Starting with the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is the flagship tablet Apple has built, and the 12.9” 5.6 million pixels screen is completely stunning. The Pro is made for the person who need this much screen estate. But who doesn’t? Watching movies? Playing games? Drawing and Painting with the Apple Pencil (yeah, its a stylus!)? Sure, the iPad Pro has everything you “want”. But the iPad Pro is pretty hefty on the price scale, starting at $800 for the 32 GB model. Would I buy it? No plans as yet.
iOS 9 on the iPad was developed for the iPad Pro, really. The multitasking features debuted on iOS 9 a few months ago are perfectly functional on the Pro. Multitasking is key in such a large sized product and the ability to run full screen iPad Air apps side by side shows the power of the tablet. The Pro packs in the A9X processor that is almost twice as fast as the previous generation A8 processor. And the iPad Pro weighs just as much as the first iPad and is just 6.9mm thin, showing how much technology has changed in the last few years.
Then came the Apple TV.
Before I go ahead, I should mention that because (almost) everything was leaked beforehand, there wasn’t much surprisingly new. Thanks to 9to5Mac for majority of the leaks.
The Apple TV upgrade this year is huge. Everything about the TV has changed. Siri is built into the guts of the device and the all new remote makes navigate so much easier. Apple put the icing on the cake with the AppStore for tvOS, that’ll enable developers to build and publish apps and games for the Apple TV. I loved the fact the games like Crossy Road are hitting the TV with multiplayer modes.
The Apple TV comes with an all new remote that has a touch pad on it. It also integrates a Siri button… reminding me, Siri as very powerful on the Apple TV. You can ask Siri to find you any media item or even help you discover some new content. You can ask question like “Recommend me some action movies” to which it’ll drop a list of great action movies. You can follow up this command with “sort out the James Bond ones” to sort the movies listed in the previous command. Also, Siri doesn’t just search iTunes for content; it also simultaneously searches services like Showtime and Netflix. So you can literally ask Siri, “Play me the latest episode of Big Bang Theory” and it'll find it and play it for you!
The TV is great, but what can be better? The iPhone.
iPhones are the most popular phones on the planet (fact). I wonder how Apple comes up with new ideas to be implemented every single year on their iPhone? Just watching the iPhone 6S on my TV was such a thrilling experience, because Apple just bombarded the floor with some neat new science and some really advanced interaction capabilities.
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The pricing for the iPhone is:
Other than these major releases, we saw a few new colours and band options added to the Apple Watch collection. Also, the iPad Mini 4 was mentioned as “all the power of the new iPad in a smaller package” and will be replacing the iPad Mini 3 in the iPad lineup.
So what did you like most about the event? The One Republic concert in the end? Sure. But I’m most excited about the new iPhone and the 3D Touch abilities of them. Can’t wait to try these products out! And by the way, iOS 9 comes out on 16th of September.
That is it! New iPad, Apple TV and iPhone/s. I’ll continue writing about these products in the coming days.