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9/9/2015
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Eric Zeman
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iPhone 6s, iPad Pro Star At Apple Event

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, along with a larger iPad, dominated Apple's fall event, which also heralded a new Apple TV and revised mobile and wearable operating systems.

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Apple's annual fall event was one for the record books. Not only did the company show off its smartest iPhone yet -- the iPhone 6s -- but it also broke new ground in the tablet market, updated its streaming video box, and promised more powerful smartwatches.

As expected, the new handsets are called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The smartphones carry over the screen sizes and resolutions from last year's devices. They stand at 4.7-inches and 1344 by 750 pixels for the 6s, and 5.5 inches and 1920 by 1080 pixels for the 6s Plus.

The hallmark addition to the iPhone is something called 3D Touch.

With 3D Touch, the new iPhones can differentiate between light touches and firm presses. The feature can be used to call up secondary actions or menu screens, such as email previews, based on how hard users press the screen. Apple demonstrated how simple tapping and swiping gestures can be used to control the user interface, as in multitasking and dismissing content. Apple completely re-thought the touch screen technology in order to make 3D touch a reality.

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The company is giving developers access to APIs so they can add 3D Touch to their own apps.

The iPhones look a lot like last year's handsets, but they have stronger frames. The new devices use 7000 Series aluminum to ward off the Bendgate phenomenon that had Apple fans crying foul last year when their expensive i-devices bent under pressure.

(Image: Apple)

(Image: Apple)

Apple updated several core components of the devices, including the camera and processor. Apple improved the camera's sensor to 12 megapixels. It has twice as many focusing elements, in order to create sharper images. More importantly, Apple worked to reduce crosstalk and image noise that can cloud color. The main camera can now capture 4K video. The user-facing camera captures 5-megapixel images, and the new iPhones can pop the display to act as a selfie flash. The 6s and 6s Plus use Apple's new A9 processor, which offers significant performance and power efficiency gains over the previous A8 chip. The M9 motion coprocessor is built directly into the A9. It is always on to track motion and other fitness data.

In a move sure to rile some, Apple is keeping the storage options at 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB, each of which costs $100 more than the last. Apple said it worked hard to reduce the size of iOS 9, the operating system that ships on the new iPhones. Many people will find 16GB a pathetic amount of storage. The entry-level storage capacity should be 32GB, which is what nearly all competing flagship handsets include. Apple usually doesn't say how much RAM is in its devices.

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The new operating system brings a lot of features to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, such as a dramatically improved Siri voice assistant, better battery life, wireless CarPlay, mass transit maps, a newsreader app, and support for loyalty and store-based credit cards in Apple Pay.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available for pre-order on Sept. 12. They reach Apple Stores Sept. 25. The 16GB 6s starts at $649 and the 16GB 6s Plus starts at $749. They come in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold.

Apple today finally put to rest rumors of an enterprise-focused tablet and announced the iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch slate that is sure to convince some mobile professionals to leave their laptops in the office. The LCD screen includes with 2,723 by 2,048 pixels. The iPad Pro and takes full advantage of 

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PedroGonzales
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9/25/2015 | 9:18:59 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
@ Technorati. I think Apple products are good. If we look at their numbers even after so many years they continue to stay in the single digits in comparison to windows based laptops.  I think yes, laptops will probably replace the desktop, if they haven't done so. But tablets won't be replacing laptops any time soon.  Let see how enterprise users react to the new Ipad.   
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9/19/2015 | 2:19:51 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
@PedroGonzales     Good point, there does seem to be an organic nature to tech devices and hardware in general, I was recently in an airport in San Francisco and I was amazed at the number of people who had Mac as opposed to a Windows based laptop.

Apple seems to be more like a cult rather than anything really rational, sure they make good hardware but those older Mac Pro's that didn't make it to the transistion to 10.10 were really costly and it just doesn't seem to matter to the faithful that you must buy a newer one to get the latest OSX.

It must be nice.
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9/19/2015 | 12:35:41 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
@ technorati.That is a good point.  But, consumer demands seem organic.  you can give them such tablets, but if they do not share it and recommend it to their friends, it will not become a mass product.  This is the opposite from Apple where their products are very popular among large number of users. 
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9/14/2015 | 2:26:09 AM
Re: replacing laptops?
"....I agree. Even with the release of Microsoft surface people aren't fully adopting it"

@PedroGonzales   This hasn't unfortunately stopped Microsoft from pushing the Surface unmericfully. They have teamed up with the NFL, now I cannot watch anything football related without someone holding one.

I don't care how many analyst and players use their free Surface to analyze the obvious - I see don't want one and I hope most are not dumb enough to be influenced by this shameless form of advertising.
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9/14/2015 | 2:20:24 AM
Re: replacing laptops?
@soozyg   I agree.   Besides the price which is far too high, I think Apple is fooling themselves if they think this will cause people to choose this iPad pro over a laptop.  I personally am tired of the tablet concept, keyboard or no keyboard.
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9/13/2015 | 1:50:11 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
I agree. Even with the release of Microsoft surface people aren't fully adopting it.  I do not see why Apple would want to move in a direction similar to microsoft.  A comparison between this new Ipad and surface will be great.  I know may companies give their travel employees their own laptop, would apple partner with such companies to distribute this type of Ipads as a replacement of a laptop.
Thomas Claburn
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9/10/2015 | 4:51:17 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
iOS devices are likely Disneyland. Nice to visit, but I wouldn't want to live or work there. I'm sticking with my MacBook Pro.
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soozyg,
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9/10/2015 | 2:26:40 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
Oh, yes, I've definitely encountered that inaccessibility on iPad. And sometimes when I try to implement Dropbox, the access depends on the capability of the person using Dropbox. My mother and sister in law both still have trouble accessing and using Dropbox.
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9/10/2015 | 2:23:25 PM
Re: replacing laptops?
>> Interesting. So do you mean iCloud isn't as secure as other virtual storage?

I think I was talking about people wanting to send me something, or show me something, and other than email, for which it was too large, there's no way to get it off the machine...except for dropbox, etc. which may or may not work
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soozyg,
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9/10/2015 | 11:55:25 AM
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easy wasy to get things off of it

Interesting. So do you mean iCloud isn't as secure as other virtual storage?
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