New Apple Products

Apple just announced it’s latest upgrades for the iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Here is a summary of all their announcements.

Briefly, there is a new bigger iPad called the iPad Pro. It comes with a 12.9 inch screen, optional keyboard (like the Microsoft Surface) and an optional stylus.  It also sports a new screen technology that they call 3D Touch. This technology is showing up in all their products.  Essentially you can move you finger or stylus up and down, sideways and press the screen.  It gives under the pressure of your finger and does different actions depending on the pressure of your finger.  I think of the iPad Pro as a light-weight laptop replacement.  Even Microsoft is making a big deal about running it’s office apps on the iPad Pro.  You can read more about it here.

The new iPhones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, also come with the 3D Touch screen, a new improved camera that takes 12 megapixel pictures and 4K video. The 3D Touch will change the way you navigate between apps and view content.  You can read more about it here. And here is an in depth review of 3D Touch.

The Apple TV is more of a long game for Apple. the new version comes with a complete App Store, like the App Store for the iPhone and iPad, it includes Siri so you can talk to it and ask it to do stuff, and it has built in motion sensors.  The Apple TV is moving towards being two things:  a game console to compete with Xbox and Playstation, and in the not too distant future, an alternative to cable.  Read more about it here and here.

Finally, the Apple Watch.  Not a whole lot new.  There are new bands and colors.  More importantly, as the Watch develops, there is now support for native Watch apps.  In other words, the Watch will have stand alone apps that do not require an iPhone to be nearby.

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