Here we go again! It’s September and we are now looking forward to a brand new iPhone, iPad and other revolutionary *sarcsm* stuff.
Let’s start with… the iPhones
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Over the last few years, the biggest changes that Apple has made to their line of iPhones was making their screens bigger and bigger. To be fair, Apple needed to make bigger screened phones to continue to fight off the brave advances of Samsung. Samsung had long been eating up huge portions of the market with phones that were not only competitive hardware-wise but also bigger screened. So even though Apple had long made fun of Samsung’s large screen phones, the clock was ticking down to Apple’s entrance into the large screen phone arena.
“No one’s going to buy that”
– Steve Jobs (2010) on the new crop of 4-, 4.3- and 5-inch Android phones
And so, another year, another bunch of Apple products including the eagerly awaited, long-queue-attracting iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
To Apple’s credit, they did not make a new iPhone with even bigger screens this time around. There was the usual upgrades to the hardware inside the phone & the aesthetics of the phone. This includes the new A9 chip, the usage of 7000 Series aluminium for the enclosure, a stronger glass screen and a new colour – rose gold.
The tweaks and improvements should make the iPhone faster, less prone to “bendgate” and probably more hardy when the accidental drop comes along. But what seems to be the most impressive (or not) upgrade in this year’s release is the addition of 3D Touch (aka Force Touch) onto the iPhone line. Basically, 3D Touch makes the iPhone screen pressure sensitive. It allows for greater interaction with the iPhone through quick actions and additional information (e.g. Definitions, wikipedia entries).
Key Technical Specifications
Capacity: 16, 64 or 128 GB
Weight: 143 grams (6S) or 192 grams (6S Plus)
Dimensions: 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1mm (6S) or 158.2mm x 77.9mm x 7.3mm (6S Plus)
Display: Retina HD Display with 3D Touch
Microprocessor: A9 chip
Camera: 12-megapixel iSight Camera
The iPad Pro
And to prove that Apple agrees that bigger is better, Apple is now looking at producing a new iPad Pro. It has a huge 12.9 inch screen. Revolutionary, guys, revolutionary…. It also comes with a new A9X chip and Apple says that it will be up to 1.8 times better performing than the iPad Air 2.
Key Technical Specifications
Capacity: 32 or 128 GB
Weight: 713 grams (Wi-Fi) or 723 grams (Wi-Fi+Cellular)
Dimensions: 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm
Display: 12.9 inch LED-backlit widescreen with Multi-Touch display
Microprocessor: A9X chip
Camera: 8-megapixel iSight camera
The Apple Pencil
So, Apple makes a stylus. Just to remind everyone about what former CEO Steve Jobs said in 2007 about having stylus in phones.
“Who wants a stylus? You have to get em’, put em’away. You lose them. Yuck.”
– Steve Jobs (2007)
So Apple had to do something dfferent here, of course. “Completely familiar” but “entirely revolutionary”. (That word revolutionary again). It is not a stylus. It is a Pencil… An Apple Pencil.
It’s designed for use with the iPad Pro to give greater precision when writing, drawing amongst other things. It’s also supposed to be lightning fast so there’s no lag and pure quick responsiveness. It’s also designed to be pressure sensitive (It’s the big thing in this new generation) and the harder one presses down on the Apple Pencil, the thicker lines are drawn. It brings a whole new different edge to drawing on an iPad.
Now for the big design flaw and to be fair to Apple, these do not come that frequently (i.e. Bendgate). It has a long battery life of 12 hours but it has to be charged by plugging into the iPad Pro’s Lightning connector. The problem here is it is probably dangerous to walk around with the Apple Pencil sticking out of the iPad Pro and of course there’s the possibility you could break the Apple Pencil.
And the Apple Pencil could be yours for a small price of US$99.
Images from Google & Forbes