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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.

the new split-screen multitasking found in iOS 9, and its larger display allows for a full-size keyboard to appear on the screen.

The device is large and heavy. At 1.57 pounds it weighs more than the original iPad. Disappointingly, the battery provides just 10 hours of life. A device this large -- especially one intended for mobile pros -- should push 12 hours of uptime.

The guts of the tablet largely mirror those of the iPhone 6s Plus, which means it has an A9x processor, 32GB through 128GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera.

An Apple Stylus?

In a surprise move, Apple announced two accessories for the iPad Pro: a folding Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.

(Image: Apple)

(Image: Apple)

The Smart Keyboard looks like a cross between the existing cover for Apple's iPads and the keyboard for Microsoft's Surface tablets. In unfolds and magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro for data transfer and stability. The keyboard costs $169.

[Check out our previous coverage of Apple's iPad Pro.]

The Apple Pencil is a stylus (you know, the thing Apple founder Steve Jobs said was the mark of failure). The Pencil can work at various angles, and it interacts with the pressure-sensitive screen to deliver thin and thick lines depending on how hard the user presses. Apple called up Adobe and Microsoft (yes!) to demonstrate how powerful the Apple Pencil can be within productivity apps. The Apple Pencil, which is battery-powered and can be recharged via the iPad Pro's Lightning port, costs a whopping $99.

Speaking of price points, the iPad Pro is a beast. The entry-level model, which has WiFi and just 32GB of storage, costs $799. The WiFi with 128GB model costs $949, and the WiFi with cellular and 128GB of storage costs a depressing $1,079.

The iPad Pro goes on sale in November.

Apple showed off the new Apple TV, which supports apps as well. The revised set-top box has a touch-sensitive remote that can be used with it to play games. It features extensive Siri integration, which can be used to control much of the user interface. The Apple TV goes on sale in late October for $149 (32GB) or $199 (64GB).

Last, Apple showed off a few new Apple Watch variants. A new aluminum option is available, as is a rose gold color. Several new straps will go on sale shortly. Apple will also deliver WatchOS 2.0 -- which supports native apps -- to the Apple Watch beginning Sept. 16.

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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.   
Technocrati
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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.
PedroGonzales
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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. 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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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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Technocrati,
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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
soozyg
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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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