By Ho Young Won
Apple held another big keynote recently and announced numerous new devices including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple TV, and the iPad Pro! Continue reading for more details.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
Apple announced their newest addition to the iPhone lineup. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are exactly what they sound like. They both work and look to the same as their older brothers, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. However, these new iPhones are even more powerful and includes a bevy of new features.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will both come with Apple’s new A9 chip which is 70 percent faster CPU and 90 percent faster GPU than last year’s A8. The new processor will not only improve speed performance but will also improve battery life and efficiency. Both devices will also be equipped with an improved camera of 12 megapixels and 4K recording capability.
The biggest feature Apple is touting with their new iPhones is 3D Touch (aka Force Touch). The Force Touch has been Apple’s widely touted feature for the Watch and it seems it is making its way onto Apple’s other products. 3D Touch is Apple’s new technology that enables users to access different options and actions through detecting different pressure-levels of touch inputs. This new feature will allow new methods of UI navigation and change user interaction with their iPhones.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available for purchase starting September 25th but you can start pre-ordering starting September 12th.
For the past few years, Apple TV has been an afterthought for the company as well as it is for the consumers. This year, however, Apple is changing things up a bit.
This year’s Apple TV comes updated with a redesigned OS called tvOS and also a new remote that includes a touch-pad for better UI navigation and more buttons. With a big focus on TV apps, Apple decided to make the Apple TV into a much more extensive multimedia portal as well as a sort of gaming device. The Apple TV’s new OS, tvOS, totally fleshes out the UI and makes it more accessible to users. Just like before, you can use your Apple TV to stream your favorite TV shows and movies. However, you can now use the Apple TV to play native games as well as use its remote as a gaming controller.
Following the big focus on TV apps, Apple is releasing tvOS’s SDK to developers so that they can make Apple TV native apps as well as modify their apps for better big screen use. The potential for a tvOS compatible Polaris Office app sounds like a perfect fit for big screen document viewing and editing. We don’t yet have any official news on this update but stay tuned!
The Apple TV will be available for consumers at the end of October.
The iPad Pro will come with the biggest display the iPad family has ever received: 12.9-inches. It’s also more powerful with an A9X chip and a four-speaker audio design. However, that’s not the only thing that’s changing about the iPad. For a more business-focused market, Apple has decided to launch the Apple Pencil as well as Apple Smart Keyboard.
Apple Pencil is essentially Apple’s new stylus that’s compatible for the iPad Pro. The Pencil is pressure-sensitive and will be very useful for precision drawing. This will be a perfect companion for using Polaris Office on your iPad Pro as our app has a ‘Free draw’ function that allows you to draw anywhere on your documents.
Apple Smart Keyboard is basically an official iPad keyboard that everyone has wanted for awhile now. It uses the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector port to connect, stay strongly attached together and you will be able to use a full-fledged keyboard in a matter of seconds. This seems like it’ll be a great upgrade for those who do a lot of office work on their tablets.
With a larger display, a stylus, and a keyboard, it’s starting to look like the iPad Pro is going to be a formidable competitor in the laptop hybrid market competing with Microsoft’s Surface lineup.
The iPad Pro and its new accessories will all be available starting November.
So what do you guys think about all of these announcements? Which device are you excited about the most? Or are you super excited about the things you could potentially do with these new devices on Polaris Office?
Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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