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

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Price in Singapore

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and well, sees minor improvements. As with the usual iPhone upgrade cycle, the 6s will look physically the same as last year’s iPhone 6, but with a new colour option (Rose Gold). Main new features are an improved camera, and “3D Touch” from the Watch’s “Force Touch”.

iphone 6s

The big change that will be felt by most would be the new 12 megapixel camera. The shots Apple showed off were amazing. By the way, with the newer camera and 4K video, it’s time to get a bigger capacity model. The front facing camera is now 5 megapixel, with selfie-flash by illuminating the phone screen.

“3D Touch” might be described as a right click for iOS, adding new functionality and tactile feedback to iOS 9. Press down on the camera to launch the camera in selfie mode, or hold down on a message in Mail for a quick preview. The API’s out and integration has started for third party apps such as Instagram and Dropbox. It’s useful but will probably see better integration at a later stage once developers get their hands on it.

The iPhone 6s will be upgraded with Apple’s new A9 processor, which it says is 70 percent faster than the A8 CPU’s and 90 percent faster for graphics. The A9 processor has the M9 motion processor integrated and always on. But to most users, this wouldn’t make a difference. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is upgraded, which should be faster and more accurate than the last model. While the phone remains the same size, the phone receives updates similar to the Apple Watch (a new aluminium alloy and display glass), which should allay bending fears.

Price for new iPhone 6s

The iPhone 6s will retain the same price points in US. However in Singapore, the pricing is higher. Due to a stronger US dollar? Or because we look like carrot heads?

Model Capacity Price Remarks
iPhone 6s 16GB S$1048 $60 increase
iPhone 6s 64GB S$1218 $70 increase
iPhone 6s 128GB S$1388 $100 increase
iPhone 6s Plus 16GB S$1218 $70 increase
iPhone 6s Plus 64GB S$1388 $100 increase
iPhone 6s Plus 128GB S$1558 $110 increase

Both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available in over 130 countries and 400 carriers from 25 September. Pre-orders from 12 Sep 2015 3.01pm, and can be done through the Apple store Singapore. Our local telcos Singtel, Starhub, M1 should be announcing their pre-order details soon. Like us on Facebook to follow up on the status.

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As with all previous “s” iPhone upgrades, the 6s is more about refinement. It’s not meant for existing iPhone 6 owners, but will target those that are still hanging on to an older iPhone, or those stuck on a two year contract.

For more on the Apple event, here’s my 30-second summary read of the event.

Mophie Retail Launch in Singapore

Mophie, which is quite an established iPhone battery case seller in America, announced that their lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Battery cases would be available in Singapore retail outlets this month. The previous range of Mophie products were only available online through Singapore Apple Store.

Mophie products are Apple certified – which is an important thing. You don’t exactly want a low quality unknown battery to surround your phone all the time. The cases at least the black and gold variants are matte finish, and the rubberized case feels really nice in hand. Comfortable to hold, and should hold up pretty well if your phone falls on it’s back. Button protection is also adequate and you have full access to all the ports. Mophie chargers have pogo pin support for dock charging with the optional Juice Pack Dock, similar to the old Blackberry docks.

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