It’s that time folks.
Today (September 9) marked another glorious Apple Day, as the #AppleHive (also known as this world we live in) was treated with new innovative technology and joys to last until the next Apple Keynote Event.
As is the case every year, there were lots of “life-changing,” “the best,” “most-advanced,” and “the future” hyperboles tossed around, and, again, like every year, the products unveiled surely backed them up. So without further ado, here’s a roundup of everything you need to you know about the next batch of Apple products to make your wishlist this Fall.
Oh, and Kanye did not drop SWISH, neither did Drake with Views From the 6.
The Apple Watch OS 2
An update for the Apple Watch, initially announced at WWDC earlier this year, will be available for download on September 16. This update will welcome new features, new improvements in performance, along with new watchbands and finishes. The new Apple Watch finishes include a rose gold model and new leather straps, courtesy of Apple’s new partnership with Hermes. These Hermes straps and faces will be available at select stores in October.
“The Most Powerful iPad Ever Created”: iPad Pro
"Today we have the biggest news in iPad since the iPad," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s latest addition to the iPad family is bigger and badder, offering everything the iPad Air offers, but might really be the true crème de la crème.
The Pro stands at a giant 12.9-inch display with 2,732 x 2,048 pixels. As far as the battery life, the Pro will offer about 10 hours of energy and it also contains a four-speaker audio system, which provides an automatic balance while the user is holding the device. The large screen also allows for a full-size software keyboard, along with new features in iOS 9 with side view, picture in picture, and multitasking.
There’s other added tech additions, including an 8-megapixel iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Touch ID. The finishes come in silver, gold and space grey. Perhaps one of the most exciting updates is the the debut of a new Photoshop app called Fix, an app that fully takes advantage of the Pro's high-quality display. The app has face recognition, which means users are able to literally turn frowns upside down.
The iPad Pro will start at $799 for a 32GB WiFi model. The 128GB WiFi model is available for $949, while the LTE 128GB model costs $1,079. This all hits stores beginning in November.
It’s a pen, it’s a stylus, it’s the… Apple Pencil
"It's like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it." - Steve Jobs, 2010
Oh, what’s the latest addition to the iPad Pro? Oh, it’s the Apple Pencil. Along with the “Smart Keyboard” (priced at $169), the Pro is also joined by the first-ever Apple Pencil, an stylus-like accessory capable of senses angles, pressure, and more to vary the appearance of the lines a user draws on the screen. The Apple Pencil costs $99.
The Future Of Television… The New Apple TV
Ringing in the new era of television, Apple introduced the new Apple TV. “Our vision of TV is simple and perhaps a little provocative," Cook said during the Keynote Event. "The future of TV is apps." That said, the new Apple TV will feature a Siri button that will basically function as if you’re pointing your iPhone toward the screen. Can’t find an action-movie of your liking? Siri will search through Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services to line up your options. You can also shop, play games, and more from the App Store all in the comfort of your living room. Expect this to launch in late October in two configurations: 32GB for $149 or 64GB for $199.
The Most-Advanced iPhone Ever Created… The iPhone 6s And iPhone 6s Plus
The much-anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were also introduced, as Cook referred to the new phones as “the most advanced smartphones ever.” Along with aluminum alloy and a rose gold color option, the new iPhone also features the innovative “3D Touch,” which allows users the option to move through applications with a simple quick or long-press tap. The iPhone 6s begins at $199, while the 6s Plus is priced at $299. Pre-orders start on September 12, with the full launch slated for September 25. Also the long-awaited iOS 9 update arrives on September 16, so in other words, get that storage situated, stat.