Apple announces iPad Pro, iPhone 6S & 6S Plus and an improved Apple TV

3 most important things from the Apple event

Apple iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is here and it’s Apple’s largest display on an iOS device. The screen measures a huge 12.9 inches and it comes with an optional full-sized Smart Keyboard The stylus is making a comeback and it’s called Apple Pencil, which too is optional as well. Inside the new iPad Pro, the processor is an all-new A9X chip which is close to 2 times faster than its A8X predecessor.

There have been improvements on the speakers on the iPad Pro, a common complaint amongst iPad users. The new tablet now features 4-speaker setup that will rebalance itself depending on the orientation you are holding. Apple promises 10-hour battery life on the device.

The new iPad Pro will be available for pre-order on Apple Store Singapore sometime in October and will ship in November. Prices start from US$799 for the 32GB and available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold colours.

Apple iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

As expected, the looks on the new iPhone 6S & 6S Plus hasn’t changed all that much but you will be mistaken to think that this is simply just a faster iPhone. The new phones are made from a new, custom aluminium alloy and available in a new Rose Gold colour.

Force Touch is available not on the button as earlier rumour but on the entire screen. Apple calls it 3D Touch and the new iPhones can tell exactly how hard you are pressing and perform new gestures accordingly. The display glass is also made from an even harder material compared to the previous phones, processor gets an upgrade to the new A9 chip which Apple claims it is 70% faster than the A8 in computing tasks.

A new 12-megapixel camera takes place on the new iPhone 6S & 6S Plus with improvements in sharpness, clarity and low-light conditions as well as capable of shooting 4K videos. On the front, selfies get a 5-megapixel camera and a Retina Flash that produces 3x the brightness on the screen.  There’s also the introduction of Live Photos, which takes 1.5 seconds of full-resolution footage before and after the camera shutter closes, and when you view them later it looks like a short video. The Live Photo feature is turned on by default and Apple says you won’t feel any difference compared to taking a normal photo.

The new iPhone 6S & 6S Plus will be available for pre-order starting from 12 September on Apple store Singapore from S$1,048 for the 16GB iPhone 6S model. The phones will start shipping on 25 September. Pre-registration on telcos is expected to start on 15 September later next week.

Apple TV

Finally a new Apple TV worth the wait. The new home-entertainment box from Apple will run a new operating system call tvOS which is a complete refresh of the old interface, comes with an App Store and will have features that let you voice search universally through Siri on a remote.

Talking about the remote, it’s too a brand new design and doubles up as a gaming controller (or you could buy the Nimbus Steelseries Controller). Guitar Hero which previously only available on consoles will be available on the new Apple TV upon launch, including multiplayer games such as Crossy Road and Beat Sports through the new App Store on Apple TV. Developers also have the option make their apps or games universally available across all devices including the new Apple TV so customers need not purchase multiple times.

The new Apple TV is incredibly powerful, featuring a 64-bit A8 processor and support for Bluetooth 4.0. Priced at US$149 and US$199 for the 32GB and 64GB respectively, it will be available in October on Apple Store Singapore.

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