We won’t be going into every little detail from the event that introduced the new iPhone devices, along with others, so we’ll discuss the highlights instead. Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, let’s reserve the judgements for later. Like many others have already stated, we want to make it very clear that there isn’t anything revolutionary here. However, Apple continues to innovate, giving us features and options other leading brands may not.
Around the wrist
The LIVE-streamed event first gave us the new and improved Apple Watch. There will be more and more bands for the watches to make it look more enticing. Luxury brand Hermes have teamed up with Apple to create a more sophisticated look to the watches. More importantly, they will have many more apps that are native for the Watch, like Facebook and GoPro. Its Watch OS 2 will be available on September 16th.
After the subtle changes to the Watch, they presented the audience with the new iPad Pro. This thing is huge. We’re talking about a 12.9-inch iPad here, a device that supports a full sized, virtual keyboard. We weren’t too sure what exactly to expect from such a large, mobile device. And we’ve only been given a glimpse of what it can actually do at the event. Then, of course, there are the facts. It’s got the new A9X memory chip, making it 1.8-times faster than the A8X.
Apple also claims that it is 80 percent faster than portable PCs shipped in the past six months. Because of its large size, they’ve managed to add four different speakers (in each corner). In addition, it has a 10-hour battery life and 5.6 million pixels. What this iPad Pro can actually do is quite impressive, from what they’ve shown us on display. And, of course, they also revealed a new stylus called, get this, the Apple Pencil. As you can imagine, this drew a few laughs from the crowd. Steve Jobs, many years ago, expressed his distaste on styluses. He absolutely hated them. Well, here we are people, a new stylus. What is possibly more absurd is that this stylus doesn’t come with the iPad Pro. It’s sold separately at $99 USD.
The prices for the iPad Pro itself is something to be wary of. The 32GB edition will cost you $799 USD, while the 128GB is $949 USD. Yes, you can buy a perfectly new, quality laptop for those prices.
The new 6
Has the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus changed in design? Of course not. As expected, every year, there really aren’t any alterations to the new smartphones. Besides maybe the new, different colours they will ship out. The 6S still has the 4.7-inch display, the same goes for the 5.5-inch display for the 6S Plus. The materials, however, have changed for the better. The new phones have the new Ion-X glass displays, the same found in the Apple Watch Sport. There’s the A9 chip, 70 percent faster in tasks and 90 percent faster in graphics than its predecessor.
Another big change for this version of the iPhone is the new 12-megapixel rear iSight camera, which is capable of shooting 4K video. Also, the 5-megapixel front camera possesses a Retina Flash that’s apparently 3x brighter than regular flash. The features of the new camera, from what we’ve seen, were really impressive. Keep in mind, just because a phone has more megapixles doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a superior camera. There are many other factors that go into a quality camera.
With so many critics, people tend to forget it’s really not about the design. It’s about innovation. It’s about new technology and functionality. A welcoming fact for potential buyers is that the prices haven’t changed. What was proposed last year is the same this year. However, Apple astonished the crowd with two different payment options. Keep in mind, this is for the States for now. For the 6S, buyers will be able to pay $27 monthly installments, with no contract attached. The second method might capture many, with the option of leasing the new phone by paying $32 a month, which lets you trade in the current phone for a new model in the future.
We can only hope there was such a thing in Bangladesh, but that would be wishful thinking. Perhaps we’ll have it in five years time, who knows? There are many more details to be discussed with the new iPhones but we’ll reveal much more once we get our hands on the new devices for a future review. The so called 3D Touch technology, the new iOS 9, El Captain upgrade and many more will be revealed by the end of this month.