UK, with pre-orders starting Saturday 12th.
- iPhone 6s 16GB – £539
- iPhone 6s 64GB – £619
- iPhone 6s 128GB – £699
For the iPhone 6s Plus, add £80 on top for each version.
The iPad Pro, Apple TV and Apple Watch upgrade
The new iPad Pro will come with a bigger 12.9-inch display with 5.6 million megapixels – the most ever in an Apple device. The firm also announced Apple Pencil for the Pro – a stylus-type device through which users can draw and sketch.
The revamped Apple TV will come with voice search and an App Store – meaning you can “choose what to watch and when you want to watch it”.
As for the Apple Watch, the company announced that WatchOS 2 will be released on September 16, as well as an assortment of new cases and strap-bands.
What they say
“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life.” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing
“It’s easy to scoff at Apple making a crowd cheer and whoop at a “pencil”, but it’s a big step forward for the most popular tablet on the market.” Dave Lee, BBC North America technology reporter
“I would say this was the most action-packed Apple event since the iPhone introduction in 2007, with three hardware upgrades — iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Lots of significant updates in one well-paced two-hour event.” Brian X. Chen, New York Times
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