All you need to know about Apple's new products
Apple fans, are your wallets ready?
The tech giant announced a host of new products at their event on Wednesday (Sept 9) at a packed auditorium in San Francisco.
From new iPhones, to a new Apple TV and remote, and to the iPad pro (and the very cool Apple Pencil), the California-based company went all out to wow tech enthusiasts.
In case you were too occupied with GE2015, here's a quick run down on some of the more interesting features and products that were introduced earlier this morning (Sept 10 local time).
Apple's CEO Tim Cook announced two "S" versions of their iPhone 6.
Sporting similar form to the iPhone 6 and the bigger iPhone 6 Plus, the new phones boast nifty hardware upgrades.
The new phones will have A9 chips, which promise faster graphics and performance.
One of the biggest changes? The new phones will be equipped with 3D touch.
For easier nagivation, users can trigger shortcuts on the phones when they press hard on the screen.
Apple calls this new feature Peek and Pop.
A "peek" allows you to have a quick preview at your e-mails. If you decide it's worth reading, then you just need to press a little harder for the email to "pop" (get it?) into a full view.
This also works with website links sent to you on iMessage by your friends. To decide if it's worth leaving your iMessage screen, press forcefully and a preview will pop up.
And then press harder if you want to see the entire website.
This works for photos as well.
3D touch also allows Quick Actions, a shortcut which allows you to do what you do most often in fewer steps.
For example, your can quickly bring up the camera to take a quick photo or message your favourite contacts all from the home screen.
Making digital cameras even more obsolete, the new phones will have a 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front facing camera.
Yes, that means your selfies will be in better quality. And that is all that matters.
Apple also introduced Live Photos, a feature which turns every photo that you take into a short video.
When you take a picture, the phone will also take two more pictures - one from a 1.5 sec before, and another from 1.5 sec after - turning the photo into a gif-like video.
Oh, they also added the colour rose gold (pink) to the lineup.
The Straits Times reported that the phones will be on sale in Singapore on Sept 25 with pre-orders available on Sept 12.
The other big announcement came in the form of the bigger iPad to the iPad family.
Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple Inc, introducing the iPad to the world. Prices in photos are in US dollars. PHOTO: REUTERS
The larger iPad has 5.6 million pixels. If that number doesn't make sense to you, it basically means that the device has the highest resolution compared to other Apple devices, according to their promo video.
The large screen means that you can comfortably conduct side-by-side multitasking.
But it should be noted that you can already do split screen multi-tasking on the iPad 2.
What the iPad gives you is an extra three inches of display, which should be a boon not just for multitasking, but for those who use iPads to design.
The iPad pro will be available in November.
Alongside the main dish, Apple also served up two accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.
Meant to go along with the iPad Pro, the Smart Keyboard allows you to well, type... on a keyboard.
The keys are supposed to last longer because they are covered by a sheet of highly durable fabric.
It can also double as a cover for your mega-sized iPad Pro.
Some have scoffed that the Apple Pencil is just a stylus.
It is supposed to allow you to use the Pad Pro with greater precision... which is what a stylus is used for?
Apple touts the Pencil as having lightning fast response because they can reduce the lag to an almost imperceptible level.
This means that what you draw will immediately appear on your screen.
Coupled with 3D touch, it means that depending on how hard you press or manipulate the device, you can draw more types of lines on the screen.
Just like a real pencil.
Another interesting feature especially for creative professionals is the ability to conjure up a virtual ruler with just two fingers on the screen.
Already thinking of queueing up to get these babies?
We'll be right there in the queue with you.
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