Apple 9 Sep Event – 30 Sec Summary

Here’s a quick 30-sec summary of last night Apple’s event iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, AppleTV, iOS9 and WatchOS2 (whew!). All you need to know!

New iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

  • Available in Singapore Friday, Sep 25
  • Price in US same as iPhone 6
  • SG prices might adjust due to stronger US Forex
  • Rose Gold Color
  • Same sizes
  • Improved build quality (harder aluminium frame + ion-strengthened glass)
  • 3D Touch
  • 12 MP rear camera with 4K video recording
  • 5MP front camera with screen retina flash

New iPad Pro

  • Surface clone (oops)
  • 12.9 inch retina display (5.6 million pixels)
  • A9X 64-bit chip
  • Apple Pencil accessory (US$99)
  • Apple Pencil is an active stylus, with tilt sensors, looks amazing
  • Smart Keyboard cover accessory (US$169)
  • Price from US$799 for 32 GB WiFi

New iPad Mini 4

  • Upgraded to A8 processor (same as Apple iPad Air 2)

New AppleTV

  • Siri Remote & tvOS are Coming to Your Living Room
  • Siri remote has built in accelerometer, gyroscope and touch / voice support
  • tvOS is the new operating system for Apple TV
  • Price from US$149 for 32GB model and US$199 for a 64GB model

New iOS 9

  • From Sep 16
  • Available to iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini
  • Improved Siri intelligence
  • Multitasking features, Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture

New WatchOS 2

  • From Sep 16
  • new watch faces
  • third party app can now display information on watch face
  • see future and past events with Time Travel

SteelSeries Stratus XL Comes to Singapore

The SteelSeries Stratus XL iOS gaming controller would be made available for purchase from the Singapore Apple Store next week. The Stratus XL might be the perfect pairing for gaming on your iPad or other iOS devices.

The controller is full-sized, with the same button layout as the traditional console controllers so seasoned gamers would have no problems adapting to it. Overall, looks like improvements all around from the original SteelSeries Stratus. Furthermore, it is US$10 cheaper than the original SteelSeries Stratus (US$79.95).
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Jailbreak for iPhone 5 (iOS6.1)

It has been awhile before the last iOS jailbreak was released and perhaps, it was due to the lack of demand for jailbreak. Many of the features that people sought for in jailbreak had been incorporated and for the more technology-savvy crowd, I am guessing they may have moved on to Android as well.

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iPad 4th Generation: Should you buy one now?

Since April 3rd, 2010, there has been an iPad announcement for the month of March since. However, last year Apple broke the trend in October to launch the iPad Mini and a refreshed version of the iPad to standardise the lightning connector. I am still anticipating that Apple would keep to the same trend to release a new iPad in the Mar/Apr cycle in 2013 for the reasons highlighted here.

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