Apple iPad Pro, iPhone 6S Handsets and the new Apple Stylus
Apple have just unveiled their brand new iPad, the iPad Pro.
Attempting to appeal to business users, over the typical consumer users that have made previous iPads so incredibly popular, the new iPad Pro is described as a Tablet suited to work tasks, video games and editing or watching movies.
With a larger 12.9in (32.8cm) screen and a resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 pixels, the Tablet should appeal to users who need additional screen real estate to carry out tasks, and with the optional extra of a Keyboard Cover (very similar to that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro), the iPad Pro can function like a small laptop.
In terms of Assistive Technology however, the achilles heel in the iPad Pro is it is still based off of mobile device hardware. Utilising the A9X the iPad Pro boasts superior speed and performance, with a 10 Hour battery life and weighing in at just 712 grams. The iPad Pro will be released in November, running IOS 9, meaning that conventional Mac-based Assistive Technology programs won’t sadly work on this device.
As well as the optional Keyboard Cover, Apple have also announced their own stylus, the Apple Pencil. Built-in sensors enable the stylus to be used to mimic the way a real pencil behaves on paper, detecting how hard or soft the stylus is pressed and reflect this on screen.
The iPad Pro is expected to be available from around £599.00.
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Apple also unveiled their latest smartphone, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. With a boost in processing power, a 12 Megapixel Camera and 4K Resolution Video, the biggest new feature for the phones is Apple’s 3D Touch. Similar in function to the actions of the new stylus, 3D Touch will allow users to carry out different functions on the phone depending on the pressure they apply to the screen.
There will also be a new colour available for the new phone upon release, Rose Gold.
Apple TV has been given a refresh too, with a new set-top box that will incorporate a TV Box with an App Store, and it’s own Operating System, utilising a motion sensor control and Siri Voice Assistance, it will allow the watching of TV, Shows, as well as the ability to play games directly on your TV.
Watch OS 2
Finally Apple also announced their Watch OS 2, due for release September 16th, which will allow 3rd-Party App support directly on to their watches.